How To Make Natural Deodorant: A DIY Tutorial for Body Odor

Let’s face it, we all smell at some point. We know what it’s like to smell bad and we also know what it’s like when someone else reeks of offensive odors. There isn’t much we can do about the person who chooses to remind the world that pungent cheese exist but we can save the people around us from our own embarrassing stench.

Yet, when it comes to choice regarding the underarm area of our bodies, it seems the option available at the store might include ingredients that are enough to make me consider finding another solution. In this piece we are going to look into natural deodorant, what you need to make your own at home, and how to do it at home with essential oils.

Why DIY?

Hand holding mason jar with white powder in the garden background

If you are a fan of projects that require a little elbow grease, like cooking a meal for your family, then you understand the draw of DIY projects. One of the most satisfying feelings when you create something from scratch is that you know what is in every dish you serve.

Do you suppose there is a difference in ingredients from frozen, ready to eat meals than the ones you whip up fresh? With the exception of some natural frozen food suppliers, most likely yes. We don’t know what they put into our food, and that’s never going to change.

You won’t be able to control everything that goes into your body but isn’t it a good idea to try? What we eat is only one way toxins make it into our bodies. Next to what we eat, our pores are the next culprit in letting bad things inside our bodies.

When we apply lotions, face masks, cleansers, conditioners, and deodorant, all of the things in that product make their way into our bodies via our pores. So, to me, it makes sense that using a natural deodorant would be one way to limit the amount of toxins in our bodies.

After the directions we will dive into the advantages of natural deodorant. But first…

What You Need

Measuring cups A glass bowl (metal may be reactive with essential oils) A fork or spoon whisk 4 tablespoons of baking soda ¼ cup of Cornstarch or Arrowroot powder 6-8 tablespoons of shea butter You favorite essential oils A glass jar or container in white background

To learn how to make natural deodorant with coconut oil or shea butter all you need are a few things and some creativity.

Collect the following items:

  • Measuring cups
  • A glass bowl (metal may be reactive with essential oils)
  • A fork or spoon
  • whisk
  • 4 tablespoons of baking soda
  • ¼ cup of Cornstarch or Arrowroot powder
  • 6-8 tablespoons of shea butter
  • You favorite essential oils
  • A glass jar or container

How To Make It

Step One: Mix Your Dry Items

Hand holding measuring cup pouring white powder to clear bowl placed on the wooden table

Using a fork or whisk, combine all your dry items such as cornstarch (or arrowroot powder) and baking soda. It is important to make sure they’re sifted together really well to prevent any clumping when using on your skin. The last thing you want is a giant clump of baking soda rubbing into your tender underarm. If baking soda is something you know will irritate your skin, then try our tutorial for a recipe without baking soda.

Step Two: Slowly Add Shea Butter

Hand holding measuring spoon with shea butter adding it to the bowl with white powder

Start adding your organic shea butter but only a tablespoon at a time. Think of recipes that tell you to add softened butter to your dry mix. You do it gradually to ensure even consistency. Once you get to the third or fourth tablespoon, you should be able to just dump the rest and mix well.

Step Three: Add Your Oils

Hand holding botttle with oil pouring to the bowl with white powder

Now, before you do this, keep in mind that you will already have a nice scent coming from the shea butter. So, if you wish to add more, make sure it’s a scented oil that mixes well with the scent of shea. Lavender, orange, lemongrass, etc. These are the ones that smell great with the combo. But play around with it until you get something you like. When you find one, add only a few drops to the mix and mash it in.

Step Four: Add to a Jar

Hand holding a mason jar with powder in wooden background

I used a mason jar, but you can really use any container that has a decent seal to prevent drying out. This is a deodorant that you apply almost like a cream, so you definitely don’t want it to lose too much moisture. Take your mixed ingredients and pack it into the container. Store any leftovers in another tightly sealed jar for future use.

Tips for Using the Natural Deodorant

  • Start with a small amount on your fingertips and gently rub it into your clean armpit.
  • Don’t use it over store-bought deodorants. Make sure your skin is totally clean.
  • Give it some time to adjust. Your body will be detoxing the chemicals from the store-bought stuff for a while.
  • Shower frequently until your body has expelled most of the chemicals. Then you’ll see your new DIY natural deodorant work really well.


Did this tutorial help you better understand natural deodorant and give you a good idea on how to make your own that works? It’s super easy! And you can customize your scents to how you like it. Give it a try and let us know by commenting or sharing below! And if you’d rather learn how to make natural deodorant spray or a deo stick rather than cream, we’ve got tutorials for that, too!

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