Spray Deodorant Recipe

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Homemade natural spray deodorant recipe
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My homemade natural deodorant recipe is several years old and is one of the most popular on my site with almost 800 comments. I still use it and it is really effective, but some people don’t react well to the baking soda and are looking for another option.

It seems that baking soda gives some people an itchy, red rash when used on the underarms. It works incredibly well in deodorant recipes, but some people just can’t tolerate it and I definitely don’t recommend continuing to try a recipe that is causing a rash or pain.

One solution here is to just remove the baking soda from the original recipe, and use equal parts of shea butter, coconut oil and arrowroot powder with essential oils for scent, though some people find this isn’t as effective as the recipe with baking soda.

I found out recently when I packed the wrong glass jar for a trip that my magnesium body butter works really well as a deodorant. In fact, if you react to baking soda, I’d recommend trying the magnesium body butter as an alternative.

My accidental mix up made me wonder if there was another good natural deodorant solution besides the recipes with baking soda, and maybe one that was more convenient as well. One complaint with oil based recipes is that they can stain clothing if you don’t wait for it to dry before getting dressed.

I wanted a quick dry option that wasn’t oil based, didn’t have baking soda and that actually worked.

I also loved the idea of using something with magnesium like the magnesium body butter but didn’t want something that thick. Then, I found a perfect solution that I’ve sweat tested in a hot southern summer while running outside and it works.

I still love the original recipes, but I’ve been using this one too and even tested them both side by side and this recipe seems to be equally effective.

So what’s in it? Great question. The secret ingredient is….

Magnesium Oil!

It’s actually a misnomer, since magnesium oil just feels oily but doesn’t contain any actual oil, but it is incredibly effective at preventing underarm odor, plus you get a boost of magnesium. Add some essential oils and it is a great smell- good deodorant.

You can make magnesium oil yourself (this is the recipe I use) or buy the pre-made version here.

NOTE: Some people experience a tingling sensation when they first start using magnesium oil. This is considered a normal reaction, especially for those who are low on magnesium and it should fade in a couple of days.

TIP: To make this even more effective, mix 3/4 cup water with 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar and apply to underarms after showering and let dry before applying this. This helps remove any natural bacteria in the underarm and makes this spray deodorant last even longer.

Spray Deodorant Ingredients

  • 4 ounces magnesium oil
  • 10-15 drops of your favorite essential oils or a mixture
  • A 4 ounce or larger glass spray bottle (I use this one but replaced the top because my kids dropped the bottle and the original top broke)

Spray Deodorant Instructions

  1. Make the magnesium oil if using homemade magnesium oil.
  2. Pour in to glass spray bottle and add any essential oils if using.
  3. To use: spray a small amount on underarms and rub in gently. Let dry for about 5 seconds.

Note: Stinging can sometimes occur if used right after shaving or if you are low on magnesium. This should subside after a few days.

Ever made deodorant? How did it go? Share your experience below!

This simple homemade spray deodorant recipe uses magnesium oil and essential oils for an effective and nourishing deodorant without harmful chemicals.

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About Katie Wells

Katie Wells, CTNC, MCHC, Founder of Wellness Mama and Co-founder of Wellnesse, has a background in research, journalism, and nutrition. As a mom of six, she turned to research and took health into her own hands to find answers to her health problems. WellnessMama.com is the culmination of her thousands of hours of research and all posts are medically reviewed and verified by the Wellness Mama research team. Katie is also the author of the bestselling books The Wellness Mama Cookbook and The Wellness Mama 5-Step Lifestyle Detox.


332 responses to “Spray Deodorant Recipe”

  1. Mary Nagle Avatar
    Mary Nagle

    I use milk of magnesia mixed with equal parts of arrowroot powder. Seems to work a bit better than MOM alone. What I really love is that adding the arrowroot powder helps it dry quicker.

  2. Caro Avatar

    Thanks for sharing this recipe!

    What is the shelf life of this deodorant (with and without distilled water or non-alcoholic witch hazel)? Does it need a preservative?

  3. Maranda Miller Avatar
    Maranda Miller

    I’ve been spraying on the Apple cider vinegar mix and using the magnesium oil spray for deodorant and it’s not working at all. I was hoping to find a spray deodorant recipe kind of like Burts Bees spray deodorant.

  4. Lisa Avatar

    I have read that magnesium combined with MSM has a synergistic effect that is very beneficial.

    Have you ever tried a recipe combining the two? I have looked at descriptions of commercially sold blends that have a 40% magnesium to 20% MSM blend.

    I have both magnesium chloride chips and sulphur chips. I’m going to make up a batch today and see how it works. I’ve had unpleasant experiences ingesting both these minerals but am feeling great taking baths with magnesium chloride.

    Thank you so much for your recipes and explanations!????

  5. Claudia Avatar

    Hi Wellness Mama, would it be OK to mention your website on a live class that I will be teaching? I am also a Nutritionist and an Herbalist! I am a big fan of yours and love wht you do!

    1. Katie Wells Avatar

      Of course! I always appreciate links and mentions, I just don’t allow reprinting of my content in other places.

      1. Claudia Avatar

        Thank you! Of course! I always ask, and you are such a great source of info! Thank you again for all you do! Know that it is appreciated ??

  6. Valerie Avatar

    Thanks for the recipe!

    How long can you keep this spray deodorant? Does it have to stay in the fridge?

  7. Nicole Avatar

    Hi, I have tried this!! Just magnesium oil that I make in a spray bottle. But it causes me to break out severely. I have also tried diluting my m.o. down with more water as well as with milk of magnesia. And I still break out 🙁 Does anyone have any suggestions? I’ve just been bearing the pain because I don’t know what else to do.

    1. Nadine Avatar

      I use colloidal silver with a drop of rosemary oil, then add a little fragrance oil.

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