Natural deodorant is booming in popularity thanks to organic, eco-friendly skincare products. By making deodorant at home, you can modify the ingredients to meet your needs, and have peace of mind knowing exactly what’s going into the formula.

Below are some tips for you to make deodorant at home!

Ingredients to make deodorant

How To Make Natural Deodorant At Home

1/3 cup coconut oil

1/4 cup cornstarch (or arrowroot powder for sensitive skin)

1/4 cup baking soda

6–10 drops of essential oil

Lavender, lemongrass, cedarwood, tea tree, sandalwood, bergamot, and grapefruit essential oils will make you smell positively delightful (though perhaps not if mixed all at once).

Make sure your essential oils come from a reputable, transparent source with high-quality ingredients.

Also, avoid putting essential oils directly on your skin without a carrier oil, like coconut oil. You don’t want to mess around with these oils because they are so dang potent. If your skin becomes irritated after use, wash off the deodorant immediately.

How to choose homemade deodorant ingredients


Your natural deodorant recipe needs a solid base that adds moisture and holds the dry ingredients together.

Coconut oil is the most popular choice for DIY natural deodorant — it’s incredibly moisturizing and has antibacterial properties. Its melting point is 77°F (25°C), so if you live in a warmer climate, you may want to use a different oil base.

Almond oil is another great choice, as it’s also effective at killing germs and moisturizing skin. However, it’ll stay liquid unless frozen. So if you’re using almond oil as your base, your deodorant will be in liquid form.

Powder of starch

Add a powder or starch to absorb wetness and kill odor-causing bacteria.

Most natural deodorant recipes, including the one we share above, call for baking soda as one of the main ingredients. Baking soda works well in natural deodorants because it’s useful against odor and sweat. However, it can be harsh on sensitive skin. Proceed with caution and start small if you’re unsure about how much to use.

Essential oil

Adding a few drops of essential oils to your homemade deodorant offers antibacterial benefits and a fresh fragrance. A pleasant aroma is a must for your natural deodorant recipe, as the other ingredients alone may not be as effective at combating odor.

The best essential oils to use in your homemade deodorant are:

Lavender oil

Tea tree oil

Grapefruit oil

Lemongrass oil

Rosemary oil

Instructions to make deodorant

How To Make Natural Deodorant At Home

Mix in essential oil(s). If the coconut oil is in a solid-state, melt it over low heat on the stove. You can also put it in a microwave-safe container, and pop it in the microwave for 10-second intervals until it melts fully.

Add cornstarch and baking soda, then mix until smooth.

Transfer mixture to a small glass jar and store in the refrigerator (since coconut oil has a low melting point).

Apply with your hands or transfer with a spatula to an empty deodorant tube for mess-free application.

Homemade Deodorant Tips and Tricks

How To Make Natural Deodorant At Home

Summer weather

The deodorant is like soup in the summer, whether in a jar or in a tube. I tried doubling the beeswax and that does help if the temp is just warmer but not really hot.

You can keep your tube of deodorant in the fridge. While it's firm but just a little softened from rubbing it on your body, twist the deodorant up to the level you'll need it next time, then put it back in the fridge.

Or, keep your deodorant in a jar and apply it with your fingers. You might notice a little separation of coconut oil settling on top; just stir that in with your fingers, then scoop some out and apply to the underarms. I actually prefer applying with my fingers rather than a stick — because I can rub it in well and I find the better odor and moisture benefits.

Big batches

You can triple or quadruple this batch. Store what you don't use in a jar in a cool, dark cupboard. Remelt over a simmering water bath and refill tubes as needed. It's a big time saver!

This deodorant changes consistency depending on the temperature. In cold climates, it can be pretty hard to get out. If that’s the case for you, I recommend storing it by the shower and allowing the steam to warm it before applying. If you live in a warm climate and the deodorant is too liquid, you can store it in a cool cupboard to thicken it up.

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