Sunday, March 30, 2014

Homemade Deodorant - Bee Vlog - Mar 28, 2014

I've been using this deodorant for several months and I love it. No strange chemicals, easy to make, I can customize the scent, and it actually works.

Now available for sale in my store.

Recipe originally from:

Video Link

My recipe alterations and notes:
3 TBSP coconut oil (45g)
2 TBSP beeswax (15g)
2 TBSP baking soda
2 TBSP arrowroot
1/4 tsp 100% Vitamin E oil
1/4 tsp patchouli
1/8 - 1/4 tsp pine needle
5 drops cedarwood


  1. I have watched may videos and from what can tell you can use most any starch. potato, tapioca, corn or arrowroot. have you tried other starches just for giggles to see if there is any difference?

    1. Yes, I've heard other starches work well too. I haven't tried it though.

  2. Hello Bill and many thanks for the recipe,but i tried it and there is only a very slight scent when only one smell it at very closely.Is this normal for a natural deodorant?I doubled the esential oils quantity and it is the same situation,a very slim parfume.Any help will be apreciated,God Bless!

    1. Yes, this is normal. It's a subtle scent. The deodorant does a good job, even without essential oils, in reducing unpleasant body odor. It's the baking soda that does this. I think that also softens the scent of the essential oils. Instead of trying to cover body odor with another heavy odor, it just prevents the body odor so you have almost no smell. The essential oils are there to add a gentle smell. If you want a stronger scent I would recommend applying just a very small dab of essential oil behind the ears and on the inside of the wrist. Use caution and experiment with this though. Some oils may need to be diluted in olive oil to prevent irritation or dilute the scent. Some may stain your skin or make it feel sticky.

  3. Hello again,Bill.The thing is that mine is ending yellower in colour than yours at the end,perhaps you're using a sun bleached wax in the recipe or just a very new wax ,as decapping one?And what about using a certain amount of propolis in the recipe( knowing that it stains,but perhaps in some percentage might be ok,as being antimicrobian,etc.All the best again!

    1. It sounds like you're using a darker wax than I do. I save my dark wax for non-cosmetic uses like candles. The light, fresh wax I get from honey comb is what I use for deodorant. I haven't tried propolis in the recipe and I wonder what it would do. I think it might stain the skin or clothing, but I really don't know. If you try it let me know.

  4. I saw that there are some brands that already use it,the advice is less than 5 % propolis,I used myself in 2% ( as tincture) and it does not stain,nor the skin or clothes.
    I was intrigued by a USA beekeper who said that he would sell the propolis got by melting beeswax combs as a second quality one,I wonder what is used for ,and if there is really a market for that.Thanks again.