DIY Beauty: 1st homemade stick deodorant

DIY homemade deodorant

Yesh, my first homdemade stick deodorant!  Since discovering that tea tree oil and baking soda make a wonderful deodorant, I’ve junked my commercial product.  Although my earlier attempt was successful, it was a little troublesome as I preferred to make a fresh batch everyday.   That was of course time consuming.  So I decided to order supplies to make my own stick deodorant.

Mixing 5 ingredients together
After reading a few recipes, I decided to keep mine simple.  I was not prepared to use more than 5 ingredients.  So what I used for mine were:
– 1oz cocoa butter
– 1oz shea butter
– 2 tablespoons of baking soda
– 20 – 25 drops of tea tree essential oil
– 16 – 18 drops of rose geranium essential oil

DIY Deodorant Mixing

Let the mixture set in the fridge
I heated up the shea butter and cocoa butter so that they melted a little.  That made the mixing a lot easier.  Then I just dumped all the ingredients in and mixed them up till the mixture became pasty.  I threw out my commercial deodorant but kept the container so that I could pour my mixture into it.  Then off to the fridge it went to set for a day before I started using it.

Too much baking soda may cause skin allergies
I was really worried about putting too much baking soda because I’ve read that some had reactions or redness after using to much of baking soda.  But I think I might need more.  Also, my recipe is lacking something because it’s kind of oily.  So I definitely need to work on another better recipe the next round.

DIY homemade deodorant

Somewhat effective deodorant with great smell
Of course the big question is, is this DIY homemade stick deodorant effective?  Well, it’s 50% effective because it worked on one armpit and kept it odor free the entire day but it only worked on the other for half a day.  It’s also a bit too oily!  But I can still use this as it is somewhat effective plus it smells great!  I also have no redness whatsoever using this.  Only thing is I’ve to to wet a cotton pad and add three drops of tea tree essential oil for that particularly smelly armpit.  Kinda troublesome there!   The wet version of the homemade deodorant I made last round was much more effective for sure. 

Still, I’m happy to have taken the leap to make this and have now embarked on a journey of no return because I am now very reluctant to wear those commercial deodorants anymore unless they’re of 100% natural formulation!


  1. Nat says:

    Cute idea. Very environmentally friendly too!

  2. aichaku says:

    i wonder why did it work on one armpit but not the other? it’s the same body and same stick of deodorant? *curious*

  3. sesame says:

    Yes it is! Great smell too…just that I need to tweak this more so that my armpits will smell great all day.

  4. sesame says:

    I think it’s cos one of my armpits has got more active sweat glands. It’s the same with the other deodorants I use. One side always smell a little at the end of the day.

  5. Dee says:

    Amazing! Eco-friendly, I like! Though do you think it would work for people who are really active Sesame? Like working out or playing sports?

  6. Leon says:

    Great! Its such a nice idea to use all natural deo:)

  7. Amanda says:

    That’s really cool! I like the idea of an all natural deodorant, extremely eco-friendly! Would love to hear any tweaks you make to this recipe! =)

  8. Jyoan says:

    It’s really nice! I shall try it when my commercial one finishes.

  9. Blovet Beauty says:

    I love the look of this deodorant stick u made.. Frankly I am trying to steer clear of chemical filled deodorants too. I would so buy this if i saw it in a store!! If only u could fuse the effectiveness of the liquid one with the looks of this stick deo, it would be perfect sesame :))

  10. sesame says:

    Nope, this won’t do. But my earlier one using baking soda and tea tree oil will. It smells okay if you add in rose geranium or lavender.

  11. sesame says:

    Yes, I now can’t bring myself to use those commercial ones that are not natural.

  12. sesame says:

    I will if I’m successful. I think I need to add more essential oil. The quantity I put in is probably insufficient.

  13. sesame says:

    Check around for other recipes too. This one ain’t perfect yet.

  14. sesame says:

    Yup…I’m lacking something. Stick versions are quite tricky and I’m not very certain of the proportion of stuff to put in. Must tweak some more…

  15. eliza says:

    O.O that’s a first for me
    how long can it last before the next batch?

  16. Robin @ says:

    Awesome recipe! I’ve found that DIY deodorants are a trial and error process. I made a batch a while ago and used a bit too much baking soda and started getting irritated after about a week. But I have never been so dry and un-smelly ever before! Just got to keep tweaking the recipe to find that delicate balance. ?

  17. Amy Loh says:

    Wow~ this sounds so good.. u knw those commercial deo has this distintive smell, which tells everyone that u are wearing deo.. which i hate.. i tot deo are supposed to be quiet.. Glad tat u make this post.. please let me know if u succeeded in making a good 1.. i wish to get the formula from u~ hee.. please share~

  18. stiffedneck says:

    please to try some more, so that we can make it too!!! I was thinking of tossing out my commercial one, yet don’t know how to stop the smell…then u wrote this blog, this is great hahaha.

  19. Miss Vinny says:

    Wow, this is utterly cool. I’m looking forward to reading about your next attempt at this. Btw, this is something really funny about “advertising gimmicks”.

  20. sesame says:

    It should be quite a while…maybe 3 months?

  21. sesame says:

    Yes I agree…it’s quite hard to pin down the exact ingredients too. I’ll try with cornstarch another round.

  22. sesame says:

    Try the earlier one I made – baking soda with a bit of water mixed with tea tree essential oil. Add another lovely essential oil and the smell will be good. Can last a good day and I can even go deodorant free for a day or two after that.

  23. sesame says:

    Okay I will!

  24. sesame says:

    I haven’t seen that…I’ll check it out! Thanks for sharing.

  25. zzzmadison says:

    this is encouraging me to switch to natural deo as well! maybe u can mass-produce and we’ll get our supply from you haha..

  26. sesame says:

    Haha…I did think of that too! But I doubt I can concoct a consistent deo even for myself! ?

  27. Diane says:

    I love the idea ? Where can I buy cocoa butter and shea butter in the form you bought? :)Thanks!

  28. chenyze says:

    great! i hope your other armpit wouldn’t be so problematic anymore too…

  29. Faye says:

    Aww it looks so cute! And it is a great idea, hope it starts to work a little better on your stubborn armpit! hehe

  30. sesame says:

    Where are you based? I’m from Singapore and I got it from Yours Essentially but they’ve since closed shop.

  31. sesame says:

    Haha…still a problem!

  32. sesame says:

    Nah…I need to tweak it for it to work on that stubborn armpit.

  33. Diane says:

    Sesame: Based in Singapore too…Would you know of any other places to buy it from? ? Thanks.

  34. sesame says:

    You can also get it online via

  35. sesame says:

    Forgot to add that you can get the baking soda from the supermarkets.

  36. Anonymous says:

    I made a baking soda/cornstarch/EVCO/Lemon EO/Orange EO deodorant. I love it and it works well. Next time I’ll add a bit of shea butter to make it more moisturizing.

  37. sesame says:

    I still haven’t got down to working on a perfect formula to work for both armpits. Reminds me…need to do it soon.

  38. Joanna says:

    It’s usually too oily especially in Singapore, and what with the intense humidity and recently constant rains, I find that it’s better when I skip the cocoa butter altogether. Less oily. Also, I add in some arrowroot powder/flour to absorb the sweat, so that bacteria can’t grow and stink up.

  39. sesame says:

    Arrowroot powder? Hmm…I should try to get my hands on this ingredient. It can do a few things for me for sure.

  40. Tiffany says:

    Arrowroot can completely substitute baking soda as well

  41. sesame says:

    Ah…but I can’t find this ingredient easily.

  42. TLE says:

    What about arrowroot powder? I read its a better alternative to cornstarch.
    I am surprised that no coconut oil was used.

    May I know where you got the cocoa butter?

  43. TLE says:

    I got mine from Phoon Huat ;))

  44. sesame says:

    I think I bought it via a spree…there are variants to this recipe and yes, arrowroot powder can be used.

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