How to Make Natural Deodorant at Home

November 13, 2020 4 min read

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Are you worried about exposure to the chemicals in conventional deodorants? You are likely aware that there are all-natural products that you buy. But did you know that you can make your own deodorant? The biggest advantage of making it yourself is controlling the ingredients you put into it. It’s actually pretty easy, too. In this article, we explain how to make natural deodorant, list common ingredients, and provide a simple homemade deodorant recipe.

Conventional vs Natural Deodorant

Before we explore DIY deodorants, let's examine the difference between conventional and natural deodorants. It's quite simple. Conventional deodorants contain chemicals and additives, whereas natural deodorants contain all-natural ingredients.

Deodorants, in general, are designed to mask or neutralize odor. Conventional deodorants typically use fragrance to mask body odor and chemicals to neutralize them. Natural deodorants help combat body odor by using ingredients that have naturally occurring antibacterial properties.

If you are new to natural deodorants, check out our 9 tips to help you transition from a traditional product. It is important to give your body a chance to purge chemicals during a short detox period.

Basic Ingredients in Natural Deodorant

One of the steps in learning how to make natural deodorant is to become familiar with the key ingredients. In general, natural deodorant needs to fight bacteria, absorb sweat, smell good, and stick together.

Antibacterial Ingredients

Antibacterial agents are essential to help fend off odor-causing bacteria and promote healthy skin. Two examples of antibacterial ingredients to use in your DIY deodorant are coconut oil and tea tree oil.

Coconut oil has fatty acids that kill microorganisms, which is another word for bacteria. Similarly, the terpinen-4-ol found in tea tree oil has been found to kill certain bacteria and increase white blood cell activity. This, in turn, helps fend off germs.

Absorbent Ingredient

Natural deodorant recipes require an ingredient to absorb sweat. A few of the potential natural substances are arrowroot, cornstarch, or baking soda. All of these work by soaking up the sweat to aid in preventing body odor. Baking soda specifically works by absorbing the sweat and stripping away some of the acidity of human sweat. To decide which ingredient to use, test which ones react the best with your skin and go from there.

Antibacterial agents are essential to help fend off odor-causing bacteria and promote healthy skin.

While your deodorant may contain an absorbing agent, it won’t work as a homemade antiperspirant. Antiperspirants block sweat glands to prevent them from producing sweat. Whereas a homemade deodorant simply works to absorb sweat produced by glands.


Scent Ingredient

An important factor in concocting a homemade deodorant recipe is picking the right scents. Essential oils are a wonderfully healthy alternative. You can choose whichever scent smells the best to you. Several of the popular options are lavender, sandalwood, and bergamot. In addition to smelling nice, essential oils also have a number of health benefits depending on which ones you choose.

Before starting your DIY deodorant, make sure your scent selections do not irritate your skin. (To do this, combine a couple of drops of essential oil with a bit of carrier oil and apply to a small area of your skin.)

Binding Ingredient:

When making a DIY deodorant, you’ll need to include an agent that binds the other ingredients together. Common binding ingredients are coconut oil, shea butter, or cocoa butter.

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Recipe for Homemade Natural Deodorant

There are many different ways to make your own deodorant. Below is a suggested recipe for homemade deodorant that is easy to follow. (Source)

Makes: 3oz.


  • 2 1/2 tbsp unrefined coconut oil
  • 2 1/2 tbsp unrefined shea butter
  • 1/4 cup arrowroot starch/flour
  • 1 1/2 tbsp baking soda
  • 1 drop tea tree essential oil
  • 5-10 drops of other oils for scent


  • Place oil and shea butter in a small glass bowl or jar.
  • Place bowl or jar into a medium saucepan.
  • Add enough water to saucepan to surround bowl or jar, but not so much it will overflow. Bring to a boil.
  • While bringing to a boil, stir oil and shea butter until it melts together.
  • Once melted, add the remaining ingredients. Mix well.
  • Place mixture in a small glass jar. Allow to cool at room temperature or in the refrigerator until it becomes a solid.
  • Cover with lid. 

To use, rub a pea-sized amount between fingers and apply to underarms. You may find it useful to moisten underarms with water before application. Reapply as needed.

As you can see, learning how to make deodorant is easy. It is especially appealing to know you can adjust the recipe to better meet your needs. While you're fine-tuning your formula, rely on Ejis sweat proof undershirts to provide extra protection from sweat and body odor. Our undershirts (buy from our shop or on Amazon) are treated with real silver to prevent odor-causing bacteria. Our sweat proof undershirts also have a waterproof layer to stop sweat marks on your clothes.

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