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Confession… and a DIY

The black bar, for old time's sake.

The black bar, for old time’s sake.

It’s yet another confession-time here at YMYM!

I’m stinky.  Sometimes very stinky.  And, since I work from home, I don’t need to shower first-thing.  Some days I’m sitting here working, stinking this whole house out, and I comfort myself by pretending that I’m having a contest to see how stinky I can get.  Only, it’s just me here, so I’m competing with myself, therefore, I am the winner.

I use natural deodorant, and for most people, that induces a lot of giggling.  Because everyone knows that natural deodorant doesn’t work for shit.
Homemade Anti-Perspirant Deodorant - All Natural | Yinmom, Yangmom

I’ve tried a bunch of brands over the years, and found a semi-decent one, Kiss My Face in Peaceful Patchouli (the other scents don’t work).  This only works if you’re blind to the fact that it actually kind of smells like BO, only friendlier BO. Also, it’s very wet.  It’s cold.  It’s a roll-on.  On a cold Connecticut morning, the thought of being cold and wet is not-preferable.

This morning, I realized in desperation that I’m out of Peace Patchouli!  I don’t plan on showering for at least 5 more hours.  So unless I take action, it’s going to get scary in here.

I Googled, and came across a recipe for homemade deodorant.  However, I couldn’t make it, because my sexy beefcake of a husband, (who is also quite inconsiderate, hello!?) tightened up the jar of coconut oil so much that I couldn’t OPEN IT.  Ugh!

Luckily, I had some of the body butter, which I made for presents last week (click here to see that post).  So all I did was add baking soda and corn starch (or arrow root powder) to it.  The results are pretty impressive!

Just to let you know, this formula is weird, it’s a cream, and most American’s aren’t used to rubbing cream on their armpits, so it’s a bit different, but it works.  And the best part, it works at keeping you dry too (which, Kiss My Face does not do!).  YES!

The essential oils smell lovely, and dissipate as the day wears on, so you don’t smell like deodorant.  The baking soda absorbs the stench, and the cornstarch absorbs wetness.  The nice oils keep your gorgeous, lady (or not) pits from looking bumpy from shaving.  After a busy day working and chasing for a highly-active 3 year-old, without a shower, I am stink-free and loving life.

The full natural antiperspirant deodorant recipe is below.  You’re welcome, I love your stinky butts!


Homemade, All Natural Anti-perspirant Deodorant
Recipe type: Personal Care
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Serves: 2.5-3 cups
Makes 2½ to 3 cups of goodness, which is kind of a lot. Basically it's three 12 oz mason jars, or 4½ 8-ounce jars. My suggestion would be to just make the big batch. You'll be glad you did, because it's easier to whip up when it's a lot, and because you're the type to appreciate this kind of thing, you'll either use it up yourself, or give it away for gifts. Omit the dry ingredients for a lovely body butter.
  • 1 cup shea butter
  • ½ cup coconut oil
  • ½ cup almond oil
  • Essential Oils (I used Lavender, Frankincense and Lime)
  • 1 cup Baking Soda
  • ½ cup Corn Starch or Arrowroot Powder
  1. Melt the shea butter and coconut oil in the top of a double boiler. Remove from heat and let cool for 30 minutes.
  2. Stir in almond oil and essential oils (just a few drops of each, it's easier to add more than take away).
  3. Place oil mixture in freezer for 20 minutes.
  4. When the oils are partially solid, they'll look like yellowish goo, whip it up with a mixer until it's got a buttery consistency. It'll get very white and pretty, and you'll be tempted to eat it, but don't.
  5. Stir in your baking soda and corn starch or arrowroot powder until it's mixed throughout. (If you omit this step, you've got body butter.)
  6. Throw the mixture into jars, and apply daily!



30 comments for “Confession… and a DIY

  1. January 5, 2013 at 10:37 am


  2. Tammy
    January 6, 2013 at 11:55 am

    Please please go to Funky junk Interiors and read the post on little children and furniture. When I read you have wee ones I felt I needed to tell you this. Love your blog!

    • January 7, 2013 at 10:44 am

      funky junk interiors is a great blog! one of my favorites. could you provide me the link to the post you are referring to?

  3. Maureen
    February 2, 2013 at 12:14 am

    Meredith was kind enough to send me a jar of her miracle arm pit deodorant about three weeks ago. I used it the very next day – it was a busy day full of driving, a kid birthday party, and visiting with my mom. I was skeptical about this homemade version, only because I had tried EVERY kind of deodorant on the market – no joke. Even the men’s junk! Not one of them ever worked for me.

    Anyway, when I got home after a long and tiring day, low and behold, no stank in my pits! I was so happy that I immediately sent Mere a text to share my good news with her. Normally I would have been uber smelly, but not a drop of stink after using her concoctin!

    This stuff is so simple and natural; and it actually works! No more chemical laden deodorants for this girl.

    I can’t thank Mere enough for making me a jar and really changing my life. :)
    That’s right, her deodarant changed my life! No more living in stink!

    • Mere
      February 12, 2013 at 9:22 am

      Mo, this deodorant really changed my life too! No joke, I am much more confident now, and can hug people with my arms up (rather than the weird arms down, elbows stuck to my sides hugs I’ve been giving for so long). Thanks so much for sharing your story!

  4. Mere
    February 12, 2013 at 9:24 am

    Just wanted to mention, Mo and I realized that the raw, unrefined shea butter can tint your clothes yellow, so you might want to go with this kind:


    The stains came out for me with some stain remover, but it’s a pain to have to deal with that.

    • Jen
      April 3, 2013 at 4:17 pm

      Hi! This sounds like its worth a try! Just a few questions, what kind of coconut and almond oil do you use and where do you buy it? Also, do the essential oils have to be food grade and is it just for scent? Or are they required for this to work? (The
      like sounds great but I can’t do flowery
      smells…) thanks! Jen

      • Mere
        April 4, 2013 at 11:53 am

        Hi Jen! I use Spectrum Coconut Oil (the non-extra virgin version). You can use extra virgin, but it’s just got more of a coconut smell to it. And I use NOW sweet almond oil. I buy them at my local health food store, and they’re available at Whole Foods too. You don’t have to use food grade essential oils, it’s for the scent. I sell an unscented version, and it’s just as effective. Good luck!

  5. June
    May 9, 2013 at 1:53 pm

    This sounds like a great DIY!! Thanks for posting.. May I ask, can you leave the shea butter out all together? I have a latex allergy. Latex and shea are cross sensative..

    • Mere
      May 20, 2013 at 3:40 pm

      From what I can gather, you can use any other type of butter, as long as it’s kind solid like shea butter. Basically the recipe can work if you use any combination of oils, at a ratio of 75% solid to 25% liquid. Best of luck!

  6. Mere
    June 11, 2013 at 11:04 am

    Mere – nice article!

    And I totally agree that eating healthier goes a long way to reducing body odor. I’m curious if you use any natural deodorants yourself? I’ve been using a product called Lavilin for a while now and I really like it! Have you ever heard of it and/or tried it?


    • Mere
      June 17, 2013 at 6:34 pm

      Hi Jen, thanks! Since writing this post, I actually started a business selling my deodorants! They’ve been selling like hotcakes :) I haven’t tried Lavilin, I’ll look into it! In case you’re interested, my store is at http://meresallnatural.com.

      Thanks for reading and commenting!

  7. Marsco
    July 17, 2013 at 4:14 pm

    I can’t stop laughing. This is an awesome post.

    • Mere
      July 19, 2013 at 9:03 am

      Thanks, it was fun to write :)

      • August 30, 2013 at 12:13 am

        Mere, I made the deodorant. It’s so effective that I am still amazed daily. I used connamon essential oil because it was there. Anyway, the scent of the deodorant was so good that I also made the body butter. It’s nice to be certain I smell great all over every single day. Thank you for sharing!

      • Mere
        September 22, 2013 at 9:15 pm

        I’m so glad you love it as much as I do! It’s life changing stuff 😉

  8. FM
    October 19, 2013 at 7:52 pm

    Mere, Is the finish product supposed to be gritty?

    • Mere
      October 25, 2013 at 11:16 pm

      A bit, yes, due to the baking soda and corn starch.

  9. Annie
    November 5, 2013 at 8:19 pm

    Have you had any issues with rashes due to the baking soda?

    • Mere
      December 10, 2013 at 2:22 pm

      If I pat it on rather than rub it in on days I shave my underarms, I’m fine :)

  10. Tina
    December 8, 2013 at 7:08 pm

    Is there a way this can be put into an empty deodorant container? I have a little bit of “tactile defensiveness” and can’t stand to put my hand into the container to rub it into my pits. Is it thick enough?

    • Mere
      December 10, 2013 at 2:23 pm

      It’s not stiff enough as it is in this recipe, however if you play around with omitting the almond oil, or adding a wax such as beeswax or candelilla, I bet there’s a way. I’m actually planning on making a solid version soon, because I now have an Etsy shop where I sell my products, and this cream gets pretty melty in the summer. :)

  11. Robin
    March 8, 2014 at 8:58 pm

    For a batch of this size how many drops of essential oils are you putting in?

    • Mere
      March 16, 2014 at 12:19 pm

      For this size batch, I’d do something like a tablespoon of essential oil, total. I would recommend adding it gradually, just to make sure you don’t overdo it. :)

  12. LC
    May 24, 2014 at 10:53 am

    Do you sell this at all?

  13. Lisa Rearick
    August 12, 2014 at 1:10 am

    Also interested in getting it into a bar/tube. perhaps reducing liquid oils and upping the solids–add powders and pour into containers. I will try soon.

    • Mere
      September 2, 2014 at 11:46 pm

      Hi Lisa, I’d love to hear how that works out! I think it’s definitely doable, maybe omit the almond oil…

  14. Yuen
    January 11, 2015 at 9:58 am

    Hey, are you still selling this ? Cause it seems that I have a problem entering your site :(