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5 Natural Deodorants + 2 Recipes to Make Your Own

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One of our favorite natural deodorant recipes was posted on our site almost 13 years ago (what!?) by Annie Bond. Here’s what she suggests:

“I like the essential oils recommended for this formula by Snow Drift Farms; they are all strongly anti-bacterial:

1 1/2 tbspn beeswax (yellow is best)
1/2 tbspn cocoa butter
1 tablespoon coconut oil
15 drops white thyme essential oil
15 drops rosemary essential oil
25 drops lavender essential oil
3 drops castor oil

Melt beeswax in a glass jar standing in hot water, add the cocoa butter, and when it has melted, add the oils. Stir to mix thoroughly, then pour into a clean, discarded deodorant stick case and leave to cool and set.”

We’re also sorta obsessed with Wellness Mama’s deodorant bar recipe. Just look at this amazing photo:

The ingredients:

1/2 cup coconut oil
1/2 cup shea butter, cocoa butter or mango butter (or a mix of all three equal to 1 part)
1/2 cup + 1 tsp beeswax
optional: Vitamin E oil to preserve. I added 1 tsp vitamin E oil for this recipe)
3 tablespoons baking soda (Omit this if you have sensitive skin and just use extra arrowroot)
1/2 cup organic arrowroot powder
2-3 capsules of high quality probiotics that don’t need to be refrigerated (I love Bio Kult brand)
optional: Essential oils of choice – I used about 20 drops of lavender essential oil

“This recipe can be adjusted to make any quantity that you’d like by increasing the amount of ingredients used. This batch made enough deodorant for my husband and I for about 2-3 months. You could also cut the recipe in half if you want to make a smaller amount.”

Head to her blog for the full how-to rundown.

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Lo Lankford

Lo Lankford is a recent Los Angeles transplant after a decade in the Big Apple. In her "spare time" (ha!) she used to run a dog rescue called Badass Brooklyn and helped save over 400 dogs. Otherwise? Nerd'do well, whistle blower, proud hillbilly from the sticks.


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9:42AM PDT on Aug 11, 2014

Fortunately I´ve got no problems with deodorants, I only have to use one without aluminium salts, but the ones from dm, a drugstore, are without them!!!

5:12AM PDT on Jul 29, 2014

thank-u for this post

6:56AM PDT on May 28, 2014


6:00AM PDT on May 25, 2014

thank you.

11:57AM PDT on Apr 2, 2014

these are so easy! I've made the one on the bottom, but will make the other one next time. I am sensitive to the Baking Soda, it turns out. These are great. I urge everyone to try it. My husband is afraid more of things being homemade, but I've found him a nice deodorant, and I like to make and use my own. One less thing to be dependent upon anyone else for. Yay! I know, it is still just a little thing, but for me, it is huge!

5:38AM PST on Mar 4, 2014

thank you

8:09AM PST on Feb 7, 2014

thanks for lovely recipes, am gonna give them a go over the weekend!

1:43AM PST on Feb 7, 2014


6:38PM PST on Jan 28, 2014

Thanks for the ideas.

10:46AM PST on Jan 11, 2014

Dabbing witch hazel directly on your underarms works well.

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