Homemade Deodorant

IMAG0232I have known for a while that there are a lot of questionable ingredients in commercially available deodorants and I have such sensitive skin I can really only use Tom’s Natural or sensitive skin formulations, which I find don’t always last as long as I would like it to so I always have to carry deodorant around just in case. I stumbled across this deodorant cream recipe and decided to test it. It is super quick and easy, cheap to make, smells good and only requires one application after a shower to last until the next shower. I am very pleased with the results and will probably be making the switch to this deodorant from now on.

I actually bought a kitchen scale, which is super cheap and definitely worth the $13.00 I paid for it because it can measure oz, lb, and grams. I have wanted one for a while but decided to go for it after seeing that this recipe was in oz. Even though the original post gives approximations for tbsp of each material, I found it to be pretty inaccurate, but I guess as long as you keep the portions of each consistent it doesn’t matter.

This recipe makes 6 oz of deodorant so you will want to get a container capable of storing this much or cut the recipe down.


  • 2 ounces shea butter
  • 2 ounces coconut oil
  • 1 ounce non-nano zinc oxide powder( I found this on amazon here and there was enough to make a ton of deodorant)
  • 5 tablespoons arrowroot powder(this is sometimes called arrowroot starch/flour)
  • 0.5 ounces raw beeswax
  • 1/2 teaspoon vitamin e oil



  • 20-30 drops of essential oil or perfume NOTE: I made two batches of this deodorant, one with 20 drops of peppermint essential oil and one without any scent and both smell great. The one without any added scent smells like coconut(probably because of the coconut oil)


  1. Using a kitchen scale(I got mine here), measure the ingredients.IMAG0223 IMAG0222
  2. In a small pot, melt shea butter, coconut oil, and beeswax over low heat( about 5 mins), stirring occasionally. NOTE: I found that my beeswax was the last to melt and I whisked the mixture because I got impatient and that worked well and made it easier to incorporate the beeswax. IMAG0225IMAG0226
  3. Remove pot from heat and add  the arrowroot powder and zinc powder. Whisk until all powders are dissolved and well combined.IMAG0227
  4. Add vitamin E oil, extracts, and essential oils (if using). Stir to combine.
  5. Pour mixture to a sterile container(I used these) and allow it to cool fully.
  6. This can be stored at room temperature for at least one year.