342 Responses to “Not a Secret Homemade Deodorant”


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  1. Cadence

    I’ve heard many good things about this recipe and I finally got around to making it. This was quite straight forward to make, which I enjoyed. I used the old deoderant tubes and the finished product looks awesome. Just made it last night and tried it now. The deoderant is too soft for me so I’ve snuck it in the fridge, which, while it should work, is not an ideal situation (I can hear it now “Um… why is there deoderant in the fridge?”). I would put in more beeswax in the future. I’m thinking it would also help with keeping it from melting on your pits in the day and staining clothes – keeping it more solidly on you skin rather than everything else.

  2. Ash

    Really really really wish I hadn’t followed this recipe…I added bentonite clay (and less than the recipe called for)…The clay balls up, falls off, makes a mess everywhere, and takes everything else with it so it doesn’t really work at all. =/ I should have realized it wouldn’t work since clay sits on top of your skin. Don’t really want to walk around with my arms up so the clay will stay on.

  3. Matt


    I want to try making this recipe but have a question! I want to create a eucalyptus and spearmint deodorant. Would I add those two scents to the tea tree oil and Rosemary oil? Thanks in advance!

  4. Shanna Sambola

    6 years ago I discovered that I was allergic to antiperspirant. Ive used Tom’s, Crystal stick and Arm and Hammer Natural deodorants (term “natural” used loosely for arm and hammer) and I still smelled pretty funky after a few hours. A couple of weeks ago my husband got into some poison ivy while clearing some brush. He was covered from his knees down and itching like crazy so i made him a natural spray to help with the itching. I mixed about half Bragg’s ACV and half alovera gel and added in some teatree oil and lavender oil. It helped a good bit, teatree oil apparently helps break down the urushiol faster. We had some leftover in the fridge after he healed up, and to make a wordy comment short, I decided to try it out as a spray deodorant. It works fabulously. I was working at the computer yesterday and suddenly realized that I couldn’t smell my arms pits lol. I could never use the homemade deodorant recipes I found because they all try to replicate the drying properties of antiperspirant with added clays and baking soda but they made me dry and itchy. Once you let your body adjust, you won’t sweat as much. Besides, We’re supposed to swea, its how our body rids itself of toxins, and now I can detox without smelling like I’m smuggling cheeseburgers. ; )

    • I use tea tree oil and witch hazel and spray under my arms. I have also used tea tree and aloevera gel. Also use ACV. I will now have to try them all together!

  5. becky

    Zinc Oxide cream (10%) works quite well, you can buy it at the store as diaper cream, or as natural sunblock. I tried a bunch of natural store-bought and homemade deodorants, including using baking soda, and this works better. The baking soda was the only one that worked halfway decent, but it gave me bad skin irritation after awhile no matter what I did. This doesn’t irritate at all, and does work, at least for me. Inexpensive to buy a tube of Zinc Oxide cream at the drugstore, and it’s worth trying.

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  7. Jenn

    I’ve tried reusing old deodorant containers, Dove to be more clear, and when I got it out of the fridge to harden it up a bit, it wouldn’t move the deodorant up while I turned the bottom part -_-

    • Nikki

      Try warming it between your hands for a couple minutes first.
      I usually store mine in the fridge too and this works perfectly :)

  8. Samantha Cindrich

    What if before you fill the toilet paper tube, you dip it in candle wax? Since it doesn’t melt at room temperature, it might keep it from seeping through if the mixture isn’t too hot? I haven’t tried it, just a a suggestion I thought of while reading.

  9. mikee

    i am using a deodorant that has lots of natural goodies but concerned about the beeeswax clogging the sweat process.

    sometimes i just use a couple drops of tea tree along with a couple of drops of eucalyptus, works great. i also do the same for afer shave,covering my entire face with the oils, i can breatheeee e! M E Mayes

  10. Andrea Todd

    I absolutely love using natural deodorant but the Kokomo Cream version is literally burning my skin. I plan to cook up the recipe for the “Not so Secret” deodorant with my teenage daughter and if it works, I’ll have her make her own so she stops using the store bought stuff full of aluminum. Thank you for the recipe!!

  11. Summer

    Don’t-Fail-Me-Now Cream Sachet

    (this my personal formula developed out of desperation, through trial & error and field tested by dozens of friends and clients, over the course of 6.5 years)

    Use only 100% organic ingredients:
    4 TBS Coconut oil
    2 TBS Cornstarch
    2 TBS Baking soda
    1 Tsp White clay
    1 Magnesium capsule (open capsule, sprinkle over dry ingredients)

    Essential oil blend: 4 drops lavender, 3 drops sage, 2 drops tea tree, 1 drop peppermint + mixed with 1 capsule pure Vitamin E oil (prick vitamin with sterile pin, squeeze contents into essential oils)

    Directions: Spoon coconut oil into glass mixing bowl, heat slightly over hot water, stir together dry ingredients before adding all at once and mixing until smooth. Add essential oils and blend thoroughly. Use cosmetic spatula to pack into small glass cosmetic jars.

    To Use: Spritz or wipe underarms with pure witch hazel and allow to dry. Apply cream sachet with fingertips, massaging well until product is mostly absorbed.

  12. Kahriz

    Just finish making this deo, but mine has a darker color. It turned dark when i began mixing the bentonite clay. Any suggestion on how to make it white? I’m scared it might stain the clothes

    • Katie Meyer

      I’ve found some bentonite clays to be different colors. The white or light grey works the best without staining.

  13. Kay Reece

    I’ve been reading over your receiptshoulder for natural deodorant. I’m apparently allergic to bees wax & can’t stand the smell of Shea butter, is there anything else that could be substituted for these?

    • Sarah

      You could try cocoa butter in place of the shea butter, and since it’s harder than the shea, it could help replace the function of the beeswax. But it still will most likely be softer than a commercial deodorant and you’ll probably want to put it into a small and shallow container, and use your fingers to dip out a small amount to apply. I’ve seen a brand of natural deodorant take this approach and they called it “pit putty”. You might benefit from arrowroot powder in the recipe, it has good antiperspirant properties and could help firm it up as well, and you’re less likely to have a reaction to arrowroot than, say, corn starch. Bob’s Red Mill brand has arrowroot powder/starch and this brand can be found in most grocery and health food stores. If you can’t use or don’t like cocoa butter, try mango butter, murumuru butter, or something like. Good luck!

  14. Gina

    I think I used to much clay because mine is pretty hard going on its not gliding on smoothly, can I remelt and maybe add some shea butter or add coconut oil? Just wondering if remelting will harm it in any way. Thanks!

  15. sajan arzoo

    Hey there
    I tried your recipe!! It was good but before i used to have white armpits now they are dark!! I want to add that the bentonine clay i have is dark gray!! Could that be the reason?? Help please i dont wanna go back for the aluminum deodrant!!

  16. I will definitely try a DIY deoderant. I did one about 2 years ago & it made me stink HORRIBLY. I had to keep a sweater on in the summer or else it would escape into the car when I was in it. So I was scared away from it. But with all these other recipes & people using what works from them I’ll give it another go. I don’t like generic deo, I know why it’s bad & when I think about or read the ingredients, I don’t like it. I’m already using natural hair shampoo & conditioner. Have done that over 3 years ago.

  17. I basically used this recipe except I put zinc oxide in it too. It works great! I didn’t have any problems with the baking soda. It really works for me and I need a strong deoderant. I have hyper-hydrosis, meaning I sweat profusely. If I’m moving, I’m sweating. My husband loves the one I made and said if it works on me, it’ll work for anyone. It does go on a little white, but I just rub my underarms till it melts in my skin better. I had tried several other recipes that were spray-ons and they didn’t work for me.

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