Need Your Deodorant Crisis Resolved?

by Andrea Butje on June 12, 2013

Natural deodorant recipeAre you having a deodorant crisis? Don’t sweat it! Try this natural deodorant recipe.

There are all kinds of natural deodorants out there, and whether they work seems to be hit-or-miss depending on what’s right for your personal body chemistry. Maybe you’ve even gone on the hunt for a natural deodorant recipe you could make yourself.

I recently made a natural deodorant recipe that is so simple and easy . . . and yes, effective!

Anything that’s going under my arms has got to meet a few requirements:

  • Smells good
  • Feels good
  • Easy to make
  • Organic

Once all that is established, then it’s all about which essential oils to add. That decision is personal of course, but I do have a few suggestions below.

Ingredients

  • 1 oz (28 g) organic, unrefined, not fractionated, not deodorized just leave it alone coconut oil!
  • 1 tbsp baking soda or arrowroot powder
  • 1 tbsp green clay
  • 18 drops essential oil (see suggested recipes below)

Container

  • One 2 oz (60 ml) glass jar

Directions

Step 1: Combine the coconut oil, clay, and baking soda/arrowroot in a small bowl and mix well.
Step 2: Add your essential oils and mix well (see recipe ideas below)
Step 3: Use a small amount under your arm to be sure the baking soda/arrowroot does not irritate your skin. (It’s fine for most people.)

Customize this natural deodorant recipe with these essential oil blend ideas:

1960
15 drops Patchouli
5 drops Sandalwood

You Smell Like A Rose
6 drops Rose otto
7 drops Palmarosa
7 drops Geranium

Citrus Celebration
10 drops Lemon
5 drops DISTILLED Lime (Distilled Lime is not phototoxic, so be sure to use only the distilled Lime.)
5 drops Sweet Orange

I Don’t Care How It Smells If It Works
8 drops Tea Tree
4 drops Lemon
5 drops Palmarosa
3 drops Eucalyptus

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Elizabeth June 19, 2013 at 11:31 pm

Hi Trinity,

I agree about the commercial stuff not working. Makes me so mad! They hurt our bodies and we still suffer! Grrr. I hope you find a blend you like!

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Kristie Smith June 20, 2013 at 2:23 am

Will have to try this recipe. I have read alot on the dangers of aluminum and have gotten rid of my aluminum cooking pans and now will get rid of my aluminum deodorant, too. Thanks for your dedication.

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Andrea Butje June 20, 2013 at 9:56 am

Thanks Kristie- I agree about aluminum! Let me know what you think about the deodorant.

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aphrodita June 20, 2013 at 7:53 am

I admire your work.I can’t wait to try this one!!

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Andrea Butje June 20, 2013 at 9:55 am

Thanks so much! let me know what you think.

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Jennifer Group-Graff June 20, 2013 at 10:53 am

I am getting ready to convert to homemade deodorant this gives me so many great ideas. THANK-YOU

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Sha Marie June 20, 2013 at 3:07 pm

Just received my shipment of arrowroot to make this deodorant today! Eager to make this as I have found only natural deodorant’s work for me. I can only expect amazing things as I have learned only amazingness from Andrea’s aromatherapy course! Cannot say just how excited I was for her to post this recipe!

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Andrea Butje June 20, 2013 at 3:51 pm

Sha,
Thanks so much for your great comment, let me know how you like the deodorant!

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Colleen June 20, 2013 at 4:07 pm

I have tended to use a salt crystal topped off with an essential oil, like geranium or cardamom, but am excited to try this with arrowroot and coconut oil!! Thanks for your great recipes!

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Jennifer June 20, 2013 at 5:35 pm

Does the choice of essentials really not matter? I’ve tried natural deodorants with essential oils that didn’t work at all. Maybe there weren’t enough EOs in them?

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Andrea Butje June 20, 2013 at 8:32 pm

Jennifer,
I do think the choice of oils matters, and the quantity. I also think it is personal chemistry. Let me know if this one works for you.

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Dianne Reich June 20, 2013 at 7:12 pm

Love all the great recipes, but can’t wait to try this one!

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ingermacrae June 20, 2013 at 10:20 pm

So simple, I just love it!

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Tiki June 20, 2013 at 10:27 pm

Can’t wait to try this recipe. I’ve always wanted a safe, natural deodorant to use that works!

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Tiki June 20, 2013 at 10:28 pm

Can’t wait to try this recipe. I’ve always wanted a safe, natural deodorant to use that works!

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Katie June 21, 2013 at 10:10 am

I loved the 1960 fragrance. My husband also loves this deodorant. It’s a great fragrance for those who like more “earthy” scents.

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Andrea Butje June 21, 2013 at 10:13 am

Katie,
Great! Yay!

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Mel June 21, 2013 at 11:14 am

Love the deodorant ideas!

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Joyce C June 21, 2013 at 3:18 pm

I definitely need to try these. The ones I have tried that are available in the store, from Thoms etc do not seem to work that well for me.

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Mayra Correa e Castro June 21, 2013 at 4:23 pm

I love your recipes. So simple, so nice, so useful.

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Barbara Meza June 22, 2013 at 11:13 am

I appreciate finding new ways to control the odor of sweat (it is summer) without clogging my bodies natural ability to clear. I have been using EO diluted in a couple of drops of oil or straight up baking soda, but not overly satisfied. Shall be trying these formulas. Thanks Andrea.

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Linda June 22, 2013 at 5:50 pm

Looking forward to trying this recipe!

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Shondra Bush June 22, 2013 at 6:41 pm

Thank you so much for this recipe. I’m going to try it as soon as I buy groceries again!
I have been using Tom’s ever since I quit using antiperspirants (about 10 yrs ago), but recently it’s just not doing the job for more than an hour. As much as I love their company, I need more protection, especially as a CMT. I keep one of the deodorant stones in my car, but I find it difficult to use; it sticks to my skin.

I will let you know how my attempt works!

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Andrea Butje June 23, 2013 at 8:53 am

Shondra-thanks for letting me know, I am curious! Works great for me.

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Sualen June 22, 2013 at 8:29 pm

I’m definitely going to try these asap. I tried using Tom’s and Crystal (I think that’s the name) and they just didn’t work…on me or my daughters….Thanks.

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Jessica J June 23, 2013 at 10:14 am

Cant wait to make this.

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Kristy G. June 23, 2013 at 4:08 pm

hope to try this soon!

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leslie postin June 24, 2013 at 8:06 am

Thank you so much for suggest arrowroot, Andrea! a recipe i tried with baking soda just never worked right. the soda didn’t dissolve well and was abrasive! xxx

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Aldana June 24, 2013 at 3:06 pm

I just made it. It’s now in the fridge solidifying as it’s really hot out and the oil was melted. I also did a variation on the “I don’t care how it smells if it works” EO combination. Smells lovely! Hope it works!!
Thanks Andrea!

PS: by Arrowroot powder do you mean Arrowroot starch?

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Andrea Butje June 24, 2013 at 3:10 pm

Yay! Sounds great! Yes the powder and starch are the same. Let m know how you like it.

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Viviana Quesada June 24, 2013 at 4:52 pm

LOVE it! And just today was reading about the geranium wonderful benefits… One more to add for that list, can’t wait to try it! Thanks for sharing so many useful tips!

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Kristin June 24, 2013 at 6:31 pm

Can’t wait to try this…I tried a recipe with baking soda & it really irritated my skin.

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Aliza June 24, 2013 at 7:39 pm

I will have to try this recipe! I have such sensitive skin, and I love using my essential oils! I would love to use lavender.

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Kris Taylor June 28, 2013 at 3:44 pm

I can’t wait to try these!

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Jelena Vucinic June 28, 2013 at 5:13 pm

Love the simplicity! Still haven’t made this but just wandering if you could put this in an old roll-on deodorant bottle and use it like that?

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Andrea Butje June 28, 2013 at 6:08 pm

Jelena,
I dont think it will roll that well, it is kinda thick…

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Eileen July 2, 2013 at 11:55 pm

I have two questions. I hope you will respond. 1 – Even after I mixed in the arrowroot, the mixture is liquidy. Is it supposed to be, or is it supposed to solidify? 2 – Being made with coconut oil, how is this going to affect my clothing under the arms? Is it going to make oil stains? Thank you. I look forward to your reply.

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Andrea Butje July 3, 2013 at 6:53 am

Hi Eileen,
It is supposed to be liquid, but the surprise is just how powdery it actually feels when you apply it. It is very surprising. It has not disturbed my clothing at all. Try just a little and see how it feels to you. You don’t need to use much but you might need to reapply it later in the day. let me know what you think.

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Shondra Bush July 3, 2013 at 2:33 pm

What is your preferred method for application? Are there “tubes” or containers for sale that make it more user friendly?

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Andrea Butje July 3, 2013 at 2:54 pm

Hi Shondra,
For this deodorant it is loose and applied by hand. If you want to make a solid deodorant there are push up and roll up tubes, but they won’t work for this deodorant.

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Laura Dawson July 8, 2013 at 7:08 am

I will definitely prepare this in my home and try for me. If it works for me then I will not use any other deodorant separately. I am using women natural deodorant now. But I am not happy with that. Hope it will like it.

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Krystal July 29, 2013 at 5:33 pm

For all those who have mentioned trying other natural deodorants that didn’t work for you, keep in mind that it takes time for your body to adjust after decades of imbalance from commercial deodorants and antiperspirants. Whenever you change to natural, you WILL smell like a boy’s locker room for up to two weeks. It might be horrible, but after a little while, you’ll notice that you don’t smell as much. And if you forget to put deodorant on one day, it won’t be the crisis it once was. This recipe is lovely. If it doesn’t work for you right away, give it a little bit of time.

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Cattie August 21, 2013 at 1:48 pm

I see you’re saying to use distilled lime, but what about lemon? I’ve been wanting to try lemon in a deodorant but worry about phototoxicity this time of year when one is wearing sleeveless all the time.

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Andrea Butje August 21, 2013 at 2:06 pm

Cattie,

Lemon is phototoxic but you can sue up to 12 drops in 1 ounce of carrier oil (Tisserand: Essential Oil Safety) without the phototoxic concern. :)

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Cattie August 21, 2013 at 3:39 pm

Oh, I see. Thanks so much! I’ll keep the lemon content under control. :-)

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Hope May 26, 2015 at 6:25 am

I’m very interested in learning to make alternatives for commercial deodorants both for myself and for my clients. I have one client in particular who is allergic to not only all forms of nuts, but also coconut, so she often struggle to find products (even natural ones) that she can actually use. Are there any alternatives to the coconut oil in this recipe?

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Andrea Butje May 26, 2015 at 7:38 pm

Hi Hope – In that case, you could make her a solid deodorant using beeswax and carrier oils such as Jojoba. I have a great recipe for you here: http://www.aromahead.com/blog/2014/10/20/natural-solid-deodorant-recipe/

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ivana June 14, 2015 at 6:13 am

I’ve been trying to search for this on the Internet but can’t find an answer. Does the beeswax clog the pores up?

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Andrea Butje June 17, 2015 at 4:08 pm

Hi Ivana – That has not been my experience with beeswax. A little bit of beeswax can be used very nicely in body butters to maintain the consistency and firm texture.

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Debora Cadene May 26, 2015 at 7:45 am

I absolutely cannot wait to make this. I love the names and i’m gonna try the 1960’s one first. I LOVE patchouli!! I’m confused about the coconut oil though….Is unrefined the solid or liquid. Below I see a comment that this is a liquid deodorant.
Thanks bunches and you have a WONDERFUL day!!

Debbie

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Andrea Butje May 26, 2015 at 7:38 pm

Hi Debora – I like to use virgin, unrefined Coconut oil that is cold pressed. Unrefined Coconut oil stays solid in most room temperature but melts around 76F. Here’s a place that has good quality Coconut oil: https://www.aromatics.com/products/carrier-oils-butters/coconut-oil-virgin-and-organic
Hope you enjoy the blend! :)

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Debora Cadene May 30, 2015 at 7:29 am

Thank you very much Andrea. When I saw that you had mentioned that its supposed to be liquid, it threw me for a loop. I think it still does.. Am I supposed to melt this down to mix everything or do I mix it while its solid, and how does it become liquid besides sitting in a warm room? Sorry for the confusion….

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Debora Cadene June 2, 2015 at 8:38 am

I went ahead and let the coconut oil sit in some warm water to soften it a bit, so I could incorporate everything. I let it sit and it went right back to solid as a rock, so repeated the warm water melt, and poured the contents into an empty deodorant and its perfect. I am sure once it gets warmer, it will soften, but for now…its still solid. Thanks Andrea..

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Andrea Butje June 3, 2015 at 8:59 pm

Hi Debora – If your Coconut oils is very solid, you can warm it up a bit by leaving it out in a warm place. Coconut oil melts in 76F. If the coconut oil is loose, you can mix it up with the rest of the ingredients, no need to melt it down. :-)

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Carol May 26, 2015 at 8:30 am

Thanks so much for the recipes you give out. I was looking for a natural underarm deodorants and voila, this morning I received an email from you for the recipe I’m searching for. I’m definitely going to try, but where can I purchase and what is green clay. Thanks and have a wonderful day.

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Andrea Butje May 26, 2015 at 7:39 pm

Love to hear that Carol! Hope this blend works well for you :)

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T. Raines May 26, 2015 at 9:07 am

Where do you find the green clay, and is there a particular brand?

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Andrea Butje May 26, 2015 at 7:39 pm

Hi! You can purchase it from Aromatics International – https://www.aromatics.com/products/carrier-oils-butters/clay-french-green

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ivana June 14, 2015 at 6:15 am

Hi Andrea, I’ve made this without the clay in the past. It turned out grainy and it kept separating (oil layer on top). Does the clay address all these problems?
=)

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Andrea Butje June 17, 2015 at 4:08 pm

You can try with clay added to see if it would work better. This recipe is designed for using virgin, unrefined Coconut oil which stays solid below 76F, so it would not separate :)

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Debbie May 26, 2015 at 8:06 pm

Would this need to be kept in the refrigerator ? It’s warm in my upstairs and my coconut oil usually melts. Would that be ok? Thanks!!

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Andrea Butje May 28, 2015 at 8:12 am

Hi Debbie – you don’t need to keep this in your fridge necessarily, just a cool, dark and dry place :)

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Cyhndi M May 28, 2015 at 12:27 am

I’m not familiar with green clay…is this the same thing as bentonite clay? Really looking forward to trying this recipe :)

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Andrea Butje May 28, 2015 at 8:13 am

Hi Cyndhi – here’s what Aromatics International says about Green Clay: “French Green Clay is a beautiful light green/gray clay filled with mineral/iron oxides including montmorillonite and lots of decomposed plant material and algae. It is also called “sea clay” for good reason. French Green Clay is very rich and this particular clay comes from France where one of the largest clay fields exist. They mine it from way under the ground and it is 100% natural without added ingredients. There are several places in the United States that also mine French Green Clay.

Traditional experience shows when used on the skin, the clay absorbs the toxins, dead skin and oily substances, increasing blood flow to the epidermis. It tightens the pores, revitalizing the complexion.”

You can purchase it here: https://www.aromatics.com/products/carrier-oils-butters/clay-french-green :)

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