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The Ultimate Deodorant Base

April 27, 2015 64 Comments

The Ultimate Deodorant Base

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I'm more than excited to share this recipe with you!  The time has come for a universal deodorant base that along with a few well chosen essential oils addresses odor, perspiration AND beautiful skin, it really is the ultimate! And here we are again, in the pursuit of the perfect DIY deodorant. The quest is worth it, knowing the ingredients is worth it, making a few extra to share with family and friends is so worth it!  Why, you ask?  Because most commercial deodorants contain highly questionable ingredients like aluminum that promote cancer and Alzheimer's, clog your pores with bacteria {therefore you stink} and block the body's natural detox mechanisms.  Did you know there are approximately 50 lymph nodes under your arms and in close proximity to the breasts?

"When you take a second to think about deodorants – antiperspirants in particular – the problem seems rather simple and self-explanatory. We apply deodorant to our armpits to block smells. But why does our body sweat in the first place? Sweating occurs as one of the body’s prime efforts to detox. So, if we’re preventing the detox, where are we sending the toxins that our bodies are trying so hard to flush out? The answer is the lymph system, which is the bodies defense against infection. Cancer is also frequently spread throughout the body when cancerous cells break off from a tumor and travel to another location in the body through the lymph system. Basically, the lymph systems works by trapping the bad stuff and flushing it out frequently via our pits. When the glands in our armpits are blocked, our breasts are right there to take in the toxins. Antiperspirants have been linked to breast cancer."

Throw away the commercial stuff, question the "all natural" commercial stuff and never look back!  Moving on... My R & D team included humans in different stages of life; a woman of a certain age {hello, I'm hormonal}, my middle age BFF and co-inventor {also hormonal}, her teenage son {awesome adolescent with severe allergies} and my daughter {thirty something}. We all used different essential oil combinations in the same base and all of us L O V E D the feel and most importantly, the results!

What's in it? Not baking soda!
While baking soda is a good deodorizer it's hard on sensitive areas like pits, my preference is, ARROWROOT.  Arrowroot powder or starch is derived from the powdered root of a large, perennial herb. It's most often used as a culinary thickener, it's silky smooth, fine texture becomes a wonderfully, comfortable absorbing agent in deodorant! I use the purest COCONUT OIL I know of.  It's organic, glyphosate tested, unrefined and virgin. I use this same high quality CO in all of my salves and balms sold in the CW Shop as well, it's good stuff and not worth scrimping on! What a wonder this SHEA BUTTER is!  It's a natural source of vitamins A and E, packed with essential fatty acids, an anti-inflammatory and of course, naturally moisturizing. A high-quality Shea Butter can also help encourage collagen production and I'm all for that. Don't forget the BEESWAX PASTILLES, not many realize how many health benefits organic, unbleached beeswax offers. Not only does it give body to skin care products, beeswax is antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and acts as a humectant, drawing moisture in.  Beeswax is a natural source of vitamin A, beneficial for cell regeneration. ROSEHIP SEED OIL is one of the ingredients I'm most excited about!  RSO contains lots of essential fatty acids and one of it's more fascinating characteristics is the "dry oil" benefit!  Because Rose Hip Seed Oil soaks right into the skin without leaving a greasy residue, it's perfect in a deodorant formulation. Last but not least, VITAMIN E is a powerful, fat-soluble antioxidant that helps protect cell membranes against damage caused by free radicals. It's also a nice choice for a preservative!

empty jar final

I recommend making the entire base recipe, it's large I know, then storing what you don't use initially, in the refrigerator in a glass or PET jar.  

Let's face it, it's never convenient to run out of deodorant and making your own is time consuming. Trust me on this, make one large batch and have it at the ready, this way you'll be prepared to refill your containers, experiment with essential oil preferences and, SAVE TIME!  This deodorant base will last up to a year if kept in the refrigerator. A deodorant base may seem "outside the box" but it's so darn practical, I know it works and I'm confident in recommending it!  As you can see in the photo above, one of my jars of base is empty now but my refills for using and sharing are lined up on the counter cooling :)
    Favorite Tested Essential Oil Combinations!
    {per 1 oz container}

    Each 1 oz container has a total of 30 drops of essential oils give or take a drop or two. In our experience, not only does this EO ratio successfully assist perspiration and body odor it's also a one step application for immunity boosting, hormone balancing and thyroid assisting benefits depending on your blend!  It may be helpful to know that 1 ounce equals 30ml. I'm confident this is a good dilution rate for deodorant!

    My Favorite!  (thyroid assist)

    10 drops Geranium

    10 drops Clove

    10 drops Frankincense  

    Whole Family Favorite!  (teens too!)

    25 drops Thieves type blend

    10 drops Frankincense  

    Guy Favorite!

    10 drops Spearmint

    10 drops Lime

    10 drops Frankincense  

    Women's Blend (hormonal)

    7 drops Clary Sage

    7 drops Lavender

    7 drops Ylang Ylang

    10 drops Frankincense  

    Helpful Tips!

    Don't limit yourself!  CW's Ultimate Deodorant Base can double as a mild and natural sunscreen (shea butter and coconut oil have an SPF 6 rating), moisturizer and lip balm. With essential oils added the deodorant base becomes an excellent healer too! This feels like a long post with a lot of information but once you jump in you'll see how simple and wonderful it is to make! If you'd like to try CW's Ultimate Deodorant Base ready made, I'm happy to help! The CW Shop now offers a package deal! 4 ounces of Ultimate Deodorant Base and FOUR 1 oz push-up deodorant sticks, as seen in the photo above!

    ingredients
    • 1 cup organic, unrefined coconut oil
    • 1 cup organic olive oil
    • 2/3 cup organic beeswax pastilles
    • 1/4 cup raw organic shea butter
    • 1 cup arrowroot powder
    • 2 teaspoons rosehip seed oil
    • 1 teaspoon vitamin e
    • one quart wide mouth mason jar for melting
    • 1 oz deodorant sticks (optional) or jars, they'll work too!
    Directions
    1. ONE RECIPE FILLS APPROXIMATELY {16} ONE OUNCE CONTAINERS
    2. Measure and add coconut oil and olive oil to a one quart Mason Jar, set the jar in two or three inches of hot water and set your burner to medium/low.
    3. Add beeswax, melt all three ingredients together slowly, stirring occasionally.
    4. Add shea butter, melt slowly while stirring occasionally.
    5. Add arrowroot powder, stir to blend.
    6. Add rosehip seed oil and vitamin e oil at the very end, stir to blend.
    7. Pour into glass or PET plastic jars. 4 oz jars are a handy size in my experience.
    8. Let cool to harden, store in refrigerator.
    WHEN YOU'RE READY FOR REFILLS:
    1. Scoop out desired amount of refrigerated deodorant base and slowly melt it down in a mason jar water bath, add essential oils, stir and pour into desired deodorant container, let cool.

    Recipe By: CampWander




    64 Responses

    Iman Essam
    Iman Essam

    May 30, 2017

    Dear Rebecca, many thanks for your fabulous recipes. I’m thrilled to try this deodorant for my friend with breast cancer. The problem is I don’t have access to Clary Sage essential oil in my country Egypt, so what are your suggestions for a good alternative please? But even worse, arrowroot powder is unavailable anywhere in Egypt, so do you think baking soda would largely affect the outcome?
    Again, your kind sharing of such useful and precious information and recipes is highly appreciated.
    May God bless you and your family

    Paulette
    Paulette

    May 10, 2017

    Thank you! A recipe I’m finally interested in trying. Baking soda just doesn’t go with my sensitive skin so this looks wonderful. I have been making my own lotions face serums and natural cleaners for about a year now. I’ve been trying to eliminate many chemicals from my every day life as I have a rare blood disorder that can be effected by all those things.

    Dale
    Dale

    May 10, 2017

    Thank you Rebecca! I made your naked salve recipe to the letter and it has been awesome. I understand the learning-curve and will proceed with caution into the hot weather we expect later this week.

    Rebecca
    Rebecca

    May 10, 2017

    Dale, thank you for your kind comment! I’m hopeful it will stay solid for you, it’s remained in a sold state for all of us who have tested it and traveled with it. However, there could be a learning curve and possibly a different outcome when you make your own depending on brands of ingredients used. The recipe is very similar to my salves, it’s an easy recipe especially after the first go round!

    Dale
    Dale

    May 10, 2017

    Yippee! Thank you! I’ve been using EO and coconut oil as my DIY deodorant for a year. It works but is solid in cooler months and liquid the remainder of the year which can be tricky to travel with. I’ve been using all your suggestions for blends and enjoying creating my own too. Baking soda was definitely a painful experiment. In your experience – does this recipe keep the mixture more solid at higher temps? Enough to use in a push-up container? Thank you for all your posts and products!

    Morgan
    Morgan

    May 10, 2017

    will this go bad after a certain amount of time if not refrigerated? Just wondering why only a 1 oz tube and why the rest is kept in the refrigerator. Thanks!

    Rebecca
    Rebecca

    May 10, 2017

    This might help you decide…
    http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-supplements/ingredientmono-283-arrowroot.aspx?activeingredientid=283&activeingredientname=arrowroot

    Nicole
    Nicole

    May 10, 2017

    can arrowroot be used during pregnancy?

    Teena
    Teena

    May 10, 2017

    I too love your posts and products. I recently made your “personal” salve to take on vacation to Hawaii but when using it two different times, it really stung both times. This is the first time I’ve had any problems with anything I’ve made from your recipes, probably just me or an essential oil I am sensitive tol
    Otherwise, thanks.
    Maybe you have another recipe for the same purpose?

    Beth
    Beth

    May 10, 2017

    Thank you Rebecca! I’m such a huge fan of yours! I love love love your Naked Salve and I use it for tons of stuff. I will definitely be making this deodorant this weekend. The blends sound awesome too!

    Rebecca
    Rebecca

    May 10, 2017

    Beeswax is a must, this ingredient gives the base “body”, creating the solid state :)

    Rebecca
    Rebecca

    May 10, 2017

    You can use whatever size stick or jar you’d like, I prefer the one ounce because it fits in my makeup bag! The whole point of a “base” is to make enough to have at the ready and be able to customize with different EO blends as the need arises. Refrigerated storage of the unused base will extend the viability of the ingredients, particularly the raw shea and rosehip seed oil.

    Christine
    Christine

    May 10, 2017

    Hi Rebecca,
    Thanks for another great recipe.
    Just one question:
    Does the deodorant I’ll be using need to be kept refrigerated?
    I am assuming the answer is no, just the extra base that’s been made til I get to use it, right?
    Just want to clear that doubt… will be making it this week.
    Thanks again!
    Many blessings!

    Sara
    Sara

    May 10, 2017

    I have all of the ingredients on hand with exception to the beeswax. Will the recipe work without beeswax?
    Thank you!

    Angela
    Angela

    May 10, 2017

    does this recipe stain clothing?

    Angela
    Angela

    May 10, 2017

    Could the deodorant base and the oil blends be used during pregnancy?

    Shala
    Shala

    May 10, 2017

    Has the deodorant ever left a stain on clothing? I’ve been making my own deodorant for over a year now but with a different recipe. I’m concerned the olive oil would stain. Thanks!

    Mickie
    Mickie

    May 10, 2017

    I too make a lot of your recipes and have never been dissatisfied. I am still using your anti-aging rose salve I ordered a while back and LOVE it! Have a question about this deo, does it go on greasy?

    Marie
    Marie

    May 10, 2017

    Hi. I, like so many in prior posts, have tried the baking soda recipes without success and much discomfort to my poor pits. So this version is welcome.
    I am wondering if other oils could be subbed for the Olive oil? Such as primrose, sesame, grapeseed? Is there any specific reason to use the olive oil?I don’t mean to be messing with perfection. And btw the essential oil blends look fantastic. Can’t wait to start making this.

    Rebecca
    Rebecca

    May 10, 2017

    The base is really quite stable, we haven’t had or heard of any issue with clothing stains at this time.

    Rebecca
    Rebecca

    May 10, 2017

    In my opinion, yes.

    Rebecca
    Rebecca

    May 10, 2017

    Those of us who tested it didn’t have any issues with staining clothing, the base is quite stable.

    Stephanie
    Stephanie

    May 10, 2017

    I am SO looking forward to trying this! I’m very new to oils and making anything at home, so this is a big deal for me. The olive oil though, is it assumed to be extra virgin or some other variety? Thanks for all you do!!

    Melinda
    Melinda

    May 10, 2017

    What oil other than the Rosehip oil can be used? The bad news is it triggered my allergies and asthma. The good news is the oil obviously got into my system, proving once again that essential oils really DO absorb into our systems and do what they are touted!

    Karla
    Karla

    May 10, 2017

    Hi Rebecca – I just ordered the base and containers through the shop (so excited!!!) I like your recommendations above, but I don’t have all of the oils you note, and not sure if I will by the time I receive the base and get started. Is there a basic oil option you’d recommend eg just lavender or clove etc?

    Can’t wait to give this a try!

    Bonnie
    Bonnie

    May 10, 2017

    I have a question about beeswax. I was unable to find the pastilles locally, but did find solid blocks of beeswax, white and yellow. Can I cut this up and use in this recipe? Thanks for your help!

    Rebecca
    Rebecca

    May 10, 2017

    My blends don’t smell flowery at all! The Frankincense tempers any floral notes with it’s earthy fragrance :) Good luck with hubby, don’t give up!

    brandy
    brandy

    May 10, 2017

    Hi. I bought the deodorant base & the blends to make the thyroid assist deodorant, but it just isn’t working for me. :( I don’t know if I need something stronger, but I have been using different home made deodorants for at least 6 months now, so I know I should be detoxed by now. But NOTHING works for me. The baking soda ones are too strong, so I was really hoping this one would work. I’ve tried putting it on at different times of the day & twice a day, I’ve used a little, I’ve used a lot, but I still end up smelling bad…. I don’t know what else to try. Is there another mix that might work better?? Thanks in advance!

    Stephanie J
    Stephanie J

    May 10, 2017

    I’m trying to sell this recipe to my darling husband who is very firmly holding onto his commercial deo/antiperspirant combo. I get that our bodies need to perspire, but is there a component of this base that controls or reduces perspiration? Or does it just make the sweat not stinky? LOL, love hubby to death, but he’s thinking that he’ll walk around smelling like a flower shop with huge sweat stains in his shirts. He’s not a fan of EO use. (But strangely enough also very concerned with cancer causing chemicals…) Anyone else have to “sell” this to their sweaty significant others?

    Cindy
    Cindy

    May 10, 2017

    Hello Rebecca!

    Thank you for the grea recipe! I am so looking forward to trying it. I have been making my own for the last year but it is not as solid as I would like and I like your oil blends. I was wondering if you could tell me where you purchase your sticks from that you use? Thanks again for all the information you provide! I have tagged quite a few do your recipes and just gathering a few more items and the I will get blending!
    Cindy

    Rebecca
    Rebecca

    May 10, 2017

    You’re so welcome! I use extra virgin but virgin is fine too!

    Tammy
    Tammy

    May 10, 2017

    Can the rose hip oil be left out?

    Rebecca
    Rebecca

    May 10, 2017

    Hi Miranda, thanks for your question because I’m sure it’s a common one! I have days when the same thing happens to me and you know what I do? I get out my bottle of Geranium, dab some on my index finger and rub it under my arms…it’s like a refresher and works great for me! I think Lavender would work just as well if anyone reading this doesn’t have Geranium.

    Miranda H.
    Miranda H.

    May 10, 2017

    Hi Rebecca! I love this recipe most of all from the ones I’ve made. It absorbs just enough & feels so silky. I actually think it healed me up where I was having a prolonged reaction to some prior deodorant! Anyhow, I am still stuck with one problem with every single natural deodorant I’ve tried & made… come the later part of the day, I stink! I smell like gorgeous oils at the top of the day & then 6-8 hours later, not so much! It’s driving me crazy! I did the armpit detox for a little over a week when I transitioned from antiperspirant but maybe that wasn’t enough? Any insight you could give would be SO appreciated! Thank you so very much!!

    Rebecca
    Rebecca

    May 10, 2017

    Yes, that’s correct. The base gives everyone the opportunity to use their favorite essential oil combinations.

    Tina
    Tina

    May 10, 2017

    I purchased the CW Ultimate Deodorant Base Package. However, it says to melt it down and add essential oils to it. I assumed this would be ready to use, but it looks like I have to now purchase essential oils before I can proceed. Is this correct?

    Kim
    Kim

    May 10, 2017

    Hi Rebecca
    I am preparing the base now but I noticed that all your EO combination suggestions have Frankincense. Will the deodorant still work with out that particular EO?

    Wendy Unger
    Wendy Unger

    May 10, 2017

    I just made your deodorant base and used the family recipe, wow. I love this deodorant, I worked out in the garden and sweat everywhere but my armpits and no smell. Made some for my daughter and granddaughter and they are amazed as well. Thanks for such a great product, love all your recipes.

    Rebecca
    Rebecca

    May 10, 2017

    They’re very different, I would stick to a high quality, natural vitamin e!

    Wendy Unger
    Wendy Unger

    May 10, 2017

    Can i use jojoba oil instead of vitamin e? Was wondering if it was a preservative as well. Love all your recipes, so glad you are back.

    Rebecca
    Rebecca

    May 10, 2017

    It can, however, it does make a difference in keeping the base a little “dryer” and absorbing into the skin quicker.

    Rebecca
    Rebecca

    May 10, 2017

    Sandra, it’s worth finding an organic option and ordering online. There really isn’t a substitute, it’s a hard one to duplicate!

    Sandra
    Sandra

    May 10, 2017

    Hi Rebecca,
    Any opinion on substitutes for the rosehip oil? Not so common around here (minuses of living in rural areas) & really want to try this…

    Angelica
    Angelica

    May 10, 2017

    Oh thank God it wasn’t just me whom this was happening to. I was about to ask if there is an EO that I can add to the melted deo base to keep my pits from smelling by the end of my work day. I used pure lemon juice for like a year; which worked wonderfully, before you came up with your deodorant base which I love by the way. I will definitely will try the Geranium EO to refresh my pits…. Thank you Rebecca for all your hard work.

    Rebecca
    Rebecca

    May 10, 2017

    Yes! Omitting Frankincense won’t alter the effectiveness as a deodorant but I do like to see the essential oil in a deodorant base because of it’s anti-cancer plus properties.

    Rebecca
    Rebecca

    May 10, 2017

    Hi Darcie – if kept tightly closed and in a cool environment, the base should last at least 6 months. It is also helpful to put a piece of waxed paper over the remainder of your base, inside the tub or container, to keep as much air out as possible.

    Melissa
    Melissa

    May 10, 2017

    Thank you so much! I love your recipes!

    Rebecca
    Rebecca

    May 10, 2017

    A nice rosehip seed oil really does make the difference in how silky the deodorant glides on and absorbs into the skin. Try adding a little more arrowroot powder (maybe a 1/2 cup per batch) and increase the beeswax until you find the right consistency. I’m very happy to hear it’s working well for you!

    Melissa
    Melissa

    May 10, 2017

    After many failures making my own deodorant, I tried this recipe and it works great! I didn’t have the rosehip seed oil so I left it out. I put it into an empty deodorant container and it goes on a little soft so I usually end up spreading it with my fingers, which is a little messier than I care for. In your expert opinion, if I add more beeswax, would that fix the problem? Or does it have something to do with leaving oil the rosehip seed oil? Thanks in advance!

    Darcie
    Darcie

    May 10, 2017

    What is the shelf life on this deodorant?

    Simone
    Simone

    May 10, 2017

    I know this is a deododorant base but can it also be used as a lotion bar??

    Rebecca
    Rebecca

    May 10, 2017

    Hi Andrea, yes, I would suggest using a dropper for consistent measurement. Enjoy!

    Andrea
    Andrea

    May 10, 2017

    Hi Rebecca! I bought the pack of the base through your site and am excited to mix it with my EOs this week when it arrives. I do have a question about the amounts of EOs from your recipes. Are the drops you used done through eye-droppers? I just want to make sure we use the right amounts. :) Can’t wait to try this!!!

    Rebecca
    Rebecca

    May 10, 2017

    I think that’s an incredible idea, have fun experimenting and keep us posted on your results ?

    Adriane
    Adriane

    May 10, 2017

    I am excited to try this recipe. Would the results change much if I use Evening Primrose oil instead of Rosehip? I am looking for ways to balance my hormones and thought maybe I could make it easier to use evening Primrose oil by adding it to my deodorant with the clary sage recipe suggestion? I just don’t have enough experience with either oil to know whether they can be used interchangeably. Thank you so much for this site.

    Rebecca
    Rebecca

    May 10, 2017

    I was just going to suggest using the solid – NAKED! The blend contains organic arrowroot for absorbency that lends a velvety texture. If beeswax and shea work well for you I would certainly give this consideration!

    Nell
    Nell

    May 10, 2017

    Hi Rebecca, Being chemically sensitive, I prefer no smell at all in anything I use. Any suggestions for making the deodorant that will still eliminate smell but not have a smell of it’s own? I currently use a beeswax/shea butter recipe for lotion that I love and it has so little scent to it that I can barely smell it when I hold it right to my very sensitive-smelling nose. I did not put any EOs in it so it works great for me. Would the deodorant work without the EOs?
    Love your site and the recipes you offer. Thanks!

    Rebecca
    Rebecca

    May 10, 2017

    Yes!

    Renee
    Renee

    May 10, 2017

    Hello Rebecca,

    I wonder if this recipe could be cookies in a block and then cut into smsller chinks to use without a push up stick (I’m thinking similar to LUSH Aromaco deodorant). Please let me know if you think it would remain solid enough.

    Rebecca
    Rebecca

    May 10, 2017

    This particular recipe is better suited to a stick than a cream however, you can experiment with less beeswax if you like!

    Nicole
    Nicole

    May 10, 2017

    I’m excited to try this recipe!! I am wondering if it can be made to use in a jar instead of a tube (and applies with a cosmetic spatula and rubbed on?) Not sure of the final consistency? The one I’ve made in the past is in a jar, but does not have bees wax. I made a deodorant bar with the bees wax and it doesn’t work as well :( Before I mix this up I want to make sure it’s an option! Thanks in advance

    Rebecca
    Rebecca

    May 10, 2017

    I wish I could tell you but I don’t know, I’ve never grated and made the comparison.

    Thao
    Thao

    May 10, 2017

    Hi Rebecca, I don’t have the beeswax pastilles but have a solid block. Would I use the same amount as in the recipe if I were to grate the beeswax?

    Rebecca
    Rebecca

    May 10, 2017

    I think it would indeed stay solid enough.

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