You can make DIY natural deodorant in just 15 minutes and have a gentle and safe solution for body odor and sweat.
Frankincense is anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, and antifungal, while being gentle on the skin. It is a first rate essential oil to use near the breasts and lymph nodes with recognized anti-tumor and lymphatic benefits.
For years I’ve purchased natural frankincense and coconut oil deodorant from Tropical Traditions. I’ve tried both their lavender and coconut oil deodorant and their frankincense deodorant. I like the Tropical Traditions product because it doesn’t stain my clothing, doesn’t feel greasy, and did the trick to combat odor. The deodorant isn’t an all-day deodorant and needs to be reapplied on really hot days or after exertion. But the trade-off is healthier skin and less toxins going onto the skin that could potentially cause cancer or endocrine imbalance. My mother died of breast cancer, so I’m cautious about using toxic chemicals like parabens, aluminum, propylene glycol, triclosan, and other common ingredients found in commercial deodorants and antiperspirants.
I’ve tried a variety of DIY deodorant recipes because it’s not always convenient to wait a week for a parcel to arrive. Some were too greasy and stained my clothing. Some were ineffective. Some worked well like this deodorant powder, but are bulky and difficult to travel with.
This recipe for DIY natural deodorant can be whipped up in just 15 minutes and fits in a convenient tin for travel. Package it in a 2 ounce tin for airport security checks and include the size of the tin (2 ounces) on the label, if you’ll be travelling.
DIY natural deodorant with frankincense
Yield: 4 ounces or 2 – 2 ounce tins
- 2 tablespoon shea butter
- 2 tablespoons coconut oil
- 2 teaspoons beeswax (8 grams)
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 4 teaspoons tapioca, potato, or arrowroot starch
- 50 drops of organic frankincense essential oil
Make a double boiler using a glass measuring cup. In the glass measuring cup put shea butter, coconut oil, and beeswax. Simmer over medium heat until the beeswax is fully melted.
Remove from the heat. Stir in baking soda and starch. Stir to fully incorporate into the mixture.
Once the mixture is unified, add frankincense essential oil. Continue stirring until mixture becomes opaque.
Pour into 2 — 2 ounce tins. Label and date.
DIY deodorant should last 12 months if kept sealed in a cool and dry place, out of direct sunlight.
Other essential oils that can be used in place of Frankincense essential oil include lavender, lemon grass, marjoram, tea tree, rose geranium. Avoid citrus essential oils as they can cause sunlight sensitivity in some individuals.
DIY natural deodorant ingredients
Coconut oil is antibacterial, anti-fungal, while it enhances the natural microbiome. Tapioca starch, arrowroot powder, or potato starch absorb moisture. The baking soda neutralizes odor. Besides smelling pleasantly frankincense essential oil is antibacterial and anti-inflammatory.
More natural deodorant recipes
While you are making your own DIY natural deodorant try this deodorant powder recipe as well for hot days when you want to feel drier. The powder enhances dryness, and makes you feel fresher faster.