DIY Herbal Deodorant Recipe


Mountain Rose Herbs - DIY Natural Deodorant Recipe


We’ve all witnessed the deodorant revolution happen over the past few years.  From over-the-top chemical infused sticks to ruin-your-blouse white stuff, finding a healthy and practical alternative can be a challenge.  I’ve tried them all and even gone without for many years.  Most of the time I don’t need it, but occasionally I like to go on multiple day hiking trips or enjoy the local music scene in small, warm venues. So, I experimented with lots of other recipes to create a formula that works perfectly for my needs.

This isn’t the normal wipe it on deodorant! The ingredients in this recipe, such as the cocoa butter and shea butter, will melt easily with body temperature, while maintaining a solid form in the tin throughout the day.  I push a little pea sized chunk off with my finger and rub it into my underarm just like I would body lotion. Once you see how easy it is to make, you might just go a little deodorant wild like me, mixing in your favorite essential oils for a personalized scent treat!


DIY Solid Deodorant Recipe


All-Natural Homemade Deodorant Recipe

Makes two 2oz tins 


½ T Baking Soda
1/8 cup organic Arrowroot Powder
1/8 cup organic Cocoa Butter
1/8 cup organic Shea Butter
1 drop Vitamin E oil

Organic Essential Oils

Fir Needle

25-40 drops total



1. In a pyrex measuring glass, combine Cocoa Butter and Shea butter.

2. Using a double boiler, heat over low-medium until butters are melted.

3. Remove from heat and stir in Arrowroot Powder and Baking Soda.

4. Stir in Vitamin E Oil and your desired essential oil blend.

5. Carefully pour into 2 oz tins, filling to the top, but making sure not to spill over.

6. Place lids on containers without pressing down to lock. Just let them sort of sit on top to help prevent dust from settling in your deodorant while it sets.

7. Allow to completely cool and solidify, this can take 6+ hours.  I usually let them sit overnight.

Enjoy! And remember, deodorant works best if applied before you are active!


DIY Solid Deodorant Recipe

34 Responses to “DIY Herbal Deodorant Recipe”

  1. avatar Angelique says:

    I’ve made a few batches of homemade deodorant and the baking soda really bothers me. I’m thinking about making this recipe and halving the baking soda or omitting it altogether.

    • avatar Alieta says:

      Hi there Angelique, Thank you so much for enjoying the post. You could definitely omit the baking soda, and it is not that uncommon! If you want to omit the baking soda you can replace it with more arrow root powder. Or if you are feeling adventurous I’ve heard people use bentonite clay in place of the baking powder as well! Best of luck! ~Alieta

  2. avatar Janet M says:

    What type of butter is Cacao Butter? I’ve never heard of this one. What properties does it have?

    Thank you.

    • avatar Kori says:

      Hi Janet! Ooops! Thanks so much for pointing out our little blooper. We do mean cocoa butter and I’ve hopefully made the edits to the recipe. So sorry to confuse you! ~Kori

  3. avatar Val says:

    Like this very much! Wondered if you could use other oils to have a variety of fragrance.

    • avatar Kori says:

      Hi Val~Thanks so much for reading the blog! Feel free to substitute other essential oils to create a scent that is truly “you”! Good luck ~Kori

  4. avatar Priscilla says:

    Do you sell the ingredients? I can’t seem to find them! Thanks so much for the recipe!

  5. avatar Samara says:

    Can you just melt the oils in a microwave rather than using a double boiler?
    Thanks for the recipe.

    • avatar Alieta says:

      Hi Samara, I have not tried this method for melting but I suppose you could. I would just place your butters and oils in a microwave safe glass for 10-15 seconds at a time and then add in your arrow root, baking soda, and EO’s at the end. Best of luck! ~Alieta

      • avatar Angelica says:

        I noticed that you mentioned zinc in your reply, but don’t see it on the list of ingredients. Do you mean arrowroot and baking soda? Thanks!

        • avatar Alieta says:

          Thank you so much Angelica! We’ve had quite a lot of questions on our sunscreen and deodorant recipes, seems I mixed that response up! :) I’ve fixed it now. Thank you!

  6. avatar Sheila says:

    Hi – I would love to try this recipe, but I’m wondering if anyone with strong underarm odor has tried it and found it effective? (I tend to perspire and my body odor is strong).

    Thanks! Love MT. Rose!!

    • avatar Janet in MO says:

      Hi Sheila: I probably have just “normal” body odor, but I would encourage you to give this a try. I have made a nearly identical recipe for years, and it has never let me down. You might try wiping your armpits with a bit of vodka (healthier than rubbing alcohol) to knock out any bacteria on your skin. (This might help with the odor.) Then apply the deodorant. Good luck!

    • avatar Laura says:

      I myself have a job that tends to make me perspire and found these type of deodorants not to last long. You would have to apply often. I’ve had to go back to antiperspirants.

  7. avatar Nat says:

    I’ve never really needed deodorant but my peri-menopausal hormones are wreaking havoc and I’m keen to seek out natural solutions rather than the aluminium laden nasties available commercially. Thank you so much for sharing this recipe!
    Nat x

  8. avatar Terrianne says:

    Hi there,

    Thanks for this post. I’ve tried a couple of homemade deodorant recipes with no success. The first, which used a fair amount of baking soda, worked liked nothing else as far as completely stopping odor, but itched, burned and turned my skin black. The second which used none at all wasn’t very effective. I do have bentonite clay, if that as effective as baking soda? Also, could I add beeswax to this recipe, and would you know how much? I just love how it felt on my skin in the last recipe I used. Thanks so much.

    • avatar Kori says:

      Hi Terrianee~Thank you for reading the blog and for sharing your feedback and questions. We have not actually tried this with the bentonite clay, but have heard of and seen other recipes where folks used this instead of baking soda, so, we can’t really attest to how effective it will be. Since we all have different bodies, it can be tough to predict. You could add beeswax to this recipe, if you’d like, and the amount you use will depend on how firm you want the finished product to be. Since this recipe only makes 6 ounces of salve, you might start with an ounce or so of beeswax and see how that works. Good luck! ~Kori

  9. avatar G says:

    I’ve tried several similar versions. They work for 2-3 days before the rash is so painful that I quit. That’s a very common experience, apparently. The baking soda is the irritant — too alkaline I think. I now use milk of magnesia. I recently added a few drops of clary sage essential oil and some vodka to emulsify. We’ll see if that’s even better than MoM alone. I was just dabbing it on but recently got a roll-on bottle for ease of application. All those butters I bought are still put to good use for moisturizing creams, just not with baking soda.

  10. avatar Terrianne says:

    Hi Kori,

    Thank you so much for your response. I will give it a shot with the clay and see how it works out. Thanks for help with the amount of beeswax also. =)

  11. avatar Jennifer says:

    The deodorant I make, that works perfectly for my family, uses coconut oil, beeswax, arrowroot, baking soda and bentonite clay, along with vitamin E oil, tea tree oil and a probiotic capsule. I love these handcrafted recipes! Thanks for sharing yours!

  12. avatar Chrystal says:

    could I sub Mango Butter for the cocoa butter?

  13. avatar Kristin says:

    Hi, I posted earlier about the finished quantity only being 4 oz…I also left this item out overnight to solidify and awoke to still find a relatively liquid product. Is it possible there was a typo with the quantities or their is another stabilizing butter that is missing from the list?

    Thank you

    • avatar Alieta says:

      Hi there Kristin, Thank you so much for enjoying the post. You are correct, it should have read two 2 oz tins, thank you for that catch! As far as the solidification process goes, you should have no problem getting a solid-like product. The Shea butter and cocoa butter does take longer to solidify without the help of beeswax, but it does get there. It might be that the ambient temperature where you are is too warm to cool off overnight? In this case I would place them in the refrigerator for a few hours and that should take care of it. Let me know if that helps and thank you again for the catch! Have a great day Kristin! ~Alieta

  14. avatar Linda says:

    Jennifer, I’d love that recipe too please. What wonderful ideas you have!

  15. avatar Natalie says:

    Hello! Will you have arrowroot back in stock soon? I would love to order all the ingredients for this from the site ;) Thanks!

    • avatar Kori says:

      Hi Natalie~Thank you so much for checking in with us and for your support! We expect to have arrowroot powder back in stock before the end of August. I do apologize for the inconvenience and thank you for your patience. Cheers! ~Kori

  16. avatar Terry says:

    It seems like any of the ‘natural deoderant’ recipes that I’ve tried stain my clothing, underarms. I’ve ruined many good tops as I could not get the stains out. I bought new tops, went back to OTC deoderent, and now I don’t have that problem anymore. At first I thought it was the coconut OIL staining the clothes but I omitted the oil and tried other recipes with butters and got the same result. :-(

    • avatar Stephanie says:

      Hi Terry,
      What I’ve found with the oils/butters is that you have to apply and rub into skin before putting clothes on. The oils/butters absorb into skin so, I’ll apply deodorant out of shower, then brush teeth and apply body butter, giving it a little time absorb… I hope this helps!

  17. avatar Janit says:

    I was wondering if this recipe could be refrigerated and then whipped to give more of a creamy outcome and if adding some kind of herbal ointment would help to make it creamy.

    • avatar Alieta says:

      Hi Janit, After this recipe cools it is very solid. I do not think it would whip properly afterwards. You could certainly try adding different oils to the mixture to see if there is a more “creamy” suitable solution for your skin type. Best of luck. ~Alieta

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