Homemade Deodorant for Stinky Pits

Homemade deodorant

Being told by your husband that you stink is humbling. I once tried to switch my chemical-laden deodorant to a natural deodorant and it didn’t go well. It went so bad that my husband had to break down and tell me that I stunk, really bad. So when I told him that I was going to make my own deodorant, I shouldn’t have been surprised by the terrified look on his face and the question of “Are you sure you want to do that?!?”

Ignoring his concerns, I decided to go ahead and make my own deodorant using natural ingredients and Young Living Essential Oils (YLEO). I’m thrilled to report it was a HUGE success. My husband was brave and did several smell tests to confirm that it indeed worked. Once I tested it out, I made more for a handful of brave friends to test out too.


  • 1-2 tablespoons (15-30 grams)  beeswax (depends on how firm you like your deodorant)
  • 1 tablespoon (15 grams) Shea Butter
  • 1 tablespoon (15 grams) Cocoa Butter
  • 1 tablespoon (15 grams) Coconut Oil
  • 2.5 tablespoons (37.5 grams)  corn starch or arrowroot powder
  • 1 tablespoon (15 grams) baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp vitamin E oil or 2 vitamin E capsules
  • 15-20 drops of essential oils – I used Purification, but I think Grapefruit would be another great option since it’s supposed to prevent hair growth. Thieves, Stress Away, Lavender, or any of the YLEOs would be a great option.


  1. Melt the beeswax, shea butter, cocoa butter, and coconut oil together in a double-broiler over low heat. I use a oven-safe glass container with a spout in a saucepan of water to melt the contents.
  2. Once completely melted, remove from the heat. You’ll add the corn starch (or arrowroot powder) and baking soda to the mixture until everything is combined.
  3. Add the vitamin E oil and your essential oil(s) to the mixture until everything is combined.
  4. Pour the mixture directly into a clean used deodorant container (or a new deodorant container). I save any remaining solid deodorant to a small container to use a pit paste.
  5. The deodorant can be kept on the counter to cool and harden or placed in the refrigerator to solidify quicker.

This recipe will fill one deodorant container or 6 mini containers.

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