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Make Your Own: Homemade Deodorant Recipe with Rosemary, Lemongrass, and Coconut Oil


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Finally! A homemade deodorant recipe that works (at least for me). This rosemary lemongrass deodorant recipe was inspired by one of my favorite, non-toxic deodorants from Bubble and Bee. I gave up commercial deodorants a long time ago, since I knew they were filled with all sorts of toxic ingredients. I have tried pretty much every non-toxic deodorant out there, plus several DIY recipes and have never really found anything quite right.

Then, I discovered the lemongrass rosemary deodorant from Bubble and Bee. You can read the review I did of their deodorants here. I’ve been using that specific deodorant for the last year or so and love it! Well, eventually, my stick ran out. :( I am trying to maintain a budget, so spending $13.00 on a stick of deodorant (even if it will last me for a year) was just not going to cut it. I knew I had to make my own. Nothing against Bubble and Bee. I love their products and I appreciate their non-toxic mission. If you’re not a DIY-type person, then I strongly encourage you to check out their stuff! Sadly, I just noticed that they no longer sell their lemongrass and rosemary variety, so I guess I was destined to make my own regardless!

When I read the ingredients on my now empty tube of deodorant, I realized there was nothing complicated about their recipe. AND, even better, I had everything I needed on hand already, so I didn’t have to spend any money! Cha-ching! After some trial and error with proportions, I finally got the recipe just right and have been happily using my knock off deodorant ever since!

The bentonite clay helps with moisture and odor control, as does the baking soda. If you are sensitive to baking soda, I believe arrowroot or corn starch would work just fine, though I have not tried that.

I personally love the lemongrass and rosemary combination, but if you’re not a fan of those scents, you can substitute your favorite essential oils. Eucalyptus and tea tree are great for deodorants, as is lavender. But, really, you can use whatever you’d like.

This makes enough to fill one stick perfectly — if you need more the recipe is easily doubled, tripled, quadrupled, or more!

Recipe Ingredients

I get a lot of questions on the ingredients for this recipe, so here are my notes on that:

I sometimes purchase my essential oils from my affiliate partner, Vitacost.com, because I have found that their prices are typically $2.00+ cheaper than locally. Plus, I usually have a big enough order to get free shipping, so I save even more. If you are interested, you can sign up through this link to get a $10 off coupon to use on your next Vitacost purchase (I get one too, so thanks!).

My affiliate partner Tropical Traditions has also started carrying an excellent line of high-quality essential oils from Florihana that I love. I am not a fan of the MLM essential oils, as I believe there are many other options out there that are just as good of quality (if not better) and the MLMs. You can check out their selection here.

I buy all of my cosmetic butters, waxes, and cosmetic clays from Mountain Rose Herbs (an affiliate partner). Their quality is outstanding and while I may try other brands every once in awhile, I keep coming back to them.

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About Jessica Espinoza

Jessica is a real food nut, coconut everything enthusiast, avid reader and researcher, blossoming yogi, and animal lover. She has had a life-long passion for food and being in the kitchen is where she is the happiest. Jessica started Delicious Obsessions in 2010 as a way to help share her love for food and cooking. Since then, it has grown into a trusted online resource with a vibrant community of people learning to live healthy, happy lives through real food and natural living.

Discussion

63 comments

  1. I love Bubble and Bee deodorant as well, but I have been using their geranium and lime. I will have to try this! Thanks for sharing!

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    Jane
    Posted 01/09/13

  2. I love rosemary and lemongrass! I will definitely give this a try. I am sensitive to baking soda in deodorant but this one seems like a small ratio of baking soda to the other ingredients so it might just work.

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    Mindy W.
    Posted 01/10/13

    • Hi Mindy – Thanks for stopping by! You could also leave the baking soda out and sub cornstarch or arrowroot. I have not personally tried that, but I know that many people have and it seems to work. I hope you like it! :)

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      Jessica
      Posted 01/10/13

  3. I’m trying to get the chemicals out of my personal care products so this looks great! I would love to have you share this on The HomeAcre Hop!
    http://www.theselfsufficienthomeacre.com/2013/01/the-homeacre-hop-3.html

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    Lisa Lynn
    Posted 01/10/13

  4. Just ordered stuff to make this from Vitacost. (You should get a credit :))
    Can’t wait to try it out!

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    Beth
    Posted 01/10/13

  5. Could I use other essential oils? I have lemon, orange, lavender, cinnamon, eucalytus…

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    Lisa
    Posted 01/10/13

    • Absolutely! I think you could use pretty much any essential oil you’d like! Eucalyptus and lavender are both common for deodorants, but I bet an orange cinnamon combo would be nice too! If you experiment, let me know how it goes and what your favorite scent combo is! :)

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      Jessica
      Posted 01/10/13

      • I used your recipe and scented it with cinnamon, clove, and a tiny bit of orange essential oils and it came out fabulously. I haven’t had any issues with the orange staining, but it could be because I only used about 3 drops in the whole batch. Thank you for the recipe, its my new favorite deodorant!

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        Laura
        Posted 05/18/14

        • Hi Laura – Thanks for taking the time to stop by and share! I love your scent combo and will give that a try next time I make a batch. I am glad it works well for you! :)

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          Jessica Espinoza
          Posted 05/21/14

    • Careful with orange, I used it in a deodorant before and it stained my clothes

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      Denise
      Posted 01/30/13

  6. Just placed my order via your link so you’ll get a $10 off coupon! Thanks for the link and the recipe!!!

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    MommaMary
    Posted 01/10/13

    • Hi Mary! Thank you so much! I really appreciate that! :)

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      Jessica
      Posted 01/10/13

  7. I just have a question, I normally use gels as they don’t leave residue on my clothes. What kind of white junk does this leave behind?

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    Cora
    Posted 01/11/13

    • Cora – I have had no residue on my clothes after using this. I got paranoid, since it is coconut oil based, but for me, this left no residue. Everyone is different though, so I can’t guarantee that it will work the same for everyone. I also am careful only to do a couple of quick swipes, rather than using tons of it at once. That may be what is helping avoid residue. Hope that helps! :)

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      Jessica
      Posted 01/11/13

  8. Hi Jessica,

    I came across this delightful recipe on the homeacre hop! I am so excited to make this! I, too, have been avoiding commercial deodorant and all of its scary ingredients. The prospect of being able to create an acceptable alternative that doesn’t cost an arm and a leg is AWESOME! Thank you for sharing!

    Heidi on the wildbluebus.com

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    Heidi
    Posted 01/11/13

    • Hi Heidi — Thank you for stopping by! I hope you enjoy! I was so happy with how it turned out — it’s almost identical to the brand that I loved! :)

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      Jessica
      Posted 01/12/13

  9. Hi there!

    This sounds great. My question is – when it gets warm in the summer (typically my bathroom and upstairs to up to about 80 in the afternoon) will this still stay pretty solid due to the bentonite clay? If so, i am thinking I could maybe finagle this as a new deo for my husband as well…without needing to tell him I made it.

    Thanks for the cool recipe :-)

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    Kerstin
    Posted 01/12/13

    • Hi Kerstin – Thanks for stopping by! The beeswax should keep it from melting during the summer months. Mine does get a tad softer, but it is never to soft to use. Hope that helps! :)

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      Jessica
      Posted 01/12/13

      • Yes it does…thanks, I will be trying this, and thanks for the quick response.

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        Kerstin
        Posted 01/12/13

  10. I looked up bentonite clay on Mountainroseherbs and one of its minerals is Aluminum. Isn’t aluminum one of the major reasons people make their own deodorant? I ask not to be rude or mean, but because I’m confused. Is it a different kind of aluminum?
    Thanks
    Beginner To DIY beauty products

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    Gina
    Posted 01/27/13

    • Hi Gina – I didn’t want you to think I was ignoring you! I’m just running way behind on things. It is my understanding that the aluminum in the clay does not have the same effect that the aluminum in antiperspirants does. Bentonite clay is used for detoxing purposes. That said, I have some inquiries in with some great resources and will make sure to come back and share what I find out. You have prompted me to see if my knowledge from years passed is indeed correct! :)

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      Jessica
      Posted 02/01/13

    • The aluminum in bentonite clay is safe. Here’s an article that might help: http://www.naturalnews.com/033381_bentonite_clay_detox.html

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      Raquel
      Posted 02/09/13

      • Hi Raquel – Thanks for sharing! I also contacted the folks at Mountain Rose Herbs and they said it’s safe as well. I need to go back and edit the post to include that info.

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        Jessica
        Posted 03/21/13

  11. Could you give us the beeswax measurement in weight? I just have a large block and am not sure grating it will really produce the same volume as your granules. Everything else looks like it can be easily measured by volume. Thanks!

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    Erika
    Posted 02/07/13

    • Hi Erika – So sorry for the delay in responding! The weight for 2 tbsp of the beeswax that I use is 0.6 ounces.

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      Jessica
      Posted 03/21/13

  12. Now if they only had BPA free dispensers..

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    Tanya
    Posted 03/01/13

    • You could put this in any container that you want. Some people just put it in a small glass jar or a metal tin and just use their fingers. Whatever you have on hand and works for you! :)

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      Jessica
      Posted 03/01/13

  13. Anyone have any ideas for what essential oils to use if the deodorant is for a man? I made it for myself using rosemary and lemongrass like suggested in the recipe and LOVED IT. Now I would like to make a stick for my husband to try.

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    Amanda
    Posted 03/05/13

  14. I’ve been looking into alternatives such as good one (can’t wait to try and see how this one works out) but I’ve been hearing more and more about the importance of pH balanced products on your skin or hair. Would that be an issue with this deodorant that you know of?

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    shaylee
    Posted 04/18/13

    • Hi Shaylee – I have not done much research into that, so I can’t answer for sure. Good luck in your research! :)

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      Jessica
      Posted 04/18/13

  15. Hi everyone! I am making this right now and decided to try using my essential oil warmer and put the ingredients in a jar. I use the warmer to melt the wax I use to wax my eyebrows, and thought it would work for this too. It works! And I don’t even need to wash the jar afterwords, I’ll just put it away and use the same jar again next time I make it. Cool!

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    Anna Waggoner
    Posted 05/01/13

    • Hi Anna – Thanks for sharing your tip! :)

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      Jessica
      Posted 05/01/13

  16. I made this deodorant the other day and it’s awesome! It was even working after I rode my bike on a warm, humid day and was sweating. I messed up the recipe, though…I ordered some form of liquid bentonite by mistake (the consistency of yogurt) instead of the powdered clay. Then, I used 1 1/2 tbl. of it by mistake instead of just 1/2 of a tbl. The consistency is really crumbly, but it still works great even with my screw up. I’m ordering the correct bentonite clay and will make it again.

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    Kim
    Posted 05/24/13

    • Hi Kim – Thanks for the feedback! I have tried many home recipes and this one works the best for me. I think it’s the combination of the clay and essential oils. I had no idea that there was a liquid version of bentonite. Interesting! I’m glad it’s working for you :)

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      Jessica
      Posted 05/24/13

  17. I am so excited to see this recipe!!! My son reacted to a crystal deodorant and I’ve been wondering what to do for him instead. Thank you!

    I have a question too. I have a lot of french green clay that I used in a recipe for facial powder. Can I use that instead of the bentonite clay?

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    Monica
    Posted 05/25/13

    • Hi Monica – I hope this one works for you guys! The French clay should work just fine, though I have never used it in this recipe. Let me know how it turns out! :)

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      Jessica
      Posted 05/26/13

  18. Hello,

    I made this recipe and have used it twice. Both times it yellowed the armpits of my shirts. Have you heard of this and what might be causing it? Beeswax?

    Also, the deodorant is on the softer side so I have been keeping it in the fridge.

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    Sheri
    Posted 06/29/13

    • Hi Sheri – I am not sure why it would be doing this. I have never had any issues with it staining my shirts. As a matter of fact, after I read your comment, I went and checked my recently worn shirts, just to make sure and there was no residue. I am not sure what the yellow color would be coming from. It might be the clay, perhaps? If you’re finding the mixture is a tad too soft, add just a teeny bit more beeswax. Mine stays firm, even in the hottest part of summer (and we don’t have A/C). Also, I don’t use a lot of this, I just do one or two swipes of the stick and that’s good. If you are using too much, I can imagine the wax might cause a residue. Hopefully that helps! Sorry that it didn’t work well for you! :(

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      Jessica
      Posted 06/29/13

    • I had that happen with mine too, yellow stains in the arm pits of my clothes. I am guessing it is from the beeswax. It has been awhile since I made it, so I can’t remember what other ingredients I put in it but I remember thinking there wasn’t too much else that would possibly do that other than the beeswax.

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      Tammy
      Posted 05/02/14

      • Hi Tammy – Yes, I am thinking it is the beeswax. I keep meaning to experiment with one that does not use beeswax, but have not had time!

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        Jessica Espinoza
        Posted 05/04/14

  19. Just wondering how you find this at the hormonal times of your cycle – ie the 36 hours around ovulation and the 2 – 3 days before Day 1. I had been using a crystal, but had to top up every couple of hours at those times. I had made a homemade liquid deoderant with witch hazel and essential oils like patchouli lavender etc and that seems to be better but not fully working against perimenipausal ponging!!

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    Janie
    Posted 07/21/13

    • Hi Janie – I have never really noticed, but now that you mention it, I am going to start paying closer attention and see if I notice any specific changes!

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      Jessica
      Posted 07/22/13

  20. Hi, is there a vegan alternative for the beeswax that I could try?

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    Monica
    Posted 08/08/13

    • Hi Monica – I have heard that you can use carnauba, candelilla, or soy waxes, though I have never tried any of them, so I can’t attest to how well they work. If you try one of them, let me know how it works! :)

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      Jessica
      Posted 08/08/13

  21. Thank you for the great recipe. I will have to gather the ingredients and try to make my own. I would like to share an excellent all natural, aluminum free deodorant (I’ve been using for almost 8 months). I’ve tried the salt crystal, Tom’s, etc.. but they seem to work only for so long. However, I have experienced nothing but success with Nutural. After wearing this deodorant all day, and completing a 3 hour session of Tai Chi, Yoga and Pilates before dinner, there is still NO! stink and no stains on my clothes. I love it. nuturalife (dot) com

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    patty
    Posted 08/20/13

    • Hi Patty – Thanks for sharing! I have not heard of that brand, but I’ll check them out! :)

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      Jessica
      Posted 08/21/13

    • I know exactly what you mean Patty. I was using and loving the Tom’s Calendula and for some reason they discontinued it. I’ve tried the lavender and the unscented and less than half way through the stick they stopped working. Thank you Jessica for this recipe. I’m going to try this with calendula to see how it works.

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      Beth K
      Posted 05/20/14

  22. is this still the recipe you use? Thanks!

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    gail
    Posted 10/30/13

    • Hi Gail – Yep! I still use it every day! I am also experimenting with some new recipes though, because now I’m getting bored since I’ve used this one for so long! :)

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      Jessica
      Posted 10/31/13

  23. Dear Jessica,

    first of all: thanks for sharing all your knowledge here. I visited your website for the first time today and I really appreciate it!
    Nevertheless, I have a question regarding the bentonite clay. I didn’t know the word so I googled and found in wikipedia that it contained aluminium. I was told that aluminium in our deodorants was suspicious to cause cancer, so I am a little confused. Could you please help me with some explanation regarding this issue?

    Many thanks and kind regards,
    Iris

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    Iris
    Posted 01/19/14

    • Hi Iris – That question is answered a few comments up from here. “Aluminum is part of the structural make up of all clays. The aluminum in Calcium Bentonite Clay is in a safe oxide form, not the dangerous man-made processed aluminum. The many trace minerals in Calcium Bentonite Clay are fused together into a super compound structure known as a clay particle, which cannot break down and cannot be absorbed by your body”. Hope that helps!

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      Jessica Espinoza
      Posted 01/21/14

  24. Hello. Would raw shea butter be okay to use instead of organic?

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    Ali
    Posted 03/24/14

  25. I was wondering if I could use fractionated coconut oil instead?

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    sheila tatum
    Posted 04/03/14

  26. All the research I’ve read about rosemary is that it’s a stimulant and increases hair growth- which is why so many people use it in their shampoos. Have you noticed that it makes your armpit hair grow faster?? That would be the only downside I’d see to this particular recipe lol! Just curious :)

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    rachelle
    Posted 06/27/14

    • Hi Rachelle – I have had several people mention that to me and I have never had any issues. I have also used rosemary on my hair to help increase growth and it has not helped there either, so perhaps it just doesn’t work for me! :) You could always leave it out or sub with an EO of your choosing, but I really don’t think there’s anything to be concerned about.

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      Jessica Espinoza
      Posted 06/27/14

  27. Hi!! I will try your recipe!! I’ve made other deodorant stick and it leaves my underarm white and my clothes too :( Then I’ve tried the spra, but I’m under the impression that it doesn’t work and I smell a bit :/ (my boyfriend says I’m a bit paranoïd with the smell of my underarm). So does it stain white because of the baking soda, or does it stain greenish because of the clay?
    Thank you!

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    Nook
    Posted 07/15/14

    • I don’t have any issues with staining, as long as I don’t use a lot. One or two swipes is sufficient, but if you really layer it on, then you could enjoy up with a bit of staining from the beeswax. Hope it works for you!

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      Jessica Espinoza
      Posted 07/20/14

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