Easy Homemade Deodorant and Room Spray

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Last winter it became apparent that the deodorant I’ve worn for years (Tom’s Brand) wasn’t working for me anymore. (Insert ten million embarrassed face emojis).

Nothing makes you feel more like a vulnerable middle schooler than being around other people when you are aware that the deodorant you KNOW you swiped on multiple times is not doing it’s job. Just writing about it makes me feel flush!

I researched other natural brands and found a list of them that included reviews and prices. It’s shocking just how expensive some of these deodorants sell for. I opted to try a brand called Schmidt’s because it had good reviews, was available at Target, and was among the lowest priced on the list (though still not cheap) at $6.99.

Schmidt’s has a minimal ingredient list which includes arrowroot powder, baking soda, and coconut oil in its top three. It also has directions to “Hold product momentarily to skin to soften on contact with body heat.” This new deodorant worked for me and I was happy to have found a replacement.

A month or so later my lovely neighbor Corrine posted about eco-friendly ideas- looking for new ones and sharing some of her own, including making her own deodorant. I was intrigued.

She shared her deodorant recipe which is:

1/2 cup arrowroot powder, 1/3 cup baking soda mixed together evenly. Then mix 6-8 Tablespoons coconut oil. Add any essential oils. Store in an airtight glass container and rub it on like lotion.

I was doubly intrigued once I realized the ingredients in this recipe match the first three in Schmidt’s, which I already liked!

It took me some time to actually make the deodorant. I still had one I’d bought and then the pandemic hit and it wasn’t top of my list of things to do. Finally, on a trip to Sawall’s, our local health food store, I bought a bag of arrowroot powder, the only item I didn’t have. The recipe came together easily and most importantly worked! Corrine mentioned that the recipe lasts forever and that is true! It’s not only economical but also does away with plastic packaging! I love it and never plan to go back to buying deodorant.

I’ve now made the recipe twice and it’s really easy. It’s simpler than whipping together a batch of muffins.

Above is all three ingredients before being mixed together.

I found it easiest to use my hands to incorporate the coconut oil. The recipe calls for 6-8 Tablespoons of coconut oil. In the winter when the coconut oil is in its solid form I went closer to the full 8 Tablespoons. You could start with 6 and see how you like the consistency, adding more if you want it softer.

A note about baking powder: some people are sensitive to it on their skin. Cornstarch could be tried as a replacement.

After the three ingredients were all combined I added the essential oil. If you’d like to try different scents it would be easiest to divide up the deodorant and add scents into each smaller ball. I’ve tried lavender, lemon, and grapefruit and liked each.

The finished product stores easily in glass containers.

I’ve also been enjoying homemade room spray. A few years ago my incredibly creative niece Isabella gave us all homemade room sprays, which she had put into empty bottles she’d bought at Target. I really loved her lemon scented one and after missing it for awhile made it again with water and several drops of lemon essential oil.

I’ve also refilled a small room spray bottle I bought with my own water/ essential oil mixture. I buy my essential oils at the local health food store. Spritzing on the lemon scented spray in the morning is part of my routine now- it’s refreshing and helps me feel like I’m waking up. Homemade lavender spray also smells lovely.

The other part of my morning routine is moisturizing my face with coconut oil. About 8 years ago after a family summer vacation my face turned lobster red even though I hadn’t gotten a sunburn. I don’t know exactly what triggered it, but since my mom has had rosacea I figured that’s what it was. After ruling out other things with my primary care doctor, a dermatologist diagnosed it as rosacea.

I tried a few different creams and soaps and ultimately came to the conclusion that doing as minimal as possible to my face was best for it. The more I read about our skin and rosacea, the more I came to think that by washing it with soap every morning and night I was stripping it too much and drying it out, and then making it worse by applying a facial moisturizer that my sensitive skin couldn’t handle. So now I wash only with water and moisturize in the morning with coconut oil.

My coconut oil moisturized face and tired eyes. We’d been camping for a week and I wasn’t sleeping the best in the tent 🙂 When traveling, I make my own travel sized containers by packing coconut oil and homemade deodorant in contact lens cases.

I started using coconut oil kind of by chance. I had found my way to using an oil based moisturizer because it was low on the EWG Skin Deep Database (which is a website where you can search products and see which ingredients may be unsafe). One day I was sleeping over at my sister’s house and forgot to bring my oil moisturizer but did have coconut oil nearby so I tried that. I was surprised how much I liked it and haven’t looked back since. Every morning I just use a little dab of coconut oil. It can seem a slightly greasy at first but I find my skin absorbs it soon enough. Coconut oil also has antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, and antifungal properties.

Have you used coconut oil as a beauty product? Any other homemade beauty things to try?

9 thoughts on “Easy Homemade Deodorant and Room Spray

  1. Love this! I’m excited to try the deodorant and coconut oil moisturizer out. You have such beautiful, ageless skin. I definitely need all your tips and tricks!

    1. What a compliment! I don’t know about ageless, but for me doing less is better :). I also put sunscreen on when I’m at the beach or hiking in a really sunny spot.

  2. I am definitely going to try both the deodorant and using coconut oil as my moisturizer ! Perfect season for it! Thanks!

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