There are many DIY deodorant recipes online. In fact, if you search for “DIY Deodorant Recipe” you’ll get over 33,000 results. That’s a lot to go through. But, don’t worry. You’ve got me. I’ve gone through over 100 websites, gathered 8 recipes, and put them all to the test. I’ll share two that we liked the most – one dry and one wet. Of course, if you have a recipe of your own, go ahead and share it in the comments. We would love to try it out.
DIY deodorant recipes come with fanciful names like “Homemade Summer Deodorant That Won’t Melt in Your Cupboard,” “Best DIY roll-on Deodorant,” and “Nature’s Solution & DIY Deodorant” but no matter what you call it, most of them have the same handful of ingredients: corn starch or baking soda, coconut oil, essential oils, shea butter, and arrowroot. Of course, there are also a few ingredients that are only found in a recipe or two, like beeswax pellets, vitamin E oil, and clay.
I found most of the items that were needed for these recipes at the local department store but I ended up ordering beeswax pellets online.
In addition to the items you need for the recipe, you will also need something to store your deodorant in. You can use a glass canning jar to store your deodorant (that’s what I ending up doing) or you can purchase empty deodorant containers (or clean out an old one).
The biggest thing I learned from this experiment is to use arrowroot powder rather than corn starch or baking powder if you have sensitive skin.
There are some very important factors when it comes to DIY deodorant:
- Does it stay in your pit when you start to sweat.
- Does it itch, leave a rash, etc.?
- Do you smell better with or without it?
- How much does it cost to make?
- Is the recipe easy to make?
Some deodorant recipes were pretty basic, like this one that only includes baking soda and essential oil(s). This deodorant is great if you only need to wear it for a couple hours. It really dries out the skin. You don’t notice it for several hours – then your armpits quickly go through the stages of slight dryness, itchy & scratchy to an intense burning sensation. I wore it all day. My armpits have never been this red.
The real benefit is it’s cheap. You’re looking at 10 drops of oil and 1/4 cup of baking soda. If you are trying this for the first time I would actually cut down the recipe to a tablespoon of baking soda and one drop of essential oil so that you don’t have a jar of wonderfully scented baking soda that may never see an armpit. When you are using oils for this recipe, avoid citrus oils.
I wanted to try one with beeswax to mix things up a little bit. I found one on becomingpeculiar.com.
Most recipes say that they last for 2 – 3 months if stored correctly. To be absolutely clear, that isn’t 2 – 3 months on your armpit. That’s 2 – 3 months stored in your jar.
This recipe stayed relatively solid. I’ve kept it in a glass jar and apply with my fingers.
Both of the recipes I’ve shared are easy to make. This one didn’t bother my skin like the baking soda one did, although it was still a bit of an adjustment. Of course, the overall cost for this one was higher but I have enough supplies to last me for a long time. It’s something that you could easily split costs with a friend or relative – have a DIY deodorant party.
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