Make Your Own Long Lasting Deodorant

Making your own long-lasting deodorant is no big mystery – when you know what goes into it.

In my review of long-lasting deodorants, I hinted that I don’t use a commercial brand anymore. Why? Well, if you have read any other of my articles, you know I love to find ways I can make or do something myself! Or, in this case, less expensive and does the job of two things.

So I began by reverse engineering the ingredients of long-lasting deodorants. What is the base and active ingredient of popular non-aluminum containing deodorants? Zinc oxide! What is the active ingredient in diaper rash cream? Zinc oxide!!

But, Cheryl, is diaper cream safe to use in my armpit???

Hey, I figure if it’s gentle enough for a baby’s backside, it should be gentle for my armpits, right?

So which diaper cream?

So, in the world of diaper rash treatments, there are two basic kinds: zinc-based and petroleum or natural oil based. Examples of the different diaper rash treatments are Desitin and A & D Ointment.

A & D Ointment won’t do as it’s not zinc based.

Desitin, on the other hand, is and it comes in two strengths as well as creamy. During my “test”, I chose to use the maximum strength version.

Hello! It works!!

My only problem is I don’t like the scent of Desitin – at all! My kids don’t mind it though. It’s just a preference thing. I have gone to using Boudreaux’s Butt Paste. (I know, elegant. But when was the last time someone asked you what deodorant you use?)

Boudreaux’s has a light scent that is vaguely similar to root beer?? Just a tiny amount on your fingertip spreads easily and does the job so well.

Generic or store brands??

Well, of course! There are store brand diaper rash creams out there which can work similarly. I’ve tried Equate (Walmart), which works like Desitin, though I don’t care for the scent.

Eeewww – it’s too creamy and it smells funny!

But what if you don’t like the consistency or scent of diaper creams? To create a thicker consistency, I have made a pastier version of the cream by adding powdered clay or talc. These both add drying power as well as making your improvised deodorant more stick-like consistency.

Home-made Long Lasting Deodorant


  • zinc-based diaper cream (I like the maximum strength version)
  • talc or bentonite clay
  • essential oil – grapefruit, lavender or other


In a small bowl measure a good amount of diaper cream, a tablespoon or so.

Now add a little talc or clay and stir to the desired consistency. Once you reach desired consistency, add the essential oils to desired scent level. Stir well.

Label a small jar, then store your cream. Mine lasts at least 6 months with no loss of potency.


This “recipe” is very flexible. Try and test it to get it the way you want it.

For scent I have used any of the following essential oils (essential oils can be irritating in large amounts, so add one drop to an ounce and test it):

  • Lavender essential oil (In NOW brand Long lasting deodorant)
  • Grapefruit essential oil (this is also in NOW brand, though not for scent but antibacterial properties)
  • Orange or lemon essential oils

TIP!! How to use zinc based deodorant creams

So, following Lavilin’s procedure to prepare the armpit:

  • Before bedtime, clean armpits well with soap and water.
  • Pat dry.
  • Gently apply a small amount of cream over all of the armpit area. (Most of us end up rubbing it in, though Lavilin warns you not to.)
  • Go to bed.
  • Next morning, clean armpits well.
  • Apply a small amount of cream.
  • Then you are good to go to your next shower.

Always test

DO test before making up a large batch. Don’t go and make a huge batch of cream only to find out that you hate the scent or that you break out. I test the cream all by itself in my armpit. You ought to know after a day of normal sweating. If I like the result but want it more pasty, then I add talc (or preferred thickener). If I want another scent, then I try the essential oils.

Have fun trying things out for yourself. I love the freedom to experiment and since zinc is so safe, there is no reason to not test and try things out.

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