Homemade Probiotic Deodorant – Vanilla Scent

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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.

homemade probiotic deodorant

Homemade Probiotic Deodorant

5.0 from 9 reviews

Homemade Probiotic Deodorant – Vanilla Scent
 
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Recipe type: Beauty Product

Ingredients
  • 1 T cocoa butter
  • 1 T coconut oil
  • 1 T shea butter
  • 1 T beeswax
  • 2½ T cornstarch
  • 1 T baking soda
  • 15 drops vanilla essential oil (or oil of your choice)
  • 2 capsules powdered probiotics
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.

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

The ingredients I used are listed below:

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?

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51 thoughts on “Homemade Probiotic Deodorant – Vanilla Scent

  • February 26, 2013 at 12:51 pm
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    Wow, never thought to make my own deodorant but that looks neat!

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  • February 27, 2013 at 1:55 pm
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    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.

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  • February 27, 2013 at 9:06 pm
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    I stopped using drugstore brands long time ago and I use an organic brand called Florere. However, I must try this sometime!

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    • February 28, 2013 at 2:18 pm
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      It was an old used stick. :)

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  • February 28, 2013 at 4:45 pm
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    You learn something new every day!! That is pretty smart.

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  • March 1, 2013 at 3:35 am
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    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!

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  • March 1, 2013 at 2:42 pm
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    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.

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    • March 3, 2013 at 12:45 pm
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      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!

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  • March 1, 2013 at 11:33 pm
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    Awesome! I am sending this to my friend who keeps experimenting with homemade deoderant.

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  • March 3, 2013 at 7:54 am
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    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.

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    • March 3, 2013 at 12:44 pm
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      I have heard putting tea tree oil in it is also a good thing. :)

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    • March 5, 2013 at 7:11 am
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      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.

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    • March 7, 2013 at 8:35 pm
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      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.

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      • August 16, 2013 at 1:45 pm
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        Try lemon juice instead of vinegar, it is great! Be careful, though, to do not go into the sun.

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  • March 11, 2013 at 7:35 pm
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    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.

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    • March 13, 2013 at 1:45 pm
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      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.

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  • July 21, 2013 at 12:01 am
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    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!

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  • August 16, 2013 at 2:34 pm
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    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!

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    • September 14, 2014 at 7:04 pm
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      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

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  • September 25, 2013 at 9:17 pm
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    Hi, just wondering. When you use T, is it for a teaspoon or a tablespoon? :0) I would really love to try this out!

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    • September 26, 2013 at 6:28 am
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      The capital T is tablespoon :)

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    • September 26, 2013 at 11:07 am
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      Yes, thank you Kristin! It is Tablespoon.

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  • September 26, 2013 at 11:56 pm
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    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

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  • October 28, 2013 at 4:08 pm
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    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 :(

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    • October 29, 2013 at 11:35 am
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      It did hold up quite well through the summer!

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  • November 13, 2013 at 2:12 pm
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    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!

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    • November 18, 2013 at 11:17 am
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      Thank you for letting us know!

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  • November 19, 2013 at 4:57 pm
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    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.

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    • November 20, 2013 at 12:03 pm
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      Thank you for leaving a note on how it is working for you!

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  • March 15, 2014 at 2:14 am
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    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!!

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    • March 17, 2014 at 8:26 am
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      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!

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  • March 15, 2014 at 9:36 pm
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    I have a coconut allergy. Do you think substituting the coconut oil with olive or sunflower (or something else) will work?

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    • March 17, 2014 at 8:23 am
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      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.

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  • March 22, 2014 at 9:40 am
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    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.

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    • March 24, 2014 at 6:58 am
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      Thank you for the substitute recommendations! Yes, the oil is just to help the deodorant stay firm. Thank you for stopping by!

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  • April 28, 2014 at 4:15 pm
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    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?

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    • May 1, 2014 at 10:36 am
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      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. :)

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  • May 16, 2014 at 3:48 am
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    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.

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    • May 16, 2014 at 11:06 am
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      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. :(

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  • August 25, 2014 at 4:45 pm
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    Can I do this without the beeswax for a “cream” deodorant?

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    • September 2, 2014 at 11:54 am
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      I have never tried it. I guess it wouldn’t hurt to try. :)

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