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A 3-minute zero waste deodorant recipe

Do you ever get so busy you just tune out the simple, but very important things? When you tune back in there’s a massive pile of laundry, a distinct lack of food, or nothing prepared for the next few days?

That happened to me this week. I realized I was out of deodorant as my finger hit the bottom of the little glass jar.

(As a side note, I can’t recommend Schmidt’s deodorant in a glass jar more highly – it worked really well and lasted forever. I’ve also had great luck in the past with Fat and the Moon’s deodorant – also in a glass jar – but I couldn’t consistently source it locally so I gave it up. Still, commercial brands can be pricey for some pretty basic ingredients.)

I refuse to use my husband’s deodorant because it’s neon blue, has a wolf on the front, and smells like a Jolly Rancher. It’s one of those aggressively manly things that I just can’t stand.

What’s a girl to do?

I figured I could suck it up and use his for one day until I could get to the store and get more deodorant… But, I don’t really need more tiny jars and I figured trying a zero waste deodorant recipe is pretty idiot-proof.

The two things that really held me back from making it for so long are A) I’m lazy and B) I heard some people had irritation issues with DIY deodorant.

This time, though, I decided to give it a go.

After about two weeks of use, I’m happy to report that making the zero waste deodorant was not only super easy but I’ve had no issues with sensitive skin. (Your mileage may vary, obviously.)

Without further ado…

A 3-minute zero waste deodorant recipe - Green Indy Blog

A simple, 3-minute zero waste deodorant recipe
  • 1/4 cup of baking soda
  • 1/4 cup of cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons (plus a smidge) of coconut oil
  • 5-10 drops of essential oils
  1. Because it’s been so warm here, my coconut oil was pretty much liquified already, but I stuck in the microwave in a small bowl for about 10 seconds to get it warm. I figured that way it would be easier to blend all of the ingredients.
  2. I then tossed in the baking soda, cornstarch, and essential oil.* Mix well (this is when I added a little extra coconut oil as it was a little too thick to mix thoroughly).**
  3. Put the mixture into a small container, pack it down, and you’re done!

* I went with tea tree oil as my oil of choice for this recipe since it has antimicrobial properties that destroy the bacteria on your skin which cause body odor. I think it’s effective, but the smell isn’t my favorite. Next time I’d probably go for a lavender or lemongrass simply for aesthetic purposes. I use this Plant Guru 6-set of essential oils and I’ve been really happy with how strong and lasting the scents are!

** If this is your first batch, you may want to make a smaller test amount. If the baking soda irritates your skin, make another batch with 1 part baking soda to 2 parts cornstarch to lessen its effects.

That’s it. Seriously!

This is probably about as simple a DIY as you can get, with the added bonus of being made with ingredients you likely already have in your house. If this recipe seems to be irritating your skin – don’t give up! Keep searching for another DIY zero waste deodorant recipe or turn to some commercially-available zero waste options like Fat and the Moon deodorant paste.

A 3-minute zero waste deodorant recipe - Green Indy Blog
It's so easy! A 3-minute zero waste deodorant recipe - Green Indy Blog

11 Replies to “A 3-minute zero waste deodorant recipe”

  1. Maranda says:

    I was using a similar recipe, but switched to a non-oil-based recipe that I like better!

    • Polly says:

      I looked at that one which looked really nice, I just didn’t have all the ingredients at the time so I went with this one and have been really happy!

      I know oil doesn’t seem to work for everyone, so this looks like a nice alternative.

  2. samantha says:

    Do you find that it stains your clothing? I’m into this recipe (SO EASY)

    • Polly says:

      I’ve heard complaints of that, but I haven’t had any issues! I think the cornstarch really helps! I wear the same 2 shirts (uniform) for work ever day and I’ve had no issues!

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  4. Priscila says:

    I’ve been looking for a simple recipe and have read a few contradicting blog posts regarding the use of baking soda. Have you had any issues? Thanks! I love your blog ?

    • Polly says:

      Hey Priscila! Some people do have issues with baking soda – I’d say the majority of people don’t, though. Still it’s a good idea to make a small batch and test it out before you commit.

  5. Cynthia says:

    Intrigued. And surprised that I have all these ingredients! But I have questions…
    1) What size (approx) does this amount make?
    2) Do you just apply with your fingers? Is it messy?
    I am in love with Schmidt’s but it’s expensive/hard to get here and I feel like I’m thissssclose to making my own but haven’t taken the leap yet.

    • Polly says:

      1) it makes a bit more than what a Schmidt’s glass bottle would be. I might suggest making less the first time to make sure it works for you and go from there.

      2) it’s not messy at all – it firms up into something almost more powdery than liquidy. I apply it with my fingers but I’m sure you could find another option if you weren’t into that.

      Good luck!

  6. Vi Tran says:

    How would you store it? Does it go bad at some point and if it does, how long does it last?

    • Polly says:

      I store it in my bathroom with everything else. I’ve used it up before it ever goes bad. Quite a while, but I would imagine it depends on the temperature you store it at.