How To Make Your Own Deodorant

There are some things in life that are hard but making your own deodorant is not one of them.

Some say that you should only put things on your skin that you’d be willing to eat, this is one of those recipes where it’s likely you already have all the ingredients in your kitchen.

But does it actually work?

Surprisingly yes! I’m a healthy sceptic so was slightly dubious – after a day of bike riding, digging in the garden or bush walking I can get some pretty impressive body odour going on! But this stuff works – even on those highly active days.

What do you need?

  • 1/2 cup cornstarch or arrowroot powder (I just used cornstarch as that’s what I had)
  • 1/2 cup bi-carb (aka baking soda)
  • 5 tbs unrefined organic coconut oil
  • 20 drops of lavender oil which has antibacterial properties – and smells nice.

The ingredients (minus the cornstarch which I’ve since ran out of… And the finished product in the glass jar. 

Get mixing

  • Simply place the corn starch (or arrowroot) and bi-carb in a bowl and mix thoroughly.
  • Add the coconut and lavender oil and mix really well until it’s all creamed together.
  • Pour or scoop it into a clean glass jar where it’ll last up to 6 months.

To use it…

  • As we live in cool temperate Tasmania the mixture sets fairly firmly. I use a teaspoon to scoop it out into my hand, once on your fingers your body heat will melt it into an easy to apply cream.
  • For people who live in a warm climate the consistency will always be a nice and creamy so no spoon’s required – your fingers are perfect for the job.

That’s it – go forth and feel like you’ve got two little bunches of fresh flowers sparkling out of your armpits :-D!

8 Responses to “How To Make Your Own Deodorant”

  1. Kerry Sargeant.

    Thanx for the tip. My underarm hair slowly started to disappear using spray on deodorant. My wife bought me some No Pong which is al-natural and I enjoy using it. Now we can try your recipe and as you said have fresh flowers under your arm pit.

  2. Kath

    Hi Hannah,
    I’ve tried making something like this before and found it leaves white marks on dark clothes. Have you found this or got workaround?
    Cheers 🙂

      • Kath

        Just saw your comment – thanks for the reply 🙂 Will have to have another crack at it, maybe I was too heavy on the cornstarch…

  3. Caroline Showell

    Hi Hannah,
    I would like to try this, but can’t find out if cornflour and cornstarch are the same thing?


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