Monday, January 10, 2011

Homemade Deodorant

I know. Some of you may be in shock. I was, too, the first time I heard of this two years ago. So much so, that I didn't give it a try... until now. But you really can make your own deodorant that works! 




My friends, Mona at Healthy Homesteading and Cindy at Farmgirl Cyn, both posted this recipe and thereby encouraged me to give it a try. So far, it's doing the job, but I suspect summer will be the real test. 


Have you considered that your body was designed to perspire? Please rethink using an antiperspirant (which almost always contains aluminum) on a regular basis if you're still doing so. It's one thing to use it for "special occasions"; it's another to use it every single day. When God designed our bodies to perspire, it was for a good reason, one of which was to eliminate toxins! And I believe that the more chemicals and junk you eliminate going into your body, the less of that stuff that needs to find a way to escape and then cause smelly underarms (that's a plug for a "clean" and healthy diet). So deodorant alone hasn't been my only attack on unpleasant odors. 


Back to the homemade version... some of the reasons I've decided to try my own recipe include the cost, not being able to control what's in it, effectiveness, and availability. According to Mona's calculations, it cost her only $1 or two, with the coconut oil being the most expensive ingredient. So if you could hit a sale on that, you're really keeping the cost down. And since the ingredients are only things used in baking, it's so clean, I could eat it... but I don't think I'll try. The natural commercial stuff I was using worked okay, but not stellar. Hopefully this will out perform the store bought variety. And finally, this deodorant is made from items I keep on hand all the time. I don't have to wait for my coop delivery or a trip to town, nor do I have to count on it being in stock. 


Have I convinced you to at least give it a try?




Homemade Deodorant
(Makes one small canning jar - just over  1/2 cup)


1/4 C. baking soda
1/4 C. cornstarch or arrowroot
5 - 6 T. coconut oil
Tea Tree Oil (optional)


Combine the baking soda and cornstarch, then work in the coconut oil. I used my mixer to incorporate the two until well combined. 


If desired, add tea tree oil (anywhere from 5 - 20 drops) which has natural antibacterial qualities. I tried adding some lavender essential oil, but the coconut oil seemed to overpower the scent a bit. Just think of this deodorant as having a tropical scent and leave it at that. 


You can adjust the amount of coconut oil if necessary. I liked mine a bit dryer, but if you want, increase the oil up to 8 T. Also, if your room is warm, the oil might liquify at around 76 degrees, so move it to the refrigerator if necessary or a cooler room. I popped mine in the fridge so that it would firm up a bit after using the mixer.


To use: Rub a small amount on underarms. 


I'm finding that less is best when it comes to this recipe; you can always increase it if necessary. And so far, I haven't found that it's been an issue staining my clothes either. 


I know some of you have been using this or a similar recipe for a long time. Please, include your comments and add to the conversation!







132 comments:

  1. I've been using this basic recipe for a long time and it really works for me, even when I was doing student teaching. The only difference I have is that I don't combine the coconut oil with the powders and TTO. I spread a little coconut oil under my arms, then use a powder puff to apply a thin layer of the combined powders/TTO mixture.

    Great blog, by the way!

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    1. best tip yet Ginny. works for me. and I had been using Clinical
      Strength, deo.

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  2. As a soapmaker who uses Coconut Oil in my soaps I have found that you can get good prices online for the coconut oil, just don't forget to add in the shipping. I buy mine in 5 gallon buckets for about $60.00 plus shipping. Since I am less than 2 hours away from the retailer I use(goldenbarrel.com) I drive to get it. Shipping can run about 20 on a 5 gallon bucket. Another place to try is soaperschoice.com. Prices are close to the same but shipping might vary depending on where you live. Coconut oil in the stores is much more expensive because of the smaller packaging. It can be used for soaps, hand creams, deodorant, and cooking also. Many uses for this product. Hope this helps.

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    1. I saw your comments on Homestead Revival and was amazed that you get 5 gallons of coconut oil for $60.00 plus shipping. I've used Coconut Oil for several years but have never found it for that price. Do you mind letting me know where you get it?

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    2. http://www.goldenbarrel.com/soap-making-oils.php is in eastern Pennsylvania not far from Lancaster.
      http://www.soaperschoice.com/cgi-soaperschoice/Web_store/web_store.cgi?query_price_low_range=0&cart_id= is from Des Plaines, IL
      These are for 76 degrees Coconut oil, Columbus foods aka Soapers Choice also has 92 degrees. I have also asked at Good Foods and they use it for cooking themselves. It is the shipping that will get most people.

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  3. Works great! Been using it myself for a few years. :)

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  4. A few years ago I researched making my own deodorant, started using plain baking soda until I could decide on a method/recipe. The baking soda worked so well that I've stuck with it and haven't used anything else!
    Another unexpected plus was that while we were traveling I was stung by a bee - it was really starting to become painful. I made a paste out of my baking soda, applied it to the sting, covered it, and by the time we got home (two hours later) you could hardly tell that I was stung!

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  5. I've been making my own deodorant for some time now. I have both a cream version like this and a powder version with just baking soda, cornstarch, and a few drops of essential oil. I found in both of my recipes, though, that keeping the baking soda at the proportions called for really irritated my skin, so I had to start over and modify the recipes. I use about one part of baking soda to six parts of cornstarch and that works great for me. No more irritation and no odor!

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  6. I've been using a recipe like this for years. I would suggest definitely using the tea tree oil for added odor control. The only time I noticed it didn't work as well was when I was at a concert and was dancing and sweating a lot. Other than that it's good stuff. I stopped using commercial deodorant about 16 years ago. That stuff is toxic and scary!

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  7. We have been using a similar recipe for a couple years now too. I would never go back. I used store bought natural deoderants for 10 years prior...they were never satifactory (but I refused to use the conventional commercial stuff knowing how bad it was). This has been so wonderful because it is cheap, it is safe and IT WORKS really really well! I use different essential oils now and than for variety. I will make a floral one for me at times, but than I feel compelled to make a more "manly" one for my husband (so he doesn't smell like lavendar when he warms up - poor fella!). He appreciates that. :-)

    www.homeshalom.blogspot.com

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  8. you can also put the mixture into an old deodorant container so that you can twist more up as you need it. Just like commercial deodorant.

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    1. That's exactly what I've been doing for past couple years now. I use a similar recipe to this one and then just scoop it into an old deodorant stick... It's sooo much more convenient that way!

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    2. That is so true, I realty am eager to make this stuff

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    3. using the recipe above, my batch is a little "wet" from the oil when the temperature in my apartment is warmer (it's now summer, so it's getting close to 80). i would imagine it would drip through the bottom, no? should i lower the amount of oil used?

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    4. Could you just put it in the refrigerator for a while before putting it up? Or is it warm all the time in your apartment? If so, I don't think reducing the oil would help a lot because you'd have to use a lot of baking soda to absorb even a couple of T. of oil. On the other hand, it certainly couldn't hurt to try! The oil is just the carrier.

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    5. I've been using a similar recipe for deodorant for about a week now, the differences are that I put some vitamin E in and only 3 T of coconut oil. I have it in an old deodorant dispenser and it works great besides the fact that it is clumpy when applying and I have to rub it in really hard to make it look smooth and invisible. Any tips?

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    6. A couple of thoughts... could you melt the coconut oil first, incorporate the ingredients, and then put it in the fridge to make it hard again? That would make it smooth. But to make it not SO hard, you might need to increase the coconut oil just a bit.

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  9. I've had a recipe like that one in my notebook for a few years, but I just haven't gotten around to trying it yet. I love your photos by the way. Who knew a jar of deodorant could look so beautiful?

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  10. I just started using this recipe about 5 days ago so far no odors (I am the guinea pig my husband wont use it till I give him the results)! I also just poured mine into my old deoderant container while everything was in liquid form so now I dont have to get it all over my hands to apply. Beware this doesnt work in the containers that have holes in the tops this is too solid! I really like this recipe I think the coconut oil has a very pleasant scent.

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  11. So far I am loving this deodorant! My husband doesn't care for the scent so the next batch I am going to try and use an essential oil that he does like. He hasn't said that he doesn't like the scent on me, just doesn't like it right out of the jar. He probably won't try it for himself until it's smells better to him. Personally I like the scent. I still use the tea tree oil but may include a few other oils to get a nice smelling blend next time.

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  12. Oh, thank you so much! I have tried a few natural deodorants(including the crystal)to no avail. I already have all the ingredients for this recipe and can't wait to get mixing.

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  13. I had reactions to baking soda, cornstarch and the arrowroot for some reason..... so I make mine with with cocoa butter, shea butter, witch hazel, castor oil and lavender essential oil. I have bought deo at the dollar store and rinsed out the containers and refilled them with my deoderant. I love it. It dries quick and doesn't leave oil stains on all my clothes like the coconut oil/cornstarch version. I have played around with many different recipes and I like this one the best.. Since I don't normally use plastic products I really wish I could only find glass roll up or push up bottles.

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    1. I would love to know you exact measurements I also have a reaction to the baking soda, after a few days my underarms get red and itchy and sore but I so want to get away from store deoderant

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    2. I would love to know too Sara!

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  14. I'm going to have to try this. I purchased a large jar of coconut oil and have all the other ingredients. Thanks for posting this!

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  15. I have been using this recipe for about 8 months now and I love it. I teach Zumba and I haven't had one issue with body odor (and believe me, I sweat!).

    I much prefer using this product than using products with aluminum!

    I also put my deoderant into an older deoderant container and turn it up as needed.

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  16. Oh what a blessing. thanks for sharing this.

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  17. I just shared the same recipe on my blog and homesteading group. I have been using this and I love it. I used lemongrass essintal oil in mine. I guess the best part is my 11 year daughter can use it and I don't have to worry about her asorbing toxins into her body. Rebekah

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  18. I started using the same recipe back in August. I teach a lot of exercise classes and do a lot of road cycling so I was very skeptical about using this at first. You do still sweat, no bad, but there is absolutely no smell. I will never go back to the regular stuff. Thanks for your blog.

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  19. where do you buy your essential oils? i would like to try this.

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  20. I tell ya... I am so glad I started following your blog.. You really tickle the imagination and inspirations! I am going to have to try this.. Very interesting. I've never thought about making my own deodorant, but am now! I'm going to try this right after I make my own bird suet! I suppose I should put a sign on it though that says, "DO NOT EAT" cause if I leave anything that looks "Homemade" on the counter my Snow "Man" and daughter will want to stick their fingers in it and taste it.. HAHAHA -- Hmmm.. maybe cause to look into a breath mint recipe next!

    I do love your blog! :) Have a wonderful week and smile as many times as you are old this week!

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  21. Tina, you can get them lots of places, including most health food stores, but for on-line shopping, try Mountain Rose Herbs or Frontier Naturals.

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  22. Leslie, thanks for the encouragement and laugh! I can imagine the reaction of them tasting your deodorant! And let me know if you ever develop that breath mint recipe!

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  23. I've been wanting to make my own deoderant for a while now. I've been using aluminium free stuff from the Body Shop which I like but it's pretty expensive and I don't like throwing away the plastic container. I'd love to give this a try although I'm not sure where to find all of the ingredients here in Italy. Thank you for sharing x x

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  24. very cool recipe. thank you for sharing! xoox

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  25. Sarah Elizabeth,
    I'd certainly have fun helping you sniff it out in Italy! I'm sure they have these items, just perhaps under different brand names. The coconut oil will be the hardest to find. Just keep in mind that if you are thinking of substituting a different oil, some go rancid faster than others. Try looking for them under their more proper names such as sodium bicarbonate. A quick google search revealed that cornstarch is called amido di mais and is sold under the name Maizena (common brand in a yellow box) or Paneangeli, which comes in a green box with a red banner. I'm sure you can do the same kind of search and find info on the coconut oil.

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  26. I happen to have a little coconut oil left over from soap making, probably just enough to make a batch of this deodorant. Thanks for the recipe!

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  27. Hi there:) I just found your blog and will definately give this a try!!! I use organic coconut oil as a make up remover/moisturizer so I already have some:D

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  28. Amy, thank you for a wonderful post on a rather delicate subject! I find that using the peppermint liquid soap, Dr. Whosit's, has eliminated need for any deodorant, but I will gift this recipe to my sister :)

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  29. I'm wondering if the Sara who makes a recipe with cocoa butter, shea butter and so on would be willing to share her recipe. The recipe that you posted worked wonderful for me for a week and then I started to get very dry and irritated. My husbands underarms also became irritated. In the end, we both had rashes so we went back to natural store bought stuff that just doesn't seem to work as well at covering up the odor. I want to sweat, I just don't want the smell. :-)

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  30. I love my homemade deodorant! I use lavender oil in mine and yes, the coconut oil seems to overpower it a bit, but I still like the combination. A friend of mine uses grapefruit oil.

    I agree with you statement that there's a lot to what makes our sweat smell bad. The phrase "garbage in, garbage out" comes to mind!

    Thanks for continuing to pass this great recipe along!

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  31. Thanks so much for posting. I was going to have to look it up. I want to start making and using this very soon. Both my husband and I had grandmothers with alzheimer's. Want to do all we can to keep that from happening to us.

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  32. Hi Amy!
    I'm still trying to contact you, to no avail!!!! I'm stressed...I may need that deodorant...lol!!
    My email again,is stockmans4@gmail.com. If you could contact me I will give you my mailing info. I'm so excited for this goodie!!! Thank you so much!!

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  33. Holly - I got your email; no need to stress! Just busy, busy and internet not cooperating when I go to do business half the time! So frustrating, but gives me an opportunity to practice patience! Let me know if you didn't get my email that I sent this a.m.

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  34. First, I highly recommend choosing the arrowroot powder and NOT the cornstarch...the cornstarch can breed yeast and the last thing you want is a yeast infection.
    I made this awhile ago for both my mother & myself & we loved it & it worked great...unfortunately I eventually started getting a red itchy rash from it as did my mom (it took a few weeks to develop). I researched a bit and apparently there are some (like us) who have reactions from the baking soda...so unfortunately unless I find a recipe that works sans baking soda, it was back to my old deoderant. Assuming you aren't as unlucky as we were, I'm sure you'll end up loving this homemade recipe!

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  35. This is on my list for this month. As well as toothpaste. I et my coconut oil from Provident Essentials and it's $49/gallon with free shipping. It's cold processed too. I just tried to order another gallon and they're out of stock, yikes!

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  36. I posted a recipe just like this a few weeks back - we have been using it for a few months and have had GREAT results. It even keeps the hubby from smellin' so you know it works!

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  37. I've been meaning to make my own deodorant for quite a while now. Let me know how it holds up once the summer heat arrives. Thanks for sharing the recipe and getting this great dialogue started!

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  38. i love it! So quick and easy to whip up, no shopping trip required!

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  39. A small canning jar! Oy! I've been researching making my own deodorant for a while now but was stumped on what to store it in. You're amazing! Thanks Amy! : )

    ~Andrea~

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  40. I quit using deodorant around October and have just been using alcohol. I was worried that it would dry out my skin, but so far, I've been fine. At first I was using a cotton ball, but then felt guilty about wasting them, so I put alcohol in a spray bottle and added a few drops of lavender. Works great. Next time I'm going to cut the alcohol by 50%, because I doubt I really need pure alcohol. My husband has started using it, and so has my daughter, and no complaints from either of them.

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    1. I've tried rubbing alcohol as well, and was very pleased with the results. I have very sensitive skin so if this homemade stuff ends up not working out, I will be going back to alcohol :)

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  41. HI there! I just recently found your blog through Andi's blog. Anyway, I am keen to try this! I used to just use bicarb soda on its own in a powder form. Unfortunately, both times I used it, it gave me several cysts embedded in my armpits that I needed to get removed. Thankfully by the time of the procedure, they had actually gone! Phew! But i guess it frightened me to try just the bicarb soda again on its own even though it really did work. I kind of resigned myself to the fact that I might just have to use store bought deoderants forever but now you've given me hope and inspiration to try something new!!! So THANK YOU once again! Will let you know how it turns out :)
    Lusi x

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  42. Oh, lusi, that sounds painful! I use to have a friend who got them in her armpits - more like a boil than a cyst though. You might want to try this recipe and substitute the baking soda with arrowroot instead. Do be careful!

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  43. I have been using this recipe since last fall some time, and I love it. I have had some dry areas develop, but found if I used a body scrub in my pits that took care of it. I love it, I sweat less, and even when I do sweat, I don't stink! I love not worrying about what the ingredients are!

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  44. i have read all of the comments & i think that i will try it. i love a bargain so when winn-dixie had deodorant on clearance for .99 i bought three. when i got home & i was putting them in my drawer i realized that they were "adidas sport professional strength" i wondered exactly what was in the professional version & i remembered my friend telling me that she doesn't use deodrant anymore, since she had to be healed of cancer. this really cuts through my excuses, ie price, quailty, likability. thank you so much for tis post. i am really glad that i visited your site. i have been saying for some time now that i think we should bring back some of the values & techniques of the previous generations.

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  45. I will definitely be trying this out!!! Thank you!

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  46. I use plain baking soda and find that it works BETTER than anything commercial that I could buy. Yes, I perspire - but we're suppposed to! No I don't smell bad. One of the best switches I have ever made.

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  47. I love this recipe! Been using it for weeks now and I can't STAND using store bought anymore...I love the feeling that I know my body's working the way it's supposed to and I can still feel fresh and clean!

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  48. I've been making this deodorant for the last few months and love it. My only big problem is that I can't keep it from liquefying mostly. do you have any suggestions?
    Blessings!
    Tabitha

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    1. Hi there, just posted a comment about this but thought I would reply to this as well. I made this exact recipe, but also added approx 2tbsp of melted pure beeswax. That keeps the mixture nice and firm always, no fridge storage necessary :)

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    2. What a great idea! Thanks for sharing your tip!

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  49. Tabitha, you can stick in in the refrig, but it will be pretty hard. I believe if you get it to below 70 degrees it will be fine - any spot in your home that might work?

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  50. I actually use just the extra virgin coconut oil and it really works for me. Maybe for those with irritations might think of trying just the coconut oil. The extra virgin cold pressed retains the antibacterial properties....and bacteria on the skin is a source of odor. I am going to try adding some Young Living essential oils though. Great post!

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  51. A cotton ball swipe of cider vinegar also works great. Cheap, works extremely well, no body odor. And the vinegar smell? - well, it goes away by the time I walk from the bathroom to the bedroom to finish dressing - about 30-45 seconds! No one calls me a pickle!!

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  52. I have been using the baking soda and cornstarch for awhile and I lke it! The coconut oil is just a carrier anyway. It's not necessary for the deordorant and I like the silky dry feel of the powder and the way it absorbs the moisture and oils.

    Works very well!

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  53. I gave up on my life long use of Secret a few years ago when it suddenly quit working. Then after a bit of trial & error....initially I used ONLY baking soda powder. Then I added Tea Tree Oil. if you don't mind dusting yourself w/ a powder form of deodorant, this is the absolute *cheapest* version.

    Just baking powder & TTO. Voila! This was tested during a summer camping trip, 5 days in the Grand canyon w/ no real shower. Worked great!

    I was using baby food jars I had on hand so approximately 1/4 cup of baking soda & 5-10 drops of TTO, your choice.

    I think I am going to make some *creamed* versions, like you have above, for Christmas gifts for some of my friends that want to be more natural minded but have no idea how to start.

    Thank you for the recipe.

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  54. Casey and I stopped using antiperspirant years ago. When we stopped, we both tasted aluminum for months. That was proof positive for us. We've used natural deoderants ever since. I have been looking for a recipe to make it myself at home, so thank you.

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  55. I use olive oil or almond oil instead of coconut oil. It makes a creamy paste. It only takes a few seconds to stir the ingredients together. I've been using this recipe for years! Brilliant!

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  56. I didn't want to have to make my own, but I have found a store online that makes homemade soaps and recently started making deodorant that really and truly works!!! (I've tried many that don't work well.) Chagrin Valley Soaps is a great, safe place to buy products. Check it out

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  57. I used to sweat profusely and ruined many shirts. The odor was so unbearable and I needed to reapply the strongest deodorant I could find several times a day. My doctor told me that using soap or body wash on the armpits removes all the oils and causes the armpits to dry out and that triggers the body to make more sweat to replace what was washed away. It's just like over-shampooing can remove the natural oils and cause more oil production in the hair making it extra greasy. It's a natural process for the body to sweat. I stopped using anything on my underarms except water. The sweating really eased up and no more ruined shirts. I still need deodorant, but only need to apply once a day. I am looking forward to trying the recipe.

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    1. That is good to know because I have the same problem. I am going to stop using soap under my arms and see if it helps.

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  58. I appreciate the recipe and will probably make it for my daughters who want something solid so they can put it in used containers and not have to touch it. I have been using baking soda mixed with alcohol for about 2 years and have not had any reaction, plus it take care of odor and sweat.

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  59. I've just started using this deodorant and I'm loving it as I seem to have finally found something that helps against the odor but is still natural. I have been wondering though, if oil stains from the coconut oil are an issue. I can't really tell as most top and shirts I've been wearing lately still have old stains in the armpit area from the commercial deodorants I've been using. I've noticed that the arrowroot and baking soda leaves white powder marks on darker clothing. This could be an issue when wearing dark colored tank tops and other sleeveless tops or T-shirts.

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    1. Anonymous,
      I've found that the oils do not effect most fabrics but it does on a couple. I mostly wear cotton T-shirts and it's fine; turns the white ones a bit yellow under the arm, but it ALWAYS washes out without any stain treatment. I couldn't say that about my natural store bought deodorant. It always left yellow stains even after stain treating.

      I have occasionally used extra baking soda to dust under my arms, especially if I think it might be an issue or I might have excess perspiration that day (the oil is just a carrier for the baking soda to stay in place). I just put it in an old recycled spice jar with large holes in the lid. Most days during the winter, if I'm at home, I don't even bother to wear deodorant at all since I don't really sweat those days. I just use it if I'm going out or in the warmer months.

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  60. Anonymous,

    I have been using basically the same recipe for over a year now. I don't have problems with oil stains, but it does color the pits of my white shirts. I have found that if I apply it when my pits are a little wet I don't get white powder on my dark shirts.

    I really love this stuff! The first "natural" deodorant that has worked for me.

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    1. Hi Amy, hi Tressa!

      Thanks for answering. All I can say, that I'm loving this deodorant so much. It's the first thing that has ever worked for me against odor. Even the next morning I still don't smell too bad...I used to smell quite rough LOL. I've tried so many deodorants, natural and non-natural. natural ones unfortunately never worked for me, neither did the salt crystals. I've been having to use commercial antiperspirants which did help quite well against odor, but not as good as this. And then of course I've been unhappy having to use those antiperspirants because of the toxins, and not giving my body the chance to sweat naturally, and they also left really bad stains after a while, even visible on the outside of the fabric and even on darker clothes. so very annoying. I'm hoping the stains won't be as much as a problem with this one, because I don't think I'll be able to give up using it - I love this so much!

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  61. if you have problems, as I do, with baking soda try milk of magnesia either alone or mixed with witch hazel this can be thickened with a little zanthan powder food grade to thicken it up. I use a little less than 1% zanthan and blend it with an immersion blender. I buy 2 or 4 ounce bottles called tottles with a dispenser cap from Elements bath and body for about 50 cents each.

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  62. I just found your blog. Luv it. I mix coconut oil and raw honey to use under the arms, ratio of about 2:1. The honey kills the bacteria which is what causes the smell. Just a little dab is all I need. I guess adding a few drops of essential oil would be nice too, I didn't think of that.

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  63. I see your recipe and it call for baking soda but if you don't use organic then their is (Aluminum) in the baking soda. Another deodarant idea i was told was to use lemon juice for 1 week and then you don't have to wear any at all. You recipe does sound good though just wanted to point out that fact I read in a health book about baking soda containing aluminum.

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    1. Absolutely! I always use aluminum-free baking soda. I should have mentioned that in the post! How silly of me to neglect that... it's the whole point of the homemade deodorant! Thanks for pointing this out.

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  64. Actually baking soda does not have aluminum in it -- baking powder does. Baking soda is simply sodium bicarbonate.

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    1. LOL!!! HELP! I've been in the sun too long! I read and typed baking "soda', all while visualizing my little can of baking "powder"!! (And when tired like this, I've been known to switch then when making recipes with disastrous results!)

      So let me restate myself correctly this time... I always use aluminum-free baking POWDER.

      Thank you, Deborah for catching that mistake!

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    2. Actually baking soda does have trace amounts of aluminum from the machinery that they use to process it so you need to find aluminum free baking soda as well!

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  65. I'm going to give this a try, I decided to give up antiperspirants and right now I'm trying a Tom's brand deodorant. When it's finished, I'll try this recipe!

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  66. I just made this tonght fter reading this and am excited to try it out. Actually going to guinea pig my son after he showers.

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  67. Hi Amy, First, please clarify the ingredients; is it baking SODA or baking POWDER? The last few comments left me confused.
    Second, I've been using just the baking soda & cornstarch since 5/19/2012. It held up all day while I was outdoors at my son's Boy Scout's water day and my daughter's tournament soccer games on Sat & Sun. It was in the high 80s-low 90s w/a cool breeze and I sat in the shade both times. However, it did nothing for me while standing in the sun for 30 minutes yesterday in mid-90s humid temp. We had a record breaking 90 days of 100+ degree temps in Austin, TX last year. Hopefully, it won't be so hot this summer and I still have to test it during my workouts before I try something else. Plus, I love how it rinses away leaving nothing but smooth skin.--Eva

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    1. Yikes! Those are some hot temps! I'll be in San Antonio this summer and now that I've been a mountain girl for 21 years, that heat is overpowering! Thank goodness for AC!

      As for the ingredient...I use baking SODA. The coconut oil is pretty much just a carrier for the Soda and Cornstarch (or Arrowroot) and so I keep an old spice jar with extra baking soda in it beside my jar of homemade deodorant. On really hot days, I apply the deodorant and then sprinkle a bit of extra soda on my hand and rub it in as well. I should really make this a mix of both Soda and Cornstarch, but I forgot to do this last time. I really think this helps give an extra boost on hot days (of course, our hot is like 85-90!).

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  68. I just made a batch of this last night, I noticed a couple comments about it liquifying and how to keep it hard. I added approx 2tbsp of melted beeswax to this recipe and that helps to keep it nice and firm wherever you store it :) Actually...no fridge storage necessary if you add the beeswax.

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  69. I'm having an issue with not so much sweating but since I took depression meds after having my son my arm pits stink even after washing them. Would this work to control strong odor also? Or does anyone have any ideas? Anything would be helpful.

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    1. Sounds like the depression meds are trying to work their way out of your body. If you're no longer on them, you might try detoxing first (under the guidance of a practitioner). But if you don't want to do that, make a small batch of this deodorant and give it a try. Personally I think it works better than the commercial stuff for controlling odor, but given your situation, it would be hard to say for sure.

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  70. If the smell of the coconut oil is too overpowering, get the refined version, it has no scent.

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  71. If anyone is looking for a place to find TTO let me know! leif.glass@gmail.com

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  72. Can I use this on a cold wash?

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    1. Not sure I understand your question... sorry! If you mean will it wash out with cold water, then yes, I do it all the time.

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  73. Please can someone tell me what does the C and T stand for a measure on the recipe ?

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  74. Sure... a capital C always stands for "cup", capital T stands for "tablespoon", and lower case t stands for "teaspoon". Hope this helps!

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  75. I've been told that the cold pressed unrefined coconut oil is deoderant on its own. I've been wanting to try it but haven't yet. Have been using esential oils with almond oil for years. I vary the oils with my mood and the seasons. Citrus oils are deoderant. I find lemon oil blends well with ylang ylang, bergamot with jasmin for the summer, orange, rose and patchouli is a nice blend for the winter. I will be trying your recipe with the addition of these (and probibly other) oils. As everyones taste is diferent your own blends of oils can be as individual as you are, it's just trail and error and very satisfying when you find one you really like. Thank you for the recipe!

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    1. Great information... I'm just learning about how to use essential oils, so it ought to be really fun to make it smell even better!

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    2. A note of caution - Citrus oils can cause your skin to be very sensitive to the sun. Bergamot especially. Please make sure any citrus oil on the skin will not have direct sunlight. It can cause a burn. Sometime when working outside we don't realize how much sun exposure we actually get.

      I would use citrus in the winter instead. Citrus always helps with the "winter blues" anyway.

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  76. Just wanted to say that I came across this today and was so happy, because these are ingredients I ALWAYS have on hand! I made up two batches, one for me and one for my mom. Rubbed it on and have worn it all day with nary a smell, and it was near 100 degrees today. I am looking forward to testing it when it gets humid out and I'm sweating more, but it sounds like this might not be too much of a problem.

    I noticed it does get a little soft, but I have no problem with this, really. I just rub it on like lotion. I like the idea of reusing an old deodorant stick, though, since I have no intention at all of using store-bought deodorant again!

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  77. I used this recipe for over a year with GREAT results. Really cuts the odor. Then, I started having rashes and boils. I was glad to see others that had the same problem and will try their alternatives and suggestions to see if that helps. I don't like to stink, and I like to use natural ingredients as much as possible.

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    1. Ohhh.... so sorry to hear it caused boils! Ouch! I hope the alternatives work for you, too!

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  78. I tried this recipe and LOVE it! I added just 1-2 drops of pure spearmint oil (along with 5-8 drops of the tea tree oil) and it's awesome.

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  79. Hi - I was wondering if there is a shelf-life on this? I've made mine in March and today I noticed it smelled a little different. I am IN LOVE with this deodorant but am wondering if its time to make a new batch. I've also made it for several friends and want to give them a heads up if there is a time limit on it.

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    1. I'm still using that first jar I made in January 2011, however, common sense tells me I probably ought to make a new batch! Otherwise I hadn't noticed.

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  80. All oil goes rancid, so it depends upon how old your oil is when you mix it up. That's why it will also last longer if you keep it in the refrigerator. It's fine to keep using it until it smells rancid.

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    1. Sounds good... my house is VERY cool even in summer. Mountain climate :-) Probably why mine lasts so long.

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  81. I tried this recipe about six weeks ago.I liked the recipe,but there was too much baking soda and it caused my underarms to break out in a painful rash.I did not know it was the baking soda.I tried without and found it was the baking soda and not the tea tree oil or the cornstarch.It took me awhile to find another one,(I checked and researched,but other recipes I had not the ingredients.Thus I bypassed them.) I was praying,asking God to show me what to do.I feel lead to go healthier.So,eventually my sister e-mailed me with a recipe her friend uses.So far it works fine.Doesn't get the smell anyway when I work outside all day and sweat,but I'm wondering if maybe my body has to get used to it and cleansed from all the toxins from store bought deodorant.
    Here is the recipe.


    Ingredients:

    1/4 cup baking soda
    1/4 cup arrowroot powder or cornstarch (arrowroot is better because
    cornstarch contains talc, which can be an irritant for some people)
    Approximately 1/2 to 1 cup coconut oil (solid state)
    3-4 drops tea tree oil

    Directions:

    Combine baking soda and arrowroot powder/cornstarch.
    Add coconut oil a few tablespoons at a time, mixing it with a spoon or
    hand blender until it is firm but slightly creamy. If too wet, add extra
    arrowroot powder or cornstarch to thicken
    Place mixture in an 8 oz container with lid. The recipe makes about one
    cup and will last about three months for two people.
    For daily use, just apply with your fingertips. After applying, I
    usually rub the rest into my hands, then rinse off the powders. The coconut
    oil is a wonderful moisturizer.

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    1. I'm so glad you found an alternative that works for you and that you shared it here! We're not a one-size-fits-all kind of people! I had use a natural deodorant for years before using this one and now I very seldom even use any at all. Only when I'm going to be in a "hot" situation! :-)

      Also, I had a time or two where the baking soda irritated me as well. But it was only hit and miss. Sometimes I've just dusted myself with a bit of baking soda and had no problems at all! Go figure. Guess I bodies are in constant flux, too.

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  82. I'm not sure if this question has already been answered, but how would you transport this when going on vacation? Anything lower than 76° and it melts, so I would be concerned about transporting this in my luggage, especially in an old deodorant container that can leak.

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    1. Yolanda,
      I just took this on vacation and I placed the jar in the car's cup holder until I arrived at my destination. Not the best solution, I know. And doesn't work for flying. The best advice I can give is to find a jar that would hold shampoo or something liquid, that has a screw top where you can reach down inside with your finger. As an added precaution, place the entire jar in a heavy duty zip lock bag and only transport a small amount incase it should leak.

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    2. You can try these roll on containers for traveling or perfect for purse as well: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0054JDN8S/ref=oh_details_o05_s00_i00

      Alternatively, you could reuse any roll on deodorant container, just carefully pop the top off with a knife. (I thought the roll on lids were attached and found out that they do in fact come off)

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  83. I was wondering if you have a recipe for shampoo. I have had such an itchy scalp with Pantene and Suave and I am ready for something cheaper and better for the family.

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    1. Not yet, although I bought the ingredients to make a shampoo bar of soap. My daughter does the no-poo method with baking soda and ACV as a rinse, but I haven't done it myself. However, I'm contemplating my options at this point.

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    2. Google no poo (no shampoo). Using vinegar and baking soda washes can clean your hair without stripping your hair like a lot of commercial products do.

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  84. No-poo doesn't work well on fine hair - unless you live near the ocean, I've heard - I tried it for MONTHS, and I had less than a handful of *good* hair days - the rest my hair was too oily-looking to even leave the house - good thing I was a SAHM at the time~!

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  85. I've used a similar deodorant recipe for two years now and love it. I only use baking soda and virgin coconut oil, but mine works fine. I do use less baking soda than the original recipe as the blog I got it from recommended that for those with sensitive skin. As long as I don't have more than 1 part baking soda to 3 parts coconut oil, I don't have any problems with my skin breaking out. Although it's been mentioned several times that coconut oil is only the carrier, I would have to disagree with that. It's an antibacterial also and helps to kill any bacteria that may be present under the arms. The one time I had a rash, I only used coconut oil until it cleared up and it worked fine. Your blog is beautiful and I am so happy I happened upon it.

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  86. Hi, for sensitive skin I found another blog where the author has issues with baking soda, and she uses all arrowroot.

    http://www.simplehealthytasty.com/2010/08/it-no-secret-you-can-make-your-own.html

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  87. I love this! I made it per your recipe, but prefer it a bit thicker, so next time I'll modify it slightly. It's worked real well this summer, and I love that you don't get the white stains from commercial deodorant. So glad I found this! Thanks for sharing!

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  88. Hey Gals! Had to get my two-cents in ;) I started looking for a natural homemade deodorant about 3 months ago and I was concerned about the oil staining my clothes when I found a recipe similar to this one. I started using plain baking soda, like MISS BEE, and found that it stung my freshly shaven armpits! But then I got the bright idea to use the aloe vera gel that I keep on hand to do my hair with (I hate store-bought hair gel cause it leaves flakes, and aloe gel is natural)! I squirt out about a pea-sized dab and rub it under each arm and while the tip of my finger is still wet with aloe, I dip it in the baking soda and pat it (gently,so as not to abraid the skin) on my underarms and it works great, better than the store-bought deodorant! No more smell! I have been using this for about two months and I will never go back. So, just another idea for you lovely people out there!

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    1. Love this idea! Aloe Vera is so good for us; dont' know why we don't use it more often for things. thanks for taking the time to share your discovery!

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  89. I never buy coconut oil,I just make my own,when fresh coconut go on sale,I buy 3-5,grate them,squeeze the milk then simmer until the oil comes out,easy peasy.

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  90. I've been using this with a variety of essential oils ( I am a practicing aromatherapist) my favourite blend is one that works well with the scent of the coconut oil, it includes rosewood and ylang ylang. I am an avid camper and found when taking it with me in the heat of summer that it sweats outside the container easily. And as soon as the cold weather hits (I live in Canada) its hard as a rock. any ideas on managing the constant changing weather in relation to the solidity of the deodorant? adding beeswax maybe. Its something I"m going to try out next summer, since its winter now I"m fine, I'll just be putting it into a deodorant tube. thanks for the recipe

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  91. great post! I wanted to reiterate the need for inside care as much as outside. I have very sensitive skin. I've always has issues with excema and psoriesis (sp?), dry skin, sensitivities to cleansers etc. and more recently dandruff. A little more than a year (year and 1/2?) ago I stopped eating foods that were inadvertently gmo. Inadvertantly because we cannot even keep our organics totally clean anymore due cross contamination over a period of decades and decades. This included not just soy but wheat. I know wheat is a biggie for alot of people but if you have sensitive skin you may want to try cutting it. I have not had ANY of these skin irritations since (and no I do not have celiac disease). My usual brand of deoderant stopped doing the trick and after cutting wheat it worked again, not that I want to keep using it now that I've found your post! Thanks!!! I'll of course use a sensitive version of the recipe :) You are so right to mention cleansing and a clean diet to the post as a reccomendation to stop the stink!

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  93. I have used this recipe for a couple years...with great results. The only difference is I use half the baking soda, as the full amount irritated me. Also I have grated 1-2tsp melted beeswax into it so that way it does not melt into a liquid state in the hotter months.

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  94. I was really excited to try this deodorant, but sadly it didn't work for me at all. I tested it over the weekend to be sure I don't start smelling bad at work (glad I did that), and even though I wasn't doing anything crazy and didn't sweat much at all, but the BO won. Also got white marks on clothes... Very sad now. Back to Secret.

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  95. Elizabethby - in my experience, your body will go through a detox stage when you stop using a commercial deodorant, and you will have terrible body odor for about a week. However, you can control it with alcohol. Your body needs to purge all the stuff that's been trapped, which is a very good thing! You can either use alcohol with cotton swabs or put a 50/50 alcohol/water solution in a little spray bottle. Underarm odor is caused by bacteria, and the alcohol will kill it while letting your body release all the stuff that's been trapped for all the years you've been using the commercial deodorant.

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  96. Homemade deodorant is one of the good product that can protect us from sweating problem. Most of market products cannot solve this issue and that is why they believes on homemade deodorant.

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  97. Just made a batch and testing it now. My only observation is that I had to use about 2/3 of the coconut oil called for. It's a bit warm in here and the oil is liquid. I just mixed it in until it was frosting consistency and pressed it into an old deodorant tube. It's in the fridge hardening now, but I can't wait to try it. Thanks for posting the recipe!

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