DIY :: Super Strength Herbal Deodorant Spray

DIY Super-Strength Herbal Deodorant Spray...this is the best recipe EVER!

Did you know that the majority of breast cancer can be linked to the use of conventional deodorants/antiperspirants (along with many other hormonal and environment factors)?

All of the chemicals in conventional deodorants serve to kill or inhibit the growth of “bad” or undesirable bacteria that cause unwanted natural stink scent. Meanwhile, they kill the “good bacteria” too…leaving our bodies defenseless.

There are many reasons why we should be concerned about using antiperspirants and commercially prepared deodorants!

Here are just a few:

  1. There are hidden dangers in the active ingredients of conventional deodorant (i.e. Aluminum, Parabens, Propylene glycol, Phthalates, and Triclosan). Current research shows a strong link between antiperspirants containing aluminum and breast cancer, birth defects, allergies, and hormonal imbalances. These potentially hazardous chemicals have no place in our homes and certainly no place under our arms.
  2. Let the body do what the body will do! I believe that when we attempt to inhibit the natural functions of the body we negatively affect the rhythms created for a purpose.

Fortunately, you can make your own deodorant for almost nothing in just a few minutes, and it WORKS!

Here at the ranch we daily use one of the following deodorants…

…but now — I think — I have a new fave!!!

The ingredients used to make this Super Strength Herbal Deodorant Spray are both astringent and antimicrobial. Standing the true test of farm chores, cooking over a hot stove, and working until the wee hours of the morning.

This stuff keeps me feeling fresh all day!

And I happen to think it’s AMAZING!

Super Strength Herbal Deodorant Spray

Base Ingredients
*Use local, organic ingredients whenever possible.


Add all ingredients to a 2 ounce mister bottle. Shake well. Apply to underarms as often as needed.

I love these 2 oz amber boston round glass bottle with a fine mist sprayer. They come in a pack of 6 — perfect for sharing or keeping one at home, work, or in your workout bag!


Using the “Base Ingredients” list as a guide allows you the creative freedom to use the items you have on hand to make something beautiful.

Here are a few examples of flower water (hydrosol) and essential oil combinations I love:

  • Patchouli + Vanilla — patchouli hydrosol, patchouli essential oils, and vanilla absolute
  • Lavender — lavender hydrosol and lavender essential oils
  • Geranium + Lime — rose hydrosol, geranium and lime essential oils
  • Citrus — lemon verbena hydrosol and essential oils of orange, lemongrass, and bergamot

Where Can I Get This Stuff

You can purchase my small-batch, handcrafted deodorant
via Roots + Reverie on Etsy.
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  1. Could you make your own hydrosol?

  2. Thank you so much!! I may come out of this smelling like roses!! I have some rose hydrosol homemade by a friend. I have been looking for a heavy duty deodorant because I have my own greenhouse business and I don’t want to drive any customers away!! I need heavy duty in there, trust me!! I am not a “light sweater” anyway and I need to lose a few pounds. I have been making many changes to the natural, but this is one thing that has been worrying me. Thanks again. I will be trying this!!

  3. Grapefruit seed extract is made by mixing crushed grapefruit seeds with chemicals (not with water or alcohol, like most naturally made extracts). This yields an extract that is more than one-half diphenol hydroxybenzene-a quaternary ammonium chloride that is like benzethonium chloride.
    It doesn’t matter if the grapefruit seeds came from organic or non-organic fruits, it’s still contaminated.
    Plus, it can cause inflammation.
    I’m trying to get away from quaternary ammonium chloride and chemicals and inflammation from anything!
    Do you think that the alcohol in the witch hazel would be enough to act as a preservative, if I eliminated the grapefruit seed extract?

    • For Wilson, the colloidal silver is fantastic as a microbial and a preservative. I’m betting you could skip the grapefruit seed extract. I currently use just colloidal silver, but I will be ramping it up with some of these other ingredients.

    • Omitting the GSE — given the witch hazel, essential oils, and colloidal silver — I’d give it a shelf life of 6-8 months at least.

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    • Thanks for the info. I purchased grapefruit seed extract last summer before doing any research on it. I haven’t dared to use it because I did a quick search and found nothing good. This is a great explanation and confirmation I should just dump it.

      • I’m glad this issue has come up — and of course everyone must do their own research and come to a conclusion of their own — I’ve personally used GSE for years and have noticed no ill effects only benefit. Not to mention, upon further exploration on topics of conflict, I tend to find the naysayers (i.e. Pubmed, etc.) take a “big pharma” lean in their publications…not always, but frequently.

        Yet — please, please — I encourage everyone to do their own research.

        Here’s a particularly helpful forum thread (, where a user cited a letter from the company whose product I personally use and recommend (NutriBiotic) stating that Citricidal, the ingredient they use, is completely safe and has been known to reveal false positives in tests for benzethonium chloride. The company representative also said that due to recent news about Triclosan in the last few years, they test every batch of Citricidal to prove the absence of Triclosan. (read more here

        Again…please do your own research and talk to your medical professional, naturopath, chiropractor, etc. before deciding if GSE is right for you (especially because of potential interactions with certain medications).

        By NO means am I an expert…I just share my own experiences and private research.

        Isn’t it the truth…as natural health seekers, we are always weighing the arguments and choosing between our doubts and “what feels right” when it comes to controversial remedies. I’ve personally found GSE to be effective, and in my research the companies whose product I use and recommend seem honorable and trustworthy to date.

        • I’m with you on this one Andrea! I trust Nutribiotic and will keep using their GSE until further notice :)) I just made a batch of your deodorant and we all love it :) Thank you!

  4. Lena Erickson says:

    With all due respect, it seems like applying silver to your underarms should have the same concern as aluminum. It is still a metal and can still be deposited in your organs and cells. Just a logical deduction on my part, however. Colloidal silver is listed as “likely unsafe” on webmd… not that I trust webmd as any kind of reliable source… but it does give me pause.

    • The problem with aluminum is that it actually plugs the ducts under our arms, preventing our body from being able to sweat (a.k.a. release toxins from the lymph system). Colloidal Silver does not act in this way, rather it is antimicrobial in it’s properties.

    • Silver is not harmful. It is safe for people and animals. There are a lot of people that trust it every day and it kills over 650 pathogens. People way back when knew the antimicrobial qualities of silver so they made baby rattles out of it. (The baby would be putting silver in their mouth.) I read all the studies where they say if you take it you will turn silver…It still wouldn’t physically hurt you even if you did turn silver. Luckily that will not happen. I am so glad that I was able to treat my dog’s leg when the vet couldn’t find out which antibiotic to give her. We had tried several and her leg wouldn’t heal. I heard about silver and started putting it on the wound and it healed. No need for more expensive cultures and more pain. Also, my cat has had a reoccurring sinus infection for almost a year with 3 rounds of antibiotics, and now I can treat it without antibiotics and trips to the vet for him. He still sneezes, but it doesn’t turn into an infection any more. I love my silver! Also, the bad “bugs” can not outsmart the silver and become resistant like they can with the drugs. Anyway, I hope you will be open to trying silver!

      • Thanks for the information, guys. I will keep an open mind about it. :)

      • The problem is that this “over 650 pathogens” thing isn’t really validated in any way. I have yet to ever find this statement coming from the mouths of anyone who’s not selling colloidal silver, never in any scientific studies, and companies have gotten into trouble with the FTC for making this unsubstantiated claim. Silver as a dissolved ion does have antiseptic properties, but the number 650 comes out of thin air. Furthermore, there actually are potential toxicity issues, and there are potential adverse side effects. While I support effective, scientifically-backed alternative medicine and disinfectants, this kind of thing really, really troubles me. People really need to inform themselves before recommending products as totally safe or claiming that they do certain things.

        • Yes, Pixie, I agree. The use of colloidal silver concerns me as well. I am also wondering why the assertion that bacteria cannot develop resistance to colloidal silver?

          • I’m not saying colloidal silver is necessarily bad, but I would definitely like to see hard facts backing the claims that are made about it. All studies I’ve seen suggest that as a nutritional supplement it’s useless (because the body doesn’t need silver at all) and that by itself it’s not effective orally to treat diseases, though silver as a dissolved ion can boost antibiotics. According to Scientific American’s article ‘Silver Makes Antibiotics Thousands of Times More Effective,’ “it makes the cell membrane more permeable, and it interferes with the cell’s metabolism, leading to the overproduction of reactive, and often toxic, oxygen compounds.” But that, again, is in tandem with antibiotics, and the article makes this clear that the silver is not the primary agent here, and it also takes care to note the potential toxicity.

            As for outside the body… it could have some use, but again, I’d like to see some studies confirming that and a little more consumer caution exercised. Don’t take it at face value just because it was on the internet!

            • I heard about it from my brother who had a double transplant. (kidney and pancreas) He was having some weird infections that started about a year out…he was hospitalized about 4 different times and had a cocktail of antibiotics. It kept coming back, whatever it was, and finally he started using silver on his own. He had a lot at stake. He could have lost the organs and been right back on dialysis. Well, he got better and has never been back in the hosp. He still goes for his check-ups and all, but they are not as often. He had surgery about 11 yrs ago. I picked some up and used it for my dog when she had an infection that wasn’t going away. It went away right after that. I believe it’s good stuff, and I don’t give much credence to the “studies” done by the western medical drug pushers. But, you all have brought up a lot of points. You just don’t know who to believe anymore, drug manufacturers vs. natural cures… are they just trying to sell you something?

        • The FTC will never tell you that an over the counter natural element is safe. Otherwise how would they sell the Antibiotics that are harming us?

  5. My son sweats a LOT, to the point of embarrassment. Is there anything that could be added which will help to cut down on the sweat issue? I know sweating is good, but when you can’t even raise your hand in class without someone commenting on the 6-7 inch across sweat spot under your arm in an air-conditioned classroom, it’s serious.

    • Sheri, I was just doing some reading about essential oils, and I came across this oil that has been know to help with excessive sweating!! I was so excited to tell you. I am quoting from Young Living Oils’ Website… Petitgrain (Citrus sinensis) is mentally refreshing and emotionally balancing when used aromatically. This oil is also beneficial for skin and hair health. Traditionally, petitgrain has been used to support a healthy nervous system—particularly with nervous exhaustion and stress—as well as to improve instances of excessive perspiration and oily skin and hair. I don’t see why Petitgrain couldn’t be added to a deodorant. You are welcome to send me a friend request if you want to private message me if you want to know where to get it. I am not trying to sell something, but I can get it for you if need be. I used to also sweat excessively from nerves in HS and it was really embarrassing. Anyway, I hope you see this and it helps your son out!

  6. Kitrin Crane says:

    By eliminating the hydrosol and essential oils(or using pine essential oil)
    Could this be used as a scent eliminating spray for bowhunting? I have seen other recipes but they use ALOT of hydrogen peroxide and baking soda and I like the idea of using the colloidial silver. I know that there are commercial scent prevent products that utilize silver in them.

  7. Andrea, another great sounding deodorant to try. I have a recipe I love but this spray one sounds pretty nice to have too. Thanks!

  8. Amazon says the colloidal silver is unavailable. Is there another good place to get it?

    • I get mine at the Vitamin Shoppe. It is cheaper there than at the Health Food store. Vitamin World doesn’t carry it where we go, but that’s in a mall. The brand I get is called Sovereign Silver.

  9. Thanks so much for this recipe. I am always on the lookout for a good deodorant to make. I have made solids and creams, and deal with it melting in summer and keeping it in the fridge. (Not really a bit dear) But this looks great. I’t s the first deodorant spray recipe I have encountered. Can’t wait to try it.

  10. I still have some “pause” about using the colloidal silver in this recipe, is there a substitute you could recommend or should I just omit it in the meantime? I feel I need to do a bit more research on that product before I commit to purchasing and using it.

    • Emily, I have been using Super Silver Solution since 2001. Every day I spray my eyes because it stops the itching. I also take it internally if I’ve been exposed to something or have an infection. As my doctor explained to me, silver becomes a problem when people make it at home using a battery-powered machine rather than electricity. I get it from International Health (

  11. Hi,
    I love your blog! I am just converting myself and my Family over to natural, healthy cleaning and beauty products and I really like this but wondered if this recipe would still work without the Silver please?
    Thank you :)

  12. I’m not sure if this posting is still being monitored, but does anyone know if these ingredients are safe to use in this way for someone pregnant?

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