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Learn how to make your own homemade deodorant using ingredients that you probably already have in your kitchen. This frugal DIY will save you money on store-bought natural deodorants, and it actually works! This budget-friendly DIY deodorant is made with coconut oil, arrowroot powder, baking soda and essential oils.

A simple DIY Natural Deodorant recipe that smells amazing and works too! Made with clean, all-natural ingredients and ready in under 10 minutes, this natural deodorant will quickly become a staple in your body routine. And let's not forget that it's budget-friendly too. No more store bought deodorant.

Today I’m talking about the very first ‘granola’ thing that I ever did.  This simple DIY natural deodorant smells amazing and works! You don’t need to be afraid that you’re going to be the stinky mom on the block. So let’s talk a little bit about why you need to switch to natural deodorant and how to do it in a way that fits into any budget.

Three years ago if you would have asked me if I would be using natural deodorant, I would have laughed in your face.  My husband actually spent several years at the beginning of our marriage trying to talk me into making the switch.  I always told him I sweat way too much and I really just didn’t want to pay more for something that didn’t work.

I can’t even remember what exactly got me started with looking into more natural products.  I had started making a few changes to more natural cleaners and real food while pregnant, but I really dove into the world of non-toxic products about three years ago.

Before you let yourself believe that more natural products are only for crunchy moms and you’re not that, let’s take a look at common ingredients in conventional deodorant.

  • Aluminum- this blocks your pores from sweating but can mess with hormones and has been links to cancer and alzheimer’s
  • Parabens- preservatives – links to hormonal imbalance, cancers and organ toxicity
  • Propylene Glycol- a chemical that can cause damage to the central nervous system
  • Triclosan- pesticide – may possess endocrine disrupting properties
  • Steareths- additives that makes harsh ingredients more mild

I have found several natural deodorants that work really well, but there have also been many that irritate my skin or do not do their job preventing odor.  You’ll also notice that store-bought natural deodorants often cost a pretty penny.


If you would just rather buy natural deodorant but want to find a good deal. I highly recommend shopping through Thrive Market. Thrive Market is where I shop for all of my family’s natural health and real food staples since items about 25-50% less than traditional retail stores. Think of it as the online version of Costco meets Whole Foods.

You can use my link to get 30 days free PLUS an additional 25% off your first order. Try it out for 30 days and see if it makes sense for your family!


How to Detox Your Armpits

As people make the switch over to natural deodorant, many will note that they still stink no matter what they try in the first couple of weeks.  Expect a detox period to happen where your body rids itself of the conventional deodorant ingredients and adjusts to something new.  If you want to speed up the detox process, I have a couple of suggestions:

  1. Apply a mixture of 1tsp bentonite clay + 1tsp apple cider vinegar to your armpits and let sit for 15-20 minutes.  This will help pull out toxins.
  2. Put apple cider vinegar on a cotton ball or pad and apply to armpits every night before bed.  The apple cider vinegar helps kill bacteria that cause odor.  I do this before bed so I don’t smell like apple cider vinegar during daylight hours!

So let’s get to the actual recipe! I have a DIY deodorant recipe that works well and is super easy, and the best part is that you get to customize the scent you want using the essential oils of your choice.

Pro tip:If you are a heavy sweater, adding Cypress essential oil can help minimize it a bit. Sweating is natural, though, and this is not an anti-perspirant.

Budget-Friendly DIY Natural Deodorant

So let’s look at the price breakdown of natural deodorant to see how it compares to the store-bought versions. I generally see natural deodorants ranging in price from about $7.99 all the way up to $23.99, which is crazy to me for a stick of deodorant! How does the DIY version compare? Let’s take a look:

  • Organic Virgin Coconut Oil- I got mine at Costco for $15.49 for 84 ounces, but I only used 2 ounces = $0.37
  • Aluminum Free Baking Soda- I got mine at Thrive Market for $1.89 for 16 ounces, but I only used 1 ounce = $0.12
  • Arrowroot Powder- I got mine at Thrive Market for $4.49 for 16 ounces, but I only used 1 ounce = $0.28
  • Essential Oils of choice (I love Lime + Bergamot)- Depending on the oils you choose, cost = $0.80

APPROX. TOTAL COST = $1.57 for about what would be equivalent to a stick of deodorant. That is INSANELY cheap for natural deodorant!

Prices will vary depending where you get your ingredients, but I guarantee it’s significantly cheaper than anything you’ll find at the store pre-made.

Whether you like to do DIYs or not, I think you will find this one to be simple and worth the effort.

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Homemade Natural Deodorant

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

Learn how to make your own homemade deodorant using ingredients that you probably already have in your kitchen. This frugal DIY will save you money on store-bought natural deodorants, and it actually works! This budget-friendly DIY deodorant is made with coconut oil, arrowroot powder, baking soda and essential oils.

Materials

  • Pint sized glass mason jar
  • 4 Tablespoons coconut oil, melted
  • 2 Tablespoons aluminum-free baking soda
  • 2 Tablespoons arrowroot powder
  • 6-8 drops essential oils of choice

Instructions

  1. Heat the coconut oil in the microwave or a double broiler until soft.
  2. Add aluminum-free baking soda and arrowroot powder, and mix it all together until you get a paste.  You can add coconut oil until you get the desired texture.
  3. Wait for the mixture to cool.
  4. Add in your essential oils of choice.  

Notes

I picked my essential oils out based on scents of other deodorants that I used to wear. I love using Lime and Bergamot in my own deodorant.

You don't need much for this to be effective. If you use too much deodorant, it can stain your clothing. Stick with a thin layer.

I recommend adding Cypress essential oil if you are a heavy sweater.


Resources I Love

Thrive Market: I order most of my pantry staples from Thrive Market. Think Costco meets Whole Foods with thousands of healthy food and personal care items. Get 1 month free PLUS 25% off your first order when you go through my link.

Rakuten Rakuten (formerly Ebates) is a total no-brainer for saving money when shopping online.  Every time you shop online, click on a store through Rakuten to receive cash back on all of your purchases. Get $10 after your first $25 purchase when you use my link.

Ibotta:Ibotta is my favorite app for saving money on groceries without clipping coupons. Get cash back on your groceries just by uploading your receipts. Get $5 just for signing up when you click on my link.


Sarah Nichols

Sarah Nichols, founder and CEO of Let's Talk Mom Business, has a background in business, research, advocacy, and family finances. LetsTalkMomBusiness.com combines her Masters in Business Administration (MBA) and her love for budgeting and frugal living to help others take their family finances into their own hands by teaching budget basics, how to earn income from home as a mom, DIY tutorials, and frugal fun.

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