Guest post: D.I.Y Beauty - How To Make Your Own Deodorant

Tuesday, 21 May 2013


Have you ever wanted to have a go at making your own natural deodorant?  Jo from Eco Market shares her super easy, tried and tested recipe.

I don't know about you, but I'm a sweater.  Not an American jumper, but a woman that sweats.  Quite a lot, actually.  When it's hot, when it's cold, when I'm nervous and when I'm excited.  I also want to smell nice, or at least not smell bad!  And these two things can sometimes be at odds with one another.  Not wanting to douse myself in chemicals and unknown ingredients, I've tried lots of organic deodorants, all with varying levels of success.  I then discovered that making your own deodorant is ridiculously easy, and this recipe actually works.  Even for a renowned sweater such as myself.  All it takes are two very easy to get hold of ingredients (no scouring the internet for random liquids and powders) and one pot.   Any old pot will do, but you ideally want one with a wide mouth (an old moisturiser pot will do the trick perfectly).

1. Simply fill the pot with bicarbonate of soda. Around 40g, or whatever fits in your pot, really. You don't have to be all that precise, which is nice.

2. Next, you want to mix in some organic essential oils.  It's your choice as to what you want to put in.  I chose Tea Tree Oil as it's an antiseptic and Lemon Oil for a nice fresh scent.  Other great oils to use are Rosemary (another antibacterial), Patchouli, Lavender, Oregano, Geranium, and Chamomile is perfect for those with sensitive skin.


You'll need about 20 drops of essential oil in total.  I went with 10 drops of Tea Tree and 10 of Lemon Oil. Simply drop them straight into the bicarbonate of soda and then use a butter knife to mix it all together.  The oil will start off making clumps, but keep stirring until you're left with a pot of slightly crumbly powder.  And you're done. Really! That was it!

Now you just need to dab a cotton cloth into your mixture and apply it under your arms (it's great for sweaty feet too).  You can do it as soon as you jump out the shower and even as a quick refresh in the afternoon.  Make sure you brush off any extra powder before pulling on a black top and remember to wash your cloth regularly.  Could making your own homemade, organic deodorant be any simpler?!


Have you ever made your own deodorant?
Feel free to share your tried & tested recipes below!

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16 comments

  1. This sounds so cool! I'm not a fan of regular deodorants -- I'm not sure why, but I'm really conscious of the fact that it's full of chemicals and that I'm putting them near such open pores all the time, if that makes sense. I'll give this a go!

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    1. I feel the same which is why I always stick to natural ones or make my own like this :)

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  2. This is a lot easier than I thought it would be :) xx

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  3. Go for home made,and natural products also so cruelty free

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  4. This is very interesting, whilst I do use paraben free deodorants I still use aluminium (I know it's bad!) because I just can't stand sweating at work, I will definitely give this a go :) x

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    1. I'm guilty of that too, but at least the parabens are out of the way x

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  5. Wow this really is so easy! I must remember to try and give it a go soon. Unfortunately I suffer with excess perspiration and even the special extra protection antiperspirants aren't really that good so I'm always on the look out for something new to try that might actually work :)

    Becky @ thelittleblogofbeauty.tumblr.com

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    1. Give it a go Becky! If you're new to natural deodorants, you have to remember that they don't stop you from sweating completely because they don't have the chemicals in that block your pores and stop you from perspiring. However, they can help to reduce it and eliminate any B.O! x

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  6. Wow, I didn't know you could make deoderant, what a fab idea xx

    Quite Frankly She Said

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  7. I simply use baking soda, or for a less messy solid form, I mix baking soda with coconut oil. Works wayyyyyy better than any of those chemical shit products in stores!

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    1. Thanks for the coconut oil tip, will have to try that!

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  8. Really i am impressed from this post.. Excellent tips. Really useful stuff about DIY Organic deodorant
    Thanks for this helpful information

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  9. Excellent tips...thanks for the helpful information ..looking forward for more updates on Miessence organic products

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