DIY: Essential Oil Deodorant

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If you’re looking for a way to reduce toxins during your daily routine, try making your own deodorant from essential oils. Check out this deodorant recipe submitted by Dr. Matthew Hales (an Independent Product Consultant) that was featured in our Winter 2011 Living Magazine.

What You Need:

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10ml roll-on bottle (you can purchase one here)

Purify essential oil

Clary Sage essential oil

Frankincense essential oil

Lemon essential oil

Lavender essential oil

Patchouli essential oil


Take a 10ml roll-on and add 1/3 dōTERRA Purify; 1/3 Clary Sage; and for the final 1/3 equal parts Frankincense, Lemon, Lavender, and Patchouli. Roll under your arm, but remember it is gravity fed so you have to angle it down.

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Notes by Dr. Hales: 

Purify will aid in inhibiting bacterial growth and help the body detox. Clary Sage inhibits body odor and will help brighten your mood. Frankincense is my daily use oil, so it makes sense that I include it in something I use on a daily basis. Lavender is calming and good for the skinI guess I like baby soft armpits. Lemons helps to purify, fight bacteria, and I like the smell. Finally Patchouli, it helps me stay focused. However, you can choose any “low tone” oil. In other words, a thicker, grounding oil. This will help the deodorant stay active longer and absorb more slowly. Some good options are Sandalwood, Myrrh, Patchouli, or Vetiver.

Tip from dōTERRA:

Lemongrass would be another great essential oil to add. If using Lemongrass, dilute with Fractionated Coconut Oil.

dōTERRA essential oil can be purchased online, or from any of our Independent Product Consultants. If you would like to locate a Product Consultant in your area, click here.

*These statements have not been approved by the Food and Drug Administration. dōTERRA products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease. Pregnant or lactating women and persons with known medical conditions should consult a physician prior to the use of any dōTERRA product. These statements come from an Independent Product Consultant and do not necessarily reflect the views or opinions of dōTERRA International.

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  1. I would like to use On-Guard in a deodorant…what do you think of On-Guard (1/3) Purify (1/3) then the rest Wild Orange, Lavender, and a grounding oil?

  2. I am using Tom’s deoderant and have tried other all natural deoderants and while it does work for a deoderant, it does not work for an anti-perspirant. I still seem to have wetness under my arms. Are there any oils that help with the wetness/perspiration?

  3. My Blue Diamond upline suggested using InTune for deodorant, and it’s fantastic with no mixing necessary…

  4. I love using Lemongrass or Geranium with a teaspoon of fractionated coconut oil. They both work great and Lemongrass helps prevent perspiration and is good for the lymph nodes. Serenity and Citrus Bliss are nice as well or to wear as perfume.
    I am really excited to try this recipe. Thank you for sharing.

  5. I have an eleven year old boy who is just now starting to develop a little underarm funk. My husband wants me to get our boy regular underarm deodorant but I’d rather use EOs. Does anyone know a recipe for a “manlier” scent? My little one thinks “smelling like a flower isn’t very cool for a middle schooler” ;-D This coming from the kid who won’t go to bed if his bed isn’t dunked in lavender EO, lol.
    Thanks in advance!

  6. If my math is correct, based on the above recipe you would use the following:

    55 drops Purify
    55 drops Clary Sage
    remaining (approx) 55 drops dividing by however many other oils are used i.e. 11 drops each if 5 additional oils are used.

    Hope that helps.

  7. I’m not sure where else to post this, so I will go ahead and post here. The Pinterest pins are not linking back to their respective doTERRA blog posts. It only links to the picture in the posts. This has been true for all of the doTERRA blog posts I have tried to follow through Pinterest, and I thought someone might like to know so the situation may be remedied. It is very nice to be able to see blog updates through Pinterest. :)

  8. 10 ml holds approximately 170 drops. So the math is:
    56 drops of Purify
    56 drops of Clary Sage
    14 drops Frankincense
    14 drops Lemon
    14 drops Lavender
    14 drops Patchouli
    This equals 168 drops of essential oils used. Hope this helps.

  9. For an antiperspirant, I modified by adding coconut oil, shea butter and some carnuba wax, just to make it a little more firm, and then I add aluminum free baking soda and tapioca flour or starch.

  10. I have been just using the on guard toothpaste, a 1/4 inch squeeze rubbed together on my hands, and then not just my actual armies, but the underarm and also down to the side of my chest where my arms rest. Seems to handle the perspiration, and the on guard blend kills the bacteria. Give it a go. I think this is the simplest way to go. The official two in one. No mixing. Blending, buying more to add for the consistency. Just straight on and done. I’ve also noticed that doing this allows your natural pheromones to be a shuttle active part of cleanliness. Sometimes the oils in blends and on their own can be overwhelming and I also have noticed that my body needs a break from all the applications and layering of the oils. This is a nice way to take a break, and still be in use and protected.

  11. I mix my deodorant with a base of: 2 T aluminum-free baking soda, 1 T organic coconut oil, 1 T doterra lotion; for oils, I use 4 drops each of melaleuca and lemongrass, then 2 drops of either geranium or lavender. I store it in a GoTube, a silicone tube sold as a travel container for shampoo, etc.

  12. To the person who wanted an antiperspirant.
    It is actually very unhealthy not to sweat. Sweating is part of cleansing and detoxing but it’s nice if we dont’ smell when we sweat due to bacteria on the skin or toxins flushing. Wet is good in reality, but smell is nice to avoid.

  13. On the box of Arm & Hammer baking soda it lists sodium bicarbonate as the sole ingredient. Can we trust that it is aluminum free?

  14. Thanks so much for the deoderannt recipes. I don’t like using the store-bought chemical kinds.

  15. Olivia – you want baking powder, not baking soda. I use Rumford aluminum-free baking powder in a red can.

  16. I tried the recipe and everyone at work told me I smelled really good every time they passed my desk. We are not allowed to wear perfume or colognes because of other peoples’ sensitivities. The smell is so different. The roller I used was too small and I need a larger bottle to be able to “roll on” the right amount on my underarms.
    I have never heard of using “Baking Powder” for deodorant before, that will be interesting to try.

  17. can you add Lemongrass or another EO to this recipe to cut down on wetness? My daughter needs deodorant and anti-perspiration help.

  18. I’d like to use this recipe as an after yoga body spray. I’m pretty new at using EO – any suggestions of what to mix this in to create an all over body spray?

  19. We have been using spritz deodorant:
    12 – drops Frankincense Essential Oil
    12 – drops Melaleuca or Lemon Essential Oil
    12 – drops Lavender Essential Oil
    I mix in a 12ml perfume atomizer (glass) and top off with Alcohol Free Witch Hazel from Thayers! It’s AWESOME!

  20. I love using the doTerra oils and I make my own deodorant similar to the recipes shared. To assist with sweating I use coconut oil, baking SODA, corn starch. I use lavender and melaluca oils but will try some shared. This works great for me and with a healthy diet it enhances our wellness. I am going to make the spray right now and see how it works as i will be going into my garden soon.

  21. I substituted citrus bliss for lemon and myrrh for patchouli. I drink lemon and didn’t love the idea of underarm application of it. I love patchouli, but it’s one that I need to be able to get away from occassionally.

    My drop ratio was 63 of purify and clary sage and 15 each of the remaining oils. I probably could’ve done 20, there was plenty of room at the top of the bottle.

    Thank you so much for this recipe. I love my oils!

  22. I’m needing to mix up something for my 9-year-old son. I don’t really think he needs deodorant yet, but he says that he does. I’d like to try some lemongrass in it but don’t want to have to put FCO in it, Would I be okay to put in some Thayer’s witch hazel instead? I’m making it in a 1oz spray bottle and he requested it smell like grapefruit, his favorite smelling EO. I thought I could put that, a little lemongrass, and some frankincense. Any thoughts??

  23. Maybe will be good for skin, but I guess it is the most expensive deodorant to have. And is not just the odor, but not to look wet. I really don´t think it will work at all. Maybe I am wrong.

  24. sodium bicarbonate is Baking Soda. Baking Powder is made with Baking Soda one or more acid salt (such as cream of tartar) an corn starch to inhibit the reaction of baking soda and the acid salt. Remember those volcano science experiments with baking soda and vinegar (an acid). you use baking powder to make things rise when baking.

  25. I just got my order in and had no time for a shower early Sunday morning befor a church meeting. I threw the oils in the car with me and did a make shift in-the-palm- of-my-hand version of this and had absolutely no “deoderant” issues all day. I did the same thing real quickly before spin class this morning and not only did I not smell but the spin room smelled lovely 😉

  26. I’ve been using Balance as a deodorant for a long time. And the great thing is that it works all day! I live in Brisbane, Australia so even in the middle of our sweaty, steamy, summer Balance just keeps on working. About 5 drops into my hand, rub hands together then I rub into my armpits really well. And you get the benefit of smelling Balance all day long :)

  27. This is the worst deodorant recipe I’ve tried so far. I was so embarrassed all day long as I was smelling like PineSol cleaner. I do not recommend using 1/3 of the Purity EO – it is way to over powering. I smelled nothing of the other nice Oils I added. Again, as to me I wasted my precious oils using this recipe :(

  28. Francis, I hope you didn’t discard your bottle of deodorant because it smelled too much like Purify – I made this deodorant and I love it, almost need a new bottle but I do agree if I’m gonna be out in the summer I need some antiperspirant. Anyway, why don’t you play around with it a little and add some more Lemon or more Lavender. You can even pour half of it into another bottle and add some lemongrass and FCO and make TWO bottles. Play around until you get a scent you can live with all day long.

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