Natural, non-irritating deodorant

Difficulty: Beginners
Time: 20 mins
Yields: 1 tube (85 ml)

Having tried all sorts of natural deodorants, including crystal deodorants (remember those), and being quite fussy when it comes to deodorants, I decided to create my own.

This solid deodorant is completely natural, including the environmental friendly cardboard tube it comes in, which you can order from Go Native. It contains no aluminium or other synthetic ingredients. Likewise, it contains no baking soda, which can be irritating to some skins (like mine) and other harsh ingredients. Instead, I focussed on using only natural ingredients that are effective, yet mild on the skin.

To absorb sweat, I used a combination of tapioca starch and bentonite clay. Bentonite clay is a highly absorbent natural clay (see this article about the properties of clays), and it will keep you feeling dry and clean.

Shea butter helps with the glide, but it is also moisturising and easily absorbed into the skin. This helps leave the absorbing clay and starch on the surface of the skin to do its work, without creating a messy paste.

Avocado is also well absorbed into the skin, but it also contains beneficial nutrients and vitamins, to help keep your skin healthy and nourished.

Beeswax is what makes this deodorant solid and at these proportions will deliver just the right amount of deodorant to your skin. Not too much and not to little!

And lastly I used a special blend of essential oils to keep you feeling fresh:

  • Lemon myrtle: like tea tree, it is anti-bacterial, killing off those smelly bacteria, but unlike tea tree, it has a pleasant fresh lemon scent!
  • Rosemary: has also antiseptic properties, helping to keep your skin healthy
  • Lime: is refreshing but is also deodorising and cleansing
  • Spearmint: not only refreshingly cool, but it will also help soothe skin. Great for sensitive, irritating skins (especially from shaving!)

All the ingredients, including the essential oils, are available from Pure Nature.

ONE: Weigh out your avocado oil, beeswax, and shea butter in a small pot. I use my pot straight on the stove, but if you prefer you can use a double boiler or bain marie method. Heat on the lowest setting on your stove until all the beeswax and shea butter has melted.

TWO: Stir in the tapioca starch and bentonite clay and mix briskly using a whisk.

THREE: Add the essential oils, and mix.

FOUR: Pour the mixture into the tube. If the mixture has started to set, just pop it back on the stove for a moment until it becomes fluid again.

Once you’ve filled the tube, let it set and cool down completely before putting the lid on. This will prevent condensation forming on the inside of the lid.

Natural solid deodorant

  • Difficulty: easy
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  • 30 g beeswax
  • 20 g shea butter
  • 30 g avocado oil
  • 20 g tapioca starch
  • 15 g bentonite clay
  • 25 drops lemon myrtle essential oil
  • 15 drops rosemary essential oil
  • 15 drops lime essential oil
  • 5 drops spearmint essential oil


  1. Melt the beeswax, shea butter and avocado oil in a small pot on the lowest setting on your stove.
  2. Using a whisk, mix in the tapioca starch and bentonite clay.
  3. Add the essential oils.
  4. If the mixture has started to set, gently heat it on the stove again until fluid.
  5. Pour the mixture into the tube. Let it cool down completely before putting the lid on.

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  1. I noticed if I use bentonite clay in my deodorant my clothes get dark marks. So the pits in all my clothes turned dark ;(

    • HI Monique! Yes, that can be an issue with darker clays. Another option is to use bamboo extract (a powder) and tapioca starch. I’ve been working on a few other deodorants, including a cream. All of which should be non-staining. So please do keep checking back!

      • Try kaoloin clay. It’s white and is lovely on the skin and shouldn’t stain clothes.

  2. Never mind my question, when I went back to the beginning of the article, it says one tube. Thank you I am definitely going to try this recipe!

  3. Holaa buenas noches….me encanto tu receta…tengo una pregunta el karite lo puedo sustituir por manteca de cacao?…gracias por compartir voy a probar hacerlo …y veremos si me queda bien…

    • Sí tu puedes. Es un buen sustituto de la manteca de cacao. ¡lo siento por la respuesta tardía! ¡Happy soapmaking!

    • Yes, you can. The FDA has approved zinc oxide up to 25% in leave on products. You can safely substitute the bentonite clay for zinc oxide. That said, zinc oxide works differently to bentonite clay. The bentonite clay is absorbent, so will help reduce visible sweating, whereas zinc oxide helps combat body odour. Hope this helps!

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