Homemade Lavender Deodorant

Deodorant is one of those things that no one should be without. Right? The catch with it though is that everyone should have good deodorant. I’m pretty particular about mine, but over the years I’ve gotten to a point where I don’t want to just run to the store and grab any old tube. I want something that works well, doesn’t cost a ton to make and isn’t so full of chemicals that I’m not sure what I’m putting on my body. That’s why I started making my own homemade deodorant. I’d much rather use something that I know the complete ingredient list on. This homemade lavender deodorant is just one of the many items we make homemade instead of buying and yes, it is one of my favorite homemade items period.

Ditch your tube and whip up a batch of this homemade lavender deodorant! It's all natural and once you've tried it? You'll NEVER buy it again!

I’ve tried a lot of homemade deodorant recipes over the last few years. It took a while to get to a finished product that I adore. It’s gentle enough on the skin that my Emma can wear it but holds up under even the hottest Texas sun. The ingredients that are included in this are perfect for making a homemade deodorant with. The beeswax will help to hold everything together in a “gel” form. The Shea butter and coconut oil will help it to glide (or spread) and to moisturize your skin so you aren’t drying out badly. The corn starch and baking soda will not only help with odor but it will also help to absorb moisture from sweat.

Homemade Lavender Deodorant

Tea tree oil is antimicrobial which means that using it in deodorant it will help to kill the bacteria that creates odor. Lavender of course will help mask anything that is left so that you smell clean and fresh. If you’re not fond of the scent of lavender, you can use any essential oil you want. Geranium oil, orange oil or peppermint oil would all be great for women. For men, you could use something like Spearmint oil or Spruce oil. In the past, I’ve always used peppermint when I’ve made this to include in homemade gift baskets, I pair it with my homemade coconut shampoo and my homemade shave cream at Christmas and its always very well received! For essential oils, I prefer Now Foods brands. They’re very affordable and just as high quality as the more expensive brands.



You will need:

To start, put all ingredients except the baking soda, cornstarch and oils in a medium sauce pan. Melt slowly over low heat making sure that you stir often. The beeswax will take a bit longer than the other stuff so be sure that you keep an eye on it.


Once the ingredients are melted, remove from the heat and stir in the baking soda and corn starch. Be sure you mix well. It will thicken as it cools, but you’ll want to keep an eye on it. Once it begins to cool and thicken, add your essential oils. If you wait too long, you will have a harder time stirring the oils in because it will thicken too much, but on the other hand, you don’t want it too hot since heat kills the properties of your essential oils quicker.



Pour your homemade deodorant into a 4 oz jelly jar if you want to be able to scoop it out or put it into an empty deodorant tube. Use just like you would any other deodorant and enjoy!

Ditch your tube and whip up a batch of this homemade lavender deodorant! It's all natural and once you've tried it? You'll NEVER buy it again!

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  1. Organic lemon slices work great for us!

  2. Claire Johnson says:

    I just made this deodorant, best ever, never going back.

  3. This is a very simple recipe. I am definitely going to give it a try.

  4. Any recommendations for cleaning up beeswax? Last time I used it, it was a MESS! And I have a septic system to be careful with.

    • Stacy Barr says:

      Kendra, use a hair dryer to melt it then soak up with paper towels. Once you get the bulk of it, white vinegar should help get rid of any residue.

  5. I changed the essential oils that I used and I don’t think that I put enough of them in. Can I melt it all again and add more essential oils? I love the texture of this deodorant.

    • Stacy Barr says:

      Robin, I wouldn’t use different oils since they may not blend well, but it should be fine to re-melt and add more of the same ones. Glad you liked it!

  6. Hi, I’m wanting to try this recipe. It looks fantastic. Will it really be thick enough to put in a roll on container? Thanks so much.

  7. Barbara Olson says:

    I have a reaction to baking soda, do you have any suggestions?

    • Stacy Barr says:

      Barbara, you can try substituting Arrowroot Powder instead. I’m not positive if the measurements will change or not.

  8. Stacy, can I use a different carrier oil like Argan or Hemp instead of coconut oil? My skin does not absorb well with coconut oil, but I also do not want to mess up the benefits of the deodorant if Coconut oil plays an important part.
    Excited to try this!

    • Stacy Barr says:

      Hi Ellen, I would think that Argon or Hemp would work, but since I’ve never tried it, I can’t guarantee it. Worth trying though! Good luck!

  9. Laura Covey says:

    Hi Stacy, can I substitute Cocoa butter for the Shea butter?

    • Stacy Barr says:

      Hey Laura, you should be able to, but since I’ve never tried it, I can’t answer for sure. I don’t see why it wouldn’t work though. Good luck!

  10. I don’t want to sound like an idiot but how do you apply this to your underarms if you use a jar as the container? Just with fingertips? Wouldn’t it be messy? I’ve never made/tried a home made deodorant but definitely am interested!

  11. Ann Tipton says:

    I am excited to try this recipe. I have tried others however, it seemed to always feel sticky not long after applying. I also live in Texas, so you know how the heat can be. I really like that I can get away from the aluminium that is in deodorants. I was told by dr.’s that can cause breast cancer & I have already had to have two places checked out. I’m not willing to risk my health any longer. This is my next “in the kitchen” non-food project. Thank you for sharing.

  12. Charlotte says:

    After trying a number of recipes, I found this one really works and my sensitive skin does not object.

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