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The Best DIY Deodorant THAT WORKS!

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Why DIY Deodorant?
Because most store bought is TOXIC!

  • Parabens; often used as a preservative. Mimics estrogen and disrupts hormones. Can contribute to breast cancer. Check out what Dr. Mercola thinks of Parabens here.
  • Aluminum: acts as a plug to clog pores and blocks sweat glands to prevent sweating. Aluminum can mimic estrogen and if you have a hard time processing estrogen correctly it can cause breast cancer. Aluminum has also been linked to Alzheimer’s.
  • Talc: use is linked to endometrial and ovarian cancer. Talc exposure is associated with mesothelioma, a tumor of tissue lining organs such as the lungs, stomach, and heart.
  • Triclosan: Can cause skin irritation and contact dermatitis. FDA lists it as a pesticide. Kills good bacteria. When triclosan is combined with water it can also create a carcinogenic gas called chloroform.
  • Steareths: additives that are products of ethoxylation, which simultaneously produces carcinogens and dioxanes.
  • Propylene Glycol: can cause delayed allergic reactions, and is considered a neurotoxin, which may cause kidney and liver damage.
  • Triethanolamine (TEA) and diethanolamine (DEA):  chemicals that can seep into your skin and affect your liver and kidneys. In fact, they’re so harmful that these two chemicals have already been banned from products in Europe because they are known carcinogens.
  • Fragrance: skin irritation, harmful to the environment, allergies and organ system toxicity.

I was not a DIYer until I had kiddos and I realized the importance of what we use on and in our bodies. I have watched so many loved ones fighting cancer the last few years and I believe it is so important for us to learn to prevent and take care of our bodies now so we do not have to go through treating cancer later. Why are we throwing so much money at a cure when we could be educating ourselves on how to prevent cancer?

DIY Deodorant is super simple. My 10 year old can make it and loves helping. You get to pick the way you would like it to smell. And it is super affordable.
DIY Deodorant helper

So what do you need for DIY Deodorant?

DIY Deodorant


Moma♥Thrift’s DIY Deo

2 Empty Deodorant Containers

1/3 Cup Coconut OIl
1/3 Cup Arrowroot Powder
2 TBSP Baking Soda (1 if you are sensitive to it)
3 TBSP Beeswax
15-20 Drops Essential Oil of your choice tho I recommend adding Tea Tree
(For mine I like Grapefruit, Lemongrass, Rosemary. The boys like Cedarwood. Frankincense and Rosemary)

Melt coconut oil and beeswax in a small saucepan over low heat. (I like to use a metal bowl inside a pan of water, like a double broiler to make it easy to pour later) Stir continuously until melted. Once it is completely liquefied take the mixture off the heat and stir in the remaining ingredients. Pour into empty deodorant containers and allow to cool. I like to sit them in the fridge to help them set.

Use as you would any other deodorant.

Do you make your own Deo?
Could you benefit from making your own?


13 thoughts on “The Best DIY Deodorant THAT WORKS!

  1. I always thought about making my own deodorant or finding an alternate- more natural option. This tutorial is really cool.

  2. I’m a little bit crunchy mama and I love incorporating natural alternatives to everyday products into my family’s daily routine. Lately, I’ve resorted to applying Baking Soda under my arms and it works but I get a terrible redness so I go every other day. I’ve seen other DIY recipes but I haven’t tried them for lack of an ingredient or two but I think this one is the best Tebow I’ve seen thus far.

  3. My hippie side is loving this post right now! Whenever I have the time I need to spend an afternoon trying out some recipes for DIY body products because I hate the cost and ingredient list in most store-bought brands. How cool that your kiddo could help make this!

  4. This is so great! I bought a natural deodorant a few months back and it didn’t work good at all for me. I’ve been wanting to try to make it. Knowing it’s this easy helps motivate me to do it

  5. I’ve been meaning to make my own stick deodorant! I can’t use baking soda, though. I don’t even want to put any in it because I’ve tried other natural deodorants “for sensitive skin”, but I still will start breaking out in a rash after a few days. Lately, I’ve just been sticking to good ole coconut oil, tea tree essential oil and lime essential oil. Those two oils have been working great! 🙂

  6. Got an error the first time that I commented, so I’m trying again. I’ve been using coconut oil with lime essential oil and tea tree essential oil because I’m so sensitive to baking soda. I am going to make my own stick deodorant one day, though, lol.

    1. I was sensitive to baking soda as well until I did an arm pit detox and it helped quite a bit. Honestly, I don’t wear deo very often. After using natural for so long I guess my body finally detoxed all the ick the way it was supposed to 🙂

  7. As someone who is currently expecting I’m all about DIY beauty-related stuff as much as possible. I want to make sure I know what goes in and what I apply on my skin. Will definitely try this next time I feel a good surge of energy. 😉

    1. Your body is supposed to sweat. It is what is naturally clearing your body of toxins. The added chemicals basically seal those toxins in which is terrible for your body. The odor comes from bacteria, not the sweat. If you are using the natural deo it has antibacterial ingredients (Baking Soda, Coconut Oil, Bees wax, Tea Tree and other essential oils) That is what is killing off the bacteria and odor. If you sweat more than normal there is usually something to it. Hormones out of whack usually. Which can also contribute to Candida issues which cause more odor. Anyway, I’m rambling. But I was a heavy sweater until I got my hormones in check. Something worth looking into.

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