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Homemade Deodorant {six ingredients}

The idea of  aluminum based compounds and parabens seeping into my skin got me to switch to Tom’s of Maine deodorant a couple of years ago. Now, the idea of rubbing petro-chemicals (found in Tom’s of Maine) into my skin has started to bother me. So, after finding a recipe for homemade deodorant on Apartment Therapy last week, I decided to give it a try.

ingredients for homemade deodorant

cocoa butter

shea butter

Melt the two in the microwave, stirring every 20 seconds. It took about a minute total.

melted butters

rose oil

Add the remaining ingredients.

aloe, corn starch and baking soda

stirred mixture

It turned into such a light and fluffy mixture that was easy to spoon into an empty deodorant container.


After filling the container, I placed it in the freezer as per the instructions. This was supposed to make it set more quickly. I took it out after 20 minutes and had a slight issue.


I’m not sure what caused the little concave space, maybe it set too quickly. But, it was easy enough to fix. I just let it sit at room temperature for 20 minutes and then twisted the deodorant stick up and used a spoon to level it off.


Then, I had some left over Avery label paper from my Homemade Glass+ Surface Cleaner, so I made a quick and cute label.

homemade deodorant

You can see the original recipe here.

3 Comments Post a comment
  1. lizzie313 #

    I would love to hear how this works out for you! I’m on the hunt for a safer deodorant, but am hesitant about testing them out…especially in public.

    May 15, 2013

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