Homemade, organic deodorant. Much less effort than you might think.

I’m a sweater. Not an American jumper but a person who sweats… quite a lot — When it’s hot, when it’s cold, when I’m nervous, when I’m excited. I also want to smell nice. Or at least not smell bad. And these two things can sometimes be at odds with one another.

Not wanting to douse myself in chemicals and unknown ingredients, I’ve tried lots of organic deodorants with varying success. Then I discovered that making your own deodorant is ridiculously easy. Seriously. And it works even for a renowned sweater such as myself.

All it takes are two to three very easy to get hold of ingredients (no scouring the internet for random liquids and powders) and one pot with a wide mouth. An old moisturiser pot will do the trick.

Then you fill it with baking soda, about 1/4 of a cup or around 40g. Whatever fits in your pot, really. You don’t have to be all that precise which is nice. Then mix in some organic essential oils.

It’s your choice as to what you put in. I chose Tea Tree Oil as it’s an antiseptic and lemon oil for a nice fresh scent. But you can use any oils you want. Other great oils to use are rosemary (another antibacterial), patchouli, lavender, oregano or geranium. Chamomile is perfect for those with sensitive skin.

You need about 20 drops of essential oil in total. I went with 10 drops of Tea Tree and 10 of lemon. Simply drop them straight into the pot of baking soda and then use a butter knife to mix them all together. The oil will start off making clumps but keep stirring until you’re left with a pot of slightly crumbly powder.

And you’re done. Really. That was it!

Now you just need to stick a cotton cloth into your mixture and dab it under your arms (it’s great for sweaty feet too). You can do it as soon as you jump out the shower and even as a quick refresh in the afternoon. Make sure you brush off any extra powder before pulling on a black top and remember to wash your cloth regularly.

Could homemade, organic deodorant be any simpler?

Share some more ideas below if you’ve tried making your own homemade deodorant, too.


This is a guest post by Liam, the co-founder of Eco Market, an online marketplace where you can buy natural products directly from the sellers that make them, get to know each seller and learn about the story behind each product. Eco Market also simplifies the often complicated process of shopping ethically by explaining what each product’s ethical credentials and certificates mean.

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  • http://www.scatterbraintures.com Rae

    You’re such a lucky girl. I will expire on this way before it’s time. Haha.

    • http://www.ecobeautysecrets.com Vivi

      i actually haven’t tried this so am not sure how effective it is, haha

  • http://ohyeahimallergictoeverything.blogspot.com ritac.

    baking soda does all magic!!! love this idea and would love to try it sometimes even thou im not so much of a sweater. lol. you are so cute.

    • http://www.ecobeautysecrets.com Vivi

      This was actually a guest post so I haven’t tried it before… i don’t even use deodorant. :S
      I sweat a lot but luckily, my sweat smells like plain water.

  • http://jeanettemarie.net Jeanette M

    This is genious! Would have never thought of this! Actually I haven’t used deodorant for 3 years, but lately I have started working out more.. Maybe I’ll give this a try! I even have the tea tree oil :)

    • http://www.ecobeautysecrets.com Vivi

      Let me know how it goes! I personally haven’t tried this recipe… and that’s because I don’t use deodorants. I might try this though when the weather gets to be too hot again. :)

  • http://www.perfectskincareforyou.com/ Swati

    i think arrowroot powder works well as well :) will try it sometime though even i don’t use deos!!
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    • http://www.ecobeautysecrets.com Vivi

      I have arrowroot powder, too. I want to use it to do a dry shampoo recipe :)

  • Katrina

    Hi Vivi,

    I’m so dejected now :( I have been trying so hard to clear my acne marks (PIH) the natural way. I use things like honey and nutmeg, turmeric, and also this ultra-expensive all natural lotion containing vit c, bearberry and a host of other stuff.. all to no avail…

    What do you think of laser? I’ve been keeping at this natural method for more than 11 months and it seems to not work.

    I’m a college student, doing a double degree, i’m under MAJOR stress all the time, is that why my face can’t seem to heal? I kept believing it’ll work but now.. I lost all my hope and it’s really doing me in :(

    • http://www.ecobeautysecrets.com Vivi

      Hi Katrina, what kind of laser are you looking at?

      I tried laser for my acne before. But I figure that because my acne was ‘internal’, the laser only got rid of it temporarily (2 weeks) then after that they started popping out again. I did about 4 sessions of laser but the effects was always the same.

      If you can remember yourself not having as much acne previously while you were not as stressed, then it’s highly likely your current breakout is caused by acne, possibly exacerbated by an allergic reaction to a certain type of food. For me, dairy causes me to be prone to cystic acne but stress triggers it.

      • Katrina

        Hi Vivi,

        I do not have issues with acne, the reason why my face broke out was because I tried the oil cleansing method which totally caused mayhem on my skin. I only have acne marks (Post Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation) to deal with. However, its taking awfully long to fade away! So i was just wondering whether stress is preventing my skin from healing?


        • http://www.ecobeautysecrets.com Vivi

          You might have been sensitive with one of the oils you used. For example, my skin can’t take olive oil that well although I’m not really acne prone.

          Do you exfoliate and moisturize well? Skin needs to be in tip-top shape to heal properly and faster.

          Regarding stress, it’s not unlikely that it’s preventing your marks from fading fast. You body will manage the stress levels first before it starts focusing on ‘non-serious’ damage like skin pigmentations. That’s how our body works. Also, if you’re stressed due to school work, then most likely you’re not getting enough sleep too?

  • Samantha

    Hi Vivi,

    I have a sweating problem too! And it’s majorly embarassing. I can’t even lift my arms for fear they see my sweaty pits….and the foul odor that emits from them. But the funny thing I noticed : I sweat whenever I’m nervous. Does this homemade deodorant really work for a teenager (think below 18) like me? Oh, and where can you buy those oils? Thanks!

    • http://www.ecobeautysecrets.com Vivi

      Hi Samantha, we have the same problem. I become sweaty when I’m agitated or nervous and let me tell you something— it pours. Haha. It can be quite embarrassing. Thankfully, I don’t get any smell unless I wear a fabric that doesn’t absorb moisture like chiffon.

      This recipe will help only with minor sweating but I don’t think it can stop the kind of ‘downpour’ that we get whenever we are nervous. That’s an internal issue and signaled by hormones in our body. :(

  • Hanne

    Recently I was starting to have problems with my underarms, they became super sensitive and red when using deodorant and even worse when shaving or epilating them. Tiny panic rise inside me as summer is coming so the weather gets sweaty and I also wanna wear sleeveless shirts.

    My friend recommended to try extra virgin coconut oil, and now for week or so I’ve been using it for my underarms, and it works. Skin of my underarms have had time to calm down, it’s soft again and coconut oil doesn’t sting even applying after epilating. Also when doing light excercise I haven’t notice bad smell.

    Even I found coconut oil good in replacing deodorant I wanna try out this reciepe as well, as baking soda is easier to find in grocery stores, and would think that powdery texture might somehow prevent sweat marks in shirts…

    • http://www.ecobeautysecrets.com Vivi

      Let me know how it goes. :) However, although this recipe can help manage minimal amount of moisture, it won’t really stop you from sweating like anti-perspirant deodorants. Be careful, though, as some people are allergic to baking soda.

      Oh, if you find coconut oil suitable, you might want to check out this product:

      It’s made of coconut butter but has an added minty smell to it. :)