Homemade DIY Deodorant (secret ingredient, NO irritating baking soda, EFFECTIVE recipe)!

Honestly, I don’t sweat that much.


I mean, I wish that I would sweat more (as weird as that might sound). Sweating is your body’s natural way of ridding toxins, so it’s really a good thing. On occasion, I do wear deodorant, especially if I know I’ll be in a situation where I’ll likely sweat.

Since I started my *real* journey toward better health from the inside out AND the outside in, I’ve been going through all of my products and eliminating toxic ingredients…things that are bad for me and the environment. Here is a simple, easy read regarding deodorant and antiperspirant (which I will never use again). I looked at the label on my deodorant at home and was shocked. It was jam packed full of nasty, harmful ingredients. It’s pretty scary, really.

Many deodorants (even those that claim to be “all-natural”) contain aluminum &/or aluminum derivatives (as these serve as an antiperspirant…which we do NOT want). This has been linked to Alzheimer’s disease and a  host of other horrific health concerns. Parabens are in many deodorants…also downright despicable. Read this post I wrote a while back to learn more about parabens.

Sooooo, off I went to create my own homemade DIY deodorant recipe. It had to be effective, yet gentle, and (of course) non-toxic.


Now, I know what you might be thinking…

Yeah, and there are already about a million other homemade deodorant recipes out there.

Yup, there sure are. But now, there are one million and ONE. Hehe.

I am proud of my deodorant because it contains a few ingredients you may not typically see in deodorants and I’m not really sure why.

I’m ready to share it with you. It is effective, said by not only me (the not-so-heavy-sweater), but also by my husband (probably-your-typical-sweater). Oh, and it’s easy, to boot. Yay!


First, a little education about why I am using each ingredient…

Coconut & Almond Oils

Raw, unrefined coconut oil has wonderful antibacterial properties. This is important in those armpits, right? Coconut oil will liquify at 76 degrees; below that and it’s in a semi-solid state. I like to add another oil to help the deodorant stay more fluid, if you would. Enter almond oil.

I’ve already written a bit about almond (and coconut and jojoba) oil here. You’ll see below that you can easily substitute a different oil that is liquid at room temp oil, but I really like almond oil.

Shea Butter
This is another one of those amazing things that nature gives us. Raw and unrefined shea butter is high in vitamins A and E and is incredibly soothing for your skin. Sounds like a good thing to put in such a vulnerable place, like your armpits, huh!? You can read more about shea butter here.

Raw beeswax (all-natural, unrefined, no additives, etc.) helps to stabilize this recipe so it isn’t runny. Beeswax is another inherently excellent choice in skincare products, as it does not clog pores, but it does help the moisturizing properties of the butters and oils in this recipe to ‘lock’ into your skin so they can do their jobs.

Arrowroot Powder
This is a go-to for deodorant recipes, for good reason. Actually, I always have some on hand for both food and skincare recipes. Arrowroot not only helps to serve as a thickener in this deodorant, but it also has the power to help draw out toxins. Sweet! Since when we sweat we are eliminating toxins, why not help draw them out!? Learn more about arrowroot here.

Diatomaceous Earth (DE)
Here’s where things may really get a bit different than what you typically see in homemade deodorant recipes. Food grade DE is another super thing to keep around your home. I use DE in my toothpaste, garden, once to rid my house of a few fleas, as a means to exfoliate, etc etc etc!

DE is almost entirely silica, which is a crucial trace element needed by our bodies, and one in which many are deficient. By adding DE into your homemade deodorant, you are giving your sensitive skin a nice dose of DE (essentially, silica) which helps with sensitive areas of skin that might become rashy and it also helps to draw out toxins.

So, not only does DE help draw out moisture and remove toxins, but it also helps to ease sensitive skin. Win! You can read more about DE here. Oh, and remember to purchase food grade DE (and don’t breathe it in…best not to get it into your lungs as it is super finely ground stuff).

Vitamin E
I’ve written a pretty extensive post about Vitamin E here.


Okay, now that you’ve been schooled on the ingredients, finally…the simple recipe.

Homemade Deodorant (4oz)

  • 4oz+ jar or tin (something like THIS would work well)
  • Double-boiler (I make my own with a glass bowl over a pot)
  • Kitchen scale (like THIS; BTW…having a scale is a great investment in your kitchen and I use mine almost everyday)
  • 30g Coconut oil (like THIS)
  • 20g Shea butter (like THIS)
  • 10g Oil (I like almond oil like THIS, but you could use many oils that are liquid at room temperature…like avocado, jojoba, apricot, etc.)
  • 10g Beeswax (like THIS)
  • 15g Arrowroot powder (like THIS)
  • 15g Diatomaceous Earth – Food Grade! (aka DE, like THIS)
  • 5 drops of Vitamin E (like THIS)
  • 20-25 drops of essential oils (aka EO, which are totally optional, but I love them…like THESE)
Make It-

  • DeoWhipItGoodMeasure both oils, shea butter, and beeswax into the upper part of your double-boiler (for me, this is a glass bowl)
  • Melt on low heat over bottom part of double-boiler (for me, a pot with shallow water) until everything is melted (the beeswax will be the last thing to melt)
  • Turn off heat and allow to cool for a few minutes
  • Add arrowroot, DE, Vit E, and EO; whisk vigorously to fully combine
  • Pour into container and place somewhere safe so it can set up (which actually doesn’t take very long)


In my latest batch I used Lavender and Patchouli EOs. Why? Well, they smell good.

Oh, and Lavender has some super qualities for skincare (read about essential oils in a post I wrote here). I’ve also used Tea Tree EO, as it also has great antibacterial qualities. Remember though, less is more with EO!

The consistency of this lovely deodorant is firm, yet extremely spreadable. I use my finger to dip out a SMALL amount (seriously…you really do not need much) and just rub it into my armpits. I have not tried this in a roll-on stick, but I do believe it will work, as it is of similar consistency to those that are in roll-ons (but mine is much more smooth and it feels…well, more real, I guess because it is). If you try this in a roll-on, please stop back by and let me know.

Also, please note…if you are not used to using natural products for your armpits you will likely have a detox phase. This is totally normal.

Having an initial cleanse is pretty important. Or…if you find that you truly cannot go for a few days without deodorant, you will have to use this one (or any other natural deodorant) for a week or so before you body starts to adjust. It pains me to hear of people who try to use natural deodorants without detoxifying their pits, who then complain that they don’t work. You have to get rid of the decaying matter in your body before you can ask your body not to smell. …and remember, sweating is a GOOD thing! We want to sweat…we just don’t want to stink.

You may want to do a little extra research on switching to a natural, organic deodorant to help give you a better understanding of what to expect. Also, if you want a stronger scent from the deo, you can always add a few more drops (so long as it isn’t irritating you) and you can also add a bit more DE. It will make it a bit more ‘stiff’, but will help in grabbing odors.

And there you have it. Think you’ll give it a try? Let me know when you do! Until next time…

Jess, aka Scratch Mommy

PS Would you love to try this deodorant, but you aren’t always a DIY-ish person (or maybe you are simply lacking time, motivation, supplies, raw products, etc etc etc etc)?

Please, head on over to my Etsy Skincare Shop where I sell this deodorant. I offer three different sizes and two different scents. While you are there, please look around at all of my other skincare creations. I love making them for my family and for all of you!


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    • says

      Hi there! Gosh, that’s a really great question. I’ve not worked extensively with either so I really can’t say yes or no with much certainty. :/ You can always try, but I don’t know how it would turn out. If you try, please let us know! …or you could just stick with the arrowroot. You can find some online or at a health food store.

  1. Amelia says

    I currently use a Liquid Crystal Deodorant from Rocky Mountain Soap Company, which is supposed to be “100% natural.” I have been using this for a few months now and find it fairly effective, but I’d love to make my own that works really well and isn’t deadly expensive. Do you think I’d still have to detox being using this recipe since I’ve been using something natural already?

  2. Kristen says

    Tried homemade deodorant with baking soda and loved the odor control but unfortunately had horrid reaction. We are talking pits aflame here! Found your recipe and made it. Bummed it doesn’t work as well. I usually use a crystal roll on with it and it seems to do the trick. I am wondering if you have put a small amount of baking soda in and if that works? I’m really loving this recipe ( my pits have never been so smooth) but I just have a bit more funk than I’m comfortable with! Going to take a small amount and add a small bit of baking soda. Open to any other ideas!

    • says

      You might need to use it for a few days…even a couple of weeks…to adjust.

      Yes, I’ve tried BS as an ingredient in a few versions. It does not do well for me. It’s not PH balanced for our bodies. That days, some people have success with it. You could try adding a bit …or just wear this version as-is and keep it in your bag when you need to reapply until you adjust.

    • says

      Hi there! Well, the DE is pretty important to this recipe, but you could try subbing in a clay (like kaolin). DE is quite affordable (see my link above), but if you have a clay on hand that you like it *might* work for you.

      • Brooke says

        Hi there, I just came across your site and I’d like to order your deodorant before I make it myself. Is the fragrance for males the one with patchouli? Wondering if one is unisex as my husband and I both intend to use it. Thanks!

  3. Jennifer Cantwell says

    My deodorant was totally the wrong texture. It was pretty hard instead of more ointment-like. It was really hard to spread, but effective! I think maybe my scale wasn’t very accurate and I had too much arrowroot powder and DE. I’m about to try again!

      • Jennifer Cantwell says

        The new batch turned out great! I was very careful in measuring and even put a teeny-tiny bit less arrowroot powder and DE and a teeny-tiny bit more of the oils. It was totally different. The first bath, when whisked, almost immediately set-up. I had to spoon it out. This time it was still liquid, so I was able to pour it out. It set up quite nicely. The man didn’t get his special Old Spice this time – I was too nervous to get it right….next time. Next time I think I’ll add more Tea Tree Oil as well. Thanks so much!

  4. Jennifer Cantwell says

    I bought some of this deodorant and love it! I am going to make it myself today. My man really loves his Old Spice. I was wondering what you thought about adding some drops of his aftershave to it for fragrance instead of the essential oils. I realize it introduces alcohol and other substances. Do you think it will affect the consistency or effectiveness?

    • says

      Hi there! Yay!! Glad you love it AND are going to DIY it yourself! :)

      I think that adding a few drops for hubs will be just fine. Please stop back and let me know how it turns out!

  5. Amy says

    Do you think this would still work well without the beeswax? I’ve been looking for a good baking soda free deodorant as mine also gave me a rash. :(

    I’m sure leaving out the beeswax would make it less solid but I’m wondering if it had another purpose other than that.


    • says

      Hi Amy,

      Gosh…really great question. Honestly, my hunch is no…that it wouldn’t work very well. The beeswax does help it to be more solid and helps it to stay in place while wearing it. I fear that it would be, too runny without it. BUT…that said, you never know until you try! That’s how almost all of my DIYs come to fruition! So, if you have the goodies already at home then I say whip it up and see how it works. Let us know if you decide to try!

  6. Teri says

    I am very sad. I thought finally a diy deodorant that wouldn’t irritate my pits and would keep me from stinking. Sadly after only a few hours in 70 degree weather when I wasn’t even sweating I started to smell funky. I even added 1 T of bentonite clay to the recipe and still no luck. I used 20 drops of lavender and 2 drops tea tree oil. I guess I will go back to the irritation farm. What is a girl to do? I found out I was allergic to store bought deo, baking soda deo creates a rash, and now I just smell really funky. Sigh. Maybe I should just buy a t-shirt that says sorry I stink get over it. Let me know though if you ever get the new recipe posted please that you said was super de-funking. :)

    • says

      Hi Teri,

      So sorry to hear that it didn’t work on your first day…but I’m honestly not shocked. Whenever you switch to something different (very different, in this case) for your armpits you (more than likely) WILL stink a bit! You have to keep trying. In fact, I recommend that you actually detox for a couple of days before trying something natural. Seriously…sounds crazy…but if you can go for a weekend (or even a bit longer) with no deodorant you will give you body a chance to detox. Our bodies NEED this detoxing phase.

      Having an initial cleanse is pretty important. Or…if you find that you truly cannot go for a few days without deodorant, you will have to use this one (or any other natural deodorant) for a week or so before you body starts to adjust. It pains me to hear of people who try to use natural deodorants without detoxifying their pits, who then complain that they don’t work. You have to get rid of the decaying matter in your body before you can ask your body not to smell. …and remember, sweating is a GOOD thing! We want to sweat…we just don’t want to stink.

      I would love for you to try this again and let me know how you do. You may want to do a little extra research on switching to a natural, organic deodorant to help give you a better understanding of what to expect. Oh…also, good idea with the essential oils. You can always add a few more drops (so long as it isn’t irritating you) and you can also add a bit more DE. It will make it a bit more ‘stiff’, but will help in grabbing odors.

      Finally…one thing that sticks out for me here is that my deodorant doesn’t irritate you. That is GREAT! It sounds to me like you should do a little extra reading, give it another try, and then see how it goes. You are off to a great start with the deodorant not irritating…so I’d love to see you see it through a bit longer. Let me know when you do! :)

  7. Alex K says

    I tried this recipe and it did not work for me. I was so funky smelling that I only gave it a long weekend to try it out. I mixed it with my old recipe and was very happy! So I added about 25g of baking soda to what was left and it seems to be working pretty well. The other ingredients are very, very soothing and I’m more comfortable than I was with the simpler recipe I used previously.

    • says

      I’m glad that you were able to tweak the recipe and make it work for you. If you find that you are irritated down the road, you might try it without the BS again. It’s actually a pretty strong irritant for many people, as it’s not PH balanced for our body’s makeup. You can read some other comments and suggestions I’ve left for people here that might help you adjust to life without the baking soda, if it starts to irritate. BUT…I’m glad you are loving the way it is so soothing. I love that, too. Thanks for stopping by!

  8. Cate says

    Any advise you can give on making this stronger, or longer lasting? I’m not a very “smelly” person, but this deodorant doesn’t get me through a full shift waitressing. I haven’t used commercial deodorant in years, so I know I’m not detoxing. Baking soda irritates my skin, and so does the crystal deodorant I’ve tried (so did the chemical brands I used to use)… I would really love to find something that works for me!

    • says

      Hi there! Since you have eliminated detoxing as a possible concern, I’d say that adding more DE would be helpful for you. Also, feel free to add some more essential oils, so long as they aren’t irritating for you and you follow guidelines of approximately how much you should use.

  9. Kristen LeCroix says

    How do you ship your products? Do you find that any of your items melt? I’m trying to make a cream with shea butter, beeswax and coconut for my dad but am afraid to send it out to him. I don’t want it to be a hot mess of goo by the time it gets two states away. Any tips?

  10. Mistie says

    Jess, I can see in the picture that the color is like that of the deo I make. I used food grade DE once, in place of BS and my deo went a taupe color. How is yours so white/ivory looking and will it stain white undergarments and even shirts or dresses? I did not use the one I made because it was so dark and I thought it would cause staining. Does your cause staining or discoloration, maybe even a dullness of the white clothes? I would really like to try a deodorant without baking soda. Thank you so much for sharing!

    • leigh says

      I just made some and mine is dark dark brown? I guess from the DE. I used the kind I use for my chickens! unless I did something wrong.

      • says

        Unless the kind you use for your chickens is the kind that’s made for humans, that may be the problem. Apparently poultry-grade DE isn’t the same as pure DE made for human consumption.

        (I’m not an expert, it’s just what I’ve read)

      • says

        Hello! Mine is a bit darker than the pictures imply. I took the pics outside in natural light and did no editing. So, it does appear lighter than reality in my pics. Just make sure you use food grade DE. :)

    • says

      Hello! Nope, I’ve had zero staining with my clothing. Mine looks lighter than reality in the pics as I took them outside and did no editing. Hope this helps. :)

      • Linda says

        Hi ! I have to tell you that I put this deodorant to the test today. I went weeding in the garden for almost 3 hours in 80 % humidity. I was sweating PROFUSELY ! When finished I immediately took a shower but before I did, I bravely did a smell test on the armpits of my shirt ! NOT ONE BIT OF ODOR ! I was amazed ! The only thing I did smell was the EO I put in the deodorant. And for those of you who are worried that the DE clogs the pores, it doesn’t. My shirt was wet but smelled fresh ! Thanks Scratch Mommy ! You are a genius !

    • says

      The essential oils are what gives the scent, so removing them will be unscented. I can make custom deodorants for customers in my shop. Simply order a 6oz size (the smallest order of Deo I do on a custom basis) and then write into the notes section “No Essential Oils, Please” and I’ll take heed. Hope this helps! :)

  11. J says

    I have a question about the deodorant stick dispensers that people are using. I want to do this since it is convenient but essential oils are not supposed to be kept in plastic. Is it okay to use them like this?

    I’m new to essential oils so can someone explain when it is okay to keep them in plastic containers?


  12. Louise says

    Lately my DIY deodorant has been vodka or grain alcohol with grapefruit or orange EO…seems to work pretty well, but I have to be sure I have enough EO to take care of the alcohol smell just in case I get stopped on the road! Not sure how this will hold up when the weather gets really, really hot….

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  14. Monique Schaefer says

    Hi, if I don’t have a scale to weigh ingredients, can you please give me a breakdown of ingredients in tsp, tbs, cups????

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  16. Mary says

    Thanks for sharing your recipe. Just finished my first really big batch, and it worked great! I have been using it for about three months. I had to make a huge second batch due to requests! I do find that after working in the yard in the heat and humidity of Louisiana it helps to clean up and reapply before going out in public!! And it did take a few weeks for my body to adjust. I also didn’t have the Shea butter or almond oil, and it still worked great! Thanks for the DE tip! Also added bentonite clay.

  17. Jen says

    So glad to find a recipe without baking soda as I have tried recipes in the past and found it very irritating. Unfortunately however, I also seem to react to coconut oil. Can you suggest a substitution for it? Thanks!!

  18. Lacey says

    I have a question. I love the deodorant, but it is definitely doesn’t cover odor as well as the previous diy deo with baking soda I had been using. For my oils, I used lavender, tea tree and eucalyptus. Is there any way that I could amp up the odor fighting of this deodorant? Thank you!

    • says

      Hi Lacey,

      Sure, you can up the EOs a bit. You could also add some more DE &/or arrowroot. That will make the deo more ‘stiff’, but will also increase the odor fighting abilities.

      …keep your eyes peeled on my blog. I have a customer tried and tested and approved ‘Super Defunkifying’ DIY deo recipe coming soon. It was born out of a custom order for a valued customer and it is…UhMaaaZing. :)


      • Kelly McNamara says

        Jess- when is this new recipe coming out? I’m looking forward to it…I need something more to help with my odor.

      • Teri says

        Is there any chance you would have this recipe out really soon? I am getting desperate lol. I am just about to go back to store bought and I was allergic to that sigh. Help!

      • Lori says

        I am very interested in the new recipe as well, as I need odor control. At the moment I am using essential oils that work well, but are overwhelming at times, and expensive to use as deodorant. After going through breast cancer treatment though, I refuse to use antiperspirant and none of the natural deodorants in the stores actually work. I was about to purchase the ingredients for this recipe, but after seeing this post I am a little hesitant, as I think I would want to try this new recipe. Are the ingredients the same? Is there anything in this recipe that is not in the new one or any new ingredients I should purchase while I am online ordering everything else? How soon will this recipe be posted? I am very interested! I really appreciate you sharing your recipes, thanks!

      • Heidi says


        I still have to buy several ingredients for this, but I was wondering if I could use olive oil instead of almond, since I already have that?

      • Anna says

        I’ve tried your current recipe and I love how nourishing and moisturizing it is. However, it’s not quite strong enough for me. Any idea when your “Super Defunkifying” recipe will be available? Thanks so much!

        • says

          Soon, soon, SOON! :)
          Make sure you are signed up for my newsletter (you can do that at the top of this page) and you’ll be in the know when the recipe goes out. Meanwhile, add a bit more DE &/or EOs to help give it a stronger ‘punch’.

  19. Peg Bartles says

    I made this recipe a few weeks ago and really like it. I did have to use it exclusively for about a week before I stopped smelling somewhat funky part way through the day. Now it lasts me all day. I am thinking that my body had to detox itself off the chemical deodorant Iwas used to use. You asked for feedback on roll-on use. I didn’t think it would be thin enough for a roll on and so I cleaned out some old stick tubes to see if they would work. The dilemma was how to keep the deodorant from leaking through the holes in the bottom before it cooled and hardened. My first batch I cut pieces of parchment paper to fit and set them on top of the base (the piece that pushes the deodorant up the tube) after cutting a hole for the center rod. I screwed them all down to the bottom and used the end of a spoon to make sure they were flat and even. That worked ok but there was still some leakage. Didn’t effect the use of the tube, I just don’t like waste. My next, and successful experiment, I softened some beeswax pastilles in the microwave until they were just soft enough to mold. I then covered the bases with the beeswax until all the holes were filled, screwed the bases to the bottom and filled them. Voila, no leaks!!! Give it a try!

  20. Cindy says

    I made this deodorant last night and applied it after my shower. When I woke up i sniffed and got a wiff of something a little off :/ I was using a previous DIY deo with baking soda but it caused darkness and irritation (IT DID WORK THO). I really want this recipe to work!!!!! I didn’t use the Diatomaceous Earth but i used everything else. My essential oils were lemongrass, grapefruit, and tea tree. How much of this stuff should I be using? Is the DE crucial for this recipe? Help :(

    • says

      Hi Cindy,

      Thanks for your note. I wish I could say more, but I haven’t tried my recipe without the DE. I would say it’s pretty crucial to both effectiveness and consistency.

      Your choice of essential oils sounds lovely!!! :)


    • anon says

      the stuff sold in gardening contain many harmful chemicals, same as DE they use in pools. you want to use food grade DE, which is safe and edible.

  21. Kristen says

    If I were to get a tube of sorts, would it be the roll one with the ball or the stick like the white-ish stick? Or the stick that screws up the gel? Which would be most appropriate? I’m not a fan of containers you stick your fingers in, no matter how clean! Can’t wait to try this though!

  22. Shannon` says

    My daughter in law made some for us today. I’m really looking forward to this! I do have a sensitivity to latex (wish I had read the comments earlier) but we will see how it go :) Love following you on facebook. Thanks for all you do.

  23. Trish says

    Hello, I was just wondering, since there is no baking soda in your recipe. What is in it’s place for cutting odour?
    thanks Trish

  24. Elanore says

    Cool article! Will try this out for sure. I’m using Lavilin underarm cream, and while it’s by far better than all the other brands I have tried, I am definitely open to explore other options as well. Thanks again!

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  26. K.klick says

    I’m excited to try this deodorant. I just made some homemade deodorant a few days ago with baking soda, and it was not good. It worked, but caused quite a bit if irritation. I made your recipe yesterday, and think it is the perfect solution. I used my doTerra EO’s equal parts of Bergamot, Melaleuca, and Wild Orange. I went for soothing properties in my oil selections, but I must admit, the EO’s combined have a very nice neutral scent. Just curious, approx how long does a batch last with using it every day?

  27. Kerry says

    I made this recipe a week ago and I really like it. It works. My body had to adjust from using antiperspirants but by the end of this week, it’s working and it smells great. I chose jojoba oil and I added an ingredient, bentonite clay (msp?). The only thing I will do differently , for the next batch, is use more beeswax, this batch came out “pasty”, so I use a make up sponge to apply, but perhaps with more beeswax, it’ll just glide on. I also made it for a friend who loves it too! For EOs I used tea tree, eucalyptus, and lavender. Thanks for posting!

  28. Loretta says

    Thank you for this recipe! Do you think bentonite clay (redmond clay) would work for this recipe in place of the DE? I saw someone else comment that they tried Kaolin Clay and another French Green and French White clay. Thank you!

    • says

      Hi Loretta,

      Thanks for stopping by! You know, I don’t see why not. I would give it a try, for sure.

      If you do, please stop back by and let me know how it works.


  29. Jessikah says

    I love this recipe and want to try it, however I am severely allergic to latex and Shea butter is natural latex. Is this essential in your recipe? Do you recommend a substitute like cocoa butter? Ideas…Thoughts? :)

    • says

      Hi Jessikah,

      Ahh, right you are. They are related and some people do react to shea if they have a latex allergy. I only recently learned that.

      Yes, cocoa butter would be delicious in this recipe! I might add a touch more oil to the recipe, just because shea butter is more soft than cocoa.

      If you make it with cocoa butter, please report back your findings! I have made a special order for a customer and added cocoa butter (she loves the smell), but never made it without the shea.


  30. Jennah says

    I was just wondering if you had any problems with the deodorant staining your clothes? I have made and used homemade deodorant in the past and I always find that the oils stain the underarms of my shirts. Any advice I could try would be great, thanks!!

    • says

      Hi Jennah,

      Thanks for stopping by! Great question.

      No, I have had no troubles with this staining my clothing, at all. No one who has purchased it from my skincare shop has said anything about this either (and there are many, many repeat customers).

      You only need a very small amount (think pea-sized amount).

      Give it a try…whip some up! I think that you will be pleasantly surprised. :)


      • Samantha says

        Hi. I love this deodorant!!! However, it does stain all my clothing especially the lighter items. I use a very small amount – about the size of a pea but it still leaves dark residue as well as oil stains on the clothing. Thus far I haven’t been able to get the stains out either. I have tried several methods but nothing as worked. If you have any insight for me on how to get it out of the clothing, I would greatly appreciate it. I would hate to have to stop using it since it works so well (even in hot weather in Orlando while park hopping). Thanks so much.

        • says

          Yikes! I am happy to hear that you love the deo, but sorry to hear you have stains. I wonder if we are using exactly the same ingredients? I haven’t had a single stain.

          You could try rubbing some arrowroot powder into the spots before washing. I rub in arrowroot and then my detergent. I let it sit for a while before washing and stains come out well for me (even my oil covered ‘work’ clothes when I’m making products). Again, sorry you have stains and I hope you can find a remedy for them.


          • Samantha says

            Hi. Thanks for your reply. I would guess we are using the same products since I purchased the exact items you linked to in the article. (I wanted to make sure it was exactly like the version in the recipe). I will try the arrowroot option and hopefully that works. Thanks for the helpful tip.

  31. says

    I sweat my fair share and yours too so… yeah… deodorant is crucial! LOL I use homemade stuff with baking soda but it does get very irritating on my skin some times. I’ll have to give this recipe a try!

  32. Danielle says

    Thank you for this! The baking soda in my homemade deodorant is driving me bonkers recently. Can’t wait to try, thanks!

    • says

      Ahhh, yes. The old baking soda irritation. That happened to me when I first started dabbling with my own recipe. I heard other say the same thing, so after some digging around I realized that baking soda is not a good PH match for our bodies. Eek!

      I’m glad you found my recipe, too. Let me know how you like it.

      Thanks for stopping by,

    • says

      Hi Lisa,

      Hooray for finding another use for our good friend DE! Yes, I am sure that you must always keep a supply on hand for your chicken coop. I hope to one day have chickens of my own…I do have the supply of DE ready. Hehe.

      Thanks for stopping by. :)


  33. Alana Reina says

    I need help!! I tried to modify this recipe to match the ingredients in the deodorant I had just finished from Meow Meow Tweet, but I was a little careless and didn’t really measure anything. Now I have something with almost the right consistency but way too melty at room temperature and the second it touches the skin it feels like pure coconut oil. Should I keep trying to add other ingredients or just start over and not waste any more? Thanks :)

    • says

      Hi there,

      Well…that’s a tough one. I have no idea what you used and in what amounts, so I cannot really say for sure. Measuring is kind-of important.

      Since it is too melty, you’ll want to thicken it up. Adding more shea butter would do that, but again…I have no idea what ingredients you actually used and in what amounts. Sorry I cannot be more helpful!

      BTW…what is Meow Meow Tweet!?

  34. says

    I “cooked” up a batch yesterday and I have a few questions. I ordered some of your deo from Etsy and I found it much more grainy than the stuff I made. Did I do something wrong? My measurements may have been off by a few grams but I was almost spot on with everything. BTW, I used lemon, tea tree and ginger EOs and it smells wonderful. I’m using it today so hopefully I won’t be whiffy by the end of the day. Thanks.

    • says

      Hi Becky,

      Thanks for stopping by! No, I am sure that you probably did nothing wrong. My guess…? Just having a few measurements off (or even a different brand of Diatomaceous Earth) might have made the difference.

      BTW…your EO combination sounds delish! Let me know how you like it throughout the day. :)


  35. says

    OK here’s my update. I made a batch of this and the color isn’t that dark. It doesn’t stain my clothes at all. I’ve used it for several days and it works! Once, my left armpit did have odor as the day wore on and the right one didn’t. I realized that I might not have put enough on under that arm. Thank you for this gentle but effective recipe! It’s as easy as baking to make this up! I won’t be buying Tom’s anymore at $5.00 a pop!

  36. Kendra says

    Hi! I just made your deodorant and it turned a yucky brown color. Is that normal?
    It looks a nice white color in your finished pic, so not sure what happened there! I followed it exactly!

    Thank you and great blog!!

  37. says

    I just made a batch of this up. I substituted Kaolin Clay for the D.E. I love how it smells- I used lavender EO, tea tree oil and some other fragrance oils. It set up beautifully. I’ll use it tomorrow and let you know how it works! Great recipe, thanks alot!

      • says

        Hey Scratch Mommy- I used kaolin clay and my deodorant turned out super! :) I didn’t have any DE, and I didn’t have any Vitamin E. But the texture is firm and smooth, and it melts instantly and absorbs quickly when it touches my skin. I’m going to make another batch and fill an empty deodorant stick with it. Thanks so much for an excellent recipe!!! :)

  38. Terry says

    I make homemade deoderants, too, but have always found ANY of the oils and butters seem to stain my clothes and I do NOT sweat. When I did, years ago, the oils and butters still stain my clothes. Any ideas??

  39. k says

    Hi is there anything else to use instead of beeswax as i am allergic to it, as well as honey, evening primrose, gluten and more. thanks

    • Cat says

      You could try candellia wax… it’s what I’ve used in mine (also used in making lip balms and things). I think I ordered it from mountain rose herbs.

  40. debbie m says

    I saw this on facebook and ordered it off etsy. Then I read the comments on facebook and noticed there was a concern that the DE could cut your skin? Is this a problem?

    • says

      Hi Debbie,

      Good question! No, Diatomaceous Earth (DE) has been used in skincare products for years and years and years. It is perfectly safe (and beneficial!) in skincare products.

      Food grade DE is a mild, soft, gentle exfoliant of sorts, so mixed with the other healthy ingredients you are doing your delicate pits a nice favor. ;) You are giving your armpits a great dose of silica, and DE helps to draw out toxins. It’s a win-win.

      We do not have hard shells like creatures we sprinkle with DE in our gardens, so it is working totally differently on them than on us.

      I have been using this deodorant for quite some time and love it. I have sold many to happy customers, too. I have had a few orders come in throughout the day and will be packaging them in the next couple of days. I think you’ll love your new deo. :)

      Let me know if you have any other questions,

      • Jessikah says

        I just wanted to pipe in on the DE thing. We have been using and eating food grade diatomacous earth for 7 years. My family (children too) and animals are all treated with DE internally once a year. I use it in my chicken coop and with my cats and dogs. we are all happy and healthy. The only thing you should not do is inhale it. It can irritate the lungs. I have never had a problem with using it. I have never ran into someone who had a problem using it. Those people on the internet who had a problem with it, used pool grade DE which is dangerous. Pool DE is not the same as food grade DE.

  41. Brandy says

    But natural deodorants aren’t antiperspirants. Do you know of a natural remedy for that? Sometimes you just don’t want to sweat. In fact, I don’t care for it unless I’m out exercising.

    • Heidi says

      Hey there Brandy. I just read your note about not wanting to sweat. I totally understand this, since we have grown up being taught that it’s gross. I just wanted to offer my perspective: antiperspirants keep your sweat glands from doing what they are made to do, which is to secrete toxins while sweating. I like to keep my sweat glands clear so they can get rid of the toxins. Just a thought.

  42. Amanda says

    I just whipped up a batch of this today and I use actual deodorant sticks to pour into. I may end up using my fingers still, as I don’t want to “overdo” the amount I put on…. I did have a question though – mine ended up coming out looking brown. It smells great because I used apricot oil, but is this normal? I see yours is white and I’m wondering if it’s just because I used a different kind of oil instead of almond? I am really hoping it doesn’t stain my clothing! The BS recipes I’ve tried in the past not only give me a severe chemical burn, but also stained most of my clothing an orangy-yellow color. It was hard to get out and took a few washes each time. Does this seem to happen with this recipe?

    • says

      Hi Amanda,

      I am glad that you whipped some up! I think you’ll love it.

      No, mine is not white. It must just be the lighting of the pictures. The DE makes it a bit grayish-tan…maybe with a hint of brown. ;)

      I have some more pictures here, which are up-close and personal, so you can better see the color. I have had absolutely no issues with stains on my clothing; none at all.

      Enjoy your new deo! :)


  43. Vikki says

    So I normally make mine with the BS but it causes me underarms to get very red and raw, will this ellimanate that problem? Because I love the DIY stuff!!!

    • says

      Hooray for another DIY friend!

      That is another reason why I set out to create my own. The BS recipes make me breakout, too.

      I have had nothing but great success with this recipe and I’ve been using it for months. Now…that said…we all have differing chemical compositions and make-ups, so we all react differently, but I say you should give this a try, as it is much more gentle on the skin.

      Good luck, happy DIYing, and thanks for stopping by. :)

  44. Iulia says


    Was just wondering if this homemade deodorant would be just as effective if I leave out the DE and follow all of the instructions? It’s the only ingredient I don’t have at home right now. Thanks in advance,

    • says

      Hi Lulia,

      Hmmm, good question! You will still be getting many benefits and ingredients that help with unsavory smells and help to draw that moisture out, but the DE is kind-of crucial in the ‘drawing out’ efforts. That said, it is certainly worth a shot. For me, I’ve found that the DE is quite a help, but we are each very different in our chemical makeup, so you may not really need it.

      I say to go for it! If you do decide to whip some up, please check back after a few days and let me know how it is working for you.

      Thanks for stopping by! :)

        • says

          Ooooo, I love French green clay! I use it in a lot of my own personal products (and will be introducing into some products in my skincare shop soon, too). Yes, it is a great detoxifier. You may just have a very effective deo recipe on your hands here! I say to give it a try. What a great thought!

          Let me know how you like it,

          • Iulia says

            Hey Jess,

            Just made your deo with french clay instead of DE! Just put some on, I am very excited about it!! Only challenge with french clay, although I only need to apply a very small tad bit, is that is that it leaves a slight greenish look to armpits, and some little green grains…for fall/winter time when your armpits are not showing, I’d say that it’s fine, however when it comes to summer…not sure about that. I will let you know how effective it is in terms of fighting off BO! I’m just getting into making homemade products, and what I loved about this deo recipe is that it does not contain baking soda! I tried the traditional deo: baking soda, coconut oil and arrowroot powder, loved the consistency, but my pits got fireyyy red and itchy, and then I decreased the BS, but still I got little bumps, so I figured I can’t use BS AT ALL on my pits! Might have to make this again later with DE since it will not colour my pits! Thanks again for your help!

        • Des says

          I have some white french kaolin clay and some Australian kaolin clay which I am going to try one of them in the formula. The colour should be perfect. I am very familiar with the properties of baking soda, and it is extremely alkaline, which is perfect for dissolving plaque on teeth and counteracting acids. But it is not good for skin as it is at a corrosive PH, so I am not surprised at all the dismal failures in deodorants.

  45. Alicia says

    Great recipe…I will certainly try this. Just wanted to mention that you can also use a large Ball jar in a pot of water to melt the ingredients. Just shake every few minutes to help things melt and mix! I make homemade moisturizer this way.


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