I developed this natural deodorant recipe to be nice and solid. I was tired of natural deodorants melting when things were too warm. This recipe will not!
I love going natural, and for me, that means no shaving, no pants (but shorts are ok) and no deodorant. However, I don’t want to stink, but most homemade deodorants get sticky in the summer, some even melt. Here’s a recipe that will keep you smelling fresh!
Tip: here is an additional homemade deodorant recipe to try.
Natural Deodorant Recipe
I developed this natural deodorant recipe to be nice and solid. I was tired of natural deodorants melting when things were too warm. This recipe will not! This recipe is not hard to make. It's all about balance. Too much oil and it can melt. Too much wax and it can be tacky.
- Prep Time
- 10 minutes
- Active Time
- 20 minutes
- Total Time
- 30 minutes
- 1 bar
Melt the oil and wax in a double boiler.
When melted, add the arrowroot powder and baking soda a little at a time. It may want to clump up on you, but just keep stirring. It helps to keep the natural deodorant recipe mix on the double boiler so it doesn't start getting cold.
When the dry ingredients are fully incorporated, take off the heat. It should be a smooth paste by this time.
Add the essential oils and mix well.
Pour into empty deodorant containers or some other flexible container. If you use something the size of your palm, then you can use it as a solid deodorant bar.
Allow to cool naturally, do not place in the refrigerator. This can cause moisture on the surface this natural deodorant recipe and could also cause it to become soft when it comes to room temperature.
Not all beeswax is created equal. Some are harder and drier while others, with more moisture, are softer. If you follow this recipe and still have a softer bar, then you may need to add more wax. Try melting the bar down, adding a tablespoon more wax, then remolding it. This should be enough, but you may need to play with it a few times to get it right. Remelting the bar, even a few times, will not affect the quality. Be sure to stir it well each time.
If you don't want to use baking soda, you can use bentonite clay instead. Some people are opposed to baking soda and some find it causes a rash. It is a salt, after all, and probably dries out the underarms a lot. Also, there is no real proof that baking soda does actually absorb odors. If you choose to not use it, there are alternatives.
Essential Oils For Natural Deodorant
Common essential oils for this natural deodorant recipe (such as lavender, tea tree, lemon) can be antimicrobial to some degree. Microbes, such as bacteria, can be responsible for creating the odor associated with underarms. Getting rid of these can help to reduce the smell somewhat. But be aware that in killing those bacteria, you may end up getting rid of some of the beneficial bacteria as well. It’s never been an issue with me, but it’s something to keep an eye on. You can use any skin-safe essential oils that you wish for this natural deodorant recipe. I like Frankincense and Lavender, Lavender and Rosemary, and Lavender and Lemon. Choose whatever makes you feel good!
Do you have a favorite natural deodorant recipe? Tell us about it!
- Cavanagh HM, Wilkinson JM. Biological activities of lavender essential oil. Pubmed. Accessed May 2019.