I had read somewhere (probably in the internet) that deodorant use had been
linked to breast cancer because of its aluminum contents. I told my friend
about it and she told me her doctor had told her the same thing. So I figured
it was time to say goodbye to commercial deodorant, and say hello to homemade
It has been about a year since I started using my homemade deodorant. I have
been making my own deodorant at home and loving it! I'm sure once you see how
easy it is to make it yourself you'll never go back to buying another deodorant
Why are commercial brand deodorants bad?
Store bought deodorants are filled with unpronounceable chemicals. (Have you
tried pronouncing some of those chemicals? I feel like I'm back in first grade
trying to put syllables together!). The bad thing is that all those chemicals
creep into your body and some can wreak havoc after many years of continuous
Another bad thing about commercial brand deodorants is that most of them are
antiperspirant. That means that they stop you from sweating.
"And what's so bad about that?", you may ask.
Well, my friend, your body needs to sweat. Even if it makes you feel like a
pig, you still need to sweat. Sweating is the body's way of getting rid of all
the toxins and other useless stuff floating around in your body.
But don't worry, sweating doesn't necessarily mean body odor...
Why does sweat smell bad?
Sweat is 99% odorless and it is mostly made up of water. It evaporates quickly,
and it leaves no smell behind. However, sometimes our sweat can't evaporate
because of the clothes we wear. In that case, our body feels like it needs to
call on bacteria to help it get rid of the remaining sweat. And that's when we
start smelling. The bacteria that comes to eat the remaining sweat makes us
An easy solution is to wear clothes made of fabric that lets your skin breathe,
such as shirts that are 100% cotton.
So, as you can see, there is no reason to fear sweat.
Free radicals from deodorants
Aluminum is easily absorbed by the skin. Once it is inside our bodies, it ionizes and becomes free radicals. Free radicals can travel all over the body and affect:
- Bone marrow
- Lymphatic system
Free radicals could potentially cause:
- Breast cancer
- Kidney problems
- Bone development disorders
Aluminum in commercial brand deodorants
One of the most controversial contents of commercial deodorants is aluminum,
which is mostly found in antiperspirants.
Aluminum stops your glands from sweating by a process that sounds a bit
disturbing. Picture this:
The aluminum ions are taken into the cells. But aluminum ions don't travel
alone. They take water with them. The water, along with the aluminum ions, make
their way into the cell and the cell gets swollen (so much water!)
Because the cell is now swollen, the ducts that take sweat out get so squeezed
that they can no longer release any sweat. So it's like wanting to pee, but not
being able to. (ouch!)
And that's how the cells stop sweat from coming out. Now, imagine that sweat,
with all those toxins staying inside your body. Just the thought of it should
be enough to make you shudder.
Eventually, everything reaches equilibrium and the water from the cells gets
released. It is at this point when you start smelling and need to re-apply the
But all is not lost. You don't have to use commercial brand deodorant. You can
make your own, homemade deodorant and avoid your body all this pain and
Benefits of homemade deodorant
The most obvious benefit of making your own deodorant is that you get rid of
all those harsh chemicals that seep into your body, especially aluminum. But
here's a list of other benefits:
Moisturized armpits. Depending on the ingredients you use, your deodorant can do
more than stop you from smelling. It can make you armpits nice and moisturized,
especially if you do make your diy deodorant with coconut oil.
Better protection. Even though it doesn't stop me from sweating, my sweat does not smell at all! I can go two days without having to re-apply it. (Of course, this will largely depend on the amount of activity you perform.)
No yellow stains. Aluminum is responsible for the nasty, yellow stains on your shirts. Using homemade deodorant will get rid of this problem.
Lasts longer. Yes, homemade deodorant actually lasts longer than store-bought
Can re-apply as often as you want without any side effects.
It doesn't stop your body from getting rid of toxins.
Better for the environment.
How to make your homemade deodorant
There are several recipes out there to make a homemade deodorant. I will start with my favorite one:
Coconut oil homemade deodorant
Coconut oil has many benefits and properties. And now this recipe shows you how to use it even under your armpits.
You will need:
- 6-8 tbs Coconut oil
- 4 tbs Baking soda
- 4 tbs cornstarch
- 20 drops tea trea oil
*Coconut oil must be solid, not liquid.
- Mix all ingredients with a spoon or fork
- You're ready to use your deodorant
This type of deodorant has the consistency of cream, so you can apply it on your armpits just as you would apply cream.
Flax seed deodorant
You will need:
- 100 ml purified water
- 1 tbs flax seed
- 1 tbs baking soda
- 10 drops of your favorite essential oil
- Place water and flax seed in a pot and allow it to boil
- Once water is boiling, remove from heat and strain the flax seed. Keep the
- Add the baking soda to the flax water
- Add essential oil
- Place in spray bottle
- Shake before each use.
Witch Hazel deodorant
You will need:
- 100 ml water
- 4 tbs of dried rosemary leaves
- 20 ml of pure vodka
- 10 drops of witch hazel
- 5 drops of favorite essential oil
- Bring water to a boil
- When water is boiling, add dried rosemary leaves and remove from heat
- Let rest for 10 minutes with a lid on
- When water is cold, add vodka, witch hazel and essential oil.
- Place in a clean, spray container
- Use as needed.
This homemade deodorant keeps your skin dry and fresh all day long.
These are just 3 of the many recipes for homemade deodorant. Play around with
the different ingredients until you find the one that works best for you. As
you see, there is no need for buying deodorant any more. Make it yourself, save
money, save the environment and save your body from using harsh chemicals.
Oluwatoyin from Nigeria on July 25, 2020:
Great tip! I have tried a coconut oil recipe, so great!
Catherine Berry from Belgrade on October 21, 2018:
I am definitely going to try out the coconut oil deodorant. Thanks for the recipe!
JP on July 17, 2018:
How much beeswax would one add to make this a solid stick? I’ve been wanting to make my own deodorant for a while now, but can’t see myself applying paste everyday.
Silver Q (author) on November 03, 2014:
it's 4 tablespoons.
Thanks for reading.
Andrea on October 30, 2014:
Are you using 4 tablespoons or teaspoons of the baking soda and corn starch in the first recipe?
Silver Q (author) on November 25, 2013:
Hi Kukata Kali:
Thank you very much!
Kukata Kali on November 25, 2013:
Loved this and shared it on my FB. Voted you up too~
Silver Q (author) on November 20, 2013:
Thank you for reading and for your kind words!
Ana Maria Orantes from Miami Florida on November 15, 2013:
Thank you miss Sylver. You are fantastic. You did a good job. I like your article.
Silver Q (author) on November 14, 2013:
I've been using the coconut oil deodorant for some time now and I love it! I've given some to my friends and they keep comin back for more. I hope you give it a try to see if it also works for you. Thank you for reading and commenting!
Jess Brazeau from Canada on November 14, 2013:
I enjoyed this hub. I've been doing a lot of reading online lately (and thanks to Pinterest a lot of pinning!) about how to do just about everything more naturally. Which is why this hub caught my eye. I tried to make my own deodorant from a recipe I found on pinterest about three weeks ago.. but I lasted about two days before I gave up and ran out to buy some Secret. I live in Canada and it's starting to get cold, so I'm wearing several layers of clothing now- and though I wasn't smelly, I certainly wasn't very dry under my three layers of shirts. It was quite uncomfortable. :( ... The recipe I tried was similar to your coconut recipe, except it just has coconut oil and baking soda, so it was quite awkward to put on.
I just bought myself some tea tree oil a few days ago- so maybe I'll try again with your recipe. :) ... I'll try using the beeswax too.
Keep up the good work.
Silver Q (author) on November 13, 2013:
You should definitely try it. I had a friend who developed some kind of allergic reaction to deodorants. She has been using her own DIY deodorant, and she says she's never going back.
Thanks for reading and commenting!
JG11Bravo on November 13, 2013:
Interesting. Good information, and I admit you've got me curious about making deodorant, especially since I've had allergic reactions to store-bought stuff in the past.