Finally an easy and effective homemade deodorant recipe with simple, non-toxic ingredients! Perfect for anyone – even those with the most sensitive skin!
Several years ago, I made the move from traditional deodorant to homemade deodorant. My hopes were that I would bypass many of the toxic ingredients in regular deodorant to do something better for my body.
After watching a documentary titled “The Age of Aluminum“, I was concerned about the effects of putting aluminum-based deodorant on my underarms daily. The movie held made some valid points – and it was then that ditched my commercial deodorant.
And quit deodorant altogether for a short time.
I did an armpit detox to draw out impurities, and started fresh with homemade deodorants.
When you mention homemade deodorant, one of the biggest concerns is sweat. When you load yourself up on toxic deodorant over the course of many years, you clog up your lymph drainage system and prevent it from doing its job. As a result, your body over compensates in the sweat department.
At first you may struggle to deal with the sheer abundance of sweat. However, you can train your body to produce less with time, until it learns how to do the job in a more normal manner.
When I first started using homemade deodorant, I applied twice each day (morning, and evening). Here in Phoenix it can get rather hot – in the heat of the summer, sometimes I would apply even three times each day.
Over time, I found myself applying less and less – a few years later, I am confident in applying deodorant once each day.
This homemade deodorant relies on basic ingredients like baking soda, Aztec clay, coconut oil and beeswax. The beeswax gives it a firmer texture which is important if you live in a relatively warm climate. While baking soda may irritate some, I find it to be incredibly beneficial in this deodorant for eliminating stink.
But if you don’t have it and aren’t up for buying it, you can whip up this deodorant paste that combines a few simple ingredients and is just as effective.
If you are new to homemade deodorant, all I ask is that you be brave enough to give it a try. After chasing five kids, working out and zipping around down in this Phoenix heat, I can attest that it works wonderfully.
The ingredients in this deodorant are quite simple:
- Coconut Oil: Antibacterial and anti-fungal
- Shea butter: Anti-inflammatory and antibacterial
- Baking soda: Antibacterial
- Bentonite clay: Draws out impurities and toxins; helps to control skin sebum
- Beeswax: Provides structure to the deodorant, which is a must in warm weather
- Essential oils: Provides scent and antimicrobial qualities
This easy homemade deodorant makes one single container. If you wish to make a second container, you’ll want to double the recipe.
Once you pour the deodorant into the container, make sure you allow the containers time to dry before using.
Homemade Deodorant Recipe
- 4 Tbsp Bentonite Clay
- 4 Tbsp Coconut Oil
- 2 Tbsp Baking Soda
- 2 Tbsp Beeswax Pellets
- 2 Tbsp Shea Butter (we used unrefined but you can use what works for you)
- 5-7 drops Essential Oil (Tea Tree, Lemongrass work well)
- Empty Deodorant Container (find here on Amazon)
- In a Pyrex glass measuring cup, combine the coconut oil, shea butter and beeswax pellets.
- Microwave at 20 second bursts, and stir after each session, until completely melted.
- Carefully remove from the microwave and stir in the bentonite clay, baking soda, and essential oil until dissolved.
- Pour into your empty deodorant container(s) and push to the rear of the counter to allow to dry thoroughly before using.
Have you ever considered making your own deodorant in lieu of commercial brands?