Looking for a natural deodorant but don’t know which one will work for you? Make your own in just 5 simple steps!
Switching to a natural deodorant is one of the best ways to start ridding your home and your body of toxins. Natural deodorant is safer and more gentle than most store-bought deodorants that often contain artificial fragrances, aluminum, and countless other harmful ingredients.
If you’re planning to give natural deodorant a try, you can start with this simple natural deodorant recipe which uses the added benefit of aromatherapy. You can make this recipe at home within 15 minutes. Easy peasy!
What I Love About This Natural Deodorant Recipe
I’ve been using natural deodorant for years, and my body thanks me for it! I particularly love this recipe because it’s so easy to make and it smells really nice and fresh. Plus, the deodorant tube makes for easy and smooth application.
What’s in This Fresh Natural Deodorant Recipe?
Solid Coconut Oil
Solid coconut oil is a great base that stabilizes this recipe while also working to help kill underarm bacteria that cause a foul odor. Moreover, coconut oil also helps moisturize and lighten the underarm.
Beeswax works in this recipe to achieve the perfect solid yet smooth consistency for your deodorant. Like coconut oil, beeswax seals in moisture which makes the skin soft and smooth.
Pine Essential Oil
Pine Essential Oil has been traditionally used as an antimicrobial. It also has a fresh scent that deodorizes and uplifts.
Clary Sage Essential Oil
Clary Sage Essential Oil was shown to be effective against several bacterial strains in a study1, which makes it fitting to be added in a natural deodorant. Clary Sage is also beneficial for relaxation.
Cornstarch or Arrowroot Powder
Sweat is normal and healthy. However, extra moisture is a great host for toxins and bacteria… not to mention body odor. To add a natural antiperspirant property to this deodorant, we used cornstarch or arrowroot powder. Both are amazing in absorbing moisture. Arrowroot has a silky texture while corn starch is slightly gritty.
Kaolin Clay works great for this recipe not only because it is colorless, but also adds a detoxifying effect to this deodorant. This clay absorbs both toxins and odors. Double whammy!
Zinc Oxide is a natural mineral that has long been used in deodorant products. It effectively minimizes the growth of new bacteria and helps to reduce odor.
Things to Remember When Using This Recipe
Always dilute an essential oil when using it on the skin. This essential oil recipe is unlikely to cause skin irritation when diluted properly. If the oil has been oxidized (left with the cap off for long periods of time) it is more likely to cause skin irritation. Check out this dilution chart for diluting this essential oil properly.
This recipe is generally safe to use if you are pregnant. Consult your doctor prior to use.
This recipe is safe to use with kids aged 2+.
Cats may find the oils in this recipe irritating. However, we do not expect your cat to be disturbed if you use this recipe as directed. Just be mindful of your pet’s behavior. For more information on using essential oils with cats, check out this blog post.
Dogs may find the oils in this recipe irritating. However, we do not expect your dog to be disturbed if you use this recipe as directed. Just be mindful of your pet’s behavior. For more information on using essential oils with dogs, check out this blog post.
We don’t recommend ingesting essential oils unless under the direction of a doctor certified in aromatherapy. For more information on why we don’t ingest essential oils check out this blog post.
*Please note: This post is a compilation of suggestions made by those that have extensively used essential oils and has not been verified scientifically with clinical tests nor reviewed by medical experts. It is anecdotal information and should be treated as such. For serious medical concerns, please consult your doctor. The statements given in this blog post have not been verified by the FDA
Fresh Natural Deodorant Recipe
Fresh Natural Deodorant Recipe with Essential Oils
1/3 cup coconut oil (solid)
1 Tbsp beeswax
15 drops Pine Essential Oil
15 drops Clary Sage Essential Oil
1/3 cup cornstarch (or arrowroot powder)*
1 Tbsp kaolin clay
1 Tbsp zinc oxide
- In a double boiler (or microwave using short intervals), melt the coconut oil and beeswax together.
- Remove from heat, add essential oils, and stir.
- Stir in dry ingredients. This will cause the ingredients to quickly solidify. Replace mixture on heat if necessary to keep it in liquid form.
- Pour mixture into deodorant tube. Allow to cool to room temperature.
- To use, apply to underarms. If this is your first time using natural deodorant, it typically takes 1 day to 3 weeks for your body to adjust. To help support this adjustment period, check out the armpit detox recipe in this month’s box.
- This recipe is more than enough to fill your cardboard deodorant tube, but is a perfect amount if you want to reuse an old plastic deodorant tube.
Toxins In The Pits No More!
Most store-bought deodorants and other personal care products are made with harmful toxins and chemically-filled ingredients. The best way to live safer and healthier is to shift to an all-natural lifestyle, and every month, we are coming up with recipes to help your transition go smoothly. Which DIY personal care product from us is your favorite? We’d love to hear about it on social media with @fromsimplyearth and in the comments below!
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Sienkiewicz M, Głowacka A, Poznańska-Kurowska K, Kaszuba A, Urbaniak A, Kowalczyk E. The effect of clary sage oil on staphylococci responsible for wound infections. 2015 Feb