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Making Homemade Deodorant: {Easy Recipes}

Making deodorant is not only cheap & surprisingly easy, natural ingredients can be used that will cut back on harsh chemicals coming in contact with your skin.

To store the cream versions, small glass or plastic jars work well. If solid/stick versions are preferred, find them online (even eBay) by searching for “empty deodorant tubes” (or containers). Containers can also be salvaged from purchased products by cleaning them out really well.

Here are a couple different recipes to get started with.

I have also listed several more homemade options that I’ve handpicked from around the net (both creams and sticks) that include items such as cocoa and shea butter, bentonite clay, a variety of essential oils (lavender, lime, etc.) and more.

Powder Version:

1 part baking soda
1 part cornstarch
tea tree


Updated notes: The general tea tree/ratio is about 10 drops per 1 cup of total mix. Adjust to preference, there are no hard and fast rules here.

If skin is very sensitive and commercial products are irritating, give this a try. Tea tree is antifungal, a disinfectant, powerful antiseptic, this fights odor unbelievably well.

Petroleum Jelly:

This one’s easy!


Creamy [1]: Shea and cocoa butters, bi-carb, corn starch, vitamin E gel caps and EO of choice. Takes just a few seconds to melt the batch in the microwave then store in the fridge to set.

Coconut Lime [2]: Coconut oil, bicarb, arrowroot powder and lime EO.



Solid [3]: Butters (kokum, illipe, mango & shea), beeswax, bicarb and lime juice.

Lavender [4]: Will last about 2 to 3 months depending on usage. Has a solid gel-like consistency and can be stored in a jar or twist-up container.



Natural & Moisturizing [5]: Aluminum free, made with grated beeswax, arrowroot, tea tree, EO blend of choice and other basic items.

Stick [6]: Grated or beeswax beads, coconut oil, shea, clay (bentonite or other), EO blend (of choice).



Spray [7]: Witch hazel, mineral water, aloe vera, vodka and assorted blend of EO.

With Celtic Sea Salt [8]: The salt is full of minerals that help kill bacteria, bentonite clay helps with the consistency and absorbs toxins.