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Homemade Deodorant Stick

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This is one of those things I never dreamed I would actually DIY.  Seriously, deodorant!  I am too vain to mess with things like personal hygiene.  But I really want to eliminate as many crazy chemicals as possible in our home.  

I tried the store bought “natural” deodorant and after 2 days I felt like I was radiating B.O.  YUCK!  

But instead of grabbing the aluminum-laced antiperspirant, I decided to give homemade deodorant a try.  I couldn’t believe that it worked!

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A super quick homemade deodorant stick that really works! Tutorial from Houseful of Handmade.

The first recipe I tried was a soft deodorant that you applied with your fingers, it was a little weird to get use to that, but worked beautifully.  But I did miss my stick of deodorant that I could apply quickly and get on with my day.

The recipe I used had only coconut oil as the base.  Which melts when it gets the slightest bit warm.  In my lotion making adventures, I discovered that Shea butter is pretty solid and with a little beeswax, it would be nice and firm, even in the summer.

A super quick homemade deodorant stick that really works! Tutorial from Houseful of Handmade.

So I started messing with some measurements and came up with this recipe.  My husband and I love it!  

And we have put it to the test, 4 days camping in southern Utah, hiking in the sun, deodorant worked!  Hammering stakes into the ground in the greenhouse on a 75 degree afternoon, deodorant worked!  

I am sure I will be able to give many more examples this summer 🙂

The one thing I will point out, this is not antiperspirant.  It is a deodorant. Your body is made to sweat, so that is a good thing.  Smelling like sweat, not a good thing!  So it did take a bit to get use to sweating, I kept thinking, it’s not working.  But I was fresh, just sweating.

Making deodorant is super fast too, just measure out 3/4 oz beeswax, 2 oz coconut oil, and 3/4 oz shea butter into a glass 2 cup measuring cup.  I like to weigh my ingredients because it’s more precise than measuring ingredients that are solid.

A super quick homemade deodorant stick that really works! Tutorial from Houseful of Handmade.

Put your measuring cup in a small saucepan with a couple inches of water and simmer on low until your oils are totally melted.

A super quick homemade deodorant stick that really works! Tutorial from Houseful of Handmade.

Then remove it from the water and add in 2 Tbsp baking soda, 2 Tbsp corn starch and 1/4 cup arrowroot powder.

A super quick homemade deodorant stick that really works! Tutorial from Houseful of Handmade.

Stir until totally mixed together and smooth.  Add in the Tea Tree oil and stir.

A super quick homemade deodorant stick that really works! Tutorial from Houseful of Handmade.

Then pour into your deodorant containers.  I bought mine on Amazon, they can be washed and reused so my set of 5 will last forever 🙂  

If you pour slowly, the sides will start to harden and you will get a cut little rounded top!  I don’t know why, but I really like that.  This recipe makes exactly 2 containers worth.  One for me, one for the hubby.

A super quick homemade deodorant stick that really works! Tutorial from Houseful of Handmade.

Now your deodorant is all done, you just have to let it harden.  If you need it fast, you can refrigerate it.

This homemade deodorant stick will stay solid at normal room temperatures, but if you go camping in the heat, keep it in the cooler or it will get too soft.  Learned that the hard way!

A super quick homemade deodorant stick that really works! Tutorial from Houseful of Handmade.

Have you tried out homemade deodorant yet?  Are you ready to?

Homemade deodorant in a deodorant stick container with printed label on it.

Homemade Deodorant Stick

Yield: 2 containers
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Additional Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

A fast & easy solid homemade deodorant stick that really works! You can make 2 sticks in 10 minutes with all natural ingredients you can feel good about.

Ingredients

  • 3/4 oz beeswax
  • 2 oz coconut oil
  • 3/4 oz shea butter
  • 2 Tbsp baking soda
  • 2 Tbsp cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup arrowroot powder
  • 10-20 drops tea tree oil (or other essential oil)

Instructions

    1. Weigh the beeswax, coconut oil and shea butter into a glass measuring cup.
    2. Place in a small saucepan with a couple inches of water and simmer until the oils are completely melted.
    3. Remove from heat and stir in baking soda, cornstarch and arrowroot powder. Then stir in tea tree oil.
    4. Pour into 2 empty deodorant containers.
    5. Allow to harden before use.
A super quick homemade deodorant stick that really works! Tutorial from Houseful of Handmade.

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Sonya

Saturday 19th of February 2022

Hello this is Sonya w/ SEH Unlimited. My cousin Alice and I made Instagram video making deodorant. So my cousin asked about using baking soda without aluminum in it. I just had store brand baking soda so I used the corn starch to replace it. We made a video. Can you elaborate on the aluminum in baking soda. https://www.instagram.com/tv/CaLv6qrFFHp/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link

Kitten

Sunday 1st of May 2022

@Sonya. It’s baked no powder that can contain aluminum

Lisa

Friday 22nd of April 2022

@Sonya, Not sure if your question ever got answered but I found this which may clear up some of your questions. https://bambuearth.com/blogs/news/baking-soda-contains-aluminum-myth

Amanda

Saturday 4th of December 2021

I've never made homemade products before, but my prepubescent son has started to have BO. He has extremely sensitive skin and has to use special soap and laundry detergent not sold in stores so if course I'm looking for something gentle, yet effective. I see a lot of people saying the baking soda irritates their skin. I've considered removing it, but wondered is this ingredient crucial to preventing BO? Also, both cornstarch and arrowroot are included in the recipe. Both are thickening agents that absorb moisture. Is there a specific reason that both are included instead of just 1 or the other? If I just used 1, which would be better?

Cherry B

Monday 29th of November 2021

Hi,

Where do you find your label stickers?

Millie A

Wednesday 27th of October 2021

Can I reuse a store bought deodorant container?

Dan

Monday 8th of November 2021

@Millie A,

Often but not always, I put a couple of reused shop bought containers in the dishwasher and they came out great.

Remember to wind them back down to the bottom before refilling though!

Ekta

Monday 11th of October 2021

Too late to the party but I made this and love that it works. But currently, it's cold here in Australia - the deodorant is too hard to scoop out and a little grainy for my liking. What should I adjust, please?

TobyLauren

Sunday 14th of November 2021

@Ekta, or, if you’re re-melting what you’ve already made, just try adding more coconut oil to it to help it turn out softer.

TobyLauren

Sunday 14th of November 2021

@Ekta, just a bit less beeswax should do the trick.

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