Simple recipe for homemade deodorant. Is it worth the effort?

What is the point in making your own deodorant if you can buy it in literally any drugstore or a local pharmacy? Naturally, you can get another store-bought deodorant, but have you ever wondered how satisfying it must be to make your own customized personal care product? The product that really works!

We take it for granted that everything we need is just for asking. Beauty products can be bought either in a brick-and-mortar shop or online, and the choice is so wide that we sometimes have difficulties making up our minds and picking the most suitable products. No wonder why we are becoming more and more eager to test and create home cosmetics to condition hair, face and body. It is a good thing because everything we create with our own hands always has the highest quality – no preservatives, no artificial enhancers, no allergy-triggering pigments.

Many people think though that there is a group of cosmetics that simply cannot be produced at home. One of them is a homemade deodorant whose production seems to be beyond our reach. Preparing face masks at home? Sure! Making a diy hair rinse? No problem! But deodorant? Sorry, but this is impossible. Well, not really!

Home deodorant. What is it made from?

When it comes to diy deodorants, coconut oil always makes the key ingredient. Apart from giving the cosmetic the desired consistency, it also smooths out and conditions the skin. For better results, you can combine it with a vegetable butter, e.g. shea. Naturally, you cannot forget about other essential constituents such as potato starch (it has a similar effect to talc, it absorbs moisture and sweat), baking soda (known for its antibacterial properties) and essential oils (they are responsible for giving the homemade deodorant a particular aroma).

There is also a possibility of creating a home deodorant using a mild antiseptic – hydrogen peroxide – but it may irritate delicate and hyper-reactive skin, thus it is better not to test it.

DIY Cream deodorant. Recipe

If you want to make your own deodorant, prepare:

  • 2 spoons of coconut oil (unrefined)
  • 2 spoons of shea butter (also unrefined)
  • 2-3 spoons of potato starch
  • 2 spoons of baking soda
  • 3-4 drops of chosen essential oil


Combine all the ingredients together in a jar or a metal container. If the ingredients do not want to mix, warm them up a little bit (e.g. water bath). When you obtain an even mass, let it cool down. When you notice that the mass is too runny, add some more potato starch. Your homemade deodorant should be solid when you keep it on a shelf, but it should melt when you glide it over the skin.

What is the point in making a deodorant at home?

Although making your home deodorant does not seem to be a hard task, some may not see any sense in doing so. Wouldn’t it be better to just grab any deodorant standing on a shelf in a shop and be sure that it works the way it is supposed to? Actually, there are two reasons why making diy deodorant is a good decision.

[1] Home deodorant brings the same effects as the store-bought antiperspirant

If you follow the directions carefully and combine all ingredients mentioned above, the homemade deodorant will fulfill all the tasks you expect it to: it minimizes bad aroma because it limits bacteria multiplication; it reduces the risk of skin irritations and can moisturize it, leaves it smooth; also, it limits sweating.

[2] DIY deodorants have many advantages, thus they often make a better choice

Obviously, the cost of a deodorant can be higher or lower, which depends on the brand and a shop you get the product from. It is also a carbon footprint that is created during manufacturing, transportation and selling store-bought products. If you decide to go for a homemade deodorant, your choice is beneficial both for the environment and your pocket. Simply put, diy deodorant is eco-friendly, it does not generate more rubbish (once you use it up, you can reuse the same packaging) and is 100% natural.

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