Essential Oils For Deodorant

Essential Oils For Deodorant

Making your own natural deodorant is a safe and effective way to fight bacteria causing odor. A 2011 study showed that commercial varieties contain ingredients that your skin absorbs and your body stores in breast tissue. The study also showed higher levels of the same ingredients in women with breast cancer.

Switching to an aluminum free alternative is a step toward healthier breast tissue and skin. However, generic fragrance on labels leaves the consumer without knowing what’s in their deodorant. 

 

You could choose an organic product instead. Chances are you already have everything on hand to whip up a DIY deodorant with natural, healing, and great scented essential oils. 

Essential Oils for Natural Deodorant

  • Lavender
  • Lemon
  • Lime
  • Lemongrass
  • Cypress
  • Bergamot
  • Clary Sage

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I use a pre-blended essential oils?

Yes, you can. Just shy away from pre-diluted oils that already contain a carrier or fragrance oils. Also, consider the essential oils in the blend; how will they react with your skin with daily use? 

Will the oils or homemade deodorant stain my clothes?

Pit stains occur because of the aluminum in deodorants bonds with proteins in your sweat. Since a DIY deodorant is free of aluminum, you shouldn’t have to worry about pit stains anymore.

However, using excess oils and not allowing it to dry before dressing can mean your deodorant absorbs into your clothing instead of your skin. Remember, a little can go a long way. Don’t cake on your deodorant. 

Will I use more or have to reapply it?

Most people will find one or two daily applications sufficient. Some people do naturally sweat more than others do. The more you sweat the greater the chance will be that you need to reapply, but this can be true for aluminum deodorants too.

If you find yourself reapplying too often, you can whip up a different recipe or alter the one you’re already using too.

6 Essential Oils for Natural Deodorant and How to Use Them

 

Essential Oils For Deodorant

Lavandula Angustifolia Cherished for over centuries, lavender essential oil is renowned for its unmistakable aroma as well as myriad benefits. With topical, internal and aromatic applications, the oil definitely has a lot to bring on the table. Applications: Aromatic, Topical, Internal  
$28.00
Citrus Limon Being amongst the top-selling essential oils on the market, lemon has quite a few amazing benefits and uses. Applications: Aromatic, Topical, Internal  
$13.33
Citrus Aurantifolia Derived from the commonly used lime fruit, this oil is known for a range of different health benefits. It’s been used for centuries and it boasts a versatile bundle of advantages. Applications: Aromatic, Topical, Internal  
$17.33
Cymbopogon flexuosus Being amongst the most popular and demanded oils on the market, Lemongrass is capable of catering to your every need. With refreshing citrusy and herbaceous aroma, the oil brings splendid benefits. Applications: Aromatic, Topical, Internal  
$13.33
Cupressus sempervirens Cypress has a refreshing aroma that helps maintain emotional equilibrium. When diffused it can promote energy and when used topically can help purify the skin. Applications: Aromatic, Topical
$20.67
Citrus bergamia Bergamot essential oil has a light citrusy aroma with the power to both relax and invigorate.  This oil also harnesses medicinal qualities that can boost overall digestive and cardiovascular health.* Applications: Aromatic Topical Internal
$36.67

 

1. Lavender Essential Oil

Lavender Essential OilHow to use:Topical

  • Blend 10 drops of lavender with 1/2c of coconut oil (melted), ½ c baking soda, and ¼ c arrowroot powder. Pour into an empty deodorant container and let set before use.
  • Mix 3 drops of lavender with 2 tablespoons of jojoba or sweet almond oil. Apply to underarms with a cotton ball.

Cautions:

  • You can use lavender essential oil while pregnant, but you should proceed with caution in the third trimester. (1)

Lavender essential oil is a good choice for sensitive and eczema prone skin types. It also blends well with other oils and easily balances out masculine and feminine fragrances. (2)

Despite being a floral scent, lavender’s profile is neutral, and you can use it in men’s and women’s skincare. 

Therapeutic skin properties: antiseptic, antiviral, bactericide, and deodorant

Blends well with: clary sage, geranium, and most citrus oils

 

2. Lemon Essential Oil

Lemon Essential OilHow to use: Topical

  • Mix 2 drops of lemon with 2 tablespoons of jojoba or sweet almond oil. Apply to underarms with a cotton ball. Feel free to add up to 1 drop of another essential oil
  • Blend 5 drops of lemon and 5 drops of another oil from the list with 1/2c of coconut oil (melted), ½ c baking soda, and ¼ c arrowroot powder. Pour into an empty deodorant container and let set before use.

Cautions:

  • Lemon essential oil might irritate sensitive or broken skin. You might consider adding it to a blend, but perform an allergy patch test. 
  • You can also increase the dilution ratios by reducing the amount of lemon you use.

Lemon oil contains astringent properties that make it suitable for oily skin or skin prone to underarm boils and pimples.(3)

Therapeutic skin properties: antimicrobial, antioxidant, antiseptic, bactericide, and astringent 
Blends well with: rose, lavender, eucalyptus, and geranium.(4)

 

3. Lime Essential Oil

Lime Essential OilHow to use: Topical

  • Mix 2 drops of lime with 2 tablespoons of jojoba or sweet almond oil. Apply to underarms with a cotton ball. Feel free to add up to 1 drop of another essential oil
  • Blend 5 drops of lime and 5 drops of another oil from the list with 1/2c of coconut oil (melted), ½ c baking soda, and ¼ c arrowroot powder. Pour into an empty deodorant container and let set before use.

Cautions

  • Consider a weaker dilution if not blending with another oil if your skin is sensitive.

Lime is a masculine alternative to lemon oil. It contains many of the same therapeutic properties, and ancient and herbal medicine often uses them topically for the same ailments.

Therapeutic skin properties: antiseptic, antiviral, astringent, and bactericide(5)

Blends well with: bergamot, clary sage, lemon, and tea tree

 

4. Lemongrass Essential Oil

Lemongrass Essential OilHow to use: Topical

  • Mix 2 drops of lemongrass with 2 tablespoons of jojoba or sweet almond oil. Apply to underarms with a cotton ball. Feel free to add up to 1 drop of another essential oil
  • Blend 5 drops of lemongrass and 5 drops of another oil from the list with 1/2c of coconut oil (melted), ½ c baking soda, and ¼ c arrowroot powder. Pour into an empty deodorant container and let set before use.

Cautions: 

  • Pregnant women, breastfeeding women, or women looking to conceive should not use. Lemongrass promotes menstruation.
  • Sensitive skin might react to topical use. Perform a patch test. Consider blending with other oils in a weaker dilution.

Lemongrass has a lighter lemony scent that could be better suited if lemon irritates your skin.

Therapeutic skin properties: antioxidant, antiseptic, astringent, antibacterial, antifungal, and anti-inflammatory(6)

Blends well with: lavender, tea tree, bergamot, cypress, clary sage, lemon, and patchouli

 

5. Cypress Essential Oil

Cypress Essential OilHow to use: Topical

  • Mix 3 drops of cypress with 2 tablespoons of jojoba or sweet almond oil. Apply to underarms with a cotton ball. Feel free to add up to 1 drop of another essential oil
  • Blend 10 drops of cypress with 1/2c of coconut oil (melted), ½ c baking soda, and ¼ c arrowroot powder. Pour into an empty deodorant container and let set before use.

Cautions:

  • Avoid during pregnancy
  • Don’t ingest

Cypress provides a crisp and clean aroma suitable for blending or in men’s skincare products. 

Therapeutic skin properties: antimicrobial, astringent, antibacterial, and deodorant(7)

Blends well with: lavender, cedarwood, bergamot, and chamomile

 

6. Bergamot Essential Oil

Bergamot Essential OilHow to use: Topical

  • Mix 3 drops of bergamot with 1 tablespoon of jojoba or sweet almond oil. Apply to underarms with a cotton ball. Feel free to add up to 1 drop of another essential oil
  • Blend 10 drops of bergamot with 1/2c of coconut oil (melted), ½ c baking soda, and ¼ c arrowroot powder. Pour into an empty deodorant container and let set before use.

Cautions:

None. Side effects and warnings come with ingestion.

Bergamot is a neutral citrusy scent that adds power to other blends or you can use it on its own. It’s healing benefits make it suitable for sensitive and eczema prone skin too.

While we recommend a carrier oil for topical use, bergamot is one of the few that many people can apply directly to the skin without irritation. 

Therapeutic skin properties: antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antiseptic, antibiotic, and deodorant(8)

Blends well with: clary sage, lemon, cypress, and lavender

 

Final Thoughts on Essential Oils for Deodorant

Essential oils are generally safer than commercially available alternatives for deodorant. Plus, you can control the ingredients, so there are no hidden ingredients slipped in as fragrance or trade secrets.

Making your own deodorant also enables you to fully customize your scent. Since the majority of the base essential oils on our list have a neutral profile, you can add other essential oils that work well with your skin or for aromatherapy purposes.

When choosing your oil or oils, make sure you perform a skin test if you’ve never applied it topically. Use a standard 1:1 or 1:2 ratio, wait 48 hours, then proceed with normal use no reaction occurs.

You’re not limited to using your homemade deodorant on your underarms. You can use it safely on the soles of your feet, underneath your breasts, between your thighs, or anywhere you experience unwanted odor associated with bacteria or fungus.