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DIY Essential Oil Deodorant That Really WORKS!

I’ve tried lots of natural deodorants, and I’ll be honest, most of them don’t work very well.

But THIS essential oil deodorant really does work.

It stops the stink and keeps everyone smelling fresh. It’s summer tested and husband approved.

 

Why does this homemade deodorant work so well?

  • Magnesium helps neutralize odor naturally.
  • Tapioca flour helps absorb wetness to keep you dry all day.
  • A blend of coriander, lemongrass, lavender, tea tree, and cypress essential oils help to lessen perspiration, kill odor-producing bacteria, soothe underarm skin, and add a pleasant (but not overwhelming) scent.
  • Non-greasy, non-sticky feel. Easily absorbed; application requires only a small amount.

And it’s even baking soda free, so it’s great for those of us with sensitive skin, too!

 

Finally, a homemade natural deodorant that really works! Stops the stink and keeps you smelling fresh. Summer tested and husband approved. {DIY essential oil deodorant recipe}

 

How to make homemade deodorant with essential oils?

click here to get a free printable of my essential oil deodorant recipe

step 1:  add 1/4 cup cocoa butter to a heat-safe glass measuring cup or bowl

(if you don’t care for the smell of cocoa butter, you can substitute kokum butter instead)

homemade DIY essential oil deodorant recipe that really works

 

step 2:  add 1/3 cup shea butter

(if you don’t let the smell of shea butter, you can use mango butter instead)

homemade DIY essential oil deodorant recipe that really works

 

step 3:  add 1/4 cup virgin coconut oil

(if you don’t care for coconut oil, you can use babassu oil instead)

homemade DIY essential oil deodorant recipe that really works

 

step 4:  add 2 Tbsp sweet almond oil

(if you don’t care for almond oil, you can substitute with another liquid carrier oil like apricot kernel oil)

homemade DIY essential oil deodorant recipe that really works

 

step 5:  melt oils and butter using the double-boiler method.  To do this, place heat-safe glass measuring cup in a pot of simmering water.  Stir butters and oils occasionally as they melt.

homemade DIY essential oil deodorant recipe that really works

homemade DIY essential oil deodorant recipe that really works

 

step 6:  remove melted butters and oil from the heat and add 1/2 cup magnesium hydroxide powder

homemade DIY essential oil deodorant recipe that really works

 

step 7: add 1/2 cup tapioca flour

homemade DIY essential oil deodorant recipe that really works

 

step 8:  add 1 Tbsp raw honey

homemade DIY essential oil deodorant recipe that really works

 

step 9: mix ingredients together

homemade DIY essential oil deodorant recipe that really works

 

step 10:  Chill in the refrigerator until the mixture becomes firm.  This takes about 1 hour.

homemade DIY essential oil deodorant recipe that really works

 

step 11:  use a mixer to slightly whip up the oils and butter

homemade DIY essential oil deodorant recipe that really works

 

step 12:  add 1 tsp vitamin e

homemade DIY essential oil deodorant recipe that really works

 

step 13:  add the following essential oils

8 drops coriander essential oil

4 drops lemongrass essential oil

4 drops lavender essential oil

2 drops tea tree essential oil

8 drops cypress essential oil

homemade DIY essential oil deodorant recipe that really works

 

step 14:  use mixer to whip up the deodorant until it’s light and fluffy and the essential oils have been completely mixed in

homemade DIY essential oil deodorant recipe that really works

 

step 15:  scoop deodorant into glass jars

recipe usually makes enough for six 2-oz mini mason jars or three 4 oz jelly jars.  Or you can make a combination of sizes as I did here (two 2 oz mini mason jars and two 4 oz jelly jars).  Exact amount it makes will depend on how much you whip up the deodorant and how full you fill each jar.

Store in a cool spot.  If your home gets warm (above 75 degrees) during the summer months, it’s best to store this in refrigerator so butters and oils don’t melt.

homemade DIY essential oil deodorant recipe that really works

homemade DIY essential oil deodorant recipe that really works

 

step 16:  This is optional, but I like to use twine to make a little scoop holder on the jars.  To do this tie the twine around the scoop and then wrap the twine around the neck of the jar a few times.  Scoop will easily slide in and out of the twine.

homemade DIY essential oil deodorant recipe that really works

 

Here’s the essential oil deodorant recipe one more time

click here to get a free printable of my essential oil deodorant recipe

Add the following to a heat-safe glass measuring cup or bowl:

1/4 cup cocoa butter

1/3 cup shea butter

1/4 cup virgin coconut oil

2 Tbsp sweet almond oil

Melt oils and butter using the double-boiler method.

Once completely melted, remove from heat and add the following:

1/2 cup magnesium hydroxide powder

1/2 cup tapioca flour

1 Tbsp raw honey

Mix well, then refrigerate until firm (about 1 hour).

Once firm, use a mixer to slightly whip up the oils and butter, then add the following:

add 1 tsp vitamin e

8 drops coriander essential oil

4 drops lemongrass essential oil

4 drops lavender essential oil

2 drops tea tree essential oil

8 drops cypress essential oil

Use mixer to whip up the deodorant until it’s light and fluffy and the essential oils have been completely mixed in.

Scoop into airtight glass jars in a cool place.

 

 

homemade DIY essential oil deodorant recipe that really works

How to use

Scoop out a small, pea-size amount of deodorant.  It takes very little deodorant to work.  A little goes a long way.

Apply to each armpit and rub in until it’s invisible.

Wait a couple of minutes before putting on shirt so that deodorant has time to dry and absorb into skin.

It will keep you smelling fresh all day.

note:  Magnesium applied topically can sting a little right after shaving, so if you’ve just shaved, wait a couple of minutes before applying deodorant.

 

 

homemade DIY essential oil deodorant recipe that really works

Where to get supplies?

click here for shea butter (or click here to substitute with mango butter)

click here for cocoa butter (or click here to substitute with kokum butter)

click here for virgin coconut oil (or click here to substitute with babassu oil)

click here for magnesium hydroxide powder

click here for tapioca flour

click here for vitamin e

click here for sweet almond oil

click here for raw honey

click here for mini 2 oz mason jars or click here for 4 oz glass jars

click here for mini wooden spoons

click here for twine

 

click here to get a free printable of my essential oil deodorant recipe

homemade DIY essential oil deodorant recipe that really works

 

 

here are a few other essential oil posts that I think you’ll like:

DIY Dusting Powder Recipe with Essential Oils

Best DIY Dry Shampoo for light & dark hair

DIY Cooling Peppermint Foot Cream {to refresh tired feet}

soft & silky body butter with essential oils

essential oil face wash for your skin type

super rich & creamy dry hand lotion

essential oil bath melts for luxuriously well-moisturized skin

lavender, oatmeal, & milk Bath Soak for Dry Skin

DIY Face serum with essential oils for your skin type (dry, mature, sensitive, acne, oily, normal)

Best deals for essential oil supplies– diffusers cases, spray bottles, carrier oils, essential oil tools

20 Favorite Roller Bottle Blend Recipes and Free Printable Labels

How to make essential oil inhalers + 24 favorite inhaler recipes

Clever & Creative Ways to Use Empty Essential Oil Bottles

25+ Easy DIY Gifts Made with Essential Oils

 

 

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Finally, a homemade natural deodorant that really works! Stops the stink and keeps you smelling fresh. Summer tested and husband approved. {DIY essential oil deodorant recipe}

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5 Comments

  1. mandy July 26, 2017 at 10:17 am - Reply

    can I use mag oil instead and about how much you think

    • Sarah Lewis August 5, 2017 at 7:09 pm - Reply

      I think it would be tricky. The consistency would change because of omitting the magnesium powder (a dry ingredient). Plus, you’d be using a water-based ingredient (magnesium oil isn’t actually an oil) with the oils and butters. I’ve gotten this to work when only using a little magnesium oil, but if you use too much I don’t think you’d get the magnesium oil (water based) and oil/butters to emulsify.
      If you’d like to try experimenting, you may want to start with my magnesium body butter recipe and play around with the amount of magnesium oil and essential oils to turn it into a deodorant that works for you.

  2. Adrienne Weller July 26, 2017 at 10:43 am - Reply

    Thank you for the wonderful recipes. Is there anyway to get printable versions of these?

  3. Julia July 26, 2017 at 4:03 pm - Reply

    Do you think the texture/consistency of this recipe would hold up well in a deodorant applicator?

    • Sarah Lewis August 5, 2017 at 7:03 pm - Reply

      The current recipe would be too soft to work in a tube, but you could add beeswax to make it firmer. Then it would work in a tube just fine.
      I’m not sure of the amount of beeswax to use, since I haven’t done this with this recipe yet. Maybe start with adding 1/4 cup and testing it out? Then if it’s not enough, you could melt the batch down and add more beeswax until it gets to the right consistency.

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