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DIY Deodorant

Have I gone too far with the DIY stuff? If someone told me five years ago that I would be blogging about DIY  deodorant, facial scrub and detergents, I would have been like, “Whaaat?” But here I am and I’m truly enjoying these easy recipes that I have found that are both cost effective and better for you.

Recently my sister, Laura-Leigh, and I were discussing how we stink at the end of the day. (TMI?) We both use deodorant religiously every day, and have even tried using our husbands deodorant in hopes that the “man strength” will cover our smell. People. That did not work for either of us! Is that normal? Gosh I know I am really over-sharing right now but can I get a “amen”? Does ANYONE out there have B.O.?!?!

stinky sisters

we stink-you don’t. haha.

Well Laura-Leigh found this link via pinterest for “Man Stink Killer” and she said it WORKS!!! Not only that, she said it was super easy to make. Here’s our conversation after her trial run…


Y’all know I had to blog about it if I loved it!

The ingredients are very simple and I whipped this up in less than five minutes. Does it get any better than that? Here’s what you will need.

  • Coconut Oil
  • Corn Starch
  • Baking Soda
  •  (Essential oils can also be used to add a scent. I used lavender.)

DIY Deodorant

So grab a bowl and put in equal parts baking soda and corn starch. Then spoon in some coconut oil and mix in till it’s light and fluffy.

Spoon the mixture into an air tight jar or an old deodorant container.


I have been using it for days and I have no complaints. Only a small amount needs to be used and the best part- I don’t stink! 🙂

Let me know what you think!


*Store at room temperature. Heat may cause the oil to separate from the deodorant.

**This is MUCH easier to put on if it is in an actual deodorant container!

***My friend Heidi has been doing this for the past five years and explained that  the reason this recipe works so well as deodorant is because coconut oil (cold pressed) has anti- bacterial properties, corn starch absorbs moisture, and baking soda neutralizes odor. Makes perfect sense!


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  • Mary W. October 17, 2013, 7:45 pm

    I totally support making homemade stuff when it works! Keep up the great discoveries, I’m loving it. I’ll give it a shot the next time I exercise (that’s the REAL test!).

    If any of your readers aren’t ready for homemade though, it’s important to understand storebought deodorants at least. Each of us has a different chemical composition and pH/hormone balance. Have you ever noticed that some deodorants make us stink even WORSE after sweating? It’s not just b.o.–it’s b.o. plus an extra whammy of somethin’ somethin’. THAT deodorant has ingredients that are clashing with your pH. For the love of all that is sweet smelling, please try a different brand. Try talking to family members who may have the same pH as you to see what has worked for them. It’s so worth throwing out a $3 stick of deodorant a few times to save yourself months or years of Stink-Grief. 😉

    (Dear readers, if this doesn’t sound like a good economic plan to you, this is exactly why you should be making your own).

    • Janna October 19, 2013, 9:03 pm

      Oh Mary, you are so funny AND smart! Thank you for teaching me about pH!!!

  • Rose Haynes October 18, 2013, 2:05 am

    Janna, I thought this was too funny. Haven’t decided if I will try this or not but glad that you are. I just think you are too cute. Keep having fun. And thanks for taking care of our planet.

    • Janna October 19, 2013, 9:06 pm

      Thank you Rose! If you save your next empty deodorant container, I will make some for you and you can try it out! 🙂

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