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 deodorant...you have the

ingredients for so many other great things too!

It will definitely save money in the long run.

Step 1: Ingredients

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

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

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!

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!

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!

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    72 Discussions


    2 years ago

    I use a swipe of coconut oil....works great.


    2 years ago

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


    3 years ago

    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.


    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. :)

    2 replies

    Reply 3 years ago


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

    I.e. It is MADE OF METAL.
    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


    4 years ago

    Can the mix be melted in a microwave?


    4 years ago on Introduction

    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.


    5 years ago



    5 years ago

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


    5 years ago on Introduction

    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.


    5 years ago

    I understand the whole point of DIY. However, I would highly recommend looking into crystal deodorant sticks like http://www.thecrystal.com or http://uncommonscents.com/Crystalux-Natural-Deodorant-s/27.htm 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!

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    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.


    Reply 5 years ago on Introduction

    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).


    Reply 5 years ago on Introduction

    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).


    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.


    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.