How to Make Deodorant
February 26, 2014
By Sano Mag staff
How to Make Deodorant
After years of using antiperspirants and deodorants full of parabens and aluminium, then making the switch to natural deodorants, I discovered something. Homemade deodorants can work just as well at preventing odour.

Not only that but they are incredibly easy to make and use everyday household ingredients that are cheap and readily available.

While there are plenty of great brands offering natural deodorants in Australia that aren't laden with chemicals, if you're watching the budget, making your own deodorant can be a great option.

With that said, here are some great recipes for natural deodorant that we have tried and tested and can absolutely recommend. Give them a go!

Powder deodorant recipe
  • 2 tablespoons baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon cornflour
  • 10 drops of essential oils (one or a combination of lavender, tea tree, Niauli, May Chang, lemon, mint, or sage. These oils are all deodorants.)
Simply combine all the ingredients in a jar. Apply the powder to your underarms using your hands.

This natural deodorant is particularly great for people who suffer from chafing or are sensitive to cream or stick deodorants, particularly for hairy underarms or people who get shaving rashes.

Liquid deodorant recipe
  • 50ml apple cider vinegar
  • 50ml water
  • 20-30 drops of essential oils (see above)
Combine the ingredients and then let the deodorant mix sit for at least a week before using. The vinegar smell will pass with time. You can put the liquid deodorant in a spray bottle for easy application.

Stick deodorant recipe
  • ¼ cup baking soda
  • ¼ cup organic coconut oil
  • Essential oil (optional)
Mix equal amounts of the baking soda and coconut oil in a bowl until you get a paste. Add essential oil if you wish. Put the paste into an old deodorant applicator or in a small container.

You can store the deodorant in the fridge so it stays solid. However some people find the coldness irritates their skin so you may prefer to just spread it onto your underarms with your fingers.

The coconut oil can stain your clothes so apply the deodorant a few minutes before getting dressed. The coconut oil will be quickly absorbed as long as you don't use too much.

Important Things to Remember about Homemade Deodorant

Remember that these recipes are deodorants, not antiperspirants and so they will not stop you sweating. Sweating is crucial for your body to get rid of toxins.

However, you should find that your body odour will greatly improve without needing the sickly smell of some chemical laden deodorants, and you will only need to apply the deodorant once in the morning unless you are playing sports.

If you don't think these recipes are for you but would still like to try a natural deodorant, here is a great natural deodorant that we can recommend.
"If you're watching the budget, making your own deodorant can be a great option. They are incredibly easy to make and use everyday household ingredients."