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DIY Deodorant

By: Kimberly Daun, Certified Aromatherapist

I was recently talking to a friend about traditional deodorants.  Our conversation was eye-opening as she enlightened me to just how harmful they can be.  Upon conducting research, I found there to be aluminum in virtually all store-bought brands.  Not being entirely sure what that would do to my body, I decided to find out for myself.  Some of the most alarming side effects are that it clogs your pores and therefore minimizes your ability to sweat.  My initial response to that information was — well, isn’t that what deodorant is supposed to do?

However, our bodies were made to sweat, as it in an effective and healthy way of eliminating toxins.  I think we already have enough hygiene products that we don’t feel entirely comfortable using, or even somewhere we avoid the ingredients label altogether.  I set out to find a homemade deodorant recipe that I felt was safe and would help me maintain my hygienic sanity as two of my boys approach their teen years.  As an added bonus, it’s only 1/3 of the cost of traditional deodorants. After some trial and error, the best one I have found is the following coconut oil deodorant recipe.

Baking Soda: I use this often to neutralize odors around the house.  It helps balance your’ body’s PH levels keeping you smelling nice. You know your skin the best, if you feel like this ingredient is a bit abrasive for you then replacing it with arrowroot powder will give you the same results. If replacing it entirely doesn’t resonate with your skin type either you can use both baking soda and arrowroot powder and find a good balance of both. Luckily with this recipe you can fine tune it to you or your family’s needs.

Arrow Root: Absorbs excess moisture and the contains calcium chloride to help balance your PH levels.

Cornstarch: Rather than blocking your pores, like store bought deodorant, it helps to absorb excess moisture.  It can help soothe skin irritation, relieve issues caused by warm/damp environments, and keep your underarms nice and dry.

Solid Coconut Oil: This is another ingredient that helps keep your body balanced and eliminate skin conditions that can potentially cause an unpleasant odor.  The high content of Lauric Acid found in coconut oil offers a nice support to your immune system.

Bentonite Clay: This is my favorite ingredient because it actually HELPS your body by drawing out toxins, keeping your lymph nodes clear.  Your lymph nodes are a part of your body largely responsible for fighting infection, illness, and eliminating things the body doesn’t need or may be harmful.  Keeping your lymph nodes clear is necessary for a fully functioning immune system. How cool to add an extra boost to your health by using your deodorant, and it doesn’t stain!

Tea Tree:Essential Oil: Warm and damp places are an ideal place for fungus and other germs, aka our underarms on any given day. Luckily, Tea Tree Essential Oil is a great remedy for the unwanted substances and whatever odor could accompany them. Tea Tree has a high content of Terpinen-4-ol which is what makes unpleasant odor lose the battle. If you struggle with skin sensitivity or razor burn Tea Tree can also help with bumps, breakouts, and general skin irritation. Because of its immune boosting constituents, it has health benefits that extend far beyond your underarms. Not only do I LOVE the aroma of Tea Tree but it was also the first essential oil I was introduced to so it has a special place for me. Because, of the previous factors Tea Tree was the best options for me, however, if you want a bit more soft and synergistic aroma, Lavender is a really fabulous addition.  Not only does it help with odors but it also has a very calming effect on the mind and body.

Beeswax Pearls I used this to ensure the deodorant would stay solid at room temperature.  We throw these in our gym bags and I would hate to open it up to a melted mess when I need deodorant the most!  Not to mention the benefits of vitamin A for your skin and immune system.

What you’ll need

What you’ll do

  1. Over a double boiler melt beeswax and coconut oil.
  2. Remove from heat.
  3. Whisk in dry ingredients and essential oils.
  4. Pour into Twist Tube.
  5. Let sit until hard.

I specifically wanted to stay with a 1% dilution for my essential oils since we’ll be using this often.  This will help minimize the risks associated with sensitization.  This is my FAVORITE natural deodorant recipe and has given me the option of never going back to expensive and unsafe store bought deodorant.  Using this natural deodorant helps me to smell nice and boost my immune system.

What are your favorite essential oils to combat unpleasant odors?

53 thoughts on “DIY Deodorant”

  1. I have tried so many natural deodorant brands and have not been completely satisfied. This is the first recipe I have read that doesn’t seem so hard and can be altered to fit our needs. Thanks so much for sharing. I am looking forward to trying this.

  2. I have been using natural deodorant for quite some time now. I understand the harm in not allowing our bodies to sweat, but I sweat profusely from my right armpit, and it’s so embarrassing! I find myself not wearing certain shirts just because I know they will show the sweat more. I’ve read about some people using magnesium oil to keep from sweating, but I guess that would be just as bad since it’s keeping you from sweating? It’s just so embarrassing and frustrating.

      1. I replaced the beeswax in this recipe with candelila wax, which is a vegan, plant-based alternative to beeswax. Works great!

    1. Joanne, that’s really hard to say. Not only climate but individual body chemistry can have an effect on it.

  3. i make a version of this recipe- never used the clay.. is it staining? what are its purpose in this recipe? Thanks

    1. Rosa, I have used the clay and never experienced any issues with it staining my clothing. It does help to absorb perspiration odor.

    1. Stephanie, Bentonite Clay can change the color. I have purchased some brands that have little colors and some that are grayish and darker in hue. Tea Tree also alters the color of some products. There is no need for concern.

    1. Mabe, you can replace the arrowroot powder with corn starch. If you just eliminate the arrowroot, the consistency will be different.

  4. Thank you for all your amazing recipes and products! I wish there was an easier way to print them though. I have to go in and copy and paste because just saying print is a disaster.

    1. Rachel, thank you for your comments and feedback… We are actually now examining our blog and getting plans in place to make improvements in the future!

    1. Ashleigh, we have never used this recipe without baking soda but you can certainly experiment to see if you can create something that is effective without this ingredient. Have a great day!

  5. looks like the version in the video uses almond oil and meadow foam oil, and does not include cornstarch and bentonite clay. Is there a reason to choose one over the other?

    1. Either version can be used effectively. We wanted to give our customers multiple options to try and see what works best 🙂

    1. We haven’t made it without the clay so we can’t speak to how the final product would turn out. If you try it let us know!

  6. Wondering about a substitute for beeswax, looking to make this for my Vegan niece and beeswax is not vegan friendly. Thanks

  7. For a 7 year old with sensitive skin, should I eliminate the baking soda and use more arrowroot it’s place?

    1. Hey Amanda, I would say that arrowroot would be a much better option for those with sensitive skin but I have not personally used this recipe without the baking soda. If you decide to whip it up let us know how it turns out 🙂 Have a great day!

  8. Going to try this soon! My husband has a horrible time finding a deodorant that doesn’t make him break out!!!

  9. This has worked better than any homemade deodorant I’ve tried in the past. Do you know of oils that would go well with this besides tea tree? Sometimes I’d like something a little more floral than tea tree.

    1. I think Cedarwood and Lavender would be a lovely combo and would still offer many of the benefits that are desirable for this kind of product. We’re happy to hear the recipe is working for you!

  10. I made this deodorant and while it works great, mine came out quite lumpy and it actually scratches and irritates when I put it on. The ingredients seemed really smooth when I was blending them and pouring them into the tubes. But then they dried with visible, scratchy lumps in them. Any suggestions for how to avoid this?

  11. I was very hesitant about making a DIY deodorant because I’ve seen a lot of different recipes with mixed reviews and results, but I took a chance and made this earlier this week and I absolutely love it! I had standard size deodorant tubes on hand for another project and they’re a bit bigger than the 2oz twist tubes mentioned for this recipe, so I used a heaping tablespoon of beeswax and added a teaspoon of shea butter for extra moisturizing. Thank you for this awesome recipe, I will never use store bought deodorant again!

  12. I hv try with and without baking soda, I feel that with baking soda it last longer… but I hv issue with my armpits colour, is there any way to improve the skin color?

    1. I’m sorry Mrs Ander but I have not had this issue. Hopefully some of our other customers can offer suggestions for you.

  13. I’m so glad I just found this recipe! I’m bulking up my DIY notebook.
    How much deodorant does this recipe make (1 tube) ? I’m wondering if I should scale it up or down the recipe ratios depending on how much I need/wish to make.

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