Natural Deodorant

There are several Essential oils that can be used in an effective natural deodorant that limits the toxins you come in contact with each and every day.

Deodorants purchased at the drug store are manufactured using irritating fragrances, harmful chemicals and heavy metals like aluminum which can cause several health complications and very serious diseases such as cancer.

Making your own deodorant using natural products and essential oils is not only healthier for you but, in most cases, cheaper. 

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How Can Essential Oils Assist?

Did you know that your sweat doesn't actually have an odor? The odor you smell comes only when your sweat mixes with bacteria on your skin. Essential Oils kill the bacteria thereby eliminating the odor before it can form.

Typically, oils that work well in a natural deodorant application should have one or more of the following properties:

  • antibacterial
  • anti-inflammatory
  • antimicrobial
  • antiseptic
  • astringent

Although there are many essential oils which have these attributes we will narrow the list down to a few of the most popular ones for this purpose.

After discussing each oil individually I will provide a few recipes which you can follow in order to create your own natural deodorant blend. Jump to Recipes now

As you read about each oil, keep in mind the following general suggestions:

Female Applications

  • Lavender
  • Lemon
  • Jasmine
  • Sage
  • Ylang Ylang

Male Applications

  • Bergamot
  • Black Pepper
  • Cypress
  • Rosemary
  • Sandalwood

Single Oils For Natural Deodorant

Bergamot Essential Oil

Bergamot Essential Oil has therapeutic properties. It is antiseptic, anti-inflammatory and of course a natural deodorant.

It acts as a deodorizer by eliminating the bad odors and replacing them with its own sweet sent which is fruity, floral, citrusy, sweet, uplifting, lively and fresh.

Bergamot can be added to your deodorant stick or mixed with a carrier oil such as aloe and fractionated coconut and rubbed directly on your skin.

Bergamot is known as a "top note" oil. See below for an explanation of "Top Note" oils.

Avoid sun exposure for 12 hours after using Bergamot.

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Clary Sage Essential Oil

Clary Sage Essential Oil has both anti fungal and antibacterial properties. It has a sharp, spicy, herbal, camphoric smell.

When mixed with a little water it works as a very effective natural deodorant without side affects like allergies and skin irritation. 

Clary Sage is known as a "Middle Note" oil. See below for an explanation of "Middle Note" oils.

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Eucalyptus Globulus Essential Oil

Eucalyptus Globulus is a disinfectant. It has antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and anti-fungal properties. 

As a natural deodorant its smell is fresh, medicinal, slightly woody, earthly and evergreen.

Eucalyptus Globulus is known as a "top note" oil. See below for an explanation of "Top Note" oils.

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Geranium Essential Oil

Geranium Essential Oil has anti-fungal, antibacterial, antimicrobial properties so it can be used as a natural deodorant to eliminate body odors.

Geranium is ideal as a deodorant because sweating actually releases its pleasant aroma rather than eliminating it and it lasts for a long time. Its natural rose-like/mint smell is very pleasant and will keep you smelling fresh every day.

Geranium is known as a "Middle Note" oil. See below for an explanation of "Middle Note" oils.

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Lavandin Essential Oil

Lavandin Essential Oil has a fresh, sweet, floral scent that is quite stimulating. Together with its antiseptic, antibacterial and anti-fungal properties, it makes for a great natural deodorant.

Lavandin has been called both a "Top Note" and a "Middle Note" oil. See below for an explanation of both "Top Note" and "Middle Note" oils.

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Lavender Essential Oil

True Lavender Essential Oil has a sweet, floral, herbal, woody scent which is a favorite when used as a fragrance in soaps, lotions, cosmetics and perfumes.

Lavender is more than just a wonderful smelling oil however. This very versatile oil has been used extensively in pharmaceutical antiseptic ointments and skin care products as well as for various conditions and maladies.  

It has antimicrobial, anti-fungal, antibacterial and antiviral properties which combat bacterial and fungal disorders making it a great natural deodorant.

Lavender is known as a "Middle Note" oil. See below for an explanation of "Middle Note" oils.

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Lemon Essential Oil

Lemon Essential Oil has a sweet and fresh, lemony, floral scent which is calming yet stimulating at the same time.

It has astringent, antiseptic, and anti-fungal properties which make it an effective natural deodorant.

It antiseptic and anti-fungal properties not only serves as a great toenail fungus remedy, but also eliminates other issues that may arise from a fungal infection.

Lemon is known as a "top note" oil. See below for an explanation of "Top Note" oils.

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Lemongrass Essential Oil

Lemongrass Essential Oil is a natural deodorant because of its antimicrobial, antiseptic and astringent properties.

It has a fresh, grassy, citrusy, pungent, earthy and slightly bitter scent which is very pleasant.

Lemongrass Essential Oil has been used historically as an ingredient in cooking and as a natural anti-fungal agent for cleaning and deodorizing. 

It has been used as a fragrance in cosmetics & perfumes, detergents & soaps, and as flavoring for drinks and food. 

As an added bonus this oil is a powerful antioxidant which can help stop inflammation and also destroy internal fungal infections like ringworm as well as external infections like athlete’s foot and jock itch.

Lemongrass Oil is an astringent and can be used to open pores and release toxins.

It is known for helping with many skin conditions including perspiration.

No not use Lemongrass during pregnancy because of its influence on your hormones.

Lemongrass is one of the "top note" oils. See below for an explanation of "Top Note" oils.

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Peppermint Essential Oil

Peppermint oil has antiseptic and antimicrobial properties. As a bonus it also has antioxidant properties.

A natural deodorant with a minty, cool, sharp and intense scent

Peppermint is a "top note" oil. See below for an explanation of "Top Note" oils.

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Rosemary Essential Oil

Because of its analgesic, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antibacterial, anti-fungal and antiseptic qualities Rosemary Oil is a natural deodorant.

It is known for its affects on various skin conditions such as dermatitis, eczema, scabies, wrinkles as well as dry skin.

It's scent has a strong, herbal, evergreen, minty, fresh and woody-balsamic undertone.

Rosemary is known as a "Middle Note" oil. See below for an explanation of "Middle Note" oils.

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Tea Tree Essential Oil

Tea Tree Oil is antiseptic, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-viral and as well as a powerful stimulant for your immune system. It is also a broad spectrum antimicrobial.

It is very soothing on itchy rashes and provides immediate relief against yeast infection.

Its scent is fresh, spicy, camphoric, warm, medicinal, woody, earthy and herbal.

Gentle on the skin but very powerful microbial so works great as a natural deodorant especially if you have very strong body odor.

Tea Tree is known as a "Middle Note" oil. See below for an explanation of "Middle Note" oils.

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Recommended Oils for Natural Deodorant:

What are "Top" and "Middle" Note Oils?

Top Note Oils

Top note oils are usually the first thing you sense and typically have anti-viral properties.

Oils like cinnamon, lemongrass, peppermint and thyme are recognizable by their sharp odors which can come on strong initially but tend to fade quickly as they evaporate. 

This "flash-in-the-pan" nature makes them popular because the smell doesn't linger and offend others as you go about your day. 

Middle Note Oils

Middle Note oils form the heart of the blend and are normally warm and soft fragrances. Although they take up 50-80% of the blend, they are usually not immediately detectable but will make their presence known as the "Top Note" oils subside.

Middle Notes, such as chamomile, lavender and marjoram, are known as enhancers.

3 Suggested Recipes

Recipe #1

Mix the following ingredients

  1. Combine the first 3 ingredients and mix well
  2. Add the coconut oil and stir until you get a smooth mixture
  3. Spoon the mixture into the empty Deodorant Container
  4. Allow to set for a few days

Recipe #2

Mix the following ingredients

  • 1 small jar
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch 
  • 1 tablespoon baking soda 
  • 1 tablespoon 100% Natural Shea Butter
  • 5-10 drops of your choice of Essential Oil
  1. Combine the first 2 ingredients in the small jar and mix well
  2. Add the Shea Butter and Essential Oil
  3. Stir until you get a velvety, whipped texture

Recipe #3

Witch Hazel-Based Deodorant Spray

Pour the witch hazel in a spray bottle then add the rest of the ingredients. Gently shake the bottle before each use.

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