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  1. Tracey Ambrose

    I just made this deodorant. I used Bentonite clay but my deodorant came out grayish green. I am new to this so this may be a silly question but is there a “white” bentonite clay? I know Kaolin is white but wasn’t sure on the Bentonite. Thanks for any help!

    • Laurie

      A good quality Bentonite should be a grey/cream color and anything bordering “pure white” is suspect. Bentonite, also referred to as Montmorillonite, is one of the most effective and powerful healing clays. Bentonite can be used externally as a clay poultice, mud pack or in the bath and, in skin care recipes. It has a very fine, velveteen feel and is odorless and non-staining. The type of bentonite offered by Mountain Rose herbs is a Sodium Bentonite

  2. rozy

    I bought an organic deo by eco cosmetics. I’m not sure if it doesn’t work or its just transition period from chemical to bio deo. My armpit stink all day I have to frequently shower myself. One day i had to go to a wedding, so I take my aluminum speedstick for that day. No stinky smell. The next day I switch back to my organic deo, and it stinkier stinks than before! Its so stink I had to slather honey to my pit (I read alot about honey on this blog) after 20 mins I shower myself. I think one day I clog my pores with aluminum all the bad toxic sweat is screaming to come out. Maybe that’s why I got the unbearable smell. Anyway, after my armpit ‘honey mask’ , my stinky odour is gone. ALL gone and I still use my eco cosmetic deo surprisingly no more stinky pits! Pls try putting raw honey on ur underarm if u have bad smelling transition period of switching deo. No harm. It doesn’t hurt at all but its abit messy…=) im gonna try this recipe once I finish my store bought organic deo…=)

    • j'aime

      i think it’s really common to be stinkier than ever when switching. aluminum blocks your pores, so you armpits have a lot of “backlogged” stink. once your body has a chance to cleanse and rebalance, you will still get sweaty, but a lot less! and because your body is functioning more normally, it will be less stinky. diet can play a role, as well.

      • Canadian Darlene

        Hi. I used the deodorant and for the first three days absolutely loved it. Then day 4 hapened. I STUNK! but strangely enough it was only right underarm, not my left. I thought OMG I can’t stink this much at work (I’m a teacher and another teacher came into my room and commented on the smell lol, she thought it was the students!). So the next day I went back to my bad for you deodorant. Big mistake!! or maybe a blessing. I got huge bumps under my arms. Internal ones like my body was rebelling. So the next day (I only used the bad one for a day) was the weekend. I took a break from all of it and just put lavender essential oil under my arms after showering. Then if I started to smell I washed again and put more lavender. Then on monday I brought a facecloth and soap to work just in case. Well I haven’t stunk since lol. I do notice that on a really hot day I will need to freshen a bit by washing and reapplying but that has only been about once a week or so. I now love the deoderant. though I think once summer is over I may try to not put anymore beeswax since it is yellowing my underarms on my shirts a bit (most people say if you see staining it is the beeswax). Never going back to the bad stuff again.

  3. MaryLinda

    Thanks for posting this; I’m looking forward to trying this recipe once I find the clay. About 4 months ago I started making a homemade deodorant with coconut oil, baking soda and arrowroot powder. After a few weeks, I developed a red, itchy rash which I blamed on the lemongrass oil I used to scent the product. So a couple of weeks ago, I made another batch. This time I left out the essential oil, and switched to organic baking soda. This batch produced a more intense red, itchy rash that did the scented batch! But because it’s warmer outside, and I’m perspiring more, I thought it was probably the heat. Maybe it is the baking soda despite it being organic. Will update after I try this one.

    • Lisa

      I, too got the red rash from the 3 ingredient deodorant. I have also made a recipe similar to “Not a Secret” with good results, although I used a mixture of Baking Soda/Cornstarch instead of clay.

      When I’m too lazy to actually melt something (now), I just rub a little coconut oil on my pits straight from the shower, then dab on “Deodorant” with an old makeup brush.

      Deodorant powder: 2 parts baking soda, 2 parts cornstarch, 1 part clay (use kaolin)

      I know it seems silly, but its quick once you get used to it, and you really don’t have to worry about “making” any more.

    • Mab

      MaryLinda… it’s probably the Baking Soda. Basically, it’s salt; and the salt to Coconut oil ratio may be too high. Salt can be very drying. Either eliminate the baking soda or cut waaaay back on it. Make sure the coconut oil is the organic, expeller pressed, virgin coconut oil. The other kind (the processed one) is made for higher heat applications in cooking (think: frying… your armpits will never get that hot. lol), and all the good properties (anti-fungal, anti-microbial, etc) have been processed out as well as the coconut scent. DO NOT heat the coconut oil in a microwave to make it easier to mix if it is solid. Microwaving also kills the good properties. Instead heat the jar gently in warm water. The rash is because either the salt dried out your armpits changing the ph balance of your skin, or you killed off the good stuff in the coconut oil by using a microwave, or both. I know, I made both “mistakes”. My rash got so bad it spread to under my breasts, and it took a few days of Lotrimin jock/foot spray to fix it. Hope this helps.

      • Veronica

        My daughter breaks out when she uses scented products under the pits. It has spread from the armpits to the breasts and down the ribcage. She was absolutely miserable and I took her to the doctor several times. Several creams later she still had the rash and was in tears from the pain. At wits end I put her on a probiotic and within a few days the rash was completely gone. Worth a try.

    • I have been making a dry powder with just kaolin clay and baking soda with lavender EO. Rash every time. I’ve tried several different mixes and a rash every time. Big similarity? Baking soda. Looking forward to trying it without the baking soda. One similar recipe uses lime juice… intriguing.

      • Brenda

        I have made my own deodorant for a few months now and started out using 3T coconut oil, 3T baking soda, and added a few squeezes of honey. It gave me such a rash! I then made a different batch with 1.5T baking soda and this helped a lot. I still feel a little irritation but not nearly as bad. A few days ago I made a batch with 4T of coconut oil and 1T of powdered grren clay. It doesn’t work. I stink! Lol! And same as another roost, my right armpit smelled the worst. Very strange. I am going melt this batch back down and add 1tsp of baking soda and maybe a squeeze of honey. Hopefully this will do the trick. The green clay makes mt armpits green so I am going to use this until its gone but then switch to a lighter color clay for summer.

    • MaryLinda

      UPDATE: After trying this recipe, I can say it was the baking soda causing my rash! I’ve had no rash while using this recipe. However the mixture with baking soda does a better job reducing the odor for me. After the initial rash cleared I tried applying a thin layer of this mixture to my underarms, then applying some of the mixture that includes baking soda, and voila, no rash! This mixture protects me from the baking soda induced rash. And I was able to use up the mixture with the baking soda instead of having to waste it.

  4. I also look forward to trying this one. I have been using the “original” homemade deodorant for a while now and have been absolutely thrilled with how it works. Unfortunately, my skin has other opinions and I’ve started reacting to the baking soda. I’ve been using just coconut oil and double arrowroot powder (+ essential oils) while I scouted for a new recipe. In case you’re wondering, double arrowroot – baking soda = half as effective. *sigh*

  5. megan

    If you make deodorant with baking soda, just make sure to put more oil than bk soda so it’s not gritty if that makes sense. When I first used it I got a rash too but I added more coconut oil and it hasn’t bothered me since. It’s pretty effective. Good luck!

  6. Danny g

    Funny you went through all this trouble to avoid aluminum, when at the end of the day this homemade deodorant probably has MORE than most commercial deodorants. Why? Bentonite.

    Bentonite is an aluminum silicate clay, and if its aliminum youre scared of you just jacked up your intake. Sorry to burst your bubble but leave the clay out next time…

    • Jen

      The aluminum in Calcium Bentonite Clay is in a safe oxide form, not the dangerous man-made processed aluminum. The many trace minerals in Calcium Bentonite Clay are fused together into a super compound structure known as a clay particle, which cannot break down and cannot be absorbed by your body.

    • Stephanie

      Jen is correct about the bentonite clay being topically safe – the aluminium in clay is the silicate form & far too large a molecule to be absorbed through the skin (unless you have open wounds, which would allow almost anything in). The aluminium compounds used in commercial deodorants/antiperspirants are of significantly smaller molecular sizes, and thus, are absorbable through the pores & skin. Still, I would handle clays with great care because they can cause problems if inhaled into the lungs – but the same goes for any powdered substance.

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  8. Canadian Darlene

    Great deoderant. I agree with the comment about the stinky pits. Mine didn’t smell with the deoderant on for the this first week, but when I shower in the evening and then don’t put on the deoderant they definitely smell. I am certain it is the unclogging and detoxing. I had been using rubbing alcohol to just wipe my underarms but going to try the honey for sure. Also for those who mentioned the staining of the armpits in clothing, I found I was using too much deoderant and so when I was sweating from our super hot weather I was saturating my underarms. But when I use just a thin film it was much much better. Also I made my deoderant a little less firm and I put it in an old gel deoderant container and it is holding up very well. Great stuff so glad I’ve switched.

  9. Joanna Strange

    I love this idea, but mine did not set well at all. What can I do to make it set better? I won’t be able to transport it to the gym in this form.

    • Lisa

      Try upping the amount of beeswax. You should be able to remelt the mixture and add another 1/2 to 1 Tbsp of beeswax. That should make it more solid for you. :-)

  10. Shelley

    Great article!!!

    I’ve used a bunch of homemade remedies, but in the end I’d rather go with a natural deodorant. Less work :)

    Lavilin’s my favorite! Really great product and safe! Love it!

    • Mandy

      I’m with Shelley on this. The DIY’s don’t work as well for me as Lavilin does. Lavilin’s all-natural so it’s safe. And it works soooooo well! I love it!

      • ben

        All-natural so its safe? Then maybe you should try peyote, opiates, mushrooms, or cyanide.

        All-natural does not equal safe.

  11. Bibi

    I’ve been using the deodorant for quite some time and there are a few tops that have gotten oily. Do you know of another ingredient besides coconut oil? I try to use as little as possible but still have some problems. It is better if I put it on at night but I forget at times…

  12. Brandi

    Curious, once this is set, does it melt easily? Just want to be prepared as I’m planning to make it today, but on a hot day, with no AC my entire jar of coconut oil is pure liquid now. Hoping the other ingredients keep it more solid, but I’ll keep it in the fridge if necessary.

  13. Emily

    Thanks for the recipe. Can we use a powdered form of clay because that is what I have? Can we add some water to make up the 4 tsp of clay or are we supposed to add 4 tsp of powered clay?

  14. Susie

    I have been making my own deodorant for months now but decided I needed to find another recipe for my husband, he was turning red and itching. I decided to try your recipe and it has stained my clothes horribly. :>( Nothing wants to take it out. Anyway…this recipe turns my husband red as well. I can’t figure it out, he isn’t itching with this recipe but is beet red. Any suggestions?

  15. Melissa Guerra

    I just made this recipe tonight. Did anyone else have a hard time washing their pans and whisks after?? I just couldn’t get the oiliness away. Im really hoping it’s not going to transfer to my shirts…

    • Renee

      Uh yeah!!! It was everywhere!!! Very hard to clean. I used the boiled water from the double boiler to melt it and then cleaned again. I threw out my sponge when I was done too. Very greasy.

  16. samantha

    Can I use plain green clay?

  17. H. Ferguson

    First time making deodorant & boy do I feel like a pro! I used the tea tree & rosemary EO. Took the risk of using a toilet paper roll. Only difference is I lined the inside with parchment paper. Cut out an extra square & snugged it in a 1/4 measuring cup & sat my little T.P. Roll in there. Once out of the freezer, fold up the extra paper, flip it & it works like a push pop. Take that extra square & rubber band it round the flat end. Turned out quite nice. I think Ill continue that back up method when I don’t have the fancy ones on hand.
    Appreciate the recipe. Cant wait to make more once my probiotics come in!

    *Oh, any & all thoughts/recommendations on essential oil blends (what works well with what) would be appreciated. Im lost in the sauce on that subject.

  18. I was so excited to try this recipe. It set up well, feels good, and I did not stink! However, the coconut oil has ruined two of my favorite shirts with dark pit stains that do not wash out. Why hasn’t anyone else complained about this? It seems inevitable given the high oil content. I had to throw away both tops and $20 worth of natural deodorant. I’m not pleased.

    • Stephanie

      Gwen, I have removed yellowing from the under arm areas of clothing in the past with a bar of traditional laundry soap. Just wet the area and gently squeeze out excess water, then rub the soap bar over the area and throw into the machine with the rest of the washing & wash as usual. Hang in the sun to dry (unless the item has instructions telling you not to do this) and the stain is gone. By traditional soap, I mean real soap – not synthetic detergent. HTH.

      • Stephanie

        And by “throw into the machine with the rest of the washing and wash as usual” I mean the item of clothing, NOT the bar of soap! LOL!

        Just thought that I’d better clarify that ;-)

  19. H. Ferguson

    I’ve been using this recipe along with another that contains probiotics, bentonite clay etc. I too have had issues with terrible oil stains. My & my husbands clothes are looking pretty gnarley these days. Not to mention the first several weeks we were smelling uniquely good. Five weeks in & well, we are smelling rather ripe. By mid-day we can’t even stand ourselves. Haha! I love the idea of this natural remedy but if I can’t find a fix to these problems, I feel I am forced into going back to commercial products. Any suggestions?

    • Ashley M.

      LMAO! I currently use straight coconut oil until I master a new recipe and I can totally relate to that feeling.

    • Stephanie

      See above for laundry treatments for armpit areas of clothes. Diet also has a role to play in body odour and may mean that standard natural homemade deodorants are significantly less effective for some people. A couple of other commentors have recommended a product called Lavilin, and while I’ve never used it myself, I have read some great reviews on it – most say that the cost is worth it because you use so little of it & it lasts. Might be worth a try?

    • Jen P

      use Kaolin clay instead of the bentonite clay. The bentonite clay stained my clothes

  20. Abi

    I just tried this recipe. I waited for it to set, then once done, I poured it into an empty deodorant container (which i sterilized before hand) and stuck it in the freezer for 30 mins. The problem is the deodorant won’t dial out no matter how many times I turn the dial. And i did turn it anti-clockwise before spooning the deodorant in. I think I’m going to have to cut up the container and then allow it to melt up again and then use a different container :(

    • Stephanie

      Abi, I had the same problem once when I was making a lotion stick – in my case, I had poured the stuff too warm :-( I just used the long, thin handle of a parfait spoon to dig as much as I could of it out of the damaged container, then remelted and poured into a silicon mold instead (I didn’t have another twist up container). It worked pretty well if you don’t mind getting a bit on your fingers when you apply, and I just wrap in a large piece of waxed/baking paper to protect it between uses – our bathroom doesn’t get very warm, even in summer, but if we get a series of 40 degC days (104 degF), I toss it into the fridge to stop it from melting all over the place ;-)

  21. I was considering buying Kaolin, but when I looked it up, I found out it is hydrated aluminum silicate… so that doesn’t really help if we’re trying to avoid the aluminum in commercial deodorants. Anyone able to shed any more light on this one?

    • Ahhh, now I see Jen’s earlier reply to someone about Bentonite clay which probably explains Kaolin as well.
      “The aluminum in Calcium Bentonite Clay is in a safe oxide form, not the dangerous man-made processed aluminum. The many trace minerals in Calcium Bentonite Clay are fused together into a super compound structure known as a clay particle, which cannot break down and cannot be absorbed by your body.”
      Thanks CB community!

  22. Chelsea

    Did anyone else have issues with the Bentonite Clay? No matter how hard or long I whisked, it didn’t mix in. Now it looks like there’s sand in my deodorant, not sure how that will feel when I try to put it on in the morning… :/

  23. Stephanie

    I’ve been experimenting with homemade deodorants for a few months now & I’m keen to make a hybrid of this with my baking soda recipe! Although I might try a the white bees wax instead of regular – I know it’s not as natural as the unrefined, but I’d prefer something with less ‘yellow’ colour, if you know what I mean ;-)

    BTW, I feel so lucky that I don’t get issues with the baking soda! But I do have an issue with cornstarch & arrowroot – those starchy additives ALWAYS seem to FEED the armpit bacteria and create a WHIFF! So thanks, Crunchy Betty, for your recipe with clay! I’ll sub it into my current recipe instead of the starch! :-D

  24. Nichole

    I only have Moroccan Red Clay and European (Green) clay. Can I sue either of these as a substitute for the Bentonite clay? And if so, I guess I should probably be concerned with staining because of the colors of these clays, right? Thanks!

  25. Brooke B

    I just made this deodorant for me and my husband. I forgot about the mention of the Bentonite clays color. I bought mine at my local Earth Fare and it’s pretty white. I would think they would have good quality but not sure. Maybe it’s kinda cream colored, hard to tell. When I hold it up to some Arrowroot it isn’t as white. What do you think? LOL thanks!

  26. Flora

    My rashes are usually thrush/yeast (candida) infections – – which stink to high heaven! – – and burns, itches, and stains my underarms for weeks. (I have to spend 5 -10 minutes in the sun, holding my arms up to allow the sun to do its magic on my underarms, for a fee days so the stain will dissipate or wear away.) I cut back on eating starchy, sugary foods and make sure no alcohol touches my armpits as that makes it far worse. (My theory is that alcohol kills the good bacteria which had been keeping the candida in check, similar to antibiotics killing good bacteria in your gut, allowing candita to thrive – and you to sicken.)
    So, cornstarch, arrowroot, tapioca powder, oatmeal, rice powder, or any other starch powder just feeds that fungal rash and brings on the fire! I know if I have this rash, my blood sugar is too high, feeding candida, so no starches inside or outside my body.
    Instead, I use a powder deodorant I mix up myself, including baking powder, (but ONLY the aluminum free type, made by Red Arrow Mills) mixed with a few drops of essential oils (lavender, tea tree,sage,and geranium. I add powdered Neem leaves (the neem oil would work,but stinks! The leaves don’t,) and sometimes the clay, and/or calamine powder. I may even add ground sage and and lemon or lime zest which I have ground to a fine powder. I use a powder puff or even my hands to apply this mixture, and just powder my pits (while still damp, after washing them with soap and water.) It works, and the neem leaves even help the rash to heal. No burning, no pain, no itch, and finally no dark stained skin (from the yeast rash) nor ruined blouses (from messy waxes or oils.)
    I still may stink after a few hours, (after all, NOTHING will last all day, at least without an antiperspirant.) So, I pack a wash cloth and periodically wash with soap and water, or use wipes during the day, (freshened with just witch hazel–without alcohol!) and reapply the soothing powder deodorant. Ahhh. Pure bliss.

  27. Brooke B

    Iade this deodorant and have been using it since Thanksgiving. I had some odor problems about halfway through the day but it doesn’t bother me much, my big problem is that about a week ago I broke out in a rash under bothy arms. It’s red and sore. I had it and stopped the deodorant for a couple days and it got better but now it’s back. I didn’t add anything extra to this deodorant so I don’t know what could be causing the irritation.y skin is sometimes sensitive but not a lot. Thanks!

  28. Dani

    I used this recipe but I tweaked it a bit. I used corn starch instead of clay. I also used cocoa butter instead of shea butter. I also added some vitamin E oil. So far it’s worked great. I have to reapply it sometimes because it starts to melt away but I don’t have any odor problems.

  29. Dani

    Ive noticed if you leave out tea tree oil it can help eliminate odor problems because 1) Tea Tree smells horrible 2) some people’s skin is sensitive to tea tree. I just used vitamin E in the recipe and some vanilla and pure mint extract.

  30. Penny Yen

    I plan on trying this recipe out in the summer… and if it doesn’t stand up to the grindstone… then I’ll try it out for winter!!!

    For my natural deodorant, I do a couple of different things;
    In the shower, I take natural sea salt and pat my armpits down so there is a nice layer of salt. I leave it there for a few minutes then rinse clean.

    I made a spray bottle of my own deodorant that I use through the day;
    essential oils dissolved in some rubbing alcohol, then some aloe vera gel and water to top it off.

    Granted, this doesn’t last all day, but during my lunch break I spray my armpits down a little, and I’m good till the end of the day.

  31. Alicia

    I read that you should not use anything metal when dealing with Bentonite as far as mixing and storage goes.

  32. sylent

    Can i use coco butter instead of shae butter?

  33. Angela

    So I’ve been using this deodorant recipe for about a week now. I know it takes some time for my body to get used to it. Funny thing is by about five hours in my right pit stinks and the left one is decent. I think I’ll add more drops of tea tree and rosemary to the mix next time. But thanks for this recipe. It’s better than the one with arroroot and baking soda (that gave me the worst rash ever)

  34. Hi there! I was wondering why it’s okay to add the Bentonite Clay to the pan if the pan is metal.
    Any thoughts?

  35. Yolanda

    After trying so many different homemade deodorants I still can’t seem to find one that works. I made this one and went to Zumba and half way through I was so embarrassed of my smell. I am a very clean eater. No grains, no sugar. I eat fermented foods and take probiotics. i wish there was a homemade deodorant that really worked.

    Thanks anyway, I’m glad it works for some people.

    Yolanda

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  37. Tracey

    Thought i was on a winner making my owm deodorant, now after reaading the posts, im left feeling totally confused not knowing what to try.

  38. Elly

    I’ve never used deodorant and a few months ago I stopped shaving my armpits, and nobody ever told me that I stink, even though I do sweat. Deodorants are an unnecessarily luxury as far as I’m concerned.

  39. Melnaie

    I am going to make this recipe for my husband that has had a reaction to the deodorant that I made us with baking soda and arrowroot. He developed a rash. If you are finding that you are having issues making the switch from store bought to natural deodorant, don’t get discouraged. I had to make the switch during the winter and I was worried for a few months that I wasn’t a good candidate. After some time, I started sweating less and smelling less. Natural has worked well for me all sweaty summer, but I must apply daily almost to the hour or I will begin to smell.

  40. Jessica

    I stopped using deodorant years ago but just recently I started to use milk of magnesia and it’s been working great for me to get rid of BO.

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