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!
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 (Six Dollar Family), 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.
You will need:
- 2 Tablespoons coconut oil
- 2 Tablespoons Shea Butter or Cocoa Butter
- 2 heaping tablespoons beeswax pellets
- 3 heaping tablespoons cornstarch
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- ½ tsp Vitamin E Oil or 4 Vitamin E Capsules
- 7 drops Lavender essential oil
- 3-5 drops Tea Tree Essential Oil
- Empty Deodorant Tubes or 4 oz Jelly Jars
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.
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 whisk. Like 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.
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