Homemade, Natural, Organic Deodorant

What do you do if you have a smelly, stinky, uh well… pretty much offensive BO and it’s your own hubby?!?!?! Prior to getting married many of dear hubby’s friends warned me and said they couldn’t understand how I was going to put up with it! 😉

To make matters worse, he is allergic to something in traditional deodorant/antipreparants. We haven’t really persued it too far. Early in our marriage, I brazenly told him I thought he was pulling my leg and using it as an excuse… who ever heard of someone being allergic to deodorant? Well, the loving hubby he is, purchased some and demonstrated. After using it for just one morning he broke out in a raised red continuous rash from mid bicept down to mid rib cage on his side. It was bright red, blistery and just plain ugly. Boy did I feel like a lousy wife! It took a few weeks for it to completely clear up. So, needless to say, no matter how badly he smells I will never ask him to do that again.

We suspect it is the aluminum he is allergic to. Prior to me being in his life he tried various brands and types and the common ingredient was the aluminum. That is our guess at this point in time, but I’m not really that concerned about it, cause if we just don’t use it, then we won’t need to know what to avoid!

Needless to say I was bound and determined to find out what we could do and what would work. He has tried the Crystal Stick from health food stores and also Tom’s of Maine. Both are fine for him, but they just don’t do a thing for him. Like I said, he has quite the BO and this stuff just wasn’t strong enough. We needed some big guns!

I was on the hunt, and I found this recipe on one of my favorite bogs: Passionate Homemaking. I decided to give it a try and it was success from day 1! Dear hubby is a tree climber and is outside working hard all day from morning to dusk, even in the crazy heat and humidity we have in the summer. I can say he comes home having slight BO, but mostly smelling like sawdust, chainsaw oil and dirt! The last smells I don’t mind so much!

We have tasted victory and it is sweet! We have now been using this (or I say dear hubby has been using this!) for about 2 years and it is just as good and day #1! It is so easy to prepare and the recipe lasts at least 4 or 5 months if not longer.

I hosted a deodorant making party last year and I think most of the attendents reported positive effects as well! Try it for yourself and maybe you will be a convert as well!


• 6-8 Tbsp Coconut oil (solid but soft state)
• 1/4 cup baking soda
• 1/4 cup arrowroot powder or cornstarch (arrowroot is preferred)
• 2-3 drops of tea tree oil (optional)

1. Combine equal portions of baking soda & arrowroot powder.
2. Slowly add coconut oil and work it in with a spoon or hand blender until it maintains a firm but pliable texture. It should be about the same texture as commercial deodorant, solid but able to be applied easily. If it is too wet, add further arrowroot powder/cornstarch to thicken.
3. You can either scoop this recipe into your old deodorant dispensers or place in a small container with lid and apply with fingers with each use. Makes about 1 cup. I also add a few drop of tea tree oil for a good smell and it’s antibiotic properties!

As I said… if it works for Brian, it ought to work for most! 😉

13 thoughts on “Homemade, Natural, Organic Deodorant

  1. I have to admit I am allergic to most deodorants too. :(sensitive skin. I have tried something similar to this, but I like your recipe with the coconut oil in it. Sounds nice for rubbing on instead of powdering on…I’ll have to try it. Thanks for sharing! (I’ve been using Arm & Hammer Essentials Natural Deodorant, Unscented and it works well too, but yours might be cheeper and effective? and definitely more natural. 😉


  2. I’m still sad I missed that party! I need to make some of this. I’ve tried to many different deodorants. I think I am allergic to the aluminum in them too. I break out into a painful rash every time I use it. And haven’t been able to find a good natural deodorant.


    1. I’m up for a playdate if you like and we can make deodorant! I JUST made another batch for Brian… too bad we didn’t plan this earlier!


  3. Just made this for some family members for Christmas. I use the back of a small metal spoon (like an appetizer or demitasse spoon) to apply it. I found super cute jars and spoons at World Market. Everyone loved them.


    1. That is an awesome idea! What a great family that you can give a gift like that and 1) they don’t think you are sending a message and 2) that they appreciate it is homemade, natural and healthy! SO COOL!!!!


  4. It works! It really, really, really works! I always have a problem with finding effective deodorant, whether it be mainstream or health food store stuff. I am in love with this – is that possible? Thanks, Bethanie!


    1. AWESOME! I’m a believer and it’s nice to see there are others out there figuring it out too! 😉 I’m glad it’s working so well for you! We continue to use it and have been reaping the benefits for a few years now!


  5. Just wanted to let you know what a blessing your website is! Thank you so much for sharing the recipe! I have made it and absolutely love it! It works wonderfully!


    1. YAY! I’m so glad you like it and that it works for you! We still LOVE it over here and use it daily too!!!


  6. I have tried EVERY deodorant on the shelf, from the popular brands to the all natural and sometimes strange varieties, and this is the ONLY thing that works!!! I don’t sweat all that much but goodness could i work up an embarrassing stink. I added two drops of geranium to mine as well. I swear i put this on in the morning and still smell fresh the next day! Thank you for posting!


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