DIY Beauty: How to make your own deodorant

Hot & bothered? How to make your own deodorant


Jul 9, 2013 Bath & Body, Skincare 2 Comments

Just in time with the warmer weather here in the UK, I’ve got a guest post from Eco Market

I don’t know about you but I’m a sweater. Not an American jumper but a woman who sweats. Quite a lot actually. When it’s hot, when it’s cold, when I’m nervous, when I’m excited. And I also want to smell nice. Or at least not smell bad. And these two things can sometimes be at odds with one another.

Not wanting to douse myself in chemicals and unknown ingredients, I’ve tried lots of organic deodorants, with varying success. And then I discovered that making your own deodorant is ridiculously easy. Seriously. And it works. Even for a renowned sweater such as myself.

 homemade deodorant

All it takes are two very easy to get hold of ingredients (no scouring the internet for random liquids and powders) and one pot. Any old pot with a wide mouth. An old moisturiser or Lush pot will do the trick.

Then you fill it with bicarbonate of soda. About 1/4 of a cup. Or around 40g. Whatever fits in your pot really. You don’t have to be all that precise. Which is nice.

Then mix in some organic essential oils.

essential oils

It’s your choice as to what you put in. I chose Tea Tree Oil as it’s an antiseptic and lemon oil for a nice fresh scent. But you can use any oils you want. Other great oils to use are rosemary (another antibacterial), patchouli, lavender, oregano, geranium and chamomile is perfect for those with sensitive skin.

You need about 20 drops of essential oil in total. I went with 10 drops of Tea Tree and 10 of lemon. Simply drop them straight into the bicarbonate of soda and then use a butter knife to mix it all together. The oil will start off making clumps but keep stirring until you’re left with a pot of slightly crumbly powder.

And you’re done. Really. That was it.

Now you just need to stick a cotton cloth into your mixture and dab it under your arms (it’s great for sweaty feet too). You can do it as soon as you jump out the shower and even as a quick refresh in the afternoon.

Make sure you brush off any extra powder before pulling on a black top and remember to wash your cloth regularly.

Could homemade, organic deodorant be any simpler? Hint: no.


  • Tanya
    Jul 10, 2013 at 12:00 pm Reply

    I can source those ingredients from our local stores but that’d cost me more compared to buying ready to use deodorant, especially those offered on sale/discounts. but that would be a good thing to do if you run out of deo and you have those ingredients available.

    1. Jul 10, 2013 at 12:19 pm Reply

      I know what you mean Tanya, I think making your own cosmetics is a real commitment.

      I went on a course a few years ago to make my own scrubs, lotions etc. and it was damn hard work! Plus the initial outlay to make all the stuff costs more (like you said) to just buy it the shop. I think it’s a lifestyle choice if you make your own stuff, I leave it to the experts! :D

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