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Homemade deodorant recipe using Tea Tree Oil

Disclosure: I received this product free in exchange for an unbiased review.

Every now and then I like to try doing something different. I might like to bake something new, but baking ends up going to my thighs, unfortunately. I might even make something new or write a book. This time, I decided that I would make homemade tea tree oil deodorant. Why not? Sometimes the homemade way is the better way, right?

Tea tree oil

So the reason this venture came about is I got to try Apothecary Extracts Tea Tree Oil, which is a product on Amazon. I have never used an essential oil before. I mean, I know they are in stuff that I’ve used, but I’ve never purchased one by itself. You’ve used essential oils too, ya know. Essential oils are used for a variety of purposes such as cleaning, massaging, freshening the air, and baking, just to name a few things. Love the smell of lavender? It’s an essential oil. Sandalwood? It’s an essential oil. Vanilla? I think so, too.

Tea Tree oil, like I got to review, is a really, really versatile essential oil. It can be used for a variety of purposes such as removing lice, getting rid of dandruff, fighting ringworm, and even making toothpaste. It is a kind of natural antiseptic. People use it for all kind of stuff, really. It has a mediciney smell to it. I mean, you can tell it is an antiseptic just by the smell of it.

It’s amazing that one product like this can be used for so many purposes. I got an ebook when I ordered this product and it has 50 uses for tea tree oil. I learned that tea tree oil is an anti-fungal, anti-viral, and anti-bacterial. Wow, right? I flipped through and decided that the first thing I would try is deodorant.

The next thing I’m going to try is to kill mold in my bathroom. Scratch that last sentence I already used it on the mold and mildew in my bathroom and it totally works. I put some on a q-tip and applied it directly to the mold and mildew. I like to imagine the individual mold spots dying a terrible, horrible death. Like dramatically screaming and crying and everything. Snotty nosed crying, not regular crying. The crying where you kind of make a hiccupingish sound. I picture entire villages of mold and mildew reduced to one or two that escaped my hurried cotton swab. Like I said, maybe one or two tiny spots of mold might have escaped my tea tree rampage. Then, they finally surrender to their loneliness, and show up a little more so I can dab them with tea tree oil next time to finish them off. That’s pretty gratifying.

So yeah. I did make the tea tree oil deodorant. I got the recipe out of the free ebook that came with the Apothecary Extracts Tea Tree Oil. Here’s the recipe:

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12 drops Apothecary Extracts Tea Tree Oil

½ cup baking soda

5 tbsp. coconut oil (extra virgin if you can find it)

¼ cup arrowroot powder (or cornstarch)

Empty deodorant container or metal tub with a lid

1. Mix the baking soda and arrowroot power (or cornstarch) together (I had cornstarch…cause who has arrowroot powder on hand amiright??).103_0777

2. Melt the coconut oil in the microwave for about 30-35 seconds until it’s all melted. You don’t want any white clumps here. That means that the coconut oil is not all the way melted. Be careful! The oil is melted, so don’t burn yourself.103_0781

3. Add the tea tree oil to the coconut oil and stir.


4. Pour the melted coconut oil and tea tree oil into the powdered mixture. Stir well. Make sure you don’t have any clumps.


5. You end up with a nice, smooth batch of deodorant. Pour it into your deodorant container. I used one that I had on hand. I just cleaned out the container, rolled it down all the way to the bottom, and filled it up in my kitchen sink. You can also buy them on Amazon. Once it sets up, it works just like deodorant. You roll it up to use it. It’s super cool!

tea tree oil deodorant

6. Place it in the refrigerator to set up. When you want to use it, take it out of the refrigerator and let it warm up a bit or you won’t be able to turn the dial at the bottom of the deodorant. I am keeping mine in the bathroom like regular deodorant.

You won’t believe how EASY it is to make your own deodorant. And here’s the thing: it actually works. It worked for me. I used it today! I put my homemade deodorant under one armpit and store bought kind another the other and they were both odor free at the end of the day. That’s WITH me going out to recess with my kids today. I actually think I would like to try some variations of this recipe with other essential oil fragrances. I like that the tea tree oil is an anti-septic and all that stuff, but I would love to try halving the tea tree oil and using a few drops of some other fragrance like lavender- which I love. Maybe try getting several different essential oils and mixing up my own scent even. I don’t know. I’m feeling incredibly creative suddenly.

Have you had any experience with tea tree oil? I’d love to hear what you’ve used it or other essential oils for!

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  • Nikki 04/12/2015, 10:29 am

    I actually have that same tea tree oil and I LOVE it. That bottle lasts such a long time. I haven’t tried making deodorant yet, but I will now!

    • Nirra 04/12/2015, 8:13 pm

      You won’t believe how easy it is! And it is like real deodorant. I’m still excited by how easy and cool it is to make!

  • Robin Rue (@massholemommy) 04/27/2015, 12:14 pm

    My sister in law makes her own deodorant and swears it works. I have always been a little leary, though LOL.

    • Nirra 04/27/2015, 12:24 pm

      It totally does!!! lol

  • Carmen Perez (listen2mama) 04/27/2015, 1:05 pm

    Homemade deoderant? Wow, I think I would really like to try and make this myself.

    • Nirra 04/27/2015, 1:29 pm

      It actually works really well. I would just recommend you find some essential oils that you really like and personalize your fragrance! Let me know if you try it 🙂

  • Terri Ramsey Beavers 04/27/2015, 1:37 pm

    That’s such a great idea, thanks for sharing. I’d love to make my own deodorant, I’d know what was going into it that way. I haven’t tried tea tree oil yet.

  • Jeanine 04/27/2015, 2:53 pm

    Love this! Love tea tree oil. I will have to try this myself! I’ve never made my own but the kind I wear is $10 so I’d love to make my own and save!

  • Mama to 5 BLessings 04/27/2015, 3:23 pm

    What a great idea. I need to make this for my son and I. I love tea tree oil, you can use it for so many things.

  • Erin 04/27/2015, 3:33 pm

    Awesome! I’ve always wanted to try making my own deodorant but have been a little nervous that it won’t work out properly. I think I’ll give this a try!

  • Liz Mays 04/27/2015, 4:34 pm

    What a cool idea. I’ve never tried homemade deodorants before!

  • Jessica Harlow 04/27/2015, 5:44 pm

    I love Tea Tree oil and think I just might have to try this. I just started using all natural, organic deodorant cream and I love it. It is a million times better for my sensitive skin than regular name brands. I bet my own Tea Tree oil deodorant would be great too.

  • Britney 04/27/2015, 8:43 pm

    Wow, how awesome it this! Thanks so much for sharing, I am going to have to try this!

  • Carol Cassara 04/27/2015, 9:06 pm

    I had no idea you could do this with tea tree oil, but I don’t think I’d try.

  • vidya sudarsan 04/28/2015, 1:14 am

    Tea tree has a nice aroma and also has healing powers. I like the way you have made a deodorant at home. I always worry about all the chemicals in the one’s we get off the store shelves.

  • Bismah 04/28/2015, 4:50 am

    Everything I have heard about tea tree oil is all positive. I will soon be getting myself some as I really want to try out many homemade recipes including deodorant.

  • Francis Ramos 04/28/2015, 8:05 am

    I never knew how to make deodorant. I learned something new thanks for the information.

  • Becky (mysparklinglife.com) 04/28/2015, 9:07 am

    I haven’t really used essential oil, I’m not much into the whole natural holistic approach to things..but I’ve heard great things about them!

  • M from The Stay-at-Home Life 04/28/2015, 12:06 pm

    This looks really interesting. I love tea tree oil, so many uses.

  • Angela Saver 05/02/2015, 11:08 pm

    This is awesome! I am getting the ingredients to do this myself. Thanks for sharing!

  • Kathy Hanley 05/03/2015, 9:50 am

    This is pretty interesting and I would love to try it and see if it’s an alternative for me! Using an empty container is also very “green”!

  • Stephanie O'Day 05/03/2015, 10:09 am

    I bet this smells soo good! Would love to try it!

  • Tammy Woodall 06/26/2015, 9:35 pm

    I know that I don’t care for the regular deodorants because most contain aluminum in it. I’m going to have to give this a try.

    • Nirra 06/28/2015, 6:31 pm

      Let me know how it turns out!

  • Robin W 07/04/2015, 9:53 am

    I know that tea tree oil is very beneficial, but didn’t know it could be used to make deodorant. I have Lupus and am finally (better late than never) trying to use as many natural products as possible. They can be costly, but this isn’t. I can see myself trying this. Thanks for sharing!

    • Nirra 07/04/2015, 9:12 pm

      Let me know how it turns out if you try it!

  • craftyone 07/01/2016, 4:31 am

    i diy my own deodorant. one of the recipes i tried used used tea tree oil, which is great

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