DIY Homemade Vanilla Scented Probiotic Deodorant

My latest venture has been to experiment with homemade probiotic deodorant. I found a recipe on Pinterest and was, of course, interested in why I would want to make my own deodorant and include probiotics in it.

Stinky Pits – Why Do Pits Stink?

Our pits smell, not because of sweat, but because of the bad bacteria that likes to collect in the dark area under our arms. I have read a few articles that say adding the probiotic to the deodorant helps to regulate the good bacteria which keep the bad bacteria from taking over and causing stink.

Are Antiperspirants Bad?

Our bodies are meant to sweat. It’s what keeps us from getting overheated. Antiperspirants work by clogging the pores underneath our armpits, which blocks the body from doing what it needs to do. Is this bad? I don’t know… I’m not a scientist, but it seems like our bodies should not be prevented from doing something they are supposed to.

Besides that little bit of information, there are many chemicals in store-bought antiperspirants that you probably don’t want touching your body and being absorbed into your skin.

For these reasons, I decided to try out a homemade version of deodorant. This deodorant has all natural and known ingredients! I have only used it a few days, but already love it. I haven’t done anything strenuous so I don’t know how it will hold up when truly put to the test. The true test will be labor and birth in a month or so.

How to Make your Own Homemade Non-Toxic Deodorant

The Ingredients I used are Listed Below:

DIY Homemade Probiotic Deodorant Instructions

  1. In a small saucepan over low heat, melt cocoa butter, coconut oil, shea butter, and beeswax.
  2. Remove from heat and stir in cornstarch and baking soda using chopsticks, until well combined and dissolved.
  3. Add essential oil
  4. Let mixture cool in the pan.
  5. Once cooled, and slightly thick like pudding, open capsules and add the probiotics to the mixture.
  6. Stir with a spatula quickly.
  7. Add mixture to an old, clean deodorant container and allow to cool and harden in the refrigerator.

Tip: Use a shelf-stable probiotic in order to not need refrigeration after hardening.

While these products may seem expensive at first look, they go a REALLY, really long way. I bought most of them for Christmas projects and have been using them for many things since then.

Have you ever tried making your own homemade deodorant?

Shannon - February 26, 2013

Wow, never thought to make my own deodorant but that looks neat!

Shop with Me Mama - February 26, 2013

That is awesome! I love homemade things and this sounds great! Thanks for the recipe!

Ellen Christian - February 27, 2013

I had no idea you could make your own deodorant! How cool!

Cat Davis | Food Family & Finds - February 27, 2013

Wow you made that? I knew people made their own soaps and stuff but deodorant is a new one for me. The vanilla sounds like it would be heavenly but I really don’t think I could get away with it. I have to use the clinical strength stuff and I’m still a sweaty mess.

    Pamela - August 18, 2017

    I thought the same thing! Been using the clinical type as I am also a heavy sweater It is actually just the opposite! I started using a brand called Native that is an all natural product with these same ingredients. Not only did it work as well, it works BETTER! I will not go back to smearing aluminum on my body. Give the natural products a try. What have you to lose?

Kelly @ A Girl Worth Saving - February 27, 2013

OMG, I am so going to try making this!

HilLesha - February 27, 2013

I stopped using drugstore brands long time ago and I use an organic brand called Florere. However, I must try this sometime!

trisha (mom blogger) - February 28, 2013

What a great idea! Where did you get the deodorant stick to put it into?

    Jennifer Dickison - February 28, 2013

    It was an old used stick. 🙂

Joanne - February 28, 2013

That’s awesome!! I may have to give it a try.

Carolyn G - February 28, 2013

You learn something new every day!! That is pretty smart.

Tammy - March 1, 2013

This is so interesting, I had never heard of making your own deodorant before, and JUST this evening a friend of mine was telling me that she had made some too!

Lorie Shewbridge - March 1, 2013

This sounds really interesting, and I bet it smells fabulous!!
Does it leave any kind of stains on your clothing? That would be the only thing I’d worry about.
Working at a dry cleaners, there are several “alternative” deoderants that leave terrible stains on certain types of clothing.
I may try this as commercial deoderants have not been working as well on me lately.

    Jennifer Dickison - March 3, 2013

    I haven’t had any stains on my clothes yet. But I also haven’t sweated that much. I’m pretty sedentary right now and it’s cold out. We’ll see this summer!

Carrie - March 1, 2013

Awesome! I am sending this to my friend who keeps experimenting with homemade deoderant.

Torya - March 3, 2013

I will try this for the summer. My recipe……arrowroot flour, baking soda, coconut oil and tea tree oil. Made a medium sized container 6 months ago. Maybe 2 more months to go.

    Jennifer Dickison - March 3, 2013

    I have heard putting tea tree oil in it is also a good thing. 🙂

    Vicki - March 5, 2013

    I made this recipe using cornstarch instead of arrowroot almost 2 weeks ago and love it! Like Jenny said though, summer will be the true test or at least when it is warmer out.

      cathy fox - April 23, 2017

      can you send me your recipe for deodorant? thank you

    Nee - March 7, 2013

    I’ve used this exact same recipe for three years now and I am totally in love with it. I workout daily and I’ve never experienced an odor afterwards. Once my body adjusted to the ingredients, I noticed that I don’t perspire as much as I did with the store bought brands. I will give you all a heads up secret on shorting your adjustment time and bringing your armpits to a normal level. I used apple cider vinegar as an astringent every morning and night to bring my under arms to its natural ph balance. Yes it stinks but the smell will go away once it’s dry and your homemade deodorant is applied.

      Jennifer Dickison - March 9, 2013

      Thanks for the tip!

      Ana - August 16, 2013

      Try lemon juice instead of vinegar, it is great! Be careful, though, to do not go into the sun.

TerriAnn @ Cookies & Clogs - March 11, 2013

Very interesting. I sweat like crazy but the strong anti-perspirants clog my pores and make me break out. I wonder if something more natural will help, at least with the odor.

    Jennifer Dickison - March 13, 2013

    I have noticed no odor so far… except the sweet smell of vanilla. 🙂 It still hasn’t been not enough for me to see how it holds up with massive sweat.

Sarah @ Play 2 Learn with Sarah - June 2, 2013

That’s awesome! I’ve got try this. I use Tom’s because I don’t want the chemicals, but I’ve wondered about making my own! Thanks!

Lacy - July 21, 2013

You can also use arrow root powder instead of cornstarch. it works just as well.
I hadn’t thought about using probiotics. I am making a batch tomorrow so i will have to give it a try!

Mikki - August 16, 2013

I make mine with arrowroot powder and love it. I have mild hyperhidrosis, and actually found that commercial antiperspirants made things worse. I used everything I could find, but once I started using the probiotic deodorant I made, it was like my body started to react in a positive way. I still sweat, but not as much, and I never smell. I truly believe that the commercial products were actually creating my problems, instead of helping them. A loop of dependence, created by the very companies that say their produce will help you!

    Nancy D - September 14, 2014

    I have always use clinical strength also. But, I bravely put it to the test with coconut oil, Shea butter and it has worked for me. I’m running out. So I’m looking forward to make this.

    Nancy D

Rachel Arsenault - September 25, 2013

Hi, just wondering. When you use T, is it for a teaspoon or a tablespoon? :0) I would really love to try this out!

    Kristin - September 26, 2013

    The capital T is tablespoon 🙂

    Jennifer Dickison - September 26, 2013

    Yes, thank you Kristin! It is Tablespoon.

Vicki Greenawalt - September 26, 2013

I am excited to make this thank you. I am now 58 but when I was in my 30 I got a boyl under my arm and had to have it lanced. My Dr. Said it was from antipersperant’s. And then deoderants were hard to find. And still are. Thank you. Vicki Greenawalt

Dawn - October 28, 2013

What’s the verdict? Does it hold up well in summer heat or after exercise? I looked for a follow-up post and didn’t see one 🙁

    Jennifer Dickison - October 29, 2013

    It did hold up quite well through the summer!

Kassy - November 13, 2013

I live in the Mojave Desert (just south of Death Valley in CA), I used this recipe all summer and it was amazing! It gets into the 120 degree range here. Held up better than regular antiperspirants. I use a few drops of peppermint and lemon essential oils instead of vanilla since they are both anti-bacterial (and I didn’t have vanilla). I don’t love the smell of the shea butter so I found myself spraying body spray under my arms after I apply it so that I don’t smell it. I just made some more today and actually poured some of the body spray directly into the mixture. Hoping it makes it smell like I want it to. Very pleased with how this holds up and I work out and sit in the sauna and it still works!

    Jennifer Dickison - November 18, 2013

    Thank you for letting us know!

Sarah - November 19, 2013

I made this over the weekend with my mom. We previously used ‘Life Stinks’ brand (local to Chicago) and I always found there was still a stink at the end of the day, but still desired to use a natural deodrant for all the benefits that are more important to me than the toxins entering my porus armpits and reaching tissue and nodes (no aluminum or silicone). My friend uses this powder brand still and it works well for her!

Now, for the review of the recipe!…I have only been using a few days, also no intense exercise testing, but overall, my verdict is: I LOVE IT! I followed the recipe (substituting cornstarch with organic cornstarch – GMO corn I would also categorize as something to avoid BTW), and instead of vanilla, I used a combo of eucalyptis and spearmint essential oils, simply due to preference of scent. The next morning, prior to showering, I test smell to see where it “stands” prior to cleansing and reapplying, and it is very neutral, almost NO smell! This is a huge change from even when I was using manufactured chemical sticks…it was ALWAYS stinky the next morning and all I was doing was confusing my glands and clogging them up. I think this stick with probiotics helps to control the stink growth, which is prob the better way to go 🙂
I may reduce the beeswax quantity by 1/3 next time, I find this is a bit hard to put on (waxy), but I also am testing in cold time of year, in an equally cold[er] old home…so this is just what I think may work better for me.

    Jennifer Dickison - November 20, 2013

    Thank you for leaving a note on how it is working for you!

Paula - March 15, 2014

This looks really interesting! I’ve made some of my own lotions and chapsticks, but haven’t tried deodorant yet. I actually don’t wear deodorant; I’ve had a lot of skin irritation in my armpits and deodorants always make it SO much worse that I quit wearing it several years ago.

I do have a question, though. I found out I am allergic to shea butter, so I’ve had to adjust every recipe I come across for that. Usually I just substitute cocoa butter, but your recipe has both in it. Do you have any suggestions? Thanks so much!!

    Jennifer Dickison - March 17, 2014

    I have read that mango and avocado butter are both good substitutes, though I’ve never tried either. If you do try them, let me know how they work!

Erica - March 15, 2014

I have a coconut allergy. Do you think substituting the coconut oil with olive or sunflower (or something else) will work?

    Jennifer Dickison - March 17, 2014

    I’m not sure that another oil would work. Coconut oil hardens after a certain degrees where olive and sunflower oil do not. But maybe the other ingredients would keep it solid? I’m really not certain, but if you try it, let me know how it works.

Kim - March 22, 2014

Palm oil or Palm kernel oil will work instead of coconut oil, for those who have an allergy. Palm tends to have a higher melting point, so you may need to play around with the amounts of your hard/soft oils to get a nice balance. I believe the hard oils/butters are just to give the deodorant structure, is that correct? It’s not so much what the oils are but the consistency they give to it. I’m going to try this too! Thanks.

    Jennifer Dickison - March 24, 2014

    Thank you for the substitute recommendations! Yes, the oil is just to help the deodorant stay firm. Thank you for stopping by!

Allison - April 28, 2014

I am a Zumba and yoga instructor. I would need to buy the all ingredients because they are not readily available. I sweat a lot, do you think it’s worth the money to find out if it works? Do you feel it helped with the smell?

    Jennifer Dickison - May 1, 2014

    I have never smelled myself when using it. I don’t sweat much though, so it would be up to you if it is worth it to try or not. 🙂

Erica - May 16, 2014

The directions say, ” melt cocoa butter, coconut oil, and beeswax.” Is this when you add in the shea butter too?

Also, do you know how many grams of each item to use? I suck at trying to measure out the beeswax, I never know if these recipes mean to melt it first and then use it, or to pack it in the measuring spoon, or just use a tablespoon of unpacked wax.

    Jennifer Dickison - May 16, 2014

    Thanks for catching that, Erica! I didn’t realize that I left shea butter out of the instructions.

    Yes, that is when you add the shea butter.

    And no, I didn’t weight them so can’t be certain about the grams of the items. 🙁

Dana - August 25, 2014

Can I do this without the beeswax for a “cream” deodorant?

    Jennifer Dickison - September 2, 2014

    I have never tried it. I guess it wouldn’t hurt to try. 🙂

Tara Gauthier - November 21, 2014

I just made this last night and am hoping it works for me! Even some of the store bought “natural” deodorants cause me to break out in rash! This was super easy to make.

    Jennifer Dickison - November 22, 2014

    Awesome! Let me know how you like it!

Rachel Washington - March 10, 2015

We saw this blog post on Pinterest, and after researching & checking out some other general home made deodorant recipes, decided to try yours!

Other than substituting arrowroot powder for the cornstarch, we followed the recipe. Adding tea tree & lime essential oils.

The verdict after a few days of use? My husband & I both love it! It’s effective, soothes our under arms & smells very good too. We did like you, and put it into our empty commercial deodorant containers, and it works perfectly.

The ONLY thing is, personally, I think I’ll add more than 1 T beeswax next time. I definitely don’t want it too waxy and hard to spread when applied, but at room temp, one tablespoon didn’t keep it solidified enough, I think because of the amount of good oils, it couldn’t stay solid, got a bit goopy lol 🙂

But we want to Thank you SO much for sharing this recipe, we really love it!!

    Jennifer Dickison - March 10, 2015

    Thank you so much for sharing your experience! I’m glad you all love it!

Rachel Ramey - May 23, 2015

I haven’t had much success in the past with homemade deodorants, or with storebought natural ones. (I did finally find ONE that works for me.) But I’ve never seen one with probiotics before; that’s brilliant! I’ll have to try this.

Jeanette - June 13, 2015

I really, really want to try this as I hate the chemicals that are in commercial deodorants. I have tried natural deodorants but without much success. My biggest problem with odour occurs when I am under stress so I wonder if the probiotics will help in my situation. My question is: where do I find things like shea butter, beeswax and cocoa butter? Hoping you can help me….

    Jennifer Dickison - August 19, 2015

    I found most of my supplies on Amazon.

Cocogirl - May 30, 2017

How does this diy deo work for sensitive skin? It seems that the butters in this for will protect your skin from the baking soda.

Kitty - July 8, 2017

I tried the recipe going around that is basically coconut oil, baking soda, bentonite and Corn starch or arrowroot with tea tree oil and had to go back to commercial deodorant or antiperspirant because of the irritation. I’m thinking baking soda was the culprit. will this work without that?

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