I ran out of my old deodorant awhile ago, and was wondering what to do about it. I had been hearing a lot about “natural” deodorants, and wondered if they worked any better than store-bought. With all-natural ingredients and no aluminum, they are undoubtedly better for you. I found some links to various recipes here, changed some ingredients to create a stick-type product, and decided to try my hand at making my own DIY version. Here’s how:
1/3 c coconut oil
1/4 c baking soda
1/4 c arrowroot powder
4 T cornstarch
5-10 drops lavender essential oil
1 T vegetable glycerin
1 oz beeswax*
measuring cups and spoons / empty stick deodorant package / plastic wrap / small saucepan** / spatula** (I didn’t use the funnel pictured)
**Note: Awhile ago I bought a dedicated saucepan and spatula for making home-made beauty products, so I don’t use these utensils for food. I’d recommend it if you want to be as safe as possible!
1. Line an old stick deodorant with plastic wrap. I found it easiest to press it on the top, then twirl the pusher down to the bottom, and use the end of the spatula to jam the wrap in there. This punctured the center of the wrap on the deodorant stick’s central spire. This does make a small hole in the wrap, but if your deodorant is the right consistency it won’t dribble out the hole.
2. Mix dry ingredients in a saucepan on a warm stove.
Add coconut oil and beeswax; mix until combined with the dry ingredients.
3. Add the essential oil; mix thoroughly.
4. In just a few minutes of stirring, the mixture will be less liquidy and won’t run to fill up areas you scrape away from the saucepan. It is now ready to be poured.
5. Transfer mixture into the stick, tapping the package on the counter to allow the mixture to settle. Mound off top and wrap wrap over it. (I found this recipe made quite a lot, so I poured the extra into a small, clean tub.)
6. Place in fridge to solidify quickly. (around 30 minutes)
7. Once solid, snip excess wrap at edges.You can also use your thumb to smooth out the creases in the solid for a more finished look, though the stick warms and smooths itself upon contact with your underarms.
*Omit using the beeswax if you would like a softer deodorant that you “spread” on to use it. You would have to use it from a tub or jar in that case. Omitting the beeswax would also make this product vegan!
As you use the deodorant, cut down the plastic wrap liner as you go.
Materials for the DIY Natural Coconut Oil Stick Deodorant
Coconut Oil – available at most supermarkets. Available online here.
Arrowroot Powder – I got mine from Lavender Lane, but they went out of business.:-( I loved them! You can get that here.
Cornstarch – Available at supermarkets. I used [Japanese] potato starch and it seemed to work out just fine regardless.
Lavender Essential Oil – available at natural foods stores, or here.
Vegetable Glycerin – available at most supermarkets, and also available here.
Beeswax Pellets – sometimes you can find these at natural foods stores. Also available here.
I’ve found that this deodorant smells like lavender powder, with a bit of honey musk scent provided by the beeswax. It doesn’t coat my armpits and build up like store-bought deodorants (which soap and water don’t remove and which I’ve often had to scrape off with my nails in the bathtub – gross!!). When I sweat, all I smell like is lavender and honey musk, with maybe a hint of coconut. It doesn’t completely stop the sweat entirely though – I’ve had to reapply halfway through the day if I want to stay dry. However, since using it (since early March!) I’ve found that I actually sweat less now…a welcome side effect.
Have fun making your own! If you have any variations on the DIY deodorant recipe that have worked for you – please leave them in the comments!