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Natural Homemade Deodorant Recipe {That Works!}

At last – an all-natural homemade deodorant recipe that actually works! This easy DIY natural deodorant is affordable and very effective using ingredients that are probably already in your pantry.

two jars of a homemade deodorant recipe with flowers and beeswax on a wooden board

I feel like we’re all close enough by now to talk about my armpits. Right? We’re that tight and cozy. I’ve got nothing to hide; take a whiff and a sniff.

Growing up in the 90’s, the cool kids had Teen Spirit Caribbean Cool deodorant in their backpacks and gym lockers. Everything was overly scented, and we assumed that we smelled amazing. After I started making the gradual switch to more natural products, much like popularity and breasts in junior high and high school, the perfect deodorant eluded me.

Natural deodorants either made me feel sticky or gave me pits o’fire with dry and itchy skin. I would do a dance between using natural stuff for a week or so and then switch to “normal” pit stick once my skin started to reject whatever was in the hippie stuff.  And then one day, I got tired of it all and decided there had to be a middle ground. So I made my own.

Why Make Homemade Deodorant?

Two ingredients in many conventional deodorants are aluminum and parabens. Parabens are known to be endocrine and hormonal disruptors and aluminum (preliminarily) has been linked to Alzheimer’s. I don’t tend to be a one to leap to scary conclusions, but if we can all make affordable and effective deodorants without potentially sketchy ingredients, why wouldn’t we?

What Ingredients Are in Homemade Deodorant?

beeswax, coconut oil, and other ingredients for a homemade deodorant recipe

What If I Can’t Use Coconut Oil?

Coconut sensitivity or infection? No problem. Feel free to sub in sweet almond or avocado oil.

What Essential Oils Work Well in Homemade Deodorant?

Personally, I’m not a fan of using them because I find my skin is too sensitive. But, if you’d like to add them, 20 drops total would be a good starting point. Lavender, tea tree or bergamot essential oils would be wonderful. I would not use lavender in deodorant meant for males as it can be an endocrine disruptor.

How to Make Homemade Deodorant – Step by Step

  1. In a double boiler or a large mason jar, melt the oils and beeswax.
  2. Add the powdered ingredients, and stir to combine. If using essential oils, add now.

    two process steps for making an effective homemade deodorant recipe

    I use this double-boiler for all my DIY products, so there is some residue around the sides. Oh well, most of the ingredients are the same anyhoo.

  3. Pour into containers and allow to cool/set for a few hours.melted homemade deodorant in a double boiler and mason jars

Recipes Notes for Homemade Deodorant

  • I store this in a 4 oz mason jar because I have loads of them, but an empty deodorant tube would work too! Heck, even old baby food jars would be awesome. Each batch makes enough for two 4 oz jars.
  • Pour some of this homemade deodorant recipe into an empty chapstick container and stash it in your purse or work bag for emergency applications.
  • Apply a small amount with your finger to your underarms. You only need a tiny bit. Excessive use may cause slight staining on light colored clothing.
  • In the summer, the consistency of your homemade deodorant may be more liquidy depending on the temp inside your house. Coconut oil is solid in temperatures under 76 degrees. You could also ramp up the beeswax by 1 tsp to make it more solid, or store in the fridge.
  • Arrowroot powder will be in the baking aisle, or if you have a grocery store with a great bulk bin section, you can usually find it there. A $2.50 bag from our bulk bin section made 10 jars of deodorant. It is not an expensive ingredient by any means.
  • If you have a reaction to the baking soda, wait until the redness has gone, and try again. If the reaction persists, you could try all arrowroot powder, or replace the baking soda with cornstarch. However, I have not found the final product to be as effective as the original recipe.
  • Don’t use animal products? You can replace the beeswax with candelilla wax but decrease the amount by half.

Life is too short to smell. Life is also too short to shell out $5 for a tube of chemicals that you are rolling under yo’ pits. Homemade deodorant is pretty much one of the easiest things you can make for yourself and is cheap as hell.

Save your coworkers, and try this DIY pitstick today.

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two jars of a homemade deodorant recipe with flowers and beeswax on a wooden board
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Natural Homemade Deodorant Recipe {That Works!}
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
5 mins
Total Time
10 mins
 

A simple a natural homemade deodorant that actually works to keep you dry and stank-free! Adapted from a recipe by Shelley Stonebrook.

Course: DIY
Servings: 2
Author: Sarah
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. In a double boiler or a large mason jar, melt the oils and beeswax.


  2. Add the powdered ingredients, and stir to combine. If using essential oils, add now. 

  3. Pour into containers of choice and allow to cool/set for a few hours.

Recipe Notes

I store this in a 4 oz mason jar because I have loads of them, but an empty deodorant tube would work too! Heck, even old baby food jars would be awesome.

 

If you have a reaction to the baking soda, wait until the redness has gone, and try again. If the reaction persists, you could try all arrowroot powder, or replace the baking soda with cornstarch. However, I have not found the final product to be as effective as the original recipe.

 

Don't use animal products? You can replace the beeswax with candelilla wax but decrease the amount by half.

 

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This recipe was originally published in January 2017. It has been retested and updated with reader feedback. New photos have been added and the recipe has been made printable. For reference, this is one of the photos from the original post:

a jar of homemade deodorant sitting on a stripped cloth

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19 comments on “Natural Homemade Deodorant Recipe {That Works!}”

  1. Thanks for posting this! I have always wanted to try to make my own. I have been using a salt crystal and Kuumba Made oils (Egyptian musk or water goddess) for the past 10 years but it doesn’t work 100% and natural deodorants never work!

    I will def try this recipe!! 🙂

  2. Thanks for this, I’m going to give this a try. I pinned this so you are going to be super duper popular. 😉

  3. If you don’t mind me asking how does the homemade deodorant fair with heat/sweat/smell?

    I’m interested in making my own but I live in Sacramento and summers are hot :p

    • I wore this in Denver in the summer while pregnant, and also in LA when we were at Disney when it was 90 outside. By the end of the day, I am as sweaty as I would be with normal deodorant, but not stinky.

  4. Interesting. I have super sensitive skin and most natural deodorants can’t touch my funk / give me fire pits / hyper-pigment my skin. I switched to applying baking soda directly (with an old make up brush) and suddenly I smell fine, no fire pits, and no more hyperpigmenting. I was just about to try to mix a batch of something more like this sometime this week because traveling with baking soda is kind of a pain in the backside. I’m curious if the baking soda really is the culprit.
    I also stopped shaving daily and switched to waxing. That made things sooooo much better too!

  5. I would be very interested to know if anyone has used charcoal to modify this recipe? I have been using Piper Wei for a few months and love it, but it is way more expensive than I want to pay.

  6. I’m very allergic to coconut products. Have you tried a substitute or does anyone have a goto oil that can replace coconut oil in homemade like this? I’m on a very tight budget. Thanks.

    • So, the coconut oil seems to mainly be a “carrier” oil in that it helps the other stuff get spread around. It also has the added benefit of being solid at room temp. You could always try to sub in another neutral oil that you have in the house (olive, walnut, avocado), but ramp up the beeswax a bit if you want a more solid product. Without trying it myself, I can’t really say how it will turn out, but since you’d mainly be using things you already have on hand, it shouldn’t be too expensive.

  7. I’m totally a stress sweater, and stress sweat smells even worse than normal sweat. Any chance you have a similar problem? (Too personal? Sorry lol) Just curious if it will work on my anxious pits. Thanks!

  8. I was a doubter until I tried it! Honestly, I used men’s deodorant because I thought I needed that strength. I haven’t looked back since you gave me one to try. I am a converted hippie (without the underarm hair:))

  9. I make my own too but in the dead of summer it’s a struggle to stay stink free. I am very sensitive to baking soda & have experimented with using diatomaceous earth as a substitute, so that’s something to consider for your sensitive pit readers like me 🙂

    • I do still need to reapply in summer during the hotter days, but I needed that with store-bought too. Adding the dried clay has been a game changer for me.

      I’ve read about DE but don’t have enough experience with it. Did you get the food-grade kind?

    • Interesting. I have a sensitivity to baking soda as well. I’d never considered DE as a substitute. 1:1 substitution?

      FYI The chapstick container as an emergency applicator is a brilliant idea!