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Homemade Probiotic Deodorant

Homemade Probiotic Deodorant

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

Here’s what you need:

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!

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 and I stay stinky-free all day long. My husband comments that I smell like “orange chocolate” (from the essential oils I used and the cocoa butter). I love it!

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  1. Denise W says

    How much time do you think I need to give this? (As you mentioned above) I have probably been using this a month, maybe a little less, and I’m pretty stinky by late afternoon. I really want it to work and don’t want to go back to conventional store bought deodorant. Thanks!

    • Lisa Morosky says

      It took me an entire deodorant to adjust to it. And around that time I also made a lot of diet changes too (getting rid of gluten, reducing sugar and processed foods, etc) that no doubt made a difference because it’s all connected, ya know?

      If you don’t think it’ll be a problem for you in terms of skin sensitivity, you could go ahead and replace some of that arrowroot powder with baking soda – that’ll up the deodorizing factor too (I did that at first when I was detoxing all my stink). Also, you could dab some white vinegar on your armpits after you shower and let that dry (you won’t smell like vinegar when it dries), and then put your deodorant on. That’s helped me in the past too when I was getting used to this.

      Hope that helps!

  2. Brandi says

    I just want to let you know, I found you because of Pinterest and tried this out and have to say this deodorant is AMAZING!!!! I am one stinky girl! Like a dude stinks (<that's appealing LOL). So I was really excited when I saw this included probiotics. So I eat decently but haven't changed anything in diet or my day to day things going on and this works great. Even after a trip to the beach (hot and sweaty anyone?!?!) and this stuff was still going strong! I just wanted to thank you for such an awesome recipe!

    • Denise says

      I commented with a couple questions a couple weeks back and tried your tip using the vinegar and that got me through my detox. And now the deodorant is working wonderfully! I’m on my second batch !

  3. Trisha says


    I was wondering if I could leave out the shea butter and double the cocoa butter? I wasn’t sure if doing that would change the consistency. I just ran out of shea butter but getting more is not a problem. Thanks for any advice you can provide!

    • Lisa Morosky says

      Yep, I bet you could do that. It might make it not as smooth (but I’m thinking the consistency would still be fine) and you’ll smell more chocolatey (because of more cocoa butter), but I bet it’d be fine. Let us know how it went if you decide to try it! :)

  4. jennifer says

    Is coconut oil necessary? I’m allergic to it. I itch all over if I ingest it or get it on my skin whether it’s fresh fruit or oils/milk etc…

    • Lisa Morosky says

      I haven’t tried it with anything other than coconut oil, but my guess is that you could use another oil of your choice (almond, avocado, etc) in place of the coconut oil. Let us know if you try it!

    • Lisa Morosky says

      I haven’t tried replacing/leaving out the beeswax, but I really think it or something similar is needed so that the deodorant stays solid and is able to hang out on the counter vs. in your fridge. If not beeswax, you could try carnauba wax. Let us know if you try it!

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