How to Make Natural Homemade Deodorant with Baking Soda

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On average in the UK 79% of people have bought deodorant as part of their weekly shopping. As England’s lockdown is in full swing, you may be wanting to save a bit of cash. One thing that may take your fancy is making your own natural homemade deodorant. Before you start googling away trying to construct the perfect natural deodorant - that is not only effective but smells great too. 

We would prefer it if you left the deodorant construction to the professionals, but we understand that sometimes it’s good to get your creative juices flowing – which is why we have created a comprehensive guide to creating your own natural homemade deodorant with ingredients that you can pick up in your weekly shop.

Why do you wear deodorant?

First of all, we need to establish why you wear deodorant in order to understand the ingredients that go into one.

Every day your body releases sweat from glands under the surface of the skin. At first sweat is odourless and it is made up of proteins, water, potassium and sodium. When sweat interacts with certain bacteria living on the skin in your underarms – it causes “body odour”.

Depending on why you’re sweating, a different combination of sweat is components are released. For example, if you sweat when you are stressed or nervous – this sweat is different to when you are hot, as they release different chemicals.

You can choose between two different forms of sweat control – in terms of products, either a deodorant (helps to eradicate odour) or an antiperspirant (helps to eradicate odour and blocks your sweat ducts to help you control sweating).

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Why natural deodorant is better for you 

Over the past couple of years, natural and organic alternatives are becoming and more and more popular – this is certainly the case when it comes to deodorant. If you are looking to shift away from chemical-laden deodorants, there are so many other benefits to using a natural alternative.

For one thing, aluminium when combined with sweat causes those horrible yellow stains you get on your nice new white t-shirt. Natural deodorant is considered to be more environmentally friendly as they use softer ingredients that aren’t as harsh or toxic for that matter.

Not to mention, there are some really great natural refillable deodorants out there – so, you’re saving the worlds plastic consumption as well as saving your pits from some toxic chemicals.

Although natural deodorants are generally considered to be more expensive than regular deodorants and antiperspirants – the cost works out to be cheaper as on average a natural deodorant will last 6-8 weeks as opposed to a regular antiperspirant that generally only lasts a month.

In addition, regular deodorants and antiperspirants can cause of number of skin issues. One of these can include when using an antiperspirant – you tend to spray it close to the pores to prevent perspiration, but this means that sweat builds up beneath the skin. This can cause bumpy skin and painful irritation – especially if you are wanting to shave your armpits. Ouch! 

Whereas some natural deodorants use ingredients like witch hazel, that have been known to shrink pores and smooth razor burn.

Many natural and organic brands use baking soda within their deodorants, as it absorbs perspiration and neutralises odours that occur when your sweat combines with bacteria.

Ingredients you will need to make a homemade deodorant

  • 2 ½ tbsp unrefined coconut oil
  • 2 ½ tbsp unrefined shea butter
  • ¼ cup arrowroot flour/starch
  • 1 ½ baking soda
  • 6 drops of essential oil of your choosing – lavender, grapefruit, sweet orange, tea tree etc. (6 drops per essential oil you add in).
  • Minimum 90ml jar with lid to keep deodorant in


  1. Place coconut oil and shea butter in a glass bowl or jar and then put the bowl/jar inside a medium saucepan.
  2. Add water to the saucepan (enough to surround bowl/jar but not to overflow it) and bring up to boil.
  3. As water is heating up, ensure to stir coconut oil and shea butter and continue until it is melted.
  4. Once melted, add in arrowroot flour/starch, baking soda and essential oils.
  5. Place in a 90ml jar and allow to cool at room temperature or in the fridge (it will harden faster in the fridge) until it has reached a solid state.
  6. Cover with lid until use.

How to use a homemade deodorant 

  1. Wet underarms slightly (this helps with even application).
  2. Spoon out a pea-size amount with a wooden scoop or with fingers and rub between fingers before applying directly to underarms.
  3. For a regular day, one application in the morning should be fine. For hotter days (not that there are many at the minute!), workouts or if you’re particularly sweaty, feel free to reapply as needed.

Where to store homemade deodorant

Homemade natural deodorants once set, should be kept in a cool and dry place – try to avoid leaving in bathrooms as the steam from baths and showers can cause the deodorant to melt slightly.

Baking soda can still cause irritation

Before you jump right into making your own homemade natural deodorant, it is important to know that if you are wanting to create the deodorant to help with sensitive – this may not be the right thing for you.

Baking soda can still be an irritant, you see, baking soda or sodium bicarbonate, is most commonly used to relieve heartburn because it’s a basic chemical that helps to neutralise acid. This can happen on the skin as well.

Healthy skin is slightly acidic – this helps form a protective barrier, and it’s important for overall skin health. Using baking soda on your underarms can remove the skin’s protective oil barrier, alter its PH and disrupt the natural bacteria on the surface that help to prevent infection.

What happens if you decide to make the homemade natural deodorant anyway, and come out in a reaction? Don’t panic, use a fragrance-free moisturiser until the irritation clears – but if you are worried, please seek medical advice from your GP or pharmacist. 

Here at Proverb, we understand that just how every human is different, so is every armpit – which is why we have created our core range of deodorants that feature baking soda as one of the deodorising components. In addition to, a teen-friendly range which won’t have it in, nor will the sensitive un-fragranced for the super sensitive.

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The best natural deodorant to purchase

Say you have made the baking soda homemade natural deodorant – and it doesn’t work or perhaps you’ve decided it’s too complicated to make, what do you do?

We have saved you all of the time of stressing to find ingredients and releasing your inner chemist – as Proverb Natural Refillable Deodorant goes beyond what a homemade natural deodorant could offer you.

Proverb exists because of professional rugby, it is a deodorant and skincare brand born from founder, Luke’s experience in elite sports from Oxford University and then Harlequins in 2001. He was fascinated by the impact of toxins in our environment found in products like shower gel, aluminium’s in deodorants, endocrine disrupters in fragrance and beauty products – and their impact on performance.

Fast forward 19 years and Proverb has brought out a collection of national and organic refillable deodorants that have been tried and tested on elite sports stars – we did not take our trial process lightly.

Our formula is blended with only natural ingredients – no aluminium, petroleum, parabens, SLS, artificial fragrance or propylene glycol. Not to mention our packaging being sustainable and refillable.

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