DIY Cosmetica

Natural Solid Deodorant


I have shared a recipe for a creamy natural deodorant in a previous post. This recipe contains the same ingredients but different percentages, making a solid deodorant. As I explained in a previous post, natural deodorants will not contain harsh ingredients that prevent sweating.

Body odor results from bacteria on our skin (feeding on our sweat) releasing a smell. Our sweat itself is not the reason we have body odor.

Natural deodorants are formulated to reduce the amount of sweat and to control the bacteria on our skin. This gives us a much gentler deodorant that can help reduce body odor and, at the same time, will not dry or irritate our skin.

You can use baking soda in natural deodorants. Baking soda can irritate sensitive skin. This is why I prefer not to use it in my formulas.

I choose a combination of clay and starch. Both are very effective in absorbing moisture and keeping the area less sweaty.

And zinc oxide (non-nano) helps with odor control by minimizing the growth of new bacteria on our skin. Zinc oxide is effective against both types of bacteria that cause body odor. Zinc oxide is a natural mineral that is safe to use in cosmetics.

This recipe is for a solid version of the natural deodorant. You can pour the mixture into a push-up deodorant container or pour it into a silicone mold. Both versions will work well.

This recipe is for one small deodorant. If you want to fill a push-up container, you should double the recipe.


Phase A

  • Beeswax 6g
  • Coconut oil 10g
  • Mango butter 11.5g

Phase B

  • Zinc oxide (non nano) 2.5g

Phase C

  • Kaolin clay 9.5g
  • Arrowroot powder 10g

Phase D

  • Essential oil Lemongrass 0.5g


  1. In a heat-resistant beaker, add the beeswax.


  1. Add the coconut oil.


  1. Add the mango butter.


  1. Place into a double boiler on medium heat to melt all ingredients.


  1. Meanwhile, prepare phase B and phase C. In a different container, add the clay and arrowroot powder.



  1. In another container, add the zinc oxide.


  1. Once phase A is melted, remove it from the heat.


  1. Add the zinc oxide to the phase A beaker and stir until the zinc oxide is dissolved.


  1. Add the clay+arrowroot powder, and stir to combine. You can use a mini homogenizer or an immersion blender to get a smooth texture.



  1. Once phases B and C are fully combined in phase A, add the essential oil and stir to combine well.


  1. Pour into a mold or a container.


  1. Let it solidify. You can place it in the fridge for an hour or two hours to speed up the process.


  1. Once solidified, the deodorant is ready to be used. Use it on dry clean skin and keep it away from water.






  • You can swap the mango butter with shea butter.
  • You can swap the arrowroot powder with cornstarch.
  • You can use other essential oils, such as lavender, tea tree, geranium, rosemary, or eucalyptus. You can also blend two essential oils to create a different scent.
  • You can use 2.5g of bentonite clay and 7g of kaolin clay if you wish to add bentonite clay to your deodorant (total clays will be 9.5g).
  • To use the deodorant, apply it on your armpit (dry and clean) and use your fingers to rub it in on the skin.


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