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Homemade Probiotic Deodorant Using Young Living Essential Oils

Homemade Probiotic Deodorant Using Young Living Essential Oils

A special welcome to The Home Life {and Me} to those who hopped over here from Joyful Adorations! How great is the dishwasher detergent recipe Kelly posted? Don’t forget to check out all of the other posts in the Detox Your Home – Spring Cleaning Blogger Series!

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As we were deciding on the topics each blogger would write about, I just knew I had to jump on the opportunity to share a deodorant recipe.

Folks – I’ve been on a deodorant journey for years. I’ve used conventional deodorants (scary ingredients). I’ve used natural deodorants (they didn’t work for me). I’ve purchased deodorants from Etsy sellers (I had great results, but purchasing from Etsy sellers can be costly). My armpits have been through an awful lot on the quest for a natural, high-quality, gentle-to-the-skin, cost-friendly deodorant solution that works.

Well, I’ve found something that crosses off every item on that list. And I’m so excited to share the recipe with you! But before I do, I bet you’re probably wondering something.

Why Probiotic Deodorant?

You’re probably already aware of the positive effects of probiotics on your digestive system and your immune system. But did you know that research is emerging that shows that probiotics can help to improve the balance of bacteria on your skin (just like it does in your digestive system)?

Your skin is the largest organ in your body. It contains millions of beneficial bacteria. It also acts as a barrier between pathogens and your body. While conventional deodorant does its best to kill the “bad” bacteria (aka. the stuff that makes you stinky), it also knocks out the good bacteria on your skin. And when you get rid of the good bacteria, you’re left defenseless (and stinky – and the stinkier you are, the more deodorant you need – coincidence?).

When it comes to my health, I take the stance that I want to support my body’s natural functions and not interfere when I don’t have to. Using probiotic deodorant is a winning solution for me – it helps to balance the good bacteria, which makes me less smelly overall.

Homemade Probiotic Deodorant Recipe

NOTE: Remember that this is a deodorant recipe. It’s not an antiperspirant recipe. This won’t stop you from sweating. But I happen to think that sweating isn’t a bad thing.

Ingredients for Homemade Probiotic Deodorant Using Young Living Essential Oils

Here’s what you need:

  • Tools for making the deodorant – stainless steel pot, chopsticks or a spoon to stir the mixture, spatula, clean used deodorant container or new deodorant container
  • 1 Tbsp (about 0.5 oz) beeswax
  • 1 Tbsp shea butter
  • 1 Tbsp cocoa butter
  • 1 Tbsp coconut oil
  • 3.5 Tbsp arrowroot powder – You can make a tablespoon of this be baking soda (sometimes I do that), if you’d like extra deodorizing power.
  • 0.25 tsp vitamin E oil
  • 15-20 drops of Young Living Essential Oils – I only recommend using Young Living Essential Oils. Here’s why. And here are some different variations you could try (but really, the possibilities are endless): Purification, Joy, Citrus Fresh, Melrose, Peace & Calming, Valor, Lavender, Geranium, Melaleuca (Alternifolia), and Gentle Baby. Frankincense and Myrrh are also great for skin.
  • 2 capsules of shelf-stable powdered probiotics

And here’s the process:

  1. Melt the beeswax, shea butter, cocoa butter, and coconut oil together over low heat.
  2. Turn the heat off. Then add the arrowroot powder (and baking soda, if you’re using it) to the mixture, stirring with a spoon or chopsticks until the powder is dissolved and combined.
  3. Add the vitamin E oil and your essential oils to the mixture, stirring with a spoon or chopsticks to distribute them throughout the mixture.
  4. Allow the mixture to cool a bit in the pot until it’s a thick consistency (about the consistency of pudding).
  5. Once it’s reached that consistency and is a cooler temperature, add the probiotics and mix the powder in quickly with a spatula.
  6. Use a spatula to pour the mixture into a clean used deodorant container (or a new deodorant container).
  7. Place the deodorant container in the refrigerator to cool and harden. After that, the deodorant can be kept on the counter.

This recipe will fill one deodorant container. How long it lasts depends on how often you apply it, but this typically lasts about two months for me (a little goes a long way).

Depending on what deodorant you were using before this and your diet (the better you eat, the less stinky you are – at least that’s the case for me!), there may be a detox period when you begin using this recipe. Give it some time to work!

Many thanks to Melissa M. Poepping, CNHP (author of The Chemical Free Home) and Frugally Sustainable for their inspiration for this blog post and this recipe.

Wondering How It’s Working for Me?

Other natural deodorants really aggravate my underarm skin because they typically have a lot of baking soda in them (which my skin doesn’t like). Because this recipe only uses arrowroot powder (or a little bit of baking soda), I’m not having any of the redness, burning sensation, or itchiness.

Also, I’ve struggled with dark skin under my arms for some time now (ever since I used a certain name-brand “natural” deodorant that caused my armpits to turn a dark color and peel – seriously!). Using this probiotic deodorant has helped to reverse that issue too.

My armpits have never been happier! I used a mixture of Purification and Citrus Fresh essential oils in my deodorant and I stay stinky-free all day long. My husband comments that I smell like “orange chocolate” (from the Citrus Fresh essential oil and the cocoa butter). I love it!

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  1. Kimberly says

    This is probably a really stupid question, but we only use raw probiotics so if I keep the deodorant in the fridge could I just use what we already have?

    • Lisa Morosky says

      Not a stupid question at all!

      You could do that, I think. You’d just need to keep it in the fridge (like you mentioned). Personally, I don’t want to do that (inconvenient for me), so that’s why I use the shelf-stable probiotics.

      And coming out of the fridge it might be a little hard to roll on to your skin (but your skin will probably warm it up after a second so it can spread on).

      Let us know how it works out!

  2. Melissa says

    If the essential oils are antibacterial, then aren’t you just wasting the probiotic by putting it into your deodorant? Wouldn’t it just kill the good bacteria? These oils do kill good and bad bacteria. I guess internally is up for debate. But this is all mixed together. Thanks!

    • Lisa Morosky says

      Hi Melissa! GREAT question – and one I totally hadn’t thought of (probably because it’s worked so well for me, so I didn’t have a reason to!). So you spurred me to do some research at 4:00am as I was nursing my baby. :)

      Here are some comments I have based on what I found (keep in mind that I’m just a naturally-minded mom – not a scientist, or doctor, or anything else):

      -I’ve read in a couple different books (mainly this one and this one) and studies that therapeutic-grade essential oils support good bacteria and kill bad bacteria. So the essential oils are “intelligent” in that sense.

      -There’s a reason that a shelf-stable probiotic is recommended. It’s because they’re already kind of engineered to withstand a harsh environment. So if the probiotic is added when the mixture is cool, it should retain its integrity. The probiotic should also contain highly-resistant bacteria – like Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium – since those can survive in the pH of our stomach acid during digestion. Combining all of those elements, I think you give yourself the best chance that the probiotic element isn’t wasted.

      -Since Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium both occur naturally in the body, and if you believe that therapeutic-grade essential oils support good bacteria and kill bad bacteria, I don’t think it’s that big of a leap to think that the essential oils don’t negatively impact the probiotic.

      If you’re concerned about the probiotic and the essential oils canceling each other out, you could make the recipe with one or the other. Leave out the essential oils or leave out the probiotic (but if you leave out the probiotic, I’d recommend adding in the baking soda). Or you could avoid the essential oils that concern you in terms of being “extra antibacterial” – like Melaleuca (Alternifolia) and Lavender – and choose other ones.

      The search I did came up with nothing in regards to using a probiotic and using essential oils together on the skin (if you’ve seen a source, please share it!). So everything I mentioned above is pieced together information from a variety of sources and studies and put together in a way that I understand it. It’s definitely an interesting research topic!

      And really, at the end of the day, all I’m positive about is this – probiotic deodorant using essential oils has been the best deodorant I’ve ever used (adding the probiotic element has made a huge difference for me), giving me the best results I’ve ever seen.

      Thanks for your comment!

  3. Brandy says

    I don’t have cocoa oil and am hesitant to buy it because I’ve not really heard of it before. Can I sub more of the cocnut oil for it? OR what else so you use it for :) Thank you!

    • Lisa Morosky says

      Cocoa butter helps the deodorant be creamy and thick. It also helps to hydrate the skin deeply and has a nice natural scent.

      If you’re going to replace it with something, I’d suggest substituting it with more shea butter or another thick butter (like mango butter) instead of coconut oil. Coconut oil probably wouldn’t give you the texture you want. :)

  4. carleeh says

    So excited to try! I have all the ingredients on hand except cocoa butter! Darn it! I was thinking melaleuca, lavender, frankincense, and citrus fresh or maybe thieves! Idk so many to try! But I sweat A LOT! I workout for usually 2 hours a day, does this help with sweat smells also?
    I made a lip balm that is wonderful.
    Avocado and coconut oil, thieves, lemon, lavender, and beeswax! I just love it.

    • Lisa Morosky says

      I probably wouldn’t do Thieves, just because it’s a hot oil (but that’s me). The other essential oils sound awesome though!

      When I use this, I don’t ever smell sweaty (I sweat, of course, but I never smell). Everyone is different though. :)

      That lip balm sounds divine!

  5. Shanel says

    How far in advance can this be made? I use raw probiotics so based on what you said above I’ll have to keep it in the fridge. Although wouldn’t it no longer be raw since I added it while very warm? It started to harden so I didn’t want to wait any long in case it was hard to site. And thanks! I live his and look forward to trying it on my teenage boys using lemongrass (maybe??).

    • Lisa Morosky says

      It’s up to you, really. If I were in your shoes, I’d let the mixture get as cool as you possibly can and then add the probiotics. It might make it harder to pour into the container and whatnot though. And keeping it in the fridge will make it a little bit harder to roll-on perhaps. But the way I see it, some probiotics is better than no probiotics, know what I mean? Just do the best you can. :)

    • Lisa Morosky says

      It hasn’t for me. But I usually put it on and give it a couple of minutes to absorb before putting clothes on. :)

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