I have been making homemade deodorant for several years using a very basic recipe. A few years passed and my underarms started to feel dry and itchy. After several attempts at making new recipes, I am happy to report that I have solved my uncomfortable underarm situation by making an amazing homemade organic SOOTHING deodorant. This homemade organic soothing deodorant recipe is easy to make and will leave your underarms smelling fresh and feeling wonderful!
I have to give a shout out to Crunchy Betty, I stumbled upon her recipe and tweaked it slightly to meet my needs and I have loved it from day one! In only a few easy steps you can make your own homemade organic soothing deodorant (you will find more detailed instructions with photos and a printable recipe below):
How to make Homemade Organic Soothing Deodorant
- infuse coconut oil & olive oil with chamomile and calendula flowers
- strain the oil
- add arrrowroot powder and baking soda (or diatomaceous earth)
- add a few tea tree & lavender essential oils
Easy-peasy homemade organic soothing deodorant!
Toxic Chemicals Hiding in Deodorant
You may be wondering why I make my own deodorant, simply put I don’t trust the ingredients in store-bought deodorants. A few (scary) ingredients that are often found in store-bought deodorants are:
- aluminum compounds are often added to deodorant to block the pores from sweating
- parabens are preservatives added to many deodorants that mimic the activity of estrogen in the body’s cells which can disrupt hormonal balances causing early puberty and some hormone related cancers in women.
- triclosan is classified as a pesticide and is used in deodorants as an antibacterial ingredient.
- steareths are additives that make harsh ingredients more mild
- propylene glycol can even be found in natural deodorants so watch out! This ingredient causes damage to the central nervous system, liver and heart.
Those are a few of the reasons I stopped buying deodorant and started making my own.
Now, for the moment you have been waiting for (hopefully!). This is the step-by-step recipe with pictures showing you how to make your own soothing deodorant. You can print the recipe at the bottom of the page as well.
Homemade Organic Soothing Deodorant Recipe (Step-by-Step)
First lets talk ingredients:
I use all organic ingredients when making my deodorant but you don’t have to.
You will need carrier oils to infuse your healing herbs in, I use coconut oil and olive oil. I definitely recommend using coconut oil but as for the second oil you can use olive, sweet almond, sunflower, avocado, or sweet apricot oils…totally your choice!
The herbs for used in this deodorant recipe are chamomile flowers and calendula flowers. You are going to infuse your oils with the herbs. You can do this naturally which takes about two weeks or you can speed it up a bit with the help of the stove taking about 3 hours.
This deodorant recipe calls for arrowroot powder, I always use this instead of cornstarch. You can make it however you want but I really really recommend arrowroot powder over cornstarch because it is much less irritating. I also use baking soda in this recipe. I know many people who have sensitive skin that is easily irritated by baking soda, if this is the case I have found that using diatomaceous earth (read more about DE here) in its place works great. Who knows, I may make that a permanent change in my recipe!
I use two essential oils, lavender and tea tree. You can dabble with this if you choose…
First place your herbs in a sanitized jar.
Add your two oils.
Either place jar in a cool dark place for about two weeks swooshing the jar occasionally OR place the jar in a pot of water (not covering the jar) and heat on a low temperature for 3-5 hours swooshing the jar occasionally. After whatever infusing method you choose you will need to strain the herbs from the oil. I use coffee filters or cheesecloth if I have it on top of a large strainer. You can use a spoon to press on the herbs to make sure you get all of the oil.
Once you have strained the herbs from your oil you can add your two powders. I use arrowroot and baking soda.
Stir the mixture making sure there are no lumps then add your lavender and tea tree essential oils. I have been asked to omit the lavender due to smell and it has still worked wonderfully.
There you have it! That is my homemade organic soothing deodorant recipe. I store mine in glass jars at room temperature.
Remember that this is a soothing CREAMY homemade organic soothing deodorant recipe. You will want to dip your fingers in a stir a bit to put on, I find it very nice. Also, the warmer the temperature of the room that you store it in the softer that it will be. Sometimes I get to the bottom of my jar and it is a bit too solid, I just add a bit of coconut oil and stir it up and it is as good as new.
- ⅓ cup coconut oil
- ¼ cup olive oil (or other carrier oil of your choosing)
- ¼ cup dried chamomile flowers
- ⅛ cup dried calendula flowers
- ¼ cup + 2 Tbsp arrowroot powder
- ¼ cup + 2 Tbsp baking soda (or diatomaceous earth)
- 10 drops tea tree essential oil
- 5 drops lavender essential oil
- Infuse oils by placing flowers and oils in a sanitized jar. Shake well. Store in a dark place for 2-3 weeks, swooshing occasionally OR place in a pot of water over low heat for 3-5 hours swooshing occasionally.
- Strain flowers from oil.
- Add arrowroot and baking soda. Stir until there are no lumps.
- Add tea tree and lavender essential oils. Stir well.
- Store in a jar.
To see more of my homemade hygiene recipes please click here.
I love sharing my recipes and understand that some people do not have the time or interest in making their own but like to use homemade natural organic products, that is why I offer them for sale in my Etsy store, Made With Peace and Love. So, if you don’t want to make your own you can hop over to my shop and get a jar!
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