If you’re looking to make the switch from chemical-laden products to healthy, all natural alternatives, making your own deodorant at home is a great way to start. All you need is a few essential ingredients and a little creativity.
Homemade deodorant doesn’t contain chemicals that can irritate skin or cause harmful side effects. They contain all natural ingredients such as shea butter and essential oils that nourish skin and prevent smelly body odor.
Prevent body odor the natural way using just a few staple deodorant ingredients. Get rid of your old deodorant and make a healthy new one, right in your own kitchen, with these fun natural deodorant recipes.
Tips For Making Your Own Deodorant
Making your own deodorant can be as simple or as complicated as you want to make it. There are a few staple ingredients you’ll want to include, but you are also free to add things like essential oils and moisturizers to make your deodorant even better.
First, you’ll need an odor-blocking ingredient such as baking soda or arrowroot powder. Baking soda is known to reduce smells and is often placed in refrigerators and sock drawers to minimize stench. Arrowroot powder also boasts odor-repelling properties and can help draw out toxins and bacteria that cause smell in the first place.
You can increase the odor-fighting power of your deodorant by using essential oils such as eucalyptus oil, lavender essential oil, or tea tree oil. These oils are known for their antimicrobial and antibacterial properties that prevent bacteria from causing under-arm smells. Add a few drops of tea tree oil or a similar refreshing oil like peppermint oil for a fresh, tingling feeling.
Second, you’ll need thickening agents to make the homemade deodorant easier to apply. We recommend using unrefined shea butter, cocoa butter, or coconut oil to increase moisture and reduce irritation. You can also use beeswax or candelilla wax if you want a vegan alternative. Aside from the two main ingredients, you can add things like vitamin E, bentonite clay, and apple cider vinegar to increase effectiveness.
If you don’t have the time for DIY deodorant, you can always check out some of the best natural deodorants that are available online at Amazon and in grocery stores. You can even find some formulated specifically for men. They are made using all natural ingredients and don’t contain the harmful additives of conventional deodorants. You’ll get the convenience of store-bought deodorant without the chemicals. To whip up your own at home, read on for our favorite DIY recipes for natural deodorant.
Homemade Deodorant Recipes
Basic Natural Deodorant Recipe
- 1/2 cup arrowroot powder or non-GMO cornstarch
- 1/2 cup baking soda
- 4 tablespoons unrefined coconut oil
1. Combine the arrowroot powder and baking soda in a small bowl using a stand mixer or whisk.
2. Pour in the coconut oil and mix vigorously.
3. Pour the contents into a glass jar or deodorant stick tube.
Depending on where you store the deodorant, it can be stick form or more similar to a paste. Store the deodorant in a cool, dry place if you want to apply it as a stick deodorant. If you want to apply it as a pit paste, simply store the deodorant somewhere a bit warmer. We recommend leaving it in the shower where it can soften up and apply right after you dry off.
For some people—especially those with sensitive skin—this recipe for a basic natural deodorant may cause skin irritation due to the potency of baking soda. If this applies to you, simply use one of the more advanced recipes below. They contain moisturizers and emollients that soften skin and prevent irritation while fighting body odor.
Grapefruit and Lemon Natural Deodorant
- Double Boiler
- Deodorant container or 4 oz glass jar or mason jar
- 30g Cocoa butter
- 20g coconut oil
- 5g beeswax or candelilla wax
- 15g arrowroot powder
- 10g grapefruit essential oil
- 5g lemon essential oil or lemon juice
1. Add the coconut oil, cocoa butter, and beeswax to a double boiler and heat until melted. Stir often to prevent burning.
2. Once the ingredients are completely melted, remove from stove and cool to room temperature.
3. Add essential oils and arrowroot powder and whisk until smooth and creamy.
4. Pour into the deodorant tube or glass jar and let sit for a few hours before using.
If you prefer a roll-on deodorant stick, simply increase the percentage of coconut oil to beeswax or eliminate the beeswax from this deodorant recipe entirely. You can also increase the ratio of oil to beeswax to make a deodorant paste if preferred. Simply dip your fingers into the paste and apply to underarms to prevent stink all day.
Natural Deodorant Recipe For Men
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil
- 1 tablespoon shea butter
- 1 tablespoon beeswax
- 2 teaspoons baking soda
- 2 tablespoons arrowroot powder
- 1 teaspoon bentonite clay
- 10-15g essential oils (vetiver oil, black pepper oil, white fir essential oil, cedarwood oil, or vanilla essential oil)
1. Use a double boiler to melt the shea butter, coconut oil, and beeswax. Remove from heat and cool.
2. Add baking soda, arrowroot powder, and bentonite clay. Whisk vigorously until combined and smooth.
3. Add in desired essential oils. Other popular oils for men include patchouli oil, bergamot orange, frankincense, and sandalwood. Stir well.
4. Pour into a deodorant container and use as needed.
Fight Odor With Natural Ingredients
Swap out your commercial deodorant for natural ones that don’t have any harmful chemicals. Some of these chemicals including the aluminum in antiperspirant have been associated with health effects including increased risk of breast cancer. A natural deodorant works just as effectively as regular deodorants without negative side effects.
These organic deodorant recipes use natural ingredients to keep you smelling your best all day long. Whether you prefer the basic recipe or one of the oil deodorants, you’re sure to find a blend that you absolutely love. You can store these natural deodorants for three to four months before you’ll need to make a new batch.