How does homemade coconut oil deodorant compare to commercial products?
It contains natural ingredients that you can know and trust.
And, it's versatile! Tweak it to suit your family's unique needs.
In my quest to find a natural deodorant that would work well for my family, I experimented with 3 slightly different recipes. After trying each of them (my husband used them too!), I evaluated each recipe in terms of its effectiveness, texture, and scent.
Also, we used them on warm, active days so we could really give each deodorant a run for its money. 😉
All of the recipes have a coconut oil base. I stored each of them in small Mason jars.
Recipe 1 of 3: Passionate Homemaking’s Natural Homemade Deodorant
- 6 to 8 tablespoons coconut oil (solid state)
- 1/4 cup baking soda
- 1/4 cup arrowroot powder or cornstarch (arrowroot is preferred)
- few drops of tea tree essential oil (optional)
Recipe 1 of 3: Results!
Out of all 3 recipes, this was the easiest to make. It also had the thickest texture when finished. As the coconut oil changes states with the temperature, it gets a little lumpy and needs some stirring.
It required 2 applications a day to be effective and held up moderately well to exercise and sweat. We enjoyed the scent, too, as it works well for both men and women.
Recipe 2 of 3: Wellness Mama’s Healthy Homemade Deodorant
- 3 tablespoons coconut oil
- 3 tablespoons baking soda
- 2 tablespoons shea butter
- 2 tablespoons arrowroot powder (optional)
- essential oils (optional)
Recipe 2 of 3: Results!
This made a lightly golden brown deodorant. I loved the added moisturizing effect from the shea butter! It also required only 1 application a day.
It is a little thinner than the other recipes, but I just compensated by adding a little more. I did not add essential oils as I like the smell of shea butter.
This recipe did not even make 1 cup of deodorant, so in the future I would double this recipe.
Recipe 3 of 3: Wardee's Natural Homemade Deodorant
- 1 1/3 cups extra virgin coconut oil
- 1 1/2 tablespoons beeswax beads* (I grated beeswax cubes)
- 1/4 cup baking soda
- 3/4 cup arrowroot powder
- 2 tablespoons clay (such as Redmond Clay’s Bentonite)
- 25 drops tea tree essential oil
- 5 drops lemongrass essential oil
Makes about 3 tubes of deodorant (depending on tube size).
*Increase beeswax during the summer or if you live in a warmer climate.
Melt coconut oil and beeswax together over low heat until just barely melted. Remove from heat. Add remaining ingredients except essential oils. Let cool, stirring every 5 minutes or so, until it hardens to a pudding consistency. Put in the fridge to speed this up, checking and stirring frequently. Add essential oils and mix well. Spoon into empty deodorant containers. Let harden overnight in a cool location. You can speed this up by putting in the fridge to harden.
Don’t have an empty deodorant container? Use a pint or half pint jar. Use about 1/8 teaspoon for each arm. (Omit beeswax to make it easier to scoop.) Or, use muffin tins to create a “cake” of deodorant. Keep wrapped in tissue paper when not in use. Rub the cake under arms to apply.
Recipe 3 of 3: Results!
This deodorant is very effective! Even after a very busy, active day in the heat, we still needed only 1 application.
The texture is quite hard after sitting in a cool location, and quite “soupy” during the middle of a warm day. To keep it the right consistency, I recommend storing it in a cool location. I may play around with adding more beeswax next time, too — especially for a summer batch.
I love the quality of the ingredients! Also, the healing benefits of the clay help avoid underarm bumps and rashes. The clay gives it a medium grey-brown color, making it the darkest of the deodorants we tried.
A Final Experiment: The Stain Test
I took a white cotton onesie my daughter had outgrown and applied a liberal stripe of each deodorant across it (more than most would typically apply under their arms). I applied them in the same order as my reviews above: top — Passionate Homemaking; middle — Wellness Mama; bottom — Wardee's.
After giving the deodorants about 2 hours to “set”, I washed and dried the onesie on the normal wash setting without using a stain remover.
The first 2 deodorant stripes (Passionate Homemaking and Wellness Mama) left no stain, and there was only a very slight mark on the last spot (Wardee's), likely due to the clay in the recipe. This most likely won't show up at all on light-colored clothing.
However, if you're concerned about staining with Wardee's recipe, use a little less clay or more coconut oil to “thin” the mixture. Or, apply a small amount of natural stain remover prior to washing clothing.
The mark was so faint, though, that I wouldn't have noticed it without looking for it. Because most people usually wouldn't have such a high volume of deodorant on their shirt anyway, I wouldn’t “sweat” it at all (pun intended). 🙂
My Final Choice
My top choice overall is Wardee's recipe. I really appreciated its effectiveness and the health benefits of the clay.
However, I also enjoyed the shea butter in Wellness Mama's recipe. So I plan to experiment with adding that into my own version of Wardee's recipe. It isn't needed, but the texture and moisturizing effects were so pleasing that I think it will make the best deodorant for my family.
Have you ever experimented with coconut oil deodorant recipes? What were your results? Which essential oils do you like to add to your favorite homemade deodorant recipe?
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