Zero Waste Natural Deodorant Recipe

Zero waste natural deodorant recipe for those wanting to go zero waste and make their own skincare

This zero waste deodorant recipe post has been a long time coming. I can’t quite remember if I started on this in 2015 or 2016. But I know for sure it’s been over 18 months in the making. Creating a natural deodorant recipe isn’t something you can just do and publish in a day. Unless of course, you’re republishing someone else’s recipe (huge no-no!).

I tried a couple of other people’s recipes yonks ago which, didn’t work for me. Either they melted at room temperature during summer, left oily marks on my clothes or irritated my skin badly. Anyway, I decided that I wanted to make something that was vegan-friendly, free from coconut oil and didn’t melt into liquid during the summer. But most of all, I wanted to create a zero waste deodorant recipe that actually worked.

Believe me when I say that I have tweaked and tweaked this recipe more times than I care to think about. But, I finally have my zero waste deodorant recipe exactly how I want it, and now, I am sharing it with you!

Zero Waste Deodorant Recipe

What I like about my recipe is that you can remove the Jojoba wax is you want or increase it slightly if you live in a hot country to help keep the balm from melting.

You will need:

  • 1/2 tsp Jojoba Wax
  • 5 tsp Shea Butter
  • 1 tsp grated Cocoa Butter
  • 4.5 tsp Arrowroot Powder
  • 2 tsp Kaolin Clay
  • 5 drops of essential oil/s
  • Glass bowl
  • Saucepan
  • Jar or tin (50ml jar is perfect for this recipe amount)

(Tsp = teaspoon)

Here's my DIY zero waste deodorant recipe. It's vegan friendly and coconut oil free


  • Get a glass bowl and add in the Jojoba Wax, Shea Butter and Cocoa Butter
  • Partially fill a saucepan with water and place the glass bowl inside the saucepan
  • Slowly heat until everything has melted
  • Add in the Arrowroot Powder and Kaolin Clay
  • Mix well until everything is combined
  • Allow to cool for about 3 mins
  • Add up to 5 drops of your favourite essential oil and stir well
  • Pour into your jar or tin and leave to set for a couple of hours

All done! That’s all there is to it. This is a slightly harder balm to touch in the jar, but is easily removed from the jar with a spatula or finger nail (scooping forward on top of the nail).

I personally love a sweet but zingy scent, so I add 4 drops of lemon and 1 drop of geranium essential oil. My favourite essential oils are by Neals Yard*. I used an old 50ml size tin that used to have the Mia & Dom salve in. You can double, triple or quadruple this recipe if needed and wanting to make a bigger batch. I just much prefer making smaller batches.

Will you give this zero waste deodorant recipe a go?

Lovingly created for my underarms and yours – excluding coconut oil for my readers who I know are allergic and bicarbonate of soda free for those whose skin gets irritated by it. I hope you’ll all love this zero waste deodorant recipe!

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  1. Heather Link
    28th June 2017 / 2:37 am

    I will have to pick up a few ingredients, but I’m so excited to try this out! I love that’s it’s coconut free too ❤

    • Tamsin
      28th June 2017 / 2:25 pm

      You’re one of the people that I made it coconut oil free for xox

  2. 28th June 2017 / 9:30 am

    Great stuff. Will give this a whirl when we next do an Earth Conscious production run. Be good to see how effective it is minus the coconut oil and bicarb x

  3. Connor Barrett
    28th June 2017 / 6:04 pm

    Surprised at how easy this is to make, sounds like a good alternative to processed, shop bought deodorants!

  4. 29th June 2017 / 2:45 pm

    Innovative!! I will try this. The best thing about–which I liked–is not to use the coconut oil. Great post 🙂

  5. 1st July 2017 / 9:20 pm

    I love that you’ve made a recipe without coconut oil! I’m finding the coconut oil in deodorants and lotions even can stain clothing and sheets, so I’ve really wanted to be able to make my own zero waste deodorant but most recipes include it. Although, the Meow Meow Tweet deodorant is compostable and I can buy it locally without packaging so that’s zero waste but I’d still like a go to recipe just in case. Anyway, long story short, thank you for posting this!

  6. N
    1st August 2017 / 11:55 pm

    What would be good alternative ingredients if we can’t get hold of one? Thank you