This DIY homemade, eco-friendly deodorant recipe is not difficult and works for your deodorant needs.

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When you think of DIY deodorant, a messy, powdery, ineffective product might come to mind. However, it’s possible to make your own deodorant stick that feels the same as a store-bought stick.

With the right natural ingredients, you can make a deodorant that absorbs moisture and stops armpit odor while being gentle on your skin.

Why Bother Making Deodorant?

Making your own deodorant saves money. When you buy the ingredients for the recipe, you can get numerous batches out of it, and you may not need to buy deodorant for years.

Better Ingredients for the Skin

It also provides better ingredients for your skin. There are harmful chemicals in conventional deodorants, including carcinogenic aluminum-based compounds.

You Control Ingredients

While you can find deodorants on the market with naturally-sourced ingredients, they’re sold for much higher prices and aren’t always effective.

When you make your own deodorant, you control what goes into it. You select the ingredients that work best and customize your own fragrance.

Better for the Environment

Besides being better for your health, DIY deodorant is better for the environment, too. With eco-friendly ingredients and less packaging involved, you’re able to be a greener consumer.

How Does Homemade Deodorant Work?

Arrowroot, cornstarch, and baking soda absorb moisture, and baking soda has an extra deodorizing effect by killing bacteria.

Deep Moisturizing

Shea butter and beeswax have the creamy, waxy texture of a deodorant stick, and they offer deep moisturization for your skin. Virgin coconut oil is also moisturizing, and it contains nourishing properties shown to lower inflammation and promote skin repair.

How To Make Your Own Natural Deodorant Stick

Making your own DIY deodorant to feel fresh and clean is not difficult. Just set aside some time and give it a go because it’s worth the effort in the end.

Here are the ingredients you’ll need:

  • 1 1/2 tablespoons shea butter
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons beeswax
  • 1/4 cup virgin coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup arrowroot powder
  • 2 tablespoons baking soda
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 10 drops lavender essential oil
  • 10 drops eucalyptus essential oil
  • 2 empty deodorant containers


1. Place shea butter, beeswax, and coconut oil in a double boiler. If you don’t have one, place them in a metal or glass bowl, then place the bowl into a pot with an inch of water. Bring the water to a boil and stir the three ingredients together until melted.

2. Remove the mixture in step one from the heat. Add all of the remaining ingredients and mix them together well.

3. Immediately pour the final mixture into deodorant containers, then wait for the mixture to cool completely to room temperature. Once it’s hardened and cooled, your deodorant is ready for use.

Homemade Deodorant Tips

Since coconut oil turns to liquid when stored at temperatures above 75 degrees, be sure to store the deodorant in a cool place.

Try Different Essential Oils

You can try different essential oils for different fragrances. Before adding any essential oil to homemade deodorant, dilute it with a carrier oil and try it on a small area of skin to check for any allergic reactions.

Take Care for Irritation

The armpit is a sensitive area, and some essential oils can cause irritation. Sticking to no more than 20 drops of essential oil per batch can reduce the chance of irritation.


Making your own DIY deodorant is an excellent way to be eco-friendlier and save money in your toiletries budget, especially if you use a lot of it.

It’s also safer for your skin and health. And, smelling clean and fresh will be just the thing if you plan to enjoy your eco-friendly Valentine’s Day.

6 thoughts on “DIY Homemade, Eco-Friendly Deodorant”

  1. I love going on my random Internet searches. I run into articles like this, articles that I did not expect to find. Now I will actually be saving some money because it seems like this ends up being a lot cheaper than a deodorant I currently pay and it’s more healthy not only for me but for the ecosystem. Thank you for this.

  2. Now I will actually be saving some money because it seems like this ends up being a lot cheaper than a deodorant I currently pay for and it’s more healthy, not only for me but for the ecosystem. Thank you for this. I run into articles like this, articles that I did not expect to find.

    1. It’s always nice to find a new way to save money and help the environment at the same time. It’s a win-win for sure.

      1. I love the idea of trying this. I have a question. How practical is this recipe? For example, I live in a hot, humid environment. For at least nine months of the year the temp is easily over 75 degrees, more like 80-90, with 85-100% humidity. So deodorant is a must! So, how would this recipe hold up- would the coconut oil and oils melt and lead to embarrassing visible stains and damage to my clothing?

        1. Because I live in a fairly cool/cold climate, I can’t realistically address your questions. Perhaps someone who lives in a similar climate will see this and respond.

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