DIY Natural Deodorant

DIY Natural Deodorant. Naturally dry and with sensitive skin options


DIY natural deodorant.

The holy grail of the crunchy world. If you use homemade deodorant or are looking to start making your own, you have arrived, friend.

Welcome. We’ve been waiting for you.

There is a misconception about us crunchy people, and that is that we reek of BO or that we smell like patchouli. Let me debunk the myth once and for all, I don’t stink nor do I like the smell of patchouli. I smell like fresh cut flowers.

Okay, maybe not, but we do make our own natural deodorant. Those that have tried making it before know that it is not easy to come to the perfect formula at first try. I tried so many different recipe, some did work but I didn’t like the consistency, and many are in the form of cream or paste that you must scoop with your fingers. I wanted non of that, I wanted a formula that could be applied like a commercial deodorant, after all that’s what I had been used to for so many years.

DIY Natural Deodorant

1. Gather everything you’ll need:

You’ll also need:

2. Measure the beeswax


3. Add all the solid ingredients to a double boiler. I simply use a stainless steel bowl over a small pot with water on medium heat.

4. Wait until they melt and add the arrowroot powder and clay, stirring continuously to avoid any clumps.

5. Once a homogeneous consistency add the essential oil and stir until you think it’s all well combined.

Steps for diy natural deodorant 6. Turn stove off and and remove the bowl allowing it to cool down for only about a minute (you don’t want to wait until it starts to solidify).

7. Pour onto a clean deodorant container and allow to cool off completely until very solid.

The benefit of these ingredients

Coconut oil alone can act as a deodorant, whenever I run out of this recipe I use pure coconut oil, the problem is I find myself reapplying more often. Coconut oil due to it’s antibacterial and antifungal properties kills the bacteria and yeast that cause the bad smell.

Shea butter is one of the most gentle moisturizers available. It contains fatty acids, vitamin E and D that protect and heal the skin from any irritations.

Bentonite Clay is well known for it’s detoxifying properties. This combined with the arrowroot powder helps keep you dry by absorbing the excess moisture. This formula acts as a natural antiperspirant for me. It is not labeled as such because it is not a commercial strength antiperspirant and I can’t guarantee it’ll keep you dry all day, but it does work better than all the other recipe I have tried. And before I receive the comments saying “isn’t it bad to stop your body from sweating?” the answer is no. I say no because the armpits are not the only place where we sweat to allow our body to stay cool and eliminate toxins, the body sweats from many different part.

Lime essential oil if you haven’t tried a piece of lime as deodorant I suggest you try and you’ll be amazed how efficiently rubbing a piece of lime will work to keep you odor free (and for a long time, may I add!). Tangerine essential oil is optional, I only use it to break up the strong acidic smell of the lime EO, when combined with the sweet smelling tangerine you get the perfect citrus smell.

Sensitive skin option

Many recipes out there use baking soda but it can be very irritating to those with sensitive skin–not to mention I am not a fan of the grainy feel it leaves behind. I believe the alkalinity in the bentonite clay with the acidity of the lime essential oil creates a balance and it can be used by those with sensitive skin. If you are still concerned about the lime EO I recommend using lavender, ylang ylang, rosemary, or frankincense since these are some of the most gentle for sensitive skin. Plus, you can create some really yummy smelling combination with any of those!

DIY Natural Deodorant
Author: Naturally Mindful
  • .55 oz of grated beeswax, that’s about 3-31/2 pack tbs
  • 1/2 tsp Shae butter
  • 1 tbs virgin coconut oil
  • 1 tsp bentonite clay
  • 1 tsp arrowroot powder
  • Pure lime essential oil, about 20 drops
  • Pure tangerine essential oil, about 10 drops (optional)
  1. Add all the solid ingredients to a double boiler. I simply use a stainless steel bowl over a small pot with water on medium heat.
  2. Wait until they are all melt and add the arrowroot powder and clay, stirring continuously to avoid any clumps.
  3. Once a homogeneous consistency add the essential oil and stir only you think it’s all well combined.
  4. Turn stove off and and remove the bowl allowing it to cool down for only about a minute (you don’t want to wait until it starts to solidify).
  5. Pour onto a clean deodorant container and allow to cool off completely until very solid.


DIY all natural deodorant

Not ready to try your hand at making your own?

Have you been wanting to try a natural deodorant but feel trying new recipes is not for you? Maybe it’s a time issue, or a matter of finding all the right ingredients, and sometimes finding these ingredients feels like an investment because you have to buy more than the quantities you need.

There is only one ready-made natural deodorant that Ii would recommend, and that is by Scratch Mommy Skincare. I’ve used it before and I know it works wonderfully. Handcrafted with only organic and Non-GMO ingredients. Come check it out.

About Stephanie

Stephanie is a stay-at-home mom to her curly-haired two year old son, a nursing student, dog lover, and yoga enthusiast. She loves to share her tips on making green and healthy living attainable to families getting
started in the wonderful world of eco-consciousness. She believes in
real food and living as natural as possible…and why not, leaving behind a
better planet for our children.


  1. Stephanie! Great post and beautiful pics. I seriously love your labels on your DIY products.

    I think I am going to give this a try. What a unique combination of ingredients!

  2. Hi Stephanie! I just found your blog and love it (plus, we’re both in Ohio)! Thank you for this deodorant recipe. Looking forward to trying it out!

    • Oh hi, my fellow Ohioan! I’m glad you stop by, Laura. I hope the recipe works for you!

      • I ahve made my own a couple times, but get pit stains on my favorite shirts from the oil. Is that an issue with this recipe? I’m in NW central Ohio. Thanks for sharing.

        • Hi Deb. The coconut oil doesn’t stain your clothes, due to the low melting point it comes in the wash when you wash with warm or hot water. The clay does slightly stain when applied but in my experience it always comes out in the wash as well.

  3. Can you substitute Kaolin Clay for Bentonite Clay?

  4. I would love to try this recipe however I have an allergy to anything coconut. Do you have an alternative for the coconut oil?

    • Hi Alicia, you can certainly skip the coconut oil, I just don’t know how well it’ll work consistency wise. If you do skip it I would decrease the amount of beeswax by about half.

  5. I’ve made mine out of essential oils like sage, citrus, etc and vodka. Works well and I smell great (for most of the day anyway). I’d worry about putting all those oils in my pits. It’s not greasy?

  6. Andrea Anderson says:

    Hi–I have been looking for an alternative to store bought deodorant. Question, what do you mean by “clean deodorant container”? Thanks.

    • Hi Andrea. What I mean is whatever container you will use make sure it’s clean prior to putting in the mixture. You can reuse an old deodorant container just clean it and disinfect it well, and even if you buy a new deodorant container I suggest rinse it prior to use.

  7. I tried the paste thing too, and didn’t like the consistency. Now I keep a little jar of coconut oil and a little glass shaker (used to hold spices) of a 50/50 mix of baking soda and cornstarch (can’t afford the upgrade to arrowroot yet). I use both for different purposes, so it made the most sense for me to keep them separate. I use the coconut oil for oil-cleansing my face and as a general moisturizer, and the power doubles as a dry shampoo on days that I *ought* to have washed my hair. I just slather on a little oil, then shake the powder into my hand and pat it on my pits. It sticks to the oil, and as long as I wait a few minutes before putting on a shirt, doesn’t seem to get all over my clothes.

  8. Just wondering if any adventuresome soul has noted after biting into the inside layer of a banana peel, how it instantly dries out your tongue? Thinking it might be awesome for this application. Especially with tangerine oil. You’d smell so tropical! In fact you could call it the tropical topical. Enough already. So if you’re in mad scientist mode try it and hopefully it makes the lineup.

  9. Hey Stephanie,
    I made this but with tea tree oil and no bees wax.
    What does the bees wax do?

    • Hi A.J., the beeswax just gives it a harder texture so it can be put into a deodorant container and applied like a conventional deodorant. If you skip it you’ll simply end up with a paste, it doesn’t change the effectiveness.

  10. Don’t stain your light shirts. Stick to baking soda + coconut oil + some drops of tea tree oil. It does the job. The only downside is having to apply it with your finger.

  11. Thanks for this recipe; it looks GREAT! I really need to try to make my own deodorant. Does the clay discolor your clothes?

  12. You don’t mention how cost effective this recipe is. There are a lot of ingredients to purchase. Over time, is this more cost effective because you are buying the ingredients once, but can use them for multiple deodorant recipes?

    • Hi Therese. Yes, I didn’t make the calculations, I guess I could (I’ll try to do that in the next few days) in my opinion any DIY recipe does feel like an investment at first because you are buying all these ingredients in more quantity than you need for the particular recipe, but over time it is very cost effective since these ingredients tend to be common for many other DIY natural beauty recipes.

  13. Hi can cocoa butter be used instead of beeswax? Thnks

    • Hi Aj. You could but you will end up with a softer texture, it may turn out more pasty. I have not tried it myself but cocoa butter doesn’t solidify as much as beeswax does.

  14. O-HI-O! I’m going to give this a try.

  15. Yay! I’m going to give this a try. Folks might also want to sub Lavender eo for the lime – I’ve heard that it’s a great deodorant on it’s own. I just don’t care for the smell. Lime for me!

  16. Hi!
    I just made this and it seems a bit waxy to me.. Almost like I am rubbing a candle on my armpits. I did use a white bead beeswax so could that be why or is this normally the texture of it and its just something that I need to get used to?

    • Hi Aubrey. It is waxy but not as waxy as you describe it when I make mine. Next time you could reduce the amount of beeswax by 1/4 of the suggested amount and see if that is a better consistency.

    • I had the same experience. Next time I’m going to double everything but the beeswax since it only filled half of my deodorant container anyway. It seems to work well, though!

  17. Hi there ! Your not far from where I am (WV) just moved here fFrom Fl on Christmas day. Thank you for the recipe just made it times three this morning . I have made a few deodorants in the past but so far I am liking this one the best by far. They are cooling now so should know more on how well it will apply to the skin and how well it works for my family. Thank you again !

  18. Hi, Stephanie! Thank you for this recipe. Do you use the same amount of tangerine EO as you do lime?

    • Hi Terran, I just realized I forgot to include how many tangerine drops (just corrected it) thank you catching that. I use 10 drops of tangerine EO.

  19. Hi,
    I just finished making this deo. The EOs I used were peppermint, lavender & lil bit of tea tree oil.
    Instead of bentonite, I used kaolin clay.
    Everything went fine till I added arrowroot after which it all got very lumpy and fragmented. So I just kept stirring & increased the heat till it was close to a homogenous mixture.
    Next time I’ll try putting only half tsp arrowroot. I guess that was the problem.
    PS: I followed the measurements spoonwise, didn’t have a scale to measure the ingredients.
    Thanks for this recipe. Loved it! <3

  20. Hi Stephanie – thank you for the recipe 🙂

    I am going to give this a shot! I’ve been using Lavilin for nearly a decade. Love the product, but feel like trying something new!

  21. I have read many times now that you should NEVER use anything metal while using Bentonite Clay. You might want to research this yourself, and then correct your instructions/recipe.
    Good luck.

    • Hi Red, you are correct. However, in this case I used a stainless steal bowl is is okay since it doesn’t leach any chemicals into the clay.

  22. I love this recipe, Stephanie! Love that you skipped the baking soda and went with bentonite clay instead – never would’ve thought of that! Thanks for sharing, now I have to go buy some clay. 🙂

  23. I can’t wait to try this recipe, I love making my own body care products. It’s so rewarding and so much cheaper and better.

  24. Great article! I love the other EO options you shared as well. Pinning & Sharing!

  25. Pocahontas says:

    Hi Stephanie! This is great! Was considering to try out doing a home made deodorant recipe myself, but was worried the baking soda would be a problem as I have sensitive skin. I’m definitely gonna try your recipe instead! 😀 thanks for sharing!

    • I’m glad you’ve decided to give it a try, Pocahontas. I don’t have sensitive skin yet the baking soda does irritate me a little, this recipe is very gentle. I hope you like it 🙂

  26. So cool! Pinned and totally trying this summer when our schedules slow down!

  27. Hi!
    I’ve been making and using a recipe almost exactly like this one for a few months now. I agree with everyone who says it is fabulous….I love it! But, it most definitely will leave a grayish-green smudge-y stain on the underarm area of your clothes. And, I’ve found that it doesn’t wash out very well, especially on light colored clothing. I’ve taken to using this when I’m wearing darker clothes and just using coconut oil & lime juice when I’m wearing light colors. I understand that bentonite clay is known for removing impurities/toxins so I like using it for that benefit. But I’ve wondered if any other kind of clay, such as a pink or white clay would work too, at least to help draw wetness away from skin? It probably doesn’t have the same purification properties to the extent that bentonite clay does, but at least it’s not green! Any idea if a different type of clay is worth trying?

    • Hi Brenda. That’s awesome you’ve been using this type of recipe! In my experience that light stain does come out in the wash. I haven’t used any other clay to make deodorant so I don’t know how they would work, my guess is they would still work.

  28. I love the color of your homemade deodorant! I have been using a paste that you apply with your fingers. At first I didn’t like the idea, but it has really grown on me. I haven’t tried making my own yet.

  29. Oh, I always love reading your recipes! You have such great DIY posts!

  30. C. Pulliam says:

    I just made this. Everything looked fine until it started hardening in the container. I made sure it was mixed well but some of the wax separated and rose to the top as it hardened. Any ideas on how to fix that next time?

    • Hmm, I’m not sure why the wax separated, it should have melted and mix well with everything. Next time I can only think of making sure it is completely melted before mixing in the rest of the ingredients.

  31. Thanks for sharing.. Making your own personal care products is about being “creative”.I always encourage people to decrease their dependence on consumer products.

  32. Meghan S says:

    Honestly I was really excited to try this recipe as I tried making a recipe that called for baking soda and had terrible reactions to it. Made this the other day, waited for it to cool and then tried it. Like another person in the comments (I forgot I had scrolled through them before making it and should have altered the recipe) they had mentioned how it felt like this was just a bar of wax. Needless to say, they were right. Disappointed that when I try to apply this I feel like I have to press the stick really hard to my skin and attempt to drag it across my armpit. By the time I’m done trying to apply this, which it never really does as the way it is now, my arm is red and hurts. I know I followed the recipe to a T. I think I might attempt to salvage what I’ve made by reheating it.. maybe add some more shea butter or coconut oil. Any thoughts before I attempt this would be appreciated and would love for this recipe to turn out.

    • Hi Meghan, I’m sorry it turned out like that for you. Yes, it is harder in consistency than most people expect, but not as hard to the point to make one’s skin red and hurt—at least that is not my experience. I would reheat and add more coconut oil, Shea butter tends to harden as well, but coconut oil will melt easily.


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