Making your own deodorant guarantees that you’ll be keeping fresh without any harmful chemicals, that could penetrate your skin, especially if you use it right after shaving or waxing.

Find out how to make your own deodorant from natural ingredients, whether you’d prefer a solid stick or a liquid spray. Try these simple homemade deodorant recipes and you’ll be able to stay fresh naturally. Remember that these deodorants only target the smell of sweat, but they’re not antiperspirants. They allow your body to naturally eliminate toxins through sweat.

How to Make Your Own Deodorant Stick

Baking soda and beeswax are two key ingredients when it comes to homemade deodorant. You’ll also need coconut oil, shea butter and essential oils if you’d like a particular scent. Try these simple recipes for a homemade deodorant that really works. You can make deodorant bars by placing the mixtures into muffin tins or use an empty plastic deodorant stick for convenience. Feel free to halve or double the recipes if you’d rather make more or less on your first try.

How to Make Baking Soda Deodorant Stick

When you’ve decided to keep your armpits fresh, baking soda is the right choice. If you’d like to go for the easiest option, all you need to do is mix one part baking soda with six parts cornstarch and use the powder directly. For an effective stick recipe, you’ll need:

3 tablespoons baking soda

3 tablespoons coconut oil

2 tablespoons shea butter

2 tablespoons arrowroot powder

5-10 drops of your favorite essential oil

Start with a double boiler and melt the coconut oil and sea butter lightly over medium heat. Add the arrowroot and baking soda, and after mixing very well, finish with the optional essential oil. You can store it in a mason jar or an old deodorant stick, and you don’t need to refrigerate it, since your homemade deodorant should be solid if mixed well.

How To Make Your Own Deodorant Stick

How to Make Beeswax Deodorant Stick

If you’d like to make your own homemade deodorant without baking soda, beeswax and arrowroot can keep it solid.

1/4 cup and 1 teaspoon beeswax

1/4 cup coconut oil

1/4 cup shea butter

1/4 cup arrowroot powder

5-10 drops of your favorite essential oil

Start by mixing the shea butter and coconut oil into a double boiler, or alternatively mix them into a mason jar placed in a saucepan filled with water. Once they’re melted, add the essential oils and arrowroot. Let it thicken at room temperature for a few minutes before placing in an deodorant stick.

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How to Make Your Own Deodorant Spray

If the process of making a homemade deodorant stick sounds too messy to you, then an even simpler solution is creating your own spray from a few natural ingredients. Baking soda can be an irritant when used daily for some people, so if the first recipe doesn’t work for you, try one of the other options, with witch hazel or magnesium oil.

How to Make Baking Soda Deodorant Spray

Mixing water and baking soda is a simple way to make a good deodorant spray. Depending on the size of your bottle, quantities can vary. Start with a half filled bottle of distilled water and add a little baking soda, as finely powdered as possible. Make sure that you end up with a slippery liquid texture before adding any essential oils. Shake well before every use.

How to Make Witch Hazel Deodorant Spray

If you’d rather avoid baking soda, another great recipe mixes witch hazel and colloidal silver, both excellent antiseptics to keep you fresh. Depending on how much you want to make, mix one part colloidal silver with two parts witch hazel. You can also add flower water (hydrosol) and essential oils to the mix. Shake well before mixing together the ingredients.

How to Make Magnesium Oil Deodorant Spray

Another excellent homemade deodorant recipe replaces baking soda with magnesium oil. Despite its name, it’s not actually an oil, it’s simple a half and half mixture of magnesium chloride flakes and distilled water. Add a few drops of your favorite essential oil to complete the formula. Unlike other homemade deodorant spray, this one should be gently rubbed into the skin after application.