Make Your Own Natural Deodorant

Written by Jonathan Dick

Making your own deodorant is a great way to save money and become more self-sufficient. Instead of paying a couple dollars for a stick of deodorant at the store, you can spend pennies and make your own at home that works just as well.

Follow the directions below for recipes on homemade deodorant in a stick or spray bottle. Hopefully, they keep you fresh and smelling clean!

Homemade Deodorant Recipe

You’ll need:
• 1/2 Cup Coconut Oil
• 1/2 Cup Baking Soda
How to make your own deodorant• 1 ½ Tbl Beeswax Pellets
• 1/2 Cup Cornstarch
• A Double Boiler
• Empty Deodorant Tube

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Directions:
1. Add coconut oil and beeswax pellets into a small saucepan
2. Slowly melt the contents over very low heat.
3. While the contents are slowly melting, be sure that your old deodorant tube is empty and washed out.
3. Once the contents are melted, remove from heat and add baking soda and corn starch. Mix with spoon until smooth and creamy.
4. Add essential oils or scents as desired at this point and mix well.
5. Pour the mixture into the old deodorant tube and allow to settle and solidify.

No Heat Required Homemade Deodorant Recipe

You’ll need:
• 6 Tbl Coconut Oil
• 1/4 Cup Baking Soda
• 1/4 Cup Cornstarch
• Glass Jar

Directions:
1. Mix the baking soda and cornstarch together in a medium-sized mixing bowl.
2. Mash in coconut oil with a fork until it’s mixed well.
3. Add oils or scents as desired.
4. Store in a small glass jar or old deodorant tube if you prefer.

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Spray-On Deodorant Recipe

You’ll need:
• 1/2 cup Witch Hazel
• 1/4 cup Aloe Vera Gel
• 1/4 tsp Baking Soda

Directions:
1. Add all contents into a spray bottle and shake well before use.

Tips for Homemade Deodorant Use

Give it a few days. You’ve probably been using chemically-packed deodorants for years. Give it a few days for your body to adjust to the less-harsh homemade deodorant.

If it’s too itchy? If you have very sensitive skin, you may notice that the homemade deodorant is itchy at times. If that’s the case, ease up on the baking soda in your recipes. Instead, add a little more cornstarch to the equation. By adding less baking soda, the deodorant will become less cakey and won’t be as itchy.

What advice do you have? Comment below to give us your advice and how homemade deodorants have been for you.

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Updated February 20, 2013

19 Comments

  1. Sherri wrote:

    How about also showing us how to make our own antiperspirant deodorant. Smelling good is one thing, but not perspiring would be super! As a “sweat-er”, I really need both!
    Thank you for all of these informative articles! I can’t wait everyday to see what new ideas you have!

    February 21st, 2013 at 8:18 am
  2. Scott wrote:

    Your body needs to sweat, it’s how it regulates temperature! Anti perspirants are chemically made, I’m not aware of a natural one. Adding an essential oil that is naturally anti microbial, and or anti- fungal will kill smell, also coconut oil is anti microbial & fungal! Other good oils for this purpose; lavender, peppermint, oregano (although a little strong for deodarent) also lemongrass, bees balm. Those are the ones that come to mind, I’m sure there is more!

    February 21st, 2013 at 8:52 am
  3. drdad wrote:

    Sweat is how the vast majority of toxins are flushed from the body. If you stop that mechanism, you stop the flushing of toxins cold. Where do they go? Back into your system. That’s how they cause cancers and illnesses.

    The smell we diligently try to hide is the toxins in the sweat. When they are exposed to the oxygen environment, they “die,” and that is what we smell. So the more you smell, the more toxins you are flushing out.

    Solve it by drinking more so more are flushed out faster, and wash/bathe more often. It is possible to sweat profusely, and not actually “smell bad” when it is done.

    February 21st, 2013 at 9:35 am
  4. Galen wrote:

    I have found that using diaper rash cream with the zinc oxide works great as a long term deodorant if you are out camping. It lasts for as long as it is still on your skin.

    February 21st, 2013 at 10:11 am
  5. Rosemary wrote:

    For those worried about underarm perspiration wetting and/or staining their clothing, I suggest buying some underarm pads or dress shields made for that purpose. You could make your own as well. This is what they did before anti-perspiration products became available.

    February 21st, 2013 at 10:27 am
  6. Wretha wrote:

    Sherri, commercial antiperspirants use aluminum to block your pores to stop you from sweating, besides the fact that we need to sweat (blocking your pores is never a good practice), the aluminum is toxic to your body and brain. I don’t know about you, but I’m not willing to increase my chances of getting Alzheimer’s just so that my armpits can stay dry…

    When I stopped using antiperspirant and went to a natural deodorant, the first few days felt strange, I wasn’t used to feeling moisture in my armpits, but now I don’t even notice. When I walk through the grocery store and see the commercial deodorants and antiperspirants, I look at them with disdain knowing I am using something much healthier and that works just as well if not better, and costs much less. :)

    Wretha

    February 21st, 2013 at 10:33 am
  7. Theresa wrote:

    Sherri, If you are talking about profuse wetness, you might incorporate some adaptogenic herbs to support your adrenals. they could be overworking. Herbs such as ashwagandha, holy basil, rhodiola etc could be helpful :0)

    February 21st, 2013 at 10:51 am
  8. Robby wrote:

    You will still need to make different ‘versions’ of your homemade deodorants by changing up things like the oils that Scott suggested. Part of killing the microbs that cause the smell is that they aren’t used to what is killing them (the mix in the deodorant). If you have ever studied Microbiology, the few microbs that do survive and are not killed will eventually multiply by using your deodorant as food. Have you ever got to the point where your deodorant doesn’t seem to be working any more? This is what is happening and the microbs we were trying to kill (that causes the odor) has gottne use to the chemical mix used in your current deodorant. That is why there are so many different deodorants on the market – to change up this eventual food source so that it ‘starts working’ again. Once you give then a new ‘food source’ so to speak, your deodorant will start working again. You will need to vary this mix ever so often to keep things working.

    February 21st, 2013 at 12:16 pm
  9. Robert wrote:

    The anti-perspirant in most commercial brands are some form of aluminum salts… alum basically. There are some thoughts that the alum that blocks your pores from sweating also works its way into your body and contributes to things like cancer (ie, it’s found in breast tissue and lymph nodes). I stopped using anti-perspirant and just use deodorant now. I don’t think I sweat all that much now versus before but I’m not plugging my pores with aluminum salts either.

    February 21st, 2013 at 6:34 pm
  10. angela grace wrote:

    i think this is a great idea. Plus the ingredients in store bought deodorants are not healthy! Thankyou soooo much for your recipe~!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    February 22nd, 2013 at 2:59 pm
  11. Marie wrote:

    I just want to first comment on the homemade tooth paste. I was shock after using my homemade tooth paste for a month because I have sensitive teeth and this tooth paste works excellent. I was buying seven dollar tooth paste to keep my teeth from hurting, but now I mix my ingredient together for a very small fraction of the cost of sensodyne. Now my grown son is making the same tooth paste in a mason jar. On to homemade deodorant, I will try this home remedy and get back to you.

    February 25th, 2013 at 6:46 am
  12. sdh wrote:

    If you are alergic to corn, is there an alternative to corn starch?

    March 4th, 2013 at 7:31 pm
  13. Penny Brown wrote:

    I cannot wait to try this! Making it today! I have all the ingredients necessary. Thanks.

    March 7th, 2013 at 3:56 am
  14. Cliff wrote:

    It’s the aluminum zirconium in antiperspirants that has been linked to breast cancer – especially in women. Just something to keep in mind. Almost all antiperspirants contain that chemical.

    April 30th, 2013 at 9:00 am
  15. Johanna wrote:

    Sdh, several recipes I’ve seen include cornstarch OR arrowroot.

    June 5th, 2013 at 7:40 pm
  16. Nancy wrote:

    @ sdh for those allergic to corn products, you can substitute arrowroot for the corn starch. I would make sure to get only organic ingredients for all of these when I make them. For the same reasons why I make them in the first place.

    January 24th, 2014 at 9:57 am
  17. jason wrote:

    Can you add powder milk to the deodorant and soaps to create a moisturizer. I only ask bc I add it to bath salts which really helps the skin staying smooth and helps with muscle soreness. Is there a recipe for basically forging all ingredients from the wilderness?

    January 24th, 2014 at 12:26 pm
  18. Glen wrote:

    I use a brand called Lavilin. It’s great. Saw a segment on Fox about a few firemen who experimented with the product and all loved it. Highly recommended.

    March 11th, 2014 at 3:59 am
  19. Chrisana wrote:

    I just made the recipe yesterday and added Gardenia essential oil, organic, also used organic coconut oil and organic beeswax. My pits have NEVER felt this good or smelled this great. I am allergic to store bought deodorant especially the scented kind and this is a refreshing change!!!

    March 25th, 2014 at 8:01 pm

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