Saturday, July 19, 2014

*~*Homemade Deodorant*~*

For some reason this seems to be a touchy subject
with some folks.
There are lots of different recipes, and I was skeptical,
but thought, "It doesn't hurt to try."

The cost to make a stick of deodorant?
Maybe 25 cents - ish.
(It's so little, I didn't take the time to do the actual figuring.)

One thing that was advised
was that you try it on a weekend when you plan to be home
so you aren't in public sniffing your underarm
every 5-10 minutes:)

I went ahead and took that advise.
I didn't have any sniffing problems; 
however, after a short time I noticed little white things
all over my floor.
One more word of advise:
it doesn't take as much as store bought deodorant.
1-2 swipes does the job.

What I really like (in addition to the lack of mystery chemicals)
is that there is no odd purfumey smell
if you do perspire.
You simply don't smell anything.
Also, it washes away better.

Most of the recipes I found call for tea-tree oil as it is an antiseptic.
Being sensitive to tea-tree, I used lavender.
Men could use pine or cedar, etc.

So here is what I used: 
1/4 cup baking soda
1/4 cup corn starch
2 Tablespoons coconut oil
15 drops essential oil
Mix it well and press into deodorant container.
Let set 2-3 days before using.

I can honestly say,
I don't see myself ever buying store-bought deodorant again.

Until next time,
Nimble Fingers and Even Stitches


  1. Replies
    1. Of all the things we try, you would be out very little if you don't care for it. I was surprised at how much I liked it. I think my next stick will be bergamont:)

    2. Thank you for this recipe! Bergamot sounds great-I have a special fondness to Melissa right now and wonder if it might also double as insect repellent lol Again, many thanks!

    3. Hi Lisa. I use this recipe to this day. Just in case you weren't aware, basil repels insects. Just get a fresh leaf and rub it on your arms or neck etc. It's not an offensive scent and keeps the skeeters at bay:)

  2. Great idea, I'm going to pick up the supplies I don't have on our next shopping trip and give it a try.

    Take Care .... Hugs, Sandy

  3. never thought deodorant could be home made, being of a certain age I no longer seem to need it

  4. Interesting and practical. Gorges Grouse linked this for all of his readers to see.

    Grace and peace.

    1. Thank you for stopping by. And thank you G.G. for the posting.

  5. I have been wanting to try this and your recipe seems easy! I also have all the ingredients which means I will actually do it :) Thanks for sharing this and linking it up to the Art of Home-Making Mondays. I will let you know how it goes once made...

    1. Oh good. We have been in triple digits for the past week or so & guess what I have been using:) Finally cooled off a little - great relief.

  6. What a lovely recipe; love the coconut oil. I don't have these ingredients on hand, but want to try this homemade deodorant, as I am being very diligent about distancing myself away from all chemicals whenever possible, but have a question: did the deodorant become crumbly once applied, and shed?

    Thanks for sharing!

    Visiting via The Art of Home-Making Mondays,


    1. At first, yes it did crumble, because I used 'several' swipes. I'm sure I was thinking, "I don't know if this will work so use extra." It is very efficient and really does only require 1-2 swipes which is a little bit difficult to get used to, but that's all it takes to do the job. Once I learned to trust that it worked (1-2 swipes,) there was no more shedding.

  7. ;-) lol! Thanks for sharing this on The HomeAcre Hop today! I've tried making my own but I get so stinky that nothing seems to work but perscription d.o. ...but this recipe is different than the others I've tried, so I'm going to give it a go...while I'm at home. ;-)

  8. Just made your recipe! First time with the DIY deodorant. So far so good if you know what I mean :)

  9. Okay, this is a success. My hubby just ran out and ordered more. He said "please use the same recipe" as before as it worked excellent". So there you have it! Thank you for sharing this!

    1. So glad he approved. My hubby won't use it (yet.) He has his brand that he likes. If it's like soap, after some time it will make him itch, and he will walk around scratching like a monkey & will ask me to make some for him with a man scent:) It's kinda funny because just about every thing else, he prefers natural.

  10. Good morning! Just to let you know I featured this as a "tried and true" post from the past today at the Art of Home-Making Mondays! :)

  11. A note of caution: the pH level in baking soda is 8.3 making it slightly alkaline. This can cause skin irritation. Seehttp://www.lisaliseblog.com/2012/03/no-sweat-about-baking-soda-deodorant.html for more explanation.

    1. Thank you for this ~ I love this kind of info. Obviously don't want folks to have "issues" with its use.

    2. Thank you for this ~ I love this kind of info. Obviously don't want folks to have "issues" with its use.