How to Make Homemade Natural Deodorant (Only 4 Ingredients Needed!)
Skip the store shelves & make deodorant at home!
If you’re looking for an all-natural remedy to fight sweat & get rid of bad body odor, this homemade natural deodorant recipe is exactly what you need!
Your skin is your largest and one of your most precious organs, so don’t put something on it that you wouldn’t want to be absorbed into your body. Say goodbye to chemicals & overspending on store brand deodorants – this one is effective & cheap!
The best part? This recipe is great for men and women. Plus, you likely already have most of the ingredients sitting right in your pantry so read on!
When I learned at a young age that the aluminum in deodorant can cause cancer, I immediately stopped using it (something I recently opened up about in a team debate). Breast cancer also runs thick on my maternal side and after trying out tons of all-natural deodorants (that didn’t work) I just stopped using it altogether.
Fun Fact: Did you know that eating a good diet and replenishing with plenty of water can also help cut down on smelly body odor?
That said, there are still times when I want to feel extra fresh and after hearing my good friend rave about her homemade natural deodorant (she tweaked Wellness Mama’s recipe), I knew I needed to try it out! Which lead me here… because it’s truly amazing and I just had to share it with you all.
The search is over, friends!
Hip Tip: Before you switch to my all-natural deodorant, make sure to do this easy armpit detox first so you’re starting fresh and smell even fresher.
Now, I know most people don’t have sticks of beeswax laying around but don’t let that scare you away from trying this recipe, friends! It’s cheap to buy on Amazon, ships in just one day (with your Prime Membership), and you’ll get enough to make about 3 sticks of homemade natural deodorant so there’s plenty of bang for your buck if you need to order it as I did.
I know I said the essential oils are optional, but I highly recommend them. Not only will this give your homemade natural deodorant its unique fragrance, but it can also provide many benefits!
I’m opting to use peppermint oil in my recipe. It’s great for relieving anxiety, stress, headaches, muscle aches, and itching. Plus, it has an overall awakening sensation when applied to the skin because of its natural anti-inflammatory properties – a great way to start the day! It actually reminds me of the same sensation I get from the cooling lotion I recently made. Plus, it promotes good sleep, if you’re one to use deodorant before bed. too. 😉
Here are some other popular essential oils I’d recommend for your homemade natural deodorant:
Popular feminine essential oil scents:
- Lavender – A light, calming, yet refreshing floral scent. It can help with pain, headaches, stress, anxiety, and promotes better sleep.
- Rose Geranium – A sweet floral scent with a hint of mint. It can help with anxiety and stress, plus also be used to provide relief against pre-menstrual symptoms.
- Ylang Ylang – A sensual, sweet, and floral scent with sedative properties. It helps manage extreme PMS and can help lower high blood pressure.
Popular masculine essential oil scents:
- Cypress – A fresh, clean herb scent with a hint of woodsy evergreen. It tightens pores and minimizes sweating and acts as an antiseptic.
- Orange Sweet – A bright, energizing citrus scent that helps support the normal function of the immune system. It’s also anti-fungal, antibacterial, and doesn’t cause photosensitivity.
- Frankincense Carteri – A green balsamic scent with a hint of lemon-wood. This oil helps rejuvenate the skin, fight stress & anxiety, and boost overall mood. Also helps support your immune system.
Important: Some people may be sensitive to essential oils. If you’re unsure about incorporating them into your personal care routine or how you might react to them, you should always consult with your doctor first. Once you get the green light, start with small drops of essential oils to start. You can always add more next time.
Now, let’s make some homemade natural deodorant! 👏
Homemade Natural Beeswax DeodorantPrint
Note: This recipe will make approximately 1 full stick of deodorant.
As you can see, I opted to use an old deodorant container for my homemade natural deodorant. You can use a spoon or use your hands to pack it into your container.
You can wash an old deodorant container out by using hot water and soap (which is what I did) or you can buy some empty containers on Amazon when you scoop up your beeswax bars. 😉 Since you’ll have some extra containers you could even consider making extra to gift to some friends. (Then I’d definitely suggest you check out how I made these labels so you can make them all pretty.) 😍
I’m so obsessed with this deodorant!
It actually works, minimizes my sweating (thanks baking soda), and smells so clean! In fact, it’s so safe, you could actually eat it… not that I would though, haha!
Here’s what some of my friends said about this homemade natural deodorant recipe:
“It’s honestly the best natural deodorant I’ve used (and I’ve tried 10+ different natural deodorants and literally none of them worked for me). It’s super easy and fun to make and I also love that I can play around with different essential oils each time and get different scents.” – Nicole
“Although this natural deodorant isn’t an antiperspirant, it does seem to absorb a lot of wetness and after a few weeks of using it, I noticed an unexpected side effect… I wasn’t sweating as much to begin with. Months later, and I notice this even more!” – Katie
Want to make some substitutes?
- Instead of coconut oil, you can use almond, jojoba, or avocado oil, but cut the portion in half so it’s not as runny.
- If you’re sensitive to baking soda, you can just use arrowroot in its place or cut the amount down in half and replace it with arrowroot to limit any negative reactions.
More helpful tips for making natural deodorant:
- Avoid staining your clothes. You can do this by ensuring you’re not using too much natural deodorant. A little goes a long way and your armpits aren’t that big! Keep in mind that more deodorant doesn’t equal less body odor… it just means more staining. Wait about 5 minutes so the deodorant can soak into the skin and then get dressed for the day.
- Shaving can cause irritation. Since this recipe contains baking soda or may contain magnesium (from essential oils) there’s a chance you could experience some stinging or irritation if applied immediately after shaving. To avoid this, wait about an hour after shaving before applying your natural deodorant.
- Keep your deodorant from crumbling. This recipe does not need to be stored in the fridge or freezer as it will harden too much and may not work effectively. For best results, store at room temperature and apply to underarms by gently rolling or apply with your fingertip.
*If for any reason you experience a reaction to your homemade natural deodorant, you should stop using it immediately and consult with your doctor.
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