DIY Deodorant That Works

Looking for a DIY deodorant that works? Check out this easy homemade deodorant recipe. It’s 100% natural and contains no baking soda. It keeps you smelling fresh all day and it’s very nourishing to the skin as well!

DIY deodorant that works sitting on counter next to plant.

Easy DIY Deodorant That Works

The transition from using store-bought deodorant to using natural deodorant has not been easy.

I ditched my store-bought deodorant once I learned about the toxic ingredients it contained. But finding a natural deodorant that actually worked was a whole other story.

Don’t get me wrong, natural deodorants have come a long way!

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When I first made the switch to natural deodorant there were very few options available. And most of the options basically sucked. They just didn’t get the job done.

Now there are tons of natural deodorants on the market and some actually work pretty well. But you have to go through a lot of testing and trying to find them and natural deodorants aren’t very cheap.

So the process of finding a natural deodorant that works for you can be a bit frustrating.

My go-to store-bought natural deodorant is Schmidt’s charcoal and magnesium deodorant. It is one of the best toxin-free deodorants that I have tried. But to be honest, it’s not as effective as I would like it to be.

On days where you’re not doing any strenuous physical activity or excessive sweating, it works fine. But I found that days where I was doing a lot of work outside or working out, it just wasn’t cutting it.

So I decided to make my own DIY deodorant that works. And I am so happy about how it turned out.

It’s the best natural deodorant I have ever used. Even after a long day of being in the sun or physical activity (or both), there is not even a hint of body odor.

It’s amazing!

Now if you don’t already know why storebought deodorants are bad let me tell you.

Most store-bought deodorants contain aluminum which some recent studies have theorized may cause breast cancer. Aluminum has also been linked to non-reproductive organ system toxicity.

Also, store-bought deodorants usually contain artificial fragrances that can cause immunotoxicity, allergies, endocrine disruption, and more.

You can click here to learn more about the possible dangers of store-bought deodorant.

After being diagnosed with an autoimmune disease in 2018, I have been on a mission to reduce my toxic burden and live a more natural lifestyle.

When it comes to using bath and body or household products that contain questionable ingredients, I like to err on the side of caution.

If there is a possible risk to using a product and there is a natural alternative that works just as well, I usually go with the safer option.

Now onto this amazing DIY deodorant that works so well.

Below is a list of the ingredients as well as why I chose to include them in this recipe.

Shea Butter

Shea butter is what makes up part of the base for this deodorant. It contains vitamins a & e and is 100% all-natural. It helps to moisturize the skin and leave your underarms softer than a baby’s bum.

Beeswax Pellets

Beeswax is also what makes up the base for this deodorant. Beeswax helps to soften and soothe the skin while also helping the deodorant keep a firm consistency.

Vitamin E

I decided to add a tiny bit of vitamin e to this DIY deodorant to increase the skin-nourishing properties. It isn’t 100% necessary but your underarms will love it!

Coconut Oil

Coconut oil helps to give this deodorant a creamy texture and it also contains antibacterial and antimicrobial properties.

Essential Oils

The main purpose of adding essential oils to the deodorant is for the scent. But if you would like your deodorant unscented you can leave the essential oils out.

I like to use lavender and tea tree. Lavender for the smell and skin-loving properties. And tea tree for its antimicrobial and antibacterial properties.

If you would prefer a more masculine scent, I would recommend using frankincense, patchouli, or cedarwood essential oils.

You can use a variety of essential oil combinations. Really anything you choose. But I would steer clear of phototoxic essential oils like lemon, grapefruit, and orange.

Magnesium Hydroxide

Magnesium hydroxide is the main active ingredient in this DIY deodorant. It is what prevents odor and makes this deodorant so effective.

Magnesium hydroxide does not absorb into the skin but rather remains on the surface of the skin and counteracts odor-causing bacteria.

Magnesium hydroxide kills bacteria without blocking pores. Many natural deodorants use baking soda as their main active ingredient. But baking soda is very alkaline and can strip the skin of its natural moisture.

Which can lead to dry, irritated skin. Magnesium hydroxide is much more gentle on the skin.

Now let’s get to the recipe.

How to Make Homemade Deodorant

To make this DIY deodorant you’ll need a container to store your deodorant in. I just reuse an old deodorant container. You can purchase empty deodorant containers on Amazon if you don’t have an old one on hand.

Homemade deodorant ingredients sitting on table.

Then you’ll need the following ingredients below.

This makes around 4 ounces of deodorant. It fits into the container in the photo above perfectly.

Melt the shea butter, beeswax pellets, and coconut oil in a double boiler. If you don’t have a double boiler you can carefully place a glass jar into a pot of water on the stove.

Coconut oil, shea butter, and beeswax pellets in glass jar on table.

Light the stove and keep it on the low setting. Add the shea butter, beeswax pellets, and coconut oil to the glass jar and allow it to melt completely.

You can also place the shea butter, beeswax pellets, and coconut oil into a microwave-safe bowl and microwave using 30-second intervals until everything has completely melted.

Stir gently in between intervals.

Melted coconut oil, shea butter, and beeswax pellets in glass jar on table.

When everything has melted completely, add the vitamin e and essential oils and stir well. Then add the magnesium hydroxide and stir until everything is completely blended.

Gently pour into your container and wait for it to get completely firm. This can take a couple of hours. You can place it in the fridge to speed up the process.

Homemade deodorant on counter.

Once the deodorant is firm to the touch it is ready to use.

As long as the deodorant does not come into contact with water it should stay good for at least 4 months or longer.

Easy DIY Deodorant That Works

Easy DIY Deodorant That Works

Yield: 4oz
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Active Time: 3 minutes
Total Time: 13 minutes
Difficulty: Easy

Check out this easy homemade deodorant recipe. It's 100% natural and contains no baking soda. It keeps you smelling fresh all day and it's very nourishing to the skin as well!


    1. Melt 4 tablespoons of shea butter, 4 tablespoons of beeswax pellets, & 1 tablespoon of coconut oil in a double boiler on the stove. Or microwave using 30-second intervals in a microwave-safe bowl
    2. Once everything is completely melted blend well
    3. Add 10 drops of vitamin e oil (optional)
    4. Add 20-40 drops of essential oil (optional)
    5. Blend well
    6. Add 2 tablespoons of magnesium hydroxide
    7. Blend well
    8. Pour into a deodorant container
    9. Allow mixture to cool until it is firm to the touch


Place deodorant in the fridge to cool down quicker. Deodorant is ready to use when it is firm to the touch.

If the scent isn’t strong enough for you feel free to add a bit more essential oils the next time you make it. If it’s too strong use a little less.

This deodorant is the best deodorant I have ever used and I hope it is the best deodorant you have ever used.

But with that being said everybody is different and what works for my body might not work for yours.

DIY deodorant that works standing to next to plant on table.

Also, if you have never used natural deodorant before you may experience a detoxification process and it may take a little while to adjust.

This happened to me. When I first switched to natural deodorant, I developed a red rash in both of my underarms. I continued with the natural deodorant and after a few weeks it went away and I never experienced it again.

And my underarms have never been more smooth and soft and healthy-looking. Prior to switching to natural deodorant, my underarms were always very dry and slightly discolored.

Well, I hope you love this DIY deodorant as much as I do. Let me know if you have any questions or comments below.

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