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How To Make Your Own Deodorant (A Very Simple Recipe)

 

Baking Soda

Since I learned about aluminum in normal antiperspirant about 19 years ago, I have been searching for the best non-toxic deodorant. For whatever reason, most “natural” deodorants don’t work for me – they don’t deodorize my underarms (how unladylike!).  


But several years ago I found Alvera Aloe & Almond Deodorant.  It works and smells beautifully.  It’s not tested on animals and it has ingredients I can pronounce.  The problem:  not very many stores carry it.  So over the years I’ve gone from natural store to natural store looking for it, I’ve stocked up from time to time, I’ve had stores order it, and I’ve ordered it online, but all that is time consuming, frustrating, and resource-depleting.  I did this for years!

[UPDATE October 2012: due to several comments about Alvera, I no longer recommend that deodorant. It contains "alcloxa": here's what Wikipedia says about alcloxa, or allantoin. And Cosmeticsinfo.org has this to say: "Alcloxa is a heterocyclic organic compound that contains aluminum. In cosmetics and personal care products, Alcloxa functions as a cosmetic astringent. Alcloxa, the aluminium salt of allantoin, combines the astringent and mild antimicrobial properties of aluminium with the anti-irritant, soothing, healing properties of allantoin." Thank you, readers, for looking into it!]


That is, until the week Matt went to the hospital when I brought him a bag from home that included a brush, shaving supplies, and… yep – our only stick of deodorant.  So, after stepping out of a nice clean shower at home, I desperately searched for an alternative.  I reasoned to myself that if baking soda works on my hair, why not try it on my underarms?  Afterall, it’s an ingredient in many deodorants….


So I used it like baby powder, just a splash.  And it was the best deodorant I’ve ever used.  No kidding.


The following day, I didn’t need to re-apply.  Amazing!!


But then… on day 3, I realized my left underarm was itching a bit.  So I did some online research, and found that straight baking soda might be too strong. Apparently, you need just a tiny bit.  In my various hours of research, I came upon a solution:  mixing baking soda with cornstarch.  The cornstarch actually works as a light antiperspirant, and the baking soda deodorizes.


I’ve been using it for two weeks now, and I love it.  Absolutely love it.

Antique Powder Jar

Instructions.

  1. In a reusable and resealable container, mix 1 part baking soda with 6 parts cornstarch.
  2. Close the container and shake vigorously for about a minute, to thoroughly mix the two powders.
  3. Then dab a small amount to the skin of your armpits with a soft cotton cloth, cotton ball, or cosmetic applicator.  Apply as if you were lightly applying baby powder or cosmetic powder.

Notes:

  • The application should last at least a day – for me it lasts at least 2 days!
  • This method hasn’t left any stains or residues on my white or black clothing.  It seems to do better than normal deodorant in that regard! (Still, of course use caution with expensive and/or hard-to-clean items, as you would with any deodorant.)
  • A nice way to store your deodorant powder is in an antique cosmetic jar (above), which you can pick up at a garage sale or thrift store.


More Information


  1. Aluminum is a neurotoxin, and is found in most antiperspirants.  It has been linked to Alzheimer’s Disease, respiratory illnesses, reduced renal function, and DNA damage. Find out more here, here and here.  You should be able to find aluminum-free baking soda (aka sodium bicarbonate) in your local health food store. Note at 7pm:  After receiving a few notes from readers, I’ve done some extensive research, and found that aluminum is used to make baking powder, but not baking soda. … So it looks like any old baking soda will do!
  2. The parabens in many antiperspirants may be linked to breast cancer, and there are possible complications associated with SLS in deodorants.
  3. Curious how conventional antiperspirants work?  Find out here.
  4. If you decide that straight baking soda isn’t right for you, you might try “The Rock” or use one of the recipes here or here for homemade deodorant.

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305 comments to How To Make Your Own Deodorant (A Very Simple Recipe)

  • [...] I decided to make my own! I found an easy recipe from One Green Generation – you can find it here. It was really easy to make, the whole process took about 5 minutes and involved only two [...]

  • I’ve recently discovered using baking soda for deodorant on my own, and was searching for people like you who’d also tried it. I started to develop an itchy armpit too, so I’ll try diluting it with cornstarch as you suggest. Probably more equal proportions of baking soda and cornstarch, however. Like you I find it lasts for a couple of days.

    I lived in tropical Africa for a couple of years. Because it’s so hot, people there use talcum powder a lot, shaking it out of a big shaker. So the idea of putting powder on my underarms is not strange to me. But I don’t want to breathe talcum powder, which is so light it gets airborne easily. Using a cloth to apply powder rather than shaking it in the air is a better idea.

    I also use baking soda to wash my underarms. I keep some in a dish near the shower. I grab a big pinch with four fingers and apply it to my wet skin.

    I’m very glad to find one more way to be free of unnecessary chemical products – and still smell good!

  • Great recipe, thanks! I am just starting on my road into a non-toxic lifestyle and have posted your recipe on my blog as I loved it so much. Now to read through more of your inspiring posts :)

  • [...] DIY: Deodorant (this recipe is from One Green Generation) [...]

  • [...] baking soda is too harsh on your sensitive skin you can always research tons of homemade recipes that include baking soda to make for a sensitive [...]

  • d

    can i use it on a 3 year old

    • Hi d, to be honest I don’t know how such sensitive skin would react to baking soda. I would suggest trying just corn starch first – it’s the main ingredient in baby powder. Or you could try a bit of coconut oil – you can find it in a health food store next to the olive oils.

    • Don Devine

      D, I hate to butt in but why would you need it for a three year old? Im not so sure their little glandds are developed enough to produce odor but I dunno!!! I would think simple baby powder would do the trick for your little ones.

  • Sandra

    Baking soda has aluminum in it to keep it from clumping. There are aluminum free baking sodas but hard to find except in a few health food stores. For cooking it is particularly important to use aluminum free baking soda.

    • Hi Sandra, after doing some research, it looks like baking powder often has aluminum added, rather than baking soda. However, I’ve contacted Bob’s Red Mill about their “Aluminum Free” Baking Soda to see if they have additional information. I’ll post it here if I find anything different.

      • Lynn

        To store baking powder: Add a teaspoon of corn starch to the mixture, and stir. This will absorb any moisture from the air, and prevent the baking powder from reacting before you need it. Store in an air-tight container.

      • Donna Nelson

        Best bargains I’ve found: Argo markets an aluminum-free baking powder. I buy it at Sam’s Club in the 60 oz. size. By the way, Sam’s Club also sells Argo corn starch in a 35 oz. package. This is the same volume container as the baking powder. Additionally, Sam’s Club sells Arm & Hammer baking soda, which is aluminum-free, in a 13.5 lb. bag. Although I don’t agree with some of the WalMart (Sam’s Club is the membership warehouse part of the corporation) policies, I’m on a very limited budget and buying bulk is the only way I can afford to feed my family—so I compromise.

  • ez

    hi good day im a new reader here and victim also of body odor. I am tired to be punishable from my smell :( All deodorants and anti perspirant cause me on shame to my classmates :(. So until I found this blog, so i just want to confirm if Baking soda mix with cornstarch will work? what if, I use only a baking soda? or I use only a cornstarch, it will be work? and please instruct me on how to use. Thanks, please response

  • Thank you so much for sharing this simple & beautiful recipe. I changed a little bit and try the new deodorant powder last night. My boy friend also. We are both happy with our new, handmade deodorant. Thanks again!
    Here is a link for the recipe that I re-made.
    http://dearmorningcalm.blogspot.com/2011/12/experiment-1-simplest-deodorant.html

    • Katrin (Australia)

      Hi Hwasoon, a question the link to your blog and recipe: I’d love to add some essential oil to my recipe but I can’t help but think that adding a liquid or drop of oil will cause the drop to form a lump due to the fine powder forming around the drop. Hope that makes sense. Would love to know how it reacts. Thanks.

      • Judy

        Sorry, I don’t know the answer to your question, however, in my opinion, if you rub the oil into the powder with your fingers (as you would biscuit dough), I think it might work just fine. Please let me know how it turns out.

      • Judy

        I may have a solution to your question on how to add essential oil to the powder without it lumping up. Since you have to moisten the cotton ball to have the powder stick to it for underarm application, try mixing your essential oil in a small spray bottle with water, then squirting the cotton ball with the oil/water combo and finally dipping it into the powder. I tried this method now and it seems to work for me. Good luck. Please let me know how it works for you.

  • Glenda

    Thanks. I’ve used baking soda for about 15 or 20 years. Only a small pinch is needed, which may be applied on any spot or smeared around in armpits. Did you try using a smaller amount of the baking soda before you began diluting it with cornstarch? Cornstarch has a strong pesticide smell which I think may be due to the genetic modification which makes corn create its own pesticide. To me, this pesticide smell is so strong that I won’t buy cornstarch or bring it into my home.

  • Gigi

    I’ve been using this recipe for a few months and love it…however my underarms have recently turned black…why is this and how can ifix it? I see several people have asked this and nobody’s answered. Help!

    • Gigi: the cornstarch can stain your skin black if there is any contact with anything that might contain iodine. Maybe in your clothing, washing powder, even eating a large amount of shellfish might be enough to do it?

  • Virginia

    Hi a friend of mine put me onto Bicarbonate of Soda as deodorant and it is fantastic, we also add a few dtrops of lavender and I’m left feeling and smelling fresh as a daisy (lavender ;-)) all day ~ no rash or irritation or itching and I have sensitive skin (I use straight bicarb!

  • I have an additional recommendation: Rub a slice of lemon or lime on your pits. Kills preexisting odors and acts so well for the next 24 hours you’d think it was an antiperspirant. Great if you are traveling in the tropics, or forgot your backing soda deoterant and want to buy a lime at the store.

  • Tiffany Davidson

    Hello,

    Great information here. I’m definitely going to be making some deodorant!

    Since conventional baking soda contains aluminum, which brand(s) do you use in your deodorant recipe?

  • [...] And if you don’t have or want to use coconut oil, apparently the corn starch and baking soda are all you really need. [...]

  • please accept my idea by add water of purity rose or oil rose to this deodorant….. thank you

  • [...] my daily deodorant/antiperspirant, I’m using a baking soda and corn starch powder.  For my own recipe, I’m mixing one part baking soda with three parts corn starch and adding [...]

  • Hello
    I am delighted to find your post. It seems very easy and inexpensive to make, and I am glad to know it lasts longer than the ones you find in the shops. I will definetely try out your recipes as I am interested in making my own beauty products and cut off the chemicals I apply on my skin. Thank you very much for sharing!

  • Barbara

    Have to say, it’s actually working better than store bought (by far!). But still have some slight dampness, and just barely some odor. Any suggestions?

    • If I may suggest – leaving your arms up for the deodorant to dry thoroughly before putting any clothes on. My guess is you’re actually feeling the greasiness of the coconut oil and thinking it’s moisture from water. Also, you might consider trying Arrowroot Powder instead of cornstarch and perhaps even increasing the CS or AP. Let me know how that works out for you.

    • Hope this recipes works as well for you as it does for me.

      1/4 cup melted coconut oil
      1/4 cup baking soda
      1/4 cup cornstarch (or arrowroot powder as it’s less processed/more natural than cornstarch)

      Melt coconut oil, stir in powders, mix well and pour into glass container. Note: the coconut oil will adsorb into your skin and bind with the powders better.

      Please let me know how this works for you.

  • MNM

    I tried this recipe (but I put about half BS, half CS) and I love it, too!! I’ve been without deodorant now for about a month, and I feel liberated :) I also use lemon juice (a spritz at night and then another in the morning after applying my deodorant) to stop sweating and add a fresh perfume. Also – tomato juice (drink a glass a day) is the BEST anti-perspirant ever! (And it’s also really good for your skin!)

    Great deodorant – LOVE IT!

  • My second batch of the deodorant recipe was made with Arrowroot powder as it’s less processed than cornstarch and because of that, I like it better. I still use equal portions of BS, Arrowroot powder (AP) and Coconut oil. I’m never going back to the unnatural store products. I traveled with my deodorant to Australia and yes, it didn’t remain a solid due to the coconut oil melting in the heat, but it was actually easier to apply than in the colder climate and was just as effective.

    I also make homemade tooth paste. 2 parts BS + 1 part melted coconut oil. Sometimes I add a few drops of Peppermint Essential Oil for freshness. It works really well for my tea stains and my dentist said my gums have been healthier since I’ve been using this over commercial store tooth paste.

  • [...] contain proplene glycol, which I also try to stay away from. So yesterday I was reading online, and found a recipe I’m going to give a try. I figure with all the detoxing, etc. that it should really put it to [...]

  • Jacqueline Fernandez

    Hello..great site…I have family that lives far away but when I visit them it so frustrates me that they have no interest in going green or they think I exaggerate…what suggestions can you offer me when I go visit them and not get so upset…thanx

  • Judy

    We’re still working on getting the rest of our family and friends on board with “green/natural” products. However, I have to say, some in our circle try to accommodate us when we visit them.

  • [...]  So up your BS content to increase freshening power.  I’ve read that some people have crazy success with just a small dab of plain baking soda, but I think my pits would take one look at a “pinch” of BS and burst out [...]

  • Linda Daube

    Found your link on a reply to a Wildly Organic Women comment. Thanks for the recipe. I’ll be visiting again; I’m in the process of getting my 99 year old mother’s home and kitchen back to using the basic organic ingredients she grew up using.

  • gigsy

    this is really really great!!! thank you very much for sharing!!!

  • Judy

    If one is sensitive to baking powder, plain old apple cider vinegar works great as well. But use Braggs Raw Unfiltered Organic as it is natural (as opposed to processed). Transfer some ACV from the big jar to a small one and dab a cotton ball into it then wipe your underarms with it. This works great, too. Once the ACV dries on your arm pits, the smell with dissipate.

  • lisa

    Be aware, people, that coconut oil effects hormones. It is shown in studies to have phytoestrogens just like all seeds, albeit not as much as other ones, so if you have a history of breast or other cancer, or have precancerous spots such as abnormal paps, I would suggest forgoing the coconut oil since it’s readily absorbed when used as a deodorant. The same with lavender….a nice smell, but also is an estrogen-mimic.

  • Katrin (Australia)

    Hi Melinda, found this post while Googling ‘baking soda for antiperspirant’. Wow! I’ve discovered a double wammy. What a great blog you have. So much guff out there in the WWW so well done. I will be posting this on FB for like-minded friends to consume. Keep up the good work.

  • Christine (UK)

    Hi thanks for this post. I have just started making my own household and personal products myself from natural ingredients. Baking soda shampoo and apple vinegar has worked really well on my hair and I have been looking for a home-made deodorant. I have just made some and will try it out. Thanks again!

  • Tandis

    I hate to burst your bubble about Alvera Aloe & Almond deodorant, but it too contains ALUMINUM. One of the ingredients in this product is “alcloxa (contains allantoin) which contains aluminum. Many health food stores don’t carry it for this this reasons.

  • Judy

    If you don’t want to bother with the baking soda (or arrowroot powder), coconut oil concoction, you can simply use organic, unfiltered, apple cider vinegar for deodorant, too. I actually prefer it to coconut oil mixture as I worry about the oil staining my clothes.

  • Thank you so much for this post!!!!! I had some baking soda deodorant my mom gave me as a gift and my underarm skin was not happy about it to say the least! I added some cornstarch after reading your post… ahhhhhhhh!

  • Judy

    Essential oil will not clump if added to the melting coconut oil. Give it a good stir and you’ll be good to go. Hope that helps.

  • Katrin (Australia)

    Thanks, but I was referring to just the powder. A post earlier has a link to her own blog whereby she is making the powder version with essential oil added.

  • S

    When I looked up the Alvera deordorant you mentioned, I found that it was discovered to actually contain aluminum. This is probably the reason it worked so well for you! It is so awful when companies do that kind of thing… unfortunately it happens all the time! It’s good you have stopped using it and I hope nobody else will decide to look for it. It sounds amazing but I guess too good to be true :(

  • Judy

    Thanks for the tip. I’ll look for Argo brand at Costco. I’m with you on Sam’s club and their (and Walmart) policies.

  • Don Devine

    I’ve been using this recipe for the underarm deodorant for a couple of months now and I LUV it!! I swear by it!! I will never ever go back to using chemical laden commercial products again. Now I have a question. At times I develop rashes in my underarms and im not sure if its due to the powders. It might be something else like nerves or maybe even shingles, but the rashes dont itch much they just look all inflammed and stuff. I’ve tried cutting the recipe with baby powder as well but that doesnt really seem to have an effect. Any ideas or suggestions? has anyone else complained of rashes?

    • Don, I hope you found a good solution – it looks like Judy had loads of great advice! I’ve found that moisturizing my armpits with a thin layer of coconut oil before applying the baking soda really does the trick.

      How did the lemon juice work out for you?

  • Judy

    Sorry to hear of your rash. My guess is that the baking soda is too harsh for you. I had the same thing happen recently and have switched to pure lemon juice instead. Just saturate a botton ball with lemon juice and rub it into your arm pits. The smell is fresh and clean, and when you sweat it will smell the same as when it went on. If the straight lemon juice is too strong, dilute with water. But don’t use anything at all until your rash clears for two reasons: 1) you don’t want to irritate it further; 2) you want to be able to tell whether or not you’re alleric to the lemon juice. I have a friend who swears by the lemon juice and has been using it for years.

  • Don Devine

    Thanks for the tip on the lemon juice!! I may try that once it dies down.

  • Judy

    Please let me know how the lemon juice works. Good luck.

  • Don Devine

    I will be happy to do so Judy!!! Once everything clears up enough I plan on trying it.

  • Judy

    Don, I’ve done further research on uses for baking soda and have discovered something that might help you with underarm odor. Apparently, since soap “attracts” odor, it’s not recommended as an underarm wash. Instead dissolve 1 tablespoon of baking soda in 8 oz of warm/hot water in a squeeze bottle. Squeeze some of the solution onto a washcloth and wash the underarm. This same solution can be used as a deodorant before getting dressed (it will not leave a powdery residue) or one can use the lemon juice/water solution for a fresh scent. By the way, I’ve been using baking soda with water, followed by a lemon juice rinse for shampoo. It feels rough while the hair is wet, but once it’s dry, it’s soft, not flyaway and beautifully managable. Hope these ideas help toward going greener to the environment and for a healthier body.

  • Don Devine

    These are very nice and outstanding ideas Judy! Many thanks!

  • Judy

    Don,

    Sorry to keep bothering you, but here are some links for more ideas on healthier living.

    http://www.wikihow.com/Make-Your-Own-Deodorant-Spray

    http://www.wikihow.com/Wash-Your-Hair-Without-Shampoo

  • Don Devine

    LOL! Not a bother and you may do so at anytime!

  • Funny; I just discovered the Alvera this month, and it works for me, too, after nothing else did!

    • Rachel, due to a few comments about Alvera, I looked it up. Apparently it hides the fact that it contains an aluminum compound. Very anger-inducing! I hope you find something else that works for you!

  • Brenda

    Review from Amazon.com on Alvera- saying it does contain aluminum and is hidden under the name allantion.

    This review is from: Alvera, Aloe Unscented, Roll-On Deodorant, 3 fl oz (89 ml) (Health and Beauty)
    This product cleverly hides the fact that it contains aluminum hydroxide by cloaking it under the tradename of “Alcloxa,” which is a combination of allantion and aluminum hydroxide. But instead of admitting that, the label reads that Alcloxa “contains allantoin.” Shady tactics at best; unhealthy product at worst.

  • Skylar

    To the owner-please do your own research on Alvera (alcloxa), and consider taking it off your website as a recommendation. Had I not read down through your posts and seen the one saying it contained aluminum, I would have bought it based on your advice and would have thought myself to be safe using it. My sibing already bought it from her natural doctor’s office, so since they carry and sell it, they aren’t in the know either.

  • Skylar

    From EWG’s Skin Deep Cosmetic Database (cosmetic safety group) http://www.ewg.org this is a verification of what the Alcloxa (Alvera) is from a professional watch group in Japan.
    I just decided to send you the link from their website.
    Function/Use(s): Cosmetic Astringent; ANTIMICROBIAL
    About ALCLOXA: Alcloxa is a heterocyclic organic compound.
    Synonym(s): ALUMINUM CHLORHYDROXY ALLANTOINATE; ALUMINUM CHLOROHYDROXYALLANTOATE;
    ALCA; CHLORHYDROXYALUMINUM ALLANTOINATE

    This ingredient may be derived from animals. From PETA’s Caring Consumer: Uric acid from cows, most mammals. Also in many plants (especially comfrey). In cosmetics (especially creams and lotions) and used in treatment of wounds and ulcers. Derivatives: Alcloxa, Aldioxa. Alt … read more

    Use restrictions Type of concern
    Restricted in cosmetics (recommendations or requirements) – use, concentration, or manufacturing restrictions -Japan – restricted for use in cosmetics (concentration limit)

    Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive)
    Type of concern
    Classified as expected to be toxic or harmful

  • I think I have heard of some people having issues with the baking soda – seems it’s too abrasive when they rub it under their arms. So maybe try leaving it out, and see if that’s better? (The arrowroot is much finer than the baking soda.)

  • Judy

    Dissolve 1 tsp of baking soda in 8 oz of warm water in a spray bottle. Spray this solution into your palm and pat your underarms with it. This solution should be mild enough not to irritate and not leave your clothes greasy or with baking soda dust.

  • Aj

    Is corn starch the same as corn powder?

  • My hubby and I have been making and using Colorado PitStik. It works great, smells wonderful and won the Healthier Alternative Trustworthy Brands Seal of Approval from TheSoftLanding.com!! Made with 5 natural ingredients and NO aluminum or parabens, you can even customize the scent with your favorite perfume or cologne. Look for it on Etsy and love it as much as we do!!!

  • Katrin (Australia)

    Yes, both the same

  • Aj

    Can baking soda and cornstarch be applied to the groin if odors are coming from there also?

  • Aj

    Pls melinda…Is cornstarch the same as corn powder? I cant find cornstarch here

  • Judy

    Sorry, don’t know the answer to your question. But my doc always told me to soak in a tub of water with baking soda as that will cure the groin odors completely. Baking soda and water baths also work for yeast infections.

  • Judy

    Yes, they are both the same, it’s mostly know as cornflour in the UK and other commonwealth countries such as New Zealand and Australia, other countries including Canada and the US call it corn starch.

    Read more: http://wiki.answers.com/Q/Is_corn_flour_the_same_as_corn_starch#ixzz29hFJPMB5

  • Aj

    Thanks judy and katrin. I wl give it a try. I pray that it works for me

  • Judy

    Please let me know the outcome of your experiment. I’ve been chemial free for 7 years now. I use baking soda(2 tsp) and water (in a 16 oz sqeeze bottle) as a shampoo and plain white vinegar as a rinse/detangler/conditioner. I wash my hair this way twice a week and in between I just use plain water scrubbing my scalp with my fingertips. I use baking soda (1 tsp) dissolved in a spray bottle (8 oz of water) for deodorant because I became allergic to coconut oil. Once a week I make facial scrub paste of baking soda and a bit of water, rinse well and moisturize with olive oil. The rest of the time I wash my face with a cotton swab dabbed in olive oil and rinse that off with a very warm wash cloth. You’ll have the softest, most moisturized skin ever. I even use olive oil on my body when I get out of the shower or bath (do this while your skin is still wet and the olive will soak into your skin as the water dries off — soft as a babies bum).

    As for cleaning around the house – I use plain vinegar from a spray bottle to clean windows, countertops, bathroom sinks and taps (makes them nice and shiny), toilet bowls and my hard wood floors. I use plain vegetable oil (because it’s cheaper than olive oil) to polish furniture.

    Good luck and please let me know how this works for you. Don’t be afraid to alter my recipe suggestions, as what works for me, may not work exactly right for you.

  • Aj

    I have just bought baking soda, cornflour(as u said it’s d same with cornstarch,jst d name change) and lavenda essential oil. Pls tell me d best way to put them together to make d deodorant. Thanks

  • Judy

    Just mix the powders together; then add a few drops of the lavender EO. Mix together again and it will be ready to use.

  • Aj

    How can i make it and use it like a roll on?

  • Judy

    You can’t make powder into a rollon unless you add a binding agent to it such as coconut oil or shea butter.

  • Judy

    AJ — if you want a rollon, add melted coconut oil to the powder mix and pour it into an empty deodorant container. Let it set up in the fridge and you have a rollon.

  • Aj

    Thanks…. I have made d deodorant and have started using it, but i noticed that d odour comes back after like 6 hours. Does that mean my odour is too strong? Any suggestion about what i can do about that will be highly appreciated.

  • Judy

    AJ – the odor will be there for a few weeks until your body detoxifies from the old stuff you were using and gets used to the new. Miracles don’t happen overnight. Just keep using the new stuff. I would use it twice a day – morning and night at least until you body is used to the natural / chemical free deodorant. You might also substitute the lavender for lemon essential oil (I found it to work better for me).

  • Aj

    Thanks so much Judy. I wikk keep u informed about how it is going.

  • Judy

    I look forward to hearing your progress! Good luck.

  • Leslie

    Great site Judy! For years I thought I was the only one who made my own deoderant. Started about 4 years ago when having hair tested found massive amounts of metal in my body and the trial and error began. I started with Baking soda, corn starch and lemon juice, worked great but talk about raw armpits! I then substituted the lemon juice for hydrogen peroxide. BINGO! Still irritating I added triple anitbiotic ointment which made it more pasty. Then the dermatitis began so I added a dab of 1% hyrdocortisone cream. Now I have created perfection, stored in glass jars a 1.5 oz jar lasts two weeks, its amazing and does not stain a thing. Here it is in a nutshell: 50/50 baking soda and cornstarch, a spray of hydrogen peroxide, a dab of each, neosporin type ointment and hydrocortizone cream mixed in a glass bowl, stored in glass jars.

    • Leslie, interesting! Since I wrote the post, I’ve experimented more as well. I use the same mix as the original recipe (1 part baking soda to 6 parts cornstarch) but before applying, I moisturize under my arms with coconut oil. That does the trick for me. :)

  • Aj

    Pls what about the Rock (crystal deodorant), how does it work. Think i should give it a try?…hope i can apply it to my groin because that’s my major source of odour

  • Judy

    AJ – my only experience with the crystal rock ended in a horrible rash that took weeks to clear up after getting an Rx from my doctor. However, everyone’s body reacts differently to different products. I would do some research online about the crystal rock and be sure to ask that special question when Googling Crystal Rock Deodorant.

    • I’ve tried the Rock a couple of times, and it hasn’t worked for me at all. But COMPLETELY agree with Judy that everyone reacts differently – you really do just have to try things until you come up with something that works for you.

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