How to make your own deodorant, waste free

I have been using this deodorant for just over 2 weeks now and I’m loving it! And nobody has mentioned that I smell bad or sweat a lot, which is progress. I have always struggled with sweating and odor, it didn’t matter what product I used I could never find one that worked for me. I have tried so many brands, and some have worked better than others but would never last the whole day. In the end, I realised that I would rather want my skin in better condition and use something natural than struggle with chemicals I don’t know that don’t even work anyway.

When I first saw a video of how to make your own deo, I was quite intrigued, and it looked really simple.  I decided I would give it a try and see how it went. I had to buy most of the ingredients, but since there are only 5, it wasn’t so bad, and now I have them for anytime I need to make more! It was also really quick and easy to make, it took me just less than 10 minutes. Overall I’ve been quite impressed, I do sweat but I sweat less than I normally would and the odor is completely eliminated, and I have found that I can now re-wear my tops more than once before washing (which I couldn’t do before) , so I am also saving water (a bonus in Cape Town) by doing washing less often. It sounds weird that by using a natural deodorant, I sweat less, but maybe this is just what my body needed.

Please remember that every one is different and this recipe might not be right for you, and you can always give this one a try and adjust some of the ingredients to suit your body. But, it’s really worth a try! At the bottom of the post I have added some information about the ingredients to see why they are in there and why they might be good for you, if you’re interested.

What you’ll need:

  • A reusable container that you’ll store your deo in. I went for an old glass jar I had in the house.
  • 2 Tablespoons of Arrowroot powder (this is a natural setting agent, found in the baking section of health food shops)
  • 1 Tablespoon of Bicarbonate of Soda (baking soda)
  • 1 Tablespoon of organic coconut oil
  • 1 Tablespoon of organic Shea butter
  • 5-10 drops of your favourite essential oil for deodorant (I used lemongrass)
  • A double boiler (or a pot with a small amount of boiling water with a heat resistant bowl fitting on top)


  1. Mix the arrowroot powder, bicarb, coconut oil and shea butter into a heat resistant bowl
  2. Place over double boiler, allow to melt and mix until you get a smooth consistency  (do not let it boil, as it does not need to get this hot)
  3. Take off heat, add your essential oil drops and mix
  4. Pour into glass jar
  5. Refrigerate until hard, about 30 minutes

Now you are ready to use your deodorant! Whenever you need to use it, just dab a little on your finger and smear it on. Your armpits will thank you, and the skin under there will start getting healthier and smoother. As I said before, you might need to adjust some of the ingredients to make it work for your body, but this works great for me!

Info about the ingredients:

  • Arrowroot powder: This is a natural, vegan thickening agent to combine everything and keep it in a thick paste consistency. Because it’s a thickening agent, it absorbs moisture, thus helping to keep you dry.
  • Bicarb or baking soda: has powerful sweat absorption properties, keeping your armpits dry. It also has mild anti-odor properties, by eliminating the growth of micro-organisms that cause foul odor. Can also help reduce dark skin under your arms.
  • Coconut oil: has antibacterial, hydration and anti-inflammatory properties, keeping your skin supple, soft and free of irritation.
  • Shea butter: Filled with vitamin A, E, phytonutrients and fatty acids, shea butter has anti-inflammatory and moisturizing properties. Also great for treating many different skin conditions and acts as natural protection from the sun.

I would to hear how this worked out for you and if there are any other things you’re wondering how to make, let me know and I’ll give it a go! As always, if you have any questions or comments, I would love to hear from you.

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