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homemade deodorant

Why on earth would you make homemade deodorant when you just buy some at the store?

Here’s the deal with cosmetics: if you can’t eat it you probably shouldn’t put in on the sponge that is your skin.  That goes for lotions, deodorant, toothpaste, perfume and anything else you can think of.  The good thing is if you’re eating clean you’ll have less and less need for a lot of these products!

The Problem with Antiperspirants

A few years ago I thought I would always need aluminum laden deodorant and antiperspirant in order to not be kicked out of public spaces.  The truth is, we’re supposed  to perspire so preventing that natural process in our bodies is not a good idea.  It’s our bodies way of regulating body temperature and eliminating toxins.   We should probably go ahead and let our bodies carry on doing that.

Why Use Deodorant at All?

By all means, if you feel comfortable going without, go for it!  During colder months, on days when I haven’t had a glass of wine in several days and don’t plan on running for 30 minutes I can easily skip deodorant and no one would notice- I swear.  But when it’s a little hot out and I plan on working on the treadmill desk all day long and/or I’ve had a few too many paleo treats, I could use a little coconut oil with essential oils, for the good of those around me.

Some people swear by simply applying a dab of coconut oil.  I’ve found I prefer to have a concoction that I can prepare ahead of time and add a little scent to it, (my fave is lavender oil).  It’s as close to perfume as it gets for me.

Here is a super easy recipe you can make several batches of as gifts or for yourself!

Homemade Deodorant

What you will need:


  1. Melt the coconut oil and shea butter over low heat until melted.
  2. Combine the remainder of the ingredients.
  3. Mix well and let cool.
  4. Store in a small jar like these jars.
  5. Apply as often as you’d like- (I apply once in the morning)

Do you have super sensitive skin?  Try my other recipe for homemade deodorant for sensitive skin! 

Looking for more recipes to ditch the chemicals in your beauty products?  Check out Mommypotamus’s book with over 50 DIY beauty recipes. You can find it here.

What is your favorite scent?

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Sylvie McCracken is a former celebrity assistant in Hollywood turned full time entrepreneur currently living in Ashland, Oregon with her husband and 3 kids. She writes about treating and preventing health conditions with real food and natural remedies, as well as anything else she feels like writing about because she's a rebel like that. 😉 She also mentors entrepreneurs on her other site,