How to Make Deodorant

by Merissa on March 16, 2014

in Make Your Own

How to Make Deodorant - Little House Living

How to Make Deodorant

It has almost been one year since being diagnosed with some autoimmune issues. At that time I opted out of "trying" some different things to see "what helps". I took it upon myself to research and reach out to see what I could do to improve the problems that seemed to be problematic for me.

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The first big area to conquer was nutrition. Of course, this is a big one when you are having to learn and re-learn what you thought to be healthy. It is especially trying when you are responsible for feeding a family at the same time. This was my big area of focus, the healing foods and nutrition.

My focus will continue with the food area, but I need to move onto other areas that need cleaning up, also. The one area that I am trying to focus on this year is the personal and environmental areas around us. Let's face it....it is so much easier to go to the store and pick up personal and cleaning supplies all in one shot and for relatively little expense. This is the area that I am going to be working on this year and trying to incorporate healthier options. First of all.....YES, they take extra time and thought and sometimes extra money, but in the long run, they are the healthier solutions and after the initial costs, will come out the winner in the long run.

How to Make Deodorant

One of the first areas that I wanted to address was personal deodorant. This is something everyone needs (usually), and uses. When

After trying several different recipes for homemade deodorants, this is the one that I came up with that I am pleased with. Some were very greasy and didn't have the right feel. This one is not greasy feeling. It is smooth feeling and won't break off at the end of the tube (like several others I have had....you know what I am talking about!!)  you look at the ingredients in a commercial deodorant, it is a long list of substances that I cannot pronounce and do not want in my body. We have to remember that the skin is one of the largest organs of our bodies and it absorbs everything. I want what is going to be absorbed into my body something less processed and chemical-less.

How to Make Deodorant

How to Make Deodorant

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How to Make Deodorant

Step One: In glass measuring cup, place coconut oil, shea butter, and beeswax pastilles. You can melt these in the microwave or I use a toaster oven (since I don't have a microwave).

How to Make Deodorant

Step Two: Once melted, add in bentonite clay, baking soda, arrowroot powder, and essential oil drops.

How to Make Deodorant

Step Three: Mix together until the mixture is smooth.

How to Make Deodorant

Step Four: Pour into containers of your choice. You can purchase empty deodorant containers here or tins at the Bulk Herb Store or just use any container that you already have. I like the deodorant containers, personally. But the tins or any other container can be used, applying it on with your fingertips.

How to Make Deodorant

I use essential oils from DoTerra. This is just my preference. This is what the two oils that I used in this deodorant have in them:

  • OnGuard- contains a blend of wild orange, clove bud, cinnamon bark, eucalyptus, rosemary
  • Melaleuca-tea tree

I have been using the deodorant for several weeks now.  I am very happy with it, so I hope that you will try it.  After it sat in the container for about 24 hours, if firmed up very nicely.  It seems "dry", but as soon as you start rolling it under your arms, it is perfect.  It glides on very smooth and nice.  The smell is nice, very neutral, with the essential oil mix that I used.  I was afraid that it would make a spot on my clothes that appeared "greasy", since I had talked to a friend who had tried another recipe and was disappointed that it left a spot on her clothes.  This formulation has  not leave any marks on my clothes.  I have been very happy with it and will continue to use it as a great alternative to store bought deodorants.

How to Make Deodorant

I hope that you will enjoy this recipe for how to make deodorant. I am looking forward to sharing more recipes soon on items that we can make for ourselves, slowly changing over items in our homes to less toxic substances. If there is something you would like to see, please let me know!

Until next time, Julie

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1 Teresa March 17, 2014 at 4:35 am

Julie, I know you like the feel and the smell of it, and that it does not stain, but how does it work? I live 10 minutes from a Whole Foods and have tried many deodorants on their shelves. I have not been happy with the effectiveness of any of them, although they do smell good, etc. What makes a natural deodorant effective? I would love to know.

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2 Deanna March 17, 2014 at 7:09 am

Oh! Thanks for the recipe. I’m adding this to my list to try after I use up my current natural deodorant that isn’t working quite as well as I’d like.

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3 Julie March 17, 2014 at 10:28 am

Teresa, for me, yes, the deodorant is working good. I am a avid walker and have been using it, and have been very pleased with the effectiveness of it. However, each person is different and sweats/smells differently. Our climate is cold in the winter, so I have not been able to test it on hot days. We can update the article on that effectiveness when we finally break from our winter/spring cycle and get into much warmer weather. We, too, have also tried many natural type products. I have been much happier with this particular blend of deodorant and for now, plan on continuing making and using it. As I am trying to make and use much healthier products, I have to look at the overall product of not using harsh chemicals and cost, overall. I am pleased with this one!

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4 Julie March 17, 2014 at 11:34 am

I have also tried a couple of different deodorants from Whole Foods and they smell good in the package but after a couple of hours I can smell myself. I’m desperate to find a good deodorant that is natural but will keep me from being self conscience about it.

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5 liz March 17, 2014 at 12:00 pm

Thank you for this recipe i love looking at this website daily to get new ideas and or recipes thank you for sharing

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6 emerald March 17, 2014 at 12:32 pm

Is this also effective as an antiperspirant? Thanks!

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7 Merissa March 17, 2014 at 12:33 pm

No, like most natural deodorants this will only work as a deodorant. The aluminum in regular deodorants is how they become antiperspirants unfortunately.

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8 julie March 17, 2014 at 2:54 pm

Do you have any suggestions on an essential oil to use in place of the OnGuard blend? I have some tea tree and a couple other single ingredient ones like orange, lavender, peppermint, eucalyptus and Lemongrass. Thank you for the post!

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9 Emily March 18, 2014 at 10:54 pm

Lavender or Tea Tree oil would work. You can blend what you have to create a scent you love. I have made similar recipes for deodorant without any essential oils at all.

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10 karin March 17, 2014 at 6:06 pm

Hi. My name is karin and like you was diagnosed with an auto immune disorder. However I also stay away from nuts and their oils and citrus fruits bc of migraines. Any suggestions of what I can use instead of coconut oil and the essential oil thst has orange in it. Thanks so much I’ve read a lot about the benefits of all natural shampoo and lotions and adding deodorant will help even more.

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11 Tara March 21, 2014 at 2:17 pm

Babassu oil may work – or you can use any of the butters/oils that are solid at room temp (mango butter, double up the shea butter, etc)…but that’s just my guess. Perhaps Merissa or Julie have other suggestions?

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12 heather March 18, 2014 at 8:11 am

I much prefer homemade deodorant! do you find yours “stains” your clothing?

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13 Merissa March 18, 2014 at 8:26 am

My mom has not had issues with stains on clothing with this particular recipe.

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14 Allison March 18, 2014 at 8:22 am

I love this recipe, my daughter was not amused when I told her coconut oil was good for deodorant.

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15 Elise March 18, 2014 at 10:54 am

I love homemade deodorant! I don’t use On Guard, but just make sure I add an antiseptic essential oil like tea tree, or lavender. I really think the baking soda and coconut oil would kill the odor without it, but it’s nice extra protection and smells nice. :)

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16 Tara March 21, 2014 at 2:15 pm

I have used a very similar recipe and have LOVED the results. Been using for several months now. I used lavender/geranium for my mix (but I like the idea of OnGuard and Melaleuca, will try those next time!)

My ONLY change for the recipe would be to used the white beeswax pastilles. I had regular, organic (yellow) that I’ve used in other recipes and it stains my white clothing yellow (which isn’t really an issue because my homemade laundry detergent gets it out just fine)…but I purchased the white beeswax for my deodorant….just an idea.

Thanks for a great blog!!!

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17 Beth March 22, 2014 at 12:06 am

Thank you for this, deodorant was next on my list of things to make. I have been using homemade cleaning products for over a year now and find them quite easy to make and very inexpensive as well as very effective. I make all of it, dish-washing liquid, laundry soap, household cleaners, glass cleaners, furniture polish, wood floor cleaner, etc. Start your ingredient kit with vinegar, Castile soap, borax, washing soda, baking soda, lemon juice, boiled linseed oil, and you have most everything you need!

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18 Heather April 6, 2014 at 10:37 am

Is this as effective without the clay?

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19 Julie April 9, 2014 at 7:11 pm

I would try it without the clay, but I would increase the arrowroot and baking soda, with the same measurements as the clay, so your deodorant won’t be too soft and runny. Let me know how that turns out. Also, the above comment using the white beeswax was a good one. I rarely wear white, so didn’t think about it…but it was a good point. Thanks for all the suggestions.

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20 Peggy Stenglein April 9, 2014 at 8:44 pm

Wonderful, and I will give this a try!! I have just started using my own essential oils for body and cleaning products, so I can’t wait to see what scents my daughters and I come up with! I hope this works for our family, because deodorant is expensive!! I don’t think my hubby will get on board for this, but my girls will! Thanks!!

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21 diana hammill April 10, 2014 at 1:49 am

I use toms of mains calendula. It smells nice and lasts. But am going to try the above recipe. Thanks. X di

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22 Deb April 11, 2014 at 12:17 pm

mine came out such a dark grey. It’s still not solid, but am I on the right track?

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23 Angel Maxwell April 14, 2014 at 6:12 pm

I have everything except the shea butter…would it work well without it?

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24 Merissa April 14, 2014 at 6:30 pm

Shea butter will help it keep its shape a little better, otherwise it’s more likely to melt when it gets warm.

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25 Angel Maxwell April 15, 2014 at 4:29 pm

I got the shea butter today. I just made it and mine looks really gray…it doesn’t look as clear, yellowish as the pictures. I measured everything like it says. Will it lighten as it dries?

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26 Merissa April 15, 2014 at 5:05 pm

It may be grayer and it will lighten up a bit as it dries, the color does not effect the effectiveness.

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27 Jessie May 20, 2014 at 3:45 am

If you are looking for a slightly more expensive, but very reliable option – Lavilin would be my suggestion. You can buy the product on Amazon or directly on their website. I also recently saw them in Whole Foods. It is considered the best all-natural product that destroys underarm odors. Been using it for decades, no complaints at all!

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28 joanne August 15, 2014 at 2:36 pm

I have NEVER found a natural deodorant that worked for me (health food store or homemade) until I made a deodorant similar to this one, minus the clay, last winter/spring. I wanted to use it through the summer before posting it on my blog, just in case it did not work so great.

Well, it DID work great … now I need to get that post done! The only problem I had – we have hot summers and no a/c most the time. My deodorant melted even with the beeswax and shea butter. Thankfully it stayed in the container. An easy remedy would be to store in the fridge, however it was easy enough to use it melted.

So thankful.

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29 Michelle November 5, 2014 at 2:29 pm

I know this may be a silly question… But is it teaspoon or tablespoon for the clay? I have seen where tsp is lowercase and tbsp uppercase, but didn’t want to ruin a recipe assuming. Help?

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30 Merissa November 5, 2014 at 3:25 pm

It’s 2 tablespoons of bentonite clay.

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31 sharon November 12, 2014 at 12:33 pm

I am excited to try this. I am going to add cypress essential oil because it is supposed to prevent excess sweating! Will let you guys know how it works!

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32 Shanda November 13, 2014 at 10:50 pm

I saw on the picture that there were 2 sticks and a tin of deodorant. Am I to assume that this recipe makes about 3 sticks? I just want to make sure I have enough supplies on hand before I attempt this. Thanks so much for all of your ever-so-helpful tips and recipes!

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33 Merissa November 14, 2014 at 6:13 am

Yes, this recipe makes about 3 sticks.

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