Natural Deodorant

Finding a natural deodorant that actually works is tricky, not to mention one that doesn’t require constant reapplication to keep you smelling good all day. Thankfully, there are two super simple ways to make your own and for a fraction of the cost. These deodorants are free of irritating chemicals, baking soda and are completely stain free! 

Say hello to magnesium oil - the key ingredient in both of these deodorants. Despite its name, magnesium oil is actually oil free. It is a highly saturated mineral solution of water and magnesium which tends to feel slick when applied to the skin. Magnesium has loads of benefits like easing muscle soreness, reducing headaches and supporting restful sleep. It also balances the body’s pH levels, inhibiting bacterial growth - making it an essential addition to any natural deodorant.

Choosing essential oils: 

While there are numerous essential oils with deodorizing properties, not all may be suitable for daily topical use as some may cause skin irritation over time. Fortunately, there are still a bunch of great smelling, antibacterial oils to choose from.

Use solo or combine: bergamot, clary sage, cypress, geranium, ginger, grapefruit, lavender, tea tree. 

4oz. Natural Spray Deodorant

4 oz pure magnesium oil

10-15 drops of your favorite essential oils or a mixture

4 oz or larger glass spray bottle


Add magnesium oil and essential oil to the bottle and shake to incorporate. To use, spray on deodorant and allow to dry for a few seconds. This stain-free deodorant will, at most, leave behind tiny salt like crystals that can be easily brushed off skin or clothing.

Note: Some people may experience a tingling or stinging sensation if using magnesium oil right after shaving or for those who are low on magnesium. This is a normal reaction and should fade in a couple of days. 


3oz Natural Hard Deodorant

1 oz beeswax (or soy wax)

1.5 oz coconut oil

.5 oz bentonite clay 

.5 oz pure magnesium oil

5-10 drops essential oil (optional)

mason jar (8oz or larger)

3oz deodorant tube

chopstick/wooden dowel

rubber tipped tongs


Fill a pot large enough to fit your mason jar with water and place on the stove to boil. In the meantime, measure out each ingredient. Add the beeswax to the mason jar, closing the lid tightly. With rubber tipped tongs, gently place the mason jar in the boiling water to melt the beeswax - about 10 minutes.

When melted, remove the jar from the water (careful - the jar will be very hot!) and add in the coconut oil, bentonite clay and magnesium oil. Mix until smooth.

Screw on the lid and place the mason jar into the boiling water again, removing just after one minute.

Add in your essential oil and stir the mixture for about 2 minutes. Pour the liquid into a container and allow to cool until completely solid. Store out of direct sunlight.

Marla Christiansen