Make your own natural deodorant – that works!

12 May

Its a fact of life here in Sunny Queensland, it is impossible not to sweat.

Deodorant becomes a necessary evil, its either deodorant or your very own personal space bubble.

Deodorant seems to be the more social of the two choices.

But I am sick of rubbing toxic deodorant full of aluminium, formaldehyde & parabens into my pits each morning – it may ward off odours and keep my friends close but, what is it doing to my health??

Aluminum can cause kidney problems, formaldehyde is a known carcinogen and parabens can cause problems for our endocrine system.

So instead of rubbing this toxic cocktail into my lymph nodes, I decided to make a safe deodorant that contains no nasties, is easy to use & WORKS!

 One application in the morning keeps me fresh all day. The hard bars are easy to apply & easy to store. No white marks or stains on clothes. But the biggest thing is NO SMELL!
Natural Deodorant Bars a’la Mama Going Natural
You will need:
  • 6 T Coconut oil
  • 4 T bicarb soda
  • 4 T Arrowroot
  • 1 1/2 T beeswax
  • 15 drops Lavender essential oil
  • 15 drops Rosemary essential oil
  • 20 drops Lemon essential oil
  • 15 drops Grapefruit essential oil
Place your coconut oil & beeswax in a glass jar and put the jar into a saucepan of simmering water. Stir occasionally until all of your beeswax melts.
Take your jar out of the saucepan of water & let cool slightly. When the mixture has cooled to approximately 40 degrees (when it feels warm but not too hot on your fingers) add all of the other ingredients & stir well to combine.
Pour your mix into muffin, soap or chocolate moulds & leave to harden.
This recipe makes six bars, so there will be enough to share. It has a gorgeous citrus botanical scent with just a hint of coconut. If you want to make a more unisex variation add some tea tree oil in place of the Lavender & you will get a citrus wood scent that your man will be happy to wear.
Keep unused bars in a tin or wrapped in wax paper in a cool dark place till needed.
To use simply rub your yummy scented deodorant bar under your arms & leave to dry for a few minutes before putting on your clothing – that way you can ensure you won’t get any white marks on your clothing.
If your in a very hot climate keep your bars in a soap tin & scoop out a small amount with your fingers & rub it where needed!

19 Responses to “Make your own natural deodorant – that works!”

  1. luvmy July 15, 2015 at 4:04 pm #

    Do you use all 4 essential oils in your deodorant bars?

  2. Azlina November 20, 2015 at 7:10 am #

    6 T equal to how many ml?

  3. Cindy Schmidt March 18, 2016 at 4:39 am #

    I’m excited to try this recipe. If I choose to use an oil blend I already have how many drops would you recommend?

    • mamagoingnatural March 18, 2016 at 4:40 am #

      You need to put in quite a few, I would start with 20 drops & see how you go, you can always stir more through later. Good luck with it 😊

      • Susan Parthemer May 2, 2016 at 4:02 pm #

        What if you are allergic to bees? I have always been told don’t use anything with bees wax in it.

      • mamagoingnatural May 2, 2016 at 8:51 pm #

        I don’t know about that, if you’ve been advised to stay away from beeswax, I would use candelila wax instead or cocoa butter as these are both plant based & will firm up the deodorant.

      • Cindy Schmidt May 9, 2016 at 1:09 pm #

        Thank you! I made some and the oils worked great, and there was NO body odor! However both my husband and I got rashy. 😦 I think it’s the soda. Would it work to make this recipe and simply not put the soda in? Or is there something else to substitute there? Thank you!

      • mamagoingnatural May 10, 2016 at 1:00 am #

        Yes, the bicarb soda can make some people rashy, I would try substituting it for arrowroot or kaolin clay, maybe try to leave a little bit in there as it is so good at neutralising odours, maybe just replace three quarters of it with a non-irritant like cornstarch, arrowroot or kaolin clay.

  4. Bailey July 21, 2016 at 12:16 am #

    Have you ever had trouble with coconut oil staining your clothes? Are there any fabrics that this doesn’t do well with? It seems too good to be true! I can hardly wait to try it.

  5. My Little Urban Homestead January 21, 2017 at 4:20 am #

    I’m just wondering if it would also work to pour it into a recycled deodorant tube instead of forming bars with it – have you tried it that way? I’m definitely going to try your recipe – I literally cringe each and every time I apply deodorant! Can’t wait to try it!!!! 🙂

    • mamagoingnatural January 21, 2017 at 5:11 am #

      I haven’t tried that, it would work in winter or if you kept it in the fridge, but it puddles a little in the heat of summer 🙂


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