Healthy Household: Four Deodorant Options


Using a piece of organic lime as deodorant is a simple, elegant solution to smelling fresh without being exposed to toxic chemicals. It works amazingly well.

Here are four deodorant options I have found in a number of places on the internet. My favorite, for its simplicity and safety, is fresh lime. It works surprisingly well. My second favorite is the Witch Hazel Spray Deodorant. Witch hazel can be used in numerous preparations including bug sprays.

  1. Piece of Organic Lime Deodorant
    Heather Nic an Fhleisdeir is a master herbalist and runs She has a very simple suggestion for deodorant. Slice a organic lime in half or quarters and apply it directly to your underarms. You can use the lime piece for about a week before needing to replace it. It works great!
  2. Witch Hazel Spray Deodorant
    1/2c witch hazel extract
    1/4c lavender flowers (Lavandula angustifolia) or 30 drops lavender essential oil
    In a glass jar put the lavender flowers and witch hazel. Infuse for three to six weeks. Strain and squeeze out the lavender flowers from the witch hazel. (If you do not have time for doing this infusion, try 30 drops of lavender essential oil directly in the witch hazel.) Pour the lavender infused witch hazel into a recycled spray container. If you do not have a old containers that you can recycle, Mountain Rose Herbs has a finger mister that can be used with their amber glass bottles. Do not throw out these containers! These bottles and finger misters can be used over and over for different preparations. If making deodorant for a man, use 30 drops tea tree essential oil rather than lavender essential oil.
  3. Homemade Stick Deodorant
    6T coconut oil
    1/4c cornstarch (optional)
    1/4c baking soda
    1tsp sage, very finely ground
    6 drops of tea tree essential oil
    Melt the coconut oil and mix in the cornstarch, baking soda and essential oils of choice. For a more individual scent try using other essential oils such as: sage, rosemary, sandalwood, or patchoulia. If you do not use the cornstarch for health reasons, increase the baking soda to 1/2c. You can recycle an old stick deodorant container by refilling it with your homemade deodorant and apply to underarms as usual. Or find a small glass container for the deodorant and apply to underarms with your fingertips.
  4. Mineral Stone Deodorant
    Use a natural mineral stone from your local health food store or buy online at Mountain Rose Herbs. Wet the mineral stone and rub on your underarms.

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7 thoughts on “Healthy Household: Four Deodorant Options

  1. I saw the 3rd deodorant recipe (the coconut oil-based recipe) elsewhere on the web, and I have been using it for 2 years now. I have tried many of the commercially available deodorants and none of them even come close to being as effective as this one. I can wear this deodorant on a hot summer day all day long and I will have no trace of odor. Coconut oil is a powerful antimicrobial.

    I found it is easiest to just put the mixture into a small jar and apply it with fingers. This way you don’t have to worry about it melting and running out of the stick deodorant container (which it will do when it gets warm). A small amount the size of a nickel works for me.

  2. Hi Gary,

    Do you use any essential oils in your deodorant? If so, which essential oil do you use?

    Have you tried the slice of lime? It is my favorite deodorant. I can’t believe how simple and easy it is to use.

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  4. I’ve tried number 3 and it doesn’t work for me. I think I’m allergic to either the baking soda or cornstarch. The witch hazel works for me but I think I’ll try the lime too!

  5. Hi Aria,

    You are not alone with reactions to cornstarch or baking soda. Cornstarch bothers many people. The lime solution is my flavor but sometimes I can’t get limes. In that case I have found “magnesium oil” works well. It is a bit expensive though. Here is the kind I have used with success:

  6. Plain milk of magnesia (MoM) is the best “natural” deodorant option I have found. It works like a miracle for 24 hours plus, doesn’t have that slippery soapy feel of the coconut stick deodorants (none of which work for me, least of all the “natural” ones), and it keeps me dry too! I keep a tiny blue bottle just for deodorant that I refill from the big family size bottle. The original MoM deodorant tip was imbedded as a comment on the Mercola site, made by a naturopath doctor who treats migraines, menopausal hot flashes etc. with MoM (milk of magnesia) AND also mentioned the deodorant effect (besides you absorb some extra Mg through your skin as well if you apply MoM to your skin).
    Can?t find the Mercola link right now but this is similar, about the deodorant effect:
    (also see comments)

    Since magnesium is known for relaxant properties, it?s reported by some practitioners to help with any (male and female) kind of cramping, spasm. I read some natural health blog posts that say extra Mg supplementation (oral and absorbed through skin) will help with restless legs, asthma, epilepsy as well.

    Here?s some cheap ?homemade? oral MoM magnesium supplement recipes I found that may be similar to the above mentioned naturopath?s:

    More reasons why supplementing with Mg via skin may be a good idea:
    By Carolyn Dean MD ND:
    Scroll down and read the part on ?Magnesium Deficiency Triggers or Causes The Following Conditions?, to find more ideas where MoM and the Mg in it may come in handy.
    Good luck.

  7. Hi Medea,

    I have heard of using milk of magnesia but I have never tried it. I usually stay away from pharmaceutical products because I can have a nasty reaction to ingredients that are considered “non-medicated” and may not be listed on the ingredient lists. I think it’s a great idea for less sensitive people to try. Thank you for sharing your experience.

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