How To Make Homemade Deodorant

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To imagine a day without using deodorant is almost impossible for most of us. Deodorant is what helps prevent body odor caused by the bacterial breakdown of perspiration in the feet, armpits, and other areas of the body. Well, when compared to the conventional deodorants that are good antiperspirants but loaded with harmful chemicals and additives, the natural deodorants prepared at home are always a safer option. There are a lot of ways to prepare natural deodorants but we have listed the top three easy recipes for you. You may consider substituting the ingredients used in each of the recipes but let’s highlight the reason for the use of some of the most important ingredients.

  • Coconut oil: Raw, unrefined, virgin coconut oil has potent anti-bacterial properties, which are important for sweaty underarms.
  • Shea butter: Rich in vitamin A and E, shea butter is a skin-soothing agent.
  • Beeswax: It prevents the mixture from becoming runny and also prevents clogging. It helps moisturize the skin and keeps it soft and nourished.
  • Cornstarch powder/Arrowroot powder: Both are good thickeners and play a major role in eliminating toxins from the body.
  • Baking soda:  It is the best sweat absorbent and is perfectly safe to be used in deodorant.
Three bowls containing white powder, essential oil bottle, wax and lavender flowers on a wooden surface.

How To Make Homemade Deodorant?

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Course: Health Products
Keyword: homemade deodorant
Appliance: Blender, Electric water boiler, Stove
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 1 small jar


Coconut oil deodorant with baking soda (Total time: 15 mins)

  • 3 tbsp coconut oil (raw, unrefined, virgin coconut oil)
  • 2 tbsp baking soda
  • 2 tbsp cornstarch (or arrowroot)
  • 8 drops lavender essential oil (optional)

Shea butter deodorant without baking soda (Total time: 25 minutes)

  • 1 tbsp coconut oil (raw, unrefined, virgin coconut oil)
  • 1 tbsp shea butter
  • 1 1/2 tbsp beeswax
  • 6 drops vitamin E oil
  • 8 drops lavender essential oil (optional)

All-natural herbal deodorant for sensitive skin (Total time: 1 month)

  • 1 1/4 cups vodka (80 proof)
  • 1 tbsp lime zest (or lemon rind, depending on personal preference)
  • 1/4 cup sage leaves
  • 1/4 cup thyme leaves
  • 1/4 cup lavender buds
  • 6 drops sage essential oil (for per quarter-cup spray bottle)
  • 4 drops lavender essential oil (for per quarter-cup spray bottle)
  • 3 drops tea tree essential oil (for per quarter-cup spray bottle)
  • 3 drops patchouli essential oil (for per quarter-cup spray bottle)
  • 3 drops lime essential oil or lemongrass essential oil (for per quarter-cup spray bottle)
  • 1/2 tsp colloidal silver (optional, for per quarter-cup spray bottle)


Coconut oil deodorant with baking soda

  • First, mix the baking soda and cornstarch or arrowroot in a glass bowl.
    Two bowls and one bottle containing white powder and a spoon containing brown-colored powder.
  • Add coconut oil into the mixture and mix it thoroughly.
    A top view of a small glass jar & a spoon filled with solidified coconut oil, next to 2 coconuts against a white background
  • You may add the lavender essential oil now and mix it again.
    Lavender essential oil drop bottle with a blurred background
  • Store the mixture in a small glass jar or in a spray bottle for easy use.
    Three bowls containing white powder, flower, bottle, dispenser, placed on a wooden surface.
  • When using, scoop out or spray a small amount on your fingertips and apply to the underarms.
    Extreme close-up of someone spraying a drop of lotion on their hand.

Shea butter deodorant without baking soda

  • Mix the coconut oil, shea butter, and beeswax into a double boiler and heat until all three melt.
    A double boiler on a light lavender-colored background.
  • If you don’t have a double boiler, simply put the three ingredients into a large glass bowl or Pyrex dish, and place it on top of a smaller pot or pan with 1-2 inches of water in it. Heat the pot or pan on the stove; the steam from the boiling water will melt the ingredients.
  • Stir them thoroughly until they are mixed, and then take them off the heat to cool. While they are cooling, add the vitamin E oil and continue to mix.
    Hand pouring oil into a wooden bowl.
  • If you would like, you can also add various essential oils (sage, lavender, etc.) to the mix to give the deodorant a pleasant smell. Pour the liquid into a jar or deodorant container and store it in a cool place.
    Flatline picture of a deodorant stick surrounded by lavender flowers.

All-natural herbal deodorant for sensitive skin

  • Put the herbs and citrus peels in a glass jar.
    Close-up of a glass jar with herbs with a blurred green background.
  • Pour vodka over it and close the lid.
    Extreme close-up of liquid being poured from a bottle into a glass.
  • Set the mixture aside for one month and ensure to shake it at least once daily.
  • Strain the tincture into a mason jar or any other container using a funnel. Pour the tincture into a spray bottle and store the excess in a cupboard until you're ready to use it.
    Close-up of a yellow funnel placed on top of a plastic bottle on a light blue background.
  • Add the essential oils blend and colloidal silver to the spray bottle containing the tincture.
    5 bottles containing different type of herbs
  • Shake the bottle vigorously before each use so that the oils mix well with the tincture, which otherwise may be floating atop.
    White bottle placed behind blue pebbles with white and blue towels placed at the back


Each of the homemade deodorants can be stored for an indefinite period.
Don't worry about coconut oil or shea butter staining your clothes, they get absorbed by the skin real quick.
Although you may use any essential oil you like, some of the best essential oils for homemade deodorants are those with potent antibacterial properties. These include tea tree essential oil, lavender essential oil, lemon or lemongrass essential oil, and eucalyptus essential oil.

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An alumnus of St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai, Komal is a quirky writer. She loves to add a touch of creativity to everything she does. She has a diverse background in teaching biology, working as an analyst, and freelancing as a content writer. There are only two ways she can express herself, first is words and second is dance.

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