Toxin Free Body: Homemade Deodorant That Works!!!

Even before I started the Maker’s Diet seven years ago, I began looking for alternatives to conventional deodorant. While shopping at Bath & Body works one day, an employee told me about the connection between parabens (synthetic preservatives) & breast cancer. I tried a "natural" deodorant that I purchased that day, but it didn’t work at all.

So I returned to my normal deodorant- until I started the Maker’s Diet, and read further about the danger of aluminum in antiperspirant deodorants- it has been linked to cancer and to Alzheimer’s. I knew we had to switch!

We did switch to an organic line of deodorant, first using Aubrey Organics. They work well and we used it for a long time, and in the last five years have used almost every brand of natural & organic deodorant on the market.

Our most recent favorite was Weleda’s Citrus deodorant, but in the end I got tired of purchasing expensive bottles of deodorant every month. When a friend on a Baby Center chat forum posted a recipe for homemade deodorant, I thought I’d give it a try.

I’ll admit- I was extremely skeptical. And my husband was beyond skeptical. But as he always does, he agreed to give it a shot. We were both amazed by the results- for pennies a month!

So here is the recipe for an extremely easy, extremely effective homemade deodorant, that is truly toxin free! (And with no alcohol to irritate sensitive skin.)

Truly Toxin Free Homemade Deodorant
1/4 cup organic corn starch
1/4 cup baking soda
6 tablespoons organic coconut oil

In a bowl,
combine the corn starch and baking soda with a spoon.

(I like using Rapunzel’s organic corn starch)

Then add the 6 tablespoons coconut oil to the bowl. I like Nutiva’s Organic extra virgin coconut oil, or Garden of Life’s coconut oil.Using the back of the spoon (preferably a larger spoon, but not huge!) combine the coconut oil with the baking soda & corn starch.

At first, it will just be crumbly. You will think I am lying to you, and that it won’t work! But don’t fear, keep folding all the ingredients together & combining with the back of the spoon for another minute or two. You’ll know it’s done when it is velvety smooth, without any crumbling.

That’s it! I spoon it out and put it into a jar, and apply by hand daily. However, my husband prefers the convenience of a deodorant stick, so I use an empty stick we have, and pack the mixture down into it. Then you just shape it at the top, and the coconut oil keeps it solid, especially after it sets the first day or so.

I promise you- this stuff works! I read an article online discussing using baking soda for deodorant that said, "If baking soda can deodorize kitty litter, it can deodorize you!"

The coconut oil is also antibacterial and antimicrobial, and gives it a lovely, mild scent!

Enjoy your economical, truly toxin free deodorant! If you give this a try, please be sure to let me know what you think!



 

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62 Comments

  1. 1

    Hi Catherine,
    A quick question… I’m wondering if you’ve noticed any persistent underarm stains on your clothes from using this deodorant? Particularly from the coconut oil…
    Thank you!

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      I have been using this recipe for a few months and love it. Most of my clothes were fine but it did ruin one light gray shirt. I try and wait until its dry before getting dressed and I think that helps. πŸ™‚

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      I was just going to ask that, I’ve used coconut oil as lotion and it stained some of my stuff…but if there are no issues, I’ll definitely try your recipe!

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    What does your husband think of this deodorant? My husband is a little skeptical. I just made some today for the first time and he only uses one specific brand because it is the only one he says works for him. Hoping this homemade one changes his mind!

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    Thanks for sharing! Does the coconut oil melt? I live in the desert and while my coconut oil is solid for now, it won’t be for long. Store in refrigerator? I may try adding some clove oil or thieves.

    • 14

      Hi Erin!! Yes, if you want it to stay solid during warmer weather you’ll need to keep it in the fridge πŸ™‚ Thieves oil would be lovely!!

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    I’ve been looking for a natural recipe. I tried some from the store but they made my underarms sticky, which I can’t stand. For a bit I used just plain baking soda but I got a rash when my shirt rubbed against my underarm. I now use a mineral salt stick and it works well except I’m not sure how it will do in summer. I’m going to try this! Is it hard to smooth on with your hand?

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      Not at all Amber! It’s very easy to smooth on, and it won’t give you a rash like the plain baking soda πŸ™‚

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      Isabel, I’ve found it to work great even when exercising!! I just put some in my hand and apply- however much you feel is good for you, there’s no perfect amount πŸ™‚

      • 22

        Hi Catherine, I’m SO excited!!! I made this 3 days ago and my husband and I LOVE it. I think we’ve tried every deodarant available on the market which was not only expensive but proved to be fruitless in finding one that lasted all day.

        I actually heated the coconut oil so it was a liquid, then added it to the combined corn starch and baking soda & it blended really easily. I put it in the fridge for 10 minutes, and then molded it on to a stick I had from one of the many other natural deodarants we’ve tried!

        Thank you SO much!

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    Thanks for this recipe. I have been recently getting ride of all lotions, deodorant , ect.. that have harmful ingredients. I wasn’t sure which deodorant to buy next and ran across this recipe. I have been using it for three days now and think it works even better then my previous deodorant. I told my husband and hes was hesitant, he told me if it doesn’t work you need to find something different and he is thinking about switching to it also because it works so well. Thanks so much πŸ™‚

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    I just made some up for my daughter and I. I added citrus fresh oil to my batch. Can’t wait to try it. Tomorrow will be the day. I have store bought yet but is rather use something healthier for us.

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    I followed this recipe and at first it stung a bit. After about 2 weeks of use, I had to stop because my underarms were turning a hideous orange color! I’ve never experienced this with OTC deodorants, not even those with aluminum!
    I’ve used the Arm n Hammer deodorant without problems, except it just doesn’t work!
    Pls help, what went wrong?

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    I have been using a similar recipe for about a year now, and LOVE it. Now going on my second summer with it (and temps here in Central California reach 110!). My husband tried it as well, and while it controlled his odor, it didn’t work well with his prolific perspiration. He developed a bad yeast (?) rash in a high-friction area because he needs the anti-perspirant to keep his sweating down.

    Our recipe is: 2-1/2 tbsp organic arrowroot powder, 1-1/2 tbsp baking soda (going to try organic cornstarch on my next batch), 3 tbsp organic coconut oil. I also like to add a couple drops of vitamin E oil to prolong the batch a bit. I store it in a small (pint) glass mason jar and apply a bit with my finger tips.

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    Me and my husband have been talking about switching over to natural deodrant. This is truly amazing. Going to try and make it this month. I am in the UK is corn starch the same as corn flour? Thanks

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      Hi Sophia! Let me know what you think! I don’t think corn flour is the same as corn starch. I would try to find arrowroot powder instead πŸ™‚

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    I’ve been allergic to OTC anti-perspirents for many years. I’m currently using the “Crystal” rock deodorant. It works fine, but I would rather not use aluminum. I will try this.

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    Hi! I have been using coconut oil and baking soda for a while now and although I never smell, I still sweat. I have found it does stain my shirts when I’m sweating a lot and was wondering, does the corn starch help prevent sweating? I really don’t want to have to go back to the chemical stuff for the summer! Thanks!

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      Hi Alexandra! Your body is supposed to sweat πŸ™‚ The cornstarch will help you stay a little more dry though, and it should also help keep it from staining your shirts πŸ™‚

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    I’ve been using this for about two weeks now and I love it! I live in humid Charleston, SC so I sweat a decent amount during the summer and it definitely works as well, if not better than my old store bought deodorant! So happy to have found a deodorant that I don’t feel horrible about putting on my body. Thank you thank you thank you!!

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    I made this recipe for the first time a few weeks ago and I love it! I subbed arrowroot powder for the baking soda. I do find I have to reapply it throughout the day, which isn’t a problem for me since I’m a SAHM, but it would be an issue if I was still working. I put tea tree essential oil in mine for the anti-fungal/bacterial properties. Another tip: coconut oil has a melting point of 73ΒΊ, so if you’re in a place warmer than that, expect an end product that is a little less solid. πŸ™‚

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    Work ok with the smell but not perspiration. But I usually sweat a lot. Wouldn’t recommend to use it with black clothes- baking soda makes it all white, transfers to the fabrique, oil stains the clothes with greasy stains. I don’t think I’ll be able to use it during the winter, when wear tight dark clothes with sleeves. Also, don’t like how soda makes my armpits feel sandy.
    I tried lime juice. It works better- no stains, less perspiration, no sandy feeling. But doesn’t last all day. But I think it is easy to keep it handy and reapply in 4-5 hours.
    I still bible that all these worth time and efforts. Easier and cheaper than to have cancer and chemotherapy later in the life:))

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    Work ok with the smell but not perspiration. But I usually sweat a lot. Wouldn’t recommend to use it with black clothes- baking soda makes it all white, transfers to the fabrique, oil stains the clothes with greasy stains. I don’t think I’ll be able to use it during the winter, when wear tight dark clothes with sleeves. Also, don’t like how soda makes my armpits feel sandy.
    I tried lime juice. It works better- no stains, less perspiration, no sandy feeling. But doesn’t last all day. But I think it is easy to keep it handy and reapply in 4-5 hours.
    I still believe that all these attempts to stay hethy worth time and efforts. Easier and cheaper than to have cancer and chemotherapy later in the life:))

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    I love this recipe and have been using it for quite some time. I add tea tree oil to mine since it also has antibacterial and antimicrobial properties. I love the fact that it will last all day, even now during the hot/humid summers in the midwest!

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    I followed the above recipe and after 3 T of C oil I didn’t add any more. It was too fluid. I amended with = amts of cornstarch/b soda until I was happy. Pushed it into an old OTC deo container that allows for push up.
    We live in Fl and Even it passed the He-man test of working in the garden for my fella’ & myself… No issues with stains.

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    I made a similar recipe the other day, only it had bentonite clay and salt in it as well. So far it is working wonderfully…and this from someone who has tried multiple natural deoderants from the store and had them all fail to some degree. The only downside to my recipe is that the bentonite clay can stain light colored shirts if you aren’t careful.

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    I made some of this organic coconut oil deodorant and put it in a glass jar. However, it is too hard to apply. I don’t know what I did wrong, but how can I use it in that state?

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      Pam, you sure can! It will still be effective. Coconut oil will melt at temperatures above 87 degrees so if you put it next to your stove or someplace warm, it will re liquify πŸ™‚

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    would you mind answering my question:
    megan June 20, 2013 at 1:03 am
    I use coco oil and baking soda and i still stink… what does the corn starch do?

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    Hey Megan. I read above that the cornstarch helps with the sweating. Also when I first started making this, it was the same wy you listed… But that only lasted 2 weeks because of the smell I’d have to reapply throughout the day. As soon as I added the cornstarch and TTO I noticed a significant difference. I have been making my own for 4 months and I love it and will never go back to all those chemicals. Just give it a try.. I am sure it will help.

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    I’m so excited to try this! I was just thinking about finding another to try, because I haven’t found anything that works for me. Thanks

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      Hi Monica! Actually, that’s exactly what it should be- like icing. You can put it in an old deodorant stick and refrigerate if you’d like, that will make it harden πŸ™‚

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    I having been using your deodorant recipe for a week now. I think it works better than store bought and I live in the desert. NEVER switching back!!!!!

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