How to Make Natural Homemade Deodorant / 5 Recipes That Works!

Updated August 2018; In this article will show you How to Make Natural Homemade Deodorant. These 5 recipes are for both woman and men homemade underarm deodorant that works!

The process of how to make natural homemade deodorant will take very few ingredients. The primary ingredients I use to make homemade deodorant is beeswax, coconut oil, baking soda, and cornstarch or arrowroot powder. Mix them together and pour it into an empty bottle of deodorant and voila!

Homemade Natural Deodorants / Pinterest Pin

That’s all! Read the entire article to find out the exact method to make your very own homemade deodorant!

The number one reason I’m making my DIY deodorant is that I want to minimize the hazardous toxins that enter my body, like aluminum.  Many toxins enter our body that we have little to no control over, but something like deodorant is something that we can all quickly change.

There’s also a second reason why it would be beneficial to learn how to make your DIY deodorant. If there’s a disaster and we no longer have the luxury of going to the store to buy the things we all take for granted?

One significant factor to note when changing over to an all natural or homemade deodorant is that not everyone will have the same results. The DIY deodorant that works best for me might not work so good for you.

That’s the reason I’ve included my favorite homemade deodorant recipe as number one and then added a few more popular methods. Try a couple of these recipes out and let me know which one you like best.

You will be directed to Amazon Aff. links when clicking on the names of each ingredient that I use.

1 – Best Homemade Deodorant For Men and Woman

5 This one is my favorite DIY deodorant recipe because it looks and feels exactly like something you would buy at the store.

  1. The first thing you need to do is melt down the beeswax. The way I do this is by using the double boiler method. Click this link for a WikiHow tutorial on how to make a double boiler.
  2. Once the water is boiling, place the bowl of beeswax onto the water to make it float so the wax can melt nicely. There are two reasons that beeswax is an excellent ingredient for deodorant. First, it does a great job of holding the homemade deodorant together. The second reason is that it will also leave a protective coating on your skin to help you stop sweating. Click here to learn more about beeswax. 
  3. Melt the coconut oil; you can use the double boiler mether or the microwave.
  4. Carefully take the bowl of beeswax out of the boiling water and let it cool off for a couple of minutes.
  5. After the beeswax has a few minutes to cool down, you will then pour the liquefied coconut oil into the bowl of melted wax.
  6. This is the step that I add a teaspoon of vitamin E oil. Using vitamin E oil is entirely optional. I’ve learned that vitamin E is perfect for your body and skin. Here is a resource from Livestrong on the benefits of vitamin E.
  7. Add 1 tsp of arrowroot (for sensitive skin) or cornstarch and 1 Tbsp of baking soda and mix it all with the beeswax and coconut oil. Stir it up until its creamy.

Now grab an empty sterile bottle of deodorant (Amazon Link) and pour the mixture all the way to the top of the deodorant bottle. You can leave it on the counter to cool off, but you can also place the full bottle of deodorant in the refrigerator to speed up the solidifying process. I always set it in the fridge until the next day.

I always store my homemade deodorant in an empty deodorant bottle. You can also use a small glass jar to store this in and use two fingers to apply under your arms comfortably. I’m sure you’ll figure it out.

This homemade deodorant is by far the recipe that works best for me! The video below is where I found this recipe. The guy in the video is a bit eccentric but does a good job at explaining what should be done.

2 – Simple 3 Ingredients Homemade Natural Deodorant

  • Coconut Oil – ¼ cup
  • Baking Soda – ¼ cup
  • Arrowroot – ¼ cup

What I like about this recipe is that it’s impossible to mix up these measurements and ruin a batch.

  1. First, you will need a medium-size bowl to mix the baking soda and the arrowroot.
  2. Now mix the coconut oil with the baking soda and arrowroot. I find it easy to mash it all together using a fork. It certainly won’t blend as well as if the coconut oil was already melted, but you’ll get the hang of it.
  3. As you’re mixing this you will probably think that you need more coconut oil, but you don’t, keep stirring and mixing until it begins to pack together into a paste.

You can either pack the deodorant into an empty deodorant bottle or a small glass jar.

3 – Homemade Deodorant with Shea Butter

This is my wife’s favorite deodorant recipe. The reason for that is because it includes shea butter as a prime ingredient. Shea butter adds a degree of softness to the deodorant.

  1. 3 Tbls Coconut Oil
  2. 2 Tbls Shea Butter
  3. 3 Tbls Baking Soda
  4. 2 Tbls Arrowroot or Organic Cornstarch

Begin by melting 2 tablespoons of shea butter and 3 tablespoons of coconut oil. These two ingredients melt relatively easy. All you need to do is use the double boiler method or the microwave.

The second step is to stir the shea butter and coconut oil together while adding 3 tablespoons of baking soda. Then blend in 2 tablespoons of arrowroot or organic cornstarch.

Mix well until you have a consistent liquid then pour it into an empty deodorant bottle and leave it in the refrigerator to solidify. This recipe lacks beeswax, so if you live in a warm climate, you may want to leave the stick of deodorant in the fridge after each use, so it doesn’t melt. Otherwise, you can pour the content into a small glass jar.

4 – DIY Deodorant Spray With Fresh Herbs & Essential Oil

  • 1¼ cup 80 proof vodka
  • ¼ cup fresh sage leaves
  • ¼ cup fresh thyme leaves
  • ¼ cup fresh lavender buds
  • Peel of 1 lime or lemon
  •           Essential oils:
  • Sage (6 drops)
  • Lavender (4 drops)
  • Tea tree (3 drops)
  • Patchouli (3 drops), and either lemongrass or lime(3 drops) per quarter-cup spray bottle
  • ½ tsp colloidal silver per quarter cup spray bottle, optional
  1. The first step is to gather a ¼ cup of fresh sage leaves, ¼ cup of fresh thyme leaves, ¼ cup of lavender buds and lime or lemon peels; And place all of these ingredients into a small glass jar.
  2. Pour 1 ¼ cup of 80 proof vodka over your ingredients in the glass jar and seal.
  3. Give the jar good shake each day for one month. After 30 days, strain the liquid from the glass jar into a small spray bottle.
  4. Add the essential oils and colloidal silver and shake the spray bottle for about a minute. Depending on the size of your spray bottle, you might still have some mixture left in your glass jar. If that’s the case, reseal and use it for next time.
  5. Give the spray bottle a good shake before each use. Otherwise, the essential oil will separate and sit on top of the mixture.

I’ve never tried this recipe but wanted to add it in case anyone wanted some deodorant in the form of a spray. Click the video below to view this recipe.

5 – Homemade Deodorant Recipe For Sensitive Skin With Diatomaceous Earth (BAKING SODA FREE)

Some of you looking for a baking soda free homemade deodorant recipe are in luck. This gentle formula works well for people that are sensitive to baking soda. There is a substitute called Diatomaceous Earth (DE) that can work wonders for your skin. Before researching and writing this article, I had never heard of DE.

Diatomaceous Earth is made from the fossilized remains from a small aquatic organism. Scroll down to learn more about DE, and I also have a link to some interesting resources regarding Diatomaceous Earth.

This is a gentle formula that works well for those that are sensitive to baking soda. Diatomaceous earth is a powder made from fossilized phytoplankton. It’s rich in silica and highly antimicrobial, which is why it works so well. Its pH can vary depending on where it is sourced from, but it is typically lower than baking soda.

  • 3/4 cup arrowroot or organic cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup food grade Diatomaceous Earth (Click here to buy food grade diatomaceous earth from Amazon)
  • 8 tablespoons melted coconut oil
  1. The first step is to blend 1/4 cup of food grade diatomaceous earth and 3/4 cup of arrowroot or organic cornstarch.
  2. The second step is blending six tablespoons of melted coconut oil with your other two ingredients.
  3. Continue adding coconut oil until you’re satisfied with the thickness and consistency of the deodorant.
  4. Lastly, transfer the finished product into an empty sterile deodorant bottle of a small glass jar.

Only add the deodorant in an empty deodorant bottle if you feel there is enough thickness. Otherwise, a glass jar works great as you can simply rub a small amount of deodorant under your arms using your fingertips.

The History of Antiperspirants and Deodorants

While you’re making a batch of homemade deodorant, let’s go back in history and find out where antiperspirants and deodorant came from. The very first deodorant was patented in 1888 by a small company called Mum. ( ) based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

There are many health concerns from using antiperspirants and deodorants. These health concerns can range from a minor skin rash to increasing someone’s risk of breast cancer.

The harmful ingredients that could potentially be bad for our health are the aluminum-based compounds in the antiperspirants active ingredient. I must say however that no current studies are showing a link between using these products in the development of breast cancer.

Click this link to know more about the potential link between antiperspirants/deodorants and breast cancer from the National Cancer Institute.

Aluminum ingredients in antiperspirants and deodorants do a great job at plugging your pores, so you don’t sweat. The problem with this is that your body needs to sweat to detox. Another reason why Aluminum in antiperspirants can potentially be dangerous is that your body will start to gain aluminum toxicity.

The aluminum buildup in your body could lead to Alzheimer’s and of course breast cancer. I need to point out once again that it has yet to be proven that the aluminum build up will cause these adverse health effects. But Is it really worth the risk?

I did switch to an organic deodorant that I buy at a local health store before I began making my DIY homemade deodorant.

The video below will also inform you about some of the potential adverse health effects of these products.

Here are a few questions I asked myself while researching this process.

Will I still Sweat When Using a Homemade Deodorant?

I’ve had excellent results with my homemade deodorant. I also have friends that are having good results combating odor. It does not, however, prevent perspiration. Remember, sweating is healthy and allows your body to detox.

Can I Include Pro Biotics In a Homemade Deodorant Recipe and Why?

Anyone of these deodorant recipes can include probiotics. All you need to do is add 2-3 capsules of high-quality probiotics (Amazon link)that don’t need to be refrigerated to any of your deodorant recipe.

Probiotics are live bacteria that are living in our body and skin. These probiotics are good for our overall health, especially in the function of our digestive system. In skin care, Probiotics help to deliver the good bacteria and nutrients to our skin. They help to balance and brighten our complexion.

In some all natural skin care products, Probiotics are added to help deliver the good bacteria to our skin. This good bacteria can help to restore the natural balance of the skin by preventing signs of aging and environmental damage. Probiotics are also really useful as an anti-inflammatory. It does a great job at helping soothe skin irritation and redness. It can also improve some skin conditions including Acne, Rosacea, and Psoriasis.

Click here to learn more about Probiotics from the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health.

Facts About Using Coconut Oil In Homemade Deodorants

Coconut oil is a natural antibacterial and will protect against the odor-causing bacteria that resides in your armpits.

Many people are using coconut oil for cosmetic purposes and improving the health and appearance of their skin and hair.

Studies show that some individuals with dry skin using coconut oil on their skin will improve the moisture content of their body. It can also reduce symptoms of eczema in some people. Click here for a Harvard study resource. The video below is also a good resource of the health benefits of coconut oil. More reasons why to add it in your homemade deodorant recipe.

Benefits of shea butter in homemade deodorant?

There is an extended list of health benefits when it comes to shea butter. A 2010 study from the National Health Institute found that shea butter acts as an anti-inflammatory due to its cinnamic acid and other natural properties. Lupeol cinnamate was found to reduce skin inflammation. It is also beneficial as an anti-acne for some people.

A good number of people use shea butter as a moisturizer for dry skin due to the concentration of natural vitamins and fatty acids. Shea butter is also a skin soother as it aids in the skins natural collagen production and contains palmitic, stearic, oleic and linolenic acids. These natural compounds protect the skin from drying and can also act as an anti-aging cream if used long term.

Diatomaceous earth (DE) In Homemade Deodorant Recipe?

Wouldn’t you think that a product that goes by the name Diatomaceous Earth has to be an artificial chemical? It’s actually a natural product made from the fossilized remains from a small aquatic organism called Diatoms.

After reading about DE on online forums, I discovered that some people add a small quantity of “FOOD GRADE” Diatomaceous Earth (DE) in their homemade deodorant recipe. I had to find out if this was a good idea, so I did a bit of research.

DE is supposed to be a great detoxing agent to add to your diet. Adding DE to your skin can begin a detoxing process that will get rid of a few toxins from your system, most importantly, Aluminum.  DE does an excellent job to get rid of the metals in your body including the aluminum your absorb from store-bought deodorants. Click here to find out more about Diatomaceous Earth.

Why Should Preppers Make Homemade Deodorants?

Preppers are all about self-sufficiency when preparing for a disaster. Being able to make your homemade deodorant can have many benefits. Of course, the main advantage of this is masking your body odor from yourself and everyone around you.

Another reason why making things like deodorant could be a good idea is that you could use it as a barter item. Things like deodorant would become very valuable if something were to happen where you could no longer go to a nearby store to pick up the essentials.

A prepper can quickly make some of these recipes above with items they would already have in their emergency food storage. It is indeed much cheaper to make a big batch to store than buy a box full of brand name deodorant.


I hope you found at least one DIY deodorant recipe that works for you. It feels good to know that you can make things like deodorant to get you on the road of self-sufficiency.

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