DIY Simple Zero Waste Deodorant (Baking Soda Free)

This deodorant is natural, easy to make, and perfect for sensitive skin. Making it is easier than making a cake: all you need to do is squish and mix the oils with the powders. In this post, I am showing you how to make it yourself at home. Your armpits will thank you!

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  • 1 tablespoon corn starch
  • 2 teaspoons kaolin clay
  • 1 teaspoon of non-nano zinc oxide*
  • 2 teaspoon coconut oil
  • 2 tablespoon shea butter
  • 6 drops geranium, 6 lavender (or 14 drops essential oil total, if changing essential oils make sure you don’t exceed 1% of your recipe in weight)

If you don't have zinc oxide, you can use baking soda or magnesium hydroxide. 


  1. Add the powders to a bowl
  2. Mix them together 
  3. Add the oil and the butter
  4. Mix everything well 
  5. Add your essential oil of choice
  6. Transfer everything to a clean jar 

Pro tip: To make it thicker, you can increase the starch, but this might dry your armpits if you have very sensitive skin. If it's too soft and you want to make it harder, add 1-3% beeswax or another plant wax!

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