Homemade Natural Anti-perspirant Deodorant Recipe that REALLY works!


aluminum-free-deodorant-recipe-homemakerchic-comA couple years ago I posted a recipe for a homemade deodorant recipe. That recipe has become very popular and I have had many comments from readers saying how much they loved it. But I have also gotten responses from a few people saying that it caused them some irritation. I really did love this recipe because it worked on me, and kept the stink away. The crummy part is that it caused me irritation too. I was pregnant at the time I posted that blog and I figured maybe sensitive pregnancy skin was possibly the reason, but when it still irriated my skin after pregnancy I knew I needed to rework the recipe. In the interim I got insanely busy with a toddler, and becoming a doula, that I never got around to it. avaandersondeodorantI also came across a natural deodorant product that I absolutely loved from Ava Anderson, but at $14 a tube I knew I could come up with something that worked equally as well and cost less! So when I ran out of my last tube of super expensive fancy pants deodorant I knew it was time to go back to the drawing board and finally figure out a recipe that worked but didn’t cause irritation.

**Don’t have time to make this recipe, but really want to try the deodorant? Great news! I’m now selling it. You can order it ready made on my Noelle’s Naturals Etsy page.**

So recently when my buddies at SKS Bottle asked if I was working on any new projects I told them I could use some deodorant tubes to try out a new recipe. They sent me samples of every single tube they sell, and there are a lot! They have such an awesome selection. I used three different ones for this project.

So for my new recipe I was looking for a few things…

  1. A solid deodorant that could be used in a tube.
  2. Would be able to combat odor but not cause irriation.
  3. Have some measure of sweat control.
  4. I wanted it to smell great.

homemade-deodorant-sample-tubesAfter a few different formulations I finally came up with an amazing recipe that had all of those things! Using some of these super adorable sample size deodorant tubes from SKS I sent out samples to my friends to try. Among the test group was a fightfighter, a marathon runner, a friend who said her stink/sweat was unrivaled, and yours truly (plus some others). Almost everyone was dubious that a natural homemade deodorant would actually work, but we were so pleasantly surprised at how amazing this stuff is!

homemade-deodorant-natural-cardboard-tubesI am not one of those girls who can accidentally forget deodorant and still smell like flowers. I NEED deodorant. Its not cute if I forget. I’m not the heaviest sweater but I do want to smell good. The scent is a happy and mild blend of spearmint and vanilla that has just the right amount of sweetness without being overpowering. It is nice for men or women. The texture is firm enough to hold up in a tube, but soft enough to glide on smoothly. The odor control is fantastic as is the sweat control! I have also noticed I don’t have staining on my clothes when I do sweat. Overall I am SOOO much more happy with this than any other storebought brand I have purchased. Normally by around 7pm my deodorant starts to work reeeeally hard, and I can tell I may need to refresh. But I could wear this stuff for two days without smelling. I honestly couldn’t believe it. And the best part for me… zero irritation. Even when I applied immediately after shaving. I have finally found my miracle deodorant recipe!

Full disclosure: I did have one tester who has very sensitive skin and has struggled with skin irritation in the past with natural deodorant. She did experience irritation with this formulation, and a pesky rash on her underarms. I guess you can’t win em all. If you have this reaction I would recommend leaving out the baking soda completely and adding additional arrow root. (Please let me know if you try this route as I would like to know if it helps!)

**UPDATE** I now make a sensitive skin version! Only add 2 tablespoons of baking soda. Add 4 extra tablespoons of Arrow root. You can buy it already made here.

A little bit about the ingredients, and how I changed them this time: I have added beeswax to help the mixture set up to a firm consistency. I added arrow root and shea butter to help condition the underarms. I lessened the amount of baking soda considerably, to help reduce irritation. The sugar mixes with sweat to create and osmotic substance that works as a natural antiperspirant. I talk more about it in the original post.

**Don’t have time to make this recipe, but really want to try the deodorant? Great news! I’m now selling it. You can order it ready made on my Noelle’s Naturals Etsy page.

This recipe made enough for me to fill about five 2.6oz white plastic tubes.

Ingredients: (Click on the links to see where to find the same products I use)


In a double boiler, melt together the beeswax, shea butter, and all of the oils. You can do this in a large pyrex measuring cup placed in a bowl of boiling hot water. Keep a kettle of hot water on the stove to replace the water as it begins to cool. (You can also microwave it at this point in the process if the wax is taking too long to melt. Microwave in 30 second intervals, stirring in between. But don’t microwave once you add the dry ingredients, because it can sort of cook it and cause it to get weird.)

In a separate bowl, sift together all the dry ingredients. Once the oils and wax are melted, stir in the powdered ingredients about ¼ cup at a time, using a small wire whisk. Be sure the bowl stays very hot while you’re doing this as the mixture can thicken up and become hard to stir if it cools. You want it to be about the texture of soft toothpaste.

how-to-make-your-own-natural-deodorantIf you’ve used a pyrex cup, then you can now just pour directly from the cup into the tubes. Again, making sure the mixture is very hot so it pours nicely and fluidly. Pour quickly and precisely into the tubes trying not to spill down the sides. (FYI I like to work on a silicon mat for easy cleanup.) Scrape the bowl in between fillings and stir to make sure you don’t have any bits that have hardened. You want the mixture to stay smooth and velvety so it pours nicely. Do not over fill the tubes. After filling each tube, you can gently tap the tube on the counter to work out any air bubbles. Then allow them to set for several hours to cool and harden before using. Do not put them in the fridge as this can cause them to crack.

homemade-deodorant-recipe-aluminum-freeI made up some nice kraft labels on the computer and printed them out so they would have a polished look. I really love how they turned out! The cardboard tubes are my favorite look, but they do get a little hard to push the deodorant out once you get down to the bottom. I just stick a mascara tube in the bottom to push it up. The white plastic tubes look a little more simple but they work great! Easy to twist up, and easy to apply. They also have some more manly looking tubes if you wanted to make some of these as a gift for a man. I love the assortment of tubes SKS has to choose from! Happy deodorant making friends. Definitely let me know if you try it and how it works for you!

64 thoughts on “Homemade Natural Anti-perspirant Deodorant Recipe that REALLY works!

    1. Homemaker Chic Post author

      You can use any EOs you like. I plan to make a citrus one soon. I would not remove the tea tree oil from the mix though because it does have anti-microbial properties that help with odor control.

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  2. Rachel

    Since this recipes makes about 5 tubes, will it keep for several months? Should I store the extra in the freezer? Just looking to make this for myself.

    1. Homemaker Chic Post author

      It will keep for up to 2 months on the counter. Not sure how freezing will effect the texture but it’s worth a try. Another option is to use T50 vitamin E oil. It is a much more potent antioxidant and will help to preserve your oils.

  3. Bianca dell

    Super excited to try this, how much vanilla extract can I use in place of vanilla essential oil? Thank you!

    1. Homemaker Chic Post author

      Vanilla extract would not be a good substitute in this recipe because it is not oil based. It would separate in the final product. You really do need to use oils in this.

  4. Davina

    I too have wasted SO much money trying different DO recipes that don’t work OR that would probably work, but I end up having to go to wash it off because I get a rash within an hour or so…this recipe WORKS!!!!!!…I made a smaller batch first just to try, and I reduced the amount of baking soda and added more arrow root powder like you suggest cuz I have SUPER sensitive skin and IT WORKED!!!! I then ordered a set of 5 DO containers and made a full batch and gave one to my sister, and one each to my daughter and middle son (all adults)…we live in WI and just moved my dad to WI from TN last weekend…the temps down there were in the mid to upper 90s with serious humidity…we TOTALLY put this DO to the test and it passed with flying colors!!!!…both my sister and I are MAJOR sweaters and canNOT forget to apply DO or it’s UGLY! 😦 At one point toward the end of the day I noticed that my son was starting to smell a little ripe and I was a little disappointed that maybe it didn’t work for him, until he informed me that he hadn’t reapplied it that day so it was from 5:30 A.M. The day before!!! He was only slightly ripe so I was once again SUPER impressed!!!! LOVE this recipe and will most definitely be ordering another set of containers to make another batch so I can always have spares…my only ‘complaint’ is that it is super soft, so it will get used up pretty fast, but that’s minor!! THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU for continuing to experiment until you found a recipe that actually works!!!

  5. Barbara

    Are you adding the ess. Oils with the coconut and Shea butter while hearing them up, or should we wait till those have melted. Just wondering about the high temp with e.oils.

  6. Shelly

    I made this recipe, & added a blended tea tree oil & Vit D. It works! And my pits smell amazing all day! Thank you so much for your recipe homemakerchic 😊

  7. Netters56

    I just made this recipe this morning. I am very sensitive to natural deodorants too. I met a guy at the farmers market who was selling his own deodorant and he said the trick to good home made deodorant is powdered sugars. When I saw this recipe I had to try it. I love supporting local businesses, however if I can save some money and make it myself then that’s even better. I used lemongrass, tea tree, and lavender oils. My house smells heavenly and I hope my under arms will too. LOL. Thanks for the recipe!!!

  8. Pam

    Hi. This recipie sounds amazing. However I’m not a fan of stick deodorant. I would prefer to have the deodorant in a jar. So what would u recommend to make it a bit softer? I assume cut back the beeswax. But what amount would you use ? Thanks so much.

  9. D 2row

    Hello. I am gathering the ingredients for your new formula. I have been using a very simple recipe of coconut oil, powdered sugar, arrow root, baking soda and a few drops of tea tree oil. It works really well but just want to tweak the consistency of it. Sometimes it feels too gritty.
    Question : is your new formula primarily for putting in deodorant sticks, and if so, would you just add more coconut oil to.it to make it more like a cream?

  10. Melissa

    i am considering making this. Can u leave out the coconut oil? How much bees wax and shea butter do u use?

  11. deanna

    I made this last weekend and absolutely love it. I didn’t have arrowroot and live in a small town where I was not going to be able to get it. I was impatient to try it so I just used cornstarch . It worked just fine. I have since found the arrowroot out of town and will use it next batch. I cut the recipe in half and it made 2 stick deodorants.

  12. Wendy

    I have to thank you for this recipe, I made it for me and my husband decided to try it and now he is in love with it and asked me to make more, we are both very happy with the results, thank you so much.

  13. Hannah

    Hey-I’d like to try this, but I had a question about one part. You said you heat up all the oils at the same time. Does this include the EOs? I ask only because I know that EO is not supposed to be too hot, or so I’ve read. I actually had a little experience with this when I had to reheat a mixture I was turning into lotion bars to reliquify it when I let it cool too much. The first bar I poured has a much stronger scent than the one I poured after reheating it.

    1. Homemaker Chic Post author

      Good catch. I add the Eos AFTER I heat. I have also started adding the shea butter after heating as well because it is very fragile and will darken if it gets too hot.

  14. Sharane F. Johnson

    This stuff is truly amazing. I just switched from Dove and I feel fortunate to have tried this for my 1st time making it. After the week or so of detox, I haven’t smelled naturally better in forever!

  15. Kathleen

    Hi, I’ve made several batches of this recipe and while I really like it I find that the underarms of my clothes have oil stains on them. I wait about 10 to 15 minutes after applying and blot my underarm’s before I dress. I don’t know if the stains happen when I sweat or what. I’ve tried using a little less coconut oil and a little more arrow root powder. Am I doing something wrong? Thank you

    1. Homemaker Chic Post author

      Its unlikely the oil staining as your skin would absorb the oil, but its probably just sweat stains. This deodorant allows you to sweat probably more than you would with a conventional deodorant. Just something to get used to as you move away from using toxic products. A good stain remover is the solution in our home.

    2. Homemaker Chic Post author

      Also consider the shea butter you’re using. Some come in a pretty dark yellow color. That could contribute. Opt for an ivory shea butter for this recipe.

  16. HellorHighWaterBeardCo

    Hey I’m wondering where you get your labels from? Sorry if this has been asked already :p

  17. Charlotte

    This is the best diy doe receipt I have tried, my first batch is soft, but the temp is high here in Florida. I have very sensitive skin and have not had an issue and as it is so hot, I can say that I have not been smelly. Thank you!

    1. Homemaker Chic Post author

      Yes. The vitamin E is for skin conditioning and to help preserve the oils in the recipe and keep them going rancid. So it wouldn’t last as long. But you could leave it out.

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  19. Letitia

    I have left over batch. I’ve ordered a large deodorant bottle. Can I gently heat this to put into my new bottle? Like leave it in a bowl of hot water or something?

    1. Homemaker Chic Post author

      Yes you can heat it for about 10 seconds at a time. You just don’t want to overheat it or it will cook the flours. I don’t know if a hot water bath would be hot enough to melt the wax.

  20. Arizona

    Hello there, I would like to ask something, in my country I cant find arrowroot powder, so can I substitute for the same amount of cornstarch?

  21. Melissa Franklin

    I have to tell you that I tried your newer version of deodorant on pintrest and I loved it. But I still was having problems with smell. I STINK!! and I’m very active, and I have to tell you that after a run in the summer I have to roll down the windows because I offend even myself! So I had to tweak this recipe just a little. I added activated charcoal, and it seems to have done the trick! The plus side it doesn’t stain my clothes. SO…. thank you so much for this recipe!!!
    I have a question….. Is there any way that I can make this recipe a little more solid? It tends to cream up a little when I apply it and even worse in the summer. I live in northern California and it gets up to 105 F here. TIA

  22. Janelle Burkholder

    I have a question about the powdered sugar. My body doesn’t handle sugar and gluten when eaten. I know that gluten is absorbed through the skin and causes problems for me. Do you have any knowledge as to whether sugar is absorbed through the skin in the same way? Thank you.

    1. Homemaker Chic Post author

      I’m not sure exactly how the sugar will impact your specific body chemistry. However you can just leave it out. You will not have the sweat protection but it will still work well as a deodorant.


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