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The Best Natural, Homemade Deodorant Recipe | by Thomas Crouse | Sep, 2021

Thomas Crouse
Finally, a natural deodorant that ACTUALLY WORKS

It’s a simple recipe without baking soda and an option to make it coconut-free.

If you have thoughts or suggestions about this recipe, leave a response at the bottom.

Important notes are at the end, because I hate those recipe posts that take forever to get to the recipe. So let’s dive in…

2 Tbsp ethical shea butter

2 Tbsp ethical coconut oil

1/3 c arrowroot powder

1 Tbsp natural magnesium hydroxide

OPTIONAL: ~10 drops of your favorite, skin-safe essential oil

OPTIONAL: 1–2 drops of tea tree essential oil

3 Tbsp ethical shea butter

1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil

1/3 c arrowroot powder

1.5 Tbsp natural magnesium hydroxide

OPTIONAL: ~10 drops of your favorite, skin-safe essential oil

OPTIONAL: 1–2 drops of tea tree essential oil

Small or medium saucepan

Small (8 oz.) glass jar

Tongs

Reusable stir stick (I use a metal chopstick)

  1. Put 3–5 c of water in the saucepan and bring it to a simmer over medium-low heat. Make sure water level is at least 1″ below the height of your small glass jar.
  2. Put shea butter and coconut oil (olive oil for coconut-free) in the small glass jar.
  3. Place the small glass jar into the saucepan of simmering water with tongs.
  4. When the oils have melted, add essential oils and mix with the reusable stir stick.
  5. Add the natural Magnesium Hydroxide and mix with the reusable stir stick until smooth.
  6. Add the arrowroot powder 1 Tbsp at a time while constantly mixing with the reusable stir stick.
  7. Use tongs to remove the glass jar from the saucepan and allow to cool until solid. Covering and cooling in the refrigerator is recommended. Stirring occasionally during cooling is also recommended, to prevent settling.

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Here’s a breakdown of the ingredients and what they do:

  • Shea butter is a carrier oil for the essential oils and it moisturizes the skin.
  • Coconut oil is also a carrier oil and a moisturizer. More importantly, it’s antibacterial, which makes it an active ingredient in this recipe.
  • Extra virgin olive oil serves as a replacement for coconut oil, except it’s not antibacterial.
  • Arrowroot powder is a skin-safe filler to thicken the deodorant.
  • Natural magnesium hydroxide is an antibacterial that does not absorb into the skin. It creates a long-lasting barrier that kills odor-causing bacteria (more on that in the “Your sweat doesn’t stink” section below). It is the main active ingredient in this recipe, much less irritating than baking soda. Although sometimes produced synthetically, it is a naturally occurring compound.
  • Essential oils add a pleasant scent, and many of them are antibacterial (among other things) and good for the skin if used in small amounts with carrier oils. Check out this list of essential oils good for skincare if you’re unsure which to use. Tea tree oil is anti-bacterial, -viral, -fungal, -microbial, it’s basically anti-everything.
  • A small glass jar is reusable, just toss it in the dishwasher when it’s empty. Forget about buying a plastic tube every time you need 3 oz. of deodorant.

Many natural deodorants have baking soda as an ingredient, because it’s natural and antibacterial.

But baking soda is alkaline, contrasting with your skin’s acidity. It’s also very abrasive, which can cause irritation.

Worst of all, it will discolor your clothes!

I tried MANY natural deodorants before creating this recipe. The baking soda in (almost) all of them irritated my skin and stained my shirts. It was my frustration with other natural deodorants that led me to create my own recipe without baking soda.

You’ll never find a natural antiperspirant, because the idea of stopping your body’s perspiration is wholly unnatural.

Worse yet, commercial antiperspirants use friggin’ aluminum to literally clog your pores. It can lead to irritation, acne, infection, and a host of other skin issues.

Plus, aluminum can turn your sweat yellow and stain your clothes.

Don’t clog your pores, it’s just not a good idea. Your sweat actually isn’t the problem, because…

Think about it. Your sweat is just saltwater, which doesn’t really have a smell.

But I’ll tell you what does stink: bacteria.

Bacteria love the damp environment your sweat creates. Body odor isn’t the smell of sweat, it’s the smell of bacteria.

So say it with me this time:

“My sweat doesn’t stink!”

Using a natural deodorant with antibacterial properties is the best way to eliminate BO. That’s why this recipe is optimized to be antibacterial.

This recipe’s main active ingredient, Magnesium hydroxide [Mg(OH)2], is antibacterial and does not absorb into your skin. It creates a barrier that kills the stink before it forms. It won’t clog your pores or absorb into your body. It just sits there, killing odor-causing bacteria all day long.

I’ll spare you the details, but I used to think only prescription-grade antiperspirants would work for me.

Drinking copious amounts of coffee didn’t help.

Then I started researching what’s actually in the deodorants and antiperspirants on market shelves.

And I was horrified.

I tried A LOT of natural deodorants, but most of them couldn’t cut the stink. They irritated my skin and stained my shirts, because most of them rely on baking soda.

So I did even more research, and a bunch of testing (on myself), to come up with this recipe.

Since perfecting it, the stink is gone without issue.

I’m never going back to the store-bought stuff again.

  • Yes, you have to apply this deodorant to your underarms with your finger or a small spatula. Make sure your glass jar is small enough for you to reach the bottom. If you care about eliminating single-use plastics, you won’t mind.
  • I (Thomas Crouse) am not legally responsible if using this deodorant recipe causes you any harm. Make sure you’re not allergic to any of the ingredients. Do your own research. I’m trying to help people live a greener life, not get sued.
  • That being said, my wife and I have been using this recipe for two years without any adverse affects. She even used it while pregnant without issue.
  • A little goes a long way. Don’t use more than a pea-sized amount for each underarm. You only need enough for a thin coating. I find the amount in this recipe lasts me 2–3 months.
  • This recipe can be doubled if you want enough deodorant to last 4–6 months. You’ll need to use a larger glass jar, which might be difficult to reach the bottom.

Leave a response if you have any questions about this recipe, or suggestions to make it better. I’m always looking to improve it, even though I’m quite happy with how it works right now.

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