Learn how to make this non-toxic homemade natural deodorant recipe that features sweet orange and frankincense essential oils, along with herbal infused coconut oil for extra skin-soothing properties.
This recipe makes a cream style natural deodorant that you store in a jar and spread on with your fingers.
You only need a small amount to be effective!
The creamy base is made up of shea butter, beeswax and coconut oil, while white kaolin clay (or baking soda) and arrowroot provide thickening and odor protection.
I suggest infusing the coconut oil with beneficial herbs first (see below), but if you’re unable to, the recipe will work fine with plain coconut oil too.
For the essential oils, I wanted a clean summery scent that would also be safe for sun exposure, all ages, pregnancy and breastfeeding.
One of my go-to books for trustworthy essential oil information is: The Complete Aromatherapy & Essential Oils Handbook for Everyday Wellness.
I settled on using sweet orange essential oil for the primary scent, along with a small amount of frankincense, at a total dilution rate of around 1%.
(Note: While sweet orange (Citrus sinensis) is considered to be sun safe, many other types of citrus essential oils aren’t, so be sure to research first if using substitutions.)
I love this essential oil combination and hope you do too!
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Herbal Infused Coconut Oil for Skin Soothing Benefits
To add an extra boost of goodness to your homemade deodorant, try infusing the coconut oil with herbs before making this deodorant.
I used chamomile for this batch, but other good choices include:
- chamomile – soothes itchy skin
- calendula – helpful for broken or damaged skin
- plantain – helpful for irritated or itchy skin
- violet leaf – calms and cools, lymph health
- dandelion – may help dry skin
- rose petals – anti-inflammatory, astringent
- sunflower petals – conditions skin
In addition, some herbs contribute other helpful benefits, such as the ones included in my DIY Herbal Deodorant for Women, which features ingredients helpful for lymph flow and breast health.
To infuse coconut oil:
Fill a heatproof jar about halfway with your chosen herb or flower, or combine several herbs at once. Fill the jar almost to the top with coconut oil. (You can add it in solid state or melt it first.)
Set the uncovered jar down into a saucepan containing several inches of water, forming a makeshift double boiler.
Place the pan over low heat for 2 to 3 hours, keeping a close eye that the water doesn’t evaporate out.
Remove the jar from heat, strain and use in your recipe.
Sweet Orange & Frankincense Homemade Natural Deodorant Recipe
- 1 oz (28 g) shea butter
- 1 oz (28 g) beeswax
- 2 oz (57 g) coconut oil (*herbal-infused, if possible)
- 1 tbsp white kaolin clay (or baking soda, if it doesn’t irritate your skin)
- 1 tbsp arrowroot powder
- 1/4 teaspoon (abt 24 drops) sweet orange (Citrus sinensis) essential oil
- 4 to 6 drops frankincense (Boswellia carteri) essential oil
Directions to make:
- Place the shea butter, beeswax, and coconut oil in a heatproof container or jar.
- Set the jar down into a saucepan containing a few inches of water.
- Heat the pan over medium-low heat until everything is completely melted.
- Remove from heat.
- Stir in the white kaolin clay (or baking soda), arrowroot powder and essential oils.
- Stir frequently while cooling to ensure a creamy texture.
- Spoon the finished deodorant in a jar.
This recipe almost fills a 4 oz jar.
Shelf life is around 9 months to 1 year. Keep out of direct sunlight and store in a cool dry area.
Troubleshooting homemade deodorant:
If your deodorant turns out too hard for your preference, melt it again and add a teaspoon or two of a liquid oil, such as jojoba, sunflower, sweet almond, etc.
If the deodorant is too soft, try melting it and adding a pinch more beeswax.
Make sure to stir, stir, stir, especially in the first 5 to 10 minutes that the deodorant is cooling. This is what gives it a creamier texture.
If your deodorant develops graininess over time, that’s likely from the shea butter. To fix, melt the batch of deodorant until entirely melted and no lumps remain. Stir well as it cools. You may need to add a few more drops of essential oil in case some of the scent evaporates during reheating.
Remember that homemade deodorants help with odor protection, but they don’t act as antiperspirants. You will still sweat when using homemade deodorant.