Homemade Deodorant: the Sequel

What appears to be a small bowl of frosting sitting on a rock…

…is in reality a small bowl of deodorant sitting on a rock. In my front yard. Impressing the neighbors.

When I started wearing homemade deodorant in March, I kept my stick of conventional deo for “Important” days. Once that stick ran out, I switched to using my natural deodorant full-time; to work or work-out, to parties, camping trips— everywhere.

While still pleased with Angry Chicken’s homemade deodorant, I thought How About Orange’s recipe (via Sal via Trinkitty) deserved a go.


I made a few changes:

1. Used cornstarch in place of arrowroot

2. Used my leftover Soltstice Scents (Roasted Chestnut and Rice Pudding and Rum-Soaked Raisins) in place of essential oils— natural? Nah. Paid for? Truly!

3. Added vitamin E oil, chiefly because I have no other use for those damn expired capsules


After 1.5 weeks of constant use, this deo cream has my stamp of approval. I massage a pea-sized amount into each armpit every morning, and still smell fresh come nightfall. It can feel slightly gritty upon application; will tinker with the recipe next time.


So, which recipe is better: Angry Chicken or How About Orange?

That depends, m’dears! If money’s tight, I’d start with HAO. If you’re worried about irritated underarms, AC is creamier. Making HAO is faster, making AC is more fun. If you don’t like the idea of AC’s deo pucks, try her original cream. Flip a coin, pray for guidance, suit yourself.

Neither formula is truly an antiperspirant, but don’t let that frighten you away; I’ve worn this stuff on hikes and still felt/looked fine.


Next time you’re in town, swing by and sniff my armpits. You won’t be disappointed.



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  1. It’s awesome to see your reviews of the techniques here! I’ve been toying with the idea of making my own deodorant for a little while and wasn’t sure where to start, especially since we’re in the middle of a very sweaty and fragrant summer right now. This sounds great, especially if it really lasts through hikes and rigorous activity. I’ll have to give the HAO recipe a go…


  2. My armpits would eat that stuff for lunch, and immediately sweat it out like it was water. I wish I could get on the natural deodorant thing, but I need the heavy artillery of antipersperants to try to tame my pits.


  3. Mia – Groovy! Be sure to post about your results, for better or worse; I wonder how many people don’t try natural deodorants because they sound “weird,” and a lot of people aren’t ready to do anything “weird.” Not that blame them.

    Millie – What, you’re knocking pre-try? Why not be pseudo-scientific about it? Homemade deo in one armpit, your trusted deodorant in the other.

    I’m no dainty flower myself; I used to have a Considerable B.O. problem, and nearly all my shirts die of obvious armpit stains. I’ve heard that those stains come from deodorant, not sweat… but I’ve never gone without ANY deodorant long enough to find out.


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