DeFunkifying DIY Deodorant – For sweaty armpits: Non-toxic & STILL no baking soda!

Hey friend! It’s Jess. Today I’m bringing you a new DIY skincare post… one that *many* of you have been requesting for quite some time… DeFunkifying DIY Deodorant for Sweaty Armpits!

The response to my previously published non-toxic DIY deodorant recipe has been overwhelmingly positive. I have had hundreds of people whip up a batch, as well has hundreds more purchase a deodorant from the Pronounce Skincare shop. As you can see, reviews have been extremely positive!

My DIY deodorant works for the vast majority of people… BUT, I’ve had a small handful of people say it didn’t work as well for them as they hoped.

When someone says that my (or any!) DIY deodorant didn’t work for them, my first three questions are always…
  • Connector.Connector.

    How long did you try it?

    Please give it more than a few days.

  • Connector.Connector.

    What were you using before?

    With any personal care product change, your body will need time to adjust.

  • Connector.Connector.

    Have you done an armpit cleanse?

    Here is a great process for detox.

When those questions have been explored, it’s also pertinent to think about diet (what you put in your body can come out in funny ways, even through smell). And sometimes, you truly do just need something with a bit more oomph. I had a customer LOVE my non-toxic deodorant, but he wanted a bit more OOMPH. So, off I went into the laboratory to create more OOMPH for him. DIY Deodorant for Sweaty Armpits  AKA Deodorant With A Bit More OOMPH.

Not ‘too thick’ and not ‘ too thin’, but perfect for a standard deo container …and packs a bigger punch, but is still gentle enough for our sensitive, sweaty armpits.

This creation has been tested by multiple customers, friends, and family. It has undergone FOUR recipe tweaks. It has been well-tested and is ready for the world.

Today I bring you…

DIY DeFunkifying Deodorant (6OZ)


Make It

  • Using an accurate digital scale, measure all ingredients (EXCEPT the 3 powder ingredients, EOs, & vitamin E) into the upper part of your double-boiler.
  • Melt on low heat over bottom part of double-boiler (for me, a pot with shallow water) until everything is melted (the beeswax will be the last thing to melt)
  • Turn off heat and allow to cool for a few minutes
  • Add arrowroot, diatomaceous Earth, kaolin clay, Vit E, and EOs; whisk vigorously to fully combine…and then whisk some more
  • Pour into containers and place somewhere safe to set up (which actually doesn’t take very long)
  • Scoop down on sides as necessary with spatula and continue to pour until all containers are full.
  • This will fill just over 2 regular sized deodorant tubes.

Why These Ingredients?

I LOVE me some neem oil! Like tamanu, this is another thick carrier oil, with a very, very strong scent. Among many other uses, this oil can be used as a bug repellant (see our DIY bug spray recipe) AND it is antiseptic, antiviral, antibacterial, and anti-fungal. Learn more about the powerful (yet gentle) neem oil here.
This is a miracle oil, I’m convinced! “Tamanu oil is a remarkable topical healing agent with skin healing, antineuralgic, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antibiotic, and antioxidant properties” (MRH). This is a thicker carrier oil, which should appear greenish/yellowish in color with a strong scent. The healing properties of this oil truly are incredible, and with such a sensitive part of the body, of course you would want something proven to be healing AND antimicrobial in nature!

Finally, make sure that you purchase quality tamanu oil. It is not a cheap oil, so if you see one at a price that looks ‘too good to be true’, it likely is. Learn more about tamanu oil here.

Raw, unrefined, virgin coconut oil has wonderful antibacterial properties. This is important in those armpits, right? Coconut oil will liquify at 76 degrees; below that and it’s in a semi-solid state. I like to add another oil to help the deodorant stay more fluid, if you would. Enter almond oil.

I’ve already written a bit about almond (and coconut) oils here. Of course, you can easily substitute a different carrier oil that is liquid at room temp oil, but I really like almond oil. Learn more about liquid carrier oils here.

This is another one of those amazing things that nature gives us. Raw and unrefined shea butter is high in vitamins A and E and is incredibly soothing for your skin. Sounds like a good thing to put in such a vulnerable place, like your armpits, huh!? Learn more about shea butter here.
Raw beeswax (all-natural, no additives, etc.) helps to stabilize this recipe so it isn’t runny. Beeswax is another inherently excellent choice in skincare products, as it does not clog pores, but it does help the moisturizing properties of the butters and oils in this recipe to ‘lock’ into your skin so they can do their jobs. Learn more about beeswax here.
This is a go-to for deodorant recipes, for good reason. Actually, I always have some on hand for both food and skincare recipes (like our DIY foot deodorant recipe). Arrowroot not only helps to serve as a thickener in this deodorant, but it also has the power to help draw out toxins. Sweet! Since when we sweat we are eliminating toxins, why not help draw them out!? Learn more about arrowroot here.
Clays are known for drawing out impurities. No more perfect place to pull out impurities than under our arms, right? Because we have some super powerful ingredients in this DIY deodorant recipe, I wanted to tamp it down somewhere, but still be incredible effective. Adding such a gentle clay was the go-to answer for this reason. Kaolin clay is one of the most mild clays that you’ll find, yet still super effective. Learn more about kaolin (white) clay here.
Here’s where things may really get a bit different than what you typically see in homemade deodorant recipes. Food grade DE is another super thing to keep around your home. I use DE in my toothpaste, garden, once to rid my house of a few fleas, as a means to exfoliate, etc etc etc!

DE is almost entirely silica, which is a crucial trace element needed by our bodies, and one in which many are deficient. By adding DE into your homemade deodorant, you are giving your sensitive skin a nice dose of DE (essentially, silica) which helps with sensitive areas of skin that might become rashy and it also helps to draw out toxins.

So, not only does DE help draw out moisture and remove toxins, but it also helps to ease sensitive skin. Win! You can read more about DE here. Oh, and remember to purchase food grade DE (and don’t breathe it in… best not to get it into your lungs as it is super finely ground stuff).

I’ve written a pretty extensive post about Vitamin E here.
These three essential oils are a match made in Heaven. They pair perfectly together! More than that, they both have antifungal, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antiseptic, and astringent properties. I purchase the vast majority of my essential oils here. This is a company that I trust, very much.

Possible DIY Q&As

I’m stirring this stuff and it is THICK! Did I do something wrong?

No, probably not. This recipe is quite thick, but don’t worry… when in the deodorant tubes it will apply just fine for you (see more below). You might have to sit your bowl back on the double-boiler between pours and whisk it up again. Take a look at the photo below. You’ll notice a film on top… totally normal! Simply reheat on the double-boiler and just stir up to combine again.

Can I add different essential oils?

Sure, of course! I have selected frankincense, bergamot, and patchouli because… well, they are such a lovely combination AND they actually serve a legitimate purpose in this recipe to keep BO at bay. Also, the neem oil and tamanu oil are both super strong scented carrier oils. If you loathe the smell of neem, feel free to remove some and simply replace the amount you remove with any other liquid carrier oil. Frankincense, bergamot, and patchouli are also strong scented EOs, and they work together to give your new DIY deodorant more of a fresh (but still a bit Earthy) smell. #yummo I would not leave out the neem, though… as it has a very important purpose in this recipe.

What’s the texture like?

Compared to my original (fantastic) DIY deodorant recipe, this does have a different texture. My original recipe goes best in a container and scooped out (although, there are comments that it has gone fine in a deo tube). I prefer to scoop it.

This recipe goes perfectly in a deodorant container, as the consistency is more solid, quite a bit. It will require a little more work to apply than a normal tube deodorant, but not in a bad or annoying way. It has to be a little more tough, as the extra ‘powder’ materials help with drawing out the sweat and whatnot.

Happy DIY-ing,


Would you rather just buy my DeFunkifying Deodorant?

Please, head on over to my Pronounce Skincare Shop where I sell this deodorant.

While you are there, please look around at all of my other skincare creations. I love making them for my family and for you!

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