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DIY Herbal Deodorant

Three glass jars filled with homemade deodorant

We've all witnessed the deodorant revolution over the past few years. From chemical-infused sticks to ruin-your-blouse white stuff, finding a healthy and practical alternative can be a challenge. I've tried them all and even gone without for many years. 

Most of the time I don't need it, but occasionally I like to go on multiple day hiking trips or enjoy the local music scene in intimate, warm venues. So I experimented to create a formula that works perfectly for my needs. This isn't the normal wipe-it-on deodorant! The ingredients in this recipe, such as the cocoa butter and shea butter, will melt easily with body temperature while maintaining a solid form in the tin throughout the day. I push a little pea-sized chunk off with my finger and rub it into my underarm just like I would body lotion. An alternative is to reuse an old store-bought deodorant container, allowing for a less messy application.

Once you see how easy it is to make, you might just go a little wild like me, mixing in your favorite essential oils for a personalized scent treat! 

An array of ingredients for making homemade deodorant including essential oils and arrowroot powder

All-Natural Homemade Deodorant Recipe

Makes two ounces.  


  1. In a double boiler, combine cocoa butter, shea butter, and beeswax.
  2. Heat over medium-low until all ingredients are melted.
  3. Remove from heat and stir in arrowroot powder and baking soda.
  4. Add Vitamin E oil and your desired essential oil blend.
  5. Carefully pour into 2 oz. tins, filling to the top, but making sure not to spill over.
  6. Place lids on containers without pressing down to lock. Just let them sit on top to help prevent dust from settling in your deodorant while it sets.
  7. Allow to completely cool and solidify, which can take 6+ hours.  I usually let them sit overnight.
  8. Enjoy! And remember, deodorant works best if applied before you're active!  


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Topics: Natural Body Care, Recipes, Green Living


Written by Alieta on June 30, 2014

Alieta, blog contributor, is an Oregon native with a two-year certificate from the Columbines School of Botanical Studies. Her other professional accreditations include: a degree in Computer Science at Oregon State University, a degree in Philosophy, Spanish, and Graphic Design from Portland State University, a scuba diving certification, and non-violent communication training. She enjoys spending her free time hiking in the woods with her Labradoodle, Pepperoni, or enjoying the view from her garden with her cat and a bubbly beverage. And winning the local Eugene hackathon!

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