Never say Never to D.I.Y D.E.O

So never say never right…… When I heard that people make their own deodorant I said No Way. I have been using Dove’s cream deo for years, I love it – smells good, no sweat, easy application, no wet feeling like with the liquid ones – you’ve got to draw the line somewhere and somethings were made for our benefit.

As I’ve become more chemically conscience and since I’ve pretty much eliminated huge spending on my hair care, I thought it may be worth a bit of research. My dear lobster friend, yes like Ariel and Sebastian (lobsters mate for life), had been mentioning it, in particular the nasties associated with using shop bought deodorants and antiperspirants.


‘Most antiperspirants worries center on the active ingredient — an aluminum-based compound that temporarily plugs the sweat ducts and prevents you from perspiring.
Typically, antiperspirants are coupled with a deodorant, which contains the pleasant scent that stops you from stinking. They may also contain a number of inactive ingredients’

The article goes on to talk about how antiperspirants aren’t linked to all of these different illnesses. Honestly I’m not that concerned about that debate, my issue is ‘plugs the sweat ducts’

Besides stopping you from sweating, here is a list of what deodorants can contain:
‘Aluminum is one of the main concerns. But it is not the only concern. Most conventional deodorants contain a slew of toxic chemicals, such as aluminum chlorohydrate, parabens, propylene glycol, triclosan, TEA, DEA, FD&C colors, and Talc, among others’

Common sense tells you that if we were not meant to sweat, we would not, well sweat. We’ve just been trained to think that we shouldn’t and that’s because it’s smelly. I agree, don’t smell but yes sweat!

According to Doctor Mercola from

  • Your body releases sweat to help regulate its body temperature to prevent you from overheating
  • Sweating also helps your body to eliminate toxins, which supports proper immune function and helps prevent diseases related to toxic overload
  • Sweating may help kill viruses and bacteria that cannot survive in temperatures above 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit, as well as on the surface of your skin

So using chemicals to prevent a natural and necessary bodily function felt less appealing to me the more I looked into it. I think with going natural and green there is a bit of a tendency to see cancer causing stuff everywhere. I do believe that we are exposing ourselves to the wrong kinds of stuff, but more so I want to try and let my body do what it was meant to do. By the same token, kids are meant to play out doors not on Ipads 🙁

I consulted Dr Google for some alternatives and the recipes ranged from mixing my dear friend BS with essential oils and dabbing it under your pits.
“It’s best to apply this right out of the shower. Give the jar a good shake before opening, then dip clean, dry fingers in, and pat the deodorant onto your pits. I do this over the sink, because it’s a little bit messier than applying stick deodorant. Pat – don’t rub – until the powder is no longer visible on your pits, and you’re good to go’

Um no, not going to work for me thanks.

Or involved loads of ingredients like the one on

  • 30g Coconut oil
  • 20g Shea butter
  • 10g Oil (I like almond oil  but you could use many oils that are liquid at room temperature…like avocado, jojoba, apricot, etc.)
  • 10g Beeswax
  • 15g Arrowroot powder
  • 15g Diatomaceous Earth – Food Grade!
  • 5 drops of Vitamin E
  • 20-25 drops of essential oils (aka EO, which are totally optional, but I love them)

Um no again, way too complicated.

I wanted simple and inexpensive.

I actually found my recipe on Youtube
I think this way the original link??

Anyway I use
1/4 cup cornflour (cornstarch)
1/4 cup baking soda (bicarb/BS)
A few spoons of coconut oil to make a paste – it looks almost like icing sugar. Heat the oil to liquefy.
A few drops of essential oils -I’ve used Jasmine, Lemongrass and tea tree before.

Edit 18/04/18 ** I have used Doterra’s Purfiy blend in the deodorant too, have a look at the “What’s in my essential oils box series” for more ways to use it. **

Mix until paste, put in deo tube, put in fridge to set, done!

* The round container just has some extra deo I had left over after filling the tube up. 

** Apples not included in recipe just happened to be on the kitchen table, but in hindsight look natural and artistic so I’ll pretend it was deliberate. 

*** Funny looking darker lump on deo in tube was probably cause I didn’t mix it properly, makes no nevermind.

**** Deodorant tube is smaller than ones you buy in the shops, bought it off an online natural beauty shop, can reuse one from the shops, I just didn’t have an old one to use, last deo I bought was a yucky liquid one.

A few points to remember…
1. It is not an antiperspirant – you will sweat, which may feel a bit weird and ‘un-natural’ at times and you might feel a bit self conscious. You won’t smell though. 

First time it happened to me, I literally tried to connect my nose to my arm pit to make sure I wasn’t smelling. The realisation dawned on me, if I was trying to hard to smell myself, I obviously don’t smell!!

2.It might not glide on as smoothly as shop bought stuff. My first batch seemed to be a bit clumpier than the second, but it’s due to point 3 see below. Just bear in mind it might not be as ‘perfect’ as the chemically enhanced stuff – DUH.

3. Coconut oil has a melt down around heat. My Knight bought a heater on wheels for the bathroom, since I hate the cold <3 But the heat melted my deo. That’s why the first batch clumped a bit more when I applied it, being so soft.  Body heat will soften the oil, so don’t over apply. 

The other problem was since it melted it fell through the plastic thingy that makes the deodorant go up and down. It didn’t leak out, but I ended up with a big clump at the bottom which I had to use my fingers to get out and apply. 

This time I’ve kept the deodorant in the bedroom and it’s working a treat!

If it melts for whatever reason just stick it in the fridge for a few hours and it will harden up.

Some say BS causes skin irritation, I’ve not had any problems. Sometimes my pits have been a bit itchy, but felt itchy when I’ve not worn deodorant, like if I’ve been home on the weekend.  Might be due to hair growth. Also my armpits are nice and soft – just gave them a quick rub – and when I shower I can feel the soft residue of the coconut oil.

I love it, natural, so easy and quick to make (5 mins if that), I can add EO to my own liking and smell preferences, cheap and the source of entertainment. Try yelling, “you melted my deodorant” to your partner, well maybe that’s just us, easily amused.

Looking to try some DIY Deo yourself?

I’ve made a Facebook live video showing you how it’s done.

Take care


Edit 01/08/17 ** At the time of posting this I knew very little about essential oils and was not using Doterra’s oils. Knowing what I know now, I would not recommend using any other brand, especially not the one pictured. **



5 thoughts on “Never say Never to D.I.Y D.E.O

  1. I’m totally going to give this a go! Will report back! I also thought that making your own deodorant would be filled with HEAPS of extras! Thanks for this!

    1. Great! Let me know how you get on. I just hate spending heaps of money on things that I can make myself. 🙂

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