Homemade Deodorant

Posted by on Jun 26, 2013 in DIY, natural living | 5 Comments

Sunny is my youngest daughter.  She is snuggly and lovely and hilarious.  Not long after she was born, I realized that she had brought a much less welcome gift along with her.  The gift of stink.  That’s right, postpartum Hanna smelt funny.  I used Secret for years and it always worked just fine all day long.  Suddenly it was only working for an hour or two.  So embarrassing!  I tried a few other brands, including natural ones, but nothing worked.  Sad, sad times.

I did some research, trying to figure out if this was a normal postpartum thing (it is), if it was temporary (sometimes) and what brand I could count on working.  Eventually my research led me to Angry Chicken’s homemade deodorant.  Homemade deodorant?  Well, why not try, it’s not as if the store bought stuff was doing me any good.  I read all the comments and made a couple adjustments to the recipe.  For example, I use arrowroot powder instead of cornstarch.  I’m not wild about rubbing GMO’s under my armpits every day!

This recipe made a 1/2 cup and that lasted me nearly a year.  It hardens fairly solid, depending on the temperature, so I just scrape a little out with the back of my finger nail and it melts against my skin.

You really should try it, it works so much better than store bought deodorant, and is aluminum and chemical free!

Homemade Deodorant
adapted from Angry Chicken

3 tablespoons Shea Butter
3 tablespoons Baking Soda (for the stink)
2 tablespoons Arrowroot Powder (absorbs some moisture, but this isn’t an antiperspirant)
2 tablespoons Cocoa Butter
2 gel caps, or a dropper full of Vitamin E (nice for your skin)
a few drops Tea Tree Oil (antibacterial)

Optional – you can add a few drops of another essential oil for fragrance.

Melt everything but the oils in the microwave (or a double boiler on the stove).  It took me about a minute.  Give it a good stir and add in the oils.  Stir again and pour into your jar of choice (I use a 1/2 cup canning jar).  Stir once or twice as it hardens to keep it from separating.


  1. Nicole
    June 26, 2013

    I like the looks of this one – it seems all the others use coconut oil as the base and I didn't like it when I tried it.

  2. Hanna
    June 26, 2013

    I've seen those, I tried this one because so many people said it worked really well. And now I'm not interested in trying something else because why mess with a good thing?

  3. Jessica Rae Gordon
    June 29, 2013

    Woo! Thanks for posting this! I just made some right now, and I'm so thrilled.

  4. Hanna
    June 29, 2013


  5. Allison Abraham
    October 11, 2013

    Having made this and trialed it for a few months, I can tell you it does work! Again, anyone reading this should note that it's only a deodorant-it's not going to keep you from sweating, but it makes sure you aren't stinky in the least when you do so. Worth it to keep from the daily aluminum dosage IMO. :)


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