An effective and natural deodorant can be hard to find, and expensive. But knowing what we know about the chemicals found commonly in deodorant, it's worth finding something natural that you love using. Why not make your own instead? Our in-house herbalist, Aubrey, has a natural deodorant recipe that is super easy to make and will actually keep you smelling amazing.
Aubrey’s DIY Herbal Deodorant Recipe
- ¼ cup coconut oil
- 3 tbsp baking soda
- 1 tsp finely ground himalayan pink salt
- 1-2 tbsp arrowroot powder
- ½ cup of dry herbs of your choice
- 5-10 drops of essential oils of your choice
- Coconut flour
Tip: Try re-purposing one of your empty Annmarie Skin Care jars as your container. See this post for inspiration!
Note: Steps one and two are only for those who are infusing their oil with herbs. But even if you skip these steps, this recipe still works wonderfully!
- Infuse your coconut oil with dry herbs of your choice. You can use a double boiler OR you can put the oil in a glass jar and set it in the crockpot for about 3-4 hours. You'll want to use up to a half ounce of total herb to infuse here.
- Press or strain out your herbs from your oil.***If you’re not infusing your oils, start below.**
- Mix together your baking soda, salt, and arrowroot powder in a small bowl.
- Slowly pour the dry ingredients into your oil while stirring your mixture. You want to do this step while the oil is pour-able but starting to set up (around room temperature) so that it can help dissolve the dry ingredients.
A few tips for this step:Stir until it's cool: You'll want to stir every couple of minutes, at least, until the deodorant cools and thickens so that the dry ingredients that don't dissolve stay suspended in the hardened coconut oil. Using a shallow bowl allows this process to happen more quickly.Changing your consistency: This is where you might want to pay close attention to the consistency you’re looking for. Add extra coconut oil if you'd like to smooth it out, or if you’re looking for a thicker, more powdery deodorant (that’s how I like mine), add very small amounts of coconut flour or more arrowroot powder until you reach your desired texture.
- (Optional): Add your essential oils and mix them in too — you can do this at any point in the recipe. I like to add it when I mix all the ingredients together.
That's it! You can change this recipe up according to your preferences for scent and consistency. It will seriously keep you smelling great all day. To use it, put a small amount on your finger and give yourself a little lymph massage in your armpits every morning. 🙂
Like with all natural products, you'll want to keep this in a cool, dry place. I use small pots (like the ones we use for our masks and scrubs) for my current deodorant and keep my backup supply in the fridge.
Herbs for Your Natural Deodorant Recipe
Lavender is an ancient herb used for cleansing. Its bragging points are many. You'll love it in your deodorant because it smells good and soothes the skin.
Eucalyptus smells fresh — it's a wonderful herb for people that need a little bit of extra armpit love.
Mint is refreshing and has been used for cleansing the whole body. It grows easily and makes a wonderful addition to this recipe.
Essential Oils for Your Natural Deodorant Recipe
Add 5-10 drops of whatever smell you like! The above herbs also work great as essential oils.
I like frankincense and patchouli in my deodorant for a deep woodsy smell but something more floral would work nice here too: lavender and rose would be refreshing and feminine!
Do you make your own deodorant? Tell us your tips in the comments below!
Aub is a certified clinical herbalist and content strategist/creator. She is the co-founder of Dandelion Branding, a digital marketing company that works with brands that are focused on revolutionizing their industries. When she's not working on a project, you can usually find her nosing about in the forest or giving congratulatory high fives to every plant in her house for growing.