smell sweet with this DIY natural deodorant…

Would you like to give up chemical-laden deodorants but are afraid of potentially stinky pits?  Well, this stuff REALLY works and is easy and cheap to make with 100% natural ingredients.

DIY deodorant

DIY deodorant

I gave up using deodorant a couple of years ago after reading so much about the negative health impact of chemicals in commercial products.  I had been using a rock crystal but found this recipe on the internet and hey presto, sweet smelling pits all day long.

The thing that causes body odour is not sweat but bacteria.  In fact, sweating is an important part of our body’s detoxification and cooling process and not something we should try to prevent.  This recipe works because it contains anti-bacterial coconut oil as well as bicarbonate of soda which absorbs odours and arrowroot powder which absorbs wetness.  You can also use an essential oil which will have its own properties and fragrance, eg Lavender which is antibacterial and antiviral.

what’s so bad about commercial deodorants?

They contain all sorts of toxins which are best avoided on a daily basis, especially because the armpits are so close to the lymph glands and toxins can easily be absorbed into the endocrine system.  You can check on the environmental working group for details of ingredients in most commercial brands. Look at the label and you will see that nearly all deodorants contain:


(Aluminium chlorohydrate, ammonium aluminium sulfate, potassium aluminium sulfate, aluminium zirconium tetrachlorohydrex gly) Aluminium compounds are used to keep your pores from releasing sweat – in effect, it blocks them up.  Aluminium stays in the body and consequently will accumulate over time.  Some studies have shown that it may contribute to Alzheimer’s disease and breast cancer although no definitive relationship has been established.

Propylene Glycol

Propylene glycol was originally developed as an anti-freeze.  Nice!  Let’s squirt a bit of anti-freeze in our pits!  In antiperspirants and deodorants it is used as a humectant and to increase absorption. Propylene glycol has been shown to be a skin irritant and to cause allergic reactions even in concentrations as low as 2%.  Even in natural deodorants it is often listed as the first or second ingredient.


Parabens are used as preservatives in a wide range of cosmetic and food products. They have been shown to mimic oestrogen and are suspected to be endocrine system disruptors.


Triclosan is an antifungal and antibacterial chemical used in many personal care products including soaps, hand sanitizers, and deodorants.  Triclosan has been shown to be an endocrine disrupter in animals, specifically affecting thyroid hormone function.  It has also been associated with increased hay fever and allergy development.



how to make it


3 tbsp bicarbonate of soda
3 tbsp arrowroot
5 tbsp raw coconut oil
10 drops of essential oil of your choice (optional)


  • In a bowl sift the arrowroot and baking soda 
  • Add the coconut and essential oils
  • Combine the ingredients using a fork and then press the mixture into a smooth paste with the back of a spoon or your hands.  It’s a bit like making pastry!
  • Pack the mixture into a glass jar and it’s ready to use

Scoop a small amount onto your fingertip and apply to underarms. Your body heat will almost instantly melt it and you can easily rub it in.

If you are in a warm country the coconut oil will melt, so you might like to add some beeswax to keep the mixture firm.

smell sweet my sweets!

5 thoughts on “smell sweet with this DIY natural deodorant…

  1. Pingback: Edible deodorants: you smell like what you eat | Tim

    • Thanks for the reblog Lisa – yes, this stuff really does work, I’ve been using it for a while now, better than any shop bought natural deodorant I’ve tried! Good luck! x

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