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  1. Tiffany

    If I make this, is it ok to sell as long as I give you credit for he ecipe?

  2. ashvdos

    Love this recipe! I’ve certainly put it to the test, whether it be spin class, high intensity cardio, or running around at work, it has kept me smelling fab. I’m on my second batch, but i’ve been letting the flowers and oils sit for roughly 6-8wks, do you think this is a problem, could it have spoiled? Thanks for sharing, I rave about it to my friends and family.

    • No your oil should be fine in fact it should be even more potent from having sat longer. Besides if it goes bad you will cerainly know from the change in scent.

  3. Rachel

    re: tp rolls.

    I haven’t tried it myself, but what about using the tubes that cocoa butter comes in? (they used to be cardboard, I’ve seen plastic ones lately – although maybe it depends on the brand)
    Smaller radius than a commercial deodorant stick – but you only need a little…

  4. Megan Bennett

    I use coconut oil and baking soda equal parts to make a liquidy paste and just rub some in my armpits and it works great.

  5. squidmama

    my oil kept hardening (i used coconut + swt almond) because it was too cold in my kitchen cabinet. if i’m keeping it melted by putting my jar in a pot with shallow warm water daily, how long should i let the herbs infuse? i assume it’s much shorter….. thanks :)

  6. annie

    How much is 1/4 c. + 2 Tbsp

  7. Tracy K

    I followed your recipe to a T. I must say this is the BEST DEODORANT I HAVE EVER USED IN MY LIFE. Seriously, I can get very stinky in under a day. I was so impressed I decided to see how long I could go. I took a shower here on day 5 simply because I felt I really needed a shower, not because my pits were stinky. All in the name of science people! ;) I am so happy! Thank you so much! (My husband thanks you too!)

  8. suzy

    I made my first batch of deodorant a week ago. I didn’t measure the ingredients so every time I put it on, it balls up. I’m going to measure this time and repost how it went and which recipe I used.

  9. Bethany H

    Oh no! I started to infuse mine three days ago and went to shake it today…it’s completely solidified. It’s cold here in PA…needless to say I can’t shake it, and I’m not sure if this prevents it from properly infusing. Should I be running it under warm water and shaking it once every couple of days? I’d really appreciate some advice, thank you so much!

    • Just saw this site and can’t wait to try it. I have used coconut oil for my stinky feet and love it. I also have used it on the side of my nose to prevent the cheesy smell that sometimes happens.)

  10. Samantha

    Thank you!!! Been looking of this for sooo long. I have been using “natural” for almost two years. Using the “commercial” natural brands (Toms, etc.) and I still am a bit more stinky than I would like to be. More earthy than stinky but that still isn’t sexy!!! No “comedogenic” issues with coconut oil (seems to be an issue with the oil face cleansing method)? And thanks for steering me away from EVOO in the face mix. Would hate to take two steps back….

    • Jamie

      I’ve read that unrefined coconut oil is non-comedogenic and is better for these type uses. It also smells coconuty, while refined doesn’t. I use the unrefined in a paste deo I’m using now and have no trouble. I’ll be trying this recipe soon and using the unrefined. HTH

  11. I’d love to make my own soaps and deodorants but every recipe seems to call for coconut oil. I’m terribly allergic to coconut in any form. what would a reasonable substitute for the coconut oil be in your soothing deodorant recipe? I’ve used Babassu oil in soapmaking and it’s worked in that application.

    • lookitsatree

      Typically in such recipes as these, the various oils are interchangeable–you pick the one that best suits your body (or budget, or store shelf). The virtues of coconut oil as used in this recipe are probably, first, the mild antiseptic quality, and second, the thicker or more solid state of the oil. For a decent substitution, select an oil that you know to be shelf-stable over a long period (which suggests that it must possess an antiseptic nature of it’s own, or it would go rancid*–this is my assumption), and if the thicker consistency is important, perhaps whip in an ingredient that accomplishes a similar task (xanthum gum, anyone? Beeswax, perhaps.)

      On another note, for those who experience unhappy, irritatable pits with this recipe: baking soda may be your culprit. While baking soda is a great and admirable product in many respects, it causes skin irritation with too much exposure. As to what you could sub in its place, I have noooo idea. Perhaps try decreasing the quantity, switching up deos every couple days, or pick chlorophyll and resign yourself to a wardrobe of green. Or pop the body mint, though I wouldn’t try it. Of course, the irritation could just as easily arise from the essential oils you use, which are quite concentrated and many people have sensitivities or outright allergies to several plant materials, however “natural” they may be. (Keep in mind, even poison ivy is all natural.) But I pick on baking soda particularly here because it is generally not a good idea to use all over your body all the time; it is a salt, and abrasive. Sure it can polish, but it can also scratch that nice porcelain finish on your antique clawfoot tub. Or your loverly epidermis. It’s also a mild alkali (though it has something of a fickle nature, and can sometimes act as weak acid in certain situations), while skin is acidic. (It’s your acid mantle–how hard-core kickin’ are you?!) And messing with your skin’s lovely pH balance is not a good idea. Why, you could overthrow the balance of all your wonderful natural flora! And you don’t wanna mess with your flora’s zen. Those little buggers work with your acid mantle day and night to protect you from invasion (and bouts of hideousness). PS: Knock off the incessant hand sanitizer-ing. That rash you’re getting on the back of your hands could just be super-dry skin crying for mercy from the alcohol–which should be left to disinfect inanimate surfaces, not people–or it could be something much more insidious: hostile takeover by fungal colonies laughing at the half-dead ranks of your former defenders. Okay. Getting off the soapbox now…

      Take away point: it’s all about tinkering and experimenting until you figure out what works best with your body. Take a cue from the hair dye box and maybe test the various oils and what-not before committing them into your nice recipe, sans poison ivy, of course.

  12. Jamie

    I am currently using the probiotic deoderant from Frugally Sustainable. This, so far, is the best DIY deoderant I have used. It keeps me dry and has great odor protection. I still get a very little bit of miinor irritation from either the baking soda or arrowroot but nothing like with the reciped calling for 1/4 c each of baking soda and corn starch. I think when this stick runs out I will make it again but find a way to maybe add some chamomile and calendula into the recipe as you have done above and see if that makes it a little more soothing. Also, maybe a touch more coconut oil as it is a little on the dry side and can be kind of scratchy going on.

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  14. The deodorant I’ve made that works well for me is coconut oil, corn starch (I will try arrowroot now that I know I can buy it a brand new store that just opened near me!) and 40% zinc oxide cream (destin!). I don’t have the measurements of each. I believe I started with about 2/3 c of the coconut oil (from Trader Joe’s) and then added the starch and zinc oxide until it was a good creamy consistency. I don’t use an old deodorant dispenser. I store it in a small mason jar and use my clean fingers. It works pretty darn well. I still sweat but it’s not stinky. I wipe the residue from my fingers in between my breasts and underneath on really hot days. Gross…I know…but us large breasted women know how that goes. I’ve truly been amazed with zinc oxide. I’ve yet to purchase it in powder form, but the creamy stuff is amazing for the deodorant as well as hemorrhoids. Again, gross. But it’s very healing.

  15. Samara

    I’ve very recently become interested in experimenting with DIY health and beauty products and I’m rather intrigued to have stumbled upon a real DIY deodorant recipe. Thanks for putting it out there! I have skin that is sensitive to most commercial deodorants and I’ve been using straight Tea Tree oil 2-3 days a week as a replacement for it. 2-3 drops on a q-tip works for both sides.

  16. Elizabeth

    I have been using this for a few weeks. I smell clean but my clothes are stained. Of course, commercial deodorants leave stains too, but this seems worse. Anyone else have this problem? I’m trying Dawn to get the oil off my shirts but I don’t want to have to stain-treat my shirts everyday.

  17. RM

    What about Castor oil? Have you ever tried it with any of your mixtures. I use Castor oil alone (just rub it on the armpit) as my antiperspirant and have been using it for almost a year. It works pretty well for that purpose but I’m always a little self conscious if I am going to be doing something that I know will make me sweat (i.e. working out) or going out on a date. Just curious if you think I can substitute it for the sunflower oil. I’ve never used either sunflower or coconut oil as a deodorant or antiperspirant so I’m a little nervous.

    Thanks for this article, it’s a great post.

  18. Jessie

    The only thing I’ve found with all the recipes I’ve tried and different variations that I don’t like….is all the oil. My skin does not absorb it quickly and then I end up with oil stains on everything. And more often than not I just don’t have the time to sit with my arms up in the air while I wait for it to dry or absorb. If you could figure out a recipe without all the oil I would be in heaven!

  19. Josephine

    Discovering that I can make my own deodorant has been one of the most lifechanging things ever, no joke! I (and most of my family) have always had the uncanny ability to get stinky very quickly, and are resistant to most commerical anti-perspirants and deodorants. I always had to reapply several times a day. Anyway, I found this on Pinterest a couple of weeks ago and it is currently infusing in my basement. In the meantime I have been using the simple combination of coconut oil, bicarbonate of soda, arrowroot powder and a couple of drops of essential oil (I used Niaouli because it was on-hand) – wow! Most powerful thing I’ve ever used against odour, and I’m not exaggerating! I like the fact I still sweat too, which is of course a necessary bodily function. I haven’t had problems with oil on clothes – I only apply a little of the mixture and the coconut oil seems to absorb very well. I’ve passed this on to my other family members too to try out. Thank you so much!

  20. Becca

    I was wondering if I could add beeswax to this recipe so it will go into a tube better?

    Have you had any experience using beeswax in homemade deodorant?


  21. Sumi

    I started using this recipe about 3 weeks ago, but without the arrowroot coz I didn’t have any lying around. It works great, no stink. But my pits are staring to get all dark and leathery :(. I am Indian (the Asian kind) and this is a rather unattractive look. Help! Any suggestions, alternatives, fixes? I hate to give this up coz it works so darned well!

    • Leela

      I’ve read that the baking soda can cause irritation and discoloration. Perhaps try less baking soda or as suggested in another post by crunchybetty correct the pH balance by using a apple cider vinegar spray before applying the deodorant.

  22. Alice

    For those with staining problems how about applying at night before bed. I have read that even the store bought deodorants should be applyed at night to be most effective. great post and I just made some to use. I have a 13 year old grand daughter that gets very stinky in just one day. We are trying to find one that works on her. If it works on her the rest of us will be easy.

  23. Alice

    Also when infusing the oils. You can add herbs and oils then place in your crockpot with water in it. You may want a folded towel on the bottom. Allow to warm on the lowest setting. A few hours to overnight should so the trick. I do this when I want to speed up the process. It works well as long as you keep the temp low and slow.

  24. Birthe

    I discovered this wonderful fact that it is possible to make your own deodorant a couple of weeks ago.
    I am allergic to most other deos, and have used a ‘salt stone’ (that’s what we call it in Denmark).

    I jumped right into trying the recipe, which was not Crunchy Betty’s, as I just discovered this faboulous site (LOVE IT !) some days ago, when digging further into this exciting subject!

    I made it from 2 tbsp cornstarch, 2 tbsp baking soda (called NATRON here) mixed well.
    Stirred into melted organic coconutoil – 2 tbsp as well.
    I put 10-15 drops Rosemary essential oil into it, as it was the only one, I had available at the time.
    And it went so well!!
    I’m amazed how well it works, and I have had no skin irritation at all. Arrowroot is not easy to get here, but my recipe said cornstarch and hadn’t even heard about arrowroot two weeks ago.

    This deo gets however rather fluid at a hot summer day. Coconut oil melts at 24 degrees celcius (75 F)

    I then found out, that one could put some bee wax into it to make it harder.

    So two days ago I made new deodorants, where I improvised a bit.
    I used about
    1/4 cup cornstarch &
    1/4 cup baking soda
    1/4 cup coconut oil
    3 tbsp melted bee wax (approximately…)
    + a small dash of almond oil
    Essential oils : 15 – 20 dr sage (which should be antibacterial and sweat resistant) and
    10-15 dr lemon.

    Put it in small cute jars (and yes – they are made of plastic….never heard about any trouble using them )
    At this stage one should not be too hesitating – as the bee wax gets hard quite fast.
    Put it in the fridge to cool.
    AND – they are wonderful and perfect – all my small deos which I now give away for family and friends to try.
    Hard enough to ‘hold everything together’ – and just soft enough to get a small amount on your finger.
    And it has a wonderful yellow colour.
    It works perfect – put it on every morning after my shower – just a small amount – and I don’t smell at all – not even during a hot summer day ( and I have past 50 – to admit… :-)

    Regarding the essential oils:
    Rosemary is really nice – it has a bit sharp, ‘clean’ smell – think it’s good for men, and I am going to use it again for my husband’s deodorant. I would use it myself again, sure).
    Sage and lemon mixed together – is a really nice combination – fresh and kind of sharp smell like the rosemary.
    I don’t like sweet smells.

    I can recommend using bee wax – my skin is soft and also less ‘sweaty’ – I use it a couple of other places at my body/skin.

    It was however quite difficult to clean my small pots, as the wax gets quite hard – if anyone has a good tip – I would like to hear about it. I ended up using boiling water 2-3 times – and went outside in the garden to get rid of it – as it surely would clog the zink if poured it into that.

    I am ready to try to make infused oils – allthough I am complete satisfied and proud of my results so far.
    Wonderful site – I can’t wait to try some of the recipes!
    I would wellcome a recipe for facial oil to mature skin. Wanted to buy and try one at Etsy, but I don’t have oily skin.

    Last – but not least:
    have you heard about Dr. Hauschkas theory about not using creme or oils for the night, as the skin should repair itself perfectly using the right stuff during the day (something like that).
    Thought that maybe a good cleaning oil might do it for the night ?

    Maybe Crunchy Betty is going to make recipes for cleaning oil and facial oil for the (almost) mature skin? ;-)

    Thanks for listening to my story – good luck at your chemistries!

    (51… and from Denmark)

    • Marley

      I use beeswax for my deodorant sticks as well as my lotion bars. Cleaning up is easy if you thoroughly wipe out any remnants of your batch from your melting pot with paper towels, toss the towels into the trash and then continue to wash your pot in warm, sudsy water.

  25. organlook

    I have tried my homemade deodorant but I have problem with traces on my chlotes:( Is there anyone who has the same problem and how did you solve it?

  26. Bridget

    Hi! I recently made a homemade deodorant very similar to this and have had a terrible allergic reaction all over my underarms and sides. The only ingredients in it I haven’t used before are arrowroot and tea tree oil. I have been doing some research and can’t seem to figure out if arrowroot is likely to cause a reaction like this. If anyone has any info let me know!

    • jatean

      It could be the Tea Tree Oil; many people have reactions to it. There are some countries that are considering banning it. V= (this article lists several problems, including causing hormone issues, and the fact that there’s an abundance of quality control issues. It’s not a product to be used lightly.

  27. Lisabeth Morche'

    I saw this post and your post for sensitive skin and using Bentonite Clay. I was wondering how French Green Clay would be as a substitute to that?
    Also I was attempting to infuse my coconut oil in a mini warming crockpot for 2.5-3 hours. When I took the lid off the Calendula is all crunchy, as if it were friend and the coconut oil smells like it’s been toasted, not burnt. Did I do something wrong?

  28. Alex

    Do you have to infuse the deodorant? Would this recipe work without infusing?

    • Marley

      I always infuse my butters/oils for deodorant and lotion bars. It gives your product a pleasant aroma without having to add any EO, or at least less EO. Both economical and less chance of a reaction to specific EOs.

      • Marley

        As a follow up…I infuse my oils/butters in a double-boiler, or a makeshift double boiler. I gently warm the oils/butters with the herbs for about 40 minutes or more, careful not to burn the oils and careful not to let the bottom pot (the one with the water) go dry. Then use a fine mesh strainer to sieve. I usually sieve twice, first through a fine mesh strainer, and then through a muslin cloth bag…similar to that of a cloth “tea bag”, or some similar cloth material.

        I will weigh my infused oils afterward and add whatever weight of oils/butters have diminished through the infusion process to keep my formula (recipe) in tact.

  29. Nyssa

    Great post thanks for sharing!!
    Just wanted to let you know that you can also sterilise jars in the oven, that way you don’t have to worry about making sure they are 100% dry cause the oven does it for you.
    I just make sure they are nice and clean, then stick them upside down, with their metal lids, in the COLD oven (NEVER EVER EVER put cold glass in the hot oven… it will shatter) and then heat to 150degrees C (about 300F). 20mins later switch off the oven, open the door and allow jars to cool slowly. Obviously won’t work for rubber lids/jars with rubber seals etc. Just use common sense.
    Hope thats useful to someone ;)

  30. Rere


    I’ve just recently tried homemade deodorant for myself even before I google and found your blog. I mix 50 ml of coconut oil, 8 drops of lime eo, 8 drops of sweet orange eo, 1 slices up lime for infusion. I haven’t let it set for infusion that long, only let it settle for a couple of hours but I think it works just fine. I don’t let it harden but still use it in its liquid form, put it in a pump bottle.

    How I use it is i just use one pump on my palm, spray some hydrolate/green tea and rub it between my hands and massage it on my pits. It works really well to make it absorbed to my skin without making it feels oily. I dissaprove of using baking soda for the pits cos its really irritating the sensitive skin and the pit is one part of the skin that’s really sensitive. I might change my recipe for the next batch using lavender and cinnamon stick as the infusion.

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  32. Cheryl

    I know this is an old post but I’m really excited about making this!
    Have already got most of the ingredients in and have just ordered the calendula.

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  34. Ann W.

    I made this deodorant and LOVED it, but then it got grainy and rough after a few days?? Is that the baking soda? Is there a way to make it silky smooth? Anyone else have this issue?

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  38. Hannah

    I just use the basic ingredients – coconut oil, baking soda, and arrowroot powder (I used to put in tea tree for antibacterial but my skin couldn’t handle that). Even though there is some irritation with the baking soda (especially in the summer – maybe because more sweat..?), I definitely stink less!
    I remember, with the commercial deodorants, that after about a month or so, all of my workout shirts would stink in the pits – like I don’t think even flies could handle the stink! It was horrible because I was that person at the gym that stunk and no one wanted to be by. I kept having to switch deodorants and buying new workout shirts.

    What’s so awesome now, is with making my own deodorant, my workout shirts do not smell. I find myself even forgetting to put deodorant on and it’s no problem. It’s like the commercial deodorants were either stripping or clogging something in my armpits, but now that they can breathe, it’s all good and everyone is happy :-)

  39. Jules

    I’m very new to making my own stuff, so pardon me if this is a silly question. ^_^; But it gets very warm here in LA, and even after mixing my infused oil together with the dry ingredients, my deodorant keeps separating–the oil floats up to the top and the powder sinks down to the bottom. Obviously, I can shake it/stir it before every use, but it does get tiresome. Should I keep it in the fridge or something (clearly labeled, obv!)?

  40. David

    Arrowroot always leaves white stripes on my tshirt. Always. Not on the armpit but on the side, on very visible places. No matter how little i use. When i put on the shirt after my pits are complet dry, it gets those white stripes. I do get why everyone is so satisfied with the arrowroot or whats the problem with my arrowroot

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    I love this stuff!! I broke out the second day and knew immediately it was
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  49. tiffany

    This is my third batch of homemade deodorant. My first was baking soda and cornstarch with Shea butter, coconut oil and EO’s. Worked very well, no odor but after a few weeks, pits became inflamed. I thought it was the cornstarch so sWitched to arrowroot powder and baking soda, again pits got dark and irritated. Made a batch without baking soda and stink appeared after a few days, even tried just adding just 2TBS BS but irritation came back with small amount. Last night made a batch after shower with bentonite clay substituted for BS and I can smell a little onion scent. I recently bought salt rock and that works half the day…Do u think I should do both? I really do not want to go back to commercial deo, I don’t like the film you feel plus my armpits look and feel lovely since stopping in May. I want this to work. Plus I run long distances and don’t want to use old stuff for long runs for fear my regular might not work! Any help or suggestions?


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