The recipe below will make a little over 1.5 ounces of vegan, unisex, baking soda-free deodorant, which is enough to last you a few months. You can use whichever essential oils you like from this list, but one nice combination is bergamot (15 drops), tea tree (8 drops), and clary sage (6 drops).

DIY Non-Toxic Natural Deodorant Recipe


  • ½ tablespoon candelilla wax
  • 0.6 oz. coconut oil
  • 0.6 oz. Shea butter
  • 1 tablespoon jojoba
  • ½ tablespoon arrowroot powder
  • 1 tablespoon bentonite clay (or clay of choice for your skin-type)
  • ½ tablespoon magnesium hydroxide
  • 25 to 30 drops of essential oils

*Feel free to experiment with the ratio of butters, oils, and candelilla to find a consistency that you like. Also, many clays contain naturally occurring aluminum; however, the aluminum in bentonite clay is in oxide form in a clay particle and cannot be absorbed by the human body.


1. Heat the candelilla wax, coconut oil, shea butter, and jojoba in a double boiler until melted. Combine well.

2. Pour this mixture into a glass bowl, adding the arrowroot powder, bentonite clay, and magnesium. Whisk thoroughly.

3. Prepare your synergy of 25-30 drops of essential oils and add them to your deodorant jar or stick.

4. Pour the bowl mixture into your deodorant container (that already contains your essential oils). Stir quickly so the essential oils blend well.

5. Cap and place it in the refrigerator until solidified.