If you have given your household cleaning products and skincare line a toxic-free makeover, you don’t want to neglect learning how to make your own all natural homemade deodorant recipe that is free of toxins. When making this do-it-yourself natural deodorant recipe, you can get creative with your scent of choice by using a variety of essential oils. I share my favorite blend in the recipe below, but feel free to use what you love best.
Essential Oil Blends for Deodorant
Try a few different blends of essential oils in your homemade deodorant recipe bars to see which will soon become your favorite. Remember to store your deodorant recipe bars in a cool, dark place between use.
A number of essential oils and combinations will work:
Peppermint is also a good oil to use as it can lower blood temperature in the armpit area. However, the skin of the armpit is often a sensitive area. So be sure to use no more than 5 drops of peppermint in this mixture.
My personal favorite mix: 5 drops of each of wild/sweet orange, peppermint, and vanilla. It’s such a lovely fragrance!
Keep in mind that certain citrus oils are photosensitizing. So, be sure to not use different EOs or not apply a citrus-based deodorant if sunbathing or when your underarms will be at risk of burning due to full sun exposure.
For a list of photosensitizing essential oils click here.
Natural Homemade Deodorant Recipe
- ¼ cup raw organic coconut oil
- 2 Tablespoon cocoa butter
- 2 Tablespoon shea butter
- ¼ cup aluminum-free baking powder
- ½ Tablespoon baking soda
- ½ Tablespoon arrowroot OR non-GMO organic cornstarch
- 15 drops essential oils*
- 1 empty deodorant container
*I use 5 drops each peppermint, orange and vanilla
- Combine coconut oil, shea butter, and the cocoa butter and/or kokum butter in a double boiler.*
- As soon as you are able to stir the mixture, remove the mason jar from the heat so it’s not too hot for the other ingredients.
- The mixture needs to be thick enough to stir, but thin enough so that there are no air pockets.
- Stir in the baking soda, and arrowroot.
- Add the essential oils once cooled.
- You want a homogenous mixutre that is barely melted. If you are making multiple bars, this mixture will hold up well if stored in a cool, dark place.
- Fill a medium pot halfway with water.
- Add the mixture to a dedicated wide-mouth pint sized mason jar.
- No need to wash between each use. Simply store it in a cool, dry place for the next batch.
- Gas stoves run hot. So set your gas stove no higher than 2.
- On an electric stove, warm the double boiler on the lowest setting. Preparing this recipe on an electric stove will take longer. But doing so on the lowest heat setting will help prevent the coconut oil from separating.
If you live in a warm climate, add 2 tablespoons of kokum butter, which is the hardest butter available. It may smell a little waxier, but it helps the mixture to hold its shape in warmer climates. When doing this, add 5 more drops of essential oils to overcome the bees waxy smell of the kokum butter.
Additionally, keep in mind that certain citrus oils are photosensitizing. So, be sure to not to use different EOs or not apply a citrus-based deodorant if sunbathing or when your underarms will be at risk of burning due to full sun exposure.