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Homemade Deodorant: An Easy DIY Recipe

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Making homemade deodorant could not be more simple. In principle, you only need baking soda, water, and essential oil. Have a go at our DIY deodorant recipe.

If you want to make homemade deodorant, all you need is a little skill and a lot of patience. It will take some experimenting because it doesn’t always work out perfectly the first time. But don’t worry: Our recipe for homemade baking soda deodorant is not difficult, you’ll get the hang of it in no time.

Homemade Deodorant: The Ingredients

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Regardless of which type of homemade deodorant you want to making, baking soda (sodium bicarbonate) is the most important ingredient. (Photo: Pixabay/ CC0/ naturefriend)

The first thing you’ll need for this homemade deodorant recipe is sodium bicarbonate, which is better known as baking soda. It’s a white crystalline powder that neutralizes odors as well as having an alkaline effect, meaning it neutralizes acids like the fatty acids of the skin. 

Next, you’ll need a carrier substance to apply the deodorant as well as somewhere to store it. Liquid homemade deodorants dissolve the sodium bicarbonate in water, so you’ll need an empty roll-on deodorant container or a spray bottle. (If you don’t have an empty deo roll one you can reuse, you can always buy one, e.g. on Amazon**.) For cream deodorants, which use things like coconut oil or cornstarch, a jar or other sealable container works just fine.

Your last (optional) ingredient is essential oil. Some essential oils, such as lavender, lime, or sage oil, may stop perspiration, some have a disinfectant effect, and others simply provide a good smell. Go easy with them — they shouldn’t be applied in high concentrations, and some people are allergic to them.

People with very sensitive skin are better off avoiding them. In general, we advise using only high-quality essential oils and to make sure that they are certified organic.

Utopia’s DIY Liquid Deodorant Recipe

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You can use any sort of essential oils you like for your deodorant. (Photo: CC0 Public Domain / Pexels - Karolina Grabowska )

This homemade deodorant recipe consists of baking soda, high-quality lavender oil (like this one on Amazon**), and boiled lukewarm water. Pop it in a reusable spray bottle for easy application. 

For our baking soda deodorant recipe, you’ll need:

  • 2 tsp. baking soda
  • 10-12 drops of lavender oil
  • 100 ml boiled, lukewarm (!) water
  • 1 empty spray bottle (found on Amazon**)
  • a funnel (if necessary)

How it Works:

Once you’ve gathered all the ingredients, simply mix the water, baking soda and lavender oil. Then pour the deodorant mixture into the spray bottle — and your homemade deodorant is ready!

How to refine your homemade deodorant:

  • You can also use other essential oils instead of lavender. Just make sure that you only use high-quality organic ones — and that you don’t have an allergic reaction to them. To be on the safe side, try your DIY deodorant on a less sensitive part of your body.
  • Lavender oil mixes well with bergamot, clary sage, and bitter orange oils.
  • There is a trick you can use to test the quality of your essential oil beforehand: put a drop of oil on a piece of paper and wait for it to evaporate. If it’s good quality, it won’t leave an oily stain.

Baking Soda Deodorant: Test it First

If this is your first time making and using homemade deodorant, don’t immediately rub a ton of your DIY deodorant under your armpits. You should first test it on a less sensitive area to see if you experience any allergic reaction. If everything goes okay, the next step is to test a small area of your armpit, as some DIY deodorant makers reported skin irritations. Another tip we have is to start with a basic recipe, and as you become more confident, you can start making different variations. 

This article has been translated from German by Karen Stankiewicz. You can find the original here: Deo selber machen – So einfach geht’s

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