Fabulously Frugal Healthy Homemade Deodorant

February 2010 (Winter 2010 Semeseter) 123

Deodorant? What? 🙂 Sounds crazy right? Healthy Deodorant?  I learned about this from Passionate Homemaking a while ago and have been meaning to post about it ever since.

And this is part of why I started using it (from the passionate homemaking site): “Did you know that nearly all commercial deodorants contain aluminum salts, usually aluminum chlorohydrate? Manufacturers like aluminum because it effectively suppresses perspiration but the metal has a dark side once it makes its way into our body. Aluminum toxicity It has been linked to cancer, Alzheimer’s Disease, and other health issues. It is especially important for women to take thought to the harmful aluminum materials in deodorant as it has been linked to breast cancer, being that the breast tissue extends up into the armpits.

This is especially important to me as my own paternal grandmother died of breast cancer. I want to do whatever I can to prevent that from happening to me. I had heard once it was bad for me but I didn’t know why.

Another reason I like this is because it WORKS great and is VERY FRUGAL! I have tried aluminum-free natural deodorants which are expensive and don’t work. I have found that they have not kept me from smelling badly unless I reapplied several times a day.

Although it may be weird at first to use this homemade deodorant, you will get used to it. You can even put it in one of your old deodorant dispensers to make it easier and less noticeable to others if you want.

I just use my fingers and put less than a pea size amount on each finger and then spread it around. It lasts for months! I’ve been using mine for quite a while (a month or two at least) and it still looks like I barely touched it. It is odorless, although you can add essential oils to it if you want. It keeps me from sweating too much and most importantly, keeps me smelling nice! 🙂

I used passionate homemaking’s recipe as a guide……


6-8 Tbsp Coconut oil (solid state)
1/4 cup baking soda
1/4 cup arrowroot powder or cornstarch (arrowroot is preferred)”

I didn’t have coconut oil on hand (though I want to use it in the future for it’s health and anti-fungal benefits) so I used Spectrum Organic Shortening. I used cornstarch and baking soda and mixed it until it felt like the consistency of my old deodorant. Then I stored it in a container in my bathroom! 🙂

For more info and answers to your questions, please see Lindsay @ Passionate Homemaking’s post about this here. 🙂

UPDATE 7/29/10—–Still using it…it’s not gone yet! 🙂

UPDATE 10/21/10–Still using it! It’s been about 7 months…and there is still more left!

UPDATE: 2/26/11-Just finished the very last bit of it! So…

…That means this amount took me over a year to use! So frugal and it works well. I’m never going back! This time I’m going to try it with coconut oil and arrowroot too I think. 🙂



  1. Tricia Venne

    Hi Ari,

    I want to try making this. I think the coconut oil would be amazing in the deodorant. I use that a lot in my food preparations. I have used Tom’s deodorant for years and know the importance of staying away from the aluminum to help prevent those terrible diseases. Also the aluminum in our cookware we need to stay away from as much as possible. Your great grandfather – Pepere also passed away from Alzheimers and he has his own restaurant and wonder if the cookware was most likely made of aluminum as well.

    Thanks for sharing. 🙂

    Aunt Tricia

    • Aunt Tricia,
      Let me know how it goes…I didn’t know about the aluminum in cookware…ugh! Silly question: I don’t know for sure how to tell if my cookware has aluminum? And unfortunately, I’ll be going home where mom isn’t into this stuff and probably won’t get rid of her aluminum cookware! 😦 I definitely don’t want Alzheimer’s either…I didn’t know that it could cause that! I love coconut oil, but just have been able to get it here because it is way, way over priced (~$9 a cup/two! Yikes!). I am looking forward to getting it at home though. I have been thinking about getting it online though-maybe it will be cheaper? What coconut oil do you use? Is it expensive? Thanks for the info! Love, Ari

  2. I hear you on avoiding those nasty antiperspirants. I tried using the natural deodorants for awhile, but they don’t really work.

    I read a recipe kind of like this, but I’ve been kind of lazy, so I’ve just been making a little paste/slurry of baking soda and water in my palm every morning. I just dab that on and it seems to work like a charm!

    So, if you run out, or are in a pinch, just use plain baking soda! It can by drying, though, in winter, as I learned the hard way.

    Thanks for this recipe! I love how the cheapest stuff is often the healthiest.

    • Me too! I love when cheapest is the healthiest too! 🙂


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