After experimenting with quite a few homemade household products I’ve been really happy with most of the results. Products that work just as well as the ones you buy from the store yet cost much, much less and are relatively easy to make. Homemade deodorant did not meet those requirements, at least not for me. I wanted to share the recipes just in case someone wanted to give it a try.
My main motivation for making my own products is to save money, so the store bought variety is still an option for me if I’m not happy with the homemade. If someone had health or environmental concerns causing them to want to make their own products and the store bought version was not an option, one of these might work just fine.
I tried two different recipes. The first was a solid deodorant. Mix 1/4 cup of Cornstarch, 1/4 cup of Baking Soda, 5-6 TBSP Coconut Oil. You can add in 5-10 drops of Tea Tree Oil for its antibacterial properties if you want. If you read my post on Homemade Hair Serum you know that Coconut Oil liquefies at 76 degrees – it is a creamy solid at cooler temperatures. This deodorant smelled lovely and looked like it would be great. BUT… it felt very weird to rub oil on my armpits. Armpits are generally warmer than 76 degrees so the solid deodorant felt very melty and oily and weird. For me, this does not work. Perhaps adding a bit less of the coconut oil would give it a dryer texture. If you decide to give it a try, let me know how it turns out. Here’s a post from Homestead Revival with more detail.
The second recipe was a powder deodorant. It costs literally pennies and it has potential to be a really good option. Its ingredients – cornstarch and baking soda. Cornstarch absorbs moisture and baking soda absorbs odor. I first tried a mixture of 1 part baking soda to 2 parts cornstarch. Baking soda can feel a bit abrasive so the cornstarch helps to soften the texture. This may be more information than you want to know about me, but this mixture seemed to keep my pits dryer than my store bought, name-brand antiperspirant. However, I felt stinkier than usual. Maybe its because I was obsessively checking to see if I smelled.
I tried it again with 2 parts baking soda and 1 part cornstarch. It felt too itchy with more baking soda and I still felt stinky. Perhaps if you stink less than me this would be an extremely frugal alternative to store bought deodorant. Also, if your concerned about the chemicals in store bought deodorant affecting your health or the environment, tweak the ingredients to see if you can find something that you’re happy with.
What’s a household product you’d like to make yourself instead of using the more expensive, store bought version?