Tips | Homemade Deodorant

It was January, I was a sophomore and I had something that resembled a pimple under my arm that was painful. My dad suggested a hot cloth to pop it. Next thing I know, it’s 4pm, I’m in the doctor’s office and he says to get over to the ER asap. Um, now it’s the size of a golfball. To spare you the gory details, it had to be opened and within a few days I was healed.

Seriously, what the heck was that? Turns out, my doctor told me shaving + a dirty pool at a swim meet + antiperspirant = a staff infection. Ick! I could have died!

Oh, and by the way, I still had to have my dad drop off my history paper that was due that day, thanks for the added stress Mr. Witson.

After another surgery to clean things out, my surgeon told me to never use antiperspirant. It clogs the pores which traps bacteria. Ok, cool. Off to the store…

Um, have you ever looked? There are only two ways to get deodorant without antiperspirant in them: men’s deodorant or organic pricey women’s deodorant.

What, women aren’t supposed to sweat? Gah.

For years I’ve smelled like Chris or bought organics. Which isn’t half bad, except the organics ended up causing eczema after pregnancy. Lovely hormonal shifts.

In the spirit of homemade, I found a few deodorant recipes to test out. Now, can you tell me if arrowroot is an antiperspirant? I couldn’t find a definitive answer. Sigh.

Deodorant Recipe

1/2 cup arrow root powder
1/4 cup baking soda
7 tbsp coconut oil
5 drops each tea tree oil and lavender oil (or whichever you prefer)

Is it worth it to make homemade deodorant? I’m not sure. I’ve used it here and there, but haven’t fallen in love. It does the trick, but I’m not sure I love the smell. Maybe if I used a more tropical essential oil I might be in heaven. It did work just as well, or better, than my regular store bought deodorant. Plus, I do like knowing exactly what is in it.

If you see me, please let me know if I smell. I promise I won’t sock you.

Here’s a recipe for deodorant using an old deodorant container, too.

Original recipe ideas from Do-It-Yourself Hair Care and Lemon and Clove Homemade Deodorant.