Make Your Own Deodorant with Essential Oils

Make Your Own Deodorant with Essential Oils

It’s hard for me to find deodorant that I like. I don’t like commercial scents and I don’t like any of the antiperspirants because of the stains they leave in my clothes. So I prefer using natural, homemade deodorants that contain essential oils, which led me to decide to make my own. Here are some things I found out when I researched this topic.


Sweat is normal. In fact, it is necessary because it’s the body’s natural method of cooling you off and removing toxins that have built up in your skin. When you first sweat, it doesn’t smell like anything. It is when the the bacterias on your skin eat the sweat and release certain chemicals that you get an odor. When you first smell it, the odor isn’t so bad. In fact, in the beginning, the pheromones have an aphrodisiac effect on many people.  However, the longer it brews, the worse it smells.  And I think most of us can agree, old armpit odor is really gross.

underarmDeodorant vs antiperspirant

There is a difference between deodorants and antiperspirants. Deodorants will help keep the bad smells out. They work to kill the bacteria, thus reducing or eliminating the smell. Essential oils are great to use in deodorants because so many have natural antibacterial properties. Antiperspirants work to stop the sweat altogether. They have astringent properties and they work to close pores by blocking them which stops the body from sweating so much. Closing pores off is actually a bad thing for your body. In general, essential oils will open pores, rather than close them. The size of your pores is something you are born with so it is better to try to clean your pores and keep them as clear of bacteria as you can.  One thing you can do is use an astringent like witch hazel on your armpits first to help clean your pores. Then apply your deodorant.

Litsea cubeba and Cypress will help to slow down the sweat so  they are good ones to add to your deodorant.

Best oils

Bergamot FCF, Lavender, Thyme, Litsea Cubeba, Juniper Berry, Cypress, Sage, Lemongrass, Neroli, Clary Sage, Peppermint, Sandalwood, Cinnamon Bark

Points of interest

  • Liquid Chlorophyll is a great ingredient to use in homemade deodorant. It helps deodorize body odors and promotes healing. It helps destroy the bacteria that causes the bad perspiration odors. You can usually find it in a store. There is also a recipe below if you’d like to make your own.
  • liquid-chlorophyll.jpg-500x500If you are using citrus oils, be careful about using on skin that will be exposed to the sun as the citrus oils are photo-toxins. Wherever the citrus oils have been applied will be more sensitive to the sun and make your skin more prone to burning.
  • Bergamot FCF is safer to use in the sun than Bergamot because it has been heated up after the distillation to burn off the furocoumarins so it is safe to wear out in the sun. Though some prefer the scent of Bergamot so be prepared for that.
  • Cinnamon Bark is a great antibacterial oil. However, it is also a hot oil so if you want to use a recipe that contains it, try on a small portion of skin first to make sure you can handle it.
  • Avoid wearing synthetic fibres. Fabrics such as polyester and lycra don’t usually breathe well so it’s hard for fluids to evaporate. Cotton, wool, and other natural fibres are great choices.
  • You can also just put 5 – 10 drops of the essential oil(s) of your choice on your armpits every day.
  • Shower after workouts.
  • Armpit hair does tend to hold bacterias in and retain smells so you can either choose to shave regularly or make sure you keep your armpits cleaned regularly, particularly after any kind of physical labor.
  • The Virgin Coconut Oil used in some of these recipes is in a solid state. It is not the same as F.C.O. (Fractionated Coconut OIl)


Always test on a small part of your skin first before using all over your face or body. Please be sure your skin can handle the blend before being covered in it.

Grass clippingsLiquid Chlorophyll

  • Lawn Clippings, cut fine
  • 1 cup Vodka or Witch Hazel

Fill a clean, widemouthed glass jar with grass clippings. Pour the vodka or witch hazel over the clippings. Close lid tightly and set the jar in a cool, dark place for 1 week. Strain the liquid and discard the clippings. Store in glass jar. (2)

Deodorant Body Splash

  • 4 ounces Vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons Vodka or Witch Hazel
  • 5 drops Lavender
  • 5 drops Sage
  • 5 drops Lemon
  • 5 drops Rosemary
  • 3 drops Peppermint
  • 5 drops Grapefruit
  • 2 cups Spring Water

First blend essential oils together. Add them to the vodka or witch hazel and shake well for as long as you can. Leave them all to settle, then add the vinegar. Allow to sit for an hour. Pour the whole mixture into the water and shake well again. Pass liquid through a paper coffee filter. Store in a glass bottle and shake well before every use. For a stronger scent, allow the oil and vinegar mix to sit longer before adding to the water. (5)

More essential oil mixes. Use same amounts of Vodka/Witch Hazel, Vinegar, and Water as recipe above:

Invigorating Splash
  • 10 drops Lime
  • 10 drops Lavender
  • 5 drops Peppermint
  • 3 drops Lemon
Fruity Splash
  • 10 drops Orange
  • 5 drops Lemon
  • 10 drops Red Mandarin
  • 5 drops Grapefruit (5)

Delightfully Cooling Deodorant

  • 1 teaspoon Vegetable Glycerin
  • 1/2 cup Witch Hazel
  • 1/2 cup Aloe Vera Juice
  • 3 teaspoons Deodorant Zinc Oxide
  • 20 drops Bergamot FCF oil
  • 10 drops Grapefruit oil

In a measuring cup, combine the glycerin and witch hazel. Add the rest of the ingredients. Pour into a 4 ounce, dark colored glass spray bottle. Use in the morning and before you go out in the evening. Discard after 1 month. (9)

AntiperspirantUnderarm Deodorant

  • 15 drops Sandalwood
  • 5 drops Cypress
  • 5 drops Sage
  • 5 drops Coriander or Lavender
  • 2 ounces Aloe Vera Juice or Witch Hazel
  • 1 tablespoon Alcohol

Combine all ingredients in a spray bottle or roller ball container. Shake well before  every use. (6)

Antiperspirant Spray

  • 1 cup Water
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Alum powder
  • 1/4 cup Vodka or Witch Hazel
  • 15 drops essential oil of choice

Mix together all ingredients and stir well until the alum is dissolved. Pour into a spray bottle or clean container with a tight-fitting lid. To apply, spray on the body or use clean cotton pads. Makes 10 ounces. (2)

Botanical Deodorant

  • 1 tablespoon Glycerin
  • 2 tablespoons Vodka or Witch Hazel
  • 1/2 cup Witch Hazel
  • 1/2 teaspoon Liquid Chlorophyll
  • 10 drops essential oil of choice

Mix together all ingredients and stir well. Pour into a spray bottle or clean container with a tight-fitting lid. To apply, spray under arms or use clean cotton pads. Makes 6 ounces. (2)

Citrus Deodorant

  • 1 tablespoon Lemon Zest
  • 1/4 cup Water
  • 1/4 cup Vodka or Witch Hazel
  • 1 teaspoon Liquid Chlorophyll
  • 3 drops Bergamot FCF oil

Mix together all ingredients in a ceramic bowl or glass jar. Let mixture sit for one day, then strain off the liquid and discard the lemon zest. Pour into a clean container or spray bottle. To apply, spray under arms or use clean cotton pads. Makes 4 ounces. (2)

Virgin Coconut oil 2Homemade Deodorant Recipe with Rosemary, Lemongrass, and Coconut Oil

  • 2 tablespoons Beeswax granules
  • 1 1/4 tablespoons Shea Butter
  • 1 1/4 tablespoons Virgin Coconut oil
  • 1/2 tablespoon Bentonite clay
  • 1/2 tablespoon Baking Soda
  • 10 drops Lemongrass oil
  • 6 drops Rosemary oil

In a double boiler, or a small saucepan over very low heat, combine the beeswax, coconut oil, and shea butter until melted completely and mixed well. Whisk in the baking soda and bentonite clay until well combined. Remove from heat and let cool for a few minutes and then stir in your essential oils. Take an old (clean) deodorant stick and make sure the plunger thing is twisted all the way down. Carefully pour your warm mixture into the container. Let sit until completely cool then use as normal. (11)

Stick Deodorant

  • 4 ounces Cornstarch
  • 2 ounces Baking Soda
  • 1 ounce Liquid Chloryphyll
  • 2 ounces Organic Vodka
  • 2 ounces Distilled water
  • 8 ounces Beeswax
  • 10 – 15 drops Coriander

Mix all ingredients except the wax, chlorophyll, and essential oils in a bowl, stirring thoroughly. Melt wax in a double boiler over very low heat then remove from heat. Add to the mixed ingredients and blend well. If the wax thickens too much to be workable, heat again. As the mixture begins to cool, but before it hardens, add the chlorophyll and essential oil. Pour into molds and allow to harden. Store in tightly closed container. You can also use  10 – 15 drops of any other essential oils of choice.  (12)

A last thought

If you’ve never used natural treatments for armpit deodorant, now is the time to try. It might take a bit of time for your body to adjust to no longer absorbing chemicals so give yourself time. You’ll find you like it better. Tell us what you think in the comment section down below. We’re very interested.



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Mama Crizon

I have made my own deodorant for awhile now, but this is my first time hearing about liquid chlorophyll.  I would love to add it to the mix, but found this at the bottom of the packaging.  "Caution:  Permanently stains"  Do you have any experience with this regarding clothes and staining?  

JCShannon moderator

@Mama Crizon Used by itself it will stain. But in the mix at the level it calls for (1/2 teaspoon), it's not enough to cause a problem, as far as I've been able to tell. What do you like to use for deodorant? For me, I have to avoid the powders -- baking soda, cornstarch, and arrowroot -- because they give me rashes over time. I stick with just the oils, coconut oil, and beeswax. But I'm always interested in hearing about new ones!