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3-ingredient DIY natural deodorant/anti-perspirant (and the breast cancer-causing effects of most deodorants/anti-perspirants)




Why use aluminum-laden, paraben-filled store-bought deodorants when you can make your own for cheap? There is evidence for that these common deodorants cause breast cancer, due to the parabens that mimic estrogen by promoting cell growth. The reason parabens are so dangerous in the armpit as opposed to the rest of the body (which I would avoid it for that as well) is because you apply it, then leave it on all day.

The aluminum has been linked to Alzheimer’s disease, as well as the fact that it actually destroys DNA which results in damaged cells (the first step in cancer). Parabens make a diabolical match for aluminum as it then begins to promote growth of these damaged cells.

For more info this is an excellent resource on the subject:

I initially switched my family to a more pricey natural deodorant from the health store, but it did not absorb moisture, nor did it cut down on any odor, in fact it sometimes seemed worse than no deodorant at all. Plus, as I said, it was more pricey!

This simple recipe for your own deodorant/anti-perspirant has been proven hands down by one dirty, sweaty, hard-working grown man, me, and my oldest daughter to completely cut out odor (when we sweat it has a pleasant smell of coconut). Also, it absorbs excess moisture when we sweat. This is inexpensive, easy to make, and easy to use!

3-ingredient DIY natural deodorant/anti-perspirant

1 cup virgin coconut oil

1 cup cornstarch

1 cup baking soda


In the cooler season use these directions: Put all ingredients into small skillet. Warm on medium heat. Stir until blended. Turn off heat and let cool until about room temperature without letting it harden.



Pour into an old deodorant dispenser and put in freezer for an hour, or in ice water to harden. After this you will have a firm stick of wonderful natural odor protection!


In the hot time of year, the coconut oil will be totally liquid. Just mix ingredients in a bowl. Pour into a container and apply with fingers easily. You could of course store in the fridge but that’s not very convenient.

We have used this combo for a while and we LOVE it!


Author: Sustainably Nourished

I am a follower of the Most High God, the Lord Jesus Christ. I am a mommy, a wife, a wanna be homesteader;) We have 8 chickens, 12 quails, and an awesome dog, and a bunch of plants so far. We desire to be producing most of our own things and less dependent on outside systems!

3 thoughts on “3-ingredient DIY natural deodorant/anti-perspirant (and the breast cancer-causing effects of most deodorants/anti-perspirants)

  1. Could tea tree or another essential oil be (optionally) added to this recipe as well?

    • Sheryl, I imagine that would be ok, but I find TTO to be very drying, so I wouldn’t want to overdry my pits;) the 2 powders seem to be very good at absorbing moisture on their own. Hope that helps!

      • Thanks for the reply!!! Sorry i didn’t reply sooner:) I JUST now noticed! THANKS AGAIN!!! ;-D I love the all of your tips and info~Great site btw!!!

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