3 Steps to Make Natural Deodorant that is Cheap and Effective

If you are interested in learning to make your own deodorant, you have come to the right place. Making Natural Deodorant can be an adventure. It is all about trial and error. You will be able to tinker with the various essential oils to find out which scent works best for you.

Why Chose to go to Natural Deodorant?

Commercial deodorants may not be the best for your health. They are made from chemicals that could alter your hormones, break down your digestive system, or cause cancer. Most of the commercial deodorants contain the following chemical ingredients:


These are preservatives. Parabens are using in commercial deodorants and other personal care products. Research suggests some, not all, parabens may interfere with the way the body produces and regulates hormones. It is said that there’s estrogen-sensitive tissues in the chest/breast, so the worry is that if you put parabens close to this tissue every single day, they may promote the growth of cancer cells. That goes for both men and women.


Aluminum is typically found only in antiperspirants. There is not proven research that supports that aluminum causes cancer. Some researchers have said that aluminum causes alzheimer’s or contributes to it.


Triclosan kills bacteria on the skin. These chemicals are added to cosmetics to prevent bacterial contamination.



Phthalates are chemicals used to help the deodorant stick to skin. They also appear to disrupt androgen function, or the male sex hormone.

Contrary to popular belief, you don’t need a fancy laboratory or high-tech equipment to make natural deodorant. Of course, the deodorant you make won’t be in a special designer spray bottle, but it will be a deodorant that is cheap, natural and very effective. All you’ll need are a few ingredients that can easily be found around your home or at your local grocery store.


What You’ll Need:

  • Baking soda
  • Non-GMO cornstarch
  • Coconut oil
  • Essential oils like tea tree, lavender or geranium- see the list below.

How To Make It:

  1. Mix your baking soda and cornstarch. Use ½ a cup of each for best results.
  2. Blend with coconut oil.
  3. Blend and experiment with your choice of essential oils.
  4. And then it’s done!



Use whatever blend of oils you like in the recipe below, use at least one oil into your mix with antiseptic/antibacterial properties. Here are some antibacterial essential oils for you to consider:


Lemon oil



Lemongrass oil



White Thyme oil



Lavender oil



Tea Tree oil



Rosemary Oil




Geranium Oil



Tip: When trying different essential oils, some oils are stronger than others. Lemon oil and lemongrass oils are very strong. Just a few drops will do the trick in this deodorant recipe, where something less powerful like lavender takes 15-20 drops.

Materials & Supplies

  • Small, wide-mouth glass jar – use an old jelly jar. Note: Make sure it’s wide enough to get your fingers in there, you will apply this with your fingers.
  • Small Spoon
  • 1/4 cup baking soda
  • 10-20 drops essential oil – See the section above.



This is very easy. Here are the 3 steps in making your natural deodorant:


  1. Spoon in the baking soda into the jar
  2. Add essential oils of your choice
  3. Mix it up well


Why Make Your Own Deodorant?

  • Financially, it is a much cheaper alternative to store-bought deodorants.
  • Have fun experimenting with different essential oils.
  • Know exactly what goes into the product you’re putting on your skin.


How to Apply Your Natural Deodorant

Apply after a shower. Shake up your deodorant well. Pat the deodorant under armpits.  This is easy and very simple. It’s a little messy but it’s worth avoiding all the chemicals.

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