Introduction: Homemade Deodorant!

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Homemade Deodorant!
I stopped wearing deodorant years ago. Sick, right?

I am allergic to practically every smell...and it's full of unknown

ingredients that are not great for your body and stain your clothes!

I knew I could make deodorant for myself and my family...
and not have any of the unwanted ingredients in them!

And once you have the ingredients for have the

ingredients for so many other great things too!

It will definitely save money in the long run.

Step 1: Ingredients

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Ingredients for 2 sticks of deodorant:

4 Tbsp beeswax

1 1/2 Tbsp Shea butter

1 Tbsp cocoa butter

1 1/4 Tbsp coconut oil

1/2 Tbsp bentonite clay

1/2 Tbsp baking soda

Step 2: Mix Wax and Butters

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Use a glass measuring cup and add the beeswax,

Shea and Cocoa butters, you don't need both kinds...just 2 1/2 tablespoons total.
but I had them on hand after making chapstick!

And you might need a really strong son to open your coconut oil.

Step 3: Melting and Mixing

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Melt the wax, butter and coconut oil in a double boiler
or set the glass measuring cup in a pan of boiling water.

Carefully remove from heat when melted.

Add the Bentonite clay and Baking soda
Bentonite clay is an amazing healing clay.

It is great for skin conditions like exzema, rashes, bites, face blemishes, ect.

It is also good for absorption...for sweaty armpits.

I can't wait to test this out to the fullest in the 100% humidity of the south's summer!

In commercial deodorants and antiperspirant, Aluminum is used.

Man made, processed aluminum. It has been linked to cancer & Alzheimers.

Aluminum is part of the molecular structure of all kinds of clay,

but the aluminum in Bentonite clay is in a natural oxide form...

so it is a wonderful alternative.

Step 4: Add Oils and Pour Into Containers!

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Add in drops of essential oils.

I used DoTerra brand, but there are many kinds of oils available.
I did 6 drops of frankincense, 4 drops of on guard (cinnamon/clove blend), 4 drops of citronella

(so it will be a bug repellant too) and 4 drops of peppermint!

You can put it in an air tight container...
or pour it into cleaned out deodorant sticks.

It thickens like chapstick...firm, but soft and easy to just rub on.

Step 5: Rub on and Enjoy!

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Some settling may occur...
Works and smells great!

I love that it looks gray. It's like a fancy mud mask.

Rubs on clear and leaves no chalk or residue!

Check out my blog Doodlecraft for more fun!

And please vote for me in the "Made by Bee's" contest!


pearasndfigs321 (author)2016-10-24

I use a swipe of coconut great.

GeekCrafterGirlz432 (author)2016-09-24

I love this idea! If you like this deodorant try checking out my instruct able, carpet freshener:)!

belsey (author)2016-07-12

The link between aluminum and alzheimer's was based on an old, flawed study which has been debunked many times, over many years, but yet somehow this myth just will not die. You can do your small part to prevent fear and ignorance by editing your instructable (which is a really nice recipe, by the way) and removing the reference to that outdated and incorrect "scientific" tidbit. Don't take my word for this, just a small amount of research (from reputable journals) will confirm what I'm saying. Misinformation is spread when it is repeated over and over. Don't perpetuate this myth! Thanks.

Sonnodeldrago (author)2014-12-16

Hi! Great post. I'm a bit obsessed with Bentonite these days. :) I love this deo recipe. But, I'd like to mention a tip: Bentonite should not be mixed with a metal spoon, or touch any metal, in fact, due to its natural capacity to attract and draw out metal and toxins. Coming in contact with metal after its been activated with liquid also negates bentonite's negative ionic charge. That negative charge is a positive attribute! It's what bentonite is used for; It's why bentonite is so amazing and detoxifying. Activated bentonite also shouldn't come in contact with plastics because it can absorb chemicals & toxins that, again, negate its healthy ionic, detoxifying benefits. It's best to already mix in glass and stir with something wooden or glass. I think it's clever to reuse an old deo stick, but a non-plastic, non-metal container will help this awesome recipe keep its powerful attributes& stay awesome! If anyone can think of a clever container beyond a mason jar, please let me know. :)

bentonite (author)Sonnodeldrago2015-09-24


Bentonite is a hydrated aluminum
silicate, with chemical formula Al2O3 4SiO2 H2O.

One that is 3rd most common element in the Earth's crust.
There is more aluminum in the Earth's crust (and thus biosphere) than iron - element we and all other mammals use to move oxygen in our blood.

The "metal spoon bad" nonsense (aka "folk wisdom" to denote it from actual wisdom) is from back in the day when only metal available for the spoons was either silver or gold for the royalty - or pewter for everyone else.

Pewter, which is mixed with lead for stability. Lead as in lead poisoning.

No stainless steel cutlery back then. Stainless steel gets invented in the early 1800s.
Mendeleev created the periodic table of elements in the late 1800s.
Now think about how old and ignorant that "metal spoon bad" old-wives tale has to be, and how much it must be distanced from the scientific reality of the universe.

You are totally correct in what you write about bentonite, the metal contact is not so terrible though as it will only have an effect on the clay particles in immediate contact with it but plastic and wet clay is a real problem. I use an old glass roll-on bottle to store my home-made deodorant and I keep the bottle in a cupboard afterwards so as to retain the power of the the essential oils. They are all good points you raise and it is most important to understand how therapeutic clay works and why. I have used it on wounds and for other conditions in organic poultry and my neighbour has used it for a radiation detox as he worked with some very dangerous substances - it is very powerful. All the very best, Pavlovafowl aka Sue

intellect_meow (author)2015-03-20

Can the mix be melted in a microwave?

ElChick (author)2015-01-02

Question on your measurements......You list some ingredients as Tbsp, which I understand to be tablespoons, but then some others as T. Are those to be teaspoons, which is usually a lower-case "t", or are they also tablespoons (upper-case "T")?

Also, where do you prefer to get your bentonite clay? Have heard about it for years, but never really looked into places to order it. And do you have any issues with clogged pores using beeswax under your arms?
Also, love that you use DoTerra oils. Their OnGuard is fantastic, isn't it? Smell reminds me of Christmas Wassail, and is one of my favorite scents.

PinchOfChili (author)2014-07-10

bookmarked for when I can get the ingredients!

Sajil (author)2014-07-02


holly-g (author)2014-06-18

No way! Some ingredients are very comedegenic. Armpits- clogged pores= boils, abscesses. ugh...

BobK9 (author)2014-05-24

The odor is caused by a bacteria. The best deodorant is to wash under your arms with an antibacterial agent. You can make an excellent, cheap antibacterial wash using Chlorhexadine Gluconate - 3M make a surgery wash product that has 4% CG. Buy a 500ml bottle and dilute to 1%, put into a spray bottle. Two or three squirts into your hand to wash each underarm. No perfume, works perfectly! and very cheap. I've been using this for 30 years since I saw the wash being used in childbirth.

Tait_Clements (author)2014-05-06

I understand the whole point of DIY. However, I would highly recommend looking into crystal deodorant sticks like or for those with lots of allergies. They cost a little more, but will last at least a year of daily use. The biggest benefit is that they're not meant to block bad odor by clogging pores. Instead they eliminate the odor while allowing your body to sweat naturally to cool itself. On the other hand I love the simplicity of this instructable, and appreciate your desire to share it with us. Thank You!

footfixer (author)Tait_Clements2014-05-08

Hi, you might want to check the ingredients of the crystal deodorants you're using. Most of them use the mineral salt Alum which is hydrated potassium aluminum sulfate. They are perfume and additive free but if your goal is to avoid aluminum, Alum is not the answer.

rahvin (author)footfixer2014-05-11

Alum or aluminium sulfate or Al(SO4)2 (notice I didn't call it aluminum sulfate like you did) is no more aluminum than table salt is chlorine gas. Chemical compounds are not their constituent elements. If they were your table salt would be venting chlorine gas and water would be more flammable than natural gas. Besides the SO4 is only two hydrogen away from being sulfuric acid (SO4 in fossil fuel emissions turns into sulfuric acid in the atmosphere, commonly called acid rain) which is a heck of a lot scarier than aluminum.

Finally I'm curious about the results of this stuff, Bentonite (it's a clay) is used as a waterproofing agent (for example canals are lined with bentonite to keep the water in the canal) and given how fine clays are I would be inclined to believe it would clog your pores pretty badly if left in contact with the skin for any length of time. Though it's very absorbent, so much so it will suck water out of the air (it's used as a desiccant), I'm not sure I'm sold on smearing your underarms with clay particularly given what it could do to your garments over the long term. In addition depending on the source of the Bentonite you could have any number of other minerals involved as well because there isn't any real quality control and even clays that are not chemically Bentonite are sold as it (see the wikipedia article).

hydrowarner (author)rahvin2014-05-22

That's not entirely true. A salt is quite different than a lesser compound. Table salt while chlorine and sodium, is a perfect marriage that passes thru your body intact - because no other chemical can coax that "perfect match" apart. Lesser compounds like the above, are not so stable, and will react with elements of sweat etc, to become absorbed. ANY aluminum should be avoided as theyve found it in the brains of elderly patients with alzheimers, dementia, etc, in large quantities and it can damage nerves. (Not to mention give you metals toxicity).

hydrowarner (author)hydrowarner2014-05-22

the only way to be sure about what you said, is to take account lactic acid (produced by bacteria and leading to that armpit smell) + Aluminum sulfate, and see what kind of switcheroo it would do, chemically, when meeting (+ water from perspiration) etc.

hydrowarner (author)hydrowarner2014-05-22

lactic is c6h12o6

JaelynRae (author)Tait_Clements2014-05-12

I have tried this one in my quest to find something that works for my sensitive skin and for me, it did NOT work. It was incredibly irritating, left red marks that looked and felt like burns, did not absorb odor at all, and was nearly 5 times the cost of regular store bought deodorant at $18+shipping per stick. So if you have any type of skin sensitivity, I would recommend skipping this one.

Tait Clelments: That's great for some people who don't perspire a lot. I've tried those aluminum crystal sticks, and while they work for a few hours, they don't last through the day. I live in the South, and I would have to be applying that stuff 3-4 times a day. Can't do it with my job, they barely let me go to the bathroom-schoolteacher.

Deodorant does not prevent sweating, that would be antiperspirant.

Chanio (author)2014-05-21

Thank you for your recipes!

I have read that chlorophyll absorbs odor. So, perhaps peppermint leaves should do the thing.

Please, use the wikipedia before believing in things. There is no need today to have doubts about anything when we could count with this powerful tool. Just spend some time reading the article. And help expanding it if you know about anything still uncovered.

hydrowarner (author)Chanio2014-05-22

somebody said rubbing alcohol - peroxide works just as well. :)

chlorophyll like algae tabs, are taken to rid metals of the body (with other chemicals that loosen them up when youre toxic say from fillings in teeth, etc). Not just odor.

NewMoonDragon (author)2014-05-06

just wondering. i have several allergies and one is coconut. recommend something besides coconut oil in the mix? thanks

You need an oil that will be solid at room temperature. I suppose something like (Crisco) shortening would work, but I haven't tried it. If you do...let us know! :)

hydrowarner (author)doodlecraft2014-05-22

Heavens, no! You seem unaware that Crisco is hydrogenated. Go to the fda website, and read a paper done by the first expert on hydrogenated oils back in the 1970s, Mary Enig. She proved that hydrogenated oils directly CAUSE obesity, childhood ailment early onset such as diabetes, and a whole myriad of serious health conditions. Your body (blood) doesnt just carry oxygen all by itself to cells - it's too large to enter cells - it trades off a magnetic spot on oils, which are much smaller and do pass thru cell walls - the process of making these monster oils like crisco, is they attach hydrogen to its natural magnet spot and it carries hydrogen into your cells instead of oxygen, making your cells suffocate. Once inside, it remains for months usually until the cell itself dies. (Very nasty stuff). Hydrogenation also passes a nickel gas thru the oil, so there is very often nickel metal traces in it. Everyone i know who has sworn by and used crisco, has died by their fifties of cancer. Tell your friends, or read the out of print book this woman PhD above wrote, called "oxygen the medical miracle", very good book . The movie "lorenzo's oil" was based on fact - it was a lady italian doctor who first discovered how red blood works in partnership with oil to deliver our cells oxygen.

Crisco--cottonseed oil-lower in cholesterol than even canola oil, I believe. Better for you than most oils, and is a byproduct of cotton, comes from the seed of course. Can be a product produced in this country! I say buy more cottonseed oil, help the farmers! Now that's a way to help the orangutans, help the USA, and help toward making healthy deoderant!

jvaupel (author)NewMoonDragon2014-05-08

non hydrogenated palm oil would probably work.

realmccormick (author)jvaupel2014-05-09

You don't want to use palm oil or shea butter, because orangutans and other wild animals need those things to survive. They eat from the palm, and can't go to the store. I am steering clear of both of these items for their sake. Can easily do without them. Not eating any crackers anymore. All but one, Cheese Nips by Nabisco, have palm oil as an ingredient. Funny, it has more calories than butter/margarine/coconut oil, no taste, but far cheaper, because orangutans don't work, and that's a direct reality that they are getting killed and dragged out of their habitat because of this one item. This is truly a man-made problem, and no one save a few wants to give up their doodle doos and ha has with the nasty, cheap additives to save God's creatures. Please everyone, do what you can to allow these animals to live. This is the reason why they are being killed-money and greed.

Chanio (author)realmccormick2014-05-21

| ...This is the reason why they are being killed-money and greed....

And, perhaps because they resemble so much to us. :)

Like the story of the Spartans attacking every year their neighbors just because they reminded them what they were before. :)

I think you could just swap out coconut for cocoa butter. It is harder than coconut, so you might need to add a bit of olive oil to soften. Or just hold it under pit longer. I wouldn't recommend partially hydrogenated veg oil/shortening (chemically altered and generally icky), or palm (save the orangutans!). Good luck!

fixfireleo (author)NewMoonDragon2014-05-08

maybe bacon grease? at least you would smell good...until it went rancid of course.

kidding. how about almond oil or olive oil? both can be used in beauty products as well as cooking.

lbrewer42 (author)2014-05-08

Will it also stop the perspiration? To me there is nothing more uncomfortable than being wet under my arms. I HATE sweating (love cold weather for this reason).

fixfireleo (author)lbrewer422014-05-08

there is nothing in the recipe to stop perspiration. the chemicals work by constricting the pores. there is no alternative that i have read about that is safe to use.

i have read you can use milk of magnesia or lemon juice as a deoderant but it will not stop perspiration. perspiration is a natural process of your body and the only way to stop it is with chemicals that may cause breast cancer...even in men.

lbrewer42 (author)fixfireleo2014-05-08

This is what I thought - but hoping maybe something could be added to (OK) absorb the perspiration or disassociate (best) the "water/sweat" itself (like silica does for normal, plain water).

doodlecraft (author)lbrewer422014-05-08

Haha, I feel ya! I have lived in the south for a year now...and am still not used to the high humidity and the constant sweaty feel. :)

And you're not going to get used to it either. No one just perspire a lot, take showers, and stay inside. Wait until you start getting allergies, next. Enjoy, shortest winters without living tropical.

lbrewer42 (author)realmccormick2014-05-09

I used to live in the Lake Erie Snow Belt in NW PA. I loved it. Its the Alaska of he East. Summers were relatively cool. It averaged only about 7 days in the summer I would have to use an AC. We had high humidity, but when it is cooler, its not as bad. In fact I am nuts b/c I like humid cold weather that cuts to the bone. We had literally 6 snow covered months of the year. But I gladly would take that again. I can accomplish so much more when working in a non-hot environment.

realmccormick (author)lbrewer422014-05-20

There's good and bad in any extreme conditions, I guess. I can't stand being all bundled up and having to enjoy those long cold months like that. I like to do lots of painting, refinishing, etc. on lots of heirloom family furniture, and I don't have a good building with venting to do it, so until then, it's outside. You can't do that kind of work in the cold outside because of your body not being able to take it. You just have to plan your year, instead of your season..also mornings are somewhat cooler, but so far nothing has made me into a morning person. A fan outside blowing on you can help. It drys the perspiration. Also, a hose on your head cools off anybody really fast, then go back to what you were doing....1 hour from now, do it really helps. You can always wet your undergarments then go outside, works for some!!

prickly vegan (author)lbrewer422014-05-08

Have you tried using powder, or just straight up baking soda? I find BS really sops up sweat and odours. Just dip your fingers into a box and dab onto pits. Close pit and rub around, repeat. You can carry a container around to freshen up afterward.

th3boy (author)prickly vegan2014-05-09

While i like the idea of using baking soda (cheaper than deodorant!), i would advise against carrying it with you. unfortunately due to the drug trade, an over zealous officer can harass you for hours as to why you have it and you can even be arrested for intent to sell, even though it is not illegal to own or possess. They will try to say you were going to sell it to someone who thought it was drugs. I have heard many horror stories from friend and relatives (baking soda in a small bag for brushing your teeth while traveling, herbs purchased at a farmers market in unlabeled bags, etc.) and i never believed it until i watched a recent episode of cops where a gentlemen was arrested for having baking soda while passing through a "known drug neighborhood". Sad but true...

Vampyra65 (author)th3boy2014-05-10

I'm lucky I wasn't arrested then. My neighbor sent his roommate to my house for some baking soda because he had heart burn. I didn't have anything to put it in so I gave him an empty pill bottle with my name on it thinking he would go straight home. The idiot never took it out of his car and the cops stopped him a week later and found it. They wanted to know why it was in a pill bottle with my name on it. I was so mad I never gave him any again when he asked for some. That was a lessen learned.

lbrewer42 (author)prickly vegan2014-05-08

Admittedly today was the first day I ever started to look into not using commercial products. The funny thing was I was online looking for alternatives before I got my inscrutables email in the box and saw doodlecraft's 'ible. So I figured it was time to do a little more research!

I wonder if adding BS to the initial mix he presents will do the trick or not? Hmm...

JaelynRae (author)lbrewer422014-05-12

If you scroll up, you will see my post about an alternative recipe. Between the baking soda and the arrowroot, it works amazingly well as both a deodorant and an antiperspirant. :)

lbrewer42 (author)JaelynRae2014-05-12

Thanks for this - much appreciated :^)

Umamaheswari Anandane (author)2014-05-20

Neat instructions and will be a great help to make my own deodorant soon :0

ferjanyen (author)2014-05-09

Are no these the ingredients for making concrete? Look, I like a good instructable but wax, clay, baking soda? to stop one from sweating? You have to be joking and what is more be carefull of sticking any thing in such a delicate area as under your arm pits.

JaelynRae (author)ferjanyen2014-05-12

I don't know anything about making concrete, but I have made my own deodorant similar to this. Over the years I have become increasingly allergic to chemicals and synthetic additives. So I turned to DIY.

For my recipe I used: baking soda, arrowroot (instead of clay), beeswax, coconut oil, and plumeria essential oil for fragrance. I cannot say how the clay works, but the mixture I tried works amazingly well! Much better than anything I have ever purchased commercially, and it is all natural. A win-win! You should give it a shot. At the very least you may end up with a few wasted hours and will spend a day or two stinky. If it does work though, you could save yourself from Alzheimers or possibly cancer. Personally, I would say it is worth giving it a try. ;)

Here is my recipe in case you want to try it without clay:

1/4 cup pure organic baking soda

1/4 cup pure organic arrowroot

6 tbs pure cold pressed coconut oil

4 tbs pure organic beeswax

5 drops tea tree oil

10 drops "preferred essential oil fragrance" (optional)

To make it:

Melt the beeswax in a double boiler (I used a glass measuring cup sitting in a pot of boiling water. Stir continuously until fully liquified. Then you can pour it in a jar, bowl, or leave it in the measuring cup if big enough to add in the other ingredients. I poured mine in a box and used the egg beater electric mixer attachment (mostly because I am lazy and impatient). Add the tea tree oil, stir. Add the arrowroot and baking soda, stir. Add the coconut oil, and blend well. It should be a creamy whipped consistency when ready. Pour it into your desired container and stick it in the fridge. It should be ready to use in about an hr.

NOTE: The coconut oil should be a soft creamy consistency, not fully melted oil, but not solid either. I made the mistake of melting the oil the first time and it remained very oily/messy even after hardening. If yours has melted from storage, just put what you need in a cup and stick it in the freezer for a few minutes. Alternately you can soften it the same way you did with the beeswax, just be careful not to overdo it.

Another variation I have tried is to leave out the beeswax, which results in a more liguid-y/creamy mixture that goes on really smooth and works great, but can melt on warmer days. If you don't mind storing it in your fridge, I would go with this as the beeswax can sometimes (rarely) clog pores. You can use the empty deodorant containers that are meant for gel deodorant to keep it from getting too messy. I have seen new empty ones on amazon.

RE: Using Clay:

I have read that using clay can cause irritation because it has natural aluminum in it. Others say it doesn't work at absorbing odors. I personally haven't tried it, but thought I would share what I have read while doing a ton of research on the subject.

Now if anyone has a tried/proven formula for a natural shampoo/conditioner/conditioning mask specifically for baby fine/fragile/brittle/damaged hair, please share! I have tried so many and nothing works. :(

JaelynRae (author)JaelynRae2014-05-12

Also worth noting, I have a good friend that swears she has tried them all, including mine, and this one works best. It takes a lot of prep/time, something I almost never have. I will try it some day though. ;)

KJTrucks (author)ferjanyen2014-05-12

I suppose rubbing on a bar of chemicals is a better alternative for your delicate pits??

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