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August 3, 2015

Make Your Own Deodorant with Essential Oils

When you use your deodorant, do you know exactly what you’re rubbing into your skin?

Conventional deodorants rely on ingredients like parabens, aluminum, triclosan, phthalates, and artificial fragrance. And while the American Cancer Society and National Cancer Institute report no conclusive evidence linking the chemicals in your deodorant to the development of breast cancer (since antiperspirants are applied near the breast area), why take a risk?

Don’t Sweat It

It’s OK to sweat. That’s your body’s way of cooling off and releasing toxins. But to cut the odor after your run or for an evening out, why not rely on a natural deodorant with ingredients you can actually pronounce?

Where drugstore brands rely on aluminum to block sweat, natural deodorants combat the stink— which is actually caused by bacteria on your skin that eats the sweat and releases certain chemicals.

Did you know you can “DIY” your own deodorant? It’s super simple. Essential oils are a natural fit for deodorant because their properties help control odor. While your antiperspirant stops you from sweating completely by blocking your pores, essential oils open up your pores, allowing you to release those toxins and cool off. When blending the oils with baking soda and a few other safe ingredients, you can banish any smell, too.

Get the Most Out of Your Homemade Deodorant

Essential Oils to Use In Your Deodorant

You can simply use just five to 10 drops of the essential oil diluted with a carrier oil directly under your arms, or you can make one of the recipes below. Here are a few of our favorite deodorizing oils:

Deodorant “Recipes”

Always test on a small part of your skin first before using on your body.

Deodorant Body Splash

First blend essential oils together. Add them to the vodka or witch hazel and shake well for as long as you can. Leave them all to settle, then add the vinegar. Allow it to sit for an hour. Pour the whole mixture into the water and shake well again. Pass liquid through a paper coffee filter. Store in a glass bottle and shake well before every use. For a stronger scent, allow the oil and vinegar mix to sit longer before adding to the water.

Invigorating Splash

Fruity Splash

Delightfully Cooling Deodorant

In a measuring cup, combine the glycerin and witch hazel. Add the rest of the ingredients. Pour into a 4 ounce, dark-colored glass spray bottle. Use in the morning and before you go out in the evening. Discard after 1 month.

Underarm Deodorant

Combine all ingredients in a spray bottle or roller ball container. Shake well before every use.

Antiperspirant Spray

Mix together all ingredients and stir well until the alum is dissolved. Pour into a spray bottle or clean container with a tight-fitting lid. To apply, spray on the body or use clean cotton pads. Makes 10 ounces.

Botanical Deodorant

Mix together all ingredients and stir well. Pour into a spray bottle or clean container with a tight-fitting lid. To apply, spray underarms or use clean cotton pads. Makes 6 ounces.

Citrus Deodorant

Mix together all ingredients in a ceramic bowl or glass jar. Let mixture sit for one day, then strain off the liquid and discard the lemon zest. Pour into a clean container or spray bottle. To apply, spray underarms or use clean cotton pads. Makes 4 ounces.

Homemade Deodorant Recipe with Rosemary, Lemongrass, and Coconut Oil

In a double boiler or a small saucepan over very low heat, combine the beeswax, coconut oil, and shea butter until melted completely and mixed well. Whisk in the baking soda and bentonite clay until well combined. Remove from heat and let cool for a few minutes and then stir in your essential oils. Take an old (clean) deodorant stick and make sure the plunger thing is twisted all the way down. Carefully pour your warm mixture into the container. Let sit until completely cool then use as normal.

Stick Deodorant

Mix all ingredients except the wax, chlorophyll, and essential oils in a bowl, stirring thoroughly. Melt wax in a double boiler over very low heat then remove from heat. Add to the mixed ingredients and blend well. If the wax thickens too much to be workable, heat again. As the mixture begins to cool, but before it hardens, add the chlorophyll and essential oil. Pour into molds and allow to harden. Store in tightly closed container. You can also use  10 – 15 drops of any other essential oils of choice.

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What’s the recipe for making your own liquid chlorophyll? I usually buy it from World Organics.

Susan | November 25, 2015 | Reply

a not for bentonite clay users: never let the clay touch metal during the process… it will make the clay less affective in absorbing toxins

Christine | June 27, 2017 | Reply

Your deodorant recipe that contains coconut oil. Does it come out too oily when it is used in a deodorant stick

Barb Kilgour | August 28, 2017 | Reply

    It can come out a bit oily as coconut oil takes a few moments to absorb into the skin.

    Rocky Mountain Oils | September 5, 2017 | Reply

Over the past 2 years,

Rebecca McNiel | March 11, 2018 | Reply

What oil can I use beside coconut oil, to have the same consistency? My husband is allergic to coconut oil.

Erica | October 14, 2018 | Reply

    If you are referring to the “Homemade Deodorant Recipe with Rosemary, Lemongrass, and Coconut Oil”, you can substitute the virgin coconut oil with any other carrier oils like jojoba, almond, virgin olive, macadamia, or peanut oil. Because everything would essentially be melted down, the main ingredients (shea butter, beeswax, and bentonite clay) should control the consistency as it hardens. Good luck!

    Customer Service RMO | October 15, 2018 | Reply

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after waxing underarms | April 25, 2019 | Reply

I have found the following: a) instead of vinegar, which carries a smell that may not be desirable, use citric acid. that is a solid and can be bought at the supermarket. 0.5cc of the crystals in 50 cc of water is quite sufficient. the acidity is essential in not allowing bad smell to develop. b) lavender and cinnamon i have found to be the most effective. cypress lemongrass and clove develop into really bad smells on my skin at least.

Jake Antoniades | June 5, 2019 | Reply

    Thanks for sharing what you’ve found to work, Jake! Everyone has their own preferences and smells, and what you’ve found to work for you is great!

    Rocky Mountain Oils | June 13, 2019 | Reply

What kind of alcohol should I use for the Underarm Deodorant recipe? It’s not clear what type should be used. Thank you!

Veronica Griffin | June 4, 2020 | Reply

    Great question, Veronica! Thanks for asking for clarification. It’s best to use a type of ethyl alcohol, such as vodka or gin. If you don’t have either of those, witch hazel is a great substitute!

    Rocky Mountain Oils | June 17, 2020 | Reply