DIY deodorant experiment


Last week I wrote about plastic free deodorant. I wrote that after several failed experiments, I settled for the Lush T’eo deodorant bar. However, I rather would use a more natural product. Although the Lush deodorant is plastic-free, its ingredient list is long and contains some items that I am not familiar with. It’s also quite pricey (8,60 euro). So… I decided to give DIY deodorant another shot and monitor closely what I like and dislike about it so that I can adjust the recipe to fit my body.

The recipe I start with comes from Lindsay’s blog Treading My Own Path (highly recommended!). The list of ingredients is very short and simple: 2-3 tbsp coconut oil, 6 tbsp corn flour, and 1 tbsp baking soda. You can add essential oils, but I didn’t because I did not have time to buy any today.

Baking soda

Baking soda: one of 3 ingredients.

How to make the deodorant? Simply mix the corn flour with the baking soda. Melt the coconut oil. I put the coconut oil in a small jar, which I then placed in a bowl of hot water. After a few minutes, I added the coconut oil to the mix of corn flour and baking soda.

The result is a small jar of DIY, plastic-free deodorant! It is so simple. It takes just a couple of minutes to put it together. It’s fun! And it’s cheaper than the Lush deodorant.

Tomorrow I will start using the product. Lindsay writes: “Apply a small amount with fingertips to underarms and rub in well.” I will write an update about this experiment in a few weeks.

Have you tried to make your own plastic-free deodorant? What’s your favorite recipe?


About Author


In 2013, after reading yet another article about plastic soup, Annemieke started her Dutch blog Plasticminimalism where she documented her small steps towards life with less plastic. To create more awareness about the adverse impacts of our plastic consumption, she launched Plastic-Free Tuesday in spring 2014. She strongly believes that building a better world starts by changing our own behavior. Annemieke is trained in environmental science and policy. She alternates living in the Netherlands, Sweden, the US, and China.

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