How to Make the most Effective Homemade Deodorant

by Leanne Canirs ; Updated September 28, 2017

Make an effective deodorant at home.

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Many people assume they have to buy deodorant and, since it's typically used daily, the price adds up quickly. But you can make an effective deodorant at home using a few simple ingredients -- which not only saves money, but also allows you to create a scent that you enjoy.

Items you will need

  • Shea butter
  • Corn starch
  • Baking soda
  • Cocoa butter
  • Vitamin E oil gel capsules
  • Needle
  • Container
  • Essential oil (optional)
  • Bowl
Step 1

Add 3 tablespoons of shea butter and baking soda with 2 tablespoons of corn starch and cocoa butter to a microwave-safe bowl. Puncture the vitamin E gel capsule with a needle, squeeze the liquid into the bowl and discard the rest of the capsule.

Step 2

Microwave the ingredients for 30 seconds. Stir the mixture together until it forms a smooth paste.

Step 3

Add any essential oils you like -- as little as one drop to as many as 30 drops or more. Stir the mixture again to evenly spread the oil.

Step 4

Pour the mixture into a storage container. This recipe will make about a quarter of a pint. To use, simply scoop out a pea-size ball and rub it into your skin with your fingers.

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About the Author

Leanne Canirs has been a freelance writer since 2010. She focuses her work on an online audience, writing for various websites. She is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in journalism at University of West Florida.