Deodorant Bar Recipe

homemade deodorant bar recipe Deodorant Bar Recipe

Since we’ve been on the topic of homemade lotion bars the past couple of weeks, I figured I’d share the recipe for homemade deodorant bars (or homemade deodorant sticks!).

This is similar to homemade sunscreen bars but without the zinc oxide for sun protection and with baking soda and arrowroot added in. These are slightly thicker than my original homemade deodorant recipe, which allows them to be used as a bar, or put into an old deodorant container.

Since the homemade lotion bars, sunscreen bars, and deodorant bars all use many of the same ingredients, you can order these in bulk from Mountain Rose Herbs or find them locally and save a lot of money on your family’s personal care products.

I also love Frugally Sustainable’s idea of adding probiotics to the recipe to help balance good bacteria and prevent odor, and I tried it with this recipe. If you have very sensitive skin or really struggle with odor, this might be a great option for you also!

Try making your own deodorant if you haven’t already… you’ll not only save money and avoid chemicals, but I’ve found the homemade versions work better too!

The Ingredients:

This recipe can be adjusted to make any quantity that you’d like by increasing the amount of ingredients used. This batch made enough deodorant for my husband and I for about 2-3 months. You could also cut the recipe in half if you want to make a smaller amount.

How to Make:

Combine coconut oil, shea (or other) butter, and beeswax in a double boiler, or a glass bowl over a smaller saucepan with 1 inch of water in it. UPDATE: Combine in a quart size glass mason jar with a lid instead and place this in a small saucepan of water until melted. This will save your bowl and you can just designate this jar for these type of projects and not even need to wash it out…

Turn the burner on and bring water to a boil. Stir ingredients constantly until they are melted and smooth:

Remove from heat and add the vitamin E oil, baking soda, arrowroot powder, probiotics, and essential oils. Make sure the mixture is not hot to the touch (warm is ok) so that the heat doesn’t kill the probiotics.

Gently stir by hand until all ingredients are incorporated.

If you will be making these into bars, pour into muffin tins or other molds while still liquid. If you will be putting into an old deodorant container to use like stick deodorant, let the mixture harden for about 15-20 minutes at room temperature to harden and when it is about the consistency of peanut butter, use a spoon to scoop into the deodorant tube and pack down to fill. Then, leave the cap off overnight to completely harden before using.

Have you ever made your own personal care products? How did it go? Let me know below!

Reader Comments

  1. says

    I have extremely fair/sensitive skin and every time I try to wear makeup I breakout like CRAZY for the next week.  I don’t have the best complexion :/ so I can’t wait to see what tips and tricks you have for natural makeup!!  I am definitely going to be trying this deodorant too!! nothing i buy ever works for me!

    • Debbie says

      I was really excited to see this recipe and immediately bought all the ingredients and made it. Without the baking soda. Today, 2 weeks later of once a day application, I had to see a dermatologist due to a very strange and painful rash that had begun in my arm pit, yesterday I noticed it beginning in my other arm pit. I don’t have insurance so the visit cost me $188. The dermatologist told me to immediately discontinue the use of the deodorant and put me on a string of meds and salves. I personally think it may have been from the probiotic. Just a fair warning to anyone with sensitive skin. The cost of this experiment was way too high.

  2. Ecmorgan says

    I made your previous deodorant. But i feel like it burns off all of my skin. its incredibly painful. do you think its the baking soda as i see noted in here? i really dont want to go back to traditional deodorant.

    • says

      Try omitting the baking soda and see if that helps. From what I can tell, the pH of a person’s body/sweat also makes a big difference, and if you are more on the acidic side, it will literally create a minor chemical reaction, which could be why it feels like its burning. with just the arrowroot, it shouldn’t be a problem, and the probiotics can help replace the baking soda. Good luck!

      • Sandy says

        I had the same problem and I switched to all organic baking soda and organic arrowroot powder. I have no problems now.

    • Anastasia says

      Instead of mixing up a big batch, what I usually do is make what I’m going to use and see how it works for me. 

      For example, I’ll take a dab of coconut oil, a sprinkle of baking soda and a drop of EO, rub my hands together and apply.  That way, I get to see how effective it is and whether I have any adverse reaction before mixing an entire batch of something that I won’t be able to use.

      If I do have an adverse reaction, I’ll omit something and / or replace it with something else.   It took some trial and error, but I’ve found what works well for me!

    • Lisa says

      I had the same problem so I reduced the baking soda to teaspoons instead of Tablespoons
      and I increased the arrowroot powder to make up for the baking soda reduction. I’ve been using it since.

    • Jocelyn Williams says

      Yes, it is the baking soda. I just had a bad reaction to it myself. If you make a new batch, just omit the baking soda & use more cornstarch.

  3. Ecmorgan says

    I keep it in the refridgerator i have it in a old deodorant bottle. it literally takes all my skin off then scabs over and starts over again. :(

  4. Stephanie says

    Ecmorgan, you might try some different combinations if you haven’t already.  I tried arrowroot powder and beeswax in my recipe and it broke me out like crazy–I think I’m allergic to beeswax, as weird as that sounds.  I do better with just coconut oil, baking soda and cornstarch with some tea tree EO, even though it melts easily.  But that’s just me.  (And it works way better than traditional deodorant).  But that’s for my skin.  There may be another recipe that works better for your skin.  

  5. Ecmorgan says

    The ingredients are spendy so thats why im keeping using my one. i hate to keep trying things and waste the money :(     I might try the arrowroot next time although im allergic to corn on the inside so im not really sure if i should put it on the outside either. ive tried natural ones at the store but i felt i really sweated throught them. I dont have a sense of smell so i worry if i sweat that i smell bad.

    • Stephanie says

      Arrowroot might work better for you if you’re allergic to corn.   If you have a grocery store that sells items in bulk you can buy smaller quantities.  I do that when I want to try things and not buy a big bag or box.  

  6. Tdtarkenton says

    is the probiotic necessary? The stuff that you recommend is awfully expensive for a college student =(

    • Stephanie Isbill says

      Coconut oil is the best eye makeup remover I have found.  Everything else I have used irritates my very sensitive eyes.  LOVE it. 

  7. Lisa Limbaugh says

    What would one use in place of coconut oil in these natural recipes?  I’m allergic to it.

    • PegOBrien61 says

      From the above article:
      For those sensitive to coconut, grassfed organic beef tallow can also be
      used and it is great for the skin, though you will need to add
      essential oils to cover the mild scent.

    • says

      It will lessen perspiration, but commercial antiperspirants have aluminum, which is effective but very harmful. If you sweat a lot, make sure you are taking enough magnesium and that you don’t have leptin issues…

      • says

        magnesium helps with leptin issues? Ive just started reading your leptin article….it might say in there, i just haven’t gotten that far yet! lol I stink alot and i sweat alot too…it’s terrible so i hope all of this helps. i’m tired of taking several showers in the summer and changing my shirt just as many times

  8. Rainbow says

    Hello! thanks so much for posting this. I was wondering whether corn starch could replace the arrowroot? I guess it could if the arrowroot just plays an ‘absorbent’ role, but not if it has some other role too. Thanks so much!

  9. says

    Looking forward to making it, deodorant is the last product I have to make before each toiletry is handmade :) I will try the probiotics, however I get one from my own town. It’s important to make sure the probiotics are shelf stable.
    Thank you Wellness Mama!
     

    • says

      The problem is that most don’t have a solid stop where you twist to move it up, so if you pour, it hardens in the bottom too and makes it nearly impossible to turn the wheel and get it to move up. If yours has a solid stop, it may work though…

  10. Hooley says

    I saw that you have a natural shampoo recipe and i’d love to see a recipe for hair gel….i have wavy hair that gets frizzy in humidity if not tamed and i’m tired of using all the junk that is in most gels and mousse!

    • Nysia E says

      Have you tried just using a small amount of olive or jojoba oil, rub in the palm of your hand then rub your hands through your hair.

  11. Natalie Kimble says

    Cool recipe!  Do you think french or bentonite clay might work in place of the arrowroot?

    @Hooley – this is a great hair gel!  http://www.fromnaturewithlove.com/recipe/recipe.asp?recipe_id=214

    • Joelle McMurray says

      The problem with bentonite clay is it turns dark gray when wet and all the arm pits of my shirts turned black :-(. Maybe it was just the kind I used, but it’s awful!

  12. Nicole says

    I would love to have a recipe for a bronzer — just something to add a little sheen and sparkle and a good natural foundation too.  I don’t wear too much makeup and not even every day.  The mascara has others have mentioned too would be awesome.  Thanks so much for everything. It is great!  I am hooked. 

  13. says

    I was gathering ingredients to make this and need a little help with the beeswax, as I have never used beeswax.  When purchasing beeswax, I noticed it’s sold by weight.  Could you give us a guess how much we will need by weight?

  14. Cari Osborne says

    I had tried the crystal, which did nothing for me. I didn’t have all the ingredients, but I mixed up the coconut oil and baking soda and it really worked! Amazing, thanks for sharing!

  15. Jackie says

    Hello,

    I made the bar deodorant yesterday and it really didn’t firm up as thick as peanut butter.  I put it in the frig for a little while then put it in an old deodorant case/tube.  I fear that this will get melty in the summer months.  Is it okay to keep it refrigerated??  Do you know what of the ingredients makes it stay solid and won’t melt??  I will be trying out for the first time today.  Hope that it works well for me, I am one who really has a smell and feel that regular stuff wears off rather quickly on me especially in hot weather or if I get nervous.

    Jackie

    • says

      You can absolutely store in the fridge… the beeswax helps it firm up, so you could add more of that in future batches if you want a firmer one. It does take a good 24 hours to fully firm outside of the fridge though…

  16. Dolphin says

    I made this recipe not too long ago and love it, but the only problem I have is that it seems to stain my clothing (under arms of my shirts). My guess would be the beeswax. I do, however use a natural detergent to wash my clothes that I made myself. Maybe that has something to do with this? Any suggestions?

  17. says

    I made the deodorant recipe last night and I tried it out this evening after I got out of the shower and it was really sticky feeling.   I only made one stick and used corn starch because I didn’t have any arrow root powder.  What are your thoughts on improving it?

    • says

      A lot can vary based on brands of coconut oil, cornstarch/arrowroot, etc. I definitely like the arrowroot more, so you could try that and also try adding more of the powder and less oil for a thicker deodorant.

  18. says

    Mine does the same thing, I think it’s actually the cocoa butter (if you used that). Also, I smell like peanut butter and it’s kindof overwhelming. I assume using a different butter would do the trick, but I may try and omit it.

    • Erin B. says

      Same issues for me.  My homemade laundry detergent does not get the staining off my clothes.  Any solutions?  Is white beeswax available anywhere?

  19. Kara says

    I made these for the first time last night and I have a few questions… First: does beeswax always smell this awful?? It is SO overpowering (can’t even tell I put essential oil in there) and it smells so gross.  I ordered it from Amazon rather than Mtn Rose Herbs – could that be the problem?  Second – how the heck do you clean up after this stuff?? With the shea and the beeswax, it did NOT want to come off my hands or out of the spongue I used to try to clean up the bowl, or off the bowl, etc.  It took a LOT of washing, with a LOT of dishsoap to clean up after this little project… what am I doing wrong?!

    • says

      I don’t really notice a smell at all in the beeswax I have… it might be a difference in the types. A trick I discovered recently is to melt the ingredients in a quart size jar sitting in a pan of boiling water instead of a bowl. Then, you can pour directly into molds and just save the jar to use for the next batch… saves a lot of cleanup. If not, you have to rinse with almost boiling water then wipe with paper towels and then wash normally…

  20. Laelle Martin says

    I only had an issue with the previous recipe on the days I applied after shaving.  I would get all rashy and painful.  I thought it might be the baking soda.  But then I remembered it hadn’t happened with the first batch I made.  For some reason, I react when it’s made with arrowroot, but not with cornstarch!  Funny since when talking about eating them, it’s the exact opposite ;-) .  

    I definitely want to give this one a try once I get around to ordering from Mountain Rose!  

    I am curious about home made make up for sure.  I’d also really like to know what you use for make up remover and/or daily face wash and what you apply after to tone and/or moisturize?  Making my own deodorant and shampoo, only use a bit of Dr. Bronners in my armpits when I shower, but haven’t quite figured out a DIY face care routine yet.  Thanks!

    • says

      You actually melt it with the shea butter in the jar until they both melt and then add the other ingredients. Once it hardens, it is hard like a bar of soap and you can just use on your armpits, or you can mold into an old deodorant container…

  21. Kat says

    I would love to know how to dye my hair naturally…I have dark brown with gray popping in now! And I don’t have much depth or shine. I use to use temp hair dye from the store but it tore up my hair….any ideas?.
    Thanks!

  22. says

    Hey Katie! I’m wondering… Living in TX, my house is kept at a relatively high temperature of about 77-80 degrees on a regular basis (this will change as the weather does, but my question remains…); would this high temperature make these deodorant bars and the lotion bars hard to keep solid? Should I perhaps use more beeswax?

  23. Catherine says

    Do you have any problems with the beeswax getting into the clothes? We have been making our own deodorant for awhile and my husband just showed me that the underarms of one of his dress shirts is dark…like the oil is soaking into the material.

    • says

      I haven’t had any trouble with it, but another reader mentioned the same thing. One thing that seems to help is dusting the area with arrowroot after applying to absorb the excess. You can also omit the beeswax and just use coconut oil as the base…

  24. Jordan says

    I just use pure white vinegar with a few drops of tea tree oil in a little spritz bottle for Deodorant and it works great if I put it on after every shower and every morning.

    • says

      How much vinegar do you use? I have been using a home made thieves oil for fragrance/antibacterial, etc., but wanted a “spray” deodorant. I had never thought about using vinegar. do you find that you smell like vinegar when you sweat? or just the tea tree oil?

  25. sarah says

    Just noticed in some of the comments that many people are having a similar problem as me… After using this for several days, my underarms are bright red, sore and itchy. I didn’t think I had sensitive skin, but who knows, maybe I do. I guess I will try making it again without baking soda. I hope I figure it out soon!

    • Mariruth says

      This could be a detox from the baking soda. I had big red but not itchy patches. Also, it turned the underarms of my clothing a muted brown color, and it does not come out. But after several months the red patches completely disappeared and I no longer get the brown staining on my clothes. I really believe it was a detox. I think if it had been itchy, I wouldn’t have been so willing to go through the other.

  26. Erin says

    Don’t know if anyone else has mentioned this yet, but it might help with the rashes if you use a natural, aluminum-free baking soda, rather than traditionally-derived versions like Arm & Hammer. Bob’s Red Mill brand is what I use and I don’t get that chemical burn-like rash when I apply it to my skin.

  27. Christi says

    I made this deodorant last night and the only problem I am having is when I try to apply it. It is really hard and does not apply well. Any suggestions?

  28. melissa rogers says

    how long does it take to “work”- I still stink and I tried it for a week. I’ve tried both “recipes” :( Does it take time to adjust? I smell horrible! I went back to using my clinical strength secret.

  29. says

    Hi,

    I made my own body butter. I used cocoa butter, apricot kernel oil, almond oil, beeswax and Vitamin E (squeezed from Vitamin E capsules). I made 100 ml of it and it got over in 3 weeks – I applied it on my entire body. Please tell me a way wherein I can make the body butter last longer. Have I missed out on some ingredient? I melted the cocoa butter, almond and apricot oils and beeswax. After it cooled down I added Vitamin E and kept it in the freezer. After 20 minutes, I took it out (it had hardened by then) and whipped it well. Please do let me know how to make it last longer. Kindly e mail it to prathiba.rangavajulla@gmail.com – it would be very helpful. Thank you very much.

  30. Marcelo says

    Hi I am new to the cite, but have been using most of your DIY toiletries, I am however having a problem with the consistency of the deodorant. The first batch came came a little gooey, but I have left it out to dry, do you think that will work ( I’m thinking of leaving them for a month)

  31. says

    Hi– What are the pro-biotics for? Are they anti-stinky (I know, so scientific) or more for over all health? I’ve tried a number of DIY deodorant recipes that have not worked, so I’m hoping this one does. =)

  32. Dena Barnes says

    If we omit the beeswax, will we need to add something else in (or more of something else), instead? Thanks

  33. Julia Jaquery says

    Hey, I was wondering what brand of E oil you buy, I saw on another post that you said you get it on Amazon and I was wondering what kind of quality I should be looking for.

  34. Robb Clifford says

    In your edit at the top you mentioned using a quart jar with a lid… Do you place the lid on during the heating process?

  35. tintin says

    i just wash my armpits in the morning and at night, and in between i am fine. If i happen to be going out all day or out in the sun, i just use a cotton ball and powder on some baby powder. have never smelled and never have a problem with breaking out. not to mention you save tons of money not having to buy all these ingredients. probiotics for 30$ cmon.

  36. rina says

    Hello there – I just made a batch of the deodorant and the mixture looks very yellow in color where yours looks beige in the picture – I followed the recipe and used pure cocoa butter, coconut oil, beeswax, and arrowroot…… Not sure what I did wrong but also seems kinda greasy…… I used sticks of cocoa butter – maybe it was too much?

    • says

      I”ve never seen sticks of cocoa butter, so not sure on that, but it could be that it hasn’t fully hardened yet, and it is more yellow before it hardens, which takes about two days…

  37. Valerie Hallberg says

    Hi! I was wondering if there is way to make this without the coconut oil? I have a moderate coconut allergy, but would really like to add this to my naturopathic tricks! I appreciate any suggestions you have!!!

  38. Lizethe Rivera says

    Is it ok if I use cornstarch instead of arrowroot? Would you recommend it? I live in Mexico and arrowroot is hard to get.

  39. Cassandra Rosengard says

    Honestly, I am just rubbing on a dab of coconut oil then powdering up with baking soda and I dont sweat very much and I never have problems with b.o! Its cheap and I dont even have to make a bar out of it, which can get expensive. I just use these clear pill container from Wal-Mart in the travel section. I filled one with coconut oil for easy access, one for baking soda, and one for my toothpaste (baking soda with water and two drops of peppermint essential oil.) E-Z P-Z

  40. linc321 says

    Hi: I just came across this from a group. My issue is that I have a sensitivity to coconut oil. Is there a substitution for it? Thank you

    • estrella says

      Try using tapioca starch instead of arrowroot or corn starch. It works great and is much cheaper! About $1 a pound at most Asian grocery stores.

  41. Chloe says

    I never comment on any websites but I just had to comment on this. I’m
    currently trying to transition in to an all natural life and I’ve been
    finding it so confusing and hard and lots of ingredients I’ve never
    heard of before. This deodorant is the first I’ve tried and omg! It’s
    amazing. If normal store bought deodorants had no bad chemicals in them I
    still would use this natural recipe because it’s the best deodorant
    I’ve ever had. Today was the perfect test as it was my first day of
    college and I was sweating like mad! But I still am dry and smells great
    (I used lavender oil in it) and all my clothes have been smelling good
    at the end of the day which is a first! My brothers have even started
    using it and usually the minute you say the word “natural” they’re like
    BLAH BLAH BLAH NO! haha so just wanted to thank you for making this
    transition easier for me. I can’t wait to try other recipes :) Big
    thanks from Ireland! <3

  42. Ali Marie Poe says

    I love the idea of using probiotics! Can I use a probiotic that does need to be refrigerated if I keep it in the fridge?

  43. Ande Ritchie says

    Okay, these are also awesome. I’m so happy to have finally found a recipe that works, goes on smooth and clear and is not slimy. I went with arrowroot and no baking soda since I’ve had irritation with baking soda in the past. Thank you so much for these recipes Katie! They are lifesavers!

  44. Mandy says

    I tried this recipe and i found it a bit hard to put on and then slightly sticky. Maybe i did something wrong? I have also tried the versions without beeswax. I love these, they work great, but it would be nice to use a bar….??

  45. Carine says

    I made the deodorant bar for the second time last night and it’s still quite soft (won’t come out of the deodorant applicator and can’t unmold it). Can I remelt it and add more baking soda and arrowroot? Or add beeswax?

    • Ravenna Black says

      I haven’t actually made this recipe yet, but I would do beeswax to make it harder. Katie talks about doing that in some of her other recipes like with the lip chap she says ” If you prefer a firmer and longer lasting lip chap, you can add more beeswax, up to double the recommended amount. If you prefer a smoother and more oily lip chap, you can reduce the amount of beeswax.” So that’s my guess, hope it helps!

      • Carine says

        I added beeswax and it did make it harder. Now, since I’m still on the last batch I don’t know if it’s too hard or not but it is coming out of the applicator. I forgot that if your house is a bit warm ( I live in the great white Canadian north) you can keep it in your fridge, which I did and it works…
        Thanks Ravenna Black!

        • Raluca says

          Hi! Did you simply melt the entire thing and add more beeswax? I was wondering if that were a bad thing to do, since powders and EO are added after the jar is removed from heat. I’m somehow thinking maybe keeping EO and the powders in the double boiler on heat destroys their properties…?

  46. Kathryn Edmiston says

    you are BRILLIANT! I have spent hundreds of dollars over the years trying out every natural deodorant on the market that i could find. I recently found a few that were OK, but still, it sucks to settle when it comes to deodorant. I made a batch with your recipe this weekend and it is WONDERFUL! so far, no odor at all! thank you so much for sharing! I have made so many things from your recipes and love them all!

  47. Gabby says

    I am a breast cancer survivor who wanted to go to a natural deodorant. I am a very “fragrant” sweater and even had problems with the strongest anti-perspirant deodorant out there. Every natural product I tried let me down in hours. Until you. I made your recipe that uses baking soda, beeswax, mango butter, cocoa butter, coconut oil, probiotic capsules, etc. believe it or not, I can go for two days and still not smell! I am thrilled to pieces! Thank you SO MUCH Katie!

  48. Kristina says

    Hello, I made a batch of deodorant using a smiliar recipe of coconut oil, baking soda, cornstarch, arrowroot powder and Tea treeoil. I have been using it for about 3 weeks and it is working great, but I have found my armpits to be getting sensitive and a little sore in some areas, I believe it is due to the baking soda. I am going to make another batch without the baking soda. I see that you use pro-biotics, what role do they play in preventing odor or wettnes?

    Also, I love your website, it has inspired me to lead a healthier and cleaner life!! thanks for the inspiration.

  49. Kelly says

    I was looking at both the deodorant and the deodorant bar recipe and wondered the purpose for the probiotic. It is not in the deodorant recipe, just the deodorant bar. Is it necessary?

  50. CaliMom says

    For desert dwellers like me or anyone who wants a bar that is not as pasty, try using raw kokum butter. In the summer months I use all kokum butter and only half kokum and half shea or mango for the winter batches. It protects skin and has a great non-pasty smoothness. Raw kokum butter comes in hard dry lumps but melts into the coconut oil perfectly and makes a bar that outdoes commercial bars in texture and provides much better staying power. Better on you and not on your clothes. I did have to use a summer batch recently (in the cold) and it was very hard – a little dab of witch hazel on the skin allowed it to spread well. So if you make it too hard for your liking remember you can always remelt and add a wee more coconut oil to soften the bar or just moisten skin with witch hazel first.
    **oh and I found a great life hack. If you break the cap on one of your “go toobs”, remove all the hard plastic and keep the silicone part. If you fill that silicone (no more hard plastic) with this home deodorant (set in a cup to fill & harden) you can squeeze it up, apply and it goes back in for storage. I use a locking french barrette clip to close the end for travel. No more messy deo muffins.

  51. Christy McKenna says

    Are there any tricks to removing the finished product [deodorant bars] from a silicone mold? Haven’t tried making these yet and I just want to prepare myself. :)

  52. Matt says

    I’m curious why you omitted the zinc oxide? It has great antimicrobial properties. I’ve been using diaper cream under my arms with great results, but looking to make my own bar based on this recipe. I’ll definitely be using zinc oxide though.

  53. Cici says

    Many people seem to be having a reaction to the baking soda, so I was wondering what is the purpose of the baking soda? Obviously it is your preferred ingredient compared to corn or tapioca starch.

  54. rayna says

    I was wondering could you substitute the bee’s wax with soy wax I hear emulsifying wax isn’t as organic or natural as we may think just wandering what Wax I could sub it with Other then that I’ve been using this recipe with AMAZING Results just stained one shirt So that’s where I’m wondering if I sub it with a different wax?????

  55. Jill says

    I made this a few nights ago and used your great Mason Jar tip- much easier, cause clean up on the few spots where I got it was a beast! So… it feels really SICKY and is leaving a yellowish mess on my clothes armpits… I followed your recipe exactly. It feels OK but as my body heats up, like exercising, it gets sticky. Have you found this?

  56. Jenny says

    Hi, Love your blog! Just made the deodorant last week and have been using for several days. My underarms are itchy and have lots of red bumps. I do also sweat a lot. I made the deodorant with arrowroot. I added a few drop of tea tree and lavender essential oil. Can essential oil be irritating? Any suggestions? Thanks!

  57. Melissa says

    I am a HUGE fan of this deodorant. Awhile back, I went from using aluminum deodorant to non-aluminum Melaleuca deodorant, but something in the Melaleuca deo irritated my skin. Far too often than I would have liked, I would get red, itchy patches where I applied it. I figured living with that was better than using aluminum, but then I saw your recipe and decided to try it. I made half a batch of the recipe and reduced the baking soda to 1 TBSP. I also added about 1 tsp calendula oil as an extra soothing ingredient for my sensitive skin.

    Now I will never go back to using anything else. This deodorant absorbs well, does not make my skin itchy (although I do still get red patches, but they don’t really bother me now), and works better than aluminum deo! I’ve noticed that over the past month as I have used it, I seem to sweat less, and I NEVER smell anything from my body anymore. I only smell the deodorant itself. My husband also enthusiastically uses it and agrees that it works very well.

    Deodorant is an odd thing to rave about, but I have been telling every “healthy” person that I know about this stuff!

  58. Tammy says

    Sorry but this recipe was an EPIC FAIL! I might as well have lifted my arm up and squirted a bottle of baby oil into my armpit! It was so soft and greasy I couldn’t believe it. I followed the recipe EXACTLY and it turned out awful. I have since found other recipes that are similar but call for WAY LESS oil. I’ll be trying those ones next. Thanks.

  59. Daisy says

    Hello, and thank you for your website.
    I used this recipe:
    - coconut oil
    - Shea Butter & Cocoa butter … (The cocoa butter was very hard to scoop, but smells tasty)
    - beeswax
    - vitamin E oil
    - baking soda … (I made 3 batches so far. The 1st was without baking soda, and it worked pretty well. Husband & I found that we had to reapply throughout the day, and when my “monthly hormone changes” took place, I needed to increase the applications even more. But honestly, I don’t have any other options except making my own deodorant because everything else gives me a rash. I’ll try the batch with baking soda starting tomorrow.)
    AND
    - organic arrowroot powder

    1- How do you clean the oils off of the container, mixing tools, measuring tools, etc.?
    I do see you suggested keeping the mason jar just for these ingredients, so that we don’t have to clean it, but I already used other containers…

    2- What’s the shelf life of this recipe?

    3- I bought beeswax beads, so I had to actually bring the coconut oil, beeswax, and butters mixture to a boil for the beeswax beads to melt. Is this okay?

    Thank you:-)

  60. Olivia says

    Was wondering if the baking soda only burns after you’ve just shaved or does it burn all the time? I used it after showering last night and I woke up this morning with my underarms burning. Just curious to know if I wait to put if it would make a difference. I’d hate to waste the deodorant I just made. Lol

  61. Rachel says

    I have noticed a channge in the color of my skin sense using this recipe for deodorant I made. At first it color change was small but now it’s covering my whole armpit. Is this bad?

  62. Deb says

    For those who have commented about a burning sensation to the skin, I’m wondering if the problem could be the essential oils. Even EO from “food” sources, like lemon, are often labeled “May cause skin irritation.” and “Do not take internally.” (This is true of those sold by Mountain Rose Herbs.) I’ve heard you shouldn’t put anything on your skin that you wouldn’t put in your mouth. Are there any EO we can use with confidence on the skin? What about when flavoring edible recipes?

  63. jenna says

    There were a few comments about this staining clothing, but I didn’t see any definite replies on how to fix this problem. I love the deodorant but it leaves a greasy looking stain and I have tied several treatments to try to get this out without any success. Any ideas to help PREVENT the stains and then ideas to get the grease spots out? I have tried Spray and Wash, Tide Boost and even 409. None of these work.

  64. hilda says

    I made your recipe but I omitted baking soda and beeswax and used clay instead but it’s not setting. Its about 85° here. I have it divided in baking tins to give away. Any idea on how to get thus to thicken would be appreciated!

  65. Jenny says

    I love your recipes! I tried this one and it wasn’t quite strong enough for me and I found another recipe for deodorant that works better for my needs. I was wondering though, I dont want to waste the deodorant I made so would I be able to use this as lotion bars instead. I used arrowroot instead of baking soda, would it be ok on my skin without irritating it? Thanks!

  66. Katharina says

    Hi I was wondering how much this recipe yields? I’m in the uk and it seems almost impossible to get empty deodorant containers without the need to import them or breaking the bank and as I have a few friends who’d be wanting to try this recipe too I was wondering about the amount. The stick sizes I can get take 30ml. Many thanks for your help!

  67. Jenn says

    Currently I am using milk of magnesia for deorderant. It works better than clinical strength deodorant/antiperspirant, but it takes forever to dry. I have herd that excess sweating can be a magnesium deficiency. Can I add MOM to the recipe or magnesium powder, and if so, how much would you recomend.

    • Liz McCann says

      I’m wondering the same thing, could we add Mg to the recipe to help with sweating? What about the zinc oxide, would that help with stinky sweat too?

      Thank you so much for posting this recipe! Love the site!

  68. Nicole says

    Hands down, this is my favorite recipe for deodorant! I double the recipe and I double the amount of baking soda when I make it and I store this in small sized mason style jars for easy application after I shower. I find this recipe with the extra baking soda works BETTER than any natural deodorant on the market that I have tried. A double batch of this recipe yields close to a year’s worth of deodorant for me and when I buy the ingredients, the quantities I get can make a double batch of this twice so deodorant for two years with this recipe costs about $32 for me. Considering the average natural deodorant can run you $5-$15 and lasts from 1-3 months, this is a great price for a better product that REALLY works. Yay Wellness Mama! Love it!

  69. Jen says

    Ohhh myyyy. I am 100% amazed by this recipe, thank you thank you! Today was my test run, and I was very skeptical, and after sweaty cardio I was wet but completely odorless! Not to mention my pits are so silky~~ I’m shocked. You’re a godsend, thanks for helping us all live clean and smell clean too. ;)

  70. Layla says

    Can I use soy wax instead of beeswax, and if so would I use the same amount? Thanks. Sorry if you’ve gotten a few questions about this from me, the other ones were similar questions but for different recipes :)

  71. Layla says

    Hi, does it matter what kind of probiotic I use? I’d like to buy it from my local store so I don’t have to wait for shipping. (Want to make it this weekend.) Is there a certain type or strain I should look for? Or just any multi-strain probiotic that doesn’t require refrigeration? Thanks!

  72. Jackie says

    For the same end result, can the same ratios of ingredients be used in weight rather than volume? I’ve used the recipe for a while and love it, but thought it might save me a little time to measure in weight. Thanks!

    • says

      I haven’t tried that, but it would most likely work. It is probable, however, that the ratios of ingredients will be a little different, since they don’t all have the same basic weight. That’s why volume is used as a constant in the original recipe. So the consistancy may be a little off from what you are use to of you end up adding a great deal more of a particularly light ingredient, for example. But certainly try it and let us know how it worked!

  73. Karen says

    Hello,
    Thank you for your information and website. I love the information you provide. I found another recipe for deodorant. I believe I found it on a post on fb? It calls for baking soda, coconut oil, cornstarch, and essential oils. I had bad underarm odor since I was a teenager-now in my mid 40′s, and I used to use clinical strength deodorant. which didn’t always work. Now that I have tried this natural reciepe, for approximately a month now, it works wonderfully!!! After the first week, it seemed to help control the wetness too. One down side, my underarms have gotten darker. But I do smell like a rose!!

  74. Illy says

    Did anyone else experience graining from the powder? It definitely works but it feels grainy and after a few hours of wearing it, I have those crumbles in my armpits. Is it the baking soda?

  75. Paige says

    I’ve been using your lotion recipe for quite some time and I love what it’s done for my skin. Then I decided to try natural deodorant and used the Tom’s brand with some success. I had to reapply but felt it was worth it to avoid aluminum. Then I saw this recipe and how close it is to the lotion I am already making and I gave it a shot. I love it! I ran out of Shea butter so I used only cocoa butter and I mixed with my beaters like I do the lotion. I waited only a couple minutes and poured it into my used (cleaned) Tom’s containers and I got a perfect pour. I’ve had no irritation but remember having some mild itching and redness when I first went natural. I also use the lotion on my pits after showering so I wonder if this helps with irritation. Anyway, this is the best deodorant I’ve ever used! I’ve had no need to reply and absolutely no stink! Thank you, Katie!!!

  76. Karen says

    Has anyone had trouble with beewax making a big mess and sticky? I have made the magnesium butter and had to throw it out because it was soo waxy and sticky on my skin my clothing stuck to it! Any tips?

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