Creamy Homemade Deodorant Antiperspirant

Updated on May 5, 2017

After making the Basic Homemade Deodorant, I decided to try a creamier version. By adding some different ingredients, the deodorant comes out smoother and more luxurious. The recipe is just as easy and healthy as the basic recipe, and the ingredients are just as inexpensive and easy to find in stores. It is adapted from the recipe found on CrunchyBetty.com

I know I'll be sticking with this recipe. The texture is rich and smooth, the smell reminds me of a spa, and I use the excess as a lotion. It feels amazing! I hope you'll try it and enjoy knowing that you are removing harsh chemicals from your skin care regime.

Ingredients and Their Benefits

Coconut Oil: Antibacterial, which helps fight odor, creates creamy texture and sweet scent

Cornstarch: Acts as an antiperspirant, fights sweat

Beeswax: Acts as an antiperspirant, helps bind ingredients and gives solid texture

Cocoa Butter: Adds to creaminess and gives sweet scent

Tea Tree Oil: Antibacterial and Antifungal; fights bacteria and fungus to keep you from smelling

Essential Oil: Adds healthy fragrance

Empty Deodorant Container: Provides easy application - no scooping!

The lineup: All are inexpensive and easy to find
The lineup: All are inexpensive and easy to find

Recipe

1. Melt 4 T coconut oil and 1 1/2 T beeswax in pot on low heat. The beeswax I used is more of a butter, but you can use solid beeswax and just grate it.

Melt coconut oil and beeswax on very low heat.
Melt coconut oil and beeswax on very low heat.

2. Add one T cocoa butter and mix in until melted. Do not let it melt too long.

3. As soon as cocoa butter is melted, sprinkle in 3-4 T cornstarch and mix in.

The mix should start to be creamy and thicker now.
The mix should start to be creamy and thicker now.

4. Add in 7-10 drops each of Tea Tree Oil and Essential Oil. Mix in.

5. If your mix is not completely creamy yet, whisk the ingredients.

6. Remove the pot from the heat. Wait a few minutes while the mixture cools and sets a little, but don't let it solidify.

7. Once it thickens a bit, slowly pour the mixture into the clean, empty deodorant container. Fill it to the top, but don't let it spill over. If the mix is just thick enough, you can get the nice dome shape that you see on commercial deodorants. (I was a bit too impatient here)

Just poured the mixture into the deodorant container. You can tell I got a little impatient here as it's threatening to go over the edge!
Just poured the mixture into the deodorant container. You can tell I got a little impatient here as it's threatening to go over the edge!

8. Make sure the edges are clean, and place the container in the freezer for about 10-15 minutes to set completely.

I love how creamy and smooth this is! And the smell is divine!

Just like the other homemade deodorant, give your body a few days to get used to the new ingredients. To avoid marks on your clothes, let the deodorant dry for a few minutes before dressing completely.

Unless you keep your house cold, you'll need to keep it in the fridge so that it does not soften. Enjoy!

Ahh... Smooth, creamy, delicious smelling homemade deodorant!
Ahh... Smooth, creamy, delicious smelling homemade deodorant!

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        Emma 

        3 years ago

        I'm reading up on homemade deodorants. If you want to add a natural antipersperant, try adding some sage essential oil!!! It can decrease sweating up to 50%!!!!

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        cdemp11 

        4 years ago from GA, USA

        It has some antiperspirant properties but is more of a deodorant.

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        Jennifer 

        4 years ago

        This looks really good, but I'm confused. Is it an antiperspirant or not? The title says it is an antiperspirant and cornstarch and beeswax are both listed as being antiperspirants, but people are saying they still sweat when using this. Can anyone clarify please? Thanks. :)

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        cdemp11 

        5 years ago from GA, USA

        Yes, it is a deodorant and not an antiperspirant. Sweating is your body's way of detoxification so it shouldn't be hindered necessarily. That being said, I understand not wanting to be dripping with sweat. Your body might just need to adjust as well.

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        Michelle 

        5 years ago

        I made this and I love the consistency, it is purely a deodorant for me and does not stop me from sweating at all. Not sure if I can get used to feeling sticky under my arms from sweating. I have fibromyalgia and one of the symptoms is sever sweating from the face and head.. I do not however sweat a lot from my underarms.The past few days I have been over heating a lot and have still smelled good but was a bit sticky.

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        shellyl1107 

        5 years ago

        I have never seen or tried this version, super excited to give it a try, thank your for posting. I will be making it this week and will let you know how it turns out. Do you think you could use Arrowroot powder instead of cornstarch in this recipe as well

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        dgs 

        5 years ago

        Love, love, love... I combined tea tree oil with lavender oil and though it smells very strong, it settles into a lovely scent after being applied. This is so easy to make. The family is trying to get used to seeing my deodorant next to the eggs in the fridge =)

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        cdemp11 

        5 years ago from GA, USA

        I keep my old ones and clean them out.

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        Talena 

        5 years ago

        where can i find empty deoderant stick containers for this havin hard time finding any?

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        cdemp11 

        6 years ago from GA, USA

        I am not sure as I've never tried any, but I've heard about soy wax, carnuba, and candelilla wax being used in body products. Might be worth checking out!

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        Haven 

        6 years ago

        Is their a vegan friendly alternative for beeswax that would work just as well?

      • cdemp11 profile imageAUTHOR

        cdemp11 

        6 years ago from GA, USA

        Great idea!

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        Abbs 

        6 years ago

        To Deb: the smell of tea tree oil can be quite offensive (I don't mind it, but mother despises it.) I made a deodorant once, and mixed tea tree and lavender essential oils--they combine particularly well and resulted in a nice smelling deodorant that even my mother complemented.

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        cdemp11 

        6 years ago from GA, USA

        Thank you! I hope you try it and enjoy it!

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        Miche Wro 

        6 years ago

        This was really interesting. My mother makes her own soap, and she just stated wanting to make deordorant. I enjoyed reading this a lot!

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        cdemp11 

        6 years ago from GA, USA

        T is tablespoon. Sorry for the confusion.

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        Siobhan Hayes 

        6 years ago

        Does t stand for tablespoon or teaspoon ??? Thanks :)

      • cdemp11 profile imageAUTHOR

        cdemp11 

        6 years ago from GA, USA

        Great! I am so glad it works for you! I live in SC so it gets VERY humid and you're right, you still sweat but you don't stink! :)

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        Paula 

        6 years ago

        I make a natural deordorant stick, almost exactly like this recipe, and absolutely love it. I live in Georgia, where the humidity is very high in the summer months, and so far it seems to be working for me. I do sweat some, but I do not smell stinky at all.

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        cdemp11 

        6 years ago from GA, USA

        I don't smell it at all in my deodorant and I have a very strong sense of smell! I would only put in a few drops then. Enjoy!

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        Deb 

        6 years ago

        Is the scent of the Tea Tree Oil very strong? I like the idea of using it, but the smell of it makes me ill!

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        Deb 

        6 years ago

        Is the scent of the Tea Tree Oil very strong? I like the idea of using it, but the smell of it makes me ill!

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        cdemp11 

        6 years ago from GA, USA

        Great!! I hope you enjoy it!

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        Hally Z. 

        6 years ago from Madison, Wisconsin

        I just made your creamy deodorant and added in some shea butter (2 Tbs.) in lieu of using all (4 Tbs.) coconut oil. It looks and smells great! I can't wait to use it. The recipe made me 1.5 sticks, actually.

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        cdemp11 

        6 years ago from GA, USA

        I'm glad that you were able to find it, and I'm sorry it was such a hassle! I hope you like the deodorant!

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        Tricia Mason 

        6 years ago from The English Midlands

        Hello again :)

        I think that, here in the UK, it must be what we call cornflour.

        What is annoying is that I can never even find starch in the laundry aisles :)

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        Hally Z. 

        6 years ago from Madison, Wisconsin

        Hi back Trish,

        Wow, I can't believe that a store would not know of or carry corn starch! It's such a staple of many foods like gravies, puddings, etc. I'd try another store, I guess.

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        Tricia Mason 

        6 years ago from The English Midlands

        Hi Hally :)

        Thanks.

        I tried the baking aisle and I asked staff but no luck.

        I could try looking for clothing starch, though I only found an aerosol spray, last time I looked, and I tend to be allergic to those.

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        Hally Z. 

        6 years ago from Madison, Wisconsin

        Trish, you could ry the baking aisle for corn starch. Many people add corn starch while "starching" their clothes too, so maybe it's in the detergent aisle?

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        Tricia Mason 

        6 years ago from The English Midlands

        I went to buy the ingredients, but no-one had heard of 'corn starch'. I think that it is the same as cornflour, so I'll try getting some of that :)

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        Jason Menayan 

        6 years ago from San Francisco

        I think I'm going to try this. My current deodorant will last me another month or two, but then I'll try making this with Citricidal (a grapefruit-based natural antibacterial), and maybe a lemon essential oil. Can't wait to give it a try!

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        Maddie Ruud 

        6 years ago from Oakland, CA

        How cool! I love that you're giving us several variations of a basic recipe.

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        Kitty Smith 

        6 years ago

        I can't wait to give this a try. It sounds wonderful. I don't have a terrible issue with body odor, my daughter does, I wonder how well it will work for her?

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        Hally Z. 

        6 years ago from Madison, Wisconsin

        Do you know how well it works as an antiperspirant? I've tried Tom's of Maine deodorant and I "pit out" after only a few hours. I have been unable to use commercially available deodorants as a result.

      • cdemp11 profile imageAUTHOR

        cdemp11 

        6 years ago from GA, USA

        Great! Hope you like it!

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        Tricia Mason 

        6 years ago from The English Midlands

        I'll give that a try!

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        cdemp11 

        6 years ago from GA, USA

        Very good point! This one smells amazing too! Enjoy!

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        MommaG 

        6 years ago

        I like this recipe better than the one I make! One other point on the need for using a natural product...we often apply it after shaving, increasing the amount of chemicals our bodies absorb :(

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        cdemp11 

        6 years ago from GA, USA

        Yuck. That's scary. Did you try peeling off the sticker? Sometimes it's underneath. You could search online, too.

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        Ann 

        6 years ago

        I can't even find the ingredients list on my current stick of Suave

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        cdemp11 

        6 years ago from GA, USA

        I take it back. There are no parabens in the particular cocoa butter I used, but it does contain "fragrance," so it's not completely natural.

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        cdemp11 

        6 years ago from GA, USA

        I think it does, however you could easily find an organic paraben-free version online or in health food stores. Shea butter is another option.

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        Jen 

        6 years ago

        What are the ingredients in the cocoa butter? Does it have parabens in it? It is potentially the most processed ingredient.

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