All I can say is WOW!!! I read about this here on MUA a few days ago, and instantly thought, "No way!!". Then I had second thoughts and tried it out just for the sake of curiosity since I had all the ingredients on hand, anyway. As stated by others, I find that commercial deodorant just ends up mingling with the smell of sweat, which it almost as bad as not wearing any at all!! Anyhoo, I whipped this up yesterday, knowing I was going to be out running around in the heat which would be a true test, and guess what? IT ACTUALLY WORKED!!!! And by worked, I mean, I was dry, but most importantly, NO SMELL!!! Hallelujah!!! I kept indiscreetly (hopefully!! :o) sniffing to check, and I was beyond amazed. It lasted throughout the day and night into the next morning, Un-freaking-believable I tell 'ya!!!! Last but not least worth mentioning is that it's all natural, so no aluminum or other chemicals. I, personally, had zero irritation, which I was expecting, so extra bonus there! God, I love MUA!!! <3
Just here to reiterate that this absolutely works and is one of my most successful DIYs so far. Superior to commercial products in several ways:
1. Pretty much 100% odor free since starting with this, noticeably more so than with packaged deodorant.
2. I don't seem to sweat as much as I used to.
3. The slight "residue" that occurs sometimes is just a few grains that are easily brushed off once dry, nothing like the annoyance of a white solid stick.
Used a popular recipe online that adds shea butter to the mix of cornstarch, baking soda, and coconut oil, which makes it a little easier to use in cold weather (just apply a dab and let your skin warm it enough to blend in). I keep it in a jar; since it's more susceptible to temperature changes than packaged deodorant, I didn't have a lot of luck putting it in an empty deodorant stick. The other thing is that it can make you a little "rashy" if applied just after showering/shaving, but for me (luckily) that's minimal.
I haven't come onto MUA to write a review in a long time but I am compelled to do so. This stuff mixed with coconut oil to form a paste has been the most effective deodorant I have ever used. I literally cannot tell you how happy I am to have found something that works, and all for just pennies. I mixed the ingredients, no exact measurements except for half and half cornstarch and coconut oil with slightly less baking soda. Previous to this I was using a solid crystal which up until this point was my best non aluminum odour defence. But even still....it didn't pull through 100%. THIS DOES. And I do enough activities that keep me active and sweating. But I smell perfect even at the 24h mark. Amazing.
This works! Who needs chemical filled deodorant/antiperspirant when you probably have all the ingredients in your pantry? We seem to have different recipes here, the one that works for me is 1/4 cup cornstarch, 1/4 cup baking soda, and about 4 tbsp extra virgin coconut oil, mashed and mixed until creamy (use a fork) and spooned into an old empty deodorant container makes the perfect amount. After putting it in the container I put it in the fridge for a few hours just to harden it up again. Minor pleasant coconut smell when first applied in the morning, but this fades to unscented rather quickly. I am dry and stink free all day - it works better than many commercial deodorants and is certainly better for you! I've read that you can sub in arrowroot powder if you have sensitive skin, but I haven't had an issue with this recipe at all.
Not for me, sorry to be the lone dissenter here.
I mixed this up with 1/4 a cup of baking soda, 1 cup of corn starch and 1/2 cup of coconut oil.
This stuff is hella sticky! mixing it is kind of a pain.
In its defense, i don't smell, i just smell like coconuts, though my armpits are kind of wet.
What i don't like about this, and why i'm giving it a bad review, is because it leave a white powdery residue in my armpits and gets caught and stuck in my armpit hair (i'm male)
I honestly cannot believe this works. For years , and I mean about 30, I have been looking for a deoderant that actually works. I think I am smelly and I have tried every deoderant on the grocery store shelves. The only one that works for me is Certain-Dry but it is expensive and can irritate. Most other deoderants work for a while (like 2 weeks) then I need to change up. For the past year or so I just buy Suave because its cheap and with coupons I get it for like 40 cents. I just deal with having to apply it twice a day and maybe more in the summer. On a whim and after alot of research about going "natural". I tried this. I cannot believe it. It is now 8+ hours into my day and I am totally dry and I smell NOTHING, 100% nothing. By now (and usually before now) any other deoderant I have EVER used I would smell something (usually the deoderant with a undertone of stink. Sorry if its TMI) That brings me to another pet peeve of mine, I don't really want to smell my deoderant, but most deoderants are highly scented. If I want to smell good I wear perfume, because I like the way that smells, not my deoderant.. Anyway, on a trail basis I mixed 2 teaspoons of cornstarch and 1 teaspoon of baking soda together. I placed the mix in a ornate, antique, ceramic jar that was my grandmothers so it looked pretty on my vanity. I applied it rather heavily to my still damp armpits, with an old dense eco- tools blush brush I don't use, directly out of the shower. Ok, it is a bit messy, there was powder everywhere and I had a bit of transfer on my shirt when I dressed. But, it wiped right of my shirt with a damp cloth, unlike traditional deoderant. It may be only 1/2 a day but I am soooo impressed. I swear I am never ever going back to regular deoderant, and if I get irritation after a week or so as some have claimed I will simply up the cornstarch till I find a happy medium. Love this stuff and it costs like pennies!
UPDATE- after a few weeks of getting accustomed to this (I did have some itching and irritation after 3-4 days but it went away within a week) I now mix this 50/50 - 50% baking soda with 50%Johnson and Johnson cornstarch baby powder in the lavender scent and actually apply with my finger tips. PERFECT!
It actually, honest to goodness works like nothing else has for me.
Following advice from other reviewers, I mixed 3 parts cornstarch to 1 part baking soda, and smooshed in unrefined virgin coconut oil until it was a thick paste. Massaged a thin, but thorough, coating to my entire underarm area after a shower.
Superior odor control: you start out smelling a bit like coconut, and then when that wears off, nothing! Amazing. And it even seems to keep me about as dry as my old Dove sensitive skin antiperspirant, but without the eventual sour smell and irritation. Plus, my underarms feel really well conditioned, and not tacky or dry like I experienced with the Crystal. (Don't get me wrong, the Crystal is a great product too, just didn't work for me).
Increase the ratio of cornstarch to baking soda if you get irritation, or reduce it if the odor protection isn't strong enough. I transferred the mixture to a little container from Human Gear (but it doesn't really matter what you use) so it would fit better in the cabinet. I've read you can substitute arrowroot starch in place of cornstarch, which I'm guessing would work just as well if you're allergic to corn.
I have been dealing with a lot of hormone changes in the last few years. I have always had a hard time finding a deodorant that worked for me. I have been leaning towards natural products recently just because I have been amazed at what they can do. So here we go,
rash can occur (keep reading)
I tried this on a whim...on a work day... when I had an interview. I am sure that could have been a horrible idea, but instead it has made me a true believer. I tried mixing the BS and corn starch with olive oil the first day. Turns out that works, but I found it pointless. I started applying the powder mixture with a kabuki brush. This works like a charm. I do not have any odor and the wetness it kept at bay with the dry powder. Now on to the rash. The first week I got a rash. I read some other reviews that said to reduce the amount of BS. That did the trick. For me I am at a 2:1 ratio, 2 corn starch and 1 BS place in a glass bowl with lid and shake. I apply this directly after I shower with Lush Buffy (helps to make it stick). Best deodorant I have ever used. All 5 lippies are deserved.
I think the combo of baking soda and cornstarch is a great deodorant (actually the best odor-fighting one I've ever used) but I gave it a 3 because the baking soda gives me an awful rash so I had to stop using it. I used to mix my batches with BS, corn starch, coconut oil, vitamin E oil, and a couple drops of tea tree oil. Even with the vitamin E oil and using shea butter or vitamin E oil to moisturize my armpits at night after my shower, I still would get an awful rash. The rash would get even worse during hot summer months when I'd sweat a lot. This combo also gives nearly no wetness protection, so if you sweat a lot, that may become embarrassing. I also notice that this ruined a few garments of mine because the oils would staind my clothes.