I made the best DIY natural deodorant in the world. I have been trying to fight the battle against BO naturally for a few months now, sometimes unsuccessfully. I have tried nearly half a dozen natural deodorants with varying degrees of failure.

A few months ago I found a really awesome natural deodorant recipe in a natural living magazine and tried it, though it worked perfectly for my sister (who cannot use traditional deodorant because it causes chronic painful sewage smelling cysts beneath her armpits) the baking soda threw off the pH balance beneath my husband and I's armpits and irritated our skin. My husband went back to the traditional deodorant, but of all the research on traditional deodorant ingredients convinced me never to return to it again (even at the risk of smelling musty).

For weeks I tried many different store bought natural deodorants. I was wiping down my pits three times a day at the office and re-applying the mediocre store-bought stuff just to maintain my personal hygiene! On several special occasions, I re-visited some of the homemade batch my sister was happily using and risked the irritation (which usually takes a few days to set in).

Finally, after some additional research, I found a recipe that seems to be working WITHOUT the skin irritation of the baking soda (I'm a few days in).

Natural Deodorant for Sensitive Skin Recipe


2 tbsp shea butter 

2 tbsp Coconut oil

2 tbsp Bentonite clay

2 tbsp Baking soda (If very sensitive to baking soda, use less or none and replace with more Bentonite clay)

2 tbsp Arrow root powder

2 tbsp Cocoa butter (optional)

5 drops tea tree oil (optional) and/or

15 drops lavender essential oil (optional) and/or

10 drops Jasmine essential oil (optional) and/or

(Melted Beeswax pieces and castor oil can be used to create a more traditional deodorant that can be poured into an empty deodorant container to solidify when I try that version I will post)


1. In a glass measuring container, melt the shea butter and coconut oils. Use a double boiler on the stove, microwave in 30 second increments until melted, or (what I did) sit your pyrex cup in a bowl of recently boiled water until melted.

2. Add the baking soda, bentonite clay, and arrow root powder and mix thoroughly. 

3. Allow mixture to cool  and add your essential oils.

4. Pour mixture into a container.

The final product.

If you don't believe you will be too sensitive to the baking soda, there is a great pre-made alternative you can buy from Amazon.

Let me know how this works for you!