I have been searching and searching and SEARCHING for a natural deodorant in stores that actually works. In fact, I’ve gone through several brands from the health food store only to discover that they don’t quite work as anticipated.
Look, I live a pretty active life. I exercise 5 to 6 times a week and I go social dancing for hours which means, I sweat like crazy! The last thing I need is my deodorant failing me in the midst of having a good time dancing or while I’m in the middle of a workout (that’s no fun either).
Most of the natural deodorants I’ve tried works beautifully for a few days, maybe even a few weeks. But after that, they fail me miserably. Eventually, they just stop working. That was until I discovered Primal Pit Paste. A bunch of folks in a Facebook group was raving about Primal Pit Paste. I was able to get my hands on a jar and give it a try!
Primal Pit Paste is sold in 2 ounce jars and costs about $10 per jar. Does it actually work? You bet it does! In fact, it works beautifully! The downside for me however was the cost per jar not to mention how quickly I go through a 2 ounce jar.
That’s when my search began to find a homemade deodorant recipe that I can make on my own. One that’s easy to make. And one that actually works!
A friend of mine introduced me to a recipe on Wellness Mama’s website. My friend has tried a number of store-bought deodorants before giving Wellness Mama’s recipe a try. To her surprise, she discovered it actually works for her and she loves it!
I took it upon myself to do some additional research and see if there was a recipe closer to Primal Pit Paste’s version. I came across Stephanie’s version which is inspired by Primal Pit Paste (apparently she loves that deodorant as much as I do too). After reviewing her version, as well as Wellness Mama’s version, I modified my version slightly to fit my personal needs. I’ve used 2 ounces in the past 3 months and guess what? IT WORKS! And I’m quite ecstatic about it that I just had to share my experience!
Whether you choose to use Wellness Mama’s recipe, Stephanie’s recipe or the modified version I am sharing below, these are all natural alternatives that are affordable and actually works! Stephanie’s recipe contains a price breakdown. She quotes $1.14 for 2 ounces of homemade deodorant (that excludes the cost of the jar). Nonetheless, that price is pretty awesome, isn’t it?
This recipe will yield 4 ounces of deodorant. To make your own deodorant, you will need the following ingredients:
- 3 tbsp shea butter
- 2 tbsp coconut oil
- 2 tbsp arrowroot powder
- 3 tbsp baking soda
- 2 drops of essential oil
Add the shea butter and coconut oil to a glass jar or glass bowl.
Place the glass bowl in a pot of hot water on your stove keeping it at low heat. Allow the shea butter and coconut oil to melt, stirring occasionally.
When the shea butter and coconut oil has melted, remove the glass bowl from the pot of hot water.
Next, add the arrowroot powder and baking soda and mix well (not pictured). Make sure all ingredients are blended well. The result will be creamy.
Pour the contents into a 2 ounce jar (you can use two 2 ounce jars or one 4 ounce jar).
In the 2 ounce jar, add two drops of essential oil and stir carefully using a toothpick. I used Tea Tree Oil (you can read more about why I chose this oil below).
When you are finished, set your jar aside. It needs to harden and will do so at room temperature. This may take several hours (I left my bottles to harden overnight). If you wish to speed up the process, you can place the jar in your refrigerator. After it hardens, it will be solid yet soft enough to use.
How do I use it?
To apply the deodorant, take a pea-sized amount with your finger and rub it into your armpits. A little goes a very long way, so no need to use too much of it. In fact, using too much can irritate your armpit (speaking from experience).
I personally apply this deodorant twice a day. Once in the morning after my shower and once in the evening before my bedtime. That’s it!
What’s the purpose of these ingredients?
Shea Butter is naturally enriched with Vitamins A, E, F and K and is wonderful for skin. It’s non-greasy and won’t clog pores. It also helps to harden the deodorant making for easy application. I use pure unrefined raw Shea Butter which I found on Amazon for a reasonable price.
Coconut oil removes harmful bacteria and germs. It kills fungi, yeast and bacteria and helps with detoxification of the pits.
Arrowroot Powder helps with those armpit sweats by absorbing moisture. Feel free to add another tablespoon to your recipe like Stephanie’s version if you sweat in excess.
Baking Soda neutralizes body odors which means, no stinky pits. I chose to increase the amount of baking soda used in my recipe above since I’m pretty active. Doing this has allowed me to apply a pea-sized amount of deodorant twice a day. I apply in the morning after a clean shower and before bedtime. There’s been no need for me to reapply before my workout.
Essential Oils are natural, great for the skin and smells fantastic! I am a fan of Young Living Essential Oils (member number 10630926) because of the quality of their products. Young Living oils are pure with no additives. You can add Tea Tree, Cedarwood, Lemongrass, Lemon, or Lavender to create a heavenly scent for your deodorant. I opt for Tea Tree when making my deodorant because it kills many strains of bacteria, viruses and fungi.
If you’re interested in learning more about Tea Tree Oil and its benefits, you can read 10 Tea Tree Oil Uses and Benefits by Dr. Axe.
You can also skip the essential oil in your recipe if you prefer an unscented deodorant.
Can I travel with this?
I know you’re probably used to having your deodorant in a stick form that’s easy to toss into your suitcase (Primal Pit Paste does offer stick forms by the way).
This deodorant will melt in high heat. When I traveled, I placed the jar in a sandwich bag and kept it in my carry on bag. It melted slightly. It was softer than usual – still worked great – and hardened when it was left in my hotel room.
Um, my pit is stinky… what’s up with that?
If this is your first time transitioning to a natural deodorant, whether it’s a store-bought deodorant or a homemade deodorant, your armpit will experience a detox. What does that mean?
It means, you need to read this article: Pit Detox Protocol
This is from Primal Pit Paste’s website and they do a fantastic job explaining what’s happening with your armpits the first time you start using natural deodorants. In other words, initial stink is normal and will go away after some time. 😉
Primal Pit Paste – https://primalpitpaste.com
Wellness Mama – https://wellnessmama.com
Six Figures Under – https://www.sixfiguresunder.com
Dr. Axe – https://draxe.com
Young Living Essential Oils – https://www.youngliving.com/en_US