In my quest toward more natural, safe, and environmentally friendly products, I have tried countless natural deodorants, but I never found any that worked to my satisfaction. I am embarrassed to admit that up until May of this year, I was using Suave spray antiperspirant (probably one of the worst for my health and the environment). Since your body is supposed to sweat to cool down and release toxins, it seems kinda dumb to try to stop it from sweating so I wanted to make a deodorant (not antiperspirant) that kept me smelling good all day. This is the winning formula, I have been using it since May 26, and I promise it works!

  • 2 tablespoons distilled water
  • 2 tablespoons witch hazel
  • 2 tablespoons aloe gel (not jelly, the kind that is drinkable, but not juice)
  • 1/2 teaspoon vegetable glycerine
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 10 drops lavender essential oil
  • 3 drops eucalyptus essential oil
  • 3 drops tea tree essential oil
  • 3 drops sweet orange essential oil

Mix all ingredients in a spray bottle (preferably glass). Spray generously on your armpits, rub in with your hands, and apply one more squirt for good measure. Allow to dry before dressing. I apply this deodorant in the morning and again in the evening after showering. An extra advantage is the aloe conditions my skin. Give it a try, let me know how it works for you. Later I will post my extra strength boy recipe that my husband uses.


10 comments untill now

  1. I’m so excited about your blog Kathy. I’ll put this on my reader and will read every post. :) Thanks for sharing your site.

  2. Do you think you could add beeswax to this mixture to “harden” it up and put in old deodorant tubes? That way I could apply like my stuff now? Hmmm….

    Love you face washing soap recipe, by the way! Thanks!

  3. Elisa – Candelilla wax is a good vegan alternative to beeswax, but it would be very tricky to add wax to this recipe because wax doesn’t naturally mix with water based ingredients. Maybe you could use emulsifying wax (which mixes amazingly easily with water) but I don’t think it would form a “stick;” it would probably be more lotiony. I have completely adjusted to applying the spray. It takes about 4 minutes to dry and I do planks in while it dries. Glad you like the face wash – it lasts forever and is so cheap to make! Let us know if you come up with a deodorant stick recipe. thanks

  4. Check here for my updated spray deodorant recipe:
    Now I use more baking soda and essential oils.

  5. I found a similar recipe that works for me. It’s basically just some oils with baking soda as well.

  6. Hi there! I wanted to let you know that I mention you in my blog about greener living! Check it out if you get the chance!

  7. Hey,

    I tried the deodorant and it WORKS! Making this for the whole family! Thanks!!

  8. Happy to hear that Cynthia! It is good stuff! :)

  9. After trying several products (from the obvious ones like Tom’s of Maine to home-made recipes ) none of which actually worked, I’ve been using a water-based vegan deodorant called deodomom with complete satisfaction. It’s marketed to pregnant women and has no aluminum, alcohol, fragrance, dye, or parabens. It’s not an antiperspirant, but it works just as well even for my active nieces. I highly recommend it.

  10. Where do you get the deodomom?