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  2. Ed P.

    I use a simple spray that works wonders.
    I used to use Antiperspirants (yes I know , yikes) … then I learned about aluminum.
    Also not keen on the stuff in normal soaps so leads me to …
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    Warning: Side Tangent : I use it as shampoo, body wash, part of toothpaste, washing dishes, etc … The stuff is amazing.
    I think the part I like most is even if you do not get it all off your skin, it NOT drying or damaging . All made of Oils and Glycerin .
    /Side Tangent complete.

  3. Robin

    I started making my own deodorant over a year ago… and never had any problems with itching, skin darkening, or odor… but my husband never used it (itching) and I found I felt “soggy” on warm Texas days… not smelly at all but definite wetness. Not a great feeling. I tried replacing some of the liquid oil in the recipe with honey. (I read about honey being used in the Civil War as an anti-bacterial ointment.) I thought I’d give it a try and MAN, what a difference! It helps keep me dry even during hot summer days. I still haven’t found a good recipe for my husband… though I just mixed up the calendula oil infusion and will try it in a few weeks when it’s ready. Thanks for continuing to work on a formula! I’ll let you know if it works…


    • Shawna

      would you mind sharing your recipe for the added honey? I’m in Texas also, and any help would be greatly appreciated!

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  11. Amy

    Thank you for this recipe, I can’t wait to try it. I have recently made and used the basic recipe that just calls for coconut oil, cornstarch and baking powder, but after several days use I started developing sore, swollen bumps under my arms similar to very large pimples. The swelling feels like a hard knot under the skin. In your experience would that be caused by the baking soda or cornstarch? Are either known to clog pores or cause irritation of that kind? Thanks in advance for your consideration of my question.

    • Priya

      Holy crap. I had the same thing happen a couple weeks ago. so painful. I get hard keratin plugs anyway, so that was what first came to mind… and when they came to a head, i extracted one of those damned plugs, and it was much better after that.

      I used nothing but witch hazel, rosemary eo and pink himalayan sea salt mix for about a week, to give my pits a break. I also took Oil of Oregano pills, to fight the inflammation from the inside, and salicylic acid topically at night.

      For some reason, i had about a dozen of these, across both pits, for almost 2 weeks. out of the blue, overnight. Havent had a problem before, or since. It wasnt a new batch of deod, so idk what caused it.

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  16. Wesley

    If you want antimicrobial you should use oil of clove and tea tree oil.

    Note, when it comes to essential oils, NEVER put it on your skin unless they are specifically marked for external and/or internal use. To be blunt, cheap aeromatic essential oils are made via chemical extraction methods that can be TOXIC if used externally and/or internally. In fact, some of those cheap aeromatic essential oils can cause allergic reactions or TOXIC effects slowly over time.

  17. Julia

    For anyone who has tried this, how is it for odor protection? I made the switch to homemade deodorant and ended up ditching it after a few months because no matter what I tried, the odor protection wasn’t very good. I’m a pitta, so I sweat a decent amount. I’d like to make some sort of homemade deodorant, but I’m not sure what to try. Thanks!

    • Gabrielle

      I’ve had the same issue. I’m definitely going to try this recipe, but until it’s ready, I’ll stay with my usual. I use Toms of Maine natural deodorant (no aluminum) immediately after I shower. Since I usually shower at night, I reapply when I get up. When I’m going to leave the house, I will then apply traditional deodorant/antiperspirant. This way, I stay dry & ‘non-stinky’, while using as little of the unhealthy stuff as possible. When I return home, I usually wash everything off & reapply Toms. I’ve found that the less traditional antiperspirant iuse, the better I feel. (It’s a bit odd – I know)
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  35. Bill

    Hello, I tried the probiotic deodorant. After using a couple of earlier recipes that aggravated my manly underarm skin, this worked very well….BUT, it should not be used with anything light in color! Without breaking a sweat, I foolishly wore this deodorant with a new white dress shirt, and I think I’ve completely ruined the garment. The stain is yellow (gross), and is from the wax, shea butter, or cocoa butter…but not sure which.

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  45. Hannah D

    Does anyone know if the sunflower oil she shows in the picture will go bad in the deodorant? I was going to buy it for this recipe but I didn’t because it said to keep refrigerated and use within 6 weeks. So I didn’t know if that would affect the deodorant, or if that only mattered if you were using it for cooking. Then I looked at this article again and wondered if maybe I should have bought it anyway.

  46. Vanessa

    I have found that if I want a soothing bath after making oils or balms, I keep the oily plant material bound up in the filter (you just can’t get all the oil out…. :-), bind it well so as not to loose the material, and then stick it in a thin sock or a cheesecloth tube and use it in the bath water… Japanese style, I take a shower first so that I am clean and exfoliated, then run a very warm soaking bath with the soothing oils giving their last to me. Especially nice on those drying winter nights… with candles and … well, you get the picture… :-)

  47. Robin

    For years I used a similar concoction to the basic recipe you link but got tired of the liquid state especially when the other ingredients separated from the oil and you had to mix it up before using. Then I tried one with cocoa butter and shea butter instead of coconut oil (Angry Chicken “pucks” of deodorant) but they were crumbly. I decided to melt the too hard and mix it with the too liquid and voila – creamy texture that doesn’t separate, get too hard in cold weather or melt in hot. I need to make some more and I’m hoping I can replicate it. I need it now so can’t try your infused version but I’d like to give it a try.

    For me I switched to DIY during peri-menopause when I became super stinky. Commercial and natural deodorants were ineffective and clinical strength antiperspirants made my armpit skin die off – first turned brown then peeled off, yuck.

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