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A 2-Ingredient Deodorant Recipe That WORKS!

A 2-Ingredient Deodorant Recipe That WORKS!

I’ve been using this DIY deodorant for over a year now, and it’s by far my favorite recipe.

If you’ve made the switch — or tried to make the switch — from conventional deodorants to natural alternatives, you know that natural deodorants are often kind of spotty. Sometimes they work. Sometimes they don’t. What’s pretty consistent about natural deodorants is that they come with a hefty price tag, though, right? This DIY deodorant is inexpensive to make and works much more consistently than any of the store-bought ones I’ve tried.

Why Choose Natural or DIY Deodorant?

Conventional deodorants are bad news for your health and for the environment. Deodorant works by killing bacteria. It’s not sweat that makes you stinky. It’s that your pits are a warm, dark place, and when you sweat you’re basically creating an ideal environment for bacteria to thrive. Kill the bacteria, kill the smell. Unfortunately, conventional deodorants use nasty chemicals to do that.

Related Reading: The Dangers of Triclosan and How to Avoid It

Natural and DIY deodorant recipes rely on gentler methods to keep you dry and smelling fresh. These natural methods aren’t always as effective as chemicals like triclosan, but they are safer for you and for the planet. One powerful agent you have against bacteria is essential oils, and I’m going to talk a little bit about choosing the right essential oil for your DIY deodorant recipes next.

2-Ingredient DIY Deodorant that WORKS!

Choosing Your Essential Oils

You can use whatever blend of essential oils you like in the recipe below, and I suggest putting at least one oil into your mix with antiseptic/antibacterial properties. Here are some antibacterial essential oils for you to consider:

  • lemongrass
  • thyme
  • lavender
  • tea tree
  • rosemary
  • geranium
  • lemon

The trick to tinkering with essential oils is knowing their strength. Lemon and lemongrass oils, for example, are very strong. Just a few drops will do the trick in this DIY deodorant recipe, where something less powerful like lavender  takes 15-20 drops.

My advice when getting used to essential oils is to start small. Add a few drops, mix, smell, repeat. You can always add more, but you can’t take away.

DIY Deodorant Recipe

Materials & Supplies

  • small, wide-mouth glass jar – I use an old jelly jar. You need to be able to get your fingers in there, because you apply this with your fingers.
  • spoon
  • 1/4 cup baking soda – Baking soda absorbs moisture, which helps keep you dry.
  • 10-20 drops essential oil of your choice – See the section above. If you don’t want to tinker, start with 15-20 drops of lavender, depending on how strong you want the scent to be.


You can make this DIY deodorant right in your jelly jar. Spoon in the baking soda, add your essential oil, and mix it up well.

How to Apply Your DIY Deodorant

It’s best to apply this right out of the shower. Give the jar a good shake before opening, then dip clean, dry fingers in, and pat the deodorant onto your pits. I do this over the sink, because it’s a little bit messier than applying stick deodorant. Pat – don’t rub – until the powder is no longer visible on your pits, and you’re good to go.


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Becky Striepe

Becky Striepe is a freelance writer and vegan crafter living in Atlanta, Georgia. Her life’s mission is to make green crafting and vegan food accessible to everyone! Like this article? You can follow Becky on Twitter or find her on Facebook!


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9:10AM PDT on Jun 24, 2015

Thank you!

4:18AM PDT on May 20, 2015


3:50AM PDT on May 4, 2015

Thanks! And without aluminium tooooo :)

5:38PM PDT on Apr 29, 2015

i just buy the tea tree company natural very well.....only $3 .....i live in a tiny bedsitter so i would have a hell of a time doing this....aslo i want to support good business

6:50PM PDT on Apr 26, 2015

helpful info, thanks for sharing

3:53AM PDT on Apr 25, 2015

For the cleanness of our own and the environment

7:28AM PDT on Apr 20, 2015

Thanks for sharing!

6:15AM PDT on Apr 20, 2015

thank you

3:58PM PDT on Apr 12, 2015

sounds really messy and time consuming

9:23AM PDT on Apr 12, 2015

I tried making my own deodorant before with baking soda, cornstarch, coconut oil and essential oils, and whilst it worked VERY well (aka I didn't sweat at all!) my skin got irritated from the B.soda I tried making it again substitutine arrowroot for the B.soda but found it didn't really work. I then added a small bit of B.soda, it still didn't work but I got my darn rash back again....any suggestions??? I'd really love to stop using commercial deodorant as I know it's full of toxins..

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