Kelly Liston

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Friends, this is it.  An all natural deodorant that works.  WORKS, I tell you!  No crappy ingredients.  Just five natural ones that last all day long.  No stinkiness.  Just smell my pits if you don’t believe me.  But here is where it gets interesting…your doubting husbands and family members may even start to use it.  GASP!

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I had been enjoying my successful deodorant recipe for a few weeks.  My husband, who so lovingly refers to me as a modern hippy, would roll his eyes if I asked him to try my deodorant for himself.  Or so I thought…

One day, he confesses to me, “So, I tried your homemade deodorant yesterday.”  I raise my eyebrows in surprise.  He continues, “That is the BEST deodorant I have ever used in my entire life!  Seriously, Kelly, I have always had a bit of BO at the end of the day.  Now I don’t.  Consider me a customer for life!”  My little modern hippy soul did a tiny happy dance that day.

The next day he says to me, “You know, I love this deodorant but my pits are on FIRE today!”  I let him know that he may have a sensitivity to the baking soda.  He replies with, “So, your deodorant is strong enough for a man, but apparently pH balanced for a woman!”

I went back to the drawing board committed to finding a recipe that worked for him.  After a few trials and errors (his poor, poor pits) I found something that works!  It has just as much odor control as the original recipe, without all of the burn.  Honestly, most homemade deodorants are made up of the same ingredients.  In this recipe I just adjusted the ratio of baking soda to arrowroot powder until I had a balance that worked for my husband.

If you have a sensitivity to baking soda, but REALLY want to make your own deodorant, give this recipe a try!  Just halve the recipe for your trial period.  Also, go tell all of the naysayers who think you are weird, that your deodorant is better than their Right Guard, or whatever they use.  And if they STILL don’t believe you, send them over to me.  If they need to smell it to believe it, I will make sure my husband just completed a long run AFTER a full day of work.

Homemade Deodorant for Sensitive Skin
A homemade deodorant that is perfect for sensitive skin!
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Ingredients
  1. 5 Tablespoons coconut oil
  2. 1 Tablespoon Baking soda
  3. 6 Tablespoons Arrowroot powder
  4. 2 Tablespoons Bentonite Clay
  5. 5 to 10 drops of the essential oil of your choice (I used Lavender and Frankincense)
Instructions
  1. Mix all of your ingredients together and store in a small jar in your medicine cabinet!
  2. Your deodorant will be like a paste, so just scoop some out with your finger to apply.
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Enjoy!

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88 Comments on “Homemade Deodorant for Sensitive Skin”

  1. Erika

    Do you think this would help with the red bumps that I get from shaving irritation as well? I’ve got super sensitive skin under my arms that breaks out very easily :( I don’t use shaving cream on account of the chemicals plus the reaction & I’ve tried other natural items (shaving cream & deodorants) to help but, so far, no luck. I’ve been looking for something that would help with the irritation while combating odor. I’m hoping that maybe this deodorant combined with olive or coconut oil as my shaving cream might help…any advice? Thanks!!

    1. Oh Lardy

      I am actually going to be making a shave soap for my hubby soon. I just need to get some aloe vera. That being said, I am going to try it out as well in sensitive areas. I will report back here with the results and share the recipe!

    2. Carol Ann

      I don’t shave anymore (I use an epilator) but I use the same method now as when I did. I shave in the evening, then use coconut oil and sometimes some healing and soothing essential oil (like lavender or tea tree), to sooth the skin. The oils all have some deodorizing properties but not enough for daytime I find. In the morning I can use DIY deodorant. My favourite oils to add to my deodorant are, Summer, Ylang Ylang and Lemon, Winter Orange, Patchouli, and Rose. Hope this helps you!

      1. Lisabeth

        I made this today with Mountain Rose Herbs French Green Clay and sadly, it turns my pits green :( I’m going on a cruise in 10 days and going to be wearing tank tops, probably not totally attractive having green pits. So I will have to get some other clay when I return and try again!

  2. Kim

    I shave with coconut oil. easy! love it! I was wondering why the clay in the deodorant. This looks easier than the recipe I have, but my family seems to like it that I pour mine into a reused deodorant container for them.

  3. wendy

    Is the clay essential? I don’t have any on hand at the moment, but have everything else and could thus make it NOW. :-)

    1. megan

      I’m trying this out because I make my own deodorant that has everything except the bentonite clay and it makes my armpits break out in a horrible rash after a few days. I’ve used it for years, it was AWESOME (I can’t say this enough… better than any store bought brand, natural or not). So awesome that I started making it for almost all my friends. Then with my most recent pregnancy I started breaking out so I’ve been looking for something less painful now, but that works as well… Because Everclear and Tea Tree Oil are not cutting it right now… :( Anyway, all that said, yes, you can do all baking soda with arrowroot or corn starch and it works great. But if you have sensitive skin then it might cause a rash… Just sharing my thoughts. I can post back here if anyone is interested if this is any less irritating… :)

  4. Tammy

    I have made this and I’m having a problem with the oil rising to the top. When it is in the refrigerator it is too hard, but in my bathroom it turns into a paste, which is fine except for the separation. Any suggestions on how to fix this problem? In all, I love it. It is working for my sensitive pits…whereas the other homemade recipe caused a terrible rash.

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  10. Rebecca

    What about it leaving stains or residue on your clothing? I wouldn’t want a big green spot coming through my white shirt. Just a noob question but I’m new to natural remedies and am learning as much as possible to detox my family and myself. Thanks!

    1. Lisabeth

      I had the exact same question! However, I made it anyhow and I tried it on my forearm and it did turn it green. I’m going on a cruise in 10 days and I don’t want green armpits so… back to the drawing board!!

      1. melanie

        I use Pit Paste – it is amazing and doesn’t stain. Maybe give it a try and f you love it, use their ingredient list to concoct your own?

        1. Bobbi

          I am allergic to pit paste. Is there a recipe for deoderant that works well, without baking soda? I am allergic to the baking soda.

    2. Kim S.

      According to Mountain Rose Herbs website (where I would order Bentonite Clay), the clay is stainless. Whereas Lisabeth below says it stained her skin green, I see in an earlier post she used French Green Clay, which is different and is probably how she got green skin. Here is the info from MRH’s website about Bentonite Clay: “Bentonite, also referred to as Montmorillonite, is one of the most effective and powerful healing clays. Bentonite can be used externally as a clay poultice, mud pack or in the bath and, in skin care recipes. A good quality Bentonite should be a grey/cream color and anything bordering “pure white” is suspect. It has a very fine, velveteen feel and is odorless and non-staining.

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  12. Janice

    Yeah, whenever I’ve experimented with different home-made recipes, I’ve had issues with residue build-up. I decided to give this brand a shot – http://www.lavilin.com

    My sister-in-law speaks very highly of it. She’s got sensitive skin like me and she said that Lavilin has never once irritated her skin. All-natural too!

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  16. Britt

    Made this today AND LOVE IT! I made a very small batch because of what Lizabeth said about it turning armpits green, but I (luckily) had the exact same clay the author suggested. I used a very small amount, had an extremely stressful day, and I DO NOT SMELL at all! I smelled like tea tree oil for about a half hour, but it apparently dissipated very quickly! I even used this after shaving and wearing white- no red, bumpy rash for me or green on my dress! Could not happier! THANK YOU SO MUCH <3

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  21. Naila

    Hello thanks for this. I tried baking soda vornstarch version and i had a rash. My pit felt on fire. It actually has burn marks now. I tried yours and it worked like magic. And my hubby who ran out loccitane deo tried. He biked for 40 kilometers and when he got back he smelled much less. Normally i would beg him to go straight to the shower. This time i was not disturbed at all. He didnt smell!

    I changed the bentonite to kaolin thought. Cause i have bentonite pellets (hartz ph5 cat litter) kaolin powder. Was too lazy to grind bentonite. But the kaolin worked as well

  22. Stacey

    I made it just like the recipe said and mine solidified the next morning. Did anyone else’s do this?

  23. Grace

    Hey! This looks awesome! I’ve been so irritated by the baking soda in mine so I will probably make this tonight! :)

    Does the inclusion of clay in this recipe change the shelf life? Or is it okay since water is not mixed in?

  24. Naila

    Stacey maybe you live in a cool temperature area? I remember browsing and a blog give a recipe for those in cooler temperature

    Another possibility is you add not enough oil. I did it once when i coulnt remember whether i had added kaolin/bentonite or not.. Just add a few drops of coconut oil to start till you get the consistency you like.

    Grace, my hubby and i both used this deodorant daily (sometimes i used lime wedges swipe it for pure natural juice dedoroant that also works well.. But i often forget to buy lime). Last time i made this was almost two months a go and it is still good. I have to make a new batch tonight tho as only specks of it remains in the jar hehe

    1. Josefina

      Lime, that is so cool. It’s what birds do to keep their feathers clean and parasite free, just rub the juice in. I’ll have to give it a try.

  25. Jenny Portem

    I am so going to try this because my hubby also found my baking soda deodorant too harsh on his skin. He also complains of fire in his armpits when using my baking soda deo. And I thought I have sensitive skin! Men are from Mars and they need clay to survive! :D Thanks for sharing this!

  26. Kim

    I came across your recipe and am very excited about trying it! One question …have you tried HBG all natural deodorant powder? It consists of baking soda, corn starch and arrowroot powder…I wonder if this is a good option and how much should I use?

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  28. Jenn

    I made this recipe last weekend, and I am loving it!!!! I even shared my review on my blog. Thank you for sharing with us!!!

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  31. kylie

    this stuff really gets rid of the stink!
    even though this keeps me smelling nice – I’m sweating a lot and getting wet pit stains. I know it’s not an anit-persprit but is there anything I can do/add or increase in the recipe to help with that?

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  34. Josefina

    This is great. I did have a reaction to the baking soda too, but I simply scaled it back without increasing anything except the coconut oil base of course. Mine consists of only those two ingredients plus tea tree oil. I don’t know the ratios, but I mix baking soda in until it feels right. If it’s too gritty, I know it will burn.
    I also had major burn from this when using it on shaven armpits. So I just cut with scissors now! Baking soda is too good to give up on.

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  36. Amanda

    Modern hippy I like it. Might have make my hubby his own batch of deoterent he might actually use it

  37. Bobbi

    I am allergic to pit paste. Is there a recipe for deoderant that works well, without baking soda? I am allergic to the baking soda.

  38. Tara

    I love the idea for making our own chemical-free deodorants but why should women be pressured to shave? If it weren’t for the social pressure I wouldn’t shave at all.

  39. Carmin

    I have used only Dr. Bronner liquid soap as a deodorant for years and it works very well for me. I especially like peppermint.

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  42. Leslie

    I’m too lazy to make my own, lol!! But my new years resolution is to try new things, so will give this recipe a shot. Currently using Lavilin, but will compare to this recipe and see which works best for me :)

  43. Kerri Pruitt

    I found this recipe a few weeks ago, and a week later I had bought all the ingredients for it. I love it! I have struggled for years to find a deodorant I like (store bought) that isn’t antiperspirant, so I was so excited when I made this! I have one problem though, the consistency of mine is totally different than how y’all are describing. Mine is closer to the store bought, and not the paste that y’all talk about. I put it in a glass jar as described, I’m wondering if I bought the wrong type of ingredients, or if I should just adjust my storage container and roll with it. (ha ha, get it?) I would appreciate some feedback on this! Thanks!

  44. Norma

    I have had great luck with homemade deodorants when it comes to odor and wetness control, but my biggest obstacle is the baking soda – it makes one (only one!) pit irritated and red, so i had resorted to using medicated powder, which doesn’t work as well. I just made a batch of the sensitive skin recipe, we’ll see how it goes. I’m hoping I don’t have irritation!

    I used clary sage and tea tree oil esential oils; I love the clary sage smell, and the two of them have good anti-bacterial properties.

  45. Cindy

    I love this homemade deodorant for sensitive skin. When I made it, I let the coconut oil get really soft, but not liquid, then mixed all ingredients and put in an old recycled deodorant container. I then put in the refrigerator to harden up some. After it hardened, I took it out and have left it on my nightstand and it’s been fine. It doesn’t melt but stays softened. Just wanted to share for anyone that wants to put in a recycled deodorant container that it works. By the way, for anyone wondering I live in Louisiana so yeah it gets pretty hot down here.

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  47. Amber Morgan

    My bathroom stays quite cold. The coxonut oil I keep in there is always hard. Do you think this recipe would work in a deodorant stick?

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  49. Amber Morgan

    We’ve been using this for almost a month now & love it! Finally got my husband to throw away his store bought deodorant. Thank you so much for the recipe!

  50. Nichole

    I have tried a couple other homemade deo recipes but haven’t found one I love. The first one I tried left greasy stains on my clothes, the second one didn’t combat stinky pits very well. I see that your recipe is more of a paste, but I’m actually wanting a solid so I can use it in an old deodorant container. I’d rather not keep it in the fridge (my bathroom is on a different floor of our house than the kitchen) so do you have any suggestions as to how I can solidify it more? I’m wondering if by adding some cocoa butter that may harden it more? Or should I just add more clay/arrowroot/baking soda? Thanks!!

    1. Trisha W.

      I’ve read about beeswax being added as an ingredient for sticks, but do not know how much per recipe is added.

  51. Kate

    I just tried making this and I’m having trouble rubbing it in, even after adding extra coconut oil. I used powder bentonite clay.. I’m wondering, did you use powdered clay or clay already in the liquid form?

  52. Andrea

    I have been using the coconut, arrowroot and baking soda deodorant with great results. I added some of the bentonite clay and the consistency of the deodorant is much better. However, once I had been using the new deodorant for a couple of weeks, I started getting what feel like clogged pores under my arms (red, painful, welts or boils). I am wondering, is this because the clay is drawing out impurities or am I having a reaction to the clay?

    1. Kelly Liston

      I would stop using the deodorant and see if they go away. Bentonite clay is definitely a detoxifier, but I would imagine the toxins would come out with your sweat. Quit the deodorant for a while and see if you clear up and then try it again. My guess is if they return, you are having some type of reaction to the deodorant. Also, are you using any essential oils? I had a terrible reaction when I used EOs from the store. Since adding Young Living oils, I have had no problems.
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  53. pri

    hi! instead of coconut oil can i use cocoa butter or any other oil? I can´t stand the smell of coconut oil, it is too strong. Thanks! great recipe.

  54. Peggy

    When I was using nasty storebought antiperspirants and deodorants, I would get hard lumps in my armpits. The doctor said it was just “lymph congestion” and that I should ignore it. Yeah. Like I’m gonna ignore that big red STOP sign!

    I use a very similar recipe to yours, but with lemon, cajeput, chamomile, clove, lavender, and myrrh essential oils because they help detox the lymph glands. I have extremely sensitive skin, so I use about 1/3 the baking soda and make up the difference in arrowroot. I can’t be sure they are connected, but since I’ve given up the nasties, I have fewer sore throats, no lumps, my face has cleared up and if I go a day without wearing my homemade deodorant, I don’t smell nearly as bad as I used to.

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