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Save Money & Kill Odor-Causing Bacteria: How To Make Your Own Probiotic Deodorant!

  • Published on: 06 March, 2014
  • Last update: 14 January, 2016

I’ve been trying tons of natural deodorants that I find on Etsy, not only because I like to support small businesses that made hand-made goods, but because store-bought deodorants cause cancer (especially antiperspirants). Your body is sweating for a reason – our armpits are the location of lymph nodes that are constantly detoxifying the body. Sweat rids your body of poisons and waste and helps keep your skin clean and healthy.

Antiperspirant deodorants are classified as drugs by the FDA. They have only been around for 70 or so years. Almost all contain parabens, a known carcinogen. Here are some other chemicals you can find lurking in deodorant:

So of course, I made the switch to the natural stuff! I used a few deodorants from Etsy as I mentioned, and they were all pretty good. Suddenly, I came across PROBIOTIC DEODORANT made by Emily’s Homestead on Etsy! That’s the deodorant I have in the picture above. I ordered it and love love LOVED IT! Why does it work? Well, because odor is caused by bacteria! When you give your armpits GOOD bacteria that will eat the bad ones, you get incredibly long lasting odor protection – much better than your usual natural deodorant in my experience. The probiotics were the missing link all along.

BUT, here’s the issue. I’m trying to go eco-friendly, chemical-free, AND budget-friendly. I decided that once my probiotic deodorant from Etsy ran out, it was finally time to make my own. Today, I’m using my empty deodorant container and simply re-filling it with my own home-made version.


  • 1 tbsp beeswax (this was the cheapest I found, $6)
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 tbsp shea butter (buy in bulk, an entire pound will last you YEARS and you can make your own lotions too)
  • 1 tbsp cocoa butter (I had cacao butter in the house so I used that and it worked just fine, but cocoa is cheaper)
  • 2 1/2 tbsp arrowroot powder
  • 1 tbsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp Vitamin E oil (I had Vitamin E gel caps in the house so I opened 2 up and took the oil out, you can probably use olive oil to save money, but I’m not positive)
  • 2 capsules of shelf-stable probiotics (use any probiotic that is shelf stable that you already have in the house! the only ones I had were ones that had to be refrigerated, so I got the NOW foods shelf stable v-caps that I linked to. They were the cheapest I found and had good reviews)
  • 20 drops of essential oils of your choice (optional, I used lemon & basil like Emily’s Homestead)


  1. Melt your cocoa butter, coconut oil, shea butter and beeswax over VERY low heat. I mean VERY LOW. Don’t let the oils get too hot and be patient.
  2. Once everything is fully melted, turn the flame off and add your baking soda and arrowroot powder. 
  3. Mix everything thoroughly, smoothing out any lumps and bumps.
  4. Add the vitamin E oil (or olive oil) and essential oils if you choose to give your deodorant a scent. 
  5. Let it cool until it begins to thicken. You need it to be cool so that your probiotics aren’t heated and killed. 
  6. Open the probiotic capsules and add to the mixture. Quickly mix it all up and pour into your empty, clean deodorant stick container! (You can use ANY used and empty deodorant stick you have in the house).
  7. Stick it in the fridge until it solidifies. And THERE YOU HAVE IT! So easy.

If you buy the ingredients in bulk, you can store them all in a cabinet or closet of your home and simply take them out each time you need to make a new stick. You’ll probably be paying less than 2 bucks per stick! A good idea is to make deodorant sticks for the whole family OR give home-made deodorants as a gift. Like I said, since you have the probiotics in here, you actually won’t smell nearly as much as with other natural deodorants. Your friends and family will LOVE this as a present!

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    So I really want to make this deodorant tonight and have all of the ingredients EXCEPT “shelf-stable” probiotics, and I was wondering: Is it necessary for the probiotics to be shelf-stable if I just keep the finished product in the refridgerator at all times? If not, then I can make it with regular probiotics tonight and order shelf-stable ones for the next batch. Thanks for your amazing blog and for any insight you can give me with this!



    I think you could definitely keep it in the fridge and be fine. I use shelf-stable because I know I’ll forget to put it back in haha I’m a bit clumsy! As long as you’re diligent about refrigeration you’ll be fine.


    I don’t know how on earth you figured out how to make this stuff…but I’m glad you did! I know eventually I will need to start making my own…like everything else 😉

    Shannon Campbell

    Hi Olivia! I have been searching your blog like wildfire, I absolutely LOVE it :). Here is an idea to share: making a coffee ground/ sea salt / olive oil scrub to use in the shower, followed by coconut oil for moisture, it has completely gotten rid of my B.O.! I scrub my armpits and feet daily and when I have time I get to the rest of my body, the coffee grounds mask the body odor smell all day

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