Natural deodorant recipe: We swear by it!

Natural deodorant recipe: We swear by it!

I know what you’re thinking…homemade natural deodorant doesn’t work!
Please don’t dismiss this topic yet, keep reading because it honestly does work and it’s natural and cheap. Even Mr Sidestepping-Normal admits it’s better than anything he ever used prior.

My view as I make deodorant out on the terrace.

We might be missing the dreadlocks and tie-dye, but we’re hippies at heart. That doesn’t mean to say we scrimp on personal hygiene though – not to generalise that hippy’s are smelly of course. On the contrary, we are implementing natural alternatives with no compromise on performance. Our quest for eliminating chemicals has to coincide with natural products that really do work. We’ve tried numerous different recipes and now we have a core list of tried and tested products that work for us. We hope that they work just as well for you too.

“We are implementing natural alternatives with no compromise on performance.”

In the past we’ve tried lots of expensive natural deodorants, as well as regular deodorants too. The chemical laden ones did work most of the time, but at the expense of being exposed to the chemicals in them. Most of the natural deodorants didn’t work very well, however this one is different. We’ve been using it for about 6 years now, so it’s definitely tried and tested. What’s more, the ingredients for this recipe are very cheap. You may have some of them in the kitchen cupboard already. I found the recipe in ‘The self sufficient bible’ by Simon Dawson, which is a book I would highly recommend if you’re interested.

Why are we avoiding chemicals?

I explained why we are avoiding chemicals in my post about naturally cleaning our clothes. Basically, we feel that exposure to large quantities of chemicals everyday can’t be good for us. Chemicals are everywhere; in our food and drink, beauty products, cleaning products, laundry products, etc etc etc. We are living in an unprecedented time, how do we know what the long term consequences are? Some products even warn of causing cancer, not to mention the warnings to the environment…but who really reads the back of the bottle?

Homemade beauty products…

I love making homemade beauty products and cleaning products. It’s like cooking, except you don’t need to put the oven on. I like no-frills, simple effective recipes that don’t require me to purchase a long list of expensive ingredients. I’m at the beginning of my journey, and I’m gradually learning how to make more and more of our everyday necessities.

I love that I know what’s in my homemade natural products, but I also love how beautiful they look. When I see an aisle full of garish plastic bottles filled with toxic solutions being advertised with fake beautiful people, I don’t feel inspired.

We always laugh, because when you get to the security clearance part of the airport (where it’s mandatory to declare the liquids you are carrying) we watch as other people put millions of little bottles, sprays and creams into their transparent plastic bags. In comparison we usually have 4 or 5 pots of little homemade concoctions in an array of different pretty glass jars.
Not only is it more natural to make your own products, it also reduces the amount of plastic you use because you can refill glass bottles and jars.

The recipe:

Ingredients: 1tsp bicarbonate of soda, 1tsp cornflour (in England we call it cornflour but it’s in fact corn starch. It’s the white powder used for thickening stews etc) A little oil (we use olive oil, but any oil is fine; sunflower oil works well too.) 6 drops of tea tree oil

The ingredients for our homemade natural deodorant.

First of all, find a little jar of some sort. I’m addicted to little glass jars of all shapes and sizes, they are so handy for my homemade concoctions! Why not keep your eyes peeled for a lovely little jar to make your natural deodorant look beautiful.

Next, add the bicarbonate of soda, cornflour and enough oil to create a runny paste when mixed. Don’t feel worried about getting the correct consistency; it will work regardless of how thick or thin it is. We use extra virgin olive oil, because it’s so readily available, but I’ve tried other oils too. Use whatever you have handy, I found that light olive oil worked really well because it’s thinner, but we live in the land of the finest olive oil, so it’s hard to find the duff stuff here! Now add the tea tree oil and mix. You can add extra essential oils to scent your natural deodorant at this point, but only if desired.

Here are the ingredients, plus I wanted an excuse to include these tiny vintage spoons! Aren’y they so cute!

That’s it! It’s so quick and easy! I’m invariably in a rush when I realise we are out of deodorant, but luckily I keep all of the ingredients in the cupboard, and it only takes me a couple of minutes to replenish our supply.

How to use:

To apply the deodorant, just take a little bit on your finger, (a little goes a long way) and gently rub underneath your arms. The reason that I recommend being gentle is because the bicarbonate of soda is a gentle abrasive, and the skin under your arm is very sensitive. We’ve never ever had a problem, but I just thought I should mention it.

It should be a runny paste that easily glides over the skin and is absorbed. Apply it as a normal deodorant, every morning, or after showering. We allow the deodorant to sink into our skin by letting it dry for 5 minutes. Then it’s fine to dress as normal. I can hear you asking…can I wear black? Will it leave white marks? The answer is yes, you can! And no, it won’t! I’m more conscious of letting the mixture sink in properly if I’m going to wear black, but after that, it’s fine. Remember that less is more. You only need a little bit, don’t go overboard.

The end result.

All of the ingredients are vital and have specific roles in absorbing odour and balancing bacteria. Don’t be tempted to miss anything out. You can however add extra essential oils if you want your deodorant to have a scent. Maybe something fresh and zingy like lemon, or mint? I never bother adding extra scent as I really like the smell of tea tree oil. Experiment and see what you think.

We usually mix up small amounts of our homemade natural deodorant regularly, rather than making a huge batch in one go. This way, it’s always fresh and effective.

…another cute vintage spoon!

How does it hold up to the heat in Greece?

Living in the sunny mediterranean has tested our deodorant recipe even more than before, yet we are pleased to report that it never fails us. We can always depend on it, even when the temperature is scorching hot. It lasts all day, even when we are exerting ourselves and perspiring a lot.

So, that’s it. If you are interested or inspired, then give it a go and see what you think. We haven’t purchased deodorant from the shop for 6 years, and our friends and family can vouch that we smell as sweet as a nut! I’ll continue to share our favourite homemade natural products as time goes on 🙂

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20 thoughts on “Natural deodorant recipe: We swear by it!

  1. Hi folks that sounds like a lot of ingredients, can I suggest you try a mixture of bicarb soda and coconut oil as a natural and effective deodorant.
    I’ve been using this simple concoction for a couple of years in Australia which and it works very well.
    The beauty of coconut oil is that it is said to be antibacterial and an antiviral as well.
    Since you are in the land that produces the best olive oil on earth you may consider keeping olive oil for everything except cooking.
    I suggest you look at using coconut oil for cooking it has a higher smoking point and it doesn’t influence the flavour of the cooked food as much as olive oil.
    In addition coconut oil works for me as effective sun protector for my skin, I have a slight olive complexion but I still burn without any protection .
    I haven’t used any of the l “accepted” conventional chemical alternatives for over 15 years.
    I was born and live in Australia both my parents were Greek so I am very familiar with earth’s beautiful olive oil.
    I admire your initiative and deciding to work to live and not the reverse which shackles many into a life of a form resembling a modern day economic slavery.

    1. That’s amazing that you use coconut oil as suncream. We hate to put any chemicals on our skin, so we have tended to cover up in light clothing and avoid laying in the sun too much. I’ll definitely look into this – my husband has olive skin too.

      Thanks for your advice, I’m always open to feedback:)

      1. I am also into natural stuff but I’ll recommend not to use natural concoction against sun. It doesn’t work as well and if u meng things in, it won’t be perfectly menged, you could have spot whom are protected and others one. Im doing my own toothpaste and deodorant but for the sun, you must be more cautius. Oil doesn’t protect from sun. Or you put a lot of light clothing to protect yourself but don’t do diy suncream because it could be far worse than using industrial suncream

      2. Also for the deodorant i don’t know if it best coconut oil or olive oil. Because coconut doesn’t have color, does olive leaves stains on clothes?

        1. Hiya, I’ve always used a ‘light’ olive oil which isn’t so dark in colour and it’s always been fine. It very quickly sinks into your skin and doesn’t leave an oily residue behind. I’m sure coconut oil would work well too, although it would be a solid consistency unless the air temperature is very hot, in which case it would become liquid. Good luck!

  2. Ooh. I just emailed you as didn’t know about this little bit at the bottom of your articles/blogs? OK, I’m older than you. Gimme a break! Can’t wait to try your deodorant recipe. You prob already know this but a natural anti bacterial cleaner is a few drops of rosemary (essential oil) in water. I put it in a pretty spray – plastic, sorry, but will sort that out soon. Cleans worktops, sinks, loos etc. And if clothes get a wee bit sweaty, yours won’t with your fabby deo, a few drops of lavender essential oil in water and voila, removes odor.

    1. Hello! Thanks for your comment, it’s so interesting to learn other tricks and recipes from other people. I hadn’t heard of this recipe, but I love how simple it is. I always get a bit put off by recipes with lots of complicated ingredients. Feel free to post more ideas and recipes here?

  3. This is litteraly the best deodorant I have ever had. I’ve been using it for almost 2 months now and in the middle of the summer, 30+ degrees I do not smell bad at all and I do sweat especialy if I am the studio photographing. I love it. ? Thank you!

    1. I’m so glad you love it. We agree completely, it’s far more effective than anything we’ve ever bought. It’s never failed us over the years, and I could never go back to shop bought options now. It’s great to hear from open minded people that are interested in giving it a go. Enjoy the rest of the summer ?

  4. Hi,
    I am very much impressed with your way of life – that is, with you. I’d like to thank you for doing it, for saving the planet, for writing, for being an inspiration. Also, I very much like what and how your write, I like your story. For me it is actually a… love-story. It is about two people that love each other, they act for each other, and their love radiates so that the world gets better – about how their love changes their lives and has the power to change lives of others – thus changes the world. It is so uplifting to read your story.
    Thanks so much!

    1. Thank you so much for such lovely words. I think you understand us completely, everything we’ve created comes from love, the rest just follows as a consequence ?

  5. Just a little note about the deodorant.
    Because corn is yellow, corn-flour is yellow as well. The deodorant on your pics is white, therefore I believe you are using corn-starch.
    Thanks so much for sharing this idea!

    1. Ahhh yes, In England we call it corn flour but you are right, it is in fact corn starch. Thanks for noticing, that could definitely cause some confusion!

      1. This deo is great!
        I have prepared the deodorant with the starch, it became yellow anyway 🙂 It must be olive oil, it is yellow, perhaps I have added too much. That doesn’t bother me as the colour is not visible with such a tiny amount that I use on my arm-pits.
        I believe, corn starch is just the starch part of the corn grain (both are white), and corn flour is made of the whole grain (both are yellow).
        This deo works very well!
        What a nice feeling to use something that I have created myself 😀
        Many many thanks!

        1. I’m so glad you love it. Mine is yellow too (from the olive oil) but it just sinks into your skin and doesn’t look yellow once it’s on. I guarantee you’ll continue to love it; it never lets you down. All the best ?

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