Homemade Natural Stick Deodorant

Natural stick deodorant

I love my original homemade deodorant and have been using it for years. Although my old recipe worked well for applying with the hands I didn’t like using it in stick form. I felt like it didn’t go on well and I couldn’t get enough of it on for it to work as well. I thought it would be fun to make a stick deodorant that went on really well, works, and is moisturizing. So with some research and tweaking I came up with this…

Homemade Natural Stick Deodorant


1 1/2 Tbs coconut oil
1 Tbs shea butter
1 heaping Tbs beeswax
2 Tbs cornstarch or arrowroot powder
2 Tbs baking soda
10 drops essential oil ( I use tea tree, lavender, or lemon for their anti-bacterial properties)
Few drops of vitamin e (optional)

Directions: In a small pot or sauce crock pot melt coconut oil, shea butter, and beeswax. Once melted mix in baking soda and cornstarch really well. Turn off heat and stir in essential oils. Pour into an empty clean deodorant container. Let cool. I put mine in the freezer so that it would cool quickly and decrease the chance of the baking soda and cornstarch from settling. That’s it!

This stuff goes on really smooth and my armpits feel so moisturized without feeling overly greasy and it goes on clear! To me if feels more like commercial deodorant, but I can feel better about not putting on tons of chemicals and aluminum. Better for the environment and myself! Yay!

FYI If your just switching over from the commercial products your body may go through a 1-2 week transition period where this deodorant may not seem to be working as well as you might think. But once your body gets used to it it will work wonders! So don’t give up your body will thank you!

Have you ever tried homemade deodorant? What do you think of it?

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  1. I just made it thank you! I used a mason jar and placed it inside a boiling pot of water then just lifted it out and mixed. I will use the mason jar for this again..no ruining any pots or pans…Thank you

  2. Byproduct of bacteria is the smell or body odor. Putting an antibacterial, tea oil, in the arm pits is the logical thing. To do that I used to put a tiny, tiny bit on my fingertips and rub it in my pits while I was still a bit wet after a shower. The dampness after the shower is enough to allow the tea oil to spread around enough without less likelihood of causing a reaction.

  3. I am a personal trainer trying to get my clients on a toxic free lifestyle! I loved ur description of ur blog and would love to continue to get ur insights if u have a mailing list, or notifications when u post something new. Our bodies are a gift from God and we need to be good stewards of this gift!

  4. For those of you bothered by baking soda, try substituting arrowroot or cornstarch. I just made my first batch of homemade deodorant tonight (got my recipe from a different blog as I hadn’t seen this one until now) and used verbena essential oil for fragrance. It smells divine and I can’t wait to try it. I like that you said your recipe doesn’t crumble when it’s applied so I may have to this one next! Thanks for a wonderful website!

  5. This looks awesome, thanks for sharing it with us! I’m allergic to a lot of chemicals used in health & beauty products, I made a beeswax/honey/olive oil moisturiser last year which was lovely, especially as a lip balm but I’ve never tried making a deodorant with it.

  6. Also, thanks for the tip about the alum salt crystals. I love the salt deoderants, but need something to absorb moisture. If I can add the salt to the deo, that might just be the answer I’m looking for. Arrowroot, Clay etc don’t do much for me with odor. I’ve tried all kinds of essential oils including Tea Tree. What works best for me is actually Thieves (Young Living) I’m off to find alum crystals. THANKS!

  7. Good info.

    Another tip – Lavilin underarm cream. You only need to use it once a week (best to do it at night after you shower). It’s all-natural and very effective.

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  9. Do you have any suggestions for making a large batch of this? Gonna have a make and take party with several friends and wondering how to measure it out once it’s in the pot and ready to go I’m the deodorant container.. Suggestions??

    1. You can just multiply the recipe by however many you need. Just make sure to stir before placing in watch tube!

    2. Is a watch tube the deodorant tube? How much goes in each container? Or do I just fill it up? I’m worried about it not being evenly dispersed..

    3. Hahah sorry I was typing fast! Yes, the deodorant tube. Every container is different size. I would throughly mix the “deodorant batter” before pouring into each tube. That way it’s evenly dispersed.

  10. I love this stuff! I’ve been using the regular coconut oil/baking soda/arrowroot (apply with hand) for quite a while. This is less of a hassle and has worked just as good (actually I think it’s better).. Thanks!

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