DIY Coconut Oil Deodorant Stick That Won’t Melt

Super easy, Homemade Deodorant that won't melt!

I have been trying to stay away from deodorants that contain aluminum for a while now, especially since it is been linked to both breast cancer and Alzheimer’s Disease. So I have been testing out different brands of aluminum-free deodorants and I have had problems with almost every one of them. A couple had me constantly reapplying throughout the day, which means you always have to carry the deodorant with you… huge inconvenience! A couple others actually made my armpits peel… not attractive! I googled this and found that it was actually a common problem with one brand in particular (which shall remain unnamed). After doing a little research online, I learned the main ingredient that causes the peeling armpits is propylene glycol, so you should probably stay away from that as well as aluminum in your deodorants. Something that makes the top layer of your skin peel off just can’t be good for you. So after all of these fails, I decided to start experimenting with homemade deodorants. I finally found a recipe that not only moisturizes, but it also lasts all day long and I am yet to find a complaint. It is super easy to make with only a few ingredients.

The secret ingredient here (in addition to the coconut oil) is the tea tree oil. Don’t skip this ingredient or you might wind up with some stinky pits. Tea tree oil is antibacterial, antiviral, and antifungal. This will help keep the odor away all day!

Remember this is a deodorant, not an antiperspirant. It will not keep you from sweating, but that’s ok! You want your body to sweat to get rid of all of the toxins. You don’t want to clog up your pores with aluminum. Your body will adjust after a short period of time and you will be back to normal again.

In addition to all of those great benefits, this deodorant recipe is great for the summer! With the addition of beeswax it keeps its form and you are able to keep it in a deodorant stick container so that you don’t have to apply it with your fingers. That is perfect for our hot summers in Florida! You can also make this recipe without beeswax. However, it won’t hold its shape in a stick form. You will have to put this mixture in a small mason jar or shallow container and apply it with your fingers everyday. You can also add more beeswax if you know that the deodorant will be stored in a hot place.


After making this myself I have some tips for you to follow while you make it:

*If you have sensitive skin cut down or completely eliminate the baking soda.

*I don’t have a double boiler at home, so I used two non-stick pans instead and washed them immediately afterwards with no problems of waxy film forming on the bottom of my pots.

*Make sure to work quickly after adding the baking soda and corn starch, so it doesn’t thicken up before you are able to transfer it to the deodorant stick.

*I had a little bit leftover, so I just poured the rest in a small mason jar to use once I run out of the stick.

*I made mine with just tea tree oil with no other essential oils added. I love the smell, but if you don’t love the smell of tea tree oil make sure to add in another essential oil such as lavender.

DIY Coconut Oil Deodorant Stick 

  • 1/4 cup corn starch
  • 1/4 cup baking soda
  • 3 Tbsp Kelapo coconut oil
  • 1 Tbsp grated beeswax
  • 5-10 drops tea tree oil
  • 5-10 drops of your favorite essential oil – optional
  • 1 old deodorant stick container

Melt coconut oil and beeswax with a double boiler until melted, stirring constantly. Add in tea tree oil and essential oils, if using. Remove from heat and add in the baking soda and corn starch, stirring quickly so mixture stays liquid. Quickly poor mixture into deodorant container before it thickens. Let deodorant cool and harden for a few hours before using.


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13 Comments Post a comment

  1. Melissa
    October 10, 2014 at 9:09 am

    I have been looking for a recipe that will stand up against the hot Florida heat, so I’m super happy to find your recipe! If you are interested in learning more about Essential Oils, please feel free to get in touch with me, as I am a distributor with Young Living. I will suggest your websites for those I know who are also looking for this recipe, as well as other DIY’s!

    • October 10, 2014 at 12:17 pm

      This recipe definitely stands up against Florida heat. I have left it in my car many times over the summer with no problems. Thanks Melissa!

  2. LeClair
    January 29, 2015 at 2:13 pm

    Hi…I have a question. I wanted to use bentonite clay in the recipe with Arrowroot Powder instead of baking soda and Cornsarch. Can I use it in place of the amount of baking soda or will I have to use less because it will end up making the bar too thick to apply?

    • February 11, 2015 at 11:10 am

      Sorry, I have never worked with bentonite clay before. I would just play around with it and just keep adding until it gets to your desired consistency.

    • mandy
      February 25, 2015 at 11:05 am

      I use bentonite clay in my homemade deodorant,just use a little less arrowroot or cornstarch, it works great!!

      • March 30, 2015 at 1:48 pm


        This is so good to hear! Glad that it’s working for you 🙂

  3. Silvia
    April 1, 2015 at 5:42 am

    Hi! I’m using magnesia milk as deodorant and it really works! You just have to let it dry a bit. Do you need anything simpler or safer than that?!

    • April 21, 2015 at 3:36 pm


      We are unfamiliar with magnesia milk for a deodorant. Have you tried this recipe for a homemade deodorant?

  4. August 6, 2015 at 7:41 pm

    Does this deodorant glide easily…? I find that these type of stick deodorants do not glide… the deodorants crumbles under arms… does anybody else have teh same problem? How to you make it to glide effortlessly? Thank u…

  5. Christine
    March 23, 2017 at 3:47 pm

    I’ve made homemade deoderant before, not your recipe, but in any event it’s always difficult to make the deoderant push up when I twist the container…I hope that makes sense. Have you experienced that with your recipe? If so what have you done for the deoderant not to be so difficult to move up and out of the tube? Thanks!

  6. Stephanie
    January 2, 2018 at 11:18 am

    I just made it and you are right it hardens very Fast!i hope I don’t have an issue of it being difficult to turn up in the deo container. I’m also in the south a d am tired of paying so much for deodorant. Hope this one works!

  7. Kerrie Kelly
    March 16, 2019 at 7:10 am

    Hi I tried making this recipe tonight and I found that there seemed to be an excess of dry ingredients to wet. The mix was extremely thick and I was not able to pour it at all. I had to spoon it out and push it into one stick and one jar. I am wondering if this has happened to anyone else..

  8. Donovan Bland
    May 10, 2020 at 1:18 am

    I have been making this for a couple of years, now, and I LOVE it! No recipe adjustments needed. In fact after switching to this relatively inexpensive and very effective product NO store bought product will do.

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