Make Your Own Natural Deodorant that Really Works!

Wondering how to make your own natural deodorant? Here's how to make homemade deodorant that's healthy, inexpensive, easy to make, and it really works! It's made with just a few simple ingredients that you may already have in your kitchen, and you can customize its fragrance. Best of all, there's no dangerous additives, and it's an aluminum free deodorant. Keep yourself smelling fresh throughout the day in a way that won't compromise your health! Let's make some homemade deodorant, shall we?

Why Do Armpits Smell Bad?

Sometimes armpits are really the pits! They can certainly become smelly! Whether because of hot weather, hard work, a nerve-racking situation, or a fever, or whatever may be the cause, armpits definitely have the ability to make their presence known! 

Smelly ArmpitsWhy do armpits smell bad?

If you've ever wondered, 'why do my armpits smell?', you're not the only one!  You're also not alone in wondering how to get rid of armpit smell! 

But first, what is perspiration, and why do people sweat? Perspiration, or sweat, is the fluid that's excreted by the sweat glands through our skin. There are 2 to 4 million sweat glands on the body. The liquid they produce is almost entirely water, with the balancing being only 1 to 2% of ingredients like salt, protein, fats, acids, and other substances. 

Sweating is a normal and necessary bodily function. Among other benefits, sweating helps regulate our body's temperature, flushes out toxins, and helps to detox the body. Without realizing it, we excrete up to a quart of sweat each day which evaporates through our skin's pores.

Sweat, as it comes from the body, is mostly sterile and is entirely odorless on its own. But when the bacteria that naturally lives on our skin is mixed with the sweat, they multiply quickly and raise quite a stink! Then, if sweat is not washed off the skin, after a few hours bacterial activity leads to unpleasant body odor. This is what causes body odor and what causes smelly armpits. Keep reading for the cure for smelly armpits!

10 Reasons to Make Your Own Natural Deodorant

When considering natural deodorant vs. antiperspirant, there are several benefits of making your own deodorant that are definitely important to consider. Despite myths that say they don't work; natural deodorants are as effective as commercially made deodorants. Besides eliminating odor naturally, there are also many benefits of natural deodorants.  from being gentle on your skin to minimizing your environmental impact. Here are 10 reasons:

  1. It's simple to make, with ingredients that you may already have on hand in your kitchen.
  2. DIY deodorant is very budget friendly! It costs very little to make! 
  3. The natural ingredients are customizable to meet needs and sensitivities of your own skin. 
  4. Natural homemade deodorant is healthier, and may result in better health. 
  5. It allows you to sweat odor-free. 
  6. It allows for natural detox. Sweating is a very important way of releasing toxins. 
  7. You can be creative with fragrances, making it as soft and subtle, or as powerful as you like. 
  8. You know exactly what is in it. It's chemical and additive free, with natural, healthy ingredients.
  9. Making your own deodorant is a more sustainable option, creating less waste.
  10. It aligns with your values, providing for yourself in this simple, healthy way.

Ready to discover our armpit odor solution and stay be fresh as a daisy, or as a pine grove, all day long? Here's how to make your own natural deodorant:

How to Make Your Own Natural Deodorant


Depending on the amount you want to make, keep ratio 1:1, equal amounts of these 3 ingredients. 
(If you just want to try a sample, use 1 tablespoon of each. For a bit more, use 1/4 cup of each, whatever amount you want.)

  • ‍Coconut Oil (cold-pressed organic)
  • Baking Soda - make sure you are using aluminum free baking soda. (And not baking powder)
  • Corn Starch - It's best to choose non-GMO corn starch.
    Or if you prefer, you can also use Tapioca flour, or Arrowroot Powder, making sure your choice is organic, non-GMO.) 

Warm the Coconut Oil up a bit to soften or melt it. Mix in the other 2 ingredients and stir well together. 

And it you prefer unscented, that's it!

If you'd like to fragrance your natural homemade deodorant, keep reading! We offer ideas below, for both man and women. Using Essential Oils, we use 10 -15 drops of each scent for a double batch of the recipe above. Make it as strong or soft as you prefer.

After it's well mixed and has solidified a bit, put it into a small jar and apply a small amount to each pit with fingers. You can also reuse an empty deodorant container.

It's a great idea to wipe or spritz your armpits with a bit of 3% Hydrogen Peroxide before applying your deodorant! We dampen our underarms with H2O2 before applying the deodorant. This not only cleans, disinfects and deodorizes your pits, but there are other reasons as explained below! 

This deodorant works great! Both my husband and I have used it regularly for years.

Why Do We Use These Ingredients in Our Homemade Deodorant?

Listed below are reasons and benefits of using these ingredients when you make your own natural deodorant.

And, interestingly, if you're in a pinch, each of these ingredients can be used alone to help reduce odor.

  • Coconut Oil - Coconut oil has wonderful antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral, and anti-inflammatory properties. It's soothing and healing and absorbs well into the skin. This makes it an excellent base for homemade deodorant. Being antibacterial, it protects against odor-causing bacteria, keeping any unpleasant odor at bay.
  • Aluminum Free Baking Soda - Baking soda is a naturally-occurring mineral. It is also effective in fighting body odor because of its antimicrobial benefits. Its detoxifying effect helps to neutralize acid, balancing and regulating pH levels on the skin. The alkaline environment in your pits helps to inhibit the odor-creating bacteria. Baking soda usually has aluminum added to it, so read labels because it's important to be sure that you use one that's aluminum free. 

  • Corn Starch - Replacing talc found in commercial deodorants, corn starch is used in natural deodorants for its moisture-absorbing properties which minimize sweat and odor. It possesses anti-inflammatory benefits that sooth itchy skin and calms both rashes and burns. Tapioca Flour or Arrowroot Powder can also be used for the same reasons. Arrowroot Powder is rich in antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. Tapioca Flour also has properties that are beneficial to the skin. Again, we encourage you to choose ones that are non-GMO/organic.

Essential Oils Will Make Your Own Natural Deodorant
Smell Wonderful - with Added Benefits!

Using Essential oils Is a wonderful, healthy way to fragrance your natural homemade deodorant! Choose whatever fragrance you like and add a few drops until the strength of scent is right for you. 

For myself, i like to combine fragrant Lily of The Valley Oil and Sandalwood Rose Fragrance Oil For a soft, clean feminine fragrance. My hubby likes woodsy tones fragrances like a nice blend of Fir Needle Essential Oil  and Pine Needle Essential Oil [We love Piping Rock's products, prices, and services, but we are not affiliates of this company.]

Perhaps calming citrus or lemon? Or perhaps citronella, to help repel mosquitos... There are so many fragrances to choose from, many of them offer health advantages as well! For example, pine needle oil is wonderfully beneficial when absorbed into the skin! 

Many essential oils are also anti-bacterial, which is an added benefit. 

Clean and Deodorize Your Armpits with Hydrogen Peroxide

While there are controversial myths warning against it, hydrogen peroxide is an often overlooked, inexpensive, very beneficial home remedy and the uses of hydrogen peroxide are many! 

What is hydrogen peroxide? Basically, hydrogen peroxide is just water with an extra oxygen atom tacked on: it's h2 o2, instead of h2 o, which is water. To be clear, we're referring here to 3% hydrogen peroxide in purified water, found in your pharmacy. 

H2O23% hydrogen peroxide can be found in almost any pharmacy or drug store.

There's a wide variety of uses for hydrogen peroxide. Among them are its many benefits for body care. Using hydrogen peroxide as a disinfectant is wonderfully effective! Armpits are very absorbent parts of the body, so simply spray it on and reap the benefits! 

But how does hydrogen peroxide work to reduce odor? Remember what we mentioned about the reason sweat stinks is when it mixes with the bacteria on our skin? Here's what happens:

When using hydrogen peroxide as a disinfectant, it activates against a wide range of microorganisms, including bacteria, yeasts, fungi, viruses, and spores. Bacteria and viruses are anaerobic.  Anaerobic bacteria are germs that can survive and grow where there is no oxygen. They can’t live in the high oxygen environment that hydrogen peroxide provides. This includes some of the bacteria that create odor on our bodies. A spritz of h2O2 on your pits will do the trick. It's clean and refreshing! Your nose, and your friends will thank you!

Besides disinfecting, what does hydrogen peroxide on skin do? Well, since hydrogen peroxide as a disinfectant kills odor-creating microorganisms, the result is that it's a deodorant/deodorizer as well.

Another of the benefits of hydrogen peroxide for skin is that it's oxygenating. When oxygen is applied topically to the skin, its healing properties are absorbed. It diffuses into skin tissue, speeds healing, and even reduces lines and wrinkles, so, hydrogen peroxide can be an oxygen supplement as well. 

Why Make Your Own Natural Deodorant Instead of Buying It?

Why make your own natural deodorant? Well, there are several reasons. One is because of the ingredients that are in commercially made deodorants.

Most of them contain aluminum as well as other harmful chemicals.  Our skin absorbs what we put on it, and our armpits are one of the most absorbent parts of our bodies. 

Over time, it doesn't take long for dangerous ingredients in deodorant to accumulate inside our bodies. It's important to know what we're putting into our body is made with clean ingredient and is not with things that are harmful to our health. 

Making our own DIY deodorant is of the best ways that we can ensure what is being absorbed through our armpits is not harmful to your health. It's great to know that our chemical and aluminum free deodorant is not only nature, but it's effective, quite inexpensive, and the fragrance, or lack thereof, is completely your choice! 

What Are Some of The Dangerous Ingredients in Deodorant?

Here are some of the dangerous ingredients in deodorant that we want to avoid:

Aluminum - Aluminum compounds and salts are commonly found in many beauty and body care products. We'll cover some of these concerns below...

Talc - Talc may contain asbestos which is a known toxin and carcinogen. We, therefore, try to avoid talc, talcum powders, and personal care products that contain it.

Parabens - Parabens are often associated with hormonal imbalances, cause problems affecting fertility and reproductive organs, increase the risk of certain cancers, and can cause skin irritations.

Phthalates - This chemical compound, which acts as a fixative or solvent in many body care products, is another ingredient to avoid. It is known to damage the liver, kidneys, lungs, and reproductive system. 

Triclosan - Triclosan has been linked to numerous human health problems. This chemical absorbed through the skin. While it supposedly kills germs that cause body odor, it is associated with an increased risk of breast cancer, hormonal problems, and allergies. Environmental hazards are also known to be linked to triclosan.

Propylene glycol - This is another cause for skin irritations. Part of the alcohol family, propylene glycol Is a very common chemical compound. It's added to keep deodorants from crumbling. It's also used as a deicer on airplane wings. We definitely our bodies to absorb this. 


Why Is Aluminum in Deodorant Harmful?

Is aluminum in deodorant dangerous? The short answer is, yes.  Then, why is aluminum in deodorant? The aluminum compounds and salts in deodorants and antiperspirants are there to block sweat glands and keep our skin dry.

Is aluminum in deodorant bad for us? What are the effects of aluminum in deodorant? While the aluminum in deodorants and antiperspirants is effective in keeping skin dry, it prevents an important, natural, and healthy process from occurring. Aluminum is also absorbed into our bodies through our armpit skin. 

Aluminum clogs the pores and is absorbed into, and accumulates in, our bodies. We are exposed to aluminum through many ways on a daily basis which are associated to many health concerns. 

"Aluminum is a poison that acts on the nervous system and has been linked to several serious health problems. Aluminum accumulates in the kidneys, brain, lungs, liver and thyroid where it competes with calcium for absorption and can affect skeletal mineralization. In infants, this can slow growth. Aluminum attacks your central nervous system. Studies show that toxic metals contribute to brain diseases by producing oxidative stress, and aluminum is one of the worst offenders. Aluminum is linked to degenerative brain diseases." (Source)

You may also be interested in this short study as well:  Brief Assessment of Aluminum Exposure.

The question remains, why is aluminum in deodorant, when the effects can be achieved by natural ingredients? How much better to make your own natural deodorant. In our opinion, the recipe that we've shared here is best aluminum free deodorant out there, which we have made and used for years. You too can eliminate the toxic chemicals and dangerous ingredients in deodorant by making our own aluminum free deodorant!

Enjoy Your Healthy, Natural Homemade Deodorant!
It Makes a Great Gift for Family and Friends!

Now that you know how to make your own natural deodorant, you'll discover that this DIY deodorant, especially when used along with hydrogen peroxide, is your healthy, natural, custom fragranced armpit odor solution! Enjoy!

By the way, this makes a great gift for family and friends! They'll appreciate your kindness and enjoy your handiwork! 

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