Thrifty Tip: Homemade Deodorant

Posted on November 30th, 2012 by Discount Debbie


I realize the title of this post may sound like we have entered the realm of the Amish, but just hang on a minute!

Why Not Commercial Deodorant. Years ago I learned that most commercial deodorants contain aluminum (in the form of salts). Manufacturers use aluminum because it helps suppress perspiration. However, aluminum is linked to cancer and Ahlzheimer’s disease. Women, in particular, have to be careful because of the risk of breast cancer. This revelation is one of those tough health revelations because you can’t just say, “Okay, I guess I’ll stop using deodorant!”

Natural Deodorants. What you do, if you are like me, is start buying “natural” deodorant. That means higher prices and, often, not a very effective product. Honestly, over the years, it became easier to just not use deodorant at all! Recently, my husband started using one of the “natural” aluminum-free deodorants we had and neither of us could stand the scent. That was it, I had thought about making our own for a while and the time had come.

Do It Yourself. I found a very simple recipe online and tried it. I knew that the real test would be how my husband felt like it worked for him. So, I made it and he and I both tried it. It worked great for me. But, I knew that would not be enough to keep making it. After about a few days, my husband declared that it was a legitimate deodorant because it worked on him! It really does work and it doesn’t smell weird! AND, it’s so inexpensive and easy to make!

Here’s the recipe:

6 Tbsp Coconut oil

1/4 cup baking soda

1/4 cup arrowroot powder


Blend the baking soda and arrowroot powder together. Then, mix into the coconut oil. I melted my coconut oil first. However, I’ve seen recipes that encourage keeping the coconut oil in its solid state. Make sure the dry ingredients are incorporated into the oil whatever the state of the oil. That’s it! It’ll take you about 5 minutes!

Some suggest putting the mixture in an old deodorant container. We just put it in our own glass container. It may seem odd at first to use your fingers to apply deodorant. But, you’ll get used to it. Just wash your hands afterwards.

This recipe should be enough for two people to use for three months. Take the plunge. Your wallet will thank you. Your body will thank you. And, you can thank me later 😉

What other personal care products do you make at home?

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