There are many people that are looking for a natural alternative to the traditional deodorants found in shops. These products contain an alarming amount of chemicals, including aluminum, that is speculated to cause serious health problems.

Luckily, there are plenty of alternatives available. Any of the following options have deodorizing properties and have been recommended by many people that have found that they work just as well, if not better, than the traditional store bought brands. Try them for yourself and see what works for you.

Coconut Oil

coconut oil deodorant recipeCoconut oil has become the rock star of oils in recent times. People use this miracle ingredient for everything from cooking to hair care. So, it is not beyond the realm of reason to consider this multi-purpose oil for deodorant. It may sound strange but coconut oil has mild antimicrobial properties which combat the bacteria that cause odor.

So, what’s even better is that coconut oil as deodorant needs no special preparation. Just swipe a small amount under your armpits and it will melt and absorb into your skin. It’s by far the easiest to follow natural DIY antiperspirant recipe, and that’s why coconut oil deodorant is one of my favourites.

A major benefit from using coconut oil as a deodorant is that it will make your skin much smoother and healthier, while acting as a great moisturizer. In fact we named coconut oil one of the top home remedies for dry skin in a different post in part due to the fact that it contains Vitamin E!

Baking Soda

baking soda deodorantBaking soda naturally deodorizes, so it only stands to reason that it would make a pretty effective natural alternative to traditional deodorant.

There are a few ways that you can apply it to your underarms. To make a baking soda deodorant, you can mix a small amount with water and make a paste that is smeared lightly under the arms. You can also mix the baking soda with equal parts of cornstarch and dust your armpits lightly. You can also just apply straight baking soda to the underarm area.

An even better recipe when using baking soda as deodorant is to add some coconut oil to the paste for a smoother feeling.


Lemons are clean and refreshing and great for deodorizing a variety of things including hands and feet so it makes sense that people also use this versatile and pleasant smelling fruit to replace aluminum deodorants.

Many people simply swipe a slice of lemon underneath the arm in the morning and say that they are set for the day. It’s that easy to create lemon deodorant!

NOTE: Be sure that your armpits are not freshly shaven as the citric acid can be irritating to the skin!


Just as with the lemon, the lime has a pleasant smell and for those of you that are more fond of this fresh smelling fruit, it works just like the lemon to create a healthy homemade deodorant.

Simply swipe a slice under your arms and enjoy the fresh scent of the lime while the antibacterial properties keep unpleasant sweat odors at bay.

NOTE: As above, be cautious of any freshly shaved skin or if you have sensitive skin you may notice a slight irritation.

Tea Tree Oil

tea tree oil deodorantTea tree oil is another one of those highly versatile and widely used ingredients that are a natural alternative to a variety of beauty products that are commonly sold on the consumer market. Tea tree oil is highly antimicrobial which makes it an excellent substitute for traditional deodorants, as it naturally eliminated body odours.

If you want to make your own blend of tea tree oil deodorant you can mix the oil with coconut oil and baking soda to make a very effective and nicely scented healthy deodorant. This is probably the best natural recipe on this page, as it contains some of the best ingredients.

Essential Oils

Essential oils work well to mask body odor. Some of these oils are great additions to homemade deodorants such as the previously mentioned recipe. These oils can be used alone or blended with shea butter, coconut oil, baking soda, and cornstarch. Test the oil on a small inconspicuous spot on your body to check for sensitivity before applying to the underarms. There’s plenty of essential oils to choose from when creating a homemade natural antiperspirant – all with different smells and health benefits. Please note that some essential oils need to be diluted as they can be strong when used on the skin directly, especially when they are part of a natural deodorant recipe used on your underarms – which is a pretty sensitive place in any case.


Lavender is an excellent ingredient in a natural deodorant. Not only does lavender work well but it also soothes and calms with its time-honored relaxing properties.

You can make your own mixture using a few drops of the oil with a base of either coconut oil or shea butter. If you want to make your mixture a bit more solid then you can add baking soda or arrowroot powder and then mix and place into an old deodorant container and place in the refrigerator for the ultimate natural DIY deodorant.


Beeswax is the secret to making DIY deodorant that will not melt. If you use beeswax to make your next batch of natural deodorant, you will be pleasantly surprised at how nicely the mixture will set and will be incredibly easy to apply. If you want to make a really effective blend, you can melt the beeswax with coconut oil and add arrowroot and an essential oil for a very effective and convenient to use organic deodorant. All you have to do is pour the mixture into an empty deodorant container and let it set.

Shea Butter

Shea butter is another one of those extremely versatile and effective ingredients that make a fabulous deodorant. You can use it by itself by simply applying it to your underarms or you can blend it with any of the previously mentioned mixtures that use essential oils, baking soda, or arrow roots. You can’t go wrong with this option. It is gentle on the skin and will leave your underarms soft and smooth.

Bentonite Clay

If you like your deodorant to just simply work well without scents, staining, or having to mix ingredients, then this is the option for you. The great thing about bentonite clay is that you have the option to mix it if you choose.

You can add essential oils for a pleasing scent and you can mix it with shea butter or even coconut oil if you want to make a deodorant stick. Bentonite clay does not stain either and it has a pleasing texture, so it’s a great recipe to create a healthy homemade antiperspirant. I’ve read about some bentonite clay side effects, but these appear to be reported by people ingest it as part of a detox. So as far as I can see, it appears safe to use a bentonite clay deodorant, especially when combining it with some of the great recipes already mentioned on this post.


So there you have it.  The top 10 natural deodorants that work to keep you smelling fresh without any harmful chemicals.  As with most of the natural remedies, some will work better for some people than others.  Try them out and see which one makes you sweat and odor free!  Please feel free to share your experiences in the comments below!  Thanks for reading! 🙂