We’ve been using homemade deodorant for several years now and still love it. The combination of baking soda, arrowroot, and coconut oil offers the best stink protection I’ve come across, and it provides the protection without the use of any potentially problematic fragrances or other chemicals.
The only downside to this deodorant is that you keep it in a jar, and because coconut oil melts at around 76 F, during the summer it can get a little goopy. Soft is good because it’s easier to put on, but goopy just gets a bit messy.
Fortunately, adding a bit of beeswax (which has a much higher melting point) completely solves this problem. We get to keep the original formula that works so well and add convenience. If you’ve been hesitant to try because of the jar, give this easy homemade deodorant stick a try!
How to Make a Homemade Deodorant Stick
You’re going to stick with the original ingredients – three parts coconut oil, two parts baking soda, and two parts arrowroot(or cornstarch). To complete the transformation to homemade deodorant stick, you’ll want to add one part beeswax. For one stick, you’ll use 3 Tbsp coconut oil, 2 Tbsp each baking soda and arrowroot, and 1 Tbsp of beeswax.
You can use a metal or glass bowl for mixing, but since you’ll be pouring into a smallish container, I like to use a glass measuring cup with a spout.
First, put about an inch of water in a small saucepan. Put a dish towel or wash cloth in the pan and rest the measuring cup on that (just precautionary; the glass could break if you have it directly on the hot pan). Heat the water to a simmer, and add the coconut oil and beeswax.
When the oil and wax melt completely, remove the pan from the heat and add in the baking soda and arrowroot, mixing well. Let it cool for another minute or two, then you can add your favorite essential oils, either to further augment the antibacterial properties, or just to smell nice.
Gently pour into an empty deodorant stick container. Once it cools (at least an hour), you have a homemade deodorant stick that will keep you stink-free but also not melt on hot days!