Taryn's Wreckreation Guide: Homemade Deodorant

April 26, 2017

We're going to talk about our pits for a second! No, not our knee pits. Not our elbow pits. Our armpits!! As an active person, I HAVE to take care of 'em. Whether I'm skiing, working on the new house, riding my bike, or hiking with the dogs, it's pretty awesome when I don't stink. :) 


I've been a wearer of deodorant for a few decades now. Big fan of it actually, because it turns out people don't mind being around you if you don't stink like BO! Crazy, huh?? Well, over the last couple of years, my skin wasn't really digging what I was buying from the store. For a long time, I would just put up with the fact that my skin was SCREAMING. I tried a few different brands, but my skin was SO sensitive that nothing was worth the discomfort anymore :( With all of the different ingredients in deodorant, I wasn't even sure what I might be allergic or sensitive to. :( It was frustrating. MADDENING, even. And I know I'm not alone - I've talked to other men and women who have struggled to find the right deodorant that won't irritate their skin! 


I opened up about my struggles with finding the right deodorant to a few people, heard a few unsuccessful tips along the way, until one of my girlfriends looped me in to HER solution - homemade deodorant. And it contained only four ingredients. Was I skeptical?? Of course I was!! But she hooked me up with a jar of hers to sample, and I haven't looked back since. 


I made my first batch this past weekend with a little direction from said friend and a little from the internet, and I just wanted to pass along the recipe. You might even have all of these things on hand!


  • 1/2 cup of coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup of baking soda
  • 1/4 cup of corn starch
  • 1/4 teaspoon of the essential oil of your choice


That's IT! And it works. Here's how you make it...


If your coconut oil is in a more "solid" in form, put 1/2 cup in a microwave-safe bowl and heat it for about 10 seconds. Mix in the essential oil of your choice. I used lavender for my first batch, but I ALMOST picked lemongrass, tea tree or thyme. They all smell great! If you want something more floral or more earthy, go for it! It's YOUR deodorant! Back to the recipe... Add the baking soda and corn starch and mix it till it's no longer lumpy. At that point, you can transfer it to a small mason jar and keep in a cool place. If it gets too warm, it might get a little too liquid-y (that's a word, right?),but it will still do its job. I put it on with my fingers, but you can opt for putting it into an empty stick of deodorant if you'd prefer the traditional method of application! 


All in all, my skin feels SO much better with this simple recipe, it works like a charm (even with my active lifestyle!), and it is INSANELY inexpensive to make! Call me a dirty hippie, but I'm never going back. :)


If you make your own deodorant, send me an email and let me know what essential oil you use! I will probably switch it up to try and find my favorite over the next couple batches! 


Happy Adventuring,


Taryn Daly