DIY Homemade Deodorant with Lavender

DIY Homemade Deodorant with Lavender. This deodorant is so easy to make and actually works! Florida tested and approved. Fight stinky armpits and the summer heat (or any heat), naturally!

True friends care about the way you smell, which is why I’m writing today– I care about you! 

For many years, I was hesitant to stray away from commercial deodorant (think: Dove and Secret). My hesitation was rooted in two main issues: my physical address and a deep commitment to avoid body odor at all costs. When you put the two together–Florida and body odor– the results are far from lovely.

DIY Homemade Deodorant with Lavender. This deodorant is so easy to make and actually works! Florida tested and approved. Fight stinky armpits and the summer heat (or any heat), naturally!

A couple of years ago, as I sat on my living room couch nursing my second child, my new mama alarm sounded. Now, this alarm wasn’t of the panic variety. More like a good alarm that triggers great change.

I had known for many years that most commercial deodorants were loaded with less than ideal ingredients, particularly formulas with aluminum, but due to the two factors we talked about earlier, I was hesitant to try alternative choices. My thinking changed as I sat staring into the blue eyes of my nursing baby. I thought about the number of times Londyn nursed a day (too many to count…she was quite the milk drinker) and the deodorant that was applied close to my breasts, and therefore, my nursing babe. Change had to be made!

DIY Homemade Deodorant with Lavender. This deodorant is so easy to make and actually works! Florida tested and approved. Fight stinky armpits and the summer heat (or any heat), naturally!

Research commenced. I knew a natural, effective deodorant must exist, and making my own was definitely out of the question at the moment. After much research, I discovered a brand called Primal Pit Paste.  The ingredients were super clean and the deodorant was produced in Tampa (AKA: a Florida deodorant!). I purchased my first bottle of lavender deodorant and instantly fell in love. For over two years now I’ve been faithfully purchasing Primal Pit Paste from my local health food store or online.

Homemade Deodorant with Lavender

Since my first natural deodorant purchase, I’ve learned how to make many (not all, but many) homemade products. After my latest jar of deodorant ran out, I decided to take a look at the ingredient list before tossing the bottle in the trash: shea butter, coconut oil, beeswax, baking soda, arrowroot powder, lavender, vitamin E oil. The “I can do it” spirit burned within my body as I read each ingredient. Because I make lotion, toothpaste, and bake muffins/bread, I already owned every single ingredient needed to make a copycat of my favorite natural deodorant.

DIY Homemade Deodorant with Lavender. This deodorant is so easy to make and actually works! Florida tested and approved. Fight stinky armpits and the summer heat (or any heat), naturally!

The thought of conquering an activity I once deemed impossible was such a huge celebration (once the recipe was perfected) that I couldn’t just stop with one jar. Oh no, I created deodorant for family, friends, and neighbors. Yea, don’t make your neighbors deodorant; they will think you’re crazy!

DIY Homemade Deodorant with Lavender. This deodorant is so easy to make and actually works! Florida tested and approved. Fight stinky armpits and the summer heat (or any heat), naturally!

“True friends care about the way you smell, which is why I’m writing today– I care about you!” Drumroll….

And now for the homemade recipe that says, “I want you to smell amazing, naturally. I love you!”

DIY Homemade Deodorant with Lavender. This deodorant is so easy to make and actually works! Florida tested and approved. Fight stinky armpits and the summer heat (or any heat), naturally!

DIY Homemade Deodorant with Lavender
Serves: 4 ounce jar
  • ¼ cup shea butter (where to buy)
  • 2 TB coconut oil (same oil used for cooking)
  • 3 (heaping) TB beeswax (I use the small pellets)
  • 3 TB baking soda (where to buy)
  • 2 TB arrowroot powder/flour (where to buy)
  • 20 drops lavender essential oil (where to buy) or (where to buy)
  • 10 drops tea tree essential oil (where to buy)- Some people don't care for tea tree oil. Substitute additional lavender in place of the tea tree, if desired.
  1. In a double broiler (or a bowl placed over a pot filled ¼ way full with water), over medium-high heat, bring the water (underneath the bowl) to a slight boil.
  2. Add the shea butter and coconut oil to the top bowl. Once the shea butter and coconut oil melt, add the the beeswax and stir frequently until all the ingredients are liquid. Remove the bowl from the heat.
  3. Quickly add the baking soda and arrowroot powder/flour. Stir the baking soda and arrowroot into the liquid ingredients. Add the essential oils, stirring to combine all the ingredients.
  4. Pour the deodorant into a 4-ounce Mason jar. The deodorant will solidify as it cools.
To Use: Scoop a small amount of deodorant from the jar and apply to your armpits. I avoid using this deodorant after shaving due to the baking soda. I opt to shave at night so I can use my deodorant in the morning.
The “where to buy” links provide links to the actual products I use. As always, I recommend shopping around online and at local stores for the best prices and products you love. Find my favorite DIY ingredients and tools, here.
Adapted from Primal Pit Paste.

Baking Soda Note: I’ve been using a baking soda deodorant (Primal Pit Paste) for over two years without any issue. My homemade copycat recipe also includes this ingredient. If you’re concerned about irritation, replace the baking soda with additional arrowroot powder/flour. I personally need the extra “protection” baking soda provides thanks to my extra sweaty and stinky genes and the Florida heat.

DIY Homemade Deodorant with Lavender. This deodorant is so easy to make and actually works! Florida tested and approved. Fight stinky armpits and the summer heat (or any heat), naturally!

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  • Tiffany says:

    I was wondering if the deodorant leaves any stains on clothing. I tried using a deodorant that wasn’t an antiperspirant, but I had to stop because my sweating caused me to worry about pit stains.

    • Kristin Marr says:

      Hey Tiffany, I haven’t had any issue with staining with this recipe or Primal Pit Paste. I think the baking soda really helps! I also don’t wear a lot of whites…kids ;).

  • Sally says:

    I prefer to use a solid deoderant. Can this be made with more beeswax so you can put into deoderant tubes?

    • Kristin Marr says:

      Hey Sally, This deodorant is solid once it cools. It can easily be poured into a deodorant tube instead of a jar. You could also add more beeswax if you’d like, just to make sure it performs well in the tube. I’d probably only add an extra 1-2 tablespoons.

  • marina says:

    Hello!! this recipe looks so nice, but i did it like 12 hours ago and the deodorant doesn’t solidify. The oils are coming on the top and i don’t know how to save that. Should i wait longer or should i put it on the fridge? The temperatures here are a bit high, is this maybe the problem?

    Thank you!

    • Kristin Marr says:

      Hey Marina, Hmmm, I’m not sure what may have happened. I’m sorry your deodorant didn’t turn out well.

      The deodorant definitely should solidify and the oils should remain in the mixture. Is the coconut oil coming to the top or the essential oils? Is the deodorant separated? Definitely try putting it in the fridge…the cold will help the coconut oil solidify. Also, feel free to email a picture to A picture may help troubleshoot the issue :).

      Also, I think the mixture should still work without the solid state (that’s just the beeswax) since it’s rubbed into the skin.

  • Teuila says:

    I’ve seen a couple different recipes for deodorant and am really wanting to use some Bentonite Clay, however I think I would like the consistency of your recipe better (due to the beeswax). Do you have any suggestions on how to add it with your recipe or what your thoughts are on the clay?

    • Kristin Marr says:

      Hey Teuila, I’ve played around with adding clay to this recipe and really enjoy the end product. It’s a great addition to homemade deodorant. I recommend adding 2 tablespoons with the baking soda and arrowroot powder/flour.

  • Paula says:

    What essential oil could I use to make this more of a manly scent for my husband? He doesn’t want to smell like lavender. 🙂

  • Emily says:

    This is a wonderful recipe! It took me a long time to find a “natural” store bought deodorant that worked for me, but to be completely honest, I never really loved it. It worked well, but it was a very hard stick deodorant and rough on the skin when applying. This recipe not only banishes odor (yeah!) but it feels so good putting it on in the morning. And I think that anything you have to put on everyday, should make you feel great putting it on everyday! Thank you so much!

    • Kristin Marr says:

      Thank you so much, Emily! I’m so glad you’re enjoying the deodorant. I felt the same way about many of the natural alternatives I attempted to try over the years. Enjoy!!

  • Hela says:

    Hi, can I substitute arrowroot flour for any other flour or starch?

    • Kristin Marr says:

      Hey Hela, You can try corn starch. I haven’t personally tried this substitute (so I’m not sure if it will be too harsh), but arrowroot is the sister to corn starch (a corn-free thickener).

  • Tanya says:

    Hey Kristin! So I’m just wondering – the first ingredient listed on PPP is baking soda, which leads me to believe it is the main ingredient (ie largest quantity) in their formula, but this isn’t the case with yours. I have tried DOZENS of natural deodorants and PPP is the ONLY one that has worked, so I’m nervous about botching the recipe… What do you think?

    • Kristin Marr says:

      Hey Tanya, Yes, you’re correct! My fear in using too much baking soda is many people may notice their skin is irritated (a common side effect from baking soda). You can definitely add one (or two) tablespoon more of baking soda if your skin doesn’t react to the amount in PPP.

  • Brooke says:

    Hey Kristin, I have all of the ingredients for this recipe except bees wax. Would it be alright without it?


    • Kristin Marr says:

      Hey Brooke, The deodorant will work great even without the beeswax; however, the consistency will probably be more like gritty lotion versus a hard deodorant. 🙂

  • Fallon says:

    Hi Kristin! I live in South Texas, and we see many triple digit heat days here in the summer. It doesn’t take much for my current homemade deo to melt, especially when traveling (I’ve actually had to put my deo in a cooler while traveling on I can’t wait to try this one, but is it pretty good at withstanding the heat and remaining solid? I’m assuming that adding more beeswax would help with that, but I don’t want to throw off the ratio of active ingredients so that it remains effective for me. 🙂

    • Kristin Marr says:

      Hey Fallon, I completely understand hot ;)…Florida is probably pretty close on the heat scale to Texas. I travel with this deodorant frequently without any melting issues, so I think it will hold up to the hot weather without adding extra beeswax.

  • Dee says:

    Hi Kristin!

    I recently made my own deo, but it stains, I think because of the coconut oil in it. Could I substitute the coconut oil in this recipe with something like cocao butter, or would it be too funky?

  • Nadia says:

    I’m dying to try this recipe but all i have are Beeswax ‘pucks’… Would you be able to provide a weight for the ‘3 heaping tablespoons’ of the Beeswax pellets?


    • Kristin Marr says:

      Hey Nadia, The beeswax pucks will work if you grate one with a cheese grater, and then measure out the grated shavings. I’m guessing that 3 tablespoons is a bit more than 1 ounce?

  • Shaylin says:

    I wanted to first say that after being afraid to try a natural deodorant, I couldn’t be happier with how your recipe turned out for me. I think I struck gold on my first try! I had beeswax pucks and I think I over measured by a bit so it’s slightly sticky once applied, but I’ll adjust the next batch. I was wondering.. In your story you said that looking at the ingredients of your favorite deodorant, one of them was vitamin D, but I don’t see it listed in the recipe. Is there a reason why or was it maybe forgotten? In my next batch, should I add that, and in what amount?

    • Kristin Marr says:

      Hey Shaylin, That’s awesome! It’s great to hear that you love the deodorant. The natural deodorant I used contained Vitamin E, it can certainly be added to this recipe. I left it out to keep the cost low for people. Vitamin E is amazing for the skin and acts as a preservative. I would add it with the essential oil, and only add about 1-2 teaspoons. Enjoy!!

  • Shaylin says:

    I just posted a comment and then realized my email had a typo. Wanted to share the correct one.

  • Nora says:

    I tried your deodorant recipe. Came out well, but doesn’t works for me. I’m sticking 🙁
    What you would recommend to change in this case.

    • Kristin Marr says:

      Hey Nora, Each person is so different. You could try increasing the baking soda in the recipe–by 1-2 TB. That would be my top recommendation. The baking soda should help with the stink factor. Let me know how it goes!

  • Anna says:

    I like the idea of a “cream” deodorant. I have yet to try my own homemade deodorant and this sounds like a good idea.

  • Cristie says:

    I have been following your posts for quite awhile and I finally got time to try a few recipes. This deodorant is amazing, I’m in love! It works so much better than any Otc product. Thanks.

  • GIFT says:

    I love your organic recipes! but i wonder, if i make a deodorant spray version what ingrediants that i should skip? can i replace voska with another thing?
    Thanks. 🙂

  • Kay says:

    I love this post!! Your pics are so beautiful 🙂 I’m super motivated to try this since I’ve heard so many good things about the primal pit paste. My question is this… For the jar version of PPP they don’t use beeswax and you added it for this diy version. I’ve tried diy versions without the beeswax and really like the dry aspect. Does beeswax make the deodorant slightly more tacky and stickier than the PPP version? Have you noticed that it reduces sweating more than the PPP without beeswax? And lastly, what main difference did you see between your DIY and PPP? I’m super excited about trying this diy but was also wondering if I should keep the beeswax in the recipe or omit it. Thanks so much in advance for any info!! 🙂

    • Kristin Marr says:

      Hey Kay, Thank you so much!

      I haven’t tried making the recipe without beeswax. If you’re going to store the homemade version in a jar then the beeswax could probably be left out. I like having a harder substance, provided by the beeswax. I haven’t noticed the beeswax reduces sweating.

      I’ve been traveling a lot over the last two months so I haven’t had time to make another batch of homemade deodorant. I purchased PP last month and haven’t noticed much difference between my homemade version and PP, other than the fact that my jar version has a bit more of a tacky texture when scooping it from the jar.

      If you make the deodorant, I’d love to hear what you think as a fellow PP user.

  • Steph says:

    I have a question.. how much beeswax do you use in terms of a measurement of weight? I get solid 1oz bars of beeswax. I would like to try your recipe but beeswax effects the consistency so much that you have to get it right or waste ingredients because it’s too solid or too runny. I know you know that I just didn’t want my question to sound rude. I hope I hear from you soon so I can get started!

    • Kristin Marr says:

      Hey Steph, I completely understand :). I just weighed 3 heaping tablespoons of beeswax pellets on my scale and the total comes out to 1.08 oz. So I’m guessing that one bar would be fine.

  • Neely says:

    Thanks for the recipe! I’ve tried a similar one but it turned out a bit too soft for my liking. I think the beeswax here might do the trick, though. For lack of a deodorant tube, I think a small batch in a lip balm tube will be a good experiment. Very travel-size.

    And since most of your readers are…earthy types, I’ll be the one to ask: how does this hold up for those of us who don’t shave? (I’m female, but I suppose if men have had good results, that’s promising too.)

    • Kristin Marr says:

      Hey Neely, I think you’ll like the consistency of this deodorant–the beeswax helps a lot! I’m not sure about the shaving question. Maybe a reader will be able to comment with a helpful answer.

  • Yvonne Watson says:

    Hey Kristen, love your site. Use a lot of your homemade recipes. I tried the deodorant and it’s real hard. I don’t if I did something wrong or what. Not sure how to get it to a useable state. I hope it isn’t ruined. Any suggestions? Thanks.

    • Kristin Marr says:

      Hey Yvonne, Thank you. It’s so great to hear you’re enjoying the recipes!

      The deodorant should be hard, but also spread well on the skin. If you’d like a softer deo, my initial thought is you could try melting it back down and add a couple of tablespoons of coconut oil. If the deodorant jar is large enough you could leave the deodorant in the jar and try heating it in a double boiler, then adding the oil directly in the jar (and deodorant) and stirring. If not, you’d need to scoop the deodorant out and into a double boiler again. Hopefully once the deodorant is cool, it will have a softer consistency. I’ve never tried this, but I think it’s the only way to achieve a softer consistency at this point.

  • Yvonne Watson says:

    Ok, thank you. I put it in a small mason jar and I guess I just have a hard time getting it out. I will try heating it back up and the coconut oil.

    • Kristin Marr says:

      Let know how it goes, Yvonne. In jar form (the way I use it, too), you definitely need to scoop it out (it’s harder than a soft lotion)–I hope the coconut oil softens the deodorant for you!

  • Monica says:

    Hi Kristin
    Does this melt during hot weather? Is it OK to put on an old deodorant container?

    • Kristin Marr says:

      Hey Monica, I live in Florida and use this deodorant most of the time (I still go back to Primal Pit Paste if I don’t have time to make homemade deodorant). I haven’t had any issues with this melting in Florida’s hot weather. I think you can use an old deodorant container.

  • Frances Wallace says:

    I began using plain baking soda as a deodorant in the sixties. Rose hip syrup kept colds at bay and putting clove bud on a sore tooth, eased the pain. I was thrilled when I came across your blog! In the months since, I have made the body wash, which I also use as a shampoo! The body wash is great! Then came the face wipes! Now today I mixed up the floor cleaner! Can’t wait to use it!

    I have always thought there was a simpler way to clean, but never had the time to think it through. Thank you foe doing the thinking.

    Fran Wallace
    Hagerstown, Md


  • Catria says:

    This was wonderful to find and I look forward to trying it out. I am a bit confused. The first photo shows it in a jar, but if it is a hard consistency, how can you use it in a jar?

    Thank you

  • Victoria says:

    Great recipe. I have been using it for months. It does not stain clothes, even whites, and it has been really efficient during warmer months in Greece . I had to put it in the fridge thought and I had increased the amount of beeswax, because I didn’t want it very soft. Now during winter, I am using your quantities. Thanks a lot for a great recipe!!

  • Jaclynn says:

    Is there a way to make the deodorant softer? I bought empty deodorant containers and made this deodorant and its really difficult to apply. Even if I try with my fingers it is pretty hard. I love this recipe and once its on its great but applying it is making my armpits chafe. I followed the recipe but I’m wondering if there is a way to make it softer. Maybe less beeswax? Just curious what you recommend. Thanks!

  • Kathy says:

    Hi Kristin! I’m so glad I found Live Simply 🙂 I’m excited to try this and all your other recipes 🙂

    Do you know what the shelf-life is when unopened and also, once used? How can you tell if it’s gone bad/expired?

    • Kristin Marr says:

      Hey Kathy, I’m so glad you found Live Simply, too! Welcome!

      From my experience, this deodorant should last about 6 months, possibly even longer. Generally, if you see mold, mildew, or an unwelcomed odor, it’s time to toss the homemade product. Using clean tools, hands, and not adding water to the product will help protect the deodorant.

  • Brianna says:

    I’m very excited to try out this homemade deodorant! I was wondering if you can substitute other essential oils in place of the lavender? And which ones would you recommend?

  • Jodi Fan says:

    I’ve been wanting to make my own deodorant after trying every natural product available and really only finding one (expensive one!) that works. This works just as well and makes a pretty large quantity! The only problem I’m having is that the lavender scent from the EO didn’t stick around long – either that, of I’ve gone nose blind to it! But I know that is to be expected with EO. Thank you for this “recipe”!

  • Jade says:

    I love this consistency! For those of you who want a nice, androgynous scent, I have found that rosemary oil is wonderful and it is also supposed to have similar antifungal and antibacterial properties to tea tree oil. 🙂

  • Sheri says:

    The recipe sounds wonderful, and it can’t wait to try it. I have all the ingredients but Shea butter. Do you think I could substitute cocoa butter for the Shea?

  • Natalia says:

    hi Kristin

    So glad that i came across your article.
    I was wondering, if i go for cocoa butter instead of shea butter, what should i add to make the consistency the same as when you use shea butter?

  • Susie says:

    Hi Kristin! Here’s another shea butter question! I have all the ingredients to make the deodorant except for shea butter. Is it ok if I leave it out? Thanks for sharing your recipe!

    • Kristin Marr says:

      Hey Susie, The shea butter is really important. You could try subbing more coconut oil in place of the shea butter. You may also need to add more beeswax. Let me know how it goes!

      • Susie says:

        So I substituted coconut oil in place of the shea butter but it was a bit too hard and sticky for my liking (probably because of the beeswax) so I added a little more coconut oil, baking soda, and arrowroot powder and it was perfect! I was so excited to start using it this morning! I think the real test will be once the summer heat arrives, but so far so good! Thanks again! I’m so glad I found your blog! Can’t wait to make more of your recipes!

  • Rosangel says:

    Hi Kristin!
    I am thrilled I came across your blog! I recently decided that enough was enough with so many chemicals in every beauty product I used so I decided to find more natural alternatives. I’ve been using Stick Up 2 oz lavender from Primal Life Organic deodorant but my skin started to get really irritated (from the baking soda I am guessing). I want to substitute the baking soda in your recipe with just the arrowroot powder and was wondering how much I should increase the table spoons by? Please take into consideration that I am a fellow Floridian who is also concerned about body odor ;). I can’t wait to try this recipe, I have never attempted concocting anything like this before but I guess that even the most skilled DIYer had a first time 🙂 Thank you!

    • Kristin Marr says:

      Hey Rosangel, This is a great DIY to make for a beginning DIYer! I hope you love it. I would stick with the same amount of arrowroot as the baking soda, and see how that works out for you.

  • Shaina says:

    Hi there,

    I made this a couple nights ago (with orange and vanilla essential oils) and by the end of the day I smelled terrible! But when I use just coconut oil and baking soda with some essential oil, I smell fine by the end of the day – I just get really sweaty, more so than I do with this. It didn’t make sense why I should smell so bad with this, because the orange cream sickle PPP works great for me but I had to quit because the baking soda was inflaming my armpits. I checked out the deodorant I made, and I noticed it looked as though the shea butter and beeswax had mostly risen to the top, whereas the coconut oil and baking soda had mostly sunk to the bottom. Since I put part of the batch I made into a small plastic container, I popped that one out and flipped it over, and I’m trying it out today to see if that side of it works better. I think it will because I’ve only noticed a bad smell from homemade deodorant when I have too much shea butter in it. So my question is, how do you keep it from separating when it’s cooling? I stirred it up really well when I finished making it and popped it in the fridge to set, but it separated while it was in the fridge. Should I just try re-melting it and stirring it up again? I want this to work so badly!

    • Kristin Marr says:

      Hey Shaina, I personally haven’t had any issues with the deodorant separating yet at room temperature. I wonder if the issue is due to the extreme temperature variation in the environment–from really hot in the pot to really cold in the fridge. I would definitely go with remelting the deodorant, and this time allowing it to cool at room temperature.

  • Sherrie says:

    I prefer the primal stick to the paste. What would I do differently when making it??

  • April says:

    Hi Kristin!

    Thank you for sharing all your DIY discoveries! I just started with my family in this journey and I’m hoping that will completely be able to make our own cosmetic and home products;-) BTW, i just finished making this recipe but, ( i know this might sound a bit funny! ) how do you clean your utensils from all the wax? It took me almost an hour just to clean everything. Do you or does anyone have any technique in making up the clean up quicker?….help! Thanks!

    • Kristin Marr says:

      Hey April, I’m so glad you’re enjoying the DIYs. Yes, cleaning up after making some DIYs is a pain! I’ve found that pouring very hot/boiling water into the containers and using a detergent, like Sal Suds, is the best formula for quickly removing the leftover gunk. The hot water weakens the wax buildup, and the detergent is powerful enough to clean the jars. I also use special tools now, just for DIYing, so I don’t have to worry about the jars or spoons having any leftover residue and then cooking food or something edible.

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