Easy natural DIY deodorant recipe

There was a time not so long ago that I would spray and spritz perfumes, deodorants, and pretty smelling scents until my heart was content. I’d never dare to leave the house any other way. I wouldn’t feel fully dressed until I did. Then one day a wise friend opened my eyes to the chemical shit storm I was dousing myself in and I decided to research further. Here are a few things I found..


Antiperspirant deodorants typically contain aluminium based compounds such as aluminum chloride and aluminum chlorohydrate that block your sweat glands so you don’t perspire. In theory this sounds like a positive i.e. less sweat marks on your favourite dress, but these aluminium compounds have also been linked to breast cancer time and time again.


Parabens are used to preserve cosmetics and prevent bacterial growth however, they too have been linked to breast cancer.

Researchers from the University of Reading, in the UK, conducted a study collecting 160 samples of breast tissue taken from women who’d had mastectomies and tested them for the presence of five different parabens. At least one form of paraben was present in 99% of the tissue samples, and all five were present in 60% of the samples.

Propylene Glycol

Propylene Glycol is used by the chemical, food, and pharmaceutical industries as an antifreeze agent – the same anti-freeze agent that stops your home’s water pipes frosting over in winter. It’s been linked to skin irritations, allergic reactions, kidney and liver toxicity as well as neurological disease.


To be completely honest, until about 6 months ago I found it easier to turn a blind eye to all of this. I knew chemicals were bad but there were so many beauty products I wasn’t yet ready to part with. I’d been using my favourites for years and finding replacements would take time (and effort). It seemed easier to stick with what I had.

But when our first essential oils arrived, I was inspired to experiment. I didn’t want them to go to waste so I got creative and started mixing. This deodorant recipe came about as a result.

Easy natural DIY deodorant recipe


  • 3 tablespoons shea butter
  • 3 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 20x drops of Essential oil
    • Masculine – Black pepper & Bergamot (buy here)
    • Feminine – Clary Sage & Wild Orange (buy here)
  • 1 tablespoon bicarb soda (aluminium free)
  • 2 tablespoons corn starch

To Make

  • Melt shea butter and coconut oil over a double boiler until liquid
  • Sift any lumps from the bicarb and corn starch and stir through warm liquids
  • Add essential oils of choice
  • Stir and leave to set.

When the weathers warm, I put ours in the fridge for a couple of hours to firm up. You will end up with a deodorant paste and only need a pea size amount under each arm.

We’ve been testing this recipe all summer on 40+ degree days and it stands the test better than any other deodorant we’ve tried. I’ve found the natural options in the store to be a bit hit and miss. If you have too, give this one a try and see what you think.

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