How to Make a Natural Homemade Deodorant Stick

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Homemade Deodorant Stick

Many test batches yielded this homemade deodorant stick that smells great, stores well, and keeps odor away! Plus it is inexpensive to make.

This year has been my year of experimenting with deodorants.

From oils and butters to waxes and powders, I have tried so many different DIY deodorants. While I still love my nourishing homemade deodorant for sensitive skin, it has a short shelf life. I prefer to make big batches of my favorite DIY beauty products. That way I have enough to last several months.

Because of this, I needed a deodorant that could sit on the shelf for several months. A homemade deodorant stick was my only option.

Making a Natural Homemade Deodorant Stick

I began my search for natural ingredients for my homemade deodorant stick by checking out what commercially sold natural deodorants contain.

Comparing ingredients in natural, commercial products is a great way to start any DIY. Especially because they often make natural products with simple ingredients. This is especially true of solid deodorants.

Some common ingredients I found in natural deodorants are shea butter, sunflower seed oil, jojoba, arrowroot powder, baking soda, candelilla wax, and Vitamin E.

I keep all of these things at my house for DIY projects, so it just made sense to give it a go! The first homemade deodorant I made was a little too sticky feeling and quite soft, so I played with the formula until I got a nice consistency, scent, and firmness.

The result was a solid deodorant that is easily stored, smells great, and keeps me smelling great too! Plus it is EXTREMELY economical to make. My recipe makes almost four full deodorant containers! I recycled empty store-bought deodorant containers for this DIY which made it, even more, cost-effective.

Natural Ingredients

This homemade deodorant contains jojoba oil, which is actually a wax. Jojoba feels less oily and gives this deodorant a more smooth and less sticky feel.

Shea butter gives this homemade deodorant stick a nice spreadable consistency. It is also a lovely skin moisturizer and protector.

I was very hesitant to use baking soda because it can be irritating to the skin in large amounts. I decided to use a higher percentage of arrowroot powder in my homemade deodorant stick for this reason. Baking soda is still included in this recipe because it is a great deodorizer and I really don’t want to smell! It has not been irritating to anyone in my family so far.

Lastly, I used candelilla wax. This wax has a higher melting point than beeswax, but it is not a super hard wax. It has a very smooth and shiny consistency and works very well in this homemade deodorant stick.

This is optional, but I use this blend of essential oils to add a subtle fresh aroma to this DIY deodorant. Cedarwood, marjoram, and bergamot essential oils give this deodorant a bright, refreshing smell. You can certainly choose to omit these if you are sensitive to essential oils or if you would prefer not to have them in a product you use daily.

Homemade Deodorant Stick

Homemade Deodorant Stick

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Many test batches yielded this homemade deodorant stick that smells great, stores well, and keeps odor away! Plus it is inexpensive to make.

Prep Time
15 minutes
Active Time
35 minutes
Total Time
50 minutes
4 sticks


  1. Combine jojoba oil, arrowroot powder, and baking soda in a small bowl.
  2. Stir well until fully combined and no lumps remain.
  3. Place a glass measuring cup in a pot of boiling water (or use a double boiler).
  4. Add candelilla wax to the measuring cup and melt.
  5. Once melted, pour in the jojoba oil, baking soda, and arrowroot powder.
  6. When all is liquid once again, add in shea butter and stir until just melted.
  7. Take off the heat and allow to cool slightly.
  8. Add in essential oils and stir well.
  9. Let your homemade deodorant cool until slightly thick, but still pourable.
  10. Pour into deodorant tubes (you'll need 4 for this recipe) and allow to cool completely before adding caps.

  11. Store in a cool, dry place until ready to use.
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Have you experimented with making your own homemade deodorant stick? If so, how has it worked for you?


About Katie Vance

Katie is a wife, mother, aromatherapist, and lover of all things DIY. She offers consultations and gives simple aromatherapy advice at Katie Vance, Aromatherapy Simplified. You can also find Katie on Facebook.

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  1. Natalie Pattinson says

    hi katie, i’m about tp try this out. i’ve used a similar one but been irritated by the baking soda, so have done what you suggested and used less. i’ve also thrown in a little zinc oxide powder which i’ve heard is a good addition. i’m using lavender, bergamot and tea tree for my essential oils. i’ll let you know how it goes tomorrow. thank you. natalie

  2. Mel says

    hi Katie!
    i’m new to making my own products
    so i had one question if you know any Canadian stores that have Shea butter and arrowroot powder and jojoba oil
    if you do please tell me have no idea where i could get them from,i would get them from here but i don’t like buying things online please help me out,also i am definitely giving this site five star!

  3. Fathima says

    I love all the natural product recipes.
    I’m in S.A.
    Where do I get the ingredients to mke
    the products.
    Thank you

  4. Jo Dyson says

    Hi Katie,
    Any chance of getting the measurements in grams so that they are more precise please.
    Looking forward to trying this.
    Kind regards

  5. Colleen Davis says

    Is it your experience that this actually does work? I too have tried many natural deodorants and as wonderful as they appear I really don’t find them to control odor. If you have been using this can you confirm it does work? I will definitely make it if you say it does.Thank you

    • Katie Vance says

      Hi Colleen!
      I have been using this deodorant for over a month now. It has been working fairly well for me although I will say that I do have to re-apply it after 8 hours to keep the smell away. My husband is also using this deodorant and likes it!
      If odor is a concern for you, you might want to add a fixative essential oil like Sandalwood, Juniper Berry, or Patchouli that will stick around longer than the oils I used in this recipe.

  6. Linda Qualls says

    I have been using coconut oil, tea tree oil & rosemary oil. Easy to make & seems to work for me.

  7. Rose says

    I have tried numerous homemade deodorant recipes and I either break out in my underarms or odor is not kept under control. I am hoping that this recipe will be the one! Could you look into another source for the containers you use? The link above does not have good reviews. When I searched it seems many of the containers do not work properly. Thanks.

    • Katie Vance says

      Sure thing, Tom! I’ll try to get those up. I actually used recycled bottles of Tom’s Of Maine deodorant and Schmidt’s deodorant that I had used up. They were your average deodorant bottles with a wind up top.