How to Balance Your PH When Using Homemade Deodorants Containing Baking Soda

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How to Make Natural Homemade Deodorant that Works and Overcome the Trials of Switching from a Big Commercial Brand Anti-perspirant and Deodorant
Making the switch to a natural deodorant free of aluminum and chemicals from your regular commercial anti-antiperspirant and deodorant can seem a little challenging at first. While natural homemade deodorants do work if created with the right combination of ingredients in keeping the stink away, they can potentially lead to some other issues like some serious itching under your arms and even an irritated rash. Most likely you are not allergic to the ingredients in your homemade deodorant, but rather you are experiencing what happens when your PH gets thrown off. Or, like me, you made the mistake of applying your natural deodorant alternative directly after shaving under your arms. Or, a not very pleasant combination of both. While some people never experience this type of discomfort from switching to a natural deodorant, there are those of us that do.

Rather than trying to figure out exactly how to balance the PH in the deodorant recipe which I’ll leave up to chem majors – I know sodium hydroxide is sometimes used for this purpose, there are a few other quite simple options. Betty, author of Crunchy Betty’s Food on Your Face for Acne and Oily Skin and the girl behind Crunchy Betty blog, recently wrote a blog article on how to balance the PH in your homemade deodorant.

Use apple cider vinegar and distilled water on skin before you apply a natural homemade deodorant to balance your PH and prevent irritationBecause baking soda is alkaline, consistent use can throw off the PH balance of the skin you are applying it to. So if you have tried homemade deodorant that started out all well and good only to have it apparently backfire on you some days later, an out of balance PH very well could be the culprit. To prevent the raw, itchy and irritated skin that results from a PH imbalance, Crunchy Betty (as pictured above) suggests turning to a pantry staple – apple cider vinegar. Simply combine one Tablespoon of apple cider vinegar with one cup of distilled water and spritz onto your armpits. Once dry, apply your natural homemade deodorant as usual. (If you are currently experiencing a reaction, allow your skin to heal first before trying out this regimen.)

Secondly, you should also make sure you wait at least 30 minutes AFTER shaving to apply your homemade deodorant. Or any deodorant for that matter. (I totally fail on this one.)

Additionally, you can try substituting arrowroot powder for the baking soda portion of your deodorant as well as including more skin nourishing ingredients within your homemade deodorant recipe. For more complete information on this topic, visit the Crunchy Betty blog.

Simple DIY Homemade Natural Spray Deodorant Recipes

If you’d like to make your own natural deodorant, then be sure to try my own natural homemade deodorant recipes for Natural Lavender & Patchouli Deodorant (which comes with free printable labels) and my previous simpler Basic Natural Deodorant Recipe along with a collection of a few others. You can also try out the Mountain Rose Herbs’ recipes for two Natural DIY Spray Deodorant Recipes that combine organic witch hazel and essential oils (pictured above.) You may also enjoy my DIY Bath & Body Board on Pinterest.

Do you use a natural homemade deodorant? I’d love to hear why or why not and whether or not you’ve encountered issues using a homemade deodorant.

Natural Lavender & Patchouli Deodorant Recipe with Printable Labels

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Natural DIY Beauty and Skin Care - Vegan Handmade Lavender Patchouli Deodorant Recipe with Printable Labels

Want to make your own homemade natural deodorant for you and your family? Here’s a simple all natural, vegan patchouli deodorant recipe that actually works. Plus, I’ve included a free download for printable deodorant labels you can print and customize.

My natural homemade lavender & patchouli deodorant recipe is made with aluminum free baking soda and certified organic arrowroot powder to help keep you dry while a combination of certified organic lavender essential oil, certified organic tea tree oil and patchouli essential help to combat odor causing bacteria. Ingredients like cocoa butter, shea butter, fractionated coconut oil, jojoba oil and rich vitamin E oil help keep skin feeling smooth and conditioned without feeling greasy. This natural homemade patchouli deodorant recipe has a light natural fragrance that is pleasant, not overbearing.

Natural DIY Beauty and Skin Care - Vegan Handmade Lavender Patchouli Deodorant Recipe with Printable Labels

Natural Lavender & Patchouli Deodorant Recipe

Recipe Yields: 5 – deodorant tubes containing 3.4oz/96g net weight each

© Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen (Printable PDF recipe and labels.)


Digital Kitchen Scale
glass bowl or large glass measuring cup
double boiler or microwave
plastic spoon
Graduated 3ml Plastic Transfer Pipettes
permanent markers
sticker label sheet
5 – 2.25oz. deodorant containers


8 oz. aluminum free baking soda
4 oz. arrowroot powder
3 oz. cocoa butter
2 oz. fractionated coconut oil
.5oz. jojoba oil
.25 oz. shea butter
1/4 tsp. carnauba wax
2 ml lavender essential oil
1.5 ml patchouli essential oil
1 ml vitamin E oil
10 drops tea tree oil


Weigh out the cocoa butter and place into a double boiler or glass container. Measure out 1/4 teaspoon of carnauba wax and add to the cocoa butter. Heat in double boiler or microwave until melted.

Now weigh out the shea butter and stir into the melted cocoa butter and wax until it melt completely.

Next, weigh out the fractionated coconut oil and jojoba oil and stir into the the melted butters and wax.

After that you can go ahead and add the dry ingredients by weighing out the baking soda and arrowroot powder and stirring into the liquified mixture. Mix well.

Using a pipette, you will measure out the lavender, patchouli and vitamin E, using a different pipette for each oil, and then stir into the liquid deodorant mixture.

Finally, using a pipette to contain the oil, add 10 drops of tea tree oil and mix well.

How to make natural handmade deodorant - DIY Lavender Patchouli Deodorant Recipe with printable labels

You can now slowly pour the deodorant into five 2.25oz. white lotion bar tubes or empty deodorant containers. Use the spatula to help get all of the deodorant into the containers if needed. Each container should hold a net weight of 3.4oz. of this product.

Allow your deodorants to cool completely, then cap and label.

To label, simply download and print out the natural deodorant labels onto blank sticker paper. You can customize the look of your labels by using permanent markers to color in the images. I used a combination of BIC Mark-It Colored Permanent Markers in Polynesian Purple, Petal Pink and Cloud Nine Gray to “color” in the lavender flowers by simply dotting the colors in at random locations within the flower bunch.. I then used Pink Flamingo to color the ribbon on the “natural” label and the bow around the flowers. For the stems I used Lime Sorbet. Add more or less color to your liking or simply leave the labels a simple black and white. Now, using sharp scissors, simply cut out the labels and adhere to your deodorant containers.

If you are sensitive to baking soda and it gives you itchy raging red underarm rash, simply substitute the baking soda with magnesium hydroxide powder. It’s just as effective but without the irritation. And it provides your body with extra magnesium as it’s able to be absorbed through your skin!

Like the font I used for my labels? I created this font using my own handwriting! You too can create your own custom fonts easily and quickly. Simply visit My Script Font and download and print the template provided. Fill in the alphabet with the corresponding squares, then scan into your computer and upload the file to MyScriptFont. Name the font, select the format you’d like to use and send the file. You can then save the font to your computer and install to your font program. Since I’m on a mac, my fonts are installed into My Font Book. (It should automatically prompt you once downloaded and opened.)

Also be sure to check out my all natural, handmade cream eye shadow recipe for an alternative to chemical laden cosmetics. For even more great DIY bath and beauty recipes, be sure to follow my boards on Pinterest.

Natural Homemade Deodorant Recipe

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Natural Homemade Deodorant Recipe

I’ve been wanting to try my hand for a while and make an all natural homemade deodorant recipe, but I’ve always had doubts about whether it would really work or not. But this past weekend I finally caved and made a batch of my own homemade natural deodorant recipe AND I tested it out by wearing it to work today. Did it work? Yes, indeed, it did. And I stayed dry. Though on a hot day, I’d probably be safe rather than sorry and carry a tin of this with me to reapply mid-day. Following is the natural homemade deodorant recipe I came up with.

Natural Homemade Deodorant Recipe

© Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen


4 oz. baking soda
2 oz. organic arrowroot powder
1.5 oz. organic cocoa butter
1 oz. fractionated coconut oil
1 mL organic lavender essential oil
5 drops organic tea tree oil


Weigh out the baking soda and arrowroot powder using a digital scale and combine in a glass bowl. In a separate container, weight out the cocoa butter and melt at reduced heat in your microwave or in a double boiler on the stove. Then, weigh out the fractionated coconut oil (or coconut oil) and stir into the liquified cocoa butter. The heat of the melted cocoa butter should be enough to melt the coconut oil if using a solid. If not, you can heat it briefly to finish melting it completely. I like to use fractionated coconut oil because it absorbs into skin so well and doesn’t leave a greasy feeling – especially important when applying deodorant. Next, use a graduated plastic pipette to measure out your lavender essential oil and stir into the cocoa butter and coconut oil mixture. Follow with 5 drops of tea tree oil and stir well.

How to Make Natural Deodorant

Finally, pour the liquid mixture into your dry mix of arrowroot powder and baking soda. Mix thoroughly then pour into containers of your choice. I was able to fill three – 2 oz. plastic jars with 2.7 oz. each of deodorant, though this natural homemade deodorant is solid enough you can fill an empty deodorant container.

How to Use Natural Deodorant

To use, simply scoop a small amount from jar and rub under armpits. Use more or less depending on personal preference.

DIY Natural Organic Deodorant Recipe

Wondering what else you can make with coconut oil? Be sure to check out the eBook, Coconut Oil Cures (Miracle Healers From The Kitchen), by Sharon Daniels for in depth information on the myths and health benefits of coconut oil, how coconut oil works, ways to use coconut oil, and scientific evidence.

Looking for more DIY bath and beauty recipes that use coconut oil? Check out these natural recipes: DIY Handmade Pear Shimmer Dry Skin Balm and DIY Solid Shea Butter Sugar Scrub Cubes. Also be sure to follow my DIY boards on Pinterest!

50 DIY Lavender Bath and Body Recipes

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Love lavender? It won’t be long until lavender is in bloom! Whether you grow your own lavender or purchase it, here are 50 DIY lavender bath and body recipes you can use lavender buds and organic lavender essential oil for!

50 DIY Lavender Bath and Body Recipes
Photo Credit: Image from © Lime Lane Photography

1. Lavender Rose Milk Bath Soak Recipe

2. Lavender and Cream Cold Process Soap Recipe

3. Lavender Scented Linen Spray

4. Lavender Sugar Scrub Recipe

5. Lavender Citrus Handmilled Soap Recipe

6. Lavender Bath Salt Soak Recipe

7. DIY Lavender Heating Pad

8. Lavender Milk Bath Recipes

9. Lavender Essential Oil Blend for Acne

10. Lavender Flower Water Recipe

11. Lavender Bath Bomb Recipe

12. Lavender Solid Shea Butter Sugar Scrub Cubes Recipe

13. Cold Sore Lip Balm Recipe with Lavender

14. Lavender Rose Sugar Scrub Recipe

15. Purifying Facial Mask Recipes with Lavender

16. Solid Lavender Lotion Bar Recipe

17. Simple Homemade Lavender Air Freshener Recipe

18. Easy Lavender Soap Balls and Coconut Oil Hand Cream Recipes

19. DIY Stamped Lavender Sachet Tutorial

20. Lavender Hand and Foot Wash Recipe

21. Lavender and Peppermint Foot Cream Recipe

22. Lavender Body Butter Recipe

23. Calming Lavender Bath Soak Tutorial

24. Oatmeal Lavender Face Scrub Recipe

25. DIY Dish Soap with Lavender

26. Soothing Lavender and Chamomile Body Lotion Recipe

27. DIY Coffee and Lavender Sugar Body Scrub Recipe

28. DIY Lavender Sea Salt Scrub Recipe

29. DIY Lavender Essential Oil

30. Lavender Honey Salt Scrub Recipe

31. DIY Lavender Hair Mist Recipe

32. DIY Lavender Scented Glass Cleaner

33. DIY Lavender Laundry Detergent

34. DIY Lavender Dusting Powder

35. DIY Lemon Lavender Sugar Scrub Recipe

36. DIY Lavender Vanilla Bath Soak Recipe

37. DIY Lavender Barrier Cream Recipe

38. DIY Lavender Toner Recipe

39. Lavender Sleep Tight Baby Oil Recipe

40. DIY Lavender and Buckwheat Hull Pillows

41. DIY Lavender and Honeysuckle Laundry Detergent

42. DIY Lavender Deodorant (Video)

43. DIY Lavender and Sweet Orange Liquid Hand Soap

44. DIY Lavender Facial Scrub

45. DIY Lavender and Olive Oil Soap Recipe

46. Lavender Deodorant Body Powder Recipe

47. Lavender Solid Perfume Recipe

48. All Purpose Lavender Face and Body Lotion Recipe

49. Lavender Lip Balm Recipe

50. English Lavender Bath Recipe

Need to purchase lavender? I highly recommend buying bulk lavender buds and organic lavender essential oil from Mountain Rose Herbs.

Fresh Beauty Products to Take on a Test Drive!

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Looking beautiful and feeling fabulous seems to go easier if we women have a few beauty aids to help with the process of maximizing our gorgeousness! So here are some fresh and fun new beauty products from handmade companies that are tried and true and may become your next favorites!
1. Natural Beauty Must-Have Collection – Pure Organic Mineral Eye Colors, $24.95 from Orglamix – These easy to blend colors come in six perfectly coordinated natural shades in colors flattering to every woman! Love them or your money back!
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4. Natural Nail Polish, $5.99 from Mudd Minerals – A clear nail polish free of toulene, formaldehyde, and dibutyl phthalate. Mix with Mudd Mineral eyeshadows for color!
5. Skin Care Treatment – Gentle, Sensitive, and Vegan with Natural Ingredients, $40 from DeeVoo – A three step system with a creamy cleanser, milky toner, and radiant facial moisturizer.
6. Two Creamy Lip Color Luscious Berry Mineral Lip Colors in a Pot, $10 from key botanicals – Rich lip color that wears comfortably and gives lips a soft, creamy shine. Contains emollient shea butter and plant-derived skin conditioners with a slight hint of raspberry.
7. Organic Healing Weeds Balm, $6.50 from Phoenix Botanicals – Made from a green blend of healing, wild northwestern “weeds,” this balm eases skin irritation, dryness, injury and pain and is suitable for Grover’s disease.
8. Tangerine Lavender Perfume Oil, $8.50 from The Starshine Company – This unique scent combines Citrusy Orange and Tangerine with Wild Amethyst Lavender and Bois De Rose held beautifully together with a rich Oak Moss Musk base.
9. Lavender and Sage Natural Deodorant, $7.50 from Rainwater Botanicals – A natural deodorant free of irritants and chemicals, yet highly effective. Smells great and fights odor and wetness without a sticky feeling.
10. Gardenia Whipped Body Butter – For Skin and Hair, $7.00 from Angie’s Suds ‘N’ Such – Treat your dry winter skin with this amazing body butter and whip it into shape for spring. Extra moisturizing and works great on both your body and dry, frizzy hair!

Be sure to comment with your beauty and skin care favorites!