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Make Your Own: DIY Deodorant

Make your own DIY Chemical Free Deodorant

OH, friends! If you’ve never made your own home products, you have NO IDEA what you’re missing out on.

Last week I had a chance to attend a demonstration from my fabulous friend Awbree of Bunkhouse Creative. She’s one of the most capable creative people I know. Seriously, friends, everything she touches comes out beautiful and perfect.

And her deodorant recipe is no exception.

I’ll admit: I was fully skeptical. After all, I’m a power yoga teacher. I sweat regularly. How could some homemade product keep up with me?

But I have to say – after using it for a week – I truly LOVE this deodorant!! My body has transitioned with no problem (maybe, in part, because it’s winter?) and I love the smell of coconuts every time I start to sweat.

So I know what you’re thinking: “Ok. I get it. But seriously….”

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WHY would I make my own deodorant?

Well, friends, let’s be honest: your arm pits are an incredibly sensitive part of your body’s largest organ – your skin. And every single day you apply this same substance to your pits. And every single day, just like moisturizer or oils, your skin absorbs that substance.

And, over time, that substance actually alters your hormones and your skin’s natural biome.

And did you know that most deodorants contain ALUMINUM?!

Also, breast cancer. Look at your arm pit. Look at your boobs. Do you see how close they are?!


Sorry. I had to say it. Because, seriously, friends. If I stop and think about it for a couple seconds I just can’t handle the level of heebie jeebies I feel when I start to think about what it’s doing to my body.

Truly, for YEARS I’ve known all of these things and chose to ignore them because I just didn’t have a good solution.

Thankfully, Awbree swooped in to save the day.

And I truly could not be more grateful.

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The Recipe

Combine baking soda and arrowroot powder in a mixing bowl. Melt the coconut oil by microwaving the glass jar (Make sure to REMOVE THE LID!) for up to 1 minute. Add 6 T of liquid coconut oil to the bowl. If the mixture appears too thick, add 1-2 T of liquid coconut oil.

Note from Awbree: “I tend to use 6 T in the summer and 8 T in the winter. Since coconut oil is solid in colder temperatures, this helps with thickness.”

Store in a small mason jar with label.

Note: you might want a small spoon or scraper in cooler temperatures, as it can be harden in the winter.


Well, I don’t know about you, but I am PUMPED to start trying out different recipes after I finish this jar. Though it might take a while! Because just one of these jars is enough to last me probably another year. Which brings me to another added benefit of making your own home products:

It’s WAY cheaper.

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  1. Donna LaBorde says

    I use Schmidt’s Deodorant…….wonder how this would compare with that.

  2. Cathy says

    I have never tried homemade deodorant but am wanting to try. How do you apply it?

    • Hi Cathy!

      Great!! Even better. I typically use a small spoon or a thick wooden tongue depressor to scrape a bit off of the top of the container. From there I use my fingers to apply it. You could probably use an old plastic deodorant container as well by turning the plastic adjustable component (the part that you turn when you need more from the stick) down to the bottom and filling it with this new material. That way you would avoid the scraping.

      One thing to note is that you don’t want to expose it to temperatures above 90 degrees. Keep it out of you car, especially in the summer, and store it in your fridge if you don’t have air conditioning.

      Also, important to know – unless you use a product like Toms of Maine deodorant, you may experience a period of hormonal shift after you start this deodorant. The reason is that, chemically, your body adjusts to an anti-antiperspirant. When you stop using it, it can take up to a month for your body to adjust to chemical-free deodorant. For that reason, I recommend making the change during a time of year when you’re less likely to sweat, like the winter/spring/fall.

      Hope that helps!

  3. I’m interested in trying this! The recipe uses T as a measurement. Is that teaspoon or tablespoon? Thanks!

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