Easy DIY deodorant recipe

If you are like me, you have been disappointed in other natural deodorant products you have tried.  I have bought everyone I could find, and none of them worked.  I also tried numerous DIY recipes that included varying amounts of baking soda which gave me horrible rashes.   I don’t like or care to use many of the ingredients in traditional deodorants so after a couple of years of research, and experimentation, I came across a recipe that actually WORKS…eureka!!!

This recipe is a liquid deodorant (not antiperspirant), and I had planned to sell this in a roller ball applicator (remember when deodorant was sold in those), but I was unable to find a manufacture that sells the roller ball applicator container in any size larger than .5 oz (for lip gloss) so I decided to give you the recipe so you can make it yourself.  This is very easy, and you don’t have to be a soap maker to do it.

Easy DIY Deodorant

8 oz Rose Water                                                                                                                   3/4 tsp alum powder

Shake until all alum crystals are incorporated. This may take a couple of days of periodic shaking, and the mix may stay cloudy.


As long as you don’t add any water, you will not need to add preservatives.

Now alum is not the same thing as aluminum.  Alum (I used McCormicks that I got at the grocery store for less than $4) is a NATURAL salt (not the metal compound of aluminum) that is used for pickling and if you have ever used the deodorant rocks, you used a large alum crystal.  I never liked the rock deodorants since they never worked for me ( I don’t think wetting them devolves enough of the crystal to coat my underarms and keep the stink away), and I find the large rock crystals are really abrasive.  Here are 2 great articles if you want to learn more about alum. http://chemistry.about.com/od/moleculescompounds/f/What-Is-Alum.htm http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alum

For the non-soap makers, Rose Water can be obtained from most health food stores, Whole Foods, and Amazon. Just be careful to find one that is alcohol free & free of synthetic fragrance oils since the underarm area is very sensitive. Many Rose Waters also contain glycerin, sodium benzoate, potassium sorbate, and/or gluconolactone as preservatives, and these are all very gentle paraben free preservatives that I use in my own products.  They are also the only ones that don’t give my kids horrible eczema rashes so I feel fine in saying they work well on sensitive skin.  As far as anything else in the Rose Water, I would not personally recommend it, but I would encourage you to research the other ingredients and use your judgement.

For the soap makers, great Rose Water can be obtained at Brambleberry or WSP.  I have used both of these and really like them.  Other soap supply companies sell floral waters too, but I haven’t tried them.  You can also try other floral waters.  I just had Rose Water on hand since I make a Rose lotion.  I haven’t tried BB’s deodorant additive, but that is another thing you could try if desired.  This has worked great for me so I haven’t needed any additive yet.

This recipe is for personal use only.  I decided against selling it only because I could not find the right applicator.  I wanted the roll-on bottle, but I settled for a spray bottle.  My concern was someone might spray it into their eyes and sue me.

It works best wiped on.  Give the bottle a shake, spray it on a cotton square/ball or your hands and then apply to your underarms.   I found this works for me for at least 24 hours.


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