All-Natural Deodorant with Tea Tree

Deodorant1 For me, making my own deodorant was the pivotal turning point from regular housewife to hippie housewife. But am I really a hippie, or just an informed, realistic, wife and mother who’s concerned about the health and wellness of herself and family? Perhaps a bit of both…

From research that I’ve done in the past, it’s been suggested that the aluminum, found in many commercial-brand antipirsirants, is absorbed into the skin, and may contribute to breast cancer and Alzheimer’s. Although there a vast amount of research out there suggesting a link between breast cancer, Alzheimer’s and antiperspirant, the results are still inconclusive. Nonetheless, stay on the safe side and opt for a deodorant that it aluminum free—check the ingredients! “Natural” deodorants still contain questionable ingredients, so as a consumer, be weary. If you wouldn’t put it in your mouth, don’t put it on your skin!

Thankfully, there is another option—making your own. This way, you know exactly what the ingredients are, and surprisingly, homemade deodorant works better than any of the natural brands I’ve tried, at a fraction of the price.

A Bit About The Ingredients

Coconut Oil. I’m always looking for ways to incorporate coconut oil into my daily routine, and this is just another great way to do so. Coconut Oil is an optimal ingredient due to its antifungal and antibacterial properties which will help combat stink. The irony here is that coconut oil has recently been rumoured prevent and even reverse Alzheimer’s.

Shea Butter is a fat extracted from the nut of the African shea tree. It is edible, and easily absorbed into the skin. I like to use it in deodorant because it helps it go on smoother , and prevents the deodorant from turning to liquid (due to melting coconut oil) in the heat.

Baking Soda neutralizes odours, taking care of your B.O.

Arrow root powder is basically the non-GMO version of cornstarch, and works in the same way. Both have antifungal and antibacterial properties. Feel free to use cornstarch if you already have some around.

Tea Tree Oil is the ultimate anti-fungal and antibacterial ingredient and I don’t think this deodorant would have the strength that it does without it. If you don’t have tea-tree, opt for lavender essential oil.

I’ve used three different methods to store the deodorant. I’ve made a deodorant-bar using mini, silicone muffinSamples Deodorant ”tins,” you can use regular sized muffin “tins” for a larger bar, but make sure they’re silicone so that they pop out nicely. I also used an old deodorant container which makes for easy application. If you’re going to use this method add a tablespoon of bee’s wax to the coconut oil/shea butter mixture when melting. Lastly, I used an old lotion container, let the mixture solidify in that, and just apply the deodorant with my fingers.

Well I hope you’re convinced and willing to give this all-natural deodorant recipe a shot! I’ve posted two recipes below. Although I prefer the recipe with Shea Butter, the second recipe  doesn’t contain it, but is just as effective, and may be easier for eager people to make at home immediately.

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All-Natural Deodorant with Tea-Tree
Recipe #1: Deodorant with Shea Butter. All-Natural, Homemade Deodorant that works!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
  1. Melt the coconut oil and shea butter (and bee's wax if using) in a glass jar. To do this, sit the jar in a pot of boiling water--this will create a double-boiler affect. I use the same jar everytime I make deodorant because it's very hard to clean the jar after this process.
  2. Once they have melted together, remove from heat, and stir in the baking soda, arrow root powder and tea-tree oil.
  3. Pour the misture into silicone molds, a jar, a small container or an old deodorant stick. If using an old deodorant stick, wait a few minutes until the mixture has thickened a bit--this will make it easier to work. As you can see, I've used all three options, so just choose what you think will work best for you. The mold was formed by pouring the mixture into mini-silicone-muffin 'tins.'
    Deodorant with Tea Tree
  4. Let the mixture set for several hours or overnight before using.
Recipe Notes

Depending on how you made it, you can apply the deodorant directly to your underarm, or with your fingers. If you get some on your hands just rub it in, it's just like lotion.

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Simple Homemade Deodorant
Recipe #2: Simple, yet effective, homemade doedorant.
  1. Melt the coconut oil using the double-boiler effect in the first recipe.
  2. Once melted, remove from heat, and stir in the remaining ingredients.
  3. Poor the mixture into a small, glass jar or container and let it set for a couple hours. Apply with fingers.
Recipe Notes

This is a very simple deodorant recipe, but just as effective as the first recipe. Because of the common ingredients, you may be able to make it today! This recipe isn't the best if you're wanting to use your old deodorant container because the coconut oil is very sensitive to heat, and on a hot day, could really make a mess of things.

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40 comments on “All-Natural Deodorant with Tea Tree

  1. I am making this deodorant THIS WEEKEND! Thank you for a great tutorial and an easy ingredient list. I have all that stuff at home.
    I once saw someone use a slice of lemon as deodorant and it actually worked! I wonder if adding sweet orange or lemon essential oil would be good? I might do that…
    Thanks, lady!

    1. Thanks so much for your comment, Lindsey. I think I follow you on Instagram? I have never heard of the lemon thing, but that sounds like a great idea! If you try using the lemon essential oils please let me know how that works for you. Maybe try a bit of tea tree and lemon? I bet they’d smell really nice together. Thanks again!


    2. The deodorant is wonderful! It has replaced my Drysol at night, but still have to find a way to modify the recipe for white tops and daytime use 🙂 I tend to get warm quickly and cold again just as fast. I was thinking of not using coconut oil and more bees wax and Shea butter. But not sure I want to start experimenting just yet.

      1. Hi Lauren, I wouldn’t recommend omitting the coconut oil. It’s pretty essential. And if you add more beeswax it will be too hard. Exactly what problem are you running into, and perhaps I can help?

        1. Hi Carly,
          When I were white tops, and after along days of work my shirt’s underarms are oily looking and feeling and they smell like tea tree oil.

          So far it has not changed the colour of the underarms yellow like most store bought brands, so I am happy about that! and the “oil comes out in the wash (thanks to your laundry soap recipe)

          Is there a way to not my the underarms on my top not get oily?
          Do you find the tea tree oil deodorant has to sock in to your skin for 10 minutes or so?


          1. Hi Lauren,

            I hear what you’re saying. I find that, using a blush-brush, and dabbing a small amount of arrowroot powder or baking soda on your armpit, after you apply the deo, will absorb a lot of the greasy feeling. Remember too, that this recipe is not a antiperspirant, so you’re still going to sweat, which is a good thing, but may be accounting for some of the oiliness you’re feeling. You can also try applying less, and see if you’re still stink-free 🙂


  2. I am going to try this. I am also looking for a good tasting toothpaste recipe….However you should not cite anything from natural news as they are not reputable.Read about them in rationalwiki website. Also the cancer agency’s report that you refer to said that the results are inconclusive and that there is no proof that deodorant causes breast cancer. Having said that, I am personally very suspicious of deodorant.
    Keep up the good work though.

    1. Hi Paula, Thanks for your comment, and bringing that to my attention about natural news. I thought it was just common knowledge that aluminum in antipirspirants caused breast cancer and Alzheimer’s, but after doing further research, I can see that results are inconclusive and have changed my post as a result.
      Nonetheless, I am still suspicious of antipirspirants too, and do not want aluminum in my body if it doesn’t have to be.
      I do have a good toothpast recipe that I’ll be sharing soon 🙂
      Thanks again for your comment, and have a great day.


  3. Hi Carly! I can’t wait to try this!

    In regards to the research you found which suggests a link between the ingredients commonly found in commercially available deodorants and certain diseases, I think you are very wise to heed their warning. As a researcher, we have to be very careful with the language used to describe findings in any study and causal relationships between variables can only be found using specific methods which are often not permitted due to ethical guidelines in research with human participants. As such, correlational studies are often used when trying to determine the effects of substances on people. While correlational studies cannot “prove causation” they can certainly provide us with valuable information regarding the relationship between certain variables. For instance, most of what we know about the links between smoking and cancer has been found through correlational research, and though those studies cannot provide information about the direction of causality, one can reasonably guess that smoking is more likely responsible for increases in incidents of cancer than the alternative of incidents of cancer being responsible for smoking behaviours. The same is true for the research you cited. It is quite reasonable to deduce that if a correlation exists between incidents of certain diseases and the use of specific chemicals on the skin, it is more likely that the use of the chemicals increases the incidents of disease rather than the incidents of disease increasing the use of the chemicals. Make sense?

    I think you are doing a great thing by taking such good care of your family, and for sharing your experiences with us all. Thank you for doing the hard work and for letting us all reap the benefits. You are inspiring!


  4. Hi there. Thanks for posting this recipe. I’ve been making my own skin care products for a while now, mainly for the reasons you listed in this post.

    A few summers ago I fell in love with a deodorant recipe similar to this one. It worked better than any deodorant, ever! The problem for me was that the baking soda kept the body odor away (yay!), but it made my skin break out in a painful rash and turned my armpits a terrible brown color. I’ve tried using less, but nothing worked. I’m so disappointed because it worked so well.

    I was wondering if you’ve had any experiences like this, or any suggestions that I may try as an alternative (something you may have found in your research)?

    Thanks so much for these posts. I’ve been browsing your recipes this morning and can’t wait to get started adding them to my collection!


    1. Hi Heather, thank you very much for your comment! You’re baking soda sensitivity seems to be common, as I’ve had a few people tell me the same thing. For that reason, I’ve been looking for an alternative, and have found some recipes that use bentonite clay that seem to work! You’ve motivated me now, and when I get home from vacation (tomorrow) I’ll start experimenting and let you know when I have a good baking soda-free deodorant recipe 🙂

      1. Awesome! Thank you! I can’t wait to see what you find out.

        I just made this deodorant yesterday and added some shea butter, beeswax, and reduced the amount of baking soda by half. I’ll keep you posted! I also made your facewash – LOVE!!!! My skin feels amazing. I also made your lavender moisturizer. It’s not setting as quickly as I’d like, but I think that’s because I added a few more eo’s to it. But it feels great on my skin and soaks in quickly. I have xylitol on my shopping list so I can make your toothpaste next.

        As you can tell, I’ve been working on replacing my beauty products with homemade (non-toxic) recipes. Your website has made this incredibly easy! So thank you for all of the recipes. Keep ’em comin’! 😀

        1. Hi Heather, first of all, thank you so much for the awesomely kind comment. It’s so incredible to hear that I’m meeting my goal: making it easy for people to switch to homemade, nontoxic, products. So thanks for following my journey and providing me with some feed back! It means a lot.

          As for the deodorant… I haven’t forgotten about you, and a baking soda-free deodorant is in the the works!! I hope you don’t have a reaction to what you made–good idea to half the baking soda in the recipe, though. The essential oils, and coconut oil alone should be enough to combat mild sweat/stink.

          If you want the moisturizer to set faster you can always pop it in the fridge 😉

          I’ll touch base soon! Have a good one.


    2. Hey Heather, as promised, I’ve concocted a baking soda-free deodorant! The recipe is now posted 🙂 I hope you like it.

  5. Do you really need the baking soda or bento clay? Sweat shouldn’t really smell. Isn’t body odor just bacteria that sticks to your sweat? I haven’t used commercial deoderant for 4 years now only a powder product from lush and recently had a bad reaction to that so I have been using coconut oil and potato starch, only because it was my equal to cornstarch (gmo) and all I had on hand..I have never found that I have an odor even after the gym. Just a thought for if you don’t have those options….

  6. I absolutely CANNOT wait to try this recipe. I’ve been searching for a good, simple recipe that makes a solid deodorant and I finally found it 🙂 Thank you!

  7. Good Morning Carly
    I made you coconut oil and shea butter deodorant yesterday and it didn’t set. It was still runny and soft after a few hours then I thought I would chill for a bit in the refrigerator. Well this morning it is still soft and in no way in a form from the silicone muffin tin. I followed the directions so I am not sure why it didn’t set and used all organic ingredients. Any advise would be great.

    Shelly 🙂

    1. Hi Shelly!

      I’m quite surprised that it didn’t even firm up in the fridge! The good news is that this recipe is quite forgiving. I’d try leaving it one more day in a cool place. If it’s still soft, try re-melting the deodorant and adding an extra tsp of beeswax. Don’t add too much more beeswax because you don’t want it to be too hard. I made a batch once that was too firm and my husband complained that it was ripping out his armpit hair. Lol. Try that and let me know. If it’s still too soft, which I still can’t understand why it would be, try adding another tsp of beeswax.

  8. Carly
    Thank you. Originally I didn’t use beeswax but I will add some. The only other thing I can think of is that when I packed my tbsp I probably shouldn’t have packed the coconut oil. Haha oh and yes..I agree with your hubby…armpit hairs being pulled out…um NO THANKS. Thank goodness I don’t have to worry about that! Lol

    Have a fantastic day and I will let you know how it comes out 🙂

    Shelly 🙂

    1. Beeswax is a must if you want it to be in bar-form 🙂 If you don’t want to add it, then you can just apply what you have made with your finger tips, and store it in a jar. That’s what I did for a long time before I got all fancy 🙂

      1. Hey Carly

        Yea what a ding dong I am…I put in the molds and didn’t add the beeswax, not sure where my brain was that day..anyways I remelted and put beeswax in. Not firm for a bar but firm enough that isn’t runny and can apply with my finger. I don’t want to waste what I have made. Thanks again for being so prompt with your responses. I know your a busy mama so thank you for your time!

        Shelly 🙂

  9. I’ve searched for a good homemade deodorant recipe that actually works then it led me to your site. I made this a few days ago. Since a lot of the commentators here expressed sensitivities to baking soda, I used half the amount of baking soda then half was bentonite clay. I also added Vitamin E oil, orange and vanilla essential oils aside from tea tree oil. Not only does it smell delicious, it actually worked against stink. It also washes off easily and leaves my underarms feeling soft and moisturized. Thanks to you, I am never going back to buying chemical laden deodorants. I’ve been using this for three days and during those days I forgot what stink smells like.

    One thing I noticed though was that the consistency of my deodorant wasn’t solid enough to stay on a deodorant stick. I probably used too much essential oils. I remedied that problem by adding more beeswax to the mix. It’s perfect now. Thanks again.

  10. So Ive been meaning to make this for awhile now… the recipe ive had my eye on is a lot like this one but I like yours better because of the shea butter! I have read all about the baking soda/ph problems. I like the idea of adding a citrus essential oil to help balance the ph, and I also read something about applying an acv mixture to your skin beforehand to add some acidity. So im thinking im going to make this tonight and going to try adding some acv to the mixture and see how that goes! Its true that its not great for your skin to be constantly exposed to such an extreme alkaline substance, so I think trying to balance that out somehow is the way to go!

    1. Just finished making it. Excited!! Fizzled a bit when I put the vinegar in 🙂 (about a half a capful). Also I highly recommend using an old LUSH container! I had one lying around and it was perfect!

  11. I’ve made the deodorant and love it’s effectiveness but it does leave my clothes underarms dark and oily looking and ruining my lighter coloured tops. I’ve been using a bit of cornstarch underarms after the deodorant but not sure if that’s working. Any ideas? Thnx. Ps. I use ur homemade detergent but it doesn’t get the underarm stains out!

    1. Hi Lauri,

      Yes, I’ve experienced the same thing. I sometimes spray a concentrated version of my laundry soap on the armpits and let it soak before washing – that definitely seems to help.

  12. I love this natural deodorant. I had tried many store bought “natural” deodorants after a mammogram scare snd biopsy several years ago. I never found one that worked. yuck! Finally I came across this and decided to try again. I added beeswax and colloidal silver to this recipe and find it works amazingly well! I will say there was a bit of detoxing and defunkifying involved when I first stopped using a regular deodorant. I almost lost the nerve, but after my body finally purged and my underarms sufficiently detoxed, this works even better than traditional deodorant. I apply once and even after working out, not smelly!! thanks a million!!

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