Make Your Own Deodorant

I have tried quite a few natural deodorants but I still haven't found one which I am totally happy with in terms of its performance + smell therefore I fancied making my own.

For the fragrance, I used citrus-based oils because I personally find orange so fresh smelling. Tea tree is also a good choice of oil as it is naturally anti-bacterial.

This deodorant worked for me for everyday wear, I would say on a really hot day it isn't so great, and would probably need applying twice.

Common ingredients used in drugstore deodorants to be *aware* of:

Parabens - can be absorbed by the skin and can function as estrogen, research suggests some parabens may interfere with the way your body produces and regulates estrogen and other hormones

Phthalates - can mimic or block female hormones - when 'fragrance' is listed in ingredients Phthalates could actually be hidden under this branch because scents are protected under trade law they can get away with this broad term

Aluminium + Triclosan - are also ones to look out for, however, more research is needed to prove these of anything concrete


4tbsp coconut oil

3tbsp cornstarch

1 teaspoon bicarbonate soda

1 teaspoon beeswax

15 drops essential oil



Small saucepan

Glass bowls

Empty deodorant container

Links to ingredients:

Coconut oil



Essential oils

  • Beeswax: is a by-product to producing honey, therefore it is a renewable and sustainable alternative to synthetic oils + waxes which can be in some face products. 

  • Coconut oil: there are 3 things I look for on the labelling of jars, ‘virgin’ as this indicates the product has taken an un-refined process - ensuring the oil has come from fresh coconuts. If it is a virgin oil it will most likely be organic and produced in a cold-press method.  

  • Corn starch: is the starch derived from corn grain - yes literally from sweetcorn. It is used in this recipe to absorb excess moisture under the arm.

  • Bicarbonate soda: is used for its ability to absorb odours.

  • You can use whatever essential oils you like and adjust the number of drops depending on how scented you like your products.


1. Fill a small saucepan with hot water, bring to the boil, and place a glass bowl on top of the saucepan. Pop the coconut oil & beeswax into it, stirring as it melts.

2. Take the bowl of ingredients off the heat. The coconut oil & beeswax does not need to be completely melted, just trigger the start of that process.

3. Continue to stir. Then add approx. 15 drops of essential oil I used (8 orange, 8 bergamot)

4. Add the bicarb + cornstarch. It will be a little lumpy so I suggest using a hand whisk at this stage.

5. Once the lumps have been beaten out. Pour the mixture into a jug, as it will be easier to pour into the containers.

6. Finally, line up your deodorant containers and pour the ingredients into them. Leave it to set at room temperature.

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