January 13, 2016

How To Make An Effective Deodorant At Home With Essential Oils

Deodorant: a product designed to mask the unpleasant odor that is sometimes the body’s reaction to profuse sweating, has been in existence for centuries (long before companies like Secret, Dove, Axe and Degree were household names).

In more more primitive times, making deodorant at home was often customary. It was also much more natural than the stuff you see in the stores. It might surprise you to hear that cooking up your own personal batch of deodorant is still possible today. Here’s how you can get started.

Making Your Own Deodorant

What You’ll Need:

  • ¼ cup of baking soda and cornstarch
  • Essential oils (we recommend tea tree oil and one or more aromatic oils of your choosing)
  • A large mixing bowl
  • An old deodorant container (washed and dried thoroughly)
  • A small thermoplastic spatula for scooping the new deodorant into the old container
  • Optional — foods that contain vitamins (think orange zest, diced mint, etc.)

Step 1: Combine The Ingredients

Mix your cornstarch, baking soda and a few drops of tea tree oil together in a large bowl, gradually stirring in the remaining ingredients (coconut oil, orange zest, etc.)

Step 2: Get The Texture Just Right

Examine the texture. Your deodorizing concoction should take on an even, velvety consistency—much like the stick deodorant you see in the stores—upon completion. If after mixing your deodorant is too dry, add more oil. If it is too loose, a hint more baking soda and cornstarch divided into equal amounts should do the trick.

Step 3: Give It A Whiff

One of the key elements to a great deodorant is its smell, so be certain to lean in and test out the aroma prior to bottling up your product. Here is where you can get a bit creative by adding in varying essential oil combinations in order to obtain the desired result.

You might even want to spice things up a bit by throwing your own favorite foods into the mix, like a dash of vey finely diced cucumber for a refreshing, yet subtle scent or some orange zest for a more invigorating and noticeable scent. Be sure to avoid anything too acidic so that your skin doesn’t have a bad reaction.

Step 4: Package Your Product

Utilizing a plastic spatula or wooden spoon, scoop up your deodorant mixture and spoon it carefully into an empty deodorant container. If you really like your recipe and are thinking about putting it up for sale, you might want to consider buying new, empty deodorant containers from a wholesale store. In this case, you could add a label featuring a logo that advertises your brand or take it one step further by customizing shipping boxes that sport your own unique designs.

Pro Tip:

Once you’ve gotten comfortable with making deodorant at home, you might want to kick things up a notch by adding essential oils that coincide with different aspects of the day.

For example, you could add 10 drops of Motivation Signature Blend essential oil to a deodorant you wear when applying for a new job, or throw in a few drops of Sleep Signature Blend essential oil to a batch of deodorant that’s designed for that after hours bath and nightcap. Who says your deodorant shouldn’t serve as a mood enhancer and an aroma inducer simultaneously?

Oh… the perks to making things your way, in the comforts of your own home. Imagine, pairing your deodorant with a matching homemade perfume. The possibilities are virtually endless. 

Be sure to check out our other essential oil beauty DIYs for more inspiration!


Cynthia Griffith

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