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How to Make Natural Essential Oil Deodorant

Why make a natural essential oil deodorant? Although many people try to stop their underarm sweating with antiperspirants, blocking the sweat glands with an antiperspirant interferes with the natural elimination of toxins from your body. Plus, most commercial antiperspirants and deodorants contain aluminum compounds, which some sources believe are potentially toxic.

Woman Using Deodorant | Aromatherapy Homemade Deodorant Recipes With Essential Oils

Caution: Many of these recipes use baking soda, arrowroot powder, or cornstarch because they absorb perspiration. These ingredients are fine for most people but will irritate the skin of some. Test a small amount of each ingredient under your arm to make sure the ingredient doesn't irritate your skin. Also, make sure you aren't sensitive to any of the essential oils for deodorant you choose to use.

The first five recipes are creamy deodorants you apply with your fingers or a cotton pad. Then there's three stick deodorants, followed by two deodorant sprays.

1. Basic Essential Oil Deodorant Recipe

This DIY deodorant is probably the simplest you'll find.

  • 1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch (or arrowroot powder)
  • 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 20 to 25 drops lavender essential oil (or essential oil of choice, such as sandalwood for men)
  1. In a small bowl, combine melted coconut oil, cornstarch (or arrowroot powder), and baking soda.
  2. When the mixture has thickened slightly, thoroughly blend in essential oil.
  3. Pour the mixture into a glass jar and let cool. Cover with lid.

To use: Apply a thin layer to your underarms using your fingers or a cotton pad.

Source: Skinny Ms.

2. Homemade Deodorant Recipe With No Baking Soda

If baking soda irritates your skin, try this deodorant blend.

  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil, softened
  • 1 tablespoon aloe vera gel
  • 2 tablespoons arrowroot powder
  • 18 drops essential oil (see suggested blends)
  1. Stir the coconut oil and aloe vera into a glass jar.
  2. Gently mush in the arrowroot powder.
  3. Drop in the essential oils. Stir gently.

To use, dab a round cotton face pad into the deodorant and apply to underarms. You may need to apply it several times a day.

Suggested blends:

  • 9 drops patchouli + 5 drops spike lavender + 4 drops neroli
  • 8 drops opopanax + 7 drops lavender + 3 drops rose
  • 10 drops neroli + 4 drops piñon pine + 4 drops juniper

Source: The Heart of Aromatherapy

3. DIY Essential Oil Deodorant With Green Clay

You can also use clay to make natural deodorant.

  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil, softened
  • 1 tablespoon green clay
  • 1 tablespoon baking soda or arrowroot powder
  • 18 drops essential oil (see suggested blends)
  1. In a small bowl, mix the coconut oil, clay, and baking soda or arrowroot until well blended.
  2. Blend in essential oils.
  3. Place deodorant in a 2-ounce glass jar and use as needed.

Suggested essential oil blends:

  • 13 drops patchouli + 5 drops sandalwood (men might prefer this scent)
  • 10 drops lemon + 4 drops DISTILLED (not cold-pressed) lime + 4 drops orange (for a citrus scent)
  • 8 drops tea tree + 3 drops lemon + 4 drops palmarosa + 3 drops eucalyptus (bit of a medicinal smell but effective for odor reduction)

Source: Aromahead Homemade Deodorant

4. Natural Essential Oil Deodorant with Shea Butter

Shea butter is another ingredient you can use to make natural deodorant.

  • 2 tablespoons shea butter
  • 3 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 3 tablespoons baking soda
  • 2 tablespoons arrowroot powder
  • 10 to 30 drops essential oils
  1. Heat shea butter and coconut oil in a double boiler over medium heat until barely melted.
  2. Remove from heat and blend in baking soda and arrowroot, mixing well.
  3. Stir in essential oils.
  4. Pour into a glass container for storage. Cool. Cover with lid. Use as needed.

Source: Wellness Mama

5. Extra-Strength Natural Deodorant Recipe

This natural essential oil deodorant provides extra-strength protection.

  • 1-1/2 teaspoons grapeseed oil
  • 3/4 teaspoon shea butter
  • 3/4 teaspoon vegetable glycerin
  • 1 tablespoon baking soda
  • 3 drops each eucalyptus, lavender, peppermint, rosemary, and tea tree essential oils
  1. Heat the grapeseed oil, shea butter, and vegetable glycerin in a small saucepan over low heat, stirring continuously, until the shea butter has melted and the mixture has a uniform consistency.
  2. Remove from heat. Stir in the baking soda and essential oils.
  3. Place in an airtight glass jar. Use as needed.

Source: GOOD

6. Natural Essential Oil Deodorant Stick

Makes about three containers of deodorant.

  • 1-1/3 cups coconut oil
  • 1-1/2 tablespoons grated beeswax
  • 3/4 cup arrowroot powder
  • 1/4 cup baking soda
  • 2 tablespoons bentonite clay
  • 5 drops lemongrass essential oil
  • 25 drops tea tree (Melaleuca alternifolia) essential oil
  1. Heat coconut oil and beeswax over low heat until barely melted.
  2. Remove from heat.
  3. Stir in other ingredients, except essential oils.
  4. Let cool, stirring about every 5 minutes, until mixture becomes the consistency of pudding.
  5. Blend in essential oils.
  6. Spoon mixture into deodorant stick containers. Let set overnight in a cool location.

Source: Traditional Cooking School

7. Citrus Scent Natural Stick Deodorant

Fills one deodorant container.

  • 3 tablespoons grated beeswax
  • 1/2 teaspoon shea butter
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon bentonite clay
  • 1 teaspoon arrowroot powder
  • 20 drops distilled (not cold-expressed) lime essential oil
  • 10 drops tangerine essential oil
  1. Place beeswax, shea butter, and coconut oil in a double boiler over medium heat.
  2. When the ingredients have melted, add the arrowroot powder and bentonite clay, stirring continuously to avoid any clumps.
  3. Remove from heat.
  4. Stir in essential oils until well combined.
  5. Pour mixture into a clean deodorant container and let cool until solid.

Source: Naturally Mindful

8. Deodorant Stick for Sensitive Skin

Fills two deodorant containers.

  • 1/3 cup coconut oil
  • 3 tablespoons grated beeswax
  • 2 tablespoons shea butter
  • 1/3 cup arrowroot powder
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons baking soda
  • 10 to 15 drops essential oil
  1. Melt coconut oil, beeswax, and shea butter in a small saucepan over low heat, stirring continuously.
  2. Remove from heat. Whisk in arrowroot powder and baking soda.
  3. Stir in essential oils quickly as mixture will start to thicken.
  4. Pour into two empty deodorant containers. Let sit for a couple of hours until completely set.
  5. Place lid on deodorant. Use as needed.

Source: Thank Your Body

9. Essential Oil Deodorant Spray

Making your own natural essential oil deodorant spray is a little more complex.

  • 5 drops cypress essential oil
  • 5 drops lavender or coriander essential oil (men may prefer coriander)
  • 5 drops sage essential oil
  • 15 drops sandalwood essential oil
  • 4 tablespoons witch hazel or aloe vera juice
  • 1 tablespoon alcohol
  • Spray bottle

Mix the ingredients in a spray bottle. Before each use, shake well. 

Source: Aromatherapy: A Complete Guide to the Healing Art

10. Natural Spray Deodorant With Hydrosols

Hydrosols are a gentle alternative to essential oils.

  • 25 ml (5 teaspoons) geranium hydrosol
  • 20 ml (4 teaspoons) Roman chamomile hydrosol
  • 3 grams (0.1 ounce or slightly more than 1/2 teaspoon) acacia gum
  • 5 drops scotch pine essential oil
  • 5 drops petitgrain essential oil
  • 5 drops palmarosa essential oil
  • Spray bottle
  1. Dissolve the acacia gum in the hydrosols and pour into a spray bottle.
  2. Add the essential oils and shake vigorously.

To use: Shake and spray 2 to 3 times under each arm.

Source: The Essential Guide to Natural Skin Care

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