Homemade Moisturizing Deodorant (That Works and Goes on Smoothly): Make-It Yourself Monday

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I have always loved making things myself. Food, crafts, clothing, cleaners, beauty products…you name it, I’ve probably tried making it before!

Most of the time you can make things cheaper and healthier by making them yourself.  I’ve always enjoyed making things by hand simply because of the satisfaction that it gave me.  Now as a wife and mom, I also love making things from scratch so that I can live naturally while staying on a budget.

Because of my obsession with making everything I can think of from scratch, I’ve decided to do a weekly feature called, Make-It Yourself Mondays.  Each week I will show you how I make something from scratch.  Weekly topics will range from food staples to beauty products and lots of items in between.

Every Monday there will also be an opportunity for you to show off things that you have made. Link up your posts below to show us an awesome handmade project that you have done as well!

Homemade Natural, Moisturizing Deodorant

To kick off the first, Make-It Yourself Monday, I’m sharing my recipe for an all-natural, aluminum free deodorant that really works. Homemade deodorant is one of my favorite “make-it yourself” items, because of how easy and healthy it is.

Most commercial deodorants contain aluminum among other questionable ingredients that are not good for you or your skin. So why not try to make your own with natural, nourishing ingredients?

A quick google search will show you that there are tons of recipes out there for homemade deodorants. I’ve probably tried most of them! With most of the recipes I’ve tried, there were things that I liked and things that I didn’t like.  After some trial and error trying to come up with my own version, I finally found the right formula for my perfect homemade deodorant.

I LOVE everything about it.  It’s smooth, moisturizing, and it smells amazing. For me personally, it actually works better than any store bought deodorant (natural or not) I’ve ever used.  I hope you’ll give it a try!


Homemade Moisturizing Deodorant



  1. Combine coconut oil and beeswax in a small saucepan over low heat.  Stir occasionally until almost completely melted.
  2. Add shea butter to the saucepan and stir until everything is completely melted.
  3. Remove from heat and quickly stir in the baking soda, arrowroot powder, and essential oils with a fork or a small whisk.
  4. Once everything is completely combined and the mixture is smooth, pour into your container(s) and let harden.


  • I recommend using a scale to measure out your beeswax by weight.  The volume measurements will vary depending on the type of beeswax you are using.  If you are using the small pellets that you can buy, the approximate measurement will be 2 1/2 tbsp.  If you grate the beeswax yourself, the approximate measurement will be 1/2 cup.
  • For the containers, I just use old deodorant containers.  Twist it down until the bottom piece is completely at the bottom, and then fill to the very top with the deodorant while it is still liquid.
  • This recipe makes enough for 2 average size deodorant containers (2.6 oz. – 3.0 oz.)
  • At room temperature this deodorant is solid, but goes on very smoothly.  It is wonderful!  If it gets too warm and your deodorant starts to get too soft or melts, just pop it in the fridge.  I’ve never had to store mine there, and the average temperature in our house is around 72o.
  • Don’t twist the deodorant up more than necessary when applying.  Whatever is twisted up is what will go on, so only twist up the amount that you need.


Share Your Make-It Yourself Monday Post

Now it’s your turn. I would love to see a Make-It Yourself project that you’ve done.  A recipe for something that you usually buy, a fun craft, a decorating project…the list could go on and on!  Show us what you’ve got!

These are the two easy guidelines for participation:

1. Link up to a post on your blog featuring a Make-It Yourself (or DIY) project. Please link directly to the post and not to your home url.

2. Please link your posts back to this blog. This is a common blog hop courtesy and will help your readers find more awesome Make-It Yourself projects.  Thank you for spreading the word!


  1. Are you going to make the picture there into a button? I’d love to add it!

  2. Emily says:

    Great recipe! I’ve made my own deodorant before, just using the coconut oil, baking soda and arrowroot. It worked fine and I like it, but it melted too easily (I think the beeswax would fix that problem). The main problem was just that I seem to be too sensitive to the baking soda, made my underarms break out :S
    I might try it again, this time with your recipe and less baking soda. It’s so annoying to me that I’m fine with chemically antiperspirants but a homemade all natural deodorant makes me break out!

    • Lisa says:

      Emily, I have the same sort of thing. I’ve been using homemade deodorant for a couple of months and my rash is getting worse. Today I started searching for a new recipe. Did this one work for you? Is less baking soda the answer? Thanks! :)

    • victoria says:

      Hi, I believe that I started breaking out using natural deoderant for these reasons….

      1. The aluminum in the over the counter products, was blocking my pores so bad stuff could not get out.

      Resulting in backed up pores.

      So when I stopped blocking my pores by using all natural, It all started coming out more then ever before…

      Eventually it stopped doing that but it took a long time, like 6 months.

  3. What a great idea! I’ve never tried making my own deodorant, but to be honest, I rarely use it. Shhh! Don’t tell anybody!

  4. Nice linkup idea! I’m sharing a lot. I’ll have to try your deodorant. My version (straight baking soda) is easier but doesn’t photograph as well :-).

  5. Thanks for coming by Renaissance Mama and thanks for hosting! I actually bought two deodorant containers last night to try making my own! I linked up my post on how to make your own All Natural Soda Alternative!

  6. Mindy, this ROCKS!!! :-) I’m totally pinning this so it can go viral. :-)

  7. I used a recipe that is very similar to this (almost exactly the same, actually) and I love it! I’ve also noticed that it is lasting much longer than store bought deodorant.

  8. This is awesome! Exactly what I was hoping for today’s Wildcrafting Wednesday blog hop! Would you mind linking up?

    ~ Kathy @ Mind Body and Sole

  9. Julie Konno says:

    Hi! thanks for the deodorant recipe…have you had any problems with residue on your clothes causing stains? just wondering with all the emollients.
    Thanks again!

    • Mindy says:

      I have noticed that on my white tank tops there has been some discoloring in the armpits. They aren’t grease stains, but just slightly yellow from the beeswax and shea butter. I haven’t noticed anything on any of my colored clothing though. If you use white (bleached) beeswax and shea butter than I don’t think you would have a problem.

  10. Areta says:

    Where would I be able to purchase shea butter and beeswax?

  11. Katie says:

    Very Cool!I make most of my cleaners, but mostly for the frugal side of it. I do love the health factor though! I’m curious, what would you guess it costs you to make a batch (2 sticks)?

    • Mindy says:

      Katie, I’m not sure exactly how much it cost me, but I know that it is cheaper than buying it. It really depends on your sources for supplies how much it would cost you. Let me know if you try it! :)

  12. Anna says:

    Ooh – so glad I ran into you. I live in the wilderness and making things from scratch is a must. The more things I can make the better. Thanks

  13. Heather says:

    This is an awesome idea! I need to gather the supplies!

  14. Brittany Garrett says:

    Any idea what ingredient in this could cause a reaction? My mom used this recipe and immediate started having tender, swollen armpits that broke out and peeled. My sister, it started after about 2 weeks of using, and for me, it happened after over a month of using it! I can’t figure out why since I use each of these ingredients in other skin care products with no problem. =(

    • Mindy says:

      Brittany, some people with sensitive skin can have reaction to the baking soda in homemade deodorants. This recipe has less baking soda than most homemade recipes, but if you’re still having a problem with it you might try this recipe from Crunchy Betty. It doesn’t have any baking soda in it so that might solve your problem :)

    • alanna says:

      I’ve tried several different homemade deodorant recipes and I’ve had the same reaction to all of them. My armpits are constantly red or burning or itchy or peeling and look horrible. Then they start to get better and then they get irritated all over again. I’ll stop using deodorant for a few day sand stop shaving, put witch hazel on and they second they get better, it starts again! I think I just have really sensitive skin.

    • I get a lot of my stuff from Nature’s Gift, and remember them mentioning that Shea butter would probably not be good for anyone with latex or nut allergies (same family). A note on their website also warns against using (most) shea butters, as they’re probably processed using hexane (not ideal for our skin). Of course Nature’s Gift offers one without the hexane…

  15. Elle says:

    I tried this recipe and liked it, but found it slowly discolors my underarms to a dark yellow color. Anyone else have this happen, or have any idea which ingredient might be doing this?

  16. Natalie says:

    I’m so excited to try this out, I’ve never made homemade deodorant before but willing to try it, so glad I seen this on pinterest thank you :o)

  17. I have been using a salt crystal as deodorant for a few months now and as the weather is heating up I’ve found that it does keep me from smelling bad but I find that I seem to sweat more and am worried about heat rash/chaffing. Have you tried this versus a salt based deodorant? I find I am more self conscious with the salt crystal because I’m used to a different “feel.” Does this seem to make you feel like you are wearing a aluminum based product or is that just something I need to get used to?
    Also, I am familiar with all of the products except arrowroot powder. What is the purpose of it in this recipe?

  18. JenC says:

    I have read about people having a reaction to the baking soda and some say that if you use a naturally extracted baking soda like Bobs Red Mill Baking Soda that some people haven’t had the reaction as they did when using regular baking soda. I just wanted to share that in case it is helpful to someone. I am making a batch of this tonight with Bobs Red Mill Baking Soda. I have only tried a recipe without baking soda and it didn’t work well for me so I am hoping the baking soda is the key ingredient for me.

    Thank you for sharing your recipe!

  19. Liz says:

    This works great. At the end of the day I smell better than with store-bought deodorants. Thanks for the recipe!

    • Lyn says:

      Hello All! I have been looking for a recipe for home made deodorant. In my research I have come across some information I would like to share. The reason some people break out with this recipe is because the baking soda changes the ph of your underarms. That is gateway for yeast. I think if you added something like grapefruit extract it might solve that problem.

  20. Anne says:

    I love homemade deodorant, but I can’t get it to “work” using an old deodorant container. It won’t twist up. :(

    • Mindy says:

      Hmm…that’s strange, Anne! I’ve never had a problem with that before. I wonder if we’re using different types of containers, maybe?

  21. Bryana says:

    My question is this: does your coconut oil/beeswax/shea butter deodorant stain your clothes? I’ve wanted to make homemade deodorants before, but was hesitant that the oils would then give all my tops oil-stains. :(

  22. lisha says:

    Im allergic to coconut. Is there something I can substitute for the coconut oil?

  23. Debbie says:

    I have using my own homemade deodorant for about 3 months (made from baking soda, cornstarch and coconut oil). I love it, it works better than any store-bought brand out there and I have enough to last a year! But I do get stains on my shirts from the coconut oil. Plain baking soda with an old toothbrush usually gets them out of my clothes, but it is more work! Wish there was a way to make it without any stains.

    • Janelle says:

      I make my own deodorant and face care as well as others. I have found that if I put on deodorant and wait 15 minutes or so to get dressed, the oil absorbs and I don’t have stains. Same with my face. I have to wait around 15-20 minutes for the oil to absorb before putting on any makeup, otherwise it slides off. Hope this helps!

  24. LOVE the homemade deodorant idea. Was getting real tired of using my husband’s non-aluminum Old Spice. Especially when it didn’t seem to work well! I’ve started using a blend of fave aromatherapy oils, in a fractionated coconut oil (that doesn’t seem to stain). It’s liquid though. (OK, I was too lazy to “make” some, melting, etc.) But it’s working!

  25. angela hayden says:

    Thank you for this recipe. I am so excited to try it for my daughter and myself :)


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