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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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3:29PM PDT on Mar 30, 2015

I use this recipe except that I also add a small amount of organic corn starch. I also make a small amount with organic soft Shea butter that comes from different region of Africa then the firmer Shea butter. Always make a small amount until you find what works for you and doesn't leave a whitish residue on your clothing. Dilute your organic essential oil( to avoid irritating, harming, burning, scarring your very sensitive tender underarm area or other areas of your skin with a organic carrier oil of you choice. Be patient don't give up it's well worth the effort. Trial and error until you find what works best for you. ps Caution don't use essential oils on 'freshly shaved' underarm areas ladies and gents. Most carrier oils should be okay for freshly shaved underarm areas.

1:16PM PDT on Mar 30, 2015

The deodorant I make is actually more of a lotion but it does have baking soda and essential oils. Caution should be used with both ingredients as others have mentioned. Baking soda undiluted does irritate skin and most essential oils should not be put in your armpits!!!

Without an essential oil, there is a noticeable difference in performance though. I prefer Lavender essential oil, as it fights fungus and bacteria while being the mildest on the skin. I also add organic cornstarch to help absorb moisture. Instead of coconut, I use shea butter from a women's cooperative in Uganda. When I consume tropical products, I make sure that the money goes directly to the people- instead of a global company that stole land from the people, such as the case with coconut plantations.

5:50AM PDT on Mar 30, 2015

mmmm interesting thx, go natural is BEST

7:35PM PDT on Mar 29, 2015

Thanks for sharing!

7:31PM PDT on Mar 29, 2015

muy interesante!! gracias

6:58PM PDT on Mar 29, 2015

I use rubbing alcohol with tea tree oil. Mix it in a little spray bottle. Works fine.

11:23AM PDT on Mar 29, 2015

Thank you

9:11AM PDT on Mar 29, 2015

I will defiantly be looking into this, thank you.

6:03AM PDT on Mar 29, 2015

i mix coconut oil and baking soda together for my pits. And sometimes when i want to use it on my teeth i will add a tiny bit of hydrogen peroxide ( very very diluted) to take care of the antibacterial part of it. Teeth and pits are healthy as ever and there are no heavy metals. Easy peasy. Oh ya to save your plumbing do not spit down the drain, spit into toilet paper or ??? and compost. Remembering that coconut oil hardens when cooled.

5:01AM PDT on Mar 29, 2015

thank you for the useful information.

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