Store bought deodorants contain toxic ingredients linked to disease that are best avoided like: aluminum (metal), parabens (synthetic preservative), propylene glycol (petroleum derived), phthalates (used as a plasticizer), and triclosan (pesticide). YIKES! This all natural deodorant recipe is very gentle and effective, but since everyone is different you may want to try out a few to find one that works best for you.
Ingredients (makes 1 natural deodorant stick):
- 1\3 cup coconut oil (where to find coconut oil)
- 1\2 tb aloe vera gel
- 1 tb baking soda (like this)
- 4 tb arrowroot (like this)
- 1\4 teaspoon vitamin e (like this)
- 1\4 teaspoon essential oil, I recommend lavender, lemon or tea tree oil (where to find essential oils at wholesale prices)
- 2 tb beeswax (like this)
- Empty deodorant stick container (like this)
- Melt coconut oil & beeswax in a saucepan with vitamin e, aloe vera and essential oils. Stir until smooth.
- Remove from heat and add baking soda and arrowroot.
- Stir well until smooth, and return to heat if needed (if mixture cools too much and starts to harden).
- Pour into a deodorant container and allow to cool for a few hours. Complete cooling time will depend on the temperature in your house and/or environment.
If you don't like making your own natural deodorant, you can find the best all natural pit paste on the market here.
What is your favorite natural deodorant? Please share in the comments!
The cheapest deodorant: mix baking soda and corn starch and put in a little container - put a small amount in your hand, add water, rub hands together then rub under your arms - easy peasey. Some may be sensitive to baking soda, so the recipe doesn't work for everyone.
I was wondering, could I substitute actual cornstarch for the arrow root powder?
From my research, it sounds like arrowroot is preferred because corn starch is made with GMOs and harsh chemicals. If the goal is to make a natural, healthy deodorant, then I think you would want to make sure none of your ingredients contain anything unhealthy.
Really good point. Organic cornstarch is available at most Co-Op's and may be found in the health food departments of large grocery stores.
Yes, corn starch can be gmo but not arrowroot.
Yes you can
Wish the recipe measurements were in weight, it's a lot more accurate.
This natural deodorant looks like a very good option for me. I love this post, Catherine. It made me want to try out making my own. Thanks!
I think finding a non-toxic deodorant is tremendously important. We have numerous lymph glands under the arms that connect directly to the breasts. Deodorants & antiperspirants contain lots of toxins and some carcinogens. Although there is no conclusive evidence linking these products to cancer, why chance it when breast cancer is nearly epidemic.
Find out what harmful chemicals are in the health and beauty products you use at:
So I'm a newbie to deodorant making and I made your recipe and am in love with the easiness of it! Is it supposed to have a really oily texture though? Or did I mess up? Thanks!
If I add natural Aloe Vera like from the plant. Because I have the plant, do I have to store it in the fridge or it doesn't matter?
All-natural deodorants are your safest option. Go for a reputable brand. I personally recommend Lavilin - http://www.lavilin.com
ok so I'd love to try this, so would love to stop using cancer causing deodorants! My thing is I'm afraid of having bo. Has anyone tried this yet and has it worked?
I've made a natural deodorant for my preschooler with similar ingredients because she has some underarm odor and is too young for store bought deodorant...the problem is, it keeps melting and needs to stay in the fridge...then it's too hard to apply and hurts her..I tried adding more beeswax but it doesn't seem to help...is this phenomenan normal?
Can I make this recipe without Baking Soda? Because the Baking Soda seems to be what is irritating my armpits.