Homemade Natural Deodorant: DIY and Travel-Friendly Formula

Homemade Natural Deodorant

Interestingly enough, one of the most popular recipes I’ve ever posted on Chocolate & Zucchini is not for a cake or a salad, but for a personal hygiene product: it’s an easy-as-pie formula for homemade natural deodorant made with coconut oil, baking soda, and starch.

I myself have been using it for two years, and I am so happy with it I sing its praises to whomever will listen: just a couple of weeks ago, I converted the sales assistant at the store where I splurged on this cute dress.

I have tinkered with the formula a bit since that initial post, and thought I would now share the latest version.

Improving my homemade natural deodorant

The first modification I made was to add a few drops of palmarosa essential oil. Its rose-like smell is quite lovely, and because it has anti-bacterial properties (among many others*), it reinforces the action of the deodorant on your body, and ensures that said deodorant remains uncontaminated. In France, it is easily available wherever essential oils are sold — at organic food stores, for instance, or online.

I am so happy with it I sing its praises to whomever will listen; I recently converted the sales assistant at the store where I splurged on a cute dress.

The second upgrade comes courtesy of Didier, a resourceful and generous reader who explained at the bottom of the French version of the post that he had modified the formula to include a small portion of beeswax**, which made the deodorant more temperature-stable. Indeed, the basic formula is mostly composed of coconut oil, which is solid at low room temperature, but turns to butter then oil when the temperature increases.

Making my homemade natural deodorant travel-friendly

This isn’t much of a problem if you’re staying home: you can either keep the deodorant in the fridge, or embrace the creaminess and apply it like a lotion. But when you travel, it can get messy. Last summer, we were on vacation in the Basque country during a heatwave, and my deodorant split, leaving me with a liquid layer of coconut oil at the top, and a starchy sludge at the bottom. I survived, but vowed to find a more travel-friendly formula.

And this is most definitely it: since beeswax doesn’t melt until 63°C (145°F), it keeps the deodorant nice and set even at a high room temperature (even if you vacation at Furnace Creek Ranch in Death Valley), and prevents it from splitting or leaking from the container, so you can use it whenever and wherever you like, all summer long.

What about you: do you make your own cosmetics? What’s your favorite formula?

* I often use essential oils to cure various small ailments, and my go-to reference book is Danièle Festy’s Ma Bible des huiles essentielles.

** The beeswax I used was special-ordered from the guy who sells honey at the Anvers greenmarket on Friday afternoons.


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Homemade Natural Deodorant (Travel-Friendly) Recipe

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 10 minutes

Makes 100 grams (3 1/2 ounces), about 60 ml (1/4 cup).

Homemade Natural Deodorant (Travel-Friendly) Recipe


  • 6 grams (1/5 ounce) beeswax
  • 40 grams (1 1/3 ounces) coconut oil
  • 35 grams (1 1/4 ounces) baking soda
  • 15 grams (1/2 ounce) arrow-root (or other starch, such as potato starch, corn starch, etc.)
  • 20 drops palmarosa essential oil


  1. Put the beeswax in a heat-resistant bowl and place it over a pan of simmering water. Let it melt gently (don't overheat).
  2. Melted wax
  3. Add the coconut oil and let it melt, stirring to combine (I use a small whisk).
  4. Beeswax and coconut oil
  5. Remove from the heat. Stir in the baking soda and arrow-root until you get a creamy consistency.
  6. Completed mix
  7. Add the essential oil and mix again.
  8. Essential oil
  9. Scrape into a small container (or an empty deodorant stick) and let set at room temperature, or in the fridge to speed things up.


  • Use organic ingredients wherever possible.
  • The photos illustrating the process were taken on a day I tripled the recipe.
  • For an even simpler process, check this three-ingredient formula.

  • I’m going to try making this with my boys. I think they will enjoy the project and find it to be something they can make and use for themselves. Great idea!

  • Franko

    i like your recipe – i think i’m going to try it. currently i have been using an unscented lotion by Aveeno, and adding a drop of Tea Tree Oil (also anti-bacterial!) to it for a more masculine sort of scent. i’d love to hear of any other ideas for essential oil mixes that are also anti-bacterial and smell good.

    • Didier, the (male) reader who shared the beeswax-based formula, uses 5 drops each of palmarosa, rosemary, and tea tree essential oils.

      • Franko

        i’ll try it — thank you!

  • I just love the idea of natural deodorant, just wish I had some beeswax. Also, watching the coconut oil change consistency throughout the day is so funny to me!

  • Catherine

    Any other suggestions for other essential oils? Sounds like something to try with things I might have on hand.

    • As I noted in response to Franko above, you could also use tea tree or rosemary essential oils. Do you have those on hand?

  • Jennie

    I have been using this deoderant for the past 2 years after I found the recipe buried in a blog about making placemats. I love it and have gotten people using it. I will have to try the beeswax to stabilize it!

  • kate C.

    I wish there was a natural antiperspirant! I can’t use deodorant because I sweat buckets and my shirts would be drenched when I’m teaching if I don’t have the antiperspirant part! Oh well, natural stuff still has chemicals, just ‘natural’ ones, so it’s not like they’re definitely 100% better all the time.

    • Franca Bollo

      Kate, I have the same problem. I’ve tried just going with a deodorant and was miserable.

    • James

      I have the opposite problem (as far as the need for an antiperspirant), I *can’t* use antiperspirants — every single one I have ever tried, makes my skin red and flakey. Luckily, I don’t perspire much. However, unluckily, there are almost no underarm product that don’t contain an antiperspirant. (Apparently, we are a sweaty lot in the U.S.)

      So this is exactly what I need, can’t wait to mix up a batch. Might try it with some lavender for a scent.

      • How interesting — in France, it’s the rare deodorant that has an antiperspirant effect. But I don’t want those weird ingredients near me, especially since the armpit zone is so sensitive. Do let me know if you try this!

      • kayenne

        Try googling Nature’s Gate for a deo without antiperspirant. It should be available online. I get mine at a health food store here in Manila. Lasts me a year.

    • Tori

      kate i am/was a HUGE sweat-er as well. I have been using a similar recipe for 2months now and while at first it was as if i needed to change my shirt every few hours after about a week it slowed.Im guessing my body was detoxing from the ‘clinical strength’ stuff I had been using. Now I notice not only do I smell great at the end of the day but I sweat a LOT less.Even with the 100+ days the past few weeks it has been great.
      My suggestion if u want to give it a try is to whip up a small batch and go for it while on a work break or in the winter when sweating is less and more layers means added protection from visible marks and see if it helps you balance out.
      I use frankincense, lavender, and tea tree in mine and use a bit more arrowroot and less baking soda (the baking soda was a bit harsh and developed a rash) new mix works wonders!

      • Thanks for reporting back, Tori!

    • CGGirl

      Kate-I used to have the same problem till I switched to this formula. It’s hereditary in my family, we all sweat a TON. I would sweat huge spots in my shirts even on cold days. I tried everything, even those “clinical strength” antiperspirants that have huge doses of aluminum (not good for you). The first couple of days with this I still sweat (though less). I think I was detoxing from all the chemicals, but now I hardly sweat at all! I think I was allergic to the ingredients in normal deodorant. Now I use this exclusively (and Toms in a pinch or if I’m traveling, though Toms does sometimes leave me a little stinky. I am definitely going to have to try this formula for travel!)

      • Thanks so much for sharing your experience — I’m really glad you’ve had such good success using this formula.

  • I promised you my home-made soap recipe. Only because it involves caustic soda, you mustn’t try it when your baby is around!

    500 grammes vegetable fat (the kind people buy for deep frying – Trex or Pura here)
    250 g olive oil
    250 g coconut oil
    145 g caustic soda (Lye; NaOH)
    300 ml goats’ milk (or water)

    Very carefully dissolve the caustic soda in the goats’ milk; keep the jug in the sink and stir every so often with a wooden spoon. Melt the fats together. Leave for about 30 minutes until everything is warm but not hot.

    Pour the caustic soda mix carefully into the melted fats. Using a stick blender, whisk until it is thick and the drips from the blender leave a trail on the surface. This is known as “trace”. Now pour the soap mix – again, carefully – into a mould of some kind (I use a 2 litre Vittel bottle with the top cut off), cover with cling film, wrap in a towel and keep in a warm place for 24 hours. Leave it to cool, then unmould, cut into slices, and allow to mature for 4-5 weeks before using.

    Be very careful as the caustic mixture can and will burn. I have a scar on my arm from not being careful. Keep vinegar at hand and use it to neutralise any splashes. And it helps with washing-up, too, to add vinegar to the water. Sorry this is so long.

    • Thanks so much for sharing, Annabel! It sounds like an adventure. :)

  • klee

    I’ll give this a try. I’ve been getting into diy beauty lately. I recently started making my own body butter, with the last batch coming out great. equal parts cocoa butter and almond oil melted together, then I added a touch of citrus oil and some bronze powder I had on hand to make a great summery bronze cream.

    • That body butter sounds wonderful!

  • Caroline

    I also made this deodorant but unfortunately it gave me a big rash after a while. I found out that the baking soda is very drying so it didn’t work for my sensitive skin :(
    I make my own vitamin C serum since they are so expensive and to buy. It’s a mix of glycerin, water and vitamin c powder. I feel like it gives a glow to my face.

    • Sorry to hear about the rash, Caroline. :/ I have sensitive skin too, but apparently not baking soda-sensitive… Thanks for sharing the serum idea!

  • Blandine

    “Aucun rapport” but you might like that if you haven’t seen it yet.

    • Ouh que c’est bizarre ! Je ne demande qu’à goûter. :)

  • I’ve been making my own facial scrub with equal parts virgin coconut oil mixed with brown or raw sugar. Good for your skin, and it smells (and tastes) delicious!

  • Karen

    Homemade bath salts are easy and more economical that buying them:
    2 1/2 cups epsom salts
    1/2 cup course sea salt
    1 tablespoon of either glycerine or jojoba oil or coconut oil or almond oil for moisturization
    15-20 drops of your favorite essential oil (I use lavender)

    Place all the ingredients in a large non-porous mixing bowl (glass is best) and mix thoroughly until the glycerine and fragrance is evenly distributed. Store in air tight jars.
    1. This makes a wonderful gift when placed in a pretty jar and tied with a ribbon
    2. You can add a few drops of food coloring if you want your salts to have a pretty pastel color
    3. You can adjust the amount of essential oil based on how strong you like the scent and feel free to blend different oils

    • Thank you for sharing Karen!

      I keep reading about these epsom salts, which I’d never heard about. If anyone else is wondering, it’s called sel d’Epsom in French and a homemade cosmetics supplies site like Aroma Zone sells it.

  • adsum-iam

    When you’re using lye (caustic soda) to make soap, do remember that, as Annabel says, it must be handled with great care. I use rubber gloves, safety goggles or glasses, and a mask when dealing with the crystals/powder. I take off the mask when the powder has been added to the liquid, but leave on the goggles and rubber gloves throughout.

    Lye must be added to the liquid, and *not* the other way around or there can be a violent chemical reaction. Don’t inhale the fumes (the room should be well ventilated), and be aware that the temperature of the liquid rises dramatically once the lye has been added.

    I hope this doesn’t come across as off-putting, but it’s worth being really careful. Remember that the soap will be caustic until it’s cured, around 4 weeks, depending upon storage conditions. Some people say that if you use wooden spoons then the lye might act upon the wood and affect the soap, but I can’t comment on that as I use stainless steel spoons.

    You’ll find plenty of helpful resources on the internet. I’ve been making our own soap for years, and it’s a lot of fun. Some of my ideas for essential oil blends weren’t great, so those batches were used for household cleaning. There can’t be many dogs whose beds are washed with handmade soap!

    • Thanks a lot for the detailed advice!

    • I also wanted to comment on the soap making. If you are going to use goats milk… or any other milk, you not only need to add the lye very very slowly, the goat milk should be frozen, and the container it’s in should be sitting in ice water. If you add the lye too fast ( it gets very very hot ) it will scorch your milk and ruin your soap! It’s always a good idea to use the ice water around your container if you are using any kind of scented water also. Because the lye will burn it. Add slow, and use a stainless steel spoon to stir!

      • Thanks for the warning, Julie!

  • Kim W.

    * pulls up chair and sits down *

    One of my dear friends has a parent who has Multiple Chemical Sensitivity – that means that she is very, very sensitive to chemical smells in anything. The practical upshot of which is that if you’re going to visit R’s mother, you can’t use makeup, perfume, antiperspirant, or any kind of hair styling product. So I collected a whole bunch of things like these for when I was getting ready to visit her.

    * Some good hair conditioning treatments: mashed banana or avocado, or molasses (for brunettes) or honey (for blonds). Wash your hair, rub one of the above into your hair and let sit for a half hour, then wash out again.

    * Instead of hair spray – sugar water. 1 cup water to 4 teaspoons sugar. (Using this where you’re going to be outdoors would be a problem, of course, because of insects, but indoors or in winter you should be fine.) Another alternative is lemon juice and water, but you need to store that in the fridge between uses.

    * For a face scrub, you have a lot of options – ground almonds and oatmeal, cornmeal, I even tried one that was ground-up dried rose petals and lavendar. The almonds-and-oatmeal one can be stored just with the powder like that, and then you dole out a tablespoon of the powder at a time; mix with a little water to make a paste. You could even make that into a masque by mixing a little with yogurt instead.

    * Fancy bath stuff is my downfall; you can make some really nice foaming bath salts by mixing equal parts epsom salts, sea salt, and powdered dry milk. Add whatever scent you like. I’ve also made an especially nice and fancy-feeling bath treatment out of lemons, sea salt, and olive oil; dump a couple cups of coarse sea salt into a bowl, then slice a couple of lemons really thin and mix them in; dribble a little olive oil over the whole thing and mix it up. Then draw a bath, and dump the whole thing in under the tap while the tap is filling.

    * Another nice bath treatment – a cup or so of dried pine needles, in a quart of water. Bring to a boil and let sit for a half hour or so, then strain. Just dump the resulting “tea” into your bath.

    ….I’ll come back if I think of more.

    • Wonderful ideas, Kim, thanks so much for sharing! I love that most of these ingredients are ordinary kitchen things.

  • Cassandra

    The best deodorant of all: rub some lemon under your arms. It really works, it lasts all day, and you can always find lemons. I was surprised this worked, but now I use it instead of chemical deodorants. It’s absolutely effective.

    • Never heard this one, thank you Cassandra! Do you rub the cut part of the lemon? Or the skin?

  • Love your post Clotilde, I shall try your mix.I make a deodorant out of 80ml apple cider vinegar, 20ml distilled (or filtered)water, a tsp of aloe vera and which ever essential oil blend I feel for that time. No more than 30 drops in total.
    I make a lot of soaps, skin care etc as I am an Aromatherapist ( in Australia ) and even have my own Etsy store.
    Other great anti-bacterial essential oils for deodorant are lavender, patchouli and geranium.
    It’s fantastic how many food items are brilliant for the skin; yoghurt as a natural facial exfoliant, honey to nourish and sooth, oats in the bath for sensitive skin, coconut oil as a body moisturiser or as a hair treatment…the list goes on and on!
    Thanks again for the feature, hugs :)

    • Thank you for sharing those tips, Christiana!

  • Wow, how in the world did I miss this the first time? My wife will absolutely love this! Right down her alley. Thanks for this post!

  • Another thing you can do for your bath is put some oatmeal in a muslin sack and swish it around in the bathwater – hang it from the tap while your bath is running. And mayonnaise makes a great hair conditioner.

    • Love those tips! I assume the mayo is not a “leave-in” conditioner, but one you need to rinse out? :)

  • This is excellent. I’ve been looking into a more natural unscented with bee’s wax, as my close friend is the local bee keeper :). Thanks so much for the recipe.

  • Kate

    Does the Coconut oil or beeswax leave any oily residue on clothing?

    • I’ve never had that problem myself. I’ll note that I wear mostly cotton shirts, and I’m not sure how other fabrics may react.

  • Jonathan

    Thanks for sharing this recipe Clotilde! I’m on the hunt for an effective natural BO deodorant recipe for a while now and yours sounds quite credible. I am more of citrus scent kind of guy, but I am guessing that wont mix well (aromatically) with the palmarosa….

    • Feel free to use another essential oil that’s more your type of scent, making sure it’s safe to use on the skin. The coconut oil and baking soda are enough to make this efficient without the use of the palmarosa essential oil.

  • Deanne

    I made this a week ago and I’m astonished that it actually works. I didn’t add any essential oil to avoid adding any additional scent beyond the coconut oil. I used the microwave to melt the beeswax. The hardest part was cleaning the beeswax off the bowl and utensil. Thank you for the post!

    • Ela

      @Deanne, you can boil for a minute or two the utensils with a bit of dishwashing liquid. It will clean perfectly everything.

  • Aisha

    After I read your original post on homemade deodorant a while back, I didn’t realize you had really committed to it! Good for you!
    I had used the baking soda/starch/oil technique for a while (got it from other sources) and I was happy with the deodorant effect but not so much with the antiperspirant properties.
    I switched to using alum powder (potassium alum, which is astringent and antiseptic, NOT ammonium alum), which gives me the results I need. I’ve tweaked the recipe so that I now have it in gel form and use a roll-on tube dispenser. It basically contains:
    1. Alum powder dissolved in mint water (hydrolat): I actually had leftover blocks of alum stone that I leave in mint water to get a saturated solution
    2. Grapefruit seed extract as a preservative and extra antiseptic (about 0.6%, not absolutely necessary)
    3. Guar gum as a thickener (about 2%).
    The mint water lends a fresh unisex scent so my husband can also use the same formula.
    I have pretty sensitive skin and have never had problems with this deodorant, but alum might be “stronger” than baking powder so I’d advise testing it out before using on sensitive armpits.

  • This is just what I’ve been looking for! I used something very like the original recipe last summer, and it worked very well, but the coconut oil did stain my clothes.* I’m hoping the addition of beeswax will make the deodorant less prone to melting off me and on to my dresses.

    *Not a complete disaster: rubbing with good laundry soap and soaking overnight before washing removed the oil, but still.

    • Davina D’Costa

      I think beeswax is essential to stabilise the mixture! This should prevent stains too. It rolls on very nicely once solidified in a twist up deodorant stick case. It can crumble but a few minutes in the fridge or adding more beeswax will fix that.

      • Thanks for the tip, Davina. I apply it with the tip of my finger myself, but a twist up case sounds convenient.

  • Pretty cool recipe.It’s alike peanut-bar which I always keep on my traveling.I’m going to make this coz,It can be a perfect food while on the go.Moreover, all ingredients are affordable and not so expensive.

  • Adrianne E

    This looks like an amazing recipe and I can’t wait to try it out! Nothing else has really worked so far and I’ve been looking at homemade recipes to do the trick. Is there any way you could share with me what the measurements of the items would be in teaspoons, tablespoons, etc.? I don’t have a scale at home to weigh the items out as per your recipe. Thank you so much!

    • I haven’t measured the ingredients by volume so I can’t provide this information, but in the meantime I can point you to this formula, which works equally well and is given in tablespoons. Good luck!

  • I must try this, I would love to find an alternative to the store brands.

  • Elisabeth

    I’m allergic to coconut, is there an alternative to the coconut oil?

    • Although I haven’t tried it, I believe you could use shea butter or jojoba oil. These won’t have the antibacterial properties of coconut oil, but the other ingredients play a role too, so it should still work. Do report back if you try it!

  • Michell

    Can regulate fragrance oils be used instead of essential oils? My 12 year old son has recently started sports and thinking of trying to make this for him but would like to make it “smell good” for him.

    • I’m not sure what fragrance oils are, but the formula can certainly be played with. Just make sure you don’t change the balance of ingredients too much so the texture remains the same.

  • Karen

    Can coconut oil be substituted with something else? I know it’s comedogenic and certainly makes me break out when I put it on my face so can only imagine it will do the same in a deodorant.

    • For substitution suggestions, you can refer to my response to Elisabeth’s comment above!

  • Serena

    I am utterly astounded at how well this works. I made a batch at the beginning of immerse and it is literally better than any expensive deodorant I have ever bought at the store. I have only tried your original version as I haven’t been able to find beeswax up here in Clichy, but I’m on the lookout for it. Plus in summer it’s nice to put cool deodorant on right out of the fridge,

    I know a couple of people who have said that their pre-teen kids have developed BO but they don’t want to use chemical deodorant on them, so I have recommended this recipe to them, barring any allergies.

    This deodorant is a life-changer! Thanks so much for posting it!

    • I’m so glad to hear that, Serena, thanks! And the pre-teen idea is a great one, too.

  • Serena

    P.S. That is a super cute dress! I am all about Liberty prints at the moment.

  • Gail

    Thanks, Clotilde, for a very promising recipe; I plan to give it a try with the beeswax. I was just wondering about one thing: the starch. Starch is a pure carbohydrate and is easily degraded by bacteria, no? Given that body odor and armpit irritation are mainly due to bacteria decomposing the organic mix of shed skin layers and substances in the sweat, wouldn’t we be feeding them more of the same stuff they like if we added the starch? Wouldn’t the starch be undoing the good work of the antibacterial palmrose and coconut oil? And do you have a guess as to what the role of the starch is in the original recipe? If to thicken, then do we still need it if we add the beeswax, which may be thickening enough?

    • That is such an interesting point, Gail. Take this with a full shaker of salt because I am not a biologist, but I think different classes of bacteria feed on different “foods”, and I suppose the kind of bacteria that causes B.O. is not a starch-hungry class of bacteria because starch isn’t naturally present under people’s armpits.

      My understanding was that the purpose of the starch in the deodorant was to make it absorbent. But I’m sure the formula can be played with ad lib if you want to try it without the starch.

  • Laura

    I tried the original recipe as I was so excited to have all the ingredients in my house already. However, maybe because I was sleeveless and it’s summer, the deodorant only worked for about an hot, and then wore off terribly :( I used corn starch, baking soda, coconut oil, and rose Otto essential oil. I don’t know what I did wrong- it had a great texture and I stored it in the fridge- but would it be better to use arrowroot and/or beeswax? Would those help it last longer? Anyone have any ideas for better longevity? Thanks!

    • Hm. I’m not sure what to advise as I’ve tested it in the conditions you describe and it has worked really well every time. Maybe you could try applying a little more? Or perhaps it just doesn’t work on everyone?

  • alei

    Hi! Is the deodorant recipe ok for kids to use ? My daughter is 10 yrs old and I am in search of a home made deodorant for her. Any skin discolorations as side effects? Thank you.

    • I’m not a health professional so I can’t say for sure that this is safe for kids. What I do know is it’s best to avoid essential oils on young children, and that if I had a 10-year-old daughter I would feel comfortable giving it to her, but that’s just my personal take. Could you perhaps ask your doctor for his/her opinion?

  • Alei

    Thanks for your prompt reply. I think I’ll give it a try, except for the essential oils. Will just watch out for any skin discolorations. God bless you and more power!

    • AgentPink

      Alei I would strongly reconsider the essential oils as they have natural anti-bacterial/fungal properties which are necessary for preservation. Tea Tree, Lavender and Clary Sage and Grapefruit are some of my faves.

  • Renée

    I made this deodorant LOVE it!!! The beeswax works great to keep it solid. What a great blog site.

    • Thanks Renée, that’s great to hear!

  • silent

    hi, how long it can be kept?

    • It depends on many things, but if you follow the recipe exactly (including all the ingredients that have an antibacterial action), if your room temperature isn’t too hot, and if you always use clean hands to apply it, I think you can safely keep it for 2-3 months.

      • AgentPink

        Adding Vitamin E oil will also prolong shelf life by an extra month or two. It’s a natural preservative.

        • Thanks for the tip!

        • Cathy D

          Vitamin E is an antioxidant, not a preservative. It extends the shelf life of the oils used, but does nothing to ward off bacteria!

          • Thanks, Cathy.

          • AgentPink

            Correct I didn’t say it was an antibacterial it’s an anti-rancid which prolongs the shelflife

          • AgentPink

            Or rather I meant to say anti-rancid

  • Rose

    Thank you so much for this recipe! For years now I’ve been rather passively looking for a natural deodorant that actually WORKS for me – tried at least half a dozen commercially bought varieties, and haven’t been impressed by the effectiveness of any.
    However the other week I was looking for natural homemade beauty/hygiene product recipes as a project to do with my grade 6 students, and had the good fortune of stumbling upon this page.
    The kids loved the process of making it, and adding the essential oils of their choice – and I loved the results! Took a bit home for myself and have been using it for a week now with fabulous results! Have stayed relatively dry and TOTALLY odor free despite warm weather and active lifestyle – which is a first! Now my partner’s started using it too, and he says its working better for him than the conventional chemical/aluminium stuff he’s used to.
    So thanks once again!

    • That is wonderful to hear, Rose, thank you. And what a fantastic idea to have your young students make their own! It’s great to plant seeds in their mind that a lot of what is sold in stores can be made at home…

  • This looks like a great recipe to make for traveling. I’ve noticed the stuff I made gets melty really easily since it’s mostly coconut oil.

  • Hi, I absolutely love this! I started using it in winter (Australia) and now it is Spring and I am still not sweating! I actually find it does work like an antiperspirant for me even though it is only meant to be a deodorant! (although it didn’t until I added the beeswax strangely enough)I find it as effective as the clinical strength $16 Rexonas! I LOVE the palmrossa and it doesn’t give me a rash :)I do apply it a few times a day during hot weather though as I would with any shop bought ones (I am generally a heavy sweater) The only bad thing is I have found it is staining some of my shirts under the arms (but only some- and it doesn’t put me off using it at all as it works)But what would be causing that? It isn’t the coconut oil as I use that all over with no staining of clothes? Thanks

    • I am not sure about the staining Fiona. I have just noticed it myself for the first time, and it has only happened on a single shirt, made with polyester. Have you had that happen to clothes made with natural fibers such as cotton or linen?

  • Miya

    I love this recipe! It works very well and I’ve made it to all my friends who liked it just as much. However, after a few weeks/months of using it we all noticed that our armpits became darker and leathery and some even got a rash/sore skin. Apparently the baking soda messes up the ph in the skin. Have you experienced this? Any ideas on what to do? I really want to continue to use this since it works very well, but just decreasing the amount of baking soda doesn’t prevent the skin from becoming irritated:(

    • Miya, I’m sorry to hear that you have had this reaction over time. I myself have been using this deodorant daily for over two years and haven’t experienced what you describe, so I’m not sure what to suggest. With any skin reaction to any product though, my suggestion would be to stop using that product until the skin gets normal again, and then try using it again maybe every other day, alternating with another deodorant?

    • Anna Jacukowicz
  • Kate

    I also had irritation problems over time and had to stop using the deodorant, despite its working very well for me. I actually ended up with burn marks and red welts and itchiness—and my skin actually peeled as it heeled! It was quite alarming.

    I’m also guessing it’s the baking soda, but that’s just a hunch. This also happened to one woman I recommended it to. But not to my husband, or a good friend.

    I would say that if folks have sensitive skin, they may not be able to use it, which is unfortunate. I switched to a Tom’s deodorant, and am now just making the recipe for my husband. Bummer.

    • Sorry to hear that, Kate, I wish I knew of a substitute for the baking soda, which does seem to be the culprit from what sensitive-skinned people have been reporting. I’ll keep my ears out and report back if I hear of anything.

    • Anna Jacukowicz

      If you get rash and burn marks you might be allergic to arrow-root. Try replacing it
      with corn starch and see if that helps. This is what I did.

  • organlook

    Hello, I have tried my own homemade deodorant but I have problem with traces on my chlotes:(Is there anyone who also have this problem and how did you solve it?
    In my deodorant I put:
    Beeswax,coconut oil,shea butter, baking soda,cornstarch and essential oils.
    Please help…

    • Davina D’Costa

      WhAt kind of stain?


      I’ll assume that your clothes have grease stains, because you have three different sources of oil in your recipe. Try cutting it down to one or two. (Yes, I know it was posted three years ago, but others may have the same problem.)

  • Davina D’Costa

    Love this! Works better than any store bought deo which makes me feel slimy when I sweat. This sort of controls the sweat And u smell clean all day. I added a tiny bit more beeswax, and loads more baking soda and arrow root. I used a few drops vit e and tea tree oil instead of palmarosa. Highly recommend this!

  • Eve Jakob

    This is totally amazing. I can completely let go and enjoy whatever I am doing, because I feel SAFE with this product. And it is so inexpensive & easy to make. THANK YOU SO MUCH!!

    • So glad it works for you, Eve, and I love the idea of the deodorant giving you the freedom to enjoy yourself fully. :)

  • Mitchel

    Made a batch of this a while ago, lasted much longer, and worked but better than anticipated! It’s wonderful, thank you for the recipe. If I want to make a larger quantity, can I simply multiply all the ingredients equally? I just wasn’t sure if something like corn starch was a funny ingredient that you don’t increase proportionally, or if it’s kosher to just multiply all the numbers by, let’s say 4. Thanks again!

    • I’m glad you enjoy it! I have made triple batches in the past, just multiplying the ingredients by three, and it worked well. I think it’s safe to assume quadrupling would work just as well. :)

    • AgentPink

      I multiplied by 8 and achieved fantastic results.

  • Tracy Gehrke

    In my research, some other recipes have called for clay or DE in place of the baking soda which might be better for those with sensitive skin issues. Those recipes also usually include Shea butter. I have not tried them myself but they might be worth looking into for those who can’t use the baking soda :)

    • Thanks a lot for these suggestions, Tracy. Can you clarify what “DE” stands for?

      • Tracy Gehrke

        Sure! DE stands for diatomaceous earth. It is almost all silica. It comes in finely ground powder form and you can easily find food grade DE. It can be used in everything from toothpaste, to pest removal! Apparently, it has a drying effect on insects. It is a very interesting find that I was unaware of until I started looking into homemade deodorant recipes!

  • victoria ong

    I love It – been using it for the past couple of weeks. It’s so very effective – it lasts for the whole 24 hours! Thank you so much!

  • AgentPink

    Hi Clotilde, love the recipe (wearing it now!) Do you have any suggestions for additions to make a more solid product?

    • Can you clarify why you want a more solid product, so I can make sure I advise you appropriately?

      • AgentPink

        Most of the criticism I receive on my deodorant is from the male customer who prefers a more conventional method.

        • I would think upping the amount of wax would make it more solid. Also, keeping it refrigerated!

          • AgentPink

            I played with this a bit yesterday. Carnauba wax (vegan) is much harder which may also help.

          • Thanks for the tip!

  • WomanOfEarth

    I’m about to try this. I live in West Africa and shea butter and beeswax are easily available. What isn’t so available (or at least it is but it’s expensive) is baking soda. Can I just leave it out? It seems to cause problems with some anyway. Also I’ve never seen arrowroot here (although I haven’t actually looked for it). How would it be just to use shea butter, beeswax and olive oil with essential oil? I’ll try it and let you know how it turned out.

    • The baking soda helps absorb excess moisture and smell, so it’s a useful part of the formula, but you can try leaving it out if it’s unavailable.

      I would, however, seek some kind of starch replacement for the arrowroot — corn starch, potato starch, etc. if you want to remain close to the original recipe.

      I’m not saying your proposed formula wouldn’t work, just that it would be quite different from the one I’ve laid out, so it’s hard for me to guess how it would turn out. Do let us know!

      • WomanOfEarth

        In the end I used baking soda but not arrowroot. Now I know I can replace arrowroot with corn starch I’ll try that next time as corn starch is cheap here.
        I’ve only been using it for 2 days but noticed a difference immediately. I used lavender essential oil for the nice smell and antibacterial properties. I might make a ‘male’ version (with something other than lavender) for my husband and son.

        • I’m so pleased to hear it, thanks for reporting back! I hope the rest of the family enjoys it too. ^^ Also, just curious, where in West Africa do you live?

          • WomanOfEarth

            I live in The Gambia. Finally found an affordable baking soda so I’m in the process of making the full recipe with bergamot essential oil.

          • Thanks for sharing! The smell should be lovely, too.

  • Fazzahra

    Hi! im about to try this, but i cant find where i get the beeswax. is it okay if i follow up all the construction except for the beeswax and essential oil? and how does it come if i change the coconut oil with olive oil? hope you answer my question thank you so much!

  • Madalina Deacu

    Hi! I made my own deodorant but I don’t like it that much. The problem is that the baking soda is so ‘sandy’ on my skin. I mixed coconut oil, baking soda and corn starch at room temperature. Is there a way that I can disolve baking soda and corn starch? Does it work beter is I leave it on the stove for a few minutes? Thank you very much!

    • Hm. I wonder if there are different grades of baking soda? Mine doesn’t turn out sandy at all. Would you be able to grind the baking soda in a spice mill before using in the recipe?

  • Lauren

    Thanks for this. I am a big fan of Fat and the Moon’s deodorant, similar to this,but it also has black pepper oil, which I really like. And since it’s tough to get their stuff in France, I made a batch on my own and it came out well. One other thing that I like is bentonite clay, which I use instead of startch to help get the deo to a solid state.

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