DIY Deodorant

DIY deod ingreds annotated

Let’s face it, everybody sweats – some people more than others, and me? I make sure to every day! I have heard that sweating is good for the soul! I have always been satisfied with the deodorants that I would pick up regularly at the grocery store.  Brand didn’t really matter to me, I just bought whatever was on sale. As long as they kept me dry and I didn’t smell, worked for me.

Then, one day I read an article from Natural Cosmetics News and learned things I wish I’d known long ago about deodorants. I did know that sweating is the body’s mechanism to cool down. But it’s not the sweat that smells, it’s the bacteria that live on our skin and hair that causes body odor. Deodorants neutralize the smell by killing the bacteria while antiperspirants try to prevent the sweating by using aluminum. Both types contain parabens, aluminum, propolyne glycol, Triclosan, TEA, DEA, FD&C colors, fragrance and more.  These ingredients have links to cancer, Alzheimer’s and allergic reactions! So, I decided to make my own.

I know what you’re wondering now. Does it work?  I wondered and worried about that same thing too. Who wants to smell? So when I tried it for the first week, I traveled with my usual deodorant in my purse, just in case.  It only took one try to learn that Yes, IT WORKS!  I wore my homemade deodorant for the first time on a long run with a friend (risky, I know!).  I did let her know I was testing it out.  Then I wore it to the gym twice, and no odor!  I did sweat, but I didn’t smell.  When I first tried this recipe, I  found it a little too greasy and soft.  It went on like the old fashion wet roll-ons of long ago.  So, the next time around, I added a little more beeswax and arrowroot powder. Now it’s a lot better.  It still goes on slightly wet, so I wait a minute before getting dressed.   Many of my favorite blogger moms have DIY deodorant recipes. You may need to play around with the recipe to get it just right for your body. The original recipe for this deodorant is from 


1/4 cup baking soda (deodorizes)

1/4 cup arrowroot powder or organic cornstarch(adds extra dryness)

3 tablespoons beeswax (stabilizes, makes the deodorant thicker)

1/8 cup shea or cocoa butter

3 tablespoons coconut oil (naturally antibacterial)

10-15 drops essential oil, use your favorites! (I used lavender and peppermint for me and clary sage and/or sandalwood for my husband and sons)

Empty deodorant containers like these, or just wash out an old store bought container.

Click here to order the essential oils I use and love most!  


1.Melt shea or cocoa butter in a double boiler, (or put it in a mason jar in a pot containing two inches of water, melt don’t boil) stirring constantly.Add coconut oil and beeswax, stir until melted.  Beeswax takes a while to melt.

2. Remove from heat. Add baking soda and arrowroot powder.  (Just use extra baking soda if you do not have the arrowroot powder.)

3. Mix well, stir vigorously.

4. Add essential oils.

5. Pour quickly into empty deodorant container(s).

6. Allow to cool before capping.  Placing the refrigerator helps speed this process.

HINTS from experience:

*Use the same mason jar for recipes that require melting beeswax and coconut oil.  Beeswax is tough to get out once it hardens and the coconut oil shouldn’t be put down the drain.

*If the mixture hardens before you’ve had the chance to put it into your container, just reheat and melt again.

*Final product too hard?  Remove it from the container, melt again and add an extra tablespoon of coconut oil or cocoa butter.

*Final product too soft?  Remove it from the container, melt again and add another 1/2 tablespoon of melted beeswax.

*Final product too greasy? Remove it from the container, melt again and add another tablespoon of arrowroot powder.

*Some essential oils aren’t so good for use on sensitive skin, so be careful to read labels.

*No old containers? No problem. Just make the recipe without the beeswax, pour final product into a glass jar and apply with fingertips.

Have you tried a DIY deodorant?  How did it work for you? Did you add something to this recipe to make it better?