Natural deodorants can be a turnoff for some folks. Maybe you’re worried it won’t work well. Maybe you’ll sweat a ton. Maybe it just costs a fortune. I’ll admit most store-bought natural deodorants are quite expensive. A quick Amazon search will show you they run anywhere from $8 to 15 a stick. That certainly is a bit steep.
When I decided to make the switch, I knew there had to be a less expensive option. After several trial runs, I’ve finally found a recipe we love, and IT WORKS. The cost per stick is less than $4 (and that includes the container).
If you’re still using an antiperspirant, please check out this post to see why you should switch to natural deodorant today!
If you’ve gotten this far, I’m going to assume you’re ready to try making your own! You don’t have to get the stick containers. Some folks just make this into a muffin tin or similar container and then apply it like a lotion bar. Personally, I think the container is well worth the $1.07 it costs for ease and portability. If you agree, you can get them here. The other ingredients you’ll need are coconut oil, shea butter (mango or cocoa butter can also be used), beeswax, baking soda (optional but highly recommended), arrowroot flour, and pure essential oils.
In the recipe list below, I’ve provided links to Amazon to purchase all necessary ingredients. I use and recommend doTERRA essential oils. If you choose to include essential oils, please just be sure to use only pure, therapeutic grade oils. Do NOT use the oils available at box stores and grocery stores; they generally include synthetic ingredients that are not good for your skin.
A quick note on the baking soda: I have never had trouble with it, but folks with sensitive skin may get some redness. If that happens, a weekly pit detox helps immensely! Or, you can simply eliminate it from the recipe and use more arrowroot instead. I will warn you, though, the deodorant may not be as effective without the baking soda.
- 1/4 cup coconut oil
- 1/4 cup shea butter (or mango or cocoa or any mix of the three)
- 1/4 cup beeswax
- 1 tbsp baking soda
- 1/4 cup arrowroot flour
- 10 drops Purify essential oil blend (doTERRA proprietary blend including oils known for their cleansing and disinfecting properties)
- 10 drops On Guard essential oil blend (doTERRA proprietary blend including oils known for their antibacterial and immune boosting properties)
- In a double boiler or glass measuring pitcher, melt together coconut oil, shea butter, and beeswax. I use a Pyrex glass measuring pitcher and melt it in the microwave in 30-second intervals.
- Remove from heat and stir in essential oils.
- Stir in baking soda and arrowroot flour.
- Pour into deodorant containers or other molds, and allow to cool to harden.
- Yield: approx. 3 deodorant stick containers
Note: The pictures above are from making a half-batch, so the volume may seem off.
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