Homemade Deodorant. Best thing ever.

I made a spectacular lentil soup recently. I was surprised and the depth of flavour, although not entirely. Like best practices, traditional, flavour-layering soup-making dictates, it all starts with bacon fat. I've been eating 90% clean with small indulgences like cream and bacon. It actually feels pretty ideal.

I promise to post that recipe soon. I used a traditional thyme-flavoured flavour base, but I added some unexpected ingredients at the end and was very pleased with the result.

The recipe I want to tell you about today is the most wonderful recent discovery I've had! Homemade deodorant. My colleague, Cayley, told me her sister made some for her. It consists of three simple ingredients that you simply mix together.

Equal parts:
Coconut Oil
Corn Starch
Baking Soda
Optional: Essential oil of your choice

Mix all the ingredients together using a Kitchen-Aid mixer if you wish. I actually didn't even bother getting mine out. I just mixed it with my hands until it could take a spoon mixing. At first I thought the texture seemed a little wet so I slowly incorporated a bit more baking soda and cornstarch. You can adjust the texture to your preference. After all the ingredients are blended, transfer the cream into a small glass jar or Tupperware container.

I used a blend of patchouli, bergamot, sandalwood and a single drop of lavender. Below, I offer a more extensive list of essential oil selections.

Now all you skeptics out there, take note: the texture is remarkably similar to store-bought deodorant. It goes on smoothly and dissolves to a powder on your skin without evil aluminum or other harsh chemicals. It's been a breakthrough innovation for me as I'm always happy to find another way to eliminate toxins from my daily life.

Maybe next Christmas everyone will receive personalized deodorant jars with customized scents.

Think of the possibilities!
  • Agar oil
  • Bergamot oil
  • Cannabis flower
  • Cardamom seed oil
  • Cedarwood oil
  • Chamomile oil - for relaxation
  • Citronella oil
  • Clary Sage
  • Clove leaf oil
  • Eucalyptus oil
  • Frankincense oil
  • Geranium oil - aromatherapy for hormonal balance, particularly in women
  • Ginger oil
  • Grapefruit oil - invigorating
  • Jasmine oil - sensual
  • Lavender oil - relaxing, antiseptic
  • Neroli - comes from the bitter orange tree, expensive
  • Nutmeg Oil
  • Orange oil
  • Parsley oil
  • Patchouli oil - strong, earthy
  • Peppermint oil
  • Rose oil
  • Rosemary oil
  • Sandalwood oil - woody
  • Sassafras oil
  • Spearmint oil
  • Spruce
  • Star anise oil
  • Tea tree oil - antiseptic
  • Ylang-ylang - sweet, sensual


  1. I've tried making skincare products with coconut oil too, though never deodorant. Great idea! The only thing to watch for - and the reason it might have seemed so wet - is that it melts easily. In warmer rooms or on a hot summer day without air conditioning the deodorant might turn to liquid. In warmer months I'd keep it in the fridge. Then again, the amount of corn starch and baking soda might prevent the liquefying.

    Also, some oils might irritate underarm skin because it's thinner. I can't remember which ones off the top of my head.

    About that soup, a recent post on Serious Eats got me curious about cooking with pig's feet.

  2. you are wright dear its really nice for home made.

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