Ridiculously Simple Organic Roll-on Deodorant - Two-ingredient Recipe. Receta Desodorante Orgánico FVM Déo Bio




About: I live in a forest garden by the sea in an old Celtic longhouse in the Baie de Mont Saint Michel, France, where we raise quail, rare breed chickens and pigeons organically. I was born in England, the furthes...

Raw organic virgin coconut oil is an amazing food, medicinal and beauty product. I recently used it successfully and quickly to heal shingles (I ate two tablespoonfuls a day), however, one of the further ways I started using it last year, was as a deodorant. As with toothpaste, I had been using an organic store-bought one but was determined to make my own.


An old roll-on glass deodorant bottle.

A heatproof jug containing hot water.

Coconut oil melts at 24°C (76°F) so the water doesn't need to be boiling.


Coconut oil

essential oil(s) of choice

My favourite essential oil for using as a perfume is Ylang ylang (Cananga odorata) but I like to use it with a note of citrus, so either essential oil of Sweet Orange (Citrus sinensis) or Mandarin (Citrus reticulata). The mandarin is a fabulous deep greenish gold, so even a few drops give the finished deodorant a rich creamy colour.

Step 1: Method - Watch the Film for Detailed How-to

If you want any extra background material such as why and how this works and why we need to sweat, or links to a recipe for the stick form of this deodorant, then please visit my blog post on the subject here

All the very best, Pavlovafowl aka Sue



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    1 year ago

    It seems that this would make a better stick deodorant since coconut oil is solid at room temperature--at least when it is not in the summer heat.

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    Reply 1 year ago

    Yes that is quite true, I just didn't have a suitable container but as I had an empty roll-on bottle I used that. In the Winter I just warm the bottle in a little hot water and it melts really easily. It is a great deodorant, in fact coconut oil is just a wonderful substance, we use it in everything from cooking to shampoo.

    All the very best and enjoy the festivities - we have just brought in our Christmas tree so are getting into the swing of things. Here in France it is very quiet out as everyone is eating, they have their big Christmas meal on Christmas Eve night but being Scottish, we are being traditional and eating ours tomorrow. Merry Christmas, Sue


    Reply 1 year ago

    How do you use coconut oil as shampoo?

    We are not really doing Christmas this year. My mother-in-law is still recovering from a broken femur and we are spending a lot of time trying to keep her spirits up while she rehab.


    4 years ago

    You're attributing the treatment of a flare up of viral infection, which you will have with you for life, to eating coconut oil?

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    Yes, it worked. I had had three nights of pain and no sleep and as I believe in what you might refer to as 'alternative' medicine and wholly in nutritherapy I decided to research what I needed to do. The first thing was to stop all sugar and the next was to balance in my diet two amino acids, to be precise the L-arginine to L-lysine ratio. I had been overdoing the l-arginine, as we had been working hard to get everything ready to leave for our Christmas break and in a homestead this involves a lot of preparation and Andy had made a huge aubergine and tomato dish which consumed over several nights so as to avoid having to prepare dinner. I was therefore stressed and out of balance with these two amino acids - shingles is latent, it just needs these two main triggers, you get them back in balance and you can fix shingles. I walked along the beach in bare feet on the wet sand to 'ground' and get my nervous system back in balance and I practiced EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique aka tapping).

    .The coconut oil provided my with quality fat which is a superb immune system support and also the fatty acids in it (in particular lauric acid which the body converts to monolaurin), are an excellent antiviral. Coconut oil also helped balance my L-lysine levels. I ate much less than recommended but it still worked for me and quickly.

    If you find my remedy unusual in any way then you might find the following even more interesting. No one in the village I live in nor the surrounding area, who I know as having had shingles went to a doctor to get rid of it. They all went to the 'le Toucher' and that worked for them. Personally, I'd go for the nutritional therapy and balancing stress but I wouldn't rule out the latter, as it worked and I didn't much like the experience of having shingles and getting rid of it in a few days naturally was key.

    Shingles is just a latent virus, once you understand what triggers it to become active you can control it.

    All the best, Sue


    Hi srobinson29, I'll copy this as a personal message but I'll put it here as well in case anyone else is interested.

    When I had shingles before Christmas, I was highly stressed and the EFT was so good and I would recommend doing the grounding too. We are near the sea and even though it was Winter I still took barefoot walks along the wet sand - cold but good!

    On a point of balancing the two amino acids,

    I avoided: aubergine (eggplant), garlic, chestnuts, peanuts (really high in l-arginine!), sesame seeds, swiss chard, cabbage, coconut meat, onions, oatmeal (again high and I think this is what started me off along with the eggplant as I was eating porridge every morning and oatcakes in the afternoon!), peas, blackberries, blueberries, grains (brown rice for example and grains = sugar so really cut down on those).

    then for the higher levels of l-lysine, I ate: raw dairy (we always have raw), fish (near sea so easy), avocado, potato, chicken, eggs and apples (this is Normandie and we have an apple orchard!).

    Many foods have both the amino acids in balance but it was just that I was trying to get my balance back having overdosed on eggplant and oats!

    The coconut oil was really important because of the lauric acid being the precursor to monolaurin, which basically disintegrates the shingles virus. I hope this is of use and take a look at mercola,com he has a really good video on EFT, as well as a lot of other good info. on shingles.

    All the very best, Sue


    Great Answer Sue. I'm a firm believer in everything you just said. I have had a few shingles breakouts over the years. i really want to try EFT. You talked about L Lysine and L Argine Balance. Can you tell me as far as foods to help balance and foods to avoid what do you eat? I eat all organic whole food gluten free and simple sugar free now. Any recomendations? GREAT Instructable BTW!!


    Thanks for sharing this. It's pretty interesting. I really like the idea of using home remedies and simple solutions to solving problems instead of using crazy chemicals. Not only is it more elegant, but it gets people thinking a little more scientifically about the products they put on or in their bodies.

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    Hi there, I totally agree! Many people are waking up to the idea of growing their own organic food but they still forget to worry what they put on their skin or breathe in through their lungs. I love making my own health and beauty products, I can control the ingredients, I can even grow some of them and I can find by experimentation the right mixes to suit ourselves and our poultry. The kitchen smells fantastic when we are making our toothpaste, moisturisers etc.,. and it just makes us feel good about putting them on our skin. All the very best from France, Sue


    4 years ago

    Try adding one part baking soda to 3 parts of oil for stronger result.

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    Reply 4 years ago on Introduction

    Hi there, I did try adding extra ingredients in my first trial recipes - organic arrowroot and sodium bicarbonate but I got a reaction in the form of red patches, I believe this to be a yeast colony which feeds on the baking soda! However, I know some people do use it in deodorant and I certainly use it in my organic toothpaste recipe and it is superb. The main thing is to find out what works for you and that is the great fun too with experimenting in making organic health and beauty products!

    All the very best from Normandie, Sue