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In this beauty recipe, I’ll walk you through how to make your own homemade deodorant stick. You’ll learn which ingredients make the biggest difference, understand why traditional deodorants can be harmful, and learn to create your own effective homemade deodorant stick in just a few minutes.


Over the years I have absolutely loved making my own DIY skin care products. You can see my other beauty recipes here. What began as my own sugar scrubs has evolved into making my own cucumber facial toners, deodorants, and whipped body butters. Today I’m so excited to share my absolute favorite homemade deodorant stick tutorial that you might not have even known you could make yourself!

While it’s fun to make something from scratch, the most rewarding part of the process is creating products that you can use every day that actually work better than what you used to buy in the store.

Trust me when I say that adding high-quality, natural products elevate more than just your skincare routine. Upgrading small areas of your day can make a big impact on your outlook and self-care as a whole. After all, small upgrades can lead to powerful results.

How To Make Non Toxic Deodorant

Diy skin care products. How to make deodorant

Truth be told, deodorant in particular kind of freaks me out. The way we pack it full of toxins and chemicals that have been linked to cancer and Alzheimer’s is insane to me. But when healthy options are messy or just ineffective, it’s hard to feel like you have any options to begin with.

Since my sister passed away from breast cancer, I am so much more aware of the cancer-causing toxins we put in out body everyday. This article on Cancer.gov explains exactly how antiperspirants link to cancers and is a pretty eye-opening read.

But, when I began using natural deodorants in the store, I was frustrated by how expensive and ineffective they were.

So, I did a little research…

I tweaked and played with so many ingredients and am proud to say that this non toxic deodorant recipe is the easiest, most effective homemade deodorant stick I’ve found so far. At the time of this writing, I’ve been using this deodorant recipe for well over a year with great results. Now I get to share it with you!

The thing I love most about this non toxic deodorant recipe is that every ingredient is there on purpose. There are no fillers, crazy stuff, or useless additives. Even the essential oils we’ll use as fragrance have antibacterial properties to combat odor-causing bacteria. Here’s a breakdown of each ingredient and why it’s important:

Why Each Ingredient Matters

deodorant ingredients

Coconut Oil:

Did you know that coconut oil is antibacterial? We’ve loved it’s moisturizing and cleansing abilities for years but had no idea is actually protects against odor-causing bacteria!

Beeswax:

If you’ve ever had razor burn on your armpits, beeswax is your secret best friend. It’s anti-inflammatory properties help wounds heal faster. It also contains Vitamin A, (which is great for skin) creates a healing barrier for your skin without clogging pores, and gives your deodorant stick more stability so it forms a more uniform stick.

Baking Soda:

Chances are, if you looked in your grandma’s fridge as a kid, you would find an open box of baking soda. It was there simply because it helped keep odors away. Baking Soda really is a great antibacterial that is also a mild exfoliant for your skin. It can also shrink pores to reduce sweat naturally without clogging pores.

Corn Starch:

After all the shaving and damaging deodorants of the past, our underarms sure could use a little extra love. That’s why corn starch is included in this recipe. Corn Starch is an excellent natural remedy for skin irritations. It calms and soothes irritated, sensitive skin while simultaneously giving your deodorant stick a more solid texture.

Bentonite Clay:

While every ingredient in this deodorant recipe is valuable, Bentonite clay just may be the biggest player. Bentonite Clay absorbs odors (similar to Baking Soda) but also absorbs toxins from your skin by creating a leaching effect around your underarm lymph nodes. This is where so many toxins are stored. It also effectively eliminates chaffing by soothing your skin. All of these qualities make Bentonite Clay a must for this natural deodorant recipe but the most impressive of them all is this: It actually extracts existing aluminum from the skin.

Yup. Adding Bentonite Clay to your deodorant actually reverses the damage left behind from past deodorants. Magic right?

Lavender Essential Oil:

Last but not least, we’re going to make the entire thing smell incredible with some Lavender essential oil. Lavender calms the mind and reduces stress, but also plays a powerful role in your underarm health. Lavender Essential Oil also kills odor-causing bacteria, reduces inflammation, and unclogs pores. These qualities make it the perfect ingredient to make a well rounded, impactful natural deodorant recipe. I get my best essential oils here.

Non Toxic Deodorant Ingredients:

*Makes 4 full-size deodorant sticks

You will also need several empty deodorant cases. I save and recycle mine but if you don’t have any on hand, I recommend these Empty Cardboard Deodorant Containers from Amazon.

DIY Deodorant Video Tutorial:

How To Make A Homemade Deodorant Stick In 5 Steps

  1. Mix all the ingredients into a ceramic/glass bowl
  2. Microwave for 10 seconds at a time, stirring with a wooden spoon until all the ingredients are melted together
  3. Let cool for roughly ten minutes, or until the mixture is still pourable yet thicker in consistency.
  4. Pour into an empty deodorant mold.
  5. Let cool and harden completely before using.

I really, really have loved creating and using this simple deodorant recipe and hope you love it too. By using quality ingredients and making my beauty products, we can all elevate our beauty experiences and bring more creativity to our self-care routines.

A Note About Essential Oils….

Contrary to popular opinion, not all essential oils are the same. Sometimes, they can even contain the same pesticides and toxins we are trying to avoid by making our own beauty products. That’s why I love saving money by getting mine from Young Living.¬†

The only problem is, quality oils can also be expensive. That’s why I recommend saving money by getting a starter kit. You get tons and tons of essential oils (including Lavender, which I used in this recipe) for far less than retail prices and save even more money on future orders down the road. There’s no long term commitment, surprise membership fees, and you don’t have to sell them to your friends… unless you want to.

You can learn more here.

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Lisa Mecham