The Little Red Owl

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Well, get ready for TMI (too much information)…ready? Here goes: I am smelly.

I do not sweat like the average person and it is my theory that this helps lock in the odors and make me stinky. Awesome, right?

Commercial deodorants have never worked for me-I would have to reapply 2-3 times a day and I would still be stinky by bedtime. Gross.

I have tried every “all natural” deodorant sold at stores as well-not even close to working.

I started to research making my own deodorant and found many recipes. I came across this simple recipe and decided to try it:

I made a few modifications so I could use what I had on hand at the time:

Here is my recipe (adapted from

1/4 cup baking soda
1/4 cup cornstarch
4 tablespoons coconut oil
2-4 drops tea tree oil (powerful anti-bacterial to fight odor causing bacteria)
2 small mason jars

Dump baking soda and cornstarch in a bowl, stir together.  Using a fork to stir, add the coconut oil and tea tree oil one at a time until you like the consistency. Then pour the mixture into your 2 mason jars. Let the deodorant sit in the refrigerator overnight to solidify. This can be stored at room temperature. If the weather heats up and you find this too runny-just stick in the refrigerator for an hour or so to harden back up.

To apply: put a dime sized amount on your figure tips and rub around (Sometimes I do have a little excess to brush off but it has not left marks on my clothes yet).

I also keep a small spoon with my jar of deodorant. I find if I mix it up before every use-my underarms do not get irritated.

*note* this mixture did irritate my under arms for the first week but has since stopped, i have had no more irritation since then.

I WILL NEVER GO BACK. With this homemade deodorant I never have to reapply during the day and most of the time this lasts me through the night.

Raise your hand if you’re no longer smelly-what a relief!


12 thoughts on “smell the hippie. or not. (homemade deoderant)

  1. myfairdaily says:

    Does this also work as an antiperspirant? I have a problem with wetness that evolves into stink over time…

    1. Amy says:

      Honestly, I cannot speak to that. I do not sweat so I don’t have that issue-just the smelliness :)
      My gut tells me no, this probably would NOT work as an anti-antiperspirant but I cannot say for sure.

  2. Rada says:

    Have you tried pouring the mixture into a used deodorant container and then freezing it. That way you don’t have to use the spoon.

    1. Amy says:

      I have thought of that but I don’t think the consistency is right. This time around I haven’t needed to use the spoon, so I’m moving up in the world :)

  3. denise says:

    I love that you admitted this, so down to earth, it’s refreshing. After 10 days of using this remedy how are you finding it?

    1. Amy says:

      I have actually been using this for about 6 months and I love it. It always works. I find myself still smelling my under arms I amazment!

      1. denise says:

        Oh oopsy, I went by the blog dates or something hehe.
        Well that’s good! Glad to hear it, I may even try it out for myself (women’s deodorants don’t seem to work but men’s do. sigh)

      2. Amy says:

        No problem, it took forever for me to finally post it:-) I recommend trying it-I love the scent (very light coconut)

  4. Grandma says:

    I’m glad you found a remedy for yourself. Really I do understand. Even though I have never had to wear deodorant. People are different. Alfalfa pills are supposed to be a body cleanser and we do take them.

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