7 Easy DIY Deodorant Recipes

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Deodorant is a necessary item for anyone who wants to eliminate the odors that can spring from our armpits. But how is that odor created in the first place? Well, sweat doesn't have any odor; the odor occurs after a few hours when the bacteria start to break down. This means that we don't necessarily need an antiperspirant, but rather we simply need something to either prevent the bacteria from breaking down or something that will neutralize the odor once it begins to decompose. Many people are afraid to try something that isn't mainstream for fear it won't work, or that to make it is complicated and involved. But making your own deodorant is surprisingly simple and here are 7 easy DIY recipes to help you get started:

1) Plain Baking Soda 

Simply sprinkle some baking soda onto a damp cloth and pat it onto your underarms. (Do not rub as baking soda is abrasive and will cause you to experience a pain like a rug burn)

2) Rubbing Alcohol

Simply rub the rubbing alcohol onto your armpits. (The smell will dissipate as the alcohol dries)

3) Baking Soda + Corn Starch + Diluted Essential Oil

  • Mix equal amounts of baking soda and cornstarch (about 1/2 a cup each)
  • Add a few drops of diluted essential oil of your choice
  • Lidded jar
Store in a lidded jar and apply the same way as the plain baking soda. (Always use essential oils diluted; never apply them undiluted. And make sure you research safety restrictions before using any essential oil)

4) Liquid Deodorant #1

  • 2 tbs zinc oxide powder
  • 2/3 c. witch hazel extract
  • 2 Tbs aloe vera juice
  • 30-40 drops of diluted essential oil of choice (use one or a mixture)
  • Spray bottle
Mix and pour into a spray bottle.

5) Liquid Deodorant #2

  • 4 tsp alum
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 8 oz rubbing alcohol
  • Spray bottle
Mix and pour into a spray bottle. (You can spray this all over your body or just on your armpits)

6) Solid Deodorant #1

  • 3 Tbs almond oil
  • 3 drops lavender oil
  • 3 drops rosemary oil
  • 3 drops lemongrass oil
  • 1 Tbs beeswax
  • Lidded jar
Heat the beeswax and the almond oil on low heat & stir well to mix thoroughly. As soon as the beeswax is melted, remove from heat & add remaining oils. Pour into a pre-heated jar & let cool. Simply scoop a small amount onto your fingers and rub onto your armpits.

7) Solid Deodorant #2

  • 1 1/2 Tbs beeswax
  • 1/2 Tbs cocoa butter
  • 1 Tbs coconut oil
  • 15 drops white thyme oil
  • 15 drops rosemary oil
  • 25 drops lavender oil
  • 3 drops castor oil
  • Deodorant stick container
Melt beeswax in a glass jar standing in hot water; add cocoa butter. When the cocoa butter has melted, add the oils. Stir to mix thoroughly and pour into your stick container. Leave to cool and set.


There are many alternatives to buying commercial deodorant as the above recipes demonstrate; ranging from the super simple to the more complex. The ingredients are not as harsh as the chemicals found in commercial products, and therefore as less likely to cause irritation. But always test the product on a small section of skin before applying to your underarms - just in case you do have an allergic reaction. Of course, another benefit to making your own deodorant (besides knowing 100% what it is made up of) is that you can adjust the strength & type of the scent to suit your personal tastes. Experiment with essential oils and do some research as to what benefits you would like to take advantage of. Alternatively, of course, you can choose to have no scent at all! Men, of course, can experiment with more 'manly' smelling essential oils when making up your deodorants. Have fun with the above and please leave your comments and your thoughts after trying any of the above recipes.

Article Contributed By
Danielle Winters
Organic Natural Beauty Directory Founder