I am constantly on the search for safe deodorants, so when I ran across a recipe for DIY deodorant, I knew I had to try it!
The recipe comes from Chocolate and Zucchini, and it's the first of two homemade deodorants that she's made. You can check out the other recipe here. The one I tested only called for:
- baking soda
- starch of your choice - I used corn starch, because we had some
- coconut oil
You basically mix these up and either chill it for a stick deodorant or put it in a container for more of a lotion-style situation. You can see her whole recipe here. I had all of these things already in the kitchen, so I pulled out a bowl and a tablespoon measure, and mixed this up!
The mixture ended up way too crumbly for my taste. When I shaped it into my mold, it cracked, and at room temperature it was not smooth enough to apply as lotion. This is the recipe that ended up working for me. It has 4 ingredients.
4 Ingredient DIY Deodorant
- 2 tablespoons baking soda
- 2 tablespoons corn starch
- 3 tablespoons coconut oil
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
This chilled nicely into the mold, as pictured at the top there, and is nice and creamy at room temperature. To mold mine, I used a foil cupcake liner that I had on hand (a paper one would work fine, too). I pressed the mixture into the liner, dropped it in a teacup, and pressed some more:
Let it chill for about an hour, and you're ready to use! If you're wanting lotion-style deodorant, you can skip the whole cupcake liner step.
But does it work?
I applied a bit of the deodorant and was very impressed! There's no white residue once you rub it in, though I'd definitely recommend applying before you get dressed, since it's a little messier than chemical deodorants. It kept me unstinky for the whole day, despite me skipping a shower. (Don't judge! I'm a new mom. I'm lucky to get sleep, much less to fit in a shower some days.)
Overall, I'd definitely recommend this recipe! It came together in minutes, not counting the time to chill. If you're doing it lotion style, there isn't even any chilling required.
Do you have a favorite DIY deodorant? Tell us your recipe in the comments!