The Beauty of Homemade Deodorant

What’s up Toxic Beauty readers? I was planning a post on nail polish remover, to go with my post earlier this week about toxic nail polish…but I just had to share this with you. By now, you all know my favorite deodorant is made by Real Purity. It is truly one of the most pure and safe deodorants you can buy. I recently ran out and was wondering what to do. I’ve always wanted to try to make my own homemade deodorant, but I still hadn’t taken the time to do the research. With barely anything left in my Real Purity bottle, I had a deodorant emergency!  I needed something quick and it’s tough to find an effective safe deodorant in most stores. I decided to give the homemade variety a try.  I found many recipes, but nothing clicked with me until I found one that was so simple I had to try it! It took me about 5 minutes to mix it all up. I applied it later that night and again in the morning. After almost 12 hours, it was still working. I did not sweat and I did not have any odor at all! You cannot get any more natural than when you concoct your own beauty recipe. It only has 3-4 ingredients, 2 of which you probably already have in your pantry. I have already shared the virtues of the third ingredient with you in previous posts. So without further adue, here is the simple deodorant recipe:

  • 1/4 cup baking soda
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 6-8 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 10 drops of lavender or fennel essential oil

Combine the baking soda and cornstarch in a small container. Little by little, add the coconut oil until you have a paste. Finally, add the essential oil of your choice. Apply to underarms with your fingertips.

Many essential oils have anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties, making them an ideal addition to your deodorant mixture. Baking soda has so many uses, especially odor absorbing while cornstarch has been used for years to absorb moisture. Coconut oil is especially beneficial for so many reasons (see this post for more on coconut oil!)

So after one day, this at home mix proved to be better than most commercial, aluminum filled toxic deodorants on the market today. Be safe with your deodorant and save money in the process. Do you have any simple homemade deodorant recipes you can share? And if you try this recipe, I’d love to hear your results. Thanks for reading and until next time, stay natural, stay beautiful…Robin.

Update: I had been using this deodorant for a week. It was the best deodorant I have ever used…no odor, no sweat…simply amazing! Until after the first week…I started getting bumps on my underarms! So I decided that maybe I got the formulations wrong or put too much baking soda in it. I now see that making your own beauty products is a trial and error, learning proccess.

I decided to turn to a fellow natural beauty blogger, Michelle Singh. She has a great blog: greengirlorganics. She recommended using cosmetic grade cornstarch (I bought mine from the grocery store) and using less essential oil. She also recommended a few natural deodorants by  Miessence and Weleda. Thanks, Michelle!

Robin started her career as an educator of children and has now become an educator for adults everywhere who want to know the truth about what they put into their bodies through the skin. She is passionate about educating people to make better health and beauty choices.
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  • Dawn Rosenmayr

    Love you site, Id like to use it on my new website, looks like you have Joes Sunscreen on your site, I use it all the time! Cool!

  • Robin Adler

    Thanks, Dawn. I would love to partner with you! I adore Dr. M’s sunscreen. I used almost an entire bottle this summer! Thanks again for commenting. :o)

  • Natasha

    Heya Robin,

    Great post! I’ve been using the crystal salt for years as a deodorant and that works for me, but your recipe sounds good. I may try it and compare the results. Thanks for sharing this. :)

  • Julee Woodhall

    I am so glad you finally got to try the recipe! It is great isn’t it? I have also used peppermint, lemongrass, really any scent that appeals to your senses is great! Thanks for adding me as a friend on facebook. I have been wanting to chat with you since then, but have not been on too much. I like your blog by the way. You are inspiring me to get mine going!


  • Robin Adler

    Hey Julee,

    I am very glad we are FB friends as well! I love connecting with like-minded people. Thanks for all your kind words and good luck with your blog!