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Best DIY Deodorant Recipe

Why Deodorants?

Before we dive into what we consider the Best DIY Deodorant Recipe around, let’s talk about the purpose of deodorants.

In caveman times, it was thought that having enough body odor would protect humans from being eaten by predators. Aren’t you glad we don’t have to worry about that any more? It feels good to smell nice, instead of being noticed for certain unpleasant odors.

Human sweat is normally odorless until it is swarmed by bacteria that thrive in hot, moist environments. Under arms are one of the most consistently warm areas of the human body, and when you add sweat into the mix, it’s the perfect environment for bacteria to be present. A good, non-toxic deodorant will be able to prevent these odors by fighting them at their source and warding off those nasty odor-causing bacteria.

Deodorants vs. Antiperspirants 

Deodorants are products applied to the body to prevent body odor caused by bacterial breakdown in the sweat (perspiration) of areas such as the armpits, feet, and other body parts prone to perspiration.

Antiperspirants are a type of deodorant that affect odor as well as prevent sweating by means of clogging pores. Antiperspirants are applied to armpits, while deodorants can be applied to any area of the body that needs some help with body odor. It may seem convenient to apply a product which will prevent sweating, however this can be harmful for your body. Clogging pores with chemicals can cause your skin to absorb those chemicals into your bloodstream. It’s also a consideration when breast-feeding: do you want chemicals to be that close to where your baby is feeding?

Best DIY Deodorant Recipe

This recipe for deodorant is toxin-free, and it won’t clog pores or irritate skin. It feels creamy and smooth, and gets rid of those pesky odor-causing bacteria. Most DIY Deodorant Recipes use shea butter, and we do have The shea butter of all shea butters. However we tried this with Mango Butter because it is a bit lighter and odor-free, and the deodorant came out great, so here it is!


  • 2 Tbsp Mango Butter or Shea Butter
  • 2 Tbsp Coconut Oil
  • 1 Tbsp Beeswax (you can use pastilles for easy melting)
  • 2 Tbsp Baking Soda
  • 2 Tbsp Arrowroot Powder
  • 30 Drops Lavender Essential Oil (Optional – don’t use any essential oils for an unscented version)


  • Using the double boiler method, set your stove to medium heat
  • Add the Beeswax, and wait until fully melted. Then, add in your Mango Butter and Coconut Oil, until the mixture is melted and mixed well
  • Remove from the heat, and immediately add in your Baking Soda and Arrowroot Powder. Use a sieve to ensure there are no clumps and stir well to combine ingredients evenly
  • After 15 minutes, add in your Lavender Essential Oil, and make sure to stir again for one to two minutes. Never add your essential oils immediately after removing a mixture from heat, as high heat will kill the delicate oil scent
  • Pour your mixture into a 4 oz glass jar and let it completely cool off for about 2 hours

Never used Mango Butter and want to know more? Read our post about it here!

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This recipe will fill a 4 oz container to the top.

And here is your awesome, crunchy deodorant that really works! It truly is the best DIY deodorant recipe. Mango butter and coconut oil are both extremely moisturizing to skin. Coconut oil helps ward off bacteria, and mango butter comes in and adds yummy vitamins and fatty acids for your under arms to enjoy. Mango butter also adds a nice creamy texture, making this DIY deodorant easy to apply. Lavender Oil is anti-microbial, anti-fungal, and anti-bacterial. Baking Soda and Arrowroot Powder will both fight against moisture, which is one of the leading factors which cause body odor and bacterial growth.

Try the recipe out and let us know in a comment below what you think and how it worked for you.

Happy DIY-ing!

22 responses to “Best DIY Deodorant Recipe

    1. this is over a month late, but maybe it will help if you haven’t found a solution yet. honestly, i found a recipe online w/o beeswax. i was trying to omit coconut oil as well but decided to substitute half of what it asked w/ almond oil. i only added 1T of baking soda since this is my first time using shea butter. i typically use half that coz it’s too abrasive and i end up with a rash. if you live in a climate were fungus attaches to you, i suggest tea tree oil as one of your essentials.

  1. Is this a solid deodorant? I’m looking for one that doesn’t stain my lighter clothing. I think this one could work.

    1. Hi Marla,
      This will not stain and it’s fairly solid, but I haven’t tested in a push up tube, I just put it in jars. I like to use a little wood stick (those sold at Michael’s for crafts) to get these homemade product out of their containers. Because you are not adding any preservatives, you want to try and keep microbes out as much as you can.

    1. Yes you can! Some people also use a clay as their absorbing ingredient instead of baking soda, I haven’t tried it yet but all powders aim at making the deodorant absorb odors, and arrowroot powder works great in many skin care recipes. Thanks for your comment!

  2. I love this deodorant, it is creamy and rich and works incredibly well! For me, no B.O. whatsoever AND it doesn’t stain clothing with white grease like so many coconut oil/ baking soda deodorants do!!!
    In other words its the best ever, just like you said . Thank you thank you so very much for sharing your recipe!!! I will use it always from now on.

  3. I’ve read through various channels that zinc oxide is an effective deodorant ingredient for absorbing odor. Have you ever tested your zinc oxide product in a DIY deodorant recipe with great (odorless) success?

    1. I have’t personally tested zinc oxide in DIY deodorant recipes yet. I have used it personally in acne fighting lotions and in eczema butters, both worked great because zinc oxide soothes redness and irritation. (disclaimer I must include: this isn’t a medical advice, just my personal experience)

      1. This is the best combination that I have found. The mango butter does not have the strong burned smell the regular shea butter has. This recipe goes a long way. I have experimented with other essential oils and they work great. Although personal preference because of sensitivity to the baking soda I use 1 tablespoon of baking soda and 3 tablespoons of arrowroot powder.

    1. Yes, if you would like to reduce the amount of baking soda you can add more arrowroot powder to make up the difference.

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