Monday, May 20, 2013

DIY Cream Deodorant Success!

I am not affiliated with this company. I purchased all items discussed in this post myself. My opinion is completely honest no matter how I receive any items mentioned on this blog. 
Thanks to Squidoo for the image & recipe, mine looks pretty much like this

Many of you know that I have been searching for a good natural deodorant that works, doesn't leave marks on my clothes and doesn't give me a reaction for years and years.  I am proud to say that finally, I have found my answer.  Not only that, it is the easiest most affordable one I could find unless someone were going to start delivering free deodorant to me.  I made my own!

The was loving Soapwalla Deodorant which is a cream deodorant.  The only problem with it was that after using it for so many days in a row, usually 5-7, my armpits got very sore and red and I had to give them a few days off.  On those days I was wearing a natural roll-on deodorant that worked alright but sometimes, it left weird residue on my clothes that I didn't spot until after I had washed them.  At least a second wash got rid of the marks.

So finally, I found some recipes online and compared ingredients to the deodorants I have worn and reacted to.  With Soapwalla, it seems like baking soda was the culprit.  I didn't react immediately or all the time, just after extended use so I think I was just sensitive to the baking soda but not too sensitive to use it at all.  I just needed a smaller amount of it because I think baking soda is one of the key ingredients that made it actually work.  I am a girl who sweats.  I don't glisten, I sweat and if I am working out or really active, I sweat a lot.  I need a deodorant that can keep up with that. 

I went Pinterest crazy and picked out 2 recipes to try.  The first one has baking soda.  The second one I made I used a substitute to try a formula with no baking soda for my friends and readers who can't handle baking soda at all.

So far, I have tested the low baking soda recipe and it works great!!! I don't stink up the room when I walk in, I don't even stink up my armpits which I have been sniffing on a regular basis.  If you see me at home after a long day, I do lots of sniff tests and then ask my boyfriend to confirm that I don't smell bad. Good times at my house! LOL  I have to say that this is the best I have smelled after a long day, even after being active, aside from when I used Soapwalla which worked pretty good aside from the reactions.  On a really hot or active day where I work up quite the sweat, I might want to reapply but I don't think it is necessary yet as long as I apply a decent amount at the start of the day.

I have worn this deodorant for 10 days now with successful use, no marks on my clothes, no stink factor and no reaction. When I test the other recipe of deodorant, I will post here with details.

I found the recipe here on


    • 1/3 cup coconut oil 
    • 2 Tbs baking soda (Aluminum free is best. Look for Bob's Red Mill)
    • 1/3 cup arrow root powder (same as arrowroot flour, you can get this at most health food or grocery stores. Look for Bob's Red Mill)
    • 10 – 15 essential oils (optional)

      Instructions (My comments are in italics)

      Mix the baking soda and arrowroot powder in a glass bowl.

      Add the solid coconut oil.  It might be a little melty. I just smooshed it down to blend it with a spoon.  You can also use a spatula, fork or pastry blender if you need to. 

      Add 10-15 drops of your favorite essential oils and blend fully. This is optional but I recommend it.  I used Sweet Orange & Bergamot. I am a happy citrus girl.

      Add more coconut oil or arrowroot powder/baking soda if needed until the texture is about the same consistency as commercial deodorant. This is going to be creamy, not hard like a deodorant.  It was warm the day I made mine so it stayed pretty soft at first, now it is more firm after it had time to set.

      Scoop the mixture into a small jar or container and store at room temperature. You can put it in the refrigerator to help it stay solid, especially during warm weather.  I used a mini mason jar that I bought at Michael's.  Be careful filling these. Mine was full to the brim and with softer melting coconut oil trying to figure out it's new job as deodorant, I found clear stuff all over the counter and realized it was melted coconut oil.  Don't overfill the jar, give it some room to breathe. 

      To apply, use your fingers to scoop out a pea-size amount of the deodorant and massage it into your armpits daily or as needed. Allow a minute or two for the deodorant to set before getting dressed. This smells great and the coconut oil is fabulous for your skin.  It is like moisturizing and treating your armpits to a hydrating facial. 

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