Homemade Deodorant Recipe – Lavender Scented Homemade Deodorant

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Deodorant is one of those things that no one should be without. After all, no one wants to be the girl (or guy) no one wants to be around because of smelly pits, right? For me, deodorants are something I’m quite picky about. I don’t like store bought deodorant because I hate not knowing exactly what I’m putting on my body so when we started going greener and living more simply a few years back, I moved to learning how to make this homemade deodorant instead. In fact, this lavender scented homemade deodorant was the very first thing I made homemade when I started working on this list of things to make homemade to save money back in 2014 and I’m still making it today!

If you're tired of store bought deodorant, this homemade deodorant recipe is just what you need! This lavender scented homemade deodorant is super easy to make and works better than anything in the store!

I’ve tried a lot of homemade deodorant recipes over the last few years, but none of them were able to handle what a Texas summer can throw at it. Trust me; it ain’t pretty when the heat index outside is 112° F and you’re sitting on the side of a lake. This lavender scented homemade deodorant though works incredibly well while being gentle at the same time. In fact, it’s gentle enough that both of my girls wear it as well. That was exactly what I was looking for when I began making it; a homemade deodorant that would hold up under even the hottest Texas sun, but gentle enough not to irritate my skin.

Homemade Deodorant Recipe – Lavender Scented Homemade Deodorant

Part of the reason this lavender scented homemade deodorant works so well is because the ingredients are perfect to make a homemade deodorant with. Beeswax is known for its skin softening qualities and in this recipe; also holds things together to form a sort of “gel.”  The Shea butter and coconut oil not only help moisturize dry skin, but combined they also help your homemade deodorant to glide or spread easily. Corn starch and baking soda not only help to get rid of any odor, but they also help to absorb moisture from sweat.

Tea tree essential oil is antimicrobial so it makes sense to use it in a homemade deodorant since it will help kill bacteria that help create odor. Lavender essential oil is antibacterial as well which gives your tea tree oil a bit of a boost and also helps your lavender scented homemade deodorant to smell fresh, clean and soft. The two essential oils together create a very powerful combo for your homemade deodorant recipe. Vitamin E Oil is used not only for its skin softening properties, but also because it has a preservative effect on homemade beauty recipes helping your homemade deodorant to last a bit longer on the shelf.  If you’re not fond of the scent of lavender, feel free to experiment with other essential oils for scent. For women, rose essential oil, geranium essential oil or or even peppermint essential oil are all fantastic options. For men, Spruce essential oil, Spearmint essential oil work great.

If your’e looking for a few homemade gift ideas, this homemade deodorant pairs very well with my homemade coconut shampoo recipe, my homemade shave cream, a homemade bubble bath recipe,  my homemade body wash and my homemade green tea and peppermint bath soak. All you need for an amazing homemade Christmas gift or any time gift basket is a pretty basket, some colored tissue paper and a pretty gift bow. Mix up a batch of each recipe, throw in a bath sponge or loofah and you’ve got an amazing DIY gift idea that everyone seems to love. As a side note, when I make this homemade deodorant as Christmas gifts, I typically use peppermint essential oil so it has a more holiday feel about it.

It doesn’t matter which brand of essential oils you use as long as their 100% pure essential oils. Contrary to popular belief, there are no Federal grading systems for essential oils so any one can bottle an EO and slap a “therapeutic grade” label on it. As long as your oils are pure and uncut with anything, you’re good. I personally prefer to buy Plant Therapy essential oils for most of my homemade beauty recipes. They’re quality oils at a fraction of the cost of more expensive brands which is right up my alley.


If you're tired of store bought deodorant, this homemade deodorant recipe is just what you need! This lavender scented homemade deodorant is super easy to make and works better than anything in the store!

You will need:


If you're tired of store bought deodorant, this homemade deodorant recipe is just what you need! This lavender scented homemade deodorant is super easy to make and works better than anything in the store!

To begin making your lavender scented homemade deodorant, add the coconut oil, beeswax pellets, and Shea butter into a medium saucepan and melt it slowly over low heat. Make certain you stir it often since it can burn quickly. The beeswax will take a bit longer than the other ingredients to melt so keep that in mind.


If you're tired of store bought deodorant, this homemade deodorant recipe is just what you need! This lavender scented homemade deodorant is super easy to make and works better than anything in the store!

Once the ingredients are melted, remove the saucepan from the heat and stir in the baking soda and corn starch. Be sure you mix well using either a fork or a wire whiskLike any recipe that contains corn starch, it will thicken as it begins to cool. That is perfectly normal and actually what you’re aiming for.

Allow your lavender scented homemade deodorant to cool slightly then add both essential oils and the Vitamin E oil and stir to evenly distribute the oils throughout the mixture. Don’t wait too long to add them since it will be difficult to stir them into the homemade deodorant, but you shouldn’t add them too soon either. Heat is one of the top enemies of essential oils and adding them too soon will cause them to get too hot and lose their properties.


If you're tired of store bought deodorant, this homemade deodorant recipe is just what you need! This lavender scented homemade deodorant is super easy to make and works better than anything in the store!


Once you’ve added the oils, your lavender scented homemade deodorant is done! While it’s still warm, pour it into a 4 oz jelly jar or empty deodorant tube. If you want to spread it when you use it, use the jelly jar. If you would rather apply it like a conventional deodorant, use the empty deodorant tube.

To use; apply as you would any other deodorant and enjoy!


*Originally published Feb. 2016/Updated June 2018


  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?

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

  13. Hi, All those ingredients are pretty expensive. How do you make this affordably? Thank you

    • Tammy, yes, initially they can be expensive, but if you look at the amount of product you get out of the ingredients, it makes them much cheaper in the long run.

  14. I have tried a few different recipes similar to this that left terrible oil stains on my clothes. Anyone else have this problem? Any suggestions?

    • Theresa, I’ve never had that issue with this recipe. Were the ones you tried the kind where you would scoop it and spread it on or were they in an actual deodorant container?

  15. Dana Ratliff says

    Stacy, where do you get beeswax and shea butter?

  16. Just made this. Very simple and smells heavenly. Can’t wait to use it. Just did an underarm detox so waiting 24 hours before applying deodorant. Will update.

  17. Update: I have worn this natural deodorant for two days in a row. LOVE IT!

  18. I have been using another homemade deodorant recipe that works well, but does leave grease stains in my clothes. But the proportions of coconut, beeswax, & Shea butter are different. Hoping this works AND doesn’t leave oil marks.

  19. Belinda Alonso says

    I find this recipe very interesting and I’m trying to get rid of commercial deodorants so this one seems a good choice. I don’t want to sound picky but… any substitute for beeswax? Thanks in advance

  20. Q: about the Cornstarch as am anaphalactic to corn products of any kind: I saw somebody mentioned arrowroot to sub for the Baking soda- would that do for the Cornstarch as well. I had used a store-brand unscented product for many decades and they are now gone: most scented products either myself or my spouse react to so I am willing to try with your suggestion.

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