3 DIY Natural Deodorant Recipes

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Are you looking for a natural deodorant recipe you can make which actually works?

Maybe you’ve tried natural deodorants before and they just didn’t work for you or they didn’t last all day. That was me and it took a long time before I was convinced. And believe it or not, one of the secrets when you’re transitioning over to using an all-natural deodorant is to do an armpit detox. Seriously. It really helps to flush out the toxins and get rid of the odour causing bacteria which live under your arms. You can learn more about doing an armpit detox in my blog.

The terms “deodorant” and “antiperspirant” tend to be used interchangeably. But they are definitely not the same. Deodorants help to lessen the level of daily underarm odour. While Antiperspirants typically contain chemical ingredients including aluminium salts. These plug the body’s natural ducts and contract the skin’s pores, stopping you from sweating.

Sweating is good and a necessary function for our body.  It is one process which helps your body to eliminate toxins. But, I get it – no one likes to stink. 

So, how can you find a natural, healthy alternative? The simple solution – make your own.

Keep reading for 3 easy natural deodorant recipes you can make at home.

What are the best Essential Oils for Natural Deodorant Recipes?

Once you find a Natural Deodorant recipe that you love you can start experimenting with the fragrance by choosing different essential oils or blends. Are are some of the best essential oils for adding to your natural deodorants but feel free to experiment.

Lavender Essential Oil

Lavender essential oil has a fresh, floral aroma that is perfect for springtime.

Patchouli Essential Oil

With a rich history and unique aromatic profile, Patchouli essential oil is perfect for the free spirit.

Geranium Essential Oil

Featuring a delectable floral aroma, Geranium essential oil is a beauty must-have that can be added to all of your DIY body products.

Grapefruit Essential Oil

Like all the citrus oils, grapefruit essential oil is cold pressed from the rind, rather than being distilled. It’s also a handy ‘stand-in’ for other citrus oils – it has many of the same properties, but its advantage is that unlike the other citrus oils, grapefruit isn’t photosensitive. Use it in place of the other citrus oils if sun exposure is unavoidable. Grapefruit essential oil is a versatile little oil- it may help to lift your mood, has a cleansing effect in your body and is great for minimising odour.

Ylang Ylang Essential Oil

Fill your home with the romantic, floral scent of Ylang Ylang essential oil. With its nourishing properties, Ylang Ylang is a favourite for all things self-care.

What ingredients are in natural deodorant recipes?

Most natural deodorant recipes contain similar ingredients. Let’s take a look at what they do.

Bicarb Soda

Bicarbonate of Soda, Bicarb Soda or Baking Soda helps to absorb moisture, keeping your armpits drier. It also kills odour causing bacteria which we want in our natural deodorant recipes.

Coconut Oil

Coconut oil contains fatty acids, like lauric acid, which are known for their antibacterial characteristics which help reduce the odour causing bacteria under your arms.


Cornflour or cornstarch acts in a similar way to bicarb soda in that it absorbs moisture, leaving you drier under your arms. It also thickens the deodorant.

Arrowroot Powder

Like cornflour it is a thickener and absorbs moisture. The one main difference is that it is way better for anyone with sensitive skin than cornflour. It contains minerals such as zinc, iron and potassium. I actually made my own natural baby powder with arrowroot as it is absorbs moisture while keeping skin soft and supple. You can buy it in the baking section at the supermarket.

Beeswax DIY Natural Deodorant Recipe



  • Place beeswax and coconut oil in a glass measuring jug. Put the measuring cup in a saucepan of boiling water that comes 1/2 to 3/4 of the way up the jug.
  • Once melted add the cornflour and Bicarb.
  • Mix well and then stir in the essential oils.
  • Pour into the containers.

For a more masculine scent try:

Sensitive Skin Deodorant



  1. Melt shea butter and coconut oil in a double boiler over medium heat until barely melted.
  2. Remove from heat and add bicarb soda and arrowroot.
  3. Mix well.
  4. Add essential oils and pour into a glass container or a metal tin for storage. Or pour it into an empty deodorant stick for easier use.
  5. Sets best in the refrigerator. Note – depending on where you live, you may need to keep it in the refrigerator in the warmer months.

Spray the Sniff Away Natural Deodorant Recipe



  • Combine all ingredients in a glass or steel spray bottle. You can even make this up in large roller bottles and roll it on if you prefer.
  • Spray under arms as required.

Not a fan of DIY and prefer to buy your natural deodorant ready made?

Then check out the range of Young Living all natural deodorants in my post 3 Natural Deodorants that work.

Wanting more recipes for natural body products?

If you want more awesome DIY recipes then I have a free recipe ebook that’s perfect for you. It’s called “If I wouldn’t eat it then I’m not going to use it on my body”. You can get it by clicking here.

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