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How to Make Homemade Natural Deodorant (Only 4 Ingredients Needed!)

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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!


woman holding ingredients on stone tray

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.

coconut oil, beeswax, essential oils, baking soda, and arrowroot powder on tray

The ingredients are simple. All you need is some virgin coconut oil, beeswax, organic arrowroot powder, baking soda, and essential oils if desired.

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.

hand holding peppermint essential oils with natural deodorant ingredients in background

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:

bottle of lavender essential oils sitting on counter

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 Deodorant

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Directions

1

Chop (or shave) your beeswax into small pieces. This will help melt your wax more evenly and quicker. If you’re buying the beeswax I used from Amazon, each bar is 1 oz., so you will need to chop 1 1/2 bars to equal 3 tbsp.

2

Combine your chopped beeswax and virgin coconut oil into a double boiler and melt slowly. Stir constantly until melted – this will take about 5-10 minutes depending on how big your pieces of beeswax are. Make sure you don’t overheat your oils as you don’t want to kill off the probiotics. If you don’t have a double boiler, it’s okay! You can easily improvise as I did with a heat-safe bowl on top of a saucepan with boiling water.

3

Take your oils off the double boiler and add your organic arrowroot powder, baking soda, and essential oils (optional). Stir until completely smooth. I added about 10 drops of peppermint essential oils to my natural deodorant recipe, but you can use as little or as much as you like. Use fewer drops if mixing different scents together.

4

Once you’re done mixing, your natural deodorant will go from runny to a smooth consistency and quickly start to thicken. You can then place it in a small glass jar to apply in the future with your fingertip or pour it into a mold (like muffin tins) to make small, natural deodorant bars. Or wait a few minutes longer for it to thicken a little more (similar to a peanut butter consistency) and you can pack it into an empty deodorant container like I did. Enjoy!

Note: This recipe will make approximately 1 full stick of deodorant.


hand holding an empty container next to natural deodorant on plate

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.

empty deodorant containers

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!

woman pretending to bite homemade natural deodorant stick

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

hand holding a tube of homemade natural deodorant

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.

hand holding bottle of homemade natural deodorant

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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Comments 19

  1. Jess

    “Likely have the ingredients sitting in your pantry” . . Am I the only one that doesn’t keep arrowroot and beeswax just laying around?

    • Sara

      I didn’t either Jess, but like I mentioned in the post, both are easily accessible and quick shipping on Amazon. I have them linked if you’d like to give it a try. 🙂

    • Ap927

      Yeah it was just a cheesy line. Lol.

  2. Toni Potts

    I was hoping natural meant vegan. We struggle getting a good vegan one.

    • Sara

      Sorry it’s not vegan for you, Toni! I’m not super familiar with being vegan, however, if it’s my understanding the beeswax is restricting you from trying this recipe? In that case, you can substitute the beeswax for Shea butter and it will work just as great! Hope that helps. 🙂

    • Chelsea

      You can make it with no beeswax, it’ll just not firm up enough for a stick. You can still make a “pit paste” that you keep in a tiny jar. Also, I had to cut down on the baking soda due to irritation and diatomaceous earth is a great replacement. I ordered all the ingredients on amazon and they’ve lasted me all year. I’ve even got all my sweaty hard working farmer brothers switched to this because it works so well there is NO STINK! We love it.

    • Becky08

      You could also keep it in the fridge. That would keep it a solid… might be a little chilly in the winter, though!

    • saraeediger

      Candelilla wax is vegan and a great alternative to beeswax. It’s plant based. You would just use half the amount of candelilla wax the recipe calls for with the beeswax.

      • saraeediger

        You have to use either beeswax or candelilla wax in the recipe. If you just added a butter or oil in the place of it, then it would melt and create a mess if you ever travelled with it or it was exposed to heat in anyway. It’s what keeps the mixture together.

  3. Tonya S

    Thanks so much for sharing this awesome recipe! I will give it a try. We appreciate all your hard work which helps save us money. Hugs 💕

    • Sara

      You’re so welcome, Tonya! I hope you love it!

  4. Hilary

    wellnessmama.com has a recipe without beeswax.

    • Sara

      Thanks, Hilary! It is a great recipe and I linked it above in the post! 🙂

  5. Amanda

    Did you know you can make homemade deodorant with only ONE ingredient? Milk of magnesia in a roller ball container ? You can add essential oil for smell. It’s amazing. And CHEAP! You can buy both the rollers and the milk of magnesia on Amazon!

    • Jodi P

      Milk of Magnesia is also fantastic for getting rid of pimples! Use the plain kind of MoM. Just dab it on, or pat it all over as a mask you wash off after a while. In a day or two the zit is gone. I used to leave the lid off the bottle so it would thicken up and be easier to apply.

  6. Elle

    Bummer, my original post wasn’t approved for some reason. FYI antiperspirants/deodorants have no proven link to causing cancer, despite the rumors. Google it before deciding to go aluminum-free, since I can’t post any reputable links on here.

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      Oh darn! Sorry for the issues, Elle. I don’t see another comment from you for this post. Let us know if you have any further issues with commenting.

  7. Mj

    I agree with Elle about there being no scientific evidence to support the claim written in this post that “aluminum can cause cancer”. The idea was posed by scientist in the past that perhaps aluminum in antiperspirant when applied can mimic estrogen and cause estrogen levels in a body to increase near breast tissue because of the proximity of underarms to breasts which could lead (directly or indirectly) to cancer. This was studied multiple times and over time, and the evidence is clear that aluminum does not mimic estrogen in the body, and furthermore there is no evidence of any correlation (certainly no cause) of any cancer. Facts are important. The info is easy to find from a google search, and the NIH (National institutes of Health) has a page devoted to debunking this myth: https://www.cancer.gov/about-cancer/causes-prevention/risk/myths/antiperspirants-fact-sheet

    Please know that I am not opposed to using natural deodorant – just wanted the facts to be represented.

  8. Sue

    I have read if you can’t eat it don’t put it on your skin. So this would be great to use as a deodorant.

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