How to Make Stick Deodorant

If you are looking for an easy way to make your life a little greener, try making your own deodorant. Homemade stick deodorant is an inexpensive, safe and natural alternative to the harsh chemicals and irritating fragrances found in store-bought deodorants. This recipe uses a natural moisture absorber (cornstarch), a natural deodorizer (baking soda), and a natural anti-bacterial/anti-fungal oil (tea tree oil) to keep you feeling fresh and smelling good.


Recipe One: Standard Formula

  • 1/4 cup (55 g) baking soda (sodium bicarbonate)
  • 1/4 cup (32 g) cornstarch
  • 10 drops tea tree oil
  • 2+ tbsp (30 g) coconut oil, melted

Recipe Two: For Sensitive Skin

  • 2 tbsp (30 g) baking soda (sodium bicarbonate)
  • 6 tbs (72 g) cornstarch (if you have very sensitive skin, substitute arrowroot powder)
  • 10 drops tea tree oil
  • 2+ tbsp (30 g) coconut oil, melted


  • Additional essential oils for fragrance, according to your preference.
  • Up to 1 tsp. Vitamin E or sweet almond oil, to soothe shaved skin.


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    Combine the baking soda, cornstarch and tea tree oil in a bowl. Mix well.
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    Add the coconut oil. Stir until the mixture is smooth. If you are adding optional skin soothers like Vitamin E or sweet almond oil, add it during this step.
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    Press the mixture into the deodorant stick container. Make sure the base is twisted all the way down to the bottom. It may seem soft at first, but should set up after a few days.
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    Adding fragrance (optional). You can easily vary the fragrance of your deodorant by using different essential oils in place of the tea tree oil.
    • Lavender, rose, eucalyptus or sandalwood are good choices because they share the anti-bacterial properties of tea tree oil. Chamomile, a known skin soother, would also work well.
    • Start with just a few drops. Add a little more at a time until your deodorant has the scent you want.
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    Use your deodorant. Apply this deodorant in the same manner you would the store-bought kind. A little goes a long way, so use a lighter hand than you usually would.


  • The coconut oil used in this recipe begins to melt at 76 degrees. If the weather is warm, store your deodorant in the refrigerator.
  • Instead of coconut oil, you can use any oil that is solid at room temperature - shea butter, cocoa butter, mango butter or vegetable shortening.
  • If you don't want to use a previously-used deodorant container, search online to source brand new ones.


  • Always know the effects of essential oils. Some smell great but are very irritating to the skin. Take extra precautions if you are pregnant or nursing.
  • Do not use this deodorant recipe if you know you are allergic to any of the ingredients.
  • If you develop irritation, a rash or itching under your arms, stop using this product.

Things You'll Need

  • A mixing bowl and spoon
  • An empty deodorant stick container

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