DIY All-Natural Detoxifying Deodorant (i.e. “The Anti-Antiperspirant”)
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Looking for a safe, natural deodorant that works? This DIY All-Natural Detoxifying Deodorant is a tried-and-true favorite among Body Unburdened readers. Not only does it stop odor naturally, but it contains an ingredient that actually helps to draw impurities from the skin. Plus, it’s so easy to make with just a few simple ingredients!
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 powerful detoxifying ingredient that actually pulls toxins from the skin.
Yes, it’s the anti-antiperspirant.
Oh, and it works. As in no odor and reduced sweat (no natural deodorants completely stop sweat).
Here’s what some Body Unburdened readers have had to say about the DIY All-Natural Detoxifying Deodorant over the years!
“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.”
“I have tried many homemade deodorants and this is my favorite so far. I didn’t even have to reapply after working out!”
“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.”
Bentonite clay is the all-star of this homemade deodorant recipe.
It’s one of the most effective and powerful healing clays.
It has the amazing ability to attract and bind toxins and impurities.
For this reason, it’s popularly used as a detoxification agent
Bentonite clay also has a very fine velvet-like texture, is odorless and non-staining… which are all very important qualities for a deodorant! Clays also quickly and easily absorb moisture.
So let’s get to it!
DIY All-Natural Detoxifying Deodorant
DIY All-Natural Detoxifying Deodorant (i.e. “The Anti-Antiperspirant”)
Looking for a safe, natural deodorant that works? This DIY All-Natural Detoxifying Deodorant is a tried-and-true favorite among Body Unburdened readers. Not only does it stop odor naturally, but it contains an ingredient that actually helps to draw impurities from the skin.
- 6 tbs or 3 oz organic virgin coconut oil — a great natural antibacterial (If you notice the deodorant is at all flaky on the skin, you may add more coconut oil as needed.)
- 2 tbs baking soda — neutralizes pH and body odor
- 3 tbs arrowroot or organic cornstarch — absorbs perspiration
- 2 tbs bentonite clay — adds extra wetness protection by whisking away sweat, and pulls toxins from skin
- 20 drops tea tree essential oil (optional but highly suggested) — a potent antibacterial
- Put the coconut oil in a large mixing bowl. If the oil is hard (since coconut oil has a melting point of 74°F, it may be solid or liquid depending on how warm or cool you keep your home), mash it with a fork to soften it a bit. Then add all of the other ingredients. Mix everything together until you have a smooth, consistent paste. Lastly, simply transfer your deodorant into a small jar.
- 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 essential oil may be a bit overpowering while mixing everything, but has just the right amount of scent when applied to the underarms. Rosemary and lavender essential oils also have antibacterial properties and so could be used with or instead of tea tree oil.
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Troubleshooting: Skin irritation from natural deodorants.
Baking soda can irritate the skin by throwing off its pH.
Baking soda has a more alkaline pH (8) while the skin’s natural pH is slightly acidic (5.5-6).
So if you experience irritation this DIY deodorant recipe or from any natural deodorant that contains baking soda, that’s the likely culprit.
You have a couple options:
- Rebalance your skin’s pH with apple cider vinegar. Make a mixture of 1 part ACV to 2 parts water, and dab it on your underarms with a cotton ball.
- Reduce or remove the baking soda from the recipe. While this may affect the effectiveness, you can certainly give it a go and see if the recipe works for you even without the baking soda.
Fantastic recipe. I use colloidal silver gel after a shower or before bed and have been using this in the morning. I have also used ground fullers earth instead of the baking soda and have used other clays like kaolin, Moroccan rhassoul and Blue. They are also great for detox masks of both face and axilla mixed with A.C.V or coconut oil and left on for 15-20 mins before washing off.
Could you use diatomaceous earth instead of bentonite clay?
Thanks for this! I unfortunately have a coconut allergy… and of course 99.9% of natural products have coconut oil…
can I use cocoa butter instead?!?!?! I’m also allergic to Shea butter…. arrrg.
Hi, i have made the batch of this recipe twice. It has solved the odour problem however help me how can i improve the texture of this deo. as soon as i apply it it get flacky & keeps falling down. it gets sticked back to my finger
I absolutely love it ❤️❤️❤️
I am very lively person and also tend to be late here and there…So what happens is I’m rushing everywhere and don’t have time or opportunity to change my clothes This deodorant is absolutely foolproof for meAnd no aluminium !!!
Can you sub anything, (maybe almond oil) anything at all for coconut oil? I know it’s a huge factor, but coconut oil helps hair to grow. I’ve been getting laser hair removal for almost 3 years. My underarm has had the least improvement. I’ve used this deodorant pretty much the entire 3 years. EO talk came up once during a treatment, and they let me know that coconut oil is similar to castor oil in that it helps hair grow, thus mitigating the effect of the laser treatments. I don’t want to let go of this deodorant, but considering the cost of laser hair removal, I need a coconut oil replacement, until I’m done treating. Once hair is gone, I’m fine to use it they said.
I’ve been using this recipe for my family for years. My husband works for a farm in hot and humid Florida, so effectiveness is a must… And this recipe is EFFECTIVE. We love it so much. We end up refrigerating the finished product overnight once it’s done so it better maintains it’s creamy texture since our house can be a little warm. I highly recommend this recipe
I love this recipe. Since I’m currently having issues with breakouts, I’m going to skip the baking soda and use d-earth instead, I found it as an ingredient in another recipe. For the bentonite clay, don’t forget that it is the extreme detox and if you use metal to store or even stir your recipe, the clay will absorb minerals from the metal and essential oils work best stored in dark glass not plastic containers.
Yes, it’s usually the baking soda. You can try leaving it out!
I’ll have to give this a shot. Natural deodorants irritate my skin, assuming due to the baking soda.
One thing, too: when using bentonite clay, make sure to not use a metal spoon or store in a metal container due to the fact that it does absorb metals and becomes less effective.
So, I made this recipe last night, took a bath and applied it. Slept and woke up smelling amazing! Love it. Are you supposed to feel tiny granules when you apply it? Or is it just me? (Maybe it’s the baking soda?)
Hi, Joy – hmm I’m guessing it’s the clay. Bentonite clay can range in color though it’s usually gray.
I made this according to the recipe. However, mine is green! I can’t figure out why it doesn’t look like yours. Any suggestions?
I used it on a five mile walk, twice. Unfortunately for me, it didn’t work.
I made this and now my armpits smell like sweat mixed with bentonite clay. I was not using any deodorant before only cleaning armpits with rubbing alcohol or Apple cider vinegar. What did I do wrong?
Can’t wait to try this! Do you leave the jar open or keep it covered with an airtight lid?