Frugal Living: How to Make Your Own Deodorant

Posted: 03/07/12 11:41 AM (Modified: 03/07/12 12:42 PM)

I have been posting quite a few frugal homemade cleaner ideas lately in our Frugal Living section as well as on the Money Saving Queen YouTube account. Last week, I had quite a few requests for homemade deodorant. That's right, homemade stink remover.

While I'm still a fan of store bought deodorant, I do love money saving aspect of this as well as the fact that I can make it in about 10 seconds which means if I run out of deodorant, I always have a back up plan. Try it out and see what you think!

{Homemade Deodorant}

1/4 Cup Baking Soda

1/4 Cup Cornstarch (You can use Arrowroot Powder too)

4 TBS Coconut Oil

10-15 drops of Essential Oils (optional)

Directions: Mix together the dry ingredients. Melt the coconut oil for just a bit in the microwave in order to turn it into a liquid. Stir the oil in with the dry ingredients, you can add the essential oils during this step as well. Then, pour it into a jar. I've heard it is best to put it into a jar with a lid so it keeps longer. This is a cream deodorant, so rub it on your fingers, rub them together then put it under your arms.

Try it out and let me know what you think!

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Mar 7, 2012 02:21 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Thanks for posting this...I am pregnant and leary of the aluminum in store-bought deodorants because I have an autistic son. I'm just weird about stuff now. I don't even wear makeup when I'm pregnant!!! Anyway, it's different, but better than the crystal salt kind. And I don't have to walk aroud being "offensive" to others. Thanks!!

Apr 6, 2012 08:59 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

I was concerned about it leaving behind oily spots on my shirts. But, day 3 and so far so good! I'm impressed!

Apr 12, 2012 09:28 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

Would it be okay to add tea tree oil???

Apr 23, 2012 08:57 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

For this recipe, I think a lot of people use tea tree or lavender oil. Tea tree is good for its anti-bacterial properties(the main cause of odors). It's kind of like making your own soap; you add the oils you want to get the smells/properties you want.

I think this recipe is cheap enough for you to experiment with different oils.

Nov 1, 2012 10:34 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

When I was younger I used to break out with any deodorant. So I just used Baby lotion, and put that on first. Then I would apply a cornstarch based baby powder. It was a little messy, but it worked well. I later began using an aloe vera based deodorant and haven't had any problems. But I may have to try this.

Dec 8, 2012 12:36 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

The coconut kills fungal infections so would also work well for smelly or athletes foot. If you take Di magnesium Malate (get it in powder form from Attogram in Canada)regularly and eat coconut oil, you wont need deodorant at all as the coconut oil will kill fungal infections from the inside and the magnesium acts as a "transportation" system to the liver and out the body that way rather than through the pores.

Apr 16, 2013 02:26 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

You should warm up the coconut oil by placing the container in warm water (sealed), never by the microwave, you lose the natural benefits.

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