How to make Homemade Natural Organic Deodorant


On my quest to live a more natural holistic lifestyle I’ve had to look at the many products I put on my skin everyday. When you begin reading the labels on everyday use items, it is shocking how many toxins we’re exposing ourselves to. One of those items is deodorant. Most deodorants and anti-perspirants contain aluminum, parabens and propylene glycol. There are growing links between the chemicals found in such products and chronic diseases such as Alzheimer’s and breast cancer. So what’s the solution? Make your own deodorant that doesn’t have the junk! Its super easy to do, and lucky for you, I’ve already done the legwork to create a recipe that REALLY works!

Today I want to share with you my tried and true homemade deodorant recipe. I tried many recipes, and with all of them I ended up smelling “crunchy” by the end of the day. My mother made sure to let me know when one of my deodorant creations was NOT working, and I unfortunately had many smelly days. I’m not one of those girls who smells like flowers naturally, and I’m guessing neither are you. I may be a borderline dirty hippy, but I’d rather not smell like a dirty hippy. I worked on a lot of different combinations, I tried other people’s recipes, looked at the ingredients on some of the natural store brands, and finally came up with my own perfect recipe that is seriously awesome! Like so awesome that it stood up to my husband playing 3 hours of tennis in Florida… in August… in over 90 degree weather! This stuff is the truth.

Now here’s my tiny caveat: Because I’m pregnant and my skin is all weird and super sensitive it caused some irritation for me, but I’ve had other people use it and no one else has had any issues. Even one of my friends who has very sensitive skin used it and had no problems. So I’m pretty sure my irritation is pregnancy related. I will say that it only bothered me when I had just shaved my underarms, but I’m even less interested in having hairy pits, than I am in having smelly ones. Do let me know if you have any issues with this recipe as I’m always eager to improve, but I have a good feeling that it will work great for you!

:::UPDATE::: It turns out it wasn’t my pregnant skin. I was actually using WAY too much baking soda in this recipe. After doing a lot more research and conducting many experiments. I finally came up with a much better formula. Check out my more recent post with a MUCH more gentle, and totally effective deodorant recipe. Or better yet, you can buy it from me already made. I had so many people ask me to make this for them that I just started making a bunch and selling it. Check it out!:::

So here’s what you need:


  • 1/4 cup Baking Soda
  • 1/4 Cup Organic GMO free Corn Starch (You can find this at any natural food store)
  • 3 Tbsp Organic Coconut Oil
  • 1 Tbsp Powdered Confectioner’s Sugar
  • 1 Tbsp Beeswax beads
  • 20-30 drops Vanilla Essential Oil (or other scent, optional)
  • Small jar or empty deodorant tube stick

Here’s what you do:

how-to-make-homemade-deodorantIn a double boiler, melt the beeswax beads. If you’re allergic to beeswax I think you could easily leave this part out as I don’t think its essential to the deodorant working. Its mostly for texture and to keep the stuff on your pits. Its also REALLY helpful if you plan to use an empty deodorant container, because it will keep it solid in the tube and will apply more easily. If you’re using the jar, I think you could also skip the wax, but again, I think it helps keep the stuff on your underarms all day.

Once the beeswax is melted, add your coconut oil, and vanilla oil. You can really use any scent you like but I think the vanilla is soft and sweet and goes well with the coconut. Some people like to use tea tree oil in their recipes for its anti-fungal properties, but I found the scent to be much too strong. If you like it then by all means use it! I think it would only help. Other nice choices would be lavender oil, patchouli oil, eucalyptus oil, or ylang ylang.

Once your oils are blended add in the powdered sugar. The purpose of the powdered sugar is that when the sugar combines with your natural body sweat it creates a sort of osmotic substance that then becomes a natural antiperspirant! How about that! And it really works too. Dissolve the sugar using a small whisk.

non-toxic-deodorant-recipeKeep the mixture over the heat and begin stirring in the baking soda, and corn starch, sprinkling it in slowly. It will start to thicken up a LOT. Just make sure everything is well incorporated.

DIY-homemade-natural-deodorantNow you can pour the mix into either the jar or the deodorant stick. Allow it to set up at room temperature for a couple hours. Don’t put it in the fridge or it might crack. It will be solid pretty quickly if your house is relatively cool. If you don’t have a jar you can also use an empty deodorant stick, or you can buy new ones from SKS. They have lots of different options to choose from and they’re dirt cheap! Not having one of those fantastic tubes on hand, I just poured my deodorant into a small mason jar. With the jar you just have to spread about half a fingertip amount of the deodorant on your underarms. Its a little firm so you will want to soften it between your fingers before applying. If you want it to be softer, you could always leave out the beeswax.


And that, my friends, is it! I really hope you enjoy making your own deodorant.

45 thoughts on “How to make Homemade Natural Organic Deodorant

  1. Hannah Fortune

    I love you to death! I have been thinking about needing to make my own deodorant! My husband keeps bees, so we have beeswax fresh from the hive. I make a lot with it. Now that were getting goats, I was pondering the aspect of the milk they give.
    I had just gotten a shower and applied my deodorant, thinking, “I need to research this and make some!” Tada!! The Lord heard my prayer and better yet, he had someone else do all the work too!! Thanks so much!!

      1. Hannah Fortune

        I’ve been using it now for about two or so weeks. I think mine is different. Maybe because I used different beeswax? Or too much? It seems to work great, but hard to tell on my now pregnant self. So much is changing so fast!!
        Praying for the safe arrival of your little bundle. Should be super soon right?! Exciting!! I’ll try to email more later!

    1. Homemaker Chic Post author

      I haven’t figured out a formula yet that works without the baking soda. Some will suggest arrow root but that would more appropriately replace the corn starch, not the antibacterial properties of the baking soda. I’ll keep working on it and post when I figure it out! 🙂

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  3. Mira Born

    This is amazing! I had just about given up on ‘natural’ deodorants until I found your blog. This stuff works better than any natural deodorant I’ve found either diy or in health food stores. My journey to whole living can continue, yay!

  4. Chardea

    Just tried this and I love it!!!! I used tea tree oil but only did a few drops so you can barely smell it! Thank you! 🙂

  5. Kim

    Thank you so much Homemaker Chic!! This recipe is truly life saving! Like previous comment posts other natural recipes have made me smell worse but this is AMAZING. I have used nothing else because of this recipe I can raise my arm knowing I will not knock out people around me!! lol! 🙂
    Thanks again!!

      1. Kim

        With your permission, may I tweak the recipe a bit to make more solid deodorant? I have these cute trial size twistables to give out as gifts. I will have to convince my friends and family you do not have to pile on conventional deodorant for “pit protection” 🙂

  6. Chardea

    I loved this and tried it last year and it worked great but after about a week it gave me a rash under my arms maybe the baking soda???? Do you think it’ll still work without that?

    1. Homemaker Chic Post author

      The same thing happened to me too. :/. I think the baking soda is an important element so I’m not sure it will work as well. I’m gonna try to figure out a diff recipe this summer.

      1. Ashley

        I made homemade deodorant and after research read about ph balance. Our skins naturally more acidic and baking sodas very alkaline. I cut the baking soda with the starcch. Take a ph test strip and try to get 5.5 to 7 on test strip. If it’s above 7 add a little citric acid the stuff you use for canning till it test in that rang 7 is ideal. Hope that helps.

  7. Kate

    I find that this recipe works but the baking soda is too abrasive after a couple of weeks. Also, the wax transfers to the underarms of my shirts and leaves wax stains even after laundered :(.

  8. Wendy Blitzer Barkett

    I made a batch of this about 2 -3 months ago and love love love it!!!! I don’t use the wax but that’s the only thing I left out and while I do still perspires a bit, I’m so pleased with the odor control that I just don’t even care. Thanks so much for posting this blog, I know it’s older so I’m so glad I found it!

  9. Sally

    I’m a little nervous to try this because of the confectioners sugar. Won’t bees detect this and come dive bombing you for the sweetness?

  10. Julie

    What does the sugar do in this recipe? I’ve cut it out of my diet and would prefer to not have it on my skin either. Is there a sub you can suggest?

    1. Homemaker Chic Post author

      As mentioned above in the blog, “The purpose of the powdered sugar is that when the sugar combines with your natural body sweat it creates a sort of osmotic substance that then becomes a natural antiperspirant!” You could always make the deodorant without sugar and it will still work great, it just won’t have the anti-sweat properties. It will still block stink though. Hope this helps 🙂

  11. Katie

    Are you still able to use this after the baking soda caused irritation? I would like to try it, but if after a while it causes problems I will keep looking for something else. Thanks.

    1. Homemaker Chic Post author

      I would just leave the baking soda out, or possibly try using half the amount. I am actually about to make a new batch and I will try it with less to see if that helps. I’ll update when I do.

  12. Clarke

    I think I need to use more wax for a more solid stick but other than that, This has worked like a CHARM!!!

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  14. Tuqa

    Thank you for sharing this amazing recipe
    I have been using a similar one with only cornstarch,baking soda and coconut oil and it is working wonders
    I can go two days with this deoderant without needing to wash and reapply

  15. Amy

    I’ve been trying different recipes and commercially made all natural deodorants for about 3 months now. I have terrible itchy rashy pits. I’ve been trying to tough it out but man it’s getting uncomfortable. I’ve eliminated different ingredients so no change. Next I’m going to eliminate the arrowroot and or cornstarch. Should I just use more baking soda or more powdered sugar? Thanks!!!

    1. Homemaker Chic Post author

      I would eliminate or greatly reduce the baking soda first. That is usually the culprit. The arrow root and cornstarch are not likely what’s causing irritation. Hope you have some luck!

  16. Roxie

    I have made my own before too, but found the coconut oil tended to irritate my arm pits. Maybe I will try again, because it doesn’t look like there is much in here. Thanks for the recipe.

  17. Team Good

    I noticed that you use Arm and Hammer baking soda. Since it contains aluminum, I like to use aluminum free baking soda. Aluminum is one of the ingredients that make regular deodorants so harmful.

  18. Molly

    Any idea what the shelf life is on this recipe since it includes sugar? Thank you! I’m still hunting for the perfect recipe 🙂

    1. Homemaker Chic Post author

      The sugar does not pose any issues as far as shelf life because this is an anhydrous product. Meaning it does not have water. The main issue would be oil stability and coconut oil does have a great shelf life. The addition of vitamin E oil is helpful as an antioxidant for the oils. I have actually switched to T-50 now which is an even more powerful antioxidant.

    1. Homemaker Chic Post author

      No. Vanilla extract is a water based product. This is an anhydrous recipe which means it contains NO water based ingredients. The extract would separate from the oils and wax and you would just end up with beads of vanilla extract sitting on top. You could use any other essential oil you like though. Or skip it altogether. It isn’t necessary for the recipe to work well.


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