How to Make Homemade Deodorant Sticks

Making homemade deodorant sticks is easier than you might think. Try these recipes for delightfully refreshing deodorant products that rival the stuff you can find in the store.

These homemade deodorant stick recipes are easy to follow and produce.

Effective Homemade Deodorant Recipe
Ingredients You Will Need:
1/2 cup baking soda
1/2 cup cornstarch
10 tablespoons solid coconut oil
10 drops essential oil, preferably sage or tea tree oil

Make sure you buy unrefined coconut oil. This is more expensive than refined coconut oil, but it works better. Put the coconut oil in the refrigerator two hours before you make this product so it will be in solid form.

Using a whisk, mix the baking soda and cornstarch in a mixing bowl. Add the solid coconut oil and mix well with a wooden spoon. Add the essential oils last, blending mixture carefully, scraping the edges and making sure the oil gets mixed in well. Scoop the mixture into your deodorant dispenser and round the edge, using a spoon to create a rounded, smooth application surface. Your deodorant should be solid enough to apply like store bought product, but if it is not, you can either add a tad bit more corn starch or keep it in the refrigerator, if you don't mind chilly deodorant.

Why does this deodorant recipe work? Because the ingredients selected work together to inhibit sweat production and to kill bacteria. Coconut oil kills bacteria, as does baking soda. Cornstarch will absorb excess perspiration. The essential oils add scent and can also help in killing bacteria or inhibiting sweat production, depending on what oils you choose. The following essential oils will kill bacteria: lavender, calendula, rose, geranium, and tea tree.

Waxy Homemade Stick Deodorant Recipe
Ingredients You Will Need:
1/4 cup beeswax
1 tablespoon cocoa butter
2 tablespoons unrefined coconut oil
6 drops castor oil
10 drops lavender essential oil

Place beeswax in a double boiler on the stove with a little water in the bottom of the lower pan. Heat on low to medium low. Melt beewax in top pan of double boiler until just melted; remove from heat immediately. Add cocoa butter, coconut oil and castor oil and mix well. Let cool slightly, then add drops of lavender essential oil last. Mix well, then scrape into stick deodorant dispenser and allow to set.

Things You Should Know About Homemade Deodorant
Homemade deodorant products are primarily products that will kill the bacteria that likes to grow under your arms on the sweat you naturally produce. By killing this bacteria, you will eliminate body odor. If you wish to reduce your actual sweat production in addition to killing the smell of body odor, you will want to use the recipe that contains sage essential oil since this will also inhibit sweat production by approximately 50 percent.

When making homemade deodorant, you'll need to find a way to dispense your final product. If you want to do this on a budget, you can use an empty stick deodorant container or you can use wax-covered paper cups. If you want to get fancy, you can order empty twist up stick deodorant dispensers online. Whichever way you go, you'll probably save money in the long run making your own products.

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