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!

Homemade Deodorant with Lavender : This stuff actually works!
4.89 from 17 votes

DIY Homemade Deodorant with Lavender

DIY deodorant that makes you smell nice!
Kristin Marr
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course DIY
Cuisine Body
Servings 4 ounce jar



  • In a double broiler (or a bowl placed over a pot filled 1/4 way full with water), over medium-high heat, bring the water (underneath the bowl) to a slight boil.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
Tried this recipe?Let me know how it was!

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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  1. I made the deodorant with coconut oil and Shea butter with beeswax pellets and lemon and purification young Living oils. I found it left stain ‘wet looking marks “ on my shirt. Will the baking soda and arrowroot stop this?

    1. Hey Rita, This can happen with natural deodorants. My guess is that this can be caused by the oil in natural deodorant. Baking soda should definitely help this.

  2. Ficou perfeito!!! Durou o dia todo e a consistência bem melhor que todos os outros que eu já havia testado antes. Parabéns! Obrigada

  3. I absolutely love the natural deodorant and it works so well, but I’m having a real problem with it leaving oil stains on my clothing. Has anyone else had this problem? Is there a solution?

      1. Hi again! I don’t suppose you have all of the ingredients in grams? I think I’ve made a mistake somewhere along the way as mine is rock solid! Thank you!

  4. 5 stars
    Okay seriously this recipe is AMAZING. I was living a clean lifestyle but “regular” deodorant was the hardest thing for me to give up even though it is one of the worst things for you. I gave it up and started reluctantly using the natural deodorant. It took awhile for my body to get used to it but even after it did I would have to reapply multiple times a day. I found this recipie and knew I had to try it. I had nothing to loose. I’m from MN and just made it last week and loved it but I knew it wasn’t put to a strong test in -15 degrees, I am currently vacationing in Grand Cayman where it has been 85 degrees, humid and sunny. I have also put this deodorant to the test with high intensity workouts. Needless to say I have tested this recipe and I LOVE it. It works so good, I feel so comfortable and confident that my natural deodorant is working! Love love love. Will never buy natural deodorant again. Thank you Live Simply!

  5. 5 stars
    When I made this I had to wing the wax component since I had a solid chunk. My deodorant is not a solid per say as applying I have it in a stick deodorant type of container but I use my fingers to scoop out a smidge and then I apply by rubbing into the skin. It’s really moisturizing and I never have any fall off. Perhaps I added slightly more beeswax which is why it seems to stay together and then melt into my underarm area. It seems grainy or sandy at first but rubs in very smoothly.

  6. 5 stars
    Hi, thank you for the recipe, I was actively searching for a good deodorant and this one actually works 🙂 What I wanted to ask you though about the texture, is it supposed to be smooth like cream/butter/oil ? With smooth I mean specifically the baking soda, which does not dissolve when I mix it in, it is like a mild exfoliator with tiny sand-ish pieces and a bit uncomfortable, it actually falls off my skin again while i apply it. No matter how hot I make the oil or how much I stir, it does not want to dissolve 😀 Do you have an idea how it can be fully dissolved to avoid that exfoliating texture?

    1. Hey Marie, I’m so glad it’s working for you! This will always have a sandy texture. Primal Pit Paste is the same way, which is what this recipe is modeled after. I’m not sure if there’s a way to get around this texture.

  7. 5 stars
    Kristin can you post the weight of the of the bees wax. I can only get my bee wax in chunks from a local guy. Then I have to grate it bit it’s not in pellets

      1. Thanks Kristin that really helps. I tend to use a scale instead of measuring as often as I can and oven put wts in recipes when I make them the first time but without the pellets I was at a loss!

  8. Thanks for the recipe! I, too, have used Primal Pit Paste for years and love it : )
    Have you ever tried making the PPP Popo Powder? It’s the best body powder ever and I’d love to find a recipe!

  9. Hey Kristin! So I made this and unfortunately the baking soda gave me a rash 🙁 I have seen quite a few recipes that use Bentonite clay instead. Do you think that’s worth a try??

    1. Hey Julie, Bentonite clay swells when it comes in contact with liquid ingredients. So you may need to increase the “liquid” measurements. Another option is kaolin clay which doesn’t have the swelling issue. I first had an issue with baking soda, but it was due to shaving before applying the deo–just a little tid bit ;).

  10. I made the deodorant without baking soda and increased the quantity of arrowroot starch. The consistency was perfect, first week went great. This week I’m noticing that it isn’t lasting longer than 4-5 hours, I’m sweating more than ever and getting stinky armpits. Before trying this recipe, I was using a natural deodorant for over 2 years so I’m used to it. What do you think could be wrong? I don’t know if I should increase the arrow root?

    1. Hey Radha, I personally really need the baking soda–it’s the best way to fight against the smelly pits. I know many folks go without it, but if you’re finding the deodorant isn’t working (without the baking soda), that’s probably the issue. I wouldn’t increase the arrowroot. This isn’t an antiperspirant, so it won’t keep the sweat away (something that’s important for the body and many deodorants block from happening). During the really hot summer months, I may have to apply the deodorant twice in a day–depending on my activities and if I’m spent a lot of time in the heat. I have do the same with Primal Pit Paste. Hope that helps!

  11. Can I make it without using the arrowroot powder/fluor and, if so, what can I use instead (or what should I add more of)?

  12. 5 stars
    Hi, Kristin! I made this for my son and husband and it came out perfect! They say it works great (no smelly armpits, yay)!
    After using it for about a week or so, though, my son began to develop a rash. Could it be the baking soda or arrowroot powder that irritated him? If so, can I replace it with something not as harsh?
    My husband is doing fine, however. He loves it! Thanks for your help and I love your website!

    1. Hey Linda, I’m so glad the guys are enjoying the deodorant. Yes, I think it’s probably due to the baking soda. Some folks don’t tolerate it. You could try replacing it with bentonite clay–I would use a bit less. Or even reduce the baking soda amount, just to see if less baking soda would help. Another option is to replace the baking soda with more starch.

      And I’m so glad you’re enjoying the site :). Thank you!

  13. Hey Kristin!

    Love your site! I just made the deodorant and so far I like it! (I used some from the bowl after I poured it to put on). ???? It’s still a little wet after 20 minutes but I put it in wet. I also only did about 2 tablespoons of beeswax so it’s not so hard (it’s already solidified nicely). I was wondering though, why mine came out so orange in color compared to yours, especially since I used less beeswax?

    1. Hey Jennifer, I’m so glad you’re enjoying the blog! The difference in color is probably due to the ingredients used–I’ve noticed that different brands can vary in color and produce different color shades in the final product.

  14. Hi! I love your blog and enjoy trying out the recipes. I’m slowly moving over to diy products and am interested to try out the deodorant. I don’t have arrowroot powder and saw in an earlier comment you mentioned it was for thickening. Do you think xantham gum would work in its place or is there another benefit other than thickening provided by the arrowroot powder? Have you tried adding magnesium oil to make this a combo anti-perspirant? I’m just running through ideas so any feedback would be great!

    1. Hey Hannah, I’m so glad you’re enjoying the blog and recipes. You could try adding organic cornstarch versus the arrowroot. That would be my top recommendation. I’m not sure xantham gum will work in this situation, or how it will react to the skin in deodorant form. I haven’t tried adding magnesium oil, yet, but I keep hearing great reviews from people who use this. It’s worth a shot!

  15. To help with the skin irritation from the baking soda, I found if I put a light layer of coconut oil as a primer, it makes this a non-issue. I’ve been using PPP for about a year and do this whenever I shave or if my skin is irritated. It doesn’t change the effectiveness of the deodorant at all. I’m looking forward to trying your recipe!

  16. I seem to be allergic to baking soda. I’ve found that arrowroot doesn’t absorb enough. So I copied my favourite baking soda free deodorant & the magic ingredient is milk of magnesia. I’ve used milk of magnesia on its own & it works amazingly well. It even worked for me on some hot, sweltering days here & let’s just say I’m one of those people that can get stinky. LOL.

  17. Hi there! Love your site btw 🙂 I just made this deodorant yeaterday and put it in an old deodorant container , worked great but it turned out really hard to rub under may arms… I had to rub hard. I did what the instructions said, but do you have any ideas i can try to soften it up just a bit?

    1. Hey Jocelyn, I’m so glad you’re enjoying the DIYs. The deodorant is on the harder side. The only thing I can think of now that it’s in the tube is to somehow spoon it out, reheat the mixture, and add more Shea butter or coconut oil. That may be a lot of work.

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