The Best Natural Deodorant You Will Ever Make: 5 DIY Recipes

by Maria Konou

Women are always o9n the lookout for the best products. A staple beauty routine is the ultimate form of self-care for many. That is why it is important to look for products that fit our needs, protect our health, and make us feel great! Normal drug-store deodorants contain alcohol, aluminum, parabens, and strong fragrance. All of those can actually do more harm and good. They can irritate the skin, get into our bloodstream, and harm our health. That is why more and more women are turning to natural products that are safe for everyday use, protective, and still smell and look good. In this article, we will talk about the best natural recipes for deodorants you can easily make at home. These 5 DIY deodorant recipes are natural, clean, aluminum-free, fragrance-free, and non-toxic!

It is time to show some love to your armpits! Make a deodorant that is safe and all-natural.

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Do natural deodorants really work?

Yes! Transitioning from a conventional deodorant to an all-natural option can be confusing. What’s more, at the beginning of your journey, you might think that natural deodorants don’t do much at all. That is because your body is used to the harsh chemicals and ingredients in conventional deodorants! With time, patience, and a positive attitude, however, a switch to a natural deodorant is not as hard as it may seem! Natural deodorant formulas do not normally contain aluminum, which is the primary antiperspirant used in conventional deodorants. Many women worry about the effectiveness of natural deodorants and the increase in underarm dampness that comes with them. We assure you, however, that a chemical-free deodorant is what your body and long-term health need!

If you have ever wondered how does deodorant work exactly?

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These are the base ingredients of every good DIY deodorant 

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Switching to an all-natural deodorant requires time and trust!

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What is the safest underarm deodorant to use?

The safest deodorant to use is the one you make yourself! When you make your own deodorant, you know exactly what goes into it, so you won’t worry about any potentially harmful ingredients. That is why we suggest this fun DIY that will help you become a natural deodorant specialist!

Most conventional deodorants contain chemicals and other harmful ingredients

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How do I prepare my armpits for natural deodorant?

The first thing you should consider is that you always want to apply the natural deodorant on clean armpits. After you are done with your shower is the perfect time to apply your deodorant. That will ensure that all traces of sweat, old deodorant, and bacteria are gone from your armpits. Another piece of advice is to use the deodorant every day and reapply it during the day if you feel like you need it. Wear breathable fabrics and make sure to drink lots of water every day!

Apply deodorant after having a shower

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Clean-shaven armpits tend to trap less moisture and odor, but you do, you boo!

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The Best Natural Homemade Deodorant Recipes

Here are our 5 natural deodorant recipes:

Shea Butter & Cocoa Butter Natural Deodorant

What you will need:

  • 3 oz unrefined shea butter
  • 3 oz raw cacao butter
  • 2 tablespoons virgin coconut oil
  • about 60-90 drops of antibacterial essential oils (lavender, tea tree, rosemary, geranium, peppermint, lemon, lemongrass)
  • 3 tablespoons pure baking soda
  • 20 tablespoons arrowroot powder
  • jars for storage

Step-by-step Instructions:

  1. First, melt the shea butter, cacao butter, and coconut oil in a medium saucepan on a double boiler.
  2. Then remove from the heat and add essential oils, mixing them in.
  3. After that, gradually add the baking soda and arrowroot powder, mixing to incorporate as you go.
  4. Then spoon the mixture between prepared, clean jars with a lid.
  5. After that, let the deodorant sit for the arrowroot and baking soda to fully absorb all the oils, for about 24 hours. Keep the jars that are not in use refrigerated.
  6. Finally, to apply, use a small wooden stick or a tiny spoon to scoop out a small amount of the deodorant. Rub between your fingers to melt and gently apply to your armpits, making sure to fully cover the area.


First, measure out all of the ingredients 

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Then chop up the shea butter into smaller chunks

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Time for some essential oils

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Melt the shea butter over medium heat

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Make sure there aren’t any lumps

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Pour into a glass container and voilà

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You can use a spatula to apply it

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Or, just dive in with your fingers

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Lavender & Vanilla Natural Deodorant

What you will need:

  • 3 tablespoons of coconut oil
  • 3 tablespoons baking soda
  • 2 tablespoons Shea butter
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch (or arrowroot powder)
  • 6 drops of lavender essential oil
  • 2 drops of vanilla oil
  • container for the deodorant

Step-by-step Instructions:

  1. First, measure out your ingredients into a glass mason jar and loosely place the lid on the top.
  2. Then add 4-5” of water into a pot and bring the water to a low boil.
  3. After that, reduce the heat to medium, and place your glass jar into the pot. Allow the warm water to melt the ingredients together (you can give the jar a swirl to mix every minute or two).
  4. Then, once your deodorant concoction is liquid, let it cool a little, and then pour it into a jar.
  5. Finally, you can use either your fingers to apply out of the jar or use a little spatula stick to apply.


First, measure out your ingredients

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Add everything into a big mason jar

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Choose either a glass jar or as tick as a container

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Amazing and aluminum-free!

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Homemade Deodorant for Sensitive Skin

What you will need:

  • 40 grams (1/4 cup) arrowroot powder or cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon baking soda
  • 10-15 drops of essential oils (bergamot, lavender, and rosewood)
  • 2 tablespoons solid coconut oil
  • 1 tablespoon shea butter
  • a shallow bowl
  • a fork
  • a storage container

Step-by-step Instructions:

  1. First, add the arrowroot powder and baking soda to a shallow bowl. Mix, using a fork, until combined.
  2. Then add the essential oils to the arrowroot mixture and stir to combine.
  3. After that, mix in the coconut oil and shea butter, using the fork in a mashing motion.
  4. Once finished, the deodorant should be smooth, creamy-looking, and homogenous.
  5. After that, leave the deodorant to rest for a couple of hours.
  6. Finally, store the container at room temperature and use it daily!


Prep everything for an easy and stress-free DIY

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Add the essential oils next

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Combine everything well

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Add the oils and butters next

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Mix until you get a thick paste

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Fast, easy, and all-natural

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Rosewater Spray Deodorant

What you will need:

  • 1/4 teaspoon Himalayan salt or sea salt
  • 6 drops lime essential oil (or orange)
  • 1 drops geranium essential oil
  • 2 tablespoons rosewater
  • 2 tablespoons grain alcohol or high-proof vodka (skip if you have sensitive skin)
  • 4 tablespoons pure witch hazel

Step-by-step Instructions:

  1. First, combine the salt and essential oils into a reusable glass spray bottle and shake to combine.
  2. Then using a funnel, add the alcohol, witch hazel, and rosewater.
  3. After that, add the cap and shake again, combining all of the ingredients thoroughly.
  4. Finally, spray the deodorant onto clean armpits and give it a minute or so to dry before putting on clothes.


If you want the deodorant to be super homemade, try making your own rosewater as well

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While you are at it, save some of the rosewater to use as a toner

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The perfect deodorant for sensitive skin

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Detoxifying Clay Deodorant

What you will need:

  • 4 tbsp coconut oil (melted)
  • 6 tbsp baking soda
  • 6 tbsp arrowroot powder
  • 2 tbsp bentonite clay
  • 1 tsp sweet almond oil
  • 1 tsp shredded beeswax (cosmetic grade)
  • 1/4 tsp almond extract (optional)
  • 10 drops essential oils (optional)

Step-by-step Instructions:

  1. First, in a double boiler or a large mason jar, melt the oils and beeswax.
  2. Then add the powdered ingredients, and stir to combine.
  3. After that, add the essential oils.
  4. Finally, pour the deodorant into your containers of choice and allow them to cool off and set for a few hours.


Start with measuring all of your ingredients beforehand

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Pour the deodorant into a container of your choosing

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Scoop up a bit of it with your fingers and apply

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Here are some extra deodorant recipes that you might be interested in

A bentonite clay stick deodorant recipe:

A citrus mint balm deodorant:

A vegan deodorant for sensitive skin:

A zero-waste deodorant with mango butter:

Maria Konou

Maria Konou is a specialist in the field of digital marketing and fashion. However, she has always had a way with words. That’s what led her to her dream job here at Archzine. She has worked in many different fields over the years, but according to her, being an author has been the most rewarding. Maria is a huge plant enthusiast, loves everything fashion-related, is very sustainably aware, and is always open to learning about new things.