9 Reasons to Make Your Own Deodorant (#9 is the Most Important) and an Easy, Money-Saving Recipe

Witch hazel, friend and ingredient

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Why would you want to make your own deodorant, you ask? Here are a few good reasons:

1. You ran out of the store bought variety and need an easy replacement.

2. It is inexpensive, even with the optional ingredients.

3. You propably have at least some of these ingredients on hand.

4. You can make your own custom scent and it smells amazing.

5. Reduce your waste- you don’t need to use all the plastic and packaging traditional deodorant comes with.

6. It is so easy to make. Anyone can do it with minimal effort.

7. DIY beauty products are fun to make.

8. DIY beauty products make great gifts. However, I would not give a friend deodorant by itself or they may develop a complex!

9. For your health. I am not claiming to be an expert on the subject matter, but the national cancer institutes website states:

Because estrogen can promote the growth of breast cancer cells, some scientists have suggested that the aluminum-based compounds in antiperspirants may contribute to the development of breast cancer (3). In addition, it has been suggested that aluminum may have direct activity in breast tissue (4).

Better safe than sorry, right?


Convinced?  Here is my favorite recipe for spray-on deodorant with links to my top picks for the ingredients on Amazon for convenience:

Spray bottle
Witch Hazel (or rubbing alcohol)
20 Drops essential oil ( I like to mix lemon and lavendar, but the possibilities are endless!)
Optional: 2 tablespoons aloe vera

Put the ingredients in the spray bottle and shake well. Enjoy!

*Warning* Do not apply directly after shaving or you will may experience some stinging.



  • Will this deodorant last all day?
  • I occasionally re-apply it after a     strenuous workout or on very hot days. Everyone is different, and if you are concerned you might want to try keeping a small travel sized bottle, like  this one, in your purse or bag.
  • What types of essential oils work best?
  • Go crazy, my friend. Try one or a combination of the following scents: peppermint, spearmint, rose, lavender, lemon, lime, tea tree oil, eucalyptus, rosemary, orange, grapefruit, thieves and many, many more.
  • Is this recipe safe?
  • You control the ingredients so it is more likely to be ‘safe’ than anything you buy commercially, and you can do a spot test on one small patch of skin first to determine if your skin my react negatively to any of the ingredients.
  • How do I apply it?
  • You can spritz a few sprays under your arms and anywhere else that needs de-odorizing. It makes a great facial toner as well.

If you try the recipe,  feel free to brag about your success in the comments below. I would love to hear about new scent combinations you come up with!

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