Homemade Deodorant: 9 Of The Most Effective, All-Natural Recipes

Homemade Deodorant: 9 Of The Most Effective, All-Natural Recipes

Sick of sweat stains, itchy armpits and deodorant marks? It's time to give a homemade deodorant a go!

Conventional deodorants are full of chemicals with complicated names, which begs the question - do you really know what you're putting on your skin? Although there is yet to be any proof that such chemicals can cause harm, there are concerns about them.

If in doubt, it's always best to go natural, which is where a homemade deodorant comes in. Not only are these 100% natural, but they're much cheaper and often more effective than their store-bought counterparts (PLUS, they don't leave stains!)

They sound pretty good, right? Good news - making your own homemade deodorant is easier than you may think. Check out some of our favourite recipes below for fresh pits all day long!

1. Homemade deodorant with bentonite clay

homemade deodorant
They smell as good as they look!

For a luxury treat for your armpits, look no further than Karissa's homemade bentonite clay deodorant recipe.

Moisturising ingredients such as jojoba oil, cocoa butter and beeswax are combined with bentonite clay to detox and absorb toxins that leave your body.

Unlike many other homemade recipes, Karissa's doesn't use coconut oil or bicarbonate of soda - ingredients which can cause irritation to sensitive skin.

These beautiful bars take just 15 minutes to knock up - we definitely recommend giving them a go.

2. DIY deodorant spray

HOMEMADE deodorant spray
It's 100% natural!

Prefer deodorant of the spray variety? There's a homemade version for that, too.

Wellness Mama's homemade deodorant is another good option for sensitive skin, as it also skips the bicarbonate of soda, and in its place uses magnesium oil along with essential oils...and that's it.

Yes, it really couldn't be easier, and surely the speed of this recipe alone is enough reason to give it a go today.

3. Deodorant bars for sensitive skin

deodorant bars sensitive skin
We love the cupcake case presentation!

Many people do find that bicarbonate of soda is the most effective addition to homemade deodorant recipes.

If you'd like to try it, we'd recommend giving Healy Eats Real's bars a go. Baking soda is combined with other, super gentle and nourishing ingredients such as beeswax, coconut oil and bentonite clay to provide a gentle and soothing antiperspirant solution.

4. DIY all-natural sensitive skin essential oil deodorant

sensitive skin deodorant recipe
Doesn't it look gorgeous?

We just had to include Create/Enjoy's luxurious, all-natural deodorant recipe. It's literally brimming with sumptuous ingredients which pamper armpits whilst keeping odour at bay.

Beeswax pellets, shea butter, and our favourite addition - aloe vera gel - combine to create this rich, soothing formula you're bound to love.

5. A simple homemade deodorant

deodorant recipe simple
A quick and easy alternative to shop-bought versions.

If you're looking for a quick, no-fuss homemade deodorant, this is the one for you.

Real Faramcy's deodorant recipe contains just three ingredients, all of which you probably already have at home.

Whilst it's not as luxurious as some of the other offerings on this list, it is effective, cheap, and quick to make.

6. Super-simple spray deodorant

spray deodorant recipe DIY
You won't believe what's in this...

Whilst we're on the topic of simple DIY deodorants, we want to share DIY Natural's one ingredient - yes, you heard that right - recipe with you.

All you need is grain ethyl alcohol - also known as gin, vodka or other clear liquors. The process is easy: decant the spirit into a spray bottle, and spritz over closed skin after showering to completely keep sweat smells at bay.

Worried about smelling of booze at 9am? Add 10 drops of tea tree essential oils to mask the smell and keep you smelling fresher than ever.

Adding scent to deodorant is just one of the amazing uses of essential oils. Discover more brilliant ways to use essential oils every day in our other article.

7. Grapefruit DIY deodorant

 deodorant recipe grapefruit
Almost good enough to eat!

Like the idea of fruity-smelling pits? What about grapefruit-y-smelling-pits?

We think Holistic Squid's homemade deodorant recipe, containing grapefruit essential oils, is absolutely genius. This one also contains bicarbonate of soda, so may not be suitable for super-sensitive skin, however, the nourishing addition of almond oil and essentials oils could be enough to counteract this.

8. All-natural deodorant

cocoa butter diy deodorant
Your skin will LOVE this DIY deodorant.

If you've ever used cocoa butter moisturiser, you'll know how amazing it smells, and nourishes. Mountain Rose Herbs have chosen to include it in their homemade deodorant recipe, resulting in an extremely luxurious deodorant both you and your armpits will love.

Make this one today and all your friends will be asking where you got your new perfume from!

9. Super-strength, herbal deodorant spray

deodorant spray recipe
This homemade deodorant is super-strong!

Concerned about the effectiveness of natural recipes? Give Frugally Sustainable's Super-Strength Herbal Deodorant Spray a try.

As you'd expect from a blog with this name, her homemade deodorant recipe will definitely save you some cash as well as keep you smelling fresh all day long.

Want to give it a go? Grab your essential oils, smelly pits, and head over to Andrea's blog today.

Do you have any clever tips to keep sweat smells at bay? We'd love to hear them in the comments below!

Stephanie C


Lover of all things fashion & foodie...I look to satisfy my tastes without obliterating my budget. Wannabe interior designer, I'm an avid cushion cover maker and charity shop hunter.

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  1. Author Janet Boehm on August 2, 2021 at 12:31 am

    I live in Florida and I've been hooked on corn starch. It absorbs any perspiration in folds in the skin. Keeps chafing away. Stays in the area much longer than baking soda and more moisturizer capacity. Con is that it is messy. It does not go on like powder. It is heavier than baking soda. I have not found that mixing baking soda and corn starch give double protection. Stay with plain cornstarch. I suppose essential oils if you're into that kind of thing.

    1. Author Joanne A on April 21, 2023 at 12:58 pm

      While corn starch can absorb sweat and prevent chafing, it's essential to be mindful of its potential health risks and skin irritations. If you use corn starch, apply it in a well-ventilated area and consider testing any new additives for skin sensitivity.


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