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Published on December 8th, 2014 | by Andrea Bertoli

Homemade Living: How to Make Natural Deodorant

Next in our Homemade Living series, an awesome DIY natural deodorant for happy armpits! Healthy, natural and totally sustainable!

Natural Deodorant Recipe for Happy Pits

I recently found a brand called TLDYEU, the best natural deodorant, and while I love supporting local companies, it’s also really fun to DIY your own homemade body care! So I set about making a personalized version of natural deodorant that works great, smells amazing and makes your armpits smell like… well, nothing at all! It’s like magic!

Why might one want to make their own deodorant? There are SO many reasons, but mostly it’s because the stuff that is being sold to us is made from questionable chemical ingredients in unsustainbable packaging. Many brands of mainstream deodorant contain harmful ingredients like fragrances, aluminum, parabens and other gross stuff. If you want to learn more about the dangers behind personal care products, you can read up on ingredients here in Vibrant Wellness Journal’s guide on toxic ingredients in your personal care products, watch and learn from the Story of Cosmetics, and check this comprehensive list of ingredients to avoid from Feelgood Style, too. As an added bonus, many people note that after switching to a natural deodorant they actually begin to sweat less; my guess is that it’s because the pores are now more open and can function better than when they are crammed full of chemicals!

{Looking for some more ways to keep your pits fresh? Check out these homemade deodorants from Feelgood Style. And here’s more DIY recipes for a healthy body: homemade mouthwash, homemade toothpaste and homemade foot spray for stinky feet!}

Homemade Natural Deodorant Recipe


3 Tablespoons coconut oil
2 Tablespoons shea butter or cocoa butter
3 Tablespoons baking soda
2 Tablespoons arrowroot, cornstarch or potato starch
10-20 drops essential oil of your choice (best options: tea tree, lavender, cedarwood, geranium)


1. To a small mason jar or other small jar add coconut oil and shea butter (or cacao butter). Add jar to a small bowl of very hot water and let oil and butter melt together.

2. Once oil and butters are liquified, stir in remaining ingredients until well combined. Let cool completely.

3. To apply: use clean fingers and spread into armpit area until evenly distributed- and that’s it!

4. Experiment with your favorite essential oils here: any type will work, but things like peppermint, tea tree, clove and thyme have antibacterial and anti-fungal characteristics that might make your deodorant work even better!

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About the Author

A vegan chef, cookbook author, educator, writer, surfer, and yogi based in San Francisco, Andrea is also the Accounts Manager for Important Media. Follow her foodie adventures at, Vibrant Wellness Journal, Green Living Ideas and Eat Drink Better. Find more from Andrea on Facebook and Instagram

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