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DIY: Make Your Own Deodorant!

Are you passionate about what you put on your skin? Deodorant is one of the beauty/personal care products that frequently contains toxic ingredients, so it’s important to really make a careful decision about which brand you use!

Whether you make your own deodorant or buy it, most people have a trial and error period while they figure out what works best for their budget and body. Looking for some natural options to check out? Kiwi Magazine did a story a few years back outlining its top picks:

Dr. Hauschka’s
Try this roll-on in the Fresh scent, which combines witch hazel and sage extract. ($20, peacefulcompany.com)

Terra Naturals
This line of teen-friendly deodorants boasts bright colors and small sizes. Plus, the Green Apple smells just like fresh fruit. ($6, terranaturals.com)

Nature’s Gate
These stick deodorants are available in eight scents, so you’re sure to find one you like (we love the calming Chamomile and Lemon Verbena). ($6, natures-gate.com)

Tom’s of Maine
This line of deodorants features hops, an antimicrobial, to inhibit bacteria growth. Try the Sensitive Care Bay Lime for baby-soft skin. ($5.50, drugstore.com)

The Crystal
Made of mineral salts, which slow the growth of odor-causing bacteria, these deodorants come in fragrance-free rocks, sprays and roll-ons. ($2.50-$7, thecrystal.com)

Want to make your own deodorant? Check out one of our favorite natural deodorant recipes:

1 1/2 tbspn beeswax (yellow is best)
1/2 tbspn cocoa butter
1 tablespoon coconut oil
15 drops white thyme essential oil
15 drops rosemary essential oil
25 drops lavender essential oil
3 drops castor oil

“Melt beeswax in a glass jar standing in hot water, add the cocoa butter, and when it has melted, add the oils. Stir to mix thoroughly, then pour into a clean, discarded deodorant stick case and leave to cool and set.”

We also love Wellness Mama’s deodorant bar recipe. Just look at this amazing photo:


The ingredients:

1/2 cup coconut oil
1/2 cup shea butter, cocoa butter or mango butter (or a mix of all three equal to 1 part)
1/2 cup + 1 tsp beeswax
optional: Vitamin E oil to preserve. I added 1 tsp vitamin E oil for this recipe)
3 tablespoons baking soda (Omit this if you have sensitive skin and just use extra arrowroot)
1/2 cup organic arrowroot powder
2-3 capsules of high quality probiotics that don’t need to be refrigerated (I love Bio Kult brand)
optional: Essential oils of choice – I used about 20 drops of lavender essential oil

“This recipe can be adjusted to make any quantity that you’d like by increasing the amount of ingredients used. This batch made enough deodorant for my husband and I for about 2-3 months. You could also cut the recipe in half if you want to make a smaller amount.”

Head to her blog for the full how-to rundown.

Would you ever try making your own deodorant? What scent would you choose? Do you try to buy natural beauty products? Let us know in the comments below! And if you’re not so into DIY-ing beauty products but want to try something someone experienced has made, check out all of the amazing handmade deodorants on Etsy!

Image: Thinkstock.com


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  1. dancestars

    Posted by dancestars on January 14, 2014 at 11:07

    This is so cool.

  2. Project Inspired

    Posted by tNOgreaterlove on September 4, 2013 at 18:31

    I have been making my own deodorant for years now! (It’s the only thing that works for me.) However I use this VERY simple recipe:
    1/2 cup coconut oil
    1/4 cup arrowroot powder
    1/4 cup baking soda
    (you can add essential oil for some sweet scent!)

    It works miracles! It’s not a bar like regular deodorant but it’s the best deodorant I’ve ever used… and it’s not just me – my sister uses this too!

    Hope this helps!

  3. lotr1997

    Posted by lotr1997 on August 29, 2013 at 18:49

    I use the Almay Hypoallergenic Deodorant! It is a gel consistency and is much better than solid stuff for some reason!

  4. Project Inspired

    Posted by on August 29, 2013 at 12:32

    This is a great idea!