Homemade Natural Stick Deodorant

Natural stick deodorant

I love my original homemade deodorant and have been using it for years. Although my old recipe worked well for applying with the hands I didn’t like using it in stick form. I felt like it didn’t go on well and I couldn’t get enough of it on for it to work as well. I thought it would be fun to make a stick deodorant that went on really well, works, and is moisturizing. So with some research and tweaking I came up with this…

Homemade Natural Stick Deodorant


1 1/2 Tbs coconut oil
1 Tbs shea butter
1 heaping Tbs beeswax
2 Tbs cornstarch or arrowroot powder
2 Tbs baking soda
10 drops essential oil ( I use tea tree, lavender, or lemon for their anti-bacterial properties)
Few drops of vitamin e (optional)

Directions: In a small pot or sauce crock pot melt coconut oil, shea butter, and beeswax. Once melted mix in baking soda and cornstarch really well. Turn off heat and stir in essential oils. Pour into an empty clean deodorant container. Let cool. I put mine in the freezer so that it would cool quickly and decrease the chance of the baking soda and cornstarch from settling. That’s it!

This stuff goes on really smooth and my armpits feel so moisturized without feeling overly greasy and it goes on clear! To me if feels more like commercial deodorant, but I can feel better about not putting on tons of chemicals and aluminum. Better for the environment and myself! Yay!

FYI If your just switching over from the commercial products your body may go through a 1-2 week transition period where this deodorant may not seem to be working as well as you might think. But once your body gets used to it it will work wonders! So don’t give up your body will thank you!

Have you ever tried homemade deodorant? What do you think of it?

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  1. says

    i’ve tried a recipe very similar to this (basically without the wax) and both me and my husband ended up breaking out pretty painfully in the ole’ pit area. after some research, i realized that many other people seem to be bothered by the baking soda in the recipe, but seeing that its a huge part in being “deodorant”, its kind of hard to do without.
    i’m assuming you haven’t had this problem, so i am wondering if you know if having a wax in there as well seems to take a bit of the harshness away from the baking soda?
    i love the idea of getting away from the store bought brands, but unfortunately its my only choice right now, as that little salt-lick of a deodorant doesn’t seem to do the trick!
    thanks for any info – love your site :)

    • says

      I’m sorry that baking soda makes you react that way! I have heard other people having issues with it too! Personally it doesn’t bother me and I think you may have a better chance with this deodorant because it has less baking soda in it. If you want to completely stay away from it you can try this recipe from Frugally Sustainable. She uses clay instead of baking soda. So hopefully you won’t react as bad. Or you could try to use a natural store bought kind like Toms (but honestly I don’t think it works at all and I smelled horrible when I used it, but maybe you would have a better shot and aren’t as stinky as I am :) Also, Im so glad you like me site! Good luck hopefully you can find something that works for you! http://frugallysustainable.com/2012/07/a-homemade-herbal-deodorant-for-sensitive-skin-and-a-fun-giveaway-for-you/

      • says

        thanks so much for the other recipe amy, i’m on it!
        yeah, those stones are a great idea, if they worked…
        i must be a stinky gal too, they just never seem to work for me, so i’m pretty excited about
        this other recipe – thanks again!

        • Natty says

          Amy, thank you for this recipe, I’m definitively gonna try it! :)

          Nikole, you can use alum crystal (potassium alum= natural mineral salt) instead of baking soda. Alum crystal is a 100% natural mineral salt, used since the Ancient times as natural deodorant, medicine and anti-microbial. For this recipe you can buy powdered alum crytal or buy the stone and crush it yourself with a kitchen mortar.

          Just be sure that you’re buying “potassium alum” (100% natural alum crystal) NOT “ammonium alum” (synthetic).

          • Susan Pl says

            THANKS! I’m very sensitive to baking soda. Tried the bentonite clay in a powder and it didn’t do much for me odor wise. I have yet to find a deoderant that doesn’t cause problems or make me break out (I’m wondering if the sweat causes yeast issues under the arms? Just a theory.) At any rate, I’m curious about the alum crystals. Do you use it in the same proportions as the baking soda? If so, I’m giving this a try posthaste!

          • Adrienne Latimer says

            Susan PL: If you think it is a bacterial odor problem, I would add the tea tree oil. It is a natural antiseptic.

          • Susan P says

            I slightly cool mine and put it into a Dixie cup. I can scoop it out or tear it off as I use it. Cheap and easy.

          • Susan P says

            According to http://www.mercola.com potassium alum is actually potassium aluminum sulfate. If we are trying to eliminate aluminium in our store-bought deodorant, shouldn’t be be avoiding this as well – even if it is “ancient?” I’m not being critical, I really want to know if anyone can advise me. Thanks!

          • says

            A lot of the time the reason people have BO issues is because they are toxic in their body… Try also cleaning up your diet or perhaps do a full body detox. I am a nutritionist and had found when people clean up their diets their BO is almost none existent. Just food for thought. :)

          • says

            Good point! I’ve heard this before and I wish it was true for me because we eat 95% healthy and organic and I still stink! haha! I think mine is related to hormone imbalance. For some though cleaning up their diet totally does work!

          • says

            Amy, through my research it could be Hormonal or yeast. Some people even though eat a clean diet have an issue with Yeast and or Hormonal… I would recommend detoxing the whole body. The Colon, Liver, Parasite, and heavy metals. Those can cause BO as well. :)

          • says

            Well that probably me to a T! I’m pretty sure I have a hormone imbalance related to some food allergies and some other issues. I need to go back onto whole30 or paleo like eating for awhile to get it back on track! Thanks Kim for researching that.

    • Gale Williams says

      I also am very sensitive to baking soda My husband and I just use a small wedge of lemon first the juice side then the skin side, works great just need time to get use to it and might have to brush off a pulp or two with your towel :}

  2. says

    That looks great! At least as good as deodorant can look! : )

    I definitely want to try this recipe out next, after I finishing using up the batch I just made from your other recipe. (which is awesome)

  3. says

    One thing I noticed when we went to a mostly plant based diet was we didn’t have a problem with body odor anymore. We haven’t used deodorant in over 6 months. When we did use it though I made a similar recipe and we loved it.
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  4. says

    Hey there! My husband and I have been using homemade deodorant for about a year now and have been really pleased with the results. The recipe we’ve been using is less waxy than this, and a fair amount is wasted to crumbling – I think I might have to give yours a go. I agree with you that the cost savings and health benefits are well worth the ever so slight inconvenience.
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  5. says

    I’ve been making my own deodorant for a while now and love it! Wouldn’t use anything else! Don’t know why I didn’t think of shae butter and beeswax, I’ve only been using coconut oil, arrowrood, clay, and essential oils. I’ll definately need to try this recipe! Thanks for sharing on Wildcrafting Wednesday! :)

  6. Amanda says

    I am very excited to try this, thank you! FYI to those with break out problems, the breaking out is usually because the aluminum from store bought deodorant is leaving your body and not necessarily from using a new product. It can also take a while (months honestly) for this to go away. It took me a few months and it was tough but I stuck it out and now I don’t get the rashes anymore. It actually was worth it. You feel lighter and healthier overall. It’s a different length of time for everyone. I know someone where it just lasted a couple of weeks. Regardless, it’s good to get that aluminum out of your system! I hope this recipe is good with keeping the smell away. Very good tip on the diet change and how that can affect your smell!

    • Susan P says

      I’ve been trying various recipes for over 2 months and I’m still struggling to find something that works. If Baking Soda even wafts over to my underarms I break out and frankly I can’t take the discomfort and pain this entails. So I keep searching. Maybe in a few more months I can try it again b/c Baking Soda sure works!

  7. Urban t says

    Amy, we’ve had a hard time finding the right deodorant on our homestead. Little did I know we could simply do it ourselves. Thanks again. You rock!

  8. Martine says

    Try adding alun powder instead of baking soda

    My recipe call for coconut oil, monoï, arrowrrot powder, a little tad of baking soda, a bit of cocoa butter, dash of orris root powder, tea tree E-O, lime E-O and patchouli E-O. Smell divine and no stinking or sweat … even after 2 days!

  9. says

    I use homemade as well, and love it. I did have some trouble with baking soda, but I backed off on the baking soda and that helped, and also not putting it on right after I finished shaving was probably helpful as well :-)
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    • Hope says

      I make my own as well and to combat the interaction with the baking soda i add a bit of ground up oatmeal flakes. It seems to soothe it but yeah it even burns when applying after shaving…
      HUGE OUCH!

    • says

      O no its ok! I get my bees wax from Hobby Lobby and my shea butter from Mountainroseherb.com. You can get beeswax from Mountain Rose Herb I’ve just had mine from Hobby Lobby for like 2 years.

  10. says

    Hi Amy,
    It’s an interesting recipe, but please tell me for how many hours using this homemade natural stick deodorant you will not getting to sweat?
    I’m sure this differs from a body to another, but I’m curious if this deodorant really works and prevents you from sweating.
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    • says

      Hey Adeluna! With this deodorant it decreases the amount of sweat, but doesn’t prevent you from sweating. But it is better for you and is not chalked full of harmful ingredients that have been linked to breast cancer. Hope that helps!

  11. Melissa says

    I’m going to try this recipe soon and was wondering if it melts at a certain temperature. In the summer, I camp a lot and wanted to try to make something that could be kept outside and still be used.

    • says

      Thats a great question! I am not positive because I haven’t had over the summer yet. My old recipe that didn’t include beeswax started melting around 74 degrees. This should hold up better!

  12. Shelley says

    I am going to have to try this, thanks for posting! Have you had success re-using your old d.o. containers or do you buy new ones? If you re-use what is the best method for cleaning them?

  13. Angelia says

    I just made it thank you! I used a mason jar and placed it inside a boiling pot of water then just lifted it out and mixed. I will use the mason jar for this again..no ruining any pots or pans…Thank you

  14. Mary Dixon says

    Byproduct of bacteria is the smell or body odor. Putting an antibacterial, tea oil, in the arm pits is the logical thing. To do that I used to put a tiny, tiny bit on my fingertips and rub it in my pits while I was still a bit wet after a shower. The dampness after the shower is enough to allow the tea oil to spread around enough without less likelihood of causing a reaction.

  15. Tami says

    I am a personal trainer trying to get my clients on a toxic free lifestyle! I loved ur description of ur blog and would love to continue to get ur insights if u have a mailing list, or notifications when u post something new. Our bodies are a gift from God and we need to be good stewards of this gift!

  16. Joan says

    For those of you bothered by baking soda, try substituting arrowroot or cornstarch. I just made my first batch of homemade deodorant tonight (got my recipe from a different blog as I hadn’t seen this one until now) and used verbena essential oil for fragrance. It smells divine and I can’t wait to try it. I like that you said your recipe doesn’t crumble when it’s applied so I may have to this one next! Thanks for a wonderful website!

  17. says

    This looks awesome, thanks for sharing it with us! I’m allergic to a lot of chemicals used in health & beauty products, I made a beeswax/honey/olive oil moisturiser last year which was lovely, especially as a lip balm but I’ve never tried making a deodorant with it.
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  18. Susan P says

    Also, thanks for the tip about the alum salt crystals. I love the salt deoderants, but need something to absorb moisture. If I can add the salt to the deo, that might just be the answer I’m looking for. Arrowroot, Clay etc don’t do much for me with odor. I’ve tried all kinds of essential oils including Tea Tree. What works best for me is actually Thieves (Young Living) I’m off to find alum crystals. THANKS!

  19. Taryn says

    Good info.

    Another tip – Lavilin underarm cream. You only need to use it once a week (best to do it at night after you shower). It’s all-natural and very effective.

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  21. Brittany says

    Do you have any suggestions for making a large batch of this? Gonna have a make and take party with several friends and wondering how to measure it out once it’s in the pot and ready to go I’m the deodorant container.. Suggestions??

      • Brittany says

        Is a watch tube the deodorant tube? How much goes in each container? Or do I just fill it up? I’m worried about it not being evenly dispersed..

        • says

          Hahah sorry I was typing fast! Yes, the deodorant tube. Every container is different size. I would throughly mix the “deodorant batter” before pouring into each tube. That way it’s evenly dispersed.

  22. Maria Tyrrell says

    I love this stuff! I’ve been using the regular coconut oil/baking soda/arrowroot (apply with hand) for quite a while. This is less of a hassle and has worked just as good (actually I think it’s better).. Thanks!


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