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One Great DIY Deodorant, Two Convenient Ways To Use It

DIY deodorant

As unpleasant at is can be, sweating is an important aspect of our bodies’ ability to regulate our temperature, and when sweat combines with the bacteria on our skin, it can cause body odor. But nobody wants to smell like body odor, which is why we use antiperspirants or deodorants (or both!)

But many store-bought antiperspirants contain parabens, aluminum, dyes and a bunch of other things people may not want to put on their skin. Deodorants, on the other hand, tend to have simpler ingredients, and while they don’t stop sweating, that’s not necessarily a bad thing — it helps cool us off, after all!

Luckily, you can whip up a simple, all-natural deodorant at home using just two ingredients. It controls odor without blocking sweat, and without any harsh or risky chemicals.

DIY deodorant

One thing I like about this formula is that you can use it as a roll-on or a spray. Since many people have strong preferences about how they apply deodorant, it’s nice to have options!

How To Make A Natural Deodorant Roll-On

DIY deodorant

You’ll need:

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Directions:

Add 12 drops of Defend to a roller bottle, then fill the rest of the way with fractionated coconut oil. Replace the roller top and shake well to mix.

DIY deodorant

Bonus Tip: This tool makes it easy to pop the lids off essential oil bottles and roller bottles!

How To Make A Natural Deodorant Spray

DIY deodorant

You’ll need:

*Note: Witch hazel his included here for its natural cleansing and toning properties, and because it’s pleasantly cool, evaporates quickly, and can help soothe irritated skin. Learn more about the benefits of witch hazel here.

DIY deodorant

Directions:

Add 30 drops of Defend and 1 tablespoon of glycerin to a small spray bottle, then fill the rest of the way with witch hazel. Replace the spray top and shake well to mix.

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Tips For Using A Natural Deodorant

  1. Natural formulas don’t last quite as long as conventional deodorants, so you’ll benefit from applying them more frequently. Keep some in your purse so you can reapply it once or twice throughout the day.
  2. If you’ve been using an antiperspirant, your body may need time to adjust to your new routine. You might feel sweatier than usual for the first few weeks.
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The million-dollar question about natural deodorant is always the same: does it work? I’ve been using it exclusively for some time now and have been completely satisfied with the results!

I don’t experience what I would call “excessive sweating,” though, so if you do, be aware that neither of these natural deodorants will do you any good in terms of preventing sweat. Only an antiperspirant will help in that regard — just something to keep in mind!

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Jill Nystul is an accomplished writer and author who founded the blog One Good Thing by Jillee in 2011. With over 30 years of experience in homemaking, she has become a trusted resource for contemporary homemakers by offering practical solutions to everyday household challenges.I share creative homemaking and lifestyle solutions that make your life easier and more enjoyable!

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  • Jillee what is your solid deo recipe with arrowroot and beeswax I cannot remember it, but I loved it. I am on a very fixed income and have almost 70 gasps! I have been your greatest fan for a very long time and do use both your powdered and liquid laundry detergent. The stain spray really works and your oxi brightener is one I use and the whitening soak oh I just need your whole library again. ( no money) oh well, the solid deo is the only one I just cannot find, and I love it. Thx Barb in SLC

  • I love your blog but really need to point out that the spray deoderant needs an emulsifier for the oils. Witch hazel is not an emulsifier so the oils sit on top and your need to shake well. But this will still put pure oil on your skin and can lead to sensitivity.

  • Hi jillee,
    You said you added frankincense to the deodorant. Can you tell me one. Not what brand but the type. I use edens garden brand and they have several varieties.

    Thank you

    • Hi Maria,
      Love the Edens Garden brand. I use Lemon and Frankincense Serrata in my blend. It has a light citrus scent without being “fruity”. Hope this helps.

  • Hi Jillee! I ran accross your blog from pinterest! I love it! So i noticed you make alot of your own stuff! As do I. Well I want to intoroduce to Young Living Essential Oils! They are the leader in essential oils because they ARE PURE. When I say 100% pure I want to explain something. Every health food store sells essential oils as do the internet like amazon.com. Well in order for them to call them natural and pure they only need 3 small drops of the actual pure oil in that bottle. The rest is synthetic chemicles. I know you must be shocked! When I found out about the truth of adultered oils i was pretty upset. But then my friend introduced me to young living essential oils! YL strives provide the best most purest healthy safe oils for over 20yrs now. YL Oils are Medical Grade. Grade A. What that means is they have the power to heal illness. *Not FDA approved although (no natural way of healing will ever be FDA approved due to $ and thats the sad truth) I have thousands of testimonies about how ppl are being healed and blessed by these oils. Gary Young owner of Young Living calls the oils “gods medicine” because thats exactualy what they are. What ever comes from the root, tree, shrub, flower is the only thing in that bottle of essential oil. I cannot express how important that is. Please visit seedtoseal.com for more info on that. So YL became the company it is because of the demand of the product 20yrs ago. It just started as a Co-Op. Gary has been researching for over 30years, he travels all over the world to find new plant life to make oils from. It would take 50 cups of tea to equal 1 drop of Young Livings Peppermint Oil. So Young Living owns thier own farms, distileries and Labs. They have full control over the product to ensure we get the best of the best product. YL is an open door company. Meaning as a member of the company like myself members have the ability to go visit any of the farms or diltileries all aorund the world. Work the farm and take part in harvest. All of it. Young Living has no secrets! They love to show us how they make the product and get it to us!

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  • Pretty great post. I just stumbled upon your blog
    and wanted to say that I have really enjoyed browsing your weblog posts.

    In any case I’ll be subscribing to your feed and I am hoping you write once more very soon!

  • Again, thank you, Jillee for your wonderful blog.

    I’ve used the baking soda/coconut oil recipe. It works but I developed a big bump in my arm pit. Scarey. I then tried the witch hazel recipe and it’s not effective and I stunk to high heaven. So!…

    I decided to get creative; in a 2.5 oz spray bottle, I only had half of the witch hazel recipe left. I added 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda, shook it up and the next day, I poured the witch hazel recipe off (I could have used a coffee filter to get the remaining liquid, but didn’t), leaving the baking soda behind.

    In short, I allowed the baking soda to sit in the witch hazel recipe, hoping they can “share” some benefits of each other and WAA LA! It works! Very effective. It’s so effective, I’m scared–and thankful! I will reuse the baking soda, left behind for another batch and that can “marinate” until I’m ready to pour off the liquid from it.

    Try! Try! Try! Never give up! All body chemistry is different.

    A great advantage to rubbing deodorant into our armpits–female & male–is, it keeps us “in touch” with our glands & lymph nodes, which are a great indicator of what’s going on with our bodies. If you feel a bump, please see a doctor. Could be nothing, but better safe than sorry.

  • I have been using plain baking soda under my arms for 15 years.
    My son sweated badly, the Dr. said he had an over active thyroid and killed it, before it lead to more problems.
    He is now some what normal and takes a thyroid pill daily.

  • Hey Jelli!
    Thanks for sharing all the awesome DYI or homemade products. I have a quick question about the deodorant. Can I substitute something else for the lavender and if so what would you suggest? I only ask because I am allergic to lavender. Thanks so much again for all you do!

    Many Blessings,

    Melinda B.

  • Your style is unique compared to other folks I have read stuff from.
    Thanks for posting when you have the opportunity, Guess I will
    just book mark this blog.

  • Hi,

    I find it that it is difficult to frctionated coconut oil at my place. Can i just replace it with virgin coconut oil. And i read somewhere that can substitute with sweet almond oil, is it ok?

    Thanks.

  • I used to have excessive sweating and darker underarms, being very pale it was very noticeable. I was wearing prescription strength and sweating through.
    After changing my diet and switching to natural deodorant I realized I no longer sweated nearly as much *no more embarresed to take my sweater off* and that even when I did sweat, it didn’t smell that bad or at least it wasn’t strong enough for others to smell it. Also after I stopped using normal deodorant, my underarms lightened significantly over the course of about a month and have stayed that way.
    I’ve gone natural and about to go homemade and I’ll never go back.

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  • Hi,
    Thanks for the recipe. I d like to try the spray version. The only problem is the link for the spray does not work. Can you plse tell me (in ml if possible) the content of the small spray bottle.
    Thanks in advance
    Isy

  • Hi y’all,
    Jillie you’re a genius!
    Here in the south we have 5 seasons: winter, spring, summer…and August, making deodorant a social necessity. However, seeing as how I already had the ingredients for this on hand (I’ve been making my own wrinkle reducing moisturizer for some time) I made this version using extra virgin coconut oil that I slightly warmed until barely melted, then added frankincense, lemon, lavender and some lemongrass to help with the perspiration. After it was all mixed and had set up, the coconut oil solidified enough for me to just put half a teaspoon on my hands and rub it all around. Put it on yesterday and then went outside to power-wash my entire driveway. It took me hours in the blazing southern sun. I didn’t sweat, didn’t smell (honest) and bonus – it still had the scent of lemons and lavender when I was through. I had the hubs try it today (though there was much grumbling and protest) and guess what? It works great for him too, even through underarm hair.
    Skin is the largest organ organ of the human body – what you put on it gets absorbed into your bloodstream. Try this – your body will thank you!
    Good job Jillie!

  • When you get around to creating a more manly scent for your husband I would love for you to post. I’m not yet confident enough to experiment on my own. I made this today in the spray form and I loved it!

  • I have to say deodorant is one of those things that everyone needs and that means that a lot of people spend way more money than they need to on it and they definitely don’t realize the harmful ingredients. Even though I knew some about how bad a lot of the ingredients in regular deodorant are for you I never thought of making it myself. I definitely never would have thought it could be so easy either. Just a few drops of some great herbs with excellent benefits. Thanks for the recipes.

  • Cute pic of you and your sisters. =)
    Thank you for your site; these natural recipes and information are so important.
    I have lost my 2 sisters in the last 4 1/2 years to lymphoma and breast cancer, so taking care of what goes on your skin and into your body is so very important!
    Love reading the “think tank” dialogue also!

    God Bless,
    Ruthann

  • Thanks Brittany and Jen for the light at the end of the tunnel! I am quite positive diet has a lot to do with it …its getting them to change (drop the sugar and wheat) that will be a huge undertaking. I will pass along your wisdom!

    • Lori

      I have a 21 yr old daughter that has the same issues. This also started for her as a teenager, we tried the prescription deo for a few years but she didn’t care for the side-effects. She is a college soccer player, eats the right foods, etc. I don’t know that I can get her to stop using an anti-perspirant but I’m going to ask her to try and will make the spray deodorant using the witch hazel and eo’s. I can’t wait to see if this works for her. She hates that she “pits out” every white shirt she owns.

      Keeping my fingers crossed!

  • I’ve never heard of using straight oils and witch hazel. I love witch hazel, and found it to be a huge relief for post partum healing. I’ve been making my own deodorant (baking soda+coconut oil) for a year or more now & love it, but would like to try your spray idea. Thanks for sharing!

  • Since there seem to be some very knowledgeable people posting here, I thought I’d pick your brains. I have an 18-year old daughter and 16-year old son who sweat ridiculous amounts. Not necessarily too smelly, just absolutely drenched in the armpit area. My daughter, being humiliated by awful pit stains and constant wet marks (even in cold weather when she wasn’t even hot she would literally be dripping down her arm) convinced me to get a prescription roll on that really does dry things out but has to be followed by a cortisone cream for itchiness. Now the son, with the same situation, is using the same drug.

    Be gentle…please don’t go all crazy on me for allowing a prescription drug and a cortisone cream to be used on my children. I know…bad mom…poison…sweating is normal…and all that jazz. I’m ready for a change. The super drying brand name antiperspirants don’t work for them (I’m sure they are terribly dangerous too). But you do what you have to do to keep the kids happy. Does anyone else have this problem? Hubby and I do not have this affliction.

    I will be trying a couple of these deo/antiperspirant recipes to see if they will help the kids. Can’t wait to see the “manly” version too.

    • Hey Lori,
      I know their suffering! I too am an excessive armpit sweater. It started in late junior high for me and was at its worst in high school. I could pit sweat through several layers of shirts back then. I used to never be able to raise my arms because I always had wet pit circles.In 8th grade I used a prescription sweat blocker called Drysol, which was a nightmare. I still to this day remember how bad it itched and burned. It had aluminum chloride in it in high concentrations, which I now know was very dangerous to use and it does scare me that I put that on my body as a youngster. I didn’t use it long though, maybe 6 months? 8? Anyways, to this day as nearly a 30 year old, I still battle it occasionally. I manage it, I guess you could say. I know from years of experience if certain colors of shirt will just get ruined with pit stain residue immediately, like white or light yellow. I don’t wear grey because it shows a wet armpit circle the very worst. I know that certain styles of shirt will trigger me to sweat more if the armpit part is tight. Some shirts don’t cause me to over sweat at all. I use Secret antiperspirant, but like I said, that doesn’t keep all the sweating away. What’s funny is I swear I sweat less if i don’t wear the antiperspirant. But then i worry that I smell. I feel that it’s tied to hormones, which makes sense that it was worst in the height of puberty. But coming from someone who’s been there, at least you can tell your kids that it will improve! Also, a trick I’ve learned for keeping the pit stains out of clothes is that I rinse the pit area of any of my high-risk shirts immediately in warm water when I take them off. Then, before I put the clothes in the washing machine, I first soak the pits of high-risk shirts in white vinegar. The PH of vinegar helps break up deodorant and sweat stains. I also don’t put those shirts in the dryer because that locks in the stains. That’s just how I live now, and believe me I wish I didn’t have to, but it’s not so bad really. I’d rather go through the extra work to save my shirts!

    • I sweat far more than the average person as well. I’m just sitting on the couch in my nice air-conditioned house and offending myself with my sweat. I honestly don’t know what the answer is. Part of the issue is, and I found this out the hard way, is probably what they’re eating. And antiperspirants, too. Get them to stop eating wheat and grains an no sugars, sodas, artificial sweeteners, or processed foods. Feed them beef, chicken, veggies, and fruits. And animal fat. REAL butter in stick form, heavy cream, etc. Very good for you. Also, buy some unflavored beef gelatin. If they have a daily tea or coffee mix some in there. Or make jello with it, or you can find other recipes for it. Also, have them stop using soaps. Soaps kill all the good bacteria on the skin and forces it to stop producing oil, so your body fights back and over produces. Just have them shower with a scrubber and water as hot as they can stand it. And no antiperspirants! Antiperspirants block the sweat glands and the body starts freaking out and pumping out sweat as fast as it can.

      My diet change to what I mentioned, my switch from body washes and soaps to a scrubber and hot water, and leaving the antiperspirants behind has definitely helped. It’s not perfect, but I can wear a color other than black now. I even wear tank tops. I could not have done that six months ago. Do I still smell? Yes. do I still sweat? Yes. But it’s much, much better, and it doesn’t roll down my body (unless I’m outside because this is Florida and it’s super hot and humid here).

      Good luck!

    • Also, the stuff you use to wash clothes with could have something to do with it. I use things with no smell. It’s a bit sad to do laundry and have my clothes smell like… nothing at all, but it’s better than the detergent and softener mixing with sweat. Ew.

      I use Arm&Hammer free&clear unscented. I put a teensy bit of that in. You do not need nearly as much detergent as they say you do. It’s a gimmick to make you buy more, and it also clogs your washing machine. Put like an eighth to a tenth of what it says to use in. Then put a healthy dose of Borax powder in. I put far more borax than I do detergent. Then I wash. After they’re done washing, I do an extra rinse with white cleaning vinegar. You can use 1/2-1 cup, depending on how dirty the clothes are. And I don’t put everything in the dryer anymore, as that sets in smells and stains and such. I hang the clothes on hangers on the shower rod and turn a box fan on setting 2 and let that run for the afternoon.

      Between the diet change, the shower change, the product change, and the laundry change, good things should happen. Just tell them to be patient, good things do take time and this is no different. They will sweat worse in the beginning, but it will lessen over time. In about five months their bodies should be normal bodies, not toxin filled bodies. Until then, I guess wear black?

    • I know most of the people posting here are probably from America, and things are different in America. But, that being said, when I lived in South Africa, I had a friend (female) who had a problem of excessive sweating (arm pits). It’s actually a medical condition that is covered under their healthcare plans! Can you imagine? She is able to have laser treatments on her armpits that make her sweat glands less active (or something). Twice a year she gets the treatments and helps her tremendously. I’m not advocating that. But, I’m telling you some information that I’ve not seen listed here. For someone who drips sweat down their arms in even cool weather, laser treatments may be a huge relief.
      Personally, I did sweat quite a bit. However, for the past 8 months I’ve been using coconut oil and sometimes a homemade deodorant that has beeswax and EOs and baking soda…sometimes that works, sometimes not. I’ll try this recipe with witch hazel. Thanks everyone!

  • I have a condition called hidradenitis suppurativa and can’t use store bought deodorants at all. Not even the mineral and other natural ones.

    Does anyone know if the oils will affect my condition? I don’t really even need deodorant anymore since I’ve had so many surgeries under my arms and don’t sweat normally anymore. But I do still sweat and in the summer can end up a little fragrant at the end of the day sometimes.

  • I have a condition called hidradenitis suppurativa and can’t use store bought deodorants at all. Not even the mineral and other natural ones. (If you’re curious- http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/hidradenitis-suppurativa/DS00818)

    Does anyone know if the oils will affect my condition? I don’t really even need deodorant anymore since I’ve had so many surgeries under my arms and don’t sweat normally anymore. But I do still sweat and in the summer can end up a little fragrant at the end of the day sometimes.

  • so happy to know you could get alcohol free witch hazel. I’ve never seen before but always wondered if it was sold because the acohol one dries out my skin! So happy!

  • Commercial products have began to relly scare me as I get older and see what is happening to people around me. I am going to try your formula for natural deodorant. Will modify for manly manly scent.

  • Hi Jill

    As usual your site is always full of enriching info. I have been using baking soda mixed with rice flour. Rice flour has a whitening effect. I put them separately in a pepper shaker. As regards to fractional coconut oil, here in Malaysia – hot tropical country we can only find the oil in liquid form (organic and cold pressed) and it costs USD 20 for a litre.

    God bless and warmest wishes
    Patricia

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  • Ok Ladies-

    I am very intrigued! Now the question I have for you all is for my husband. He has the ever popular excessive underarm sweat. Yeah, I know, overshare! He’s tired of it. I tried making the baking soda, cornstarch and coconut oil mix, but it tore his underarm to shreds. Any suggestions??

    Thanks!

  • I absolutely love all the posts on natural health and beauty! We have been avid essential oil users for several years now. I have to ask – why the switch from DoTerra to Spark?

  • Love all of the great ideas I find on this site! I’ve been using Thai crystal deodorant spray. I’m wondering if anyone has tried or knows about adding the essential oils directly to this spray, rather than creating a new spray with the witch hazel. Will the crystal spray mix well with the EOs?

  • I made this and I am in love! All these years of never finding the right deoterant. Nothing ever worked for odor or sweating. I made the spray recipe and added lemongrass which I heard was good for sweating. I have to say 2 days and I have had ZERO odor and ZERO sweating! I am speachless…

    • 1.) Essential oils
      2.) coconut oil

      OR

      1.) Essential oils
      2.) Witch Hazel

      It’s kinda like going through the express line at the grocery store: are 5 apples one item or five?? He he he…..hmmmmm…

    • I made the roll-on deodorant with the fractionated coconut oil and it did stain my clothes. I didn’t see the stains until I had pulled my clothes out of the dryer. Maybe if I had noticed before washing and had used a pre-stain buster, then it may have prevented the stain. With that said, the roll-on was effective as a deodorant, and I didn’t notice sweat staining my clothes after working outside.

      Today I made the spray deodorant with the Thayers Rose Petal Witch Hazel (which I love). I will try and remember to get back with an update on its effectiveness on odor.

      I have been impressed with the suggestions on Jillee’s site. Thank you Jillee.

      • I made the spray on, and I also like it. I’m still partial to the roll-on, but only wear it when I’m in my work at home clothes.

  • I like this post (not that I don’t love them all). I have been looking for a good recipe for deodorant that I would make for myself. Thank you so much! You all remind me of me and my (2) sisters.

  • I love the home-made bath/beauty/health products. One thing that does NOT work at my house is the deodorant. I’m assuming it is the coconut oil. I haven’t been brave enough to try it with any other oil, yet. The problem we have is that since we’ve changed to home-made products, our whites (undershirts, etc) have taken on a dingy tone that just wasn’t there with the store bought stuff.

    My first attempt at home made deodorant consisted of coconut oil with arrowroot and baking soda. Simple — but something in this did not agree with our laundry. Maybe it is the funky water out here in the mid-west.

    Any suggestions on a substitute carrier for the EOs or cornstarch/baking soda options?

    • Jae,
      I only use the coconut oil because it absorbs into the skin so quickly, and is good for the body and skin too. It also helps the baking soda and cornstarch stay in place. I think if you just dust your underarms with the mix while they a damp the mix will work just as well.

    • Hopefully, although much time has passed, this will be of help:
      Use FRACTIONATED coconut oil instead of raw. It has no odor and washes out of materials easily. Becoming the most popular base oils by used by massage therapists/masseuses for exactly those reasons. You might want to Google ‘base oils’ used in aromatherapy and find one that absorbs easily.

  • I use straight coconut oil after washing with Dr. Bronner’s lavender soap. It took a couple of days for any odor to completely go away and for my body to adjust to not using deordorant. I think any odor I have now is actually better than what was mixed with the toxic deordorant I was using.

  • My problem is my underarms are extremely dark. Yet my skin is fair, so it is very embarrassing. I keep reading that I might have an allergy to deodorants/antiperspirants. Has anyone ever heard of this problem and know a fix? I’ve never tried natural deodorants so would this maybe help? Thank you!

    • Having a true allergic reaction to something you apply to your skin usually means you have a rash or hives, so I doubt your dark underarms are due to the use of deodorant. You might try looking up Acanthosis Nigricans. This medical condition can be caused by a variety of things.

    • I had my underarms turn dark-ish when I was using a natural deodorant made with Tea Tree oil. Apparently that can cause the darkening. After I stopped using it, it faded.

    • Nikki, my husband also gets very dark under his arms during summer, it seems the sweat irritates the skin. We have used zinc and caster oil cream, its used for baby’s rashes, and it works. Try using natural products once the darkness goes. good luck.

    • Its a bit late for a reply but I figure I will try anyway :)
      I also get the dark armpits, and tried making a ton of different deodorants. My doctor said it ends up being a type of fungus, I found wiping my underarms with witch hazel and then using an unti-fungal cream helped then I started using Milk of Magnesium which has been wonderful. I just apply it to a face pad and wipe in on my armpits.

  • I’ve been using this (sans frankincense, since I don’t have it yet) for 4 days. I’m really loving it, due to that it works! Entertaining perk: I’ve been asking my 3 sons to smell my armpits to help m check. I’ve been told I smell “good,” “like flowers,” and like a “nice man.” LOL! I love the ideas from you and your sisters, Jillee!!!

  • This sounds great. I never wanted to be bothered with the long list of ingredients & melting for most of the DIY deodorants– but like the idea just adding EO’s for their scent and anti bacterial properties (& such). For quite a while now I have been using organic coconut oil (non fractionated) as a underarm deodorant and it works wonderfully. I apply it with my finger tips–any extra I massage into my cuticles and finger nails. It is very good for the nails.
    Questions:
    Do the EOs separate after a while? It seems like the coconut oil would stay mixed; but what of the Witch Hazel?
    How critical is it that glass bottles are used?

    • I always give my blends a little shake before I use them to make sure everything is mixed evenly. Some oils are heavier than others and I feel the heavier oils separate, so I just give a shake to make sure it’s evenly distributed.
      You can put oils in plastic bottles that are made specifically for oils. If you use plastic that’s not made for oils, you can feel inside the bottle that there are scratchy lines where the oils separate the plastic over even a short period of time.

    • Depending on the extraction process coconut oil can be scented or odorless. I’m not sure about fractionated CO and whether or not it is scented or if some is and some isn’t even. You can read about the difference and what process takes the scent out at Tropical Traditions http://www.tropicaltraditions.com/. They sell very good coconut oil and I like the sourcing but it can be expensive without specials (which they do run often). However both scented and non scented can also be purchased at Vitacost http://www.vitacost.com/ I have often purchased the Jarrow brand from them that says “good for cooking” on it and states that it has a “neutral taste” in the description. I don’t know how they are different since both the green label and the brown label containers say they are expeller pressed but from personal trial the brown one has no smell or flavor (I prefer that for cooking). I’m sure other brands at Vitacost also have non flavor options but I don’t know which ones, I use Tropical T now as much as I can though because I have a better grasp on why one has taste and smell and one doesn’t as well as liking what they do.

  • Okay, I’ve been hesitant to try making my own deodorants (my hubby already thinks I’m nuts with all the homemade recipes I’ve been trying for the last year or so), I’m definitely going to try this one! I just placed my first order with Spark Naturals and it should be here any day!

    Thanks again Jillee, and Rebecca for all that you do!

    BTW, my hubby is now a convert to your laundry soap and fabric softener!

  • One of your links does not work. Do you have to add the coconut oil to the roll on?? Is it too hot to use the oils with out some kind of cream??

  • I would like to try that deodorant but we don’t get the fractionated oil here. Do you think I could use the normal coconut oil, which is hard at room temperature, as well? I could heat it a little to melt it and then add the essential oils. Afterwards make it into a stick deodorant. Would that be possible?

    Thanks!

    • You wouldn’t be able to use regular coconut oil for the roll on or the spray for this recipe. It is solid even with the oils. You could mix it and put it into a flat type mason jar or shallow glass jar. You would put your finger in the jar to get a little on your finger (it doesn’t take much!) Beware, as it melts quickly on your warm finger. You can buy fractionated coconut oil from SparkNaturals.com and most health food stores have it as well as Amazon, Vitacost, and Puritan’s Pride.

  • Is it only me, but there 4 ingredients. No biggie. Also to Anita. I have tried the crystal stones. They work really well only hint is to wet the stone and a little water drips down your are. Not tragic. They do last forever, it seems.

  • Was kinda hoping your sister had some for sale… oh well, I’ll be looking into making this. For now I use Tom’s and the one made by Arm&Hammer. Thanks for the great info. BB2U

    • Be careful with those deodorants. Check the ingredients. I know A&H has Triclosan in it, and Toms started adding a natural ingredient that also isn’t good for you (natural doesn’t always equal healthy). I can’t think of the name, but it’s in a lot of other deodorants, and other products, too. My husband and I loved the A&H one, until I did some research.

  • After a health scare last year, I took a real hard look at what I was putting in my body and ON my body. My scare had to do with a staph infection and subsequent lymph node issues. I quit using deodorant and started using coconut oil, first as a massage oil to help get my nodes loosened up but then I noticed that it was doing a fairly good job at keeping odor away (I wasn’t expecting THAT!).

    But now that it’s warmer weather, I’m looking forward to trying some of these suggestions for natural deodorant. I’ve gotten used to the non-anti-perspirant feeling, but the scent of lavender intrigues me.

    Thanks-

  • This answers a question I’ve always had when I read about people in history such as in the Bible, 1800’s, etc. I’ve always wondered how they kept themselves at least odor free if not free from sweat!

    It also brings me back to a subject that I would rather not acknowledge of antiperspirants being bad for lymph nodes…a friend told me this years ago but I have an aversion to sweating!

    This short blog gave me all the push I needed to think out of my box and give something natural a try. My mom is VERY sensitive to smells and I think the baking soda, cornstarch ideas would be better around her. From your experience, how strong is the scent of the eo deodorants? Also, how long do they last on an “average” day and must you reapply throughout the day?

    By the way, your idea for getting help in planting your flowers is a conniving, yet BRILLIANT idea! I’m thinking of trying THAT one right away! haha

    • If you feel like you need a pick-me-up, make a smaller bottle to put in your purse or car for those mid-day issues… Or make the roll-on for the morning after your shower and the spray for the car/purse/locker for a quick refresher.

    • Well, no; historical writings and memoirs show that people in history STUNK. But nearly everything (garbage pits, manure in the streets, open sewers, outhouses if you were lucky) stunk then anyway. The very rich could afford to drench themselves in expensive perfumes to try to mask the foul smells that surrounded them, but everyone else just lived with it. There were certainly no essential oils available for the average citizen to make natural deodorants, and probably no one thought to bother trying, because perspiration was a normal fact of life. Society’s insistence on frequent bathing and removing any hint of natural body odor is a very, very recent development, historically.

      • I remember reading in my Native American Literature class that one Native American said that he could smell the white men coming from a half a mile away because of their body odor! This particular tribe bathed in the river everyday and kept clean, even during the winter. I so wish I could remember which book had this account in it. It made me giggle out loud in the middle of class, I do remember that part:)

  • I and my kids have been using coconut oil, baking soda, cornstarch/arrowroot powder & essential oils (you can put some wax pellets in it to make it a roll-on), BUT I definitely will be trying this one as well. Thanks for sharing!

  • Has anyone used the mineral salts or crystal stones which are recommended on many natural health care sites? I haven’t tried it yet but am curious about it and want to try it. Apparently one stick or stone will last well over one year, so it would be a huge cost savings to use one of these as your deodorant.

    • Anita,

      Yes, it will last over a year… I get the spray which doesn’t last as long as the stone, but with the same ingredients. It works for me. I don’t sweat much but many days during the spring/summer I am outside in my garden working, so I do sweat a little. I think it makes a big difference with how well you eat and if you eat whole foods, or processed junk. I eat a pretty clean diet: grassfed meats, raw milk, fermented veggies, etc. etc. most everything is homemade. But for other people it doesn’t work… you just get to figure it out for yourself. :) When I travel I use the stone because then I can have it on my carryon. Even during business meetings when I am in a dress suit it has worked fine for me.

    • I’ve used the crystals for many years off & on… they work great but for me, I need to reapply it after about 6-8 hours. I always kept a crystal in my toolbox at work just in case.

  • I switched to a home made corn starch//coconut deodorant about a year ago. I was worried about it not being anti-antiperspirant. I was pleasantly surprised after a very short detox period (1-2 weeks), my body seemed to adjust to the idea that it COULD sweat now, and didn’t need to do it as profusely. Plus I think it took awhile to sweat out the years of anti-antiperspirant build up. Fortunately I did this while the weather was still cold and I was able to wear double layers to help me feel I could hide any tell tale under arm rings!

    • Me too, but I use the 90%. I read on diynatural.com that using rubbing alcohol over time can be toxic so they recommend a grain ethyl alcohol like Everclear (whatever that is). I’m going to try Jillee’s recipe.

    • Absolutely! The Frankincense has anti-cancerous benefits which makes it a wonderful ingredient for deodorant since application is so close to many lymph nodes. Lemon, Melaleuca and Lavender is a very nice combination too!

  • Awesome! Can’t wait to try this I just started getting into essential oil and love them so much that I’m selling them now. When you come up with a manly scent please share would love to make it for husband also. Thanks so much love your blog and your sisters too :)

    • You can make this without Frankincense. You may want to see if any of your friends would like to share the cost of a bottle since it doesn’t take a whole bottle for this recipe (although there are other uses for Frankincense to justify the cost – {wrinkle preventer}.

      I had a scare late last year where my annual mammogram showed a lump. I stopped using commercial deodorant and started looking for a diy recipe (this recipe is awesome) and I used Frankincense in the recipe. I also rubbed Frankincense & fractionated coconut oil in the area of the lump each night. I had my follow up mammogram last week – No Lump!!! (love you Rebecca <3 ).

      Also, this doesn't get rid of the sweaty feeling (I live in the South). I use the coconut oil – witch hazel doesn't cut it long term in humid heat for me. It does smell good and works a good while (I do have to freshen if I am doing a lot of physical work).

      Lemongrass does work well to help lessen the perspiration.

    • There are about 75 drops per 5ml bottle. It’s not that expensive when you do the math. Buy some off a friend to try it out before you buy your own.

  • I like this idea! I was thinking of making the spray on my hubby to see what he thinks. I make mine with coconut oil but from what I hear, if can not be as effective with hair. I also plan on not using Lemon, it can make skin susceptible to burning in the sun and we spend lots of time outside. Thanks!

  • This formula will not prevent you from sweating, but will absorb the sweat. Mix together equal amounts of baking soda and cornstarch. Mix together well and place in an old bathpowder box with a puff. After showering apply a small amount of virgin coconut oil to under arms and dust well with cornstarch/baking soda mixture. I have been using this formula for 2 years without odor, or underarm stains on my clothes.

    • I’ve been doing something similar for years. I mix 1 part baking soda, 1/4 part cornstarch, and 1/4 part baby powder or other talc-based body powder. I don’t do the coconut oil part, but I can see that might improve the system, especially if I will be doing something really energetic! Thanks.

  • Here’s what I have been using, milk of magnesium, it works! I put it in an empty roll on bottle, I apply some to freshly washed & dried pits, one thing you have to do is allow it to dry before getting dressed otherwise it doesn’t work as well, I rub it in for about 20 seconds each side until it dries, it keeps me odor free all day, even in the worst conditions. One thing I have noticed is it seems to keep my dry as well, it’s not like antiperspirant, but it does seem to keep me dry. It’s also something I use on my face as a masque and lightly applied as a primer before applying makeup (when I wear it, which isn’t often anymore)… research it, I’d love to hear what you think about it. :)

    There is a commercial deodorant made with MOM and hydrated bentonite clay, I have experience with both of these ingredients, they are both very alkaline, I suspect that is how it works to keep down odor and possibly to keep down moisture. This commercial deodorant is put out by The People’s Pharmacy, I have no affiliation with them.

    I have been using just the plain MOM with no problems, I have hydrated bentonite clay, it’s going into my next batch to see if it works any differently.

    Wretha

    • I use this too! I put mine in a squirt bottle though (it does clog easily) because I don’t have a ball roll-on and I add essential oils to the Milk of Magnesia aka Magnesium Hydroxide. Supposedly, magnesium hydroxide has been a popular ingredient in deodorants to control odor. Occasionally, I do have odor, but I feel it is related more to my diet (I have to stay away from a certain brand of Beer), than to the effectiveness of the MOM.

      • I had some roll on deodorant/antiperspirant bottles left over, I hate throwing anything away :)

        I just popped the ball out of the bottle, washed the bottle and ball very well and filled with MOM, I left about an inch of space at the top to give me some shaking room. When it gets used up some, I’ll add some hydrated bentonite clay about half and half with the MOM and see how that works, I’m hoping it works great, the MOM by itself works… we’ll see what happens, I’m all for experimenting.

        What essential oils do you add to your MOM deodorant?

        Wretha

      • Thanks for your experience. I bought some months ago. It didn’t seem to be effective for me. But after reading your comments yesterday, I decided to try it again, this time rubbing it in with my fingers like you said you do. Guess what! It was very effective! I was out in 100 degree heat and came home w/o a hint of ripeness. :) I guess it was my method of application. Thanks, Wretha.
        And thanks, Jillee, for these opportunities to exchange ideas with others!

  • oh loooorrd, I always smell like the wrong side of a hippy whenever I try out the store bought natural deodorants. Thanks for this, I’m gonna try and hope it works better because I definitely prefer natural over the toxic name brands.

    • As coming from the hippie era, this really hit my funny bone. The wrong side of a hippy! I bet you have a colorful vocabulary of expressions. I’m going to use your expression today, because there are several targets where it is apropo.

      I am also going to try the deodorant because of the lymph node thing. My lymph nodes are always knotted up from food allergies; this would be a good idea for me.

    • You and me both, sister. I’ve tried crystals, I’ve tried Tom’s and I’ve tried the coconut oil and baking soda (which gave me a tremendous rash and didn’t stop the smell AT ALL). I think i am just one of those people that needs clinical strength deodorants.

      • That’s me as well, Carrien. I HATE using the aluminum products, but without them I RUIN clothes with a stench that doesn’t wash out. I don’t have the budget to replace tops after each wearing, so I potentially risk my health. I would LOVE a third option!

      • I’ve just discovered a something that works for me. I spray the armpit area of my clothes with ammonia before washing. The stench actually comes out. I realized that the buildup of the odor in my clothes was causing me to stink faster than I really did. It’s worth a try.

      • and this doesn’t damage your clothes at all? its safe for colors as well as whites? or only whites?

      • It hasn’t damaged anything of mine and I’ve mostly done it to darks. The thing is that the sweat smell is just a build up over time so once it’s gone, I don’t need to do it again for quite awhile. You can always try Jillee’s method of Dawn, hydrogen peroxide and baking soda if the ammonia makes you nervous. That just takes a little more effort with the scrubbing. To make it easier, I douse my clothes with hydrogen peroxide, pour a bit of Dawn on a toothbrush then dip it in baking soda, then scrub away.

      • I’ve quit deodorant and began trying the other homemade options: alcohol, milk of magnesia, coconut oil/baking soda/cornstarch. None of them are totally effective on their own for me. So my favorite method in order to stay relatively fresh smelling without going back to aluminum based store bought deodorants is to first swab my pits with alcohol to kill the bacteria. Then I apply zinc oxide (I just buy the generic Desitin creamy tube from the baby aisle). Sometimes I dust my shoulders and armpits with Shower to Shower powder. This actually kept me fresh for hours in 105 degree heat this past weekend. Deodorant wouldn’t have. But something to note is that this only works if I’m not going sleeveless. The white zinc oxide would be obvious I think.

    • That’s so funny, Sunnee! I feel your pain though! I am not going to stop trying to go more natural, and plan to give this a try!

      Jillee,
      Thanks for posting good stuff! We love ya!

      xo,
      Rebecca K

    • If it doesn’t work for you, try combing the exact same essential oils she mentioned with 1/8Cup of organic baking soda, 1/8Cup of organic cornstarch, and 3Tablespoons of organic unrefined virgin coconut oil. Store it in an air tight container, and if you live in a really hot climate, you might want to store it in your refrigerator. This works extremely well! Even my husband uses it (and likes it!). However, I will caution you: some people are sensitive to a lot of baking soda on the skin. My suggestion is to be sure you wash it off completely at night time before bed and apply plain organic virgin unrefined coconut oil directly after. This will help keep it from ever getting irritated.

      Hope this helps!

      Organic Uprising
      OrganicUprising.com

  • Jillie, u’ve even great ideas! :-) I’ve made my own deodorant with saturated baking soda and eo, so as a creamy stick deodorant, but this one I need to try ASAP ;-)
    Thanx for the suggestions :-)
    V.

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