Making your own deodorant is not only cheap & easy, it also cuts back on harsh chemicals that you’d prefer not be in contact with your skin. Here are a couple different recipes you can try to get you started plus I have two more DIY resources listed at the bottom (one for a cream and the other for stick deodorant)…
- 1 part baking soda
- 1 part cornstarch
- tea tree oil
- Combine ingredients and mix well.
- Put powder mixture into a shake box or a container with a powder puff.
- Use daily or as needed.
Updated notes: to give you an idea of tea tree oil/ratio, it’s about 10 drops per 1 cup of total powder mix. Adjust to your preference, there are no hard and fast rules here.
If you find your skin is very sensitive and store bought deodorants are irritating your skin, give this a try. Tea tree oil is antifungal, a disinfectant, powerful antiseptic, this fights odor unbelievably well.
- More uses for tea tree oil: fighting dandruff, foot odor, fight athletes foot, helps fight acne/pimples and more.
Petroleum Jelly Mix: Recipe #2
This recipe is easy:
- Mix equal parts of baking soda, petroleum jelly and talcum powder. Melt over low heat until it’s completely smooth and well mixed. Stir constantly while the ingredients are heating.
- Pour into a container and seal. Cool at room temperature then use as needed.
- For the first batch try 2 or 3 TBS per ingredient to start with. If you like it, increase the amounts for a larger batch.
More Tips & Recipes
- Creamy Deodorant: Made with shea butter, baking soda, corn starch, cocoa butter, vitamin E oil gel caps (squeeze out the oil) and essential oil. The nice thing about making your own deodorant is that you can always adjust to your personal needs or preferences. Less scent? No problem! Once you find a base recipe that you really like, you can switch around fragrances. Some days you may like to be “fruity or citrus-y”, others a more floral fragrance. Make 2 or 3 different scents out of one batch and you’ll have an option to fit your mood each mornin
- Quick Stick Deodorant: You can stop at the powder stage and just use that as a deodorant, but if you want the stick–the trick is adding solid coconut oil (about 2 TBS or so), who’da thunk! For the deodorant container, recycle ones that you’ve used and emptied then you can use them again and again with this homemade version.
Alex Sherman is a young entrepreneur with a passion for the environment and blogging. He spent his youth in the North Georgia mountains exploring the woods and learning about the wilderness. This passion and respect for our environment motivated him to join local environmental organizations, such as S.E.A.T. The tools and experience he gained motivated him to create the Green Life Pages. The Green Life Pages is an online health and wellness publication with a green business directory and home remedies.
- Homemade deodorant with cocoa butter and coconut oil (momphotographer.wordpress.com)
- This Natural Deodorant Doesn’t Stink (bellasugar.com)
- Mrs. Money: Save Money and Live Green by Making Your Own Deodorant (savings.com)