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DIY Beauty: Deodorant


Diy deodorant

Like most college girls, deodorant is a must-have for me throughout the year. However, sometimes it can be hard to find a cheap yet effective deodorant…and it’s even harder to find one that’s all-natural!

Out of pure frustration, I started to make my own deodorant. To my complete surprise, it’s everything I could ever ask for in a deodorant: it actually works, it’s cheap, and it’s ridiculously easy to make.

Read on to learn how you can make your own deodorant using just three ingredients and in just three steps:

What you’ll need:

Diy deodorant ingredients

  • About 1/4 cup of cornstarch (use arrowroot powder if you have sensitive skin)
  • About 1 tbsp baking soda
  • About 4 tbsp coconut oil

How to:

Step One

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Mix the cornstarch and baking soda in a bowl. The cornstarch works to absorb underarm moisture, while baking soda helps to eliminate odors.

Step Two

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Using a spoon, blend in the coconut oil. Not only is coconut oil super moisturizing, but it also has anti-bacterial properties that will keep you looking and feeling fresh.

Step Three

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Scoop the mixture into a small container with a lid and enjoy your homemade coconut oil deodorant!

How to use:

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Apply using clean fingers, a powder puff, or makeup brush. This homemade deodorant can easily last for a month and there is no need to refrigerate it as all the ingredients used are stable at room temperature.

If you prefer a more solid deodorant, you can pour the mixture into an old deodorant container and keep it in the refrigerator.

What Do You Think?

Do you like this DIY? Are you going to try it out? Aside from using deodorant, what are some other ways you use to keep cool and sweat-free? Let me know in the comments below; I’d love to hear what you think!

Posted on on October 1, 2013 / Filed Under: Beauty & Hair / Tags: , , , , , , ,

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11 Responses to “DIY Beauty: Deodorant”

  1. 1
    October 1st, 2013 at 11:12 am

    Do you think putting essential oils in it would irritate the skin??

  2. 2
    October 1st, 2013 at 1:20 pm

    Love this. DIY deodorant is the next best thing to wearing nothing!

  3. 3
    October 1st, 2013 at 1:22 pm

    Thank you for posting this recipe! I recently wasted $6 on a “natural” stick of deodorant and it doesn’t work at all…it’s sticky, doesn’t absorb into my skin, and leaves a gross reside. Your recipe absorbed immediately so my armpits feel smooth and dry, plus they smell like delicious coconut. :D

  4. 4
    October 1st, 2013 at 2:41 pm

    I’m usually not a fan of stuff like this. I like my stuff store bought. But i tried this and it works very well! I’m going to keep making this! This post was great

  5. 5
    October 1st, 2013 at 2:45 pm

    Thanks so much for this post! I’ll make this asap!!!
    I often get swollen/infected lumps/lymph-nodes under my armpits (which can cause cancer!!!) from using my deodorant everyday :(
    Thanks again!!

  6. 6
    October 1st, 2013 at 9:41 pm

    Thanks for posting! Be careful though, baking soda can really irritate underarms if you apply too often.
    But I’m allergic to aluminum, and after trying countless aluminum-free deodorants, I’m happy to say that Kiss My Face Active Life deodorant is pretty good.

  7. 7
    October 1st, 2013 at 11:15 pm

    This formula, minus the cornstarch, is also a GREAT facial exfoliant. I have a container of coconut oil and baking soda in my bathroom and I use it to exfoliate every few days before I wash my face. I love it. Also, coconut oil + baking soda + mint oil = natural toothpaste. Basically, coconut oil is the best natural beauty product out there.

  8. 8
    October 2nd, 2013 at 11:41 am

    Can I replace the coconut oil with something else? Maybe some essential oils like mint oil?

  9. 9
    October 3rd, 2013 at 1:13 am


    For those of you with questions, check out this website that has already answered all of them.

  10. 10
    October 3rd, 2013 at 4:33 pm

    Wow! This is very efficient thanks for sharing. I wonder if something like this would be able to hold me. Probably will. Either way I would love adding some fragrances to it, that’d be fun.

  11. 11
    October 3rd, 2013 at 5:10 pm

    Maddie- Of course! However, not all essential oils are skin-friendly or in general skin-safe so please be to sure to do some research before adding essential oils into your DIY deodorant! I suggest lavender essential oil, eucalyptus essential oil, tea tree essential oil, and rosemary essential oil!

    Fiona- I wouldn’t recommend completely eliminating coconut oil. As mentioned in the article, coconut oil has anti-bacterial properties; that’s why it’s an essential ingredient!

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