Introduction: Homemade Deodorant

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Store-bought deodorants come with many health hazards. Have you seen the rating of your deodorant on If not, you should! I have used this recipe for years now and it is seriously amazing! I was able to make two 2.65 oz and 2 mini-sized deodorants with this recipe but usually it makes about 2 regular-sized deodorants. The mini ones are great for traveling, as gifts or giveaways!

What you need:

1. A mason jar (specifically for making deodorants - the leftover beeswax will stick to it)

2. Deodorant containers – reuse the one you already have or buy new ones

3. 1/4 oz beeswax (I cut an ounce block into 4 pieces with a sharp knife and save the 3 other pieces for next time)

4. 1/4 cup melted coconut oil

5. 1/3 cup baking soda

6. 1/3 cup corn starch

7. 5-10 drops of Therapeutic Grade Essential Oil – For this recipe, I used 4 drops of lemon and 4 drops of lavender because I wanted something spring/summery and gentle, but other great choices are eucalyptus, tea tree and purification.

Note – Using therapeutic grade essentials oils is important to prevent skin irritation. Some brands use lavandin instead of real lavender and lavandin can make the skin burn. When I used to use low quality, store-bought essential oils from the health food store, we got horrible rashes/irritation every time we used our homemade deodorant. Then I made the switch and this deodorant has never been better! Quality really does matter. Besides, you are already saving a ton of money when you don’t have to buy deodorant anymore!

Directions: Combine the baking soda, corn starch and melted coconut oil in the mason jar and stir. Drop the beeswax into the mason jar. Microwave the mason jar for approximately 2 minutes. It will be very hot so please handle with kitchen mittens. Swirl it around to make sure everything is mixed together evenly. It should be completely melted and hot. Add your essential oils and swirl again. Pour the mixture into your deodorant containers. Let it cool (it will cool quick in the fridge) and replace caps.


rxima (author)2016-11-13

can i use soy wax for this?

Pluke (author)2015-11-04

If you leave out the bees wax and the corn starch it also can work as tooth paste. I add a few drops of peppermint oil and tea tree oil to it for a fresh breath and antibacterial effect.

malitam (author)2015-07-17

thank you so much for the info. on therapeutic oils I have quite a stock up of essential oils but I think I will make a batch with no oils or maybe just a drop of tea tree oil and see if the harsh reaction stops. my husband and I really love this deodorant but watch out for hot weather. melts and separates.

No problem! Good idea. I think if you omit the essential oils and the irritation stops, then that is most likely the cause. If it persists without the use of essential oils, it could be the baking soda since some people are sensitive to it. This recipe shouldn't melt if you use beeswax :) You can also double up on the beeswax if you want.

Kafukai (author)2015-07-02

It is maybe smell nice and great, but how does it kill bacterias? none of the materials is an anti-bacteial. Maybe we can add some rubbing alcohol into the mixture.

englishvinal (author)Kafukai2015-07-16

Coconut oil is anti-bacterial, anti-viral.. and so are the essential oils...

wolfkeeper (author)Kafukai2015-07-03

The essential oils they mention are antibacterial. The plants presumably use the chemicals in them to fight attacks from various micro-organisms.

papadru (author)Kafukai2015-07-03

anti-bacterial is not always beneficial.

Coconut oil is great for so many things! Just look around online and you will find all of the amazing benefits :) Adding rubbing alcohol might burn.

co'loingsigh (author)Kafukai2015-07-02

I believe coconut oil is antibacterial and anti-fungal. It's seriously best stuff! I have made a similar recipe like this (minus the beeswax) and it's amazing. This recipe looks even better than what I'm currently using.

I love coconut oil too! So many great uses :) I like using the beeswax because it hardens it so it doesn't melt on hot days (since coconut oil's melting point is only 76 degrees). It also makes it more waterproof.

Kafukai (author)co'loingsigh2015-07-02

Wow, I didn't know coconut oil is a natural antibacterial. Thanks for sharing :-)

sabu.dawdy (author)2015-07-04

Love your instuctable . I just have a few questions . Will this work on people with heavy sweat? Where can I buy good quality essential oils in India. Is it sticky after applying

crank_girl (author)sabu.dawdy2015-07-07

perspiration is one of the ways we eliminate waste from our bodies (urea mainly). if you block your pores with antipersperant your body will work even harder to overcome the blockage - hence more sweat. you'll probably find that if you stop blocking your pores the amount you sweat will decrease over time. aloe vera and rosemary are good for neutralising the smell of sweat - which is all you really should be doing. sweating is good for you!

great recipe - sounds very similar to the product i buy from lush.

This is true! I think both my husband and I sweat less since we stopped using anti-perspirants years ago and started using this deodorant recipe. Plus, the effects of aluminum and other anti-perspirant ingredients aren't good for our bodies either. That is why deodorant is not the same as an anti-perspirant. These ingredients neutralize odors as well. There are many great all natural options for neutralizing odors :)

Thank you! Every BODY is different :) I can't speak for everyone but from my husband's experience (who works out, does a lot of physical work at his job and sweats a lot) he LOVES this deodorant and says he never sweats/smells. You can in fact get these essential oils in India :) just visit to learn more or to order a starter kit available to India.

DurialX (author)2015-07-04

how long i can keep this product?

It lasts me a long time! When I use it everyday it usually lasts for a few months. It shouldn't expire for at least 1 year (which is the shelf life of most coconut oil). Therapeutic grade essential oils never expire and corn starch/baking soda usually lasts 1-2 years.

BeachsideHank (author)2015-07-03

Baking soda and cornstarch alone have long been used for odor and perspiration control and by itself is an effective combo for many.

Definitely :)

Coolloom (author)2015-07-03

This is non toxic

Yes it is :) All natural, no chemicals, no toxins!

malitam (author)2015-07-03

what exactly do you mean about therapeutic essential oils? I buy organic and all natural oils from places like Whole Foods. the last deodorant recipe I made gave me a horrible rash and I thought it was from the harsh baking soda.

Hi! Thank you for your question. Therapeutic grade essential oils have therapeutic health benefits. They are the highest quality essential oils, not perfume or cosmetic grade. An easy way to identify low quality essential oils is by looking at the label. Which oils do they truly contain? And do they say "for topical use only" or "do not ingest" etc. Those essential oils are low quality oils. Many of which do not even contain the oil they say it is, but instead contain a combination of oils to make it smell like that oil. For example, many "organic and all natural" oils sold in health food stores may sadly contain chemicals or be diluted, making them less potent and pure. And the chemicals will not be on the label because essential oils are not regulated by the FDA. Take lavender for example, many brands use lavandin (a hybrid of lavender, but biologically different) instead of real lavender. Lavandin contains higher amounts of camphor which burns the skin. Real lavender should actually soothe and support overall skin health. I recommend you visit: to learn more. I used to use essential oils from Whole Foods too and had problems with skin irritation and burning on myself and family. That is when I made the switch to therapeutic grade. Hope this helps :)

Suleymankutluer (author)2015-07-03

Its good

Coolloom (author)2015-07-03


Ali_So3 (author)2015-07-02

I have done this before with oils as well as other stuff!! Awesome hob

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