DIY all-natural detoxifying deodorant (quite the multitasker, eh?)

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I’m a multitasker…

A check-my-email-while-brushing-my-teeth, cook-dinner-while-catching-up-on-Downton-Abbey type of gal.

Which is why when I finally bit the bullet and made a homemade deodorant, I decided to take it beyond all-natural and add a detoxifying ingredient – bentonite clay – which actually pulls toxins from the skin. It’s the anti-antiperspirant.

Bentonite clay is one of the most effective and powerful healing clays. According to Wellness Mama:

Bentonite clay carries a strong negative charge which bonds to the positive charge in many toxins. When it comes in contact with a toxin, chemical or heavy metal, the clay will absorb the toxin and release it’s minerals for the body to use. Bentonite also helps get oxygen to cells as it pulls excess hydrogen and allows the cells to replace it with oxygen instead.

Furthermore, bentonite clay has a very fine velvet-like texture, is odorless and non-staining, which are all important qualities for a deodorant. Clays also quickly and easily absorb moisture.

So let’s get to it!

  • 5 tablespoons or 4 oz organic virgin coconut oil: a great natural antibacterial. (Click here to purchase coconut oil.) If you notice the deodorant is at all flaky on the skin, you may add more coconut oil as needed.
  • 4 tablespoons baking soda: neutralizes pH and body odor. (Click here to purchase aluminum-free baking soda.)
  • 3 tablespoons arrowroot or organic cornstarch: absorbs perspiration. (Click here to purchase arrowroot.)
  • 2 tablespoons bentonite clay: adds extra wetness protection by whisking away sweat, and pulls toxins from skin. (Click here to purchase bentonite clay.)
  • 5 drops tea tree oil (optional but highly suggested): a potent antibacterial. (Click here to purchase tea tree oil.)

I put all of the ingredients in a mixing bowl in the above order. Since coconut oil is solid at room temperature, it needs some heat to be able to mix it easily. I decided to use body heat! With clean hands, I kneaded and mixed everything together into a smooth paste, and then transfered it to a small glass jar (I used these spice jars). Yes, my hands were covered in the deodorant, but it washes off easily and this was a quick and easy method to get everything to mix evenly.

The paste thickens considerably after cooling to room temp. To apply, simply rub your finger on the top of the paste to warm it a little, and scoop out a small amount to rub on your underarm. The paste will “melt” (as coconut oil does) right into your skin and absorb rather quickly.

The tea tree oil was a tad overpowering while I was mixing everything, but when applied to the underarms, had just the right amount of scent. Rosemary, bergamot, and lemon essential oils also have antibacterial properties and so could be used in conjunction with or instead of tea tree oil.

           

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125 Responses to DIY all-natural detoxifying deodorant (quite the multitasker, eh?)

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  2. ctg says:

    i already make my own but the clay makes sense will try this mixture thanks

  3. Nadia says:

    Awesome! Do you use a coconut oil base as well or other ingredients? Bentonite clay is amazing. Please let me know how it goes!

  4. Sandy says:

    I was using just plain baking soda for years and suddenly it burns my skin. I can’t even use cornstarch now. I am desperate for a homemade deodorant that will work but not burn me. Every homemade recipe I have found calls for the baking soda and/or cornstarch or arrowroot.

  5. Nadia says:

    Sandy, I know what you mean! I gave this to my boyfriend but the baking soda gave him a huge red rash. I am going to try to make one without the baking soda. Now you have inspired me to get on it!! The cornstarch and arrowroot irritate you as well?

  6. I’ve been using a spray of filtered water and tea tree oil followed by coconut oil…I happen to have all of the ingredients for this-I will have to try it!

  7. Ed Goldstein says:

    I’m currently using microbial silver deodorant. Might try looking into that.

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  12. trudy says:

    Where do you get your clay from? I’d LOVE to try this. Been using raw organic apple cider vinegar, which neutralizes the odor, but often leaves me smelling like freshly decorated Easter eggs—lol. So I’d love to have an alternative.

  13. Kelli says:

    Where do you purchase your bentonite clay?

  14. Nadia says:

    Hi, Kelli! I buy mine at a local store, but you can buy it online at Mountain Rose Herbs (http://bit.ly/11129d9) which distributes great quality products (I buy their loose teas in bulk!).

  15. Nadia says:

    Hi, Trudy! I buy mine at a local store, but you can buy it online at Mountain Rose Herbs (http://bit.ly/11129d9) which distributes great quality products. And I totally know what you mean about vinegar triggering memories of dying Easter eggs LOL… I can’t clean my bathroom without thinking of it since I use a vinegar cleaner!

  16. Kathryn says:

    Love this recipe. Works for me. :)

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  18. Wendi says:

    I make my son’s deodorant (I don’t use deodorant, I just spray magnesium oil in my pits) and I thought of putting some clay in the recipe, but I thought it would leave a chalky residue in the pit or on the clothes. Have you experienced this at all?

  19. Nadia says:

    Hi, Wendi! No, I have never had a problem with this recipe leaving any residue. Just be sure to rub into well into the skin and let it dry for a minute or so before dressing.

  20. Sandy says:

    Nadia, yes I am also irritated by cornstarch and arrowroot under the arms. I found a recipe for a deodorant without any starches or baking soda, but it doesn’t work for odor. I had made the baking soda recipe, and it is so effective except for the rash and irritation that lasts for 2-3 days after using. I am wanting to find out if there is any type of purified baking soda out there somewhere to try. I am getting desperate!!!

  21. Wendi says:

    Wow, that’s awesome! Thank you!

  22. Ada M. says:

    Nadia,
    I have found that pure extra virgin coconut oil works very well for odor. No irritation or anything. The only drawback is that it doesn’t help the wetness.

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  24. Erinn says:

    curious what to use instead of baking soda as all deoderants i ahve tried making with baking soda have given me a bad rash to the point of my sin breaking open and i now have scars under my pits o:

  25. Nadia says:

    Hi, Erinn. Oh no! I’m sorry to hear that. Others also have a sensitivity to baking soda. If it is JUST the baking soda, give this combo a try with all of the other ingredients and just leave the baking soda out. For some people, JUST coconut oil works for them – maybe you are one of those lucky folks!

  26. Joy Simpson says:

    I just use equal parts baking soda and arrowroot powder. (inexpensive & easy). I then add water to mix it together and then I apply the goop, let it dry, and brush off the white powder before getting dressed.

  27. Nadia says:

    Joy, you should really try adding the coconut oil to the mix! A jar or organic coconut oil is about $5, and would last you a very long time if used just for this purpose.

  28. Tammy says:

    Great idea and I would love to try it. However, in trying to print it, and to save paper, I like to select only the text I need to keep to save paper, but your page does not allow that. That’s a bit frustrating.

  29. Nadia says:

    Hi, Tammy. I just added a print button at the top of the post – check it out! Thanks for bringing this to my attention. I hope you try it and that it works for you! Please let me know :)

  30. Becky says:

    Thank you for the clay idea. I make CO & baking soda deodorant and very pleased. I will add Bentonite, but am VERY allergic to Tea tree.
    Unfortunately, it will not allow me to copy this so I can print it off. It is a lot to write down.

  31. Nadia says:

    Hi, Becky. I just added a print button at the top of the post – check it out! Thanks for bringing this to my attention.

  32. flore says:

    What about stains on clothers with this recipe ???

  33. Nadia says:

    Hi, Flore. As I mention, the bentonite clay is non-staining. I do sometimes get a little powdery-looking residue on my clothes, but it rubs right off.

  34. flore says:

    I asked this question because you use coconut oil and essential oils on this recipe.

  35. Nadia says:

    Ah that makes total sense and I am surprised I have not received this question yet! This was a concern of mine when I first started using coconut oil (I also use it as a body moisturizer). I have personally not had any issues with it (or the tea tree in this recipe) staining my clothing. When you do a simple Google search for whether or not coconut oil stains, the reviews are mixed – some say that it does not stain while others say it does. Like I said, I rub it ALL over my body, not just on my underarms, and have never had an issue.

  36. Tammy says:

    Thank you SO much for adding the print feature–including the Green Print feature. Awesome! Can’t wait to try this out. :)

  37. Shannon says:

    Just tried this for the first time today… pleasantly surprised that it WORKED! So far anyway :) I’m going to keep trying it this week just to *make sure* – but I’m very, very pleasantly surprised! Thanks!!

  38. Nadia says:

    Oh, Shannon, this made my day!! I hope it continues to work for you.

  39. Bobbie says:

    It could very well be that the folks who have issues with the oils staining, is because they are using too much or not rubbing it all the way in. Hence, it sits atop the skin instead of being fully absorbed in which case…you are gonna get it on anything you touch…lol

  40. Nadia says:

    Agreed – you definitely have to rub it in and let it soak in before dressing. I have personally never had any staining issues.

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  42. Diana says:

    Can I replace the bentonite clay with something else or just not use it? I have all the others ingredients but not the clay. Love love your blog – keep up the great work.

  43. Nadia says:

    Definitely. I use it primarily for the detoxifying effect. It also helps to absorb some moisture. But some people use JUST coconut oil as a natural deodorant and swear by it! Plus baking soda does a wonderful job of absorbing odor.

  44. momabeach says:

    I just wanted to tell you that my whole family loves this recipe. We live in Texas so it has gotten a thorough trial and works wonderfully not only on us gals but also my husband and boys. We’ve been using it since July this year and it has worked much better than crystals, ACV and even plain coconut oil. We not only use it for our underarms but it also makes a fantastic toothpaste! :)

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  46. Bree DeMoss says:

    I would recommend NOT using baking soda on the skin. The skin’s pH is roughly 5 (acidic) while baking soda’s pH is over 8 (alkaline). Our skin is *supposed* to be acidic to ward off harmful bacteria….which includes the smelly kind. Bad bacteria thrives in an alkaline environment. This is why using diluted raw organic apple cider vinegar on the skin is ideal – its acidic pH is the same as our skin.

    That being said, I think this would be a great DIY recipe without it!!

  47. susan says:

    i wonder what the acidity of arrowroot powder is? i am going to get the couple ingredients i dont have and make this as the natural products i have bought are too smelly and dont really work. thanks! and to the people with printing problems, you can always cut and paste into a word document

  48. susan says:

    arrowroots ph is 9 in case anyone else wants to know

  49. Brenda says:

    I love everything about this recipe…except the rubbing it on with fingers part. Would it work, do you think, to heat the coconut oil just enough to make it liquid, add the other ingredients and pour into a re-purposed deodorant stick container? I’ve done that with a similar recipe that only includes coconut oil, baking soda and eo’s. But I’m trying this because like the idea of the clay…but perhaps that addition will make it too think to pour? Any thoughts you have would be appreciated! Great blog! Love it!

  50. Brenda says:

    Oops…* meant to say, “to thick to pour”…sorry!

  51. Nadia says:

    Hi, Brenda. You would definitely need to add beeswax in order to put it into a stick, but I think this could be done, no problem. I’m not usre of the amount you would need. I need to make a new batch soon – perhaps I’ll experiment for us ;)

    And thank you for the compliment!

  52. Brenda says:

    Yay! I’ll check back and see if you had any success! Thanks for the response!

  53. Shannon says:

    Hey there! Just wanted to update. I’ve been using this recipe since July, and have loved it up until the last couple of weeks. I wanted to run this by you and your followers and see if anyone has had the same problem/can offer a solution.

    I made my first batch in July and commented above. I loved it for a couple of months – up until last week, actually, when something strange started to happen. When I wore the deodorant, toward the end of the day I noticed huge “salty sweat rings” under my arms on my clothing (if that makes sense). Now, I will say that two of the times I noticed it, it was with bright clothing (one red shirt, one bright blue shirt), and the last time was yesterday and I was wearing a pastel striped shirt.

    The first time it happened, I just thought perhaps the deodorant was reacting with the dye in the shirt (it was a new work shirt), but then it washed out… and it’s washed out each time. The problem is, I’m a 4th grade teacher and am on my feet (and sometimes sweating) a lot. I can’t have my pits looking like huge salty sweat rings. I was so bummed when this happened because I thought that FINALLY I had found an all-natural deodorant that ACTUALLY worked for my sweaty self.

    Have you ever experienced this? Could it be that the batch was just “old”? Could it be that since it was the bottom of the jar (I had stored it in a glass baby food jar) it wasn’t mixed as well?

    Any help is appreciated! I definitely don’t want to go back to commercial deodorant, but I also don’t want to have ugly salt rings on my work clothes.

  54. Nadia says:

    Hi, Shannon. Boo that stinks!! I haven’t had this problem. Perhaps since it’s the bottom you are getting less moisture/coconut oil and more of the clay, arrowroot, and baking soda and this is the reason? Maybe you could add a little coconut oil to what you have left and see if this solves the problem? Let me know!

  55. Kelly says:

    Shannon, I was just going to leave a message to ask her that same thing: does it lose it’s effectiveness?? Everything I’ve tried store bought that was natural worked for a little while, then stopped…some after only a week! Yesterday at soccer practice I had huge sweat rings and I had just put deodorant on beforehand…personally, at home, I couldn’t care less…but it IS embarrassing to look like a sweaty mess in public!! And, living in SC, sweat is abundant. If it’s a case of make a new batch every 2-3 weeks I get that…and I’ll probably make it just so it’ll last however long it’ll last…I think that was my frustration with the store bought deodorants…I don’t mind forking out the money for stuff that works, but don’t want to pay all that for something that doesn’t do any good…So, that being said, Nadia, how’s it still working for you?? Is it just an old batch issue?? Thanks!!

  56. Nadia says:

    I haven’t made a new batch since I made this first in April and don’t have any problems! In the past I have had an issue with deodorants loosing effectiveness after using them for awhile, I think just as my body became adjusted to the formula. But this has yet to happen with this deodorant for me.

  57. Shannon says:

    Thanks Nadia! I will try adding more coconut oil. It was getting a bit flaky. I will update again! :)

  58. Linda Jackson says:

    Interested in making this but wondered if you could put it a container for applying
    like other deodorants or would the recipe need to be adjusted.

  59. Kimmy says:

    I make my own deodorant…..so I thought I would give this a try since I have the clay on hand.

    It wasn’t until AFTER I added the clay that I wondered why no one had talked about the fact that this would RUIN your clothes.

    Other recipes (without the clay)? YES! This recipe that will ruin your clothes? NO!

  60. Nadia says:

    I don’t understand. Do you think it was the clay?

    I truthfully have never had an issue. The coconut oil leaves a little bit of a wet look, but it washes right out.

  61. This recipe didn’t stop the odor. I am highly allergic to tea tree oil, lemon oil and lavender so I’m cautious about using essential oils. Plain coconut oil works for a little while but not enough. Any suggestion?

  62. Linda Jackson says:

    Need some advice on this recipe. I made this last night but my deodorant has not solidified. Measured out the ingredients as listed. Any ideas!

  63. Silvana says:

    Where did you get those beautiful glass containers. Love it.

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  65. Sierra Joy says:

    Hi! My local natural food store only have powdered bentonite clay and I was wondering if that would work just as well if I added a little water to it or if I should just buy the actual clay?

  66. Nadia says:

    Hi, Sierra! Yes, powdered is perfect!

  67. Sierra Joy says:

    Okay! Thank you very much! Would it work with most(if not all) of your other DIY things?

  68. Kayla says:

    Have you ever tried, or thought of, using green clay instead of bentonite clay? Do you think this would work just as well??

  69. I also tend to get a rash when these ingredients are mixed together in a cream/lotion. However, I have had a lot of luck and success over the past two months with these ingredients used in another way. I swab my armpits with witch hazel using a cotton ball, grab a quarter sized amount of virgin coconut oil and melt in in my hands then into my armpits. I mix the dry ingredients of arrowroot powder, baking soda (I use a tad less than recommended), and the bentonite clay powder together and put in a recycled spice bottle. I simply apply it on top of the coconut oil using a powder puff and I stay odor-free and relatively dry even when I am sweating doing housework. Doing this got rid of the rash I got from the cream in a few days and this dry form has worked very well for me. Just FYI.

  70. Nadia says:

    Thanks for letting us know, CeLeste! I’m glad you were able to find a way of going DIY that works for your skin and WORKS!

  71. Nadia says:

    Hi, Kayla. Good question. I use green clay on my face as a mask (mixed with bentonite actually). Both are great “absorbers” (not sure if I made that term up!). But bentonite is known is be especially great for detoxification purposes and absorbing heavy metals – such as aluminum which may be still lingering around our pits due to previous antiperspirant use. Also, bentonite is nonstaining and a pretty neutral color – not sure how green clay would fare!

  72. grammajoy says:

    Hey! I just wanted to tell you about my results while using this recipe. I made it almost exactly by your recipe except I added a vitamin E capsule and used Rosemary instead of Tea Tree Oil. (I don’t really care for the smell of Tea Tree Oil.) I use it every day and have really enjoyed it. Lately, I have noticed an added effect though. I have, for years, had a few tiny skin tags under my arms just outside the underarm area. SURPRISE! I started to notice that they were getting hard. Then, the other day, they fell off! I am attributing it to the bentonite clay but just wondered if you had ever heard of this before. What a welcome surprise. I love your site. Please keep it up, I am telling all of my friends and family about this.

  73. Christina says:

    I have tried many homemade deodorants and this is my favorite so far. I didn’t even have to reapply after working out! Baking soda tends to make my skin itchy after a few days of using it, but when I start to feel that itchy feeling I use a mixture of water and apple cider vinegar. Just dab it on your pits and let it dry.
    Thanks for the recipe!

  74. Diana says:

    I had to use another deodorant as this one was so itchy after a couple of hours…I may try the apple cider combination.

  75. Nadia says:

    Oh no! You’re probably sensitive to baking soda. You can try limiting the amount you put in – some people use JUST coconut oil, so with the tea tree, clay and arrowroot, you may get good coverage.

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  79. Ashly says:

    My husband and I have been using this recipe for a little over a month now. We have both noticed that our arm pits have started to hurt, kinda like the muscle feels sore. Has any one had this happen to them since they’ve been using it?

  80. Nadia says:

    Hi, Ashly. I’m sorry to hear that. You are most likely sensitive to the baking soda. Have you tried other deodorants with baking soda before?

  81. Brenda says:

    I made and have been using this deodorant for a few months now…and I love it! Thanks so much for the recipe! My only complaint is that it does leave a stain on clothes…especially light or white colored materials…which I was afraid of when I saw the gray/green bentonite clay. My question is whether another clay, ( a French white or pink clay) has any of the same or similar beneficial detoxifying properties as does the bentonite clay, and therefore wouldn’t leave the gray stain? I love this deodorant, and I love the detoxifying aspect of it. I just am not pleased with the way it stains clothes…and it does not wash out! I’ve tried to research and google whether other clays would also help detoxify, but can’t come up with a definitive answer. I’ve also made a similar coconut oil/baking soda deodorant without the clay, and it’s ok too. But I really like the idea of the detoxifying element of your recipe! Any help or suggestions you can offer would be greatly appreciated! Thanks so much!

  82. Hannah says:

    Hi Nadia, I read through all the comments before and after trying this recipe, but I’m not sure I’ve found an answer to my problem yet. I made this deodorant and put it in 2 containers for my mom and me to try, and it did a great job the first 4-5 days. Then we both started noticing how much our armpits hurt/burn and we both have big red bumps. I told her that maybe we just need to ride it out and it’s a transitional phase (what with the clay now pulling out toxins instead of them being trapped by anti-perspirant deodorant). I know other people on here have had a sensitivity to baking soda, but I’ve used baking soda on my skin before without issues (deodorants, exfoliants, etc.) I told my mom maybe we should leave out the baking soda next time, but she’s concerned about odor control if we do that. Do you have any suggestions for us? I really love the idea of this deodorant and don’t want to go back to anti-perspirants. Thank you!

  83. Nadia says:

    Hi, Hannah. Oh goodness. I just don’t know. It’s very strange and worries me (and makes me sad since I love this recipe and want so badly for it to work for everyone!). I just wonder which ingredient is giving you the reaction if not baking soda. Ironically, bentonite is used to help heal rashes, so I know it’s not that. Maybe the tea tree: http://www.cancer.org/treatment/treatmentsandsideeffects/complementaryandalternativemedicine/herbsvitaminsandminerals/tea-tree-oil (scroll down to “Are there any possible problems or complications?”)

  84. thenightmind says:

    Hannah, I’ve been using this recipe for a a couple months (LOVE IT). I also found that I was getting bumps and burning, and with some trial and error have discovered it has to do with whether or not I shaved before putting it on. If I shave and immediately apply the deodorant, I find that I have a reaction. I’m not sure why this is. I’ve started to shave my armpits at night so that I don’t feel the need to apply the deodorant until morning. Since making this change, I’ve had no problems. So anyway, something to consider!

  85. Donna says:

    I made this and have added it to our deo rotation. We keep a spray bottle of alcohol (ever clear or golden grain) with EO, a container of plain coconut oil, and a jar of this blend handy to keep our bodies guessing and relief from any of the iffy ingredients. The blend is very dry, tough. I found heating for a few seconds with a hair dryer helped soften to apply. I also noticed sometimes while rubbing it in, that dry bits flake off. It’s like the oils are soaking in leaving the powdered ingredients to slough off. Maybe I need more coconut oil. Overall a good experience so far. Keep up the good work.

  86. Baking soda has alkali PH. it’s increasing your skin PH up to unhealthy numbers. Maybe not in one day but it will happened. Sweat bacteria love alkali environment. You can substitute baking soda with more clay and zinc oxide.

  87. Jan says:

    I don’t seem to be able to find your eco print option! Please Help!

  88. Nadia says:

    Oh yeah, I don’t think I have one! But you can always just copy and paste it.

  89. janet says:

    is it possible to add a small amount of beeswax ( or some other ingredient ) to this recipe to harden it slightly and put it in a regular deodorant container?

  90. Sandy says:

    I’m allergic to coconut and tea tree oil. Any suggestions? Right now I’m using 2 or 3 different deodorants to get good results and sometimes that doesn’t help!

  91. Audrie says:

    I made this and loved it. I have been using it for a couple weeks but the other day I shaved and put it on and it burned really really bad. It’s been a few days and I now have a big painful bump that I don’t know what it is? It be an infection? What could have caused this? I saw one post baking soda burns her? Maybe it’s that and I thought it was the tea tree oil that burned it but googling info on that only brings up ways tea tree oil TREATS burns, so maybe it’s not that? I just don’t know what to take out of the recipe to avoid this from happening again. Or what to do about this painful bump :/

  92. Alli G says:

    I LOVE this recipe! I’ve been using it for about a month and it works like a dream. My husband and I went for a 6 mile hike yesterday (in the deep south) and I still had no odor! I poured mine into an old deodorant container while it was still warm and use it just like any other deodorant. Very easy and it works!!!

  93. Jackie says:

    Aughh I have tried using baking soda on my armpits…various recipes….I have had to endure “pits of fire” for weeks!!

  94. Nadia says:

    Jackie, see this post from Crunchy Betty – she has a remedy that may help! http://www.crunchybetty.com/new-news-and-ph-balancing-your-old-homemade-deodorant-problems

  95. I’ll be trying this recipe soon for sure! I made the typical baking soda/arrow root/coconut oil one but am curious how the clay will work for me!

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  97. Sally says:

    Is this deoderant recipe sturdy enough to put in cleaned out deoderant containers so it can just be rubbed on? I’ve seen some that could be done that way and is very easy to use. Have never tried any recipe with the bentonite clay, but curious to see how it works.

  98. Alli G says:

    Yes, but you might want to leave a small bottom layer of the original deodorant, as some containers have holes and it will drip through

  99. Nadia says:

    No, it’s not. You’d need to add some shea butter or bees wax.

  100. Lisa says:

    I just have to say a HUGE THANK YOU! Been using this for 2-3 weeks now. My left “pit” had a stinker smell to it for the past 6 months (not sure why) but this has cleared it up! Very happy because all the natural deodorants I purchase never really worked.

  101. mockley says:

    This is the first natural deodorant I’ve used that works really well. I’ve tried several different brands and homemade concoctions with no real success. This mixture keeps my underarms dry and fresh. So excited!

  102. Laura says:

    The cool thing about all the natural deodorants is that many things work as antibacterials, so whenever I find myself in a place where I need some deodorizing I can just look in the kitchen cupboards and often find coconut oil, baking soda, essential oils, alcohol, vanilla, honey etc. These can all be used plain in a pinch. Just rub them on then wait a bit and wipe blot/wipe them off. Kills bacteria, neutralizes odor, and you start fresh again.

    Looking forward to whipping up a batch of your diy deodorant at home though. Just wanted to say that getting rid of odor is a multi pronged group of lifestyle choices. It starts with eating a great diet and hydrating your body. After I started supplementing with Magnesium my body odor went down to near zero. Washing with water mostly and not with harsh soaps also helped. Finally I started dry bushing and using lymphatic massage to remove toxins in my lymph nodes (lots of these under the armpits) All these practices combined with minimal use of natural deodorant cream makes my body odor non existent.

    PS If you are right hand dominant you might find you left armpit stinks more. I asked my naturapath about this during a breast exam and she said that you tend move your dominant hand/arm more so you get more toxins out on the dominant side. This is the proof to me that movement of the lymph is important to get toxins out. It’s also good for our breast health because there are so many lymph nodes in the breast/armpit area.

  103. trusthislove says:

    LAURA, THANK YOU! I HAVE been wondering why my left pit has more odor than my right (I’m right handed) and I figured it was because my left side had more toxins in it, but that eventually, eating better and not using conventional (toxic) deodorant, it would catch up to the right side, but now I see your answer and it makes so much sense. So, I have to work at getting it caught up to the right side. :-) Thank you, again!

  104. Blues says:

    Will baking powder work instead of soda? I have good aluminum-free baking powder.

  105. Jenna Hall says:

    Do you know if any other clays would be just as effective, such as moroccan red clay or sea clay?

  106. Nadia says:

    I’m not sure but I’d imagine red clay would stain your clothing big time.

  107. fpflash says:

    Hi Nadia–
    I have been making my own deodorant for about a year and a half now, with shea butter as my base, and then adding coconut oil and essential oils, cornstarch, etc for the non stinky stuff. Have you tried that? I find the shea butter to be a little….slimy ? I guess would be the right word, but it soaks right in like lotion. I’ve also found that between the shea butter and coconut oil, my clothes NEVER have pit stains anymore, and even after a long, stinky day of working and sweating, the odor from pits and deodorant rinses out of my clothes and is gone for good. I guess my question is, is it slimy and runny?

    I wanted to mention thieves oil– some ladies had reactions to the baking soda or cornstarch. I actually did, too, for the first 6 months. I assume now that it was my transition from years of antiperspirant and chemical laden deodorants. I used a home made thieves oil, which is highly anti bacterial and very good for the body, with coconut and olive oils, some shea butter….clay would have been a great addtion… and while it made the deodorant a little slicker, I didn’t stink, though I smelled like Christmas spice all year…. 2 years later, though, the little bits of baking soda have made their way back in to my recipe and no longer make me rashy, break out, etc.

    It seems logical that the clay would thicken up the deodorant, yes? I live in a place that’s 90 degrees or hotter for 8 plus months out of the year. Coconut oil is only ever solid at the air conditioned store. I don’t mind the deodorant being runny, but currently, with the shea butter, it’s like a really creamy conditioner / paste and I don’t have to wait for it to totally soak in before dressing. Is that what the consistency of your deodorant is like? I’m going to try it, either way. Worth it.

    Thanks for the posts. I came upon your blog today after reading ourheritageofhealth.com’s post, and LOVE it. Thanks again. The recipes are so easy to follow.

  108. Denise Womack says:

    This is great stuff. I have a hard time using commercial deodorants because they irritate my skin, and the natural ones just don’t keep me smelling sweet. I mixed up some of this and love it. It works! Feels great on my skin, no irritation at all, and keeps me smelling sweet in our hot Missouri summers.

  109. osbornclaire says:

    To the commenters who noted that the baking soda and/or arrowroot powder burns their skin: I experienced the same problem! I’ve tried the recipe with only arrowroot, only soda, a combo of both, adding Shea butter to the mix, increasing the amount of coconut oil, and so on. It never fails that my armpits are on fire after a few days (even when I went without shaving, thinking it was increasing my skin’s sensitivity). Has anyone found a solution? The only way I’ve had any success is to alternate days between the deod and plain virgin coconut oil (the latter of which only kind of works). If anyone has a better alternative, please let me know!

  110. Tishara says:

    How much beeswax would you use. My husband doesn’t like to use his fingers to put it on and either do I.i love this stuff

  111. Stephanie says:

    Hi Nadia- I’m excited to give this a try, but after reading some of the comments regarding the pH level of baking soda, and the warnings against it, what are YOUR thoughts?? I didn’t see any comments from you responding to some of these other remarks- but I would like your opinion. Thank you!

  112. Nadia says:

    YAY that makes me to happy to hear :)

  113. Summer says:

    I must thank you so much for this recipe I have been searching for the perfect toxin free deodorant for a while now and I love that I can make this myself. Not to mention that fact that it is an anti-antiperspirant and actually works! I made some for my mom because she told me that her lymph nodes have been hurting and she said they were hurting less with just one use!

  114. trish says:

    How long does this exact recipe last you? what size of container would perfectly hold it? 4 ounce?

  115. Priscilla says:

    Had anyone tried replacing baking soda with aloe Vera gel?

  116. Bailey says:

    I haven’t read through all the comments but wanted to make sure your readers are informed that you can not use metal to mix or store bentonite clay. It might be good to add a note to your post. This. Ight be why some are having issues with their recipes. Thanks for all the great info!

  117. Nadia says:

    Thanks, Bailey. Yep, I have it in the post :)

  118. Beth says:

    I have noticed people complaining of various ailments when using this recipe. We should all realize that a detox element like bentonite clay will cause some issues that pop up due to all of the toxins being expelled from the body. Muscle soreness, rashes, and other issues may be due to the body being detoxed. Sometimes the detox can take a little bit of time, At the end of the detox your body will be truly clean and you will feel great. (feeling bad when detoxing is called the herximer effect). Just think about what is happening with the toxins that you may have been putting into your body for years and are now being actively removed rather than sitting in your system waiting to develop into disease. I commend all that are taking an active role in their health.

  119. YES! Thank you so much for posting this! Whipped up a batch a couple weeks ago and I’m never going back! I’ve always tried to use natural deodorant but since I moved to Asia I’ve found it really challenging to keep this up. I haven’t found ONE woman’s deo that doesn’t have aluminum except for spray-on deo which has butane and all kinds of other nasties.

    This deo is fantastic though, easy to make, feels amazing and even during the a Thailand summer that’s 100+ degrees every day with extremely high humidity I still smell nice! Still, because of said 100+ degree weather the coconut oil is NOT solid when left out so it’s kind of a gross process to apply it unless I leave it in the fridge.

    However, in spite of the water-absorbing properties of the corn starch (unfortunately no arrowroot here) and clay, I still inevitably soak through my shirts which is very embarrassing. Is there anything I can add to the recipe to help with this problem?

  120. Patty says:

    While reading through every comment, my thoughts on why some ended up with stains was from the detoxing. Beverly – above – said it very well. I have taken notes on the comments to send to my daughter along with her first batch of homemade detox deodorant, so that she can be informed if anything unusual happens. I am so excited to try this myself, too! Thank you, Nadia!

  121. Nadia says:

    Truthfully, I think people have a reaction to the baking soda, not the clay. This is common in natural deodorants with baking soda since it can throw off the pH of the skin. If this happens, you can “reset” the pH by applying some ACV diluted in water. This should help fix the problem.

  122. Kristen says:

    I make a similar deodourant at home, the only difference being mine doesn’t have bentonite clay (which I’m definitely going to try). I’ve found that adding a few drops of lavender essential oil as well as the tea tree oil, really ups the ‘deodourizing’ aspect of it. As for some people being sensitive to baking soda, I have heard you can make it with either less baking soda/more arrowroot powder (my recipe is half and half of each), or with just the arrowroot powder. I would just keep in mind though that arrowroot powder is a starch and can make any yeast rashes worse.

  123. Rachel says:

    I just wanted to pop on and thank you for this recipe! I’ve probably made it five or six times now! My husband loves it too and I finally made him his own jar :)
    My favorite part is knowing that Im detoxing from a lifetime of conventional deodorants with the bentonite clay. Part of me misses the stick deodorants so I wonder if anyone has experimented with adding beeswax to this recipe and making it in stick form?

  124. Rachel says:

    In reply to Trish, this fits perfectly in a pint sized mason jar (the small jelly jar size).

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