2 DIY Deodorant Recipes + My Body Odour Experience and Tips

2 DIY Deodorant Recipes and My Body Odour Experience

It’s time to talk about embarrassing matters… I used to be a huge stinker! 🙂 OK, not quite. But in my previous corporate life, I used to sweat a lot and had to use tons of ultra-strong products to keep myself smelling fresh. It was a huge struggle, but I managed to overcome it. Want to know my tips? That’s what I’m going to share with you today.

I’ve also got 2 totally natural DIY deodorant recipes for you! They both work really well, but the first one works for longer, while the second one doesn’t contain coconut oil or baking soda, so it’s good for those with very sensitive skins.

Stressful Job + Lots of Sweets = Body Odour Nightmare

Once upon a time, I used to live in London and go to work every day not really wanting to do it.

It’s one of those jobs where you start with lots of enthusiasm, but you soon realize that you’ve been wrong all along and you lose your belief in the cause.

Working like that becomes really difficult. Or am I the only one feeling like this? If I don’t believe in something passionately, I can’t work for it without losing all my energy and enthusiasm in it. I did for a long while, and I was stressed. Guess what I kept doing to comfort myself? I went crazy over sweets – all kinds. I used to have a cake for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. I even managed to squeeze in something sweet a couple of times a day as a snack.

Naturally, all those sweets, were raising my stress levels even more. With each year, I was sweating more and more, until it became unbearable. I had to use industrial strength antiperspirants that were supposed to last for 48 hours. They lasted me only a few. I’m not going to lie, it was a real struggle.

Cleaner Diet = Less Sweat = Much Less Body Odour

Once I realized things were getting out of control, I started cleaning up my diet. I ditched all the sugar, white flour, white rice, and processed foods. That made a huge difference to the amount of body odour my body was generating each day. My reaction to stress around me improved as well.

The situations that before would have caused massive adrenalin rushes, with a healthier diet seemed just like obstacles that had to be overcome, but without all that excessive and unnecessary stress.

I often say that it’s not about stress around us. Every has their own stress. A kid not getting a toy they want might be just as stressed as an adult losing their job. It’s all relative. The only thing that changes our perception of stress levels is nutrition. Eat better and you’ll notice yourself stressing much less. Troubles are there to be solved, not to worry yourself crazy over them.

Fruit and Body Odour

There is something that can still make me sweat profusely. It’s fruit. I’m not saying fruit is unhealthy, but IT IS for me at this point. For someone who is perfectly healthy and balanced, eating some fruit would be wonderful. But for me it isn’t. I suspect it feeds my lingering candida. So I’ll have to continue being very careful with it. It’s not just fruit – honey does the same thing. I guess it’s the fructose in it.

If I eat a piece of fruit, I’m fine. But if I relax a bit and eat more in a day, I’ll be sweating like crazy. It’s that strange cold sweat that you get when you’re stressed. I also notice my adrenals acting weird and overreacting to the smallest of excitements. My weight also always jumps after days when I indulge in fruit. Have you experienced anything similar? Please let me know.

I hope one day I’ll be able to eat fruit without consequences, but for now I’ll have to stick to my very limited amount of fruit. It seems to work well, so why change anything?

Other Natural or DIY Deodorants I’ve Tried

Once I stopped sweating so much, I decided it was time to start looking for a totally natural deodorant. I could now survive with something less crazy than those heavy duty antiperspirants I used in the past.

I tried to make a DIY deodorant with baking soda and coconut oil, but it didn’t work well for me. It also irritated my armpits after a while. I now suspect that the ratio of baking soda was probably too high for my sensitive skin. As far as I remember, it was more or less 50/50 of coconut oil and baking soda.

I got kind of discouraged by DIY deodorants, as most of them were baking soda based, so I decided to try a crystal stick. It worked pretty well (although not as reliably as the two recipes I’ll share with you today), until I read some articles about it containing aluminium. Alright, it’s not the same aluminium that you would find in the dangerous antiperspirants, but it’s still aluminium. Why would I want to take the risk and apply it on my skin?

Once again, I realized that if something claims to be “natural”, it doesnt really mean it’s that good for you. Research, research, and once again research. Don’t take anyone’s words for granted. Not even mine… 🙂

I’d also like to thank some of my readers who asked me about the dangers of using a crystal stick, which led me to do some research. Thanks, guys! You know who you are.

DIY Deodorant No 1 – Easy To Carry Around and Super Reliable

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 2 T coconut oil
  • 2 T baking soda
  • 1 T shea butter (or replace it with the same amount of coconut oil if you don’t have it – the deodorant will be more liquid, but it will work the same)
  • 2 T cornstarch or arrowroot (I use cornstarch because arrowroot is impossible to find where I live)
  • 5-10 drops of peppermint oil or any other essential oil that you like – tea tree, lemon oil, lavender, etc. (optional)
  • a little shallow container to keep it in
  • a little pot to warm up the ingredients

Coconut oil is anti-bacterial and anti-fungal, so it might even work great on its own. It does work for some people (not for me – I need something extra). Baking soda increases the pH of your skin and makes the environment less pleasant for the bacteria to grow in. Shea butter nourishes and calms your skin. Cornstarch absorbs any moisture and sweat from the surface of your skin. Peppermint oil is simply the most refreshing and cooling essential oil in the world – it feels wonderful on a hot summer day.

Warm up the shea butter gently – it will melt. Switch off the fire and add the remaining ingredients. Don’t forget to stir really well. Pour it into the container and place it in the fridge for the first few hours to obtain its real consistency. Later on, you won’t need to refrigerate it, and will stay fresh for a very long time. The consistency will be wonderfully creamy, like a lovely body butter. All you need is a little dollop for each armpit.

You can also make larger quantities if you like. I prefer making smaller batches more often. But it’s really up to you.

If you omit shea butter, and especially if you live in hot climate, the deodorant will be quite liquid. It’s still perfectly usable, and it will work. But it’s not as pleasant as the one with shea butter. I’d definitely recommend getting some as it’s so wonderful for so many different things – your feet, cuticles, nails, hair ends, etc. Shea butter is one of the most versatile things around.

This DIY deodorant will last all day without the need to reapply. It’s very hot here, but it never fails me. It’s simply brilliant. It also never ever irritates my skin, as the ratio of baking soda is quite low.

DIY Deodorant No 2 – Gentle and Refreshing

This recipe was given to me by my viewer Catherine (thanks so much!). I thought it was amazing, so I hope she won’t mind me sharing it with the whole world. All you need is just 3 ingredients, and one of them is optional, so it couldn’t be any simpler than this:

  • 6 parts pure witch hazel or rosewater
  • 4 parts freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 5 drops tea tree oil (optional)

I usually use teaspoons as my measures. This kind of quantity lasts me for around 2 weeks. Just pour all the ingredients into a small empty bottle or a spray bottle, make sure you shake it well, and voila! The deodorant should be kept in the fridge, and will stay fresh for a few weeks. I guess you’ll just have to remember to take it out of the fridge and bring it with you to the bathroom every time you go to shower, which is a little inconvenient.

But it’s not a huge price to pay for a totally natural deodorant. Don’t you think?

Witch hazel or rosewater, lemon juice, and tea tree oil are all anti-bacterial, so bacteria on your skin don’t stand a chance. Lemon juice has another unexpected trick under its sleeve – it naturally lightens your skin. So if you’re one of those people who are looking for ways to naturally lighten the skin under their pits, here’s a great tip for you! 🙂

This DIY deodorant will need to be reapplied a couple of times a day – at least in my case, in the hot weather, I would have to reapply it twice. Try it for yourself and see how long you can go between applications. It’s a great gentle alternative for those who can’t tolerate any baking soda in their recipe at all. It might not be as heavy duty as the first one, but it still works. You’ll just need to remember to reapply it.

So these are my two DIY deodorant recipes. They’re both very different, but both work very well They’re super easy and cheap to make. They aren’t harmful – in fact, they’re nourishing and caring! And they smell beautiful.

If you do give them a try, let me know!

Lots of love,

Vita xx


Other ways to simplify your life:

Probably The Most Natural Shower & Hygiene Routine You’ve Ever Seen

My Summer Skincare Routine For Hot Weather

The Best Shampoo is No Shampoo: The No Poo Method

How To Wash Your Hair Without Shampoo Using Soapnuts

How To Clean Your Whole House Using Just 3 Ingredients


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  1. Hi Vita

    Both my daughter and I use DIY deodorants which are slightly different to yours.

    With a cotton bud we dab our underarms with apple cider vinegar (with the “mother” such as Braggs). Then we apply coconut oil mixed with a few drops of lavender oil. This combination has saved us as nothing else worked, and has got us through the Australian summer that can be very humid especially in Sydney. We found the critical missing link for us was the cider vinegar!!

    Try it!! Belinda x

  2. Made my first batch of diy. Will see how it works. Hubby is skeptical. Haha…

    • Which one did you make? How did it turn out? Did your hubby get convinced? 🙂 xx

      • Sorry it took so long to reply back to this. I made DIY #1 and still use it today. I use peppermint because it feels refreshing after a hot shower or bath. Hubby cannot tell the difference. I am so glad for this recipe as I was using the dangerous kind of deodorants did not know what else to use, but I will never go back. It makes one’s heart skip a beat when you read on your deodorant “consult physician before use if you have kidney disease!”

  3. Hello Vita,
    I am bad about replying and keeping up with e-mail. Sometimes I think I need to live back in the stone age without it haha…
    I made the first one, and I absolutely love it. Except instead of peppermint I got mint oil of which I absolutely love. It makes me feel cool and fresh. I also use it in my bath water as a pick me up when I feel tired or in a blah type of mood, it really helps.

    • I don’t even know what the difference is because in Spanish it’s the same (I think). So I don’t even know if I’ve got peppermint or mint. 🙂 So glad you like the recipe! xx

  4. If this gets posted twice my apologies, my internet is acting goofy. I made the first one except I used mint oil which I absolutely love. I also add mint oil to my bath water as a pick me up when I feel tired or in a blah mood, it really helps.

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