Many test batches yielded this homemade deodorant stick that stores well, smells great, and keeps odor away! Plus it is EXTREMELY economical 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 started researching natural ingredients for my homemade deodorant stick by checking out what is in commercially sold natural deodorants.
Comparing ingredients in natural, commercially made products is a great way to start any DIY. Especially because natural products are often made 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.
Ingredients for a Natural Homemade Deodorant Stick
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 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 used a 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
Yield 4 sticks
This recipe is extremely economical! You can add more or less wax for a firmer or softer consistency, but this recipe is what I have found to work best for us. We haven't noticed any oil stains on our clothing and find that anything on clothes washes out easily.
- ½ cup shea butter (find unrefined, organic shea butter here)
- ½ cup jojoba oil (find organic jojoba oil here)
- ⅓ cup arrowroot powder (find it here)
- ⅛ cup baking soda
- ¼ cup candelilla wax (find it here)
- optional, 10 drops cedarwood essential oil (find organic cedarwood EO here)
- optional, 20 drops bergamot essential oil (find organic bergamot EO here)
- optional, 10 drops marjoram essential oil (find organic marjoram EO here)
- 4 empty deodorant tubes (clean, up-cycled tubes, or purchase them here)
- glass Pyrex measuring cup
- double boiler (or small saucepan)
- Combine jojoba oil, arrowroot powder, and baking soda in a small bowl.
- Stir well until fully combined and no lumps remain.
- Place a glass measuring cup in a pot of boiling water (or use a double boiler).
- Add candelilla wax to the measuring cup and melt.
- Once melted, pour in the jojoba oil, baking soda, and arrowroot powder.
- When all is liquid once again, add in shea butter and stir until just melted.
- Take off the heat and allow to cool slightly.
- Add in essential oils and stir well.
- Let cool until slightly thick, but still pourable.
- Pour into deodorant tubes and allow to cool completely before adding caps.
- Store in a cool, dry place until ready to use.
Have you experimented with making your own homemade deodorant stick? If so, how has it worked for you?