Homemade Probiotic Deodorant

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  1. Suzanne says:

    Why would you need a deodorant to have probiotics in it?? Never heard of probiotics being used in something that you didn’t “ingest”!

    • The skin is our largest organ. Because of this, things we put on our skin is absorbed into our body, whether it be good or bad. That’s why I am careful to choose skin products with whole ingredients.

  2. Matthew says:

    Dr. Axe, what is the purpose of the probiotics in this deodorant? And are there any good tips, recipes, diys for anti-perspirants?

    • Probiotic eliminate bad bacteria which is a major cause of body odor. Also, adding cypress essential oil to your deodorant may cause a bit less sweating because it improves circulation.

  3. Rachel says:

    I’ve been making a recipe similar to this for a few months now and it works SO WELL. I was a bit skeptical from no success with ‘natural’ deodorants. You still sweat with this kind (which is good anyway) but NO stink. Even after a long day in the heat of the South i had no smell whatsoever. I give it 5 stars.

    Thank you Dr. Axe, for informing so many with this recipe!

    • Ann says:

      Hi Rachel, I’m just curious if this recipe is good enough for a tropical country where heat can go more than 35 degrees. Did the deodorant get soft or did it melt at all in the container since you live at a warm place as well?

  4. Elizabeth says:

    Thank you! I am excited to try this since I am tired of paying so much money for “natural” deodorants that barely seem to work anyway… would you recommend that we store the deodorant in the refrigerator if the probiotic we use (Garden of Life brand) is refrigerated or does it make no difference to the effectiveness of the probiotic in the end product?

  5. Brenda says:

    The probiotic will heat up when its mixed in. Will that kill it?

    • It depends on the probiotic you use. The Axe Naturals Live Probiotic contains bacillus subtilis, bacillus coagulant and saccharomyces boulardii which are heat resistant probiotic strains. Most other low quality probiotic supplements would die.

  6. mary says:

    This deodorant will not stain my clothes? Thanks for greats recipes..

  7. Kindra Smith says:

    Any suggestions other than Baking soda? I’ve tried making my own and it always gives me chemical burns.

  8. Johanna says:

    Wouldn’t the heat of the melted oils, damage the probiotics?

    • Lorelei says:

      That’s why you use a double boiler, it is made for heating/melting ingredients that are too delicate to boil. The water in the bottom of the double boiler boils, and you melt the ingredients in the top of the boiler, only until they are soft and mixed, then let cool a bit and add the probiotics.

  9. Rex says:

    Do the essential oils kill the probiotics?

  10. Lauri says:

    How many normal deodorant containers will this recipe make? Thanks Dr Axe!

  11. Simone Jade Kelly says:

    Um… Wouldn’t the probiotics die if you cooked them in boiling hot melted coconut oil and bees wax? They have to stay at a certain temperature to stay alive.

  12. Kay says:

    The antibacterial effect of the essential oil does not kill the probiotics?

  13. linda says:

    I use fresh lemon juice, works great, I couldn’t believe it, the only thing that has ever worked for me was the clinical strength deodorants, which i hated using because of all the chemicals. I really never believed it would work, but it does.

  14. Gw says:

    I would probably try in a small batch. On a day where I would not have to be in public. I have an acquaintance who uses a natural deodorant and I can’t hardly stand to be around them because they smell like a Billy goat. I am very leery to give up my commercial deodorant.

  15. Rebecca says:

    My son suffers from a severe case of hidradenitis suppurativa which is caused by infected, swollen sweat glands. He has had multiple surgeries from having this disease already. We are always looking for alternatives to kill bad bacteria in places that are prone to humidity on the body. I will be buying the ingredients and have him use this (minus the extra ingredients given for fragrance) to apply under the arms, and between the thighs. Always trying to avoid moisture and kill bad bacteria.

    • Riss says:

      The essential oils are not only for fragrance the have useful properties. Tea tree is cleansing and a natural antiseptic, it can reduce bad bacteria that cause odor. And as the doc said the cypress promotes circulation. You would be able to replace any of those essential oils with another that would be useful for your son’s condition.

    • darla says:

      My dad had that fir many years.

    • Sandy says:

      Hi Rebecca, have you heard about ASEA and Redox signaling? This product could help your son’s condition. I can send you info if you would like.

  16. Alexandra Huebner says:

    I just mix coconut oil and baking soda half and half. It is the best deodorant I ever had, even my hubby says so and he has been complaining quite a while about odor and sweats!!!

  17. Terri says:

    I haven’t used deodorant for several years. I read an article that talked about eating healthy foods that your body wouldn’t be fighting off so many toxins and you wouldn’t need deodorant so I try not to get away from my healthy eating and of course shower every day. Keep the bacteria washed off and don’t load your body with toxins and you won’t need it. You body will have to learn to take care of itself, so the first week or two may not be good. But after that it should start doing better.

  18. gina says:

    Sorry some ingredients I don’t know I live in Mexico could you explain me what is: shea butter, arrowroot powder, and Live Probiotics? this are like Yakult? thanks!

  19. Esmeralda says:

    Preference on prebiotics?

  20. Jim says:

    Most essential oils exhibit antibacterial properties. Probiotics are bacteria. Mmm?

  21. Suzanne R. says:

    Wont the heat kill the microbes in the probiotics? Should it cool to a certain temp before adding them?

  22. P says:

    Would this work in young boys there body’s are changes and they sweat and stink just don’t want them on all those chemicals?

  23. Liz says:

    Do you have a recipe withough baking soda? The baking soda is so abrasive especially when working out. I get rubbed raw. Do you have a good substitute?

    • You could use less baking soda in the recipe? Or I will work on a new recipe without the baking soda

      • Didi says:

        Thanks; I would appreciate a good alternative. Baking soda can sift to a nearby garment. If I don’t use the baking soda, I don’t get good results; but i don’t relish the grittiness. And I just can’t quite get past my original belief that Arm-n-Hammer brand has aluminum in it.

  24. Sherri says:

    Do you recommend using the citrus AND the lavender together, or choosing one or the other? Thank you for the recipe.

  25. Marie says:

    I understand why the probiotics are added but does it really matter? Aren’t the probiotics killed by the essential oils that are also added?

  26. Juliette says:

    Dr. Axe, can I make this recipe without the probiotics?

  27. Nikki says:

    Heats above a certain point ruin the medicinal properties of essential oils. So since they are added well before the mixture is aloud to cool to a safe temp for the oils, I’m assuming the Esentials oils are in there just for the natural fragrance and not it’s benefical properties is this correct?

  28. Deanna says:

    I have trouble swallowing capsules. Could this deodorant take the place of supplementing with probiotics? Or can your Live Probiotics capsule be opened and mixed with applesauce?

  29. Amber says:

    Any suggestions on a replacement for coconut oil? My husband is allergic.

  30. Tamara S says:

    I used a commercial probiotic base deodorant, and ended up with a terrible bacterial rash for over a week. Looked like the measles under my arms… ? Any suggestions for a homemade one in choosing probiotics? I was going to use Life 5 by Young Living…. I am also sensitive to baking soda, would love to see the soda free recipe! : ) TIA

  31. Dabriah says:

    Will the coconut oil stain my clothes?

  32. Mel says:

    Can you use cornstarch in the recipe instead of arrowroot powder?

  33. Sarah says:

    I am having a horrible time with this deodorant staining my clothes! At first, I wondered if it was a detox reaction. I just made a second batch, though – this time with the right amount of beeswax and shea butter (I did lesss before) – and now it’s leaving deeper and larger stains all over the armpits of my clothes. Any idea what’s causing it? I’m thinking it’s the beeswax. Has anyone else had that problem? I love the use and effectiveness of this deodorant, but I can’t have it ruining my clothes…

  34. Kathy says:

    I would really like to give up commercial deodorants and antiperspirants, and have tried the crystal type deodorants which don’t work for me.

    Essential oils cause me to have contact dermatitis and according to my dermatologist, are sensitizing for everyone. You say in an answer to a comment that the tea tree oil is important to the recipe. Is there a combination of ingredients which would not require essential oils?

  35. Laura says:

    Can you substitute Tapioca starch for the arrowroot powder?

  36. Amanda says:

    I’ve been making my own deodorant for a couple of years. I use the finger application method, but since my little jars have NO locker room cred for teenage boys, I tried this recipe so that they could have a typical deodorant container. I have found this recipe to be difficult to apply and it remains sticky on the skin until it is removed. The only change I made was substitute the baking soda with arrowroot powder. I doubt this is the issue since I have used only arrowroot powder since I found out years ago that I have adverse reactions with baking soda.

  37. Marina says:

    I bough the Axe Naturals, live probiotics and i made the 3 capsules that the recipe calls for. The only thing i didn’t know what to do if just put in the capsules as they are or open them up and just mixed what’s inside the capsule, which i ended up doing anyway. I hope this is okay…anybody else?…Dr. Axe?

  38. Danielle says:

    I made this recipe minus the probiotic and different essential oils, but it started darkening my armpits to almost black. I don’t have any issues with stink or perspiration, but my dark armpits are kind of ugly. And I have been using this since March, so I don’t think it’s a detox reaction. Any idea what might be causing it or ideas on how to undarken my armpits?

  39. Janet Mc says:

    What about those who are ER+ breast cancer survivors? Tea tree oil increase estrogen levels?

    • Lois says:

      I am a breast cancer survivor. I take arimadex each day, which helps keep the estrogen down. So what about tea tree EO? I use it for other things………..

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