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How to make your own deodorant

February 2, 2012 by Karl

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In this post you will learn how to make stick deodorant.  This will save you money by saving your health.

I should start off by saying, everything (well almost everything) that I know about home-made deodorant, I learned from my new friend Sarah Herr, who gave me permission to post what she told me.  Thanks Sarah!

All ingredients should be available locally, but if you want to do it right, you should use nothing but virgin organic coconut oil.  As far as I know the only place that you can get the virgin organic is from Tropical Traditions.


1/4 c. arrowroot powder or cornstarch
1/4 c. baking soda
5 T. coconut oil
2 T. beeswax pellets
8 drops tea trea essential oil (or other essential oil), optional
1/4 tsp. vitamin E liquid, optional (helps to make it slide on smoother)

Here’s my video:


Make sure you clean the old junk out of your deodorant container.  I just pour hot water over them for about 5 minutes until most of it has gone down the drain, and then clean up with a paper towel.

You may have trouble with some deodorant containers.  Not all of them are made to be filled with a fully liquid mixture (holes will allow it to leak).  Also some of the containers only allow the plastic lift mechanism to go down half way, leaving the lower half of the container being filled with stuff that won’t be used.  In this situation, I recommend that you wait for the mixture to cool first.  Once it has hardened, you can use a spoon to press it into the container, which will not allow it to go into the places you don’t want it to go.

Please be sure to check out the rest of the The Frugal Berry for other health / money-saving ideas.

Also don’t be afraid to post a comment if you have questions. Thanks!


  1. Sue says:

    First off, I love the recipe. I’ve been struggling for several years trying to find an all natural store bought deodorant that actually works. This homemade version fills the bill! Thanks!
    My comment refers to your reference above about where to find virgin, organic coconut oil. There are many other quality brands that make this product, such as: Nutiva, Dr. Bronner’s, Nature’s Way, Artisana, Barlean’s, NOW, Garden of Life & VitaCost just to name a few. Tropical Traditions is high quality but is also the most expensive.
    Thanks again for the great recipe.

  2. abdul says:

    Thanks for sharing your knowledge, Karl.

    i already downloaded tow of your videos.

    i like the recipe especially the bees wax ,and i appreciate

    the accuracy in work .

    thanks alot and waiting for new ideas.

  3. Ismael says:

    Hi Karl. I want to thank you for this recipe. I’ve being trying several recipes for DIY Deodorants for my and my family and have had trouble with the melting of the deodorant. You see, I live in Puerto Rico and even in the winter time the temperature is over 85ºF, so this tip of adding the beeswax is phenomenal. The first time I watched your video I went online to order beeswax just to make your recipe, and I just made a batch of it. So you can imagine how happy I am. Thanks again!

    My father loves this deodorant too, and we both sweat heavily.

  4. Fiorenza De Minico says:

    can you use extra virgin oil instead of coconut oil?

    • Karl says:

      When you say “extra virgin oil” I assume you mean olive oil? I don’t think it would work with olive oil because it never hardens at room temperature. The thing that makes coconut oil work so well is that it harden’s at around 76 degrees f. Adding the bees wax increases the temperature before coconut melts. Now if you are talking about extra virgin coconut oil, that will work fine and is actually recommended.

      Hope this helps!

  5. Kate M says:

    Awesome frugal product! However I am vegan and cannot use bee’s wax for this, would soy wax or even petroleum candle wax for this?

    • Karl says:

      It’s worth a try. The idea is to add enough of something to the recipe to raise the melting temp of the coconut oil. Anything with a higher melting temp would work (as long as it’s not harmful to your body). You’ll need to play around with how much to put in though (and the temperature required to get it to melt into the mix in the first place).

      Good Luck! Karl

  6. maria says:

    good afternoon.I made today deodorant before 6 hours but i do not congealed, it is like a thick krema.evala apart from the cornflour and soda, 5tbs coconut oil and 2tbs beeswax did i make a mistake in these 2?I’m not sure T is tbs.Mipos is easy to write on my grams?What can be wrong?Thanks.

    • Karl says:


      I’m not sure about conversions, but you can do a google search for conversions. T= tablespoon. tsp= teaspoon c= cup

      I hope this helps.


  7. Connie says:

    do you if this works as an anti-persperant as well as a deoderant? when it gets 100 degrees around here for days on end, BOTH are needed. Thanks, Connie.

    • Karl says:


      No, this is NOT an antiperspirant. Your body is designed to perspire for a reason. Please don’t block it’s ability to do so.

  8. David whitaker says:

    Hi iike the you tube deo recipe my question is does the tea tree , beaswax, or vitamin e stain
    My white shirts. ?

    • Karl says:


      I have never had any problems with staining, however, if you cake the deodorant on it can cause some oily buildup on your shirts that will need to be scrubbed with a strong soap to remove. I have just learned to use it sparingly and have not had any problems.

      I still go several days sometimes between applications with NO odor!


  9. Elizabeth says:

    I have been looking for a recipe just like this thank you for sharing. I do have a question. My daughter plays a lot of softball in the summer and always carries deodorant in her bag with this hold up in the hot temperatures in her bag and not melt?

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