Stinky armpits and smelly feet are uncomfortable and embarrassing.
The everyday solution is to use a commercial product to control odor.
But what if you want to steer clear of chemicals?
Then you need the best essential oils for deodorant.
- How do you use essential oils for deodorant?
- Which essential oils are good at controlling odor?
- doTERRA Arborvitae Essential Oil
- Now Essential Oils, Cinnamon Cassia Oil
- Edens Garden Clary Sage Essential Oil
- Aura Cacia Pure Geranium Essential Oil
- Plant Therapy Eucalyptus Globulus Organic Essential Oil
- Radha Beauty Lavender Essential Oil
- Majestic Pure Lemon Oil
- Fabulous Frannie Lemongrass Essential Oil
- Artizen Lime Essential Oil
- Rocky Mountain Oils Oregano Essential Oil
- Plant Therapy Rosemary Organic Essential Oil
- Edens Garden Sweet Orange Essential Oil
- NOW Essential Oils, Tea Tree Oil
- Plant Therapy Thyme Linalool Essential Oil
- NOW Essential Oils: Tea Tree, Eucalyptus, Lavender
- Plant Therapy Deodorizing Synergy Essential Oil Blend
- Thayers Alcohol-free Unscented Witch Hazel Toner
- Refillable Glass Roll-On Deodorant Bottles
- EO Deodorant Cream Lavender
- AromaGuard Mountain Mint Deodorant by Young Living Essential Oils
- Sandalwood Magnesium Deodorant
- Recipe to make essential oil deodorant
How do you use essential oils for deodorant?
You have options when it comes to using essential oils to reduce odor.
It’s the kind of flexibility you might not have when shopping for deodorant at the store.
The stink comes from bacteria on your skin (1).
Therefore, you need oils that are naturally antibacterial.
The wide variety means that you can customize how your deodorant smells according to your preference.
Then, you can blend them with other oils that are good for the skin.
Later in the article, I’ll provide a recipe for making DIY deodorant with essential oils.
If you want to keep it simple, you can simply choose one oil, dilute it with a carrier oil, and massage it into your underarms or your feet.
Of course, you have to understand that the essential oils won’t stop you from sweating. And you’ll probably have to renew them throughout the day (4).
Which essential oils are good at controlling odor?
Some of the essential oils with the strongest antimicrobial activity are:
- Cinnamon Cassia
- Clary sage
- Melaleuca, also known as tea tree oil
- Sweet Orange
In the reviews today, I left out clove and substituted geranium.
That’s because clove is very potent and not the best choice to use on the skin. Meanwhile, geranium is excellent for skin care. It also blends well with many other oils.
FYI: Some aromatherapists may recommend bergamot, cypress, and peppermint, too. Feel free to include those in your homemade deodorant.
Now, let’s review essential oils for armpits!
doTERRA Arborvitae Essential Oil
Arborvitae is also known as Thuja. It comes from a tree that grows in the Northwest of North America.
In fact, doTERRA obtains their arborvitae from Canada.
It blends well with other woodsy scents like cedarwood and frankincense.
You might’ve also seen it as an ingredient in a natural insect repellent.
If you’d like to make deodorant with a masculine scent, this is a good place to start.
Now Essential Oils, Cinnamon Cassia Oil
There are two types of cinnamon oil. One is Ceylon cinnamon, and the other is Cassia. It’s also sometimes called Chinese cinnamon. It has a sweeter smell.
You can further divide these two types into bark oil and leaf oil.
When you apply cinnamon oil to your skin, you want leaf oil, as it’s less likely to cause irritation.
Moreover, you can put yourself in the holiday mood with your deodorant. Mix cinnamon with myrrh and frankincense to make a powerful anti-odor blend.
NOW is one of my favorite essential oil manufacturers. They have reasonable prices, and they test extensively to ensure purity and quality.
Edens Garden Clary Sage Essential Oil
Clary sage has a stress-relieving scent. It’s also beneficial to oily skin as it’s a natural astringent.
Edens Garden is one of the top non-multi-level-marketing essential oil companies. They sell directly to the public.
They also provide test results on each batch so that you can verify the purity of the oils yourself. They don’t add any fillers or adulterants.
If you have any questions about their products, they have certified aromatherapists available.
Aura Cacia Pure Geranium Essential Oil
Here is that geranium oil I mentioned earlier.
It’s sweet and floral and soothing to the soul.
If you decide not to use it on your armpits, it makes a first-rate anti-aging moisturizer for your face.
It’s also certified organic from a company that supports women in business.
Plant Therapy Eucalyptus Globulus Organic Essential Oil
Eucalyptus isn’t just useful for treating your cold.
It’s also helpful for making your armpits and feet smell better.
Plus, it’s naturally healing to the mind and the body.
Plant Therapy is one of the best essential oil brands. They have an extensive collection of oils, some of which are hard to find. Yet their prices are sensible.
I also love that they sell certified organic oils.
If you go to their site and input the batch code on the bottle, you’ll see the test results for free.
Finally, they are associated with aromatherapy expert Robert Tisserand who performs organoleptic testing for them.
Radha Beauty Lavender Essential Oil
Ah, lavender oil…What would we do without it?
It helps us sleep better, and it soothes our scrapes and bruises.
But this all-around useful oil also makes a mean deodorant.
You probably have a bottle on hand right now, so go try it. Make a 1% mixture with your favorite carrier oil. (This is equivalent to three drops of essential oil in two teaspoons of carrier oil.)
Wash your pits, then massage it in.
Don’t expect the same performance that you’d get out of Secret or Degree. But check back every so often to see how it smells.
In the meantime, Radha Beauty makes it easy for you to experiment with lavender oil as they include a dropper with the bottle.
Majestic Pure Lemon Oil
You’ve used lemon oil to clean your house. Now use it to sanitize your armpits and freshen up your feet.
Just please keep your armpits and feet out of the sun afterward. That’s because citrus oils will make you more likely to sunburn.
Majestic Pure sells this 4-ounce extra-large bottle of cold-pressed lemon oil. It comes with a glass dropper.
Fabulous Frannie Lemongrass Essential Oil
Lemongrass is a natural bug repellent, and it’s also antibacterial. Therefore, it can protect you in two ways.
It also has a milder fragrance than plain old lemon or lime.
Blend it with lavender, rosemary, thyme, or cedarwood for a distinctive perfume all your own.
You can also eliminate stinky feet with lemongrass and tea tree oil. This mixture treats athlete’s foot, too.
Fabulous Frannie bottles lemongrass in amber glass with a euro dropper cap. It’s steam-distilled from the Cymbopogon flexuous plant.
Artizen Lime Essential Oil
This cold-pressed lime oil comes in a four-ounce bottle.
Artizen offers a lifetime warranty and guarantee on it. If you’re not happy with it, you can get a refund.
If you’re not a fan of lemon, try lime instead. It goes well with lavender, clary sage, and rosemary.
Rocky Mountain Oils Oregano Essential Oil
Spicy oregano is good for cleaning the house. But it’s also fun to use in deodorant.
Whichever way you use it, it sanitizes surfaces.
Be sure to dilute it properly before you apply it to the skin.
Rocky Mountain Oils doesn’t manufacture it, but they verify its purity with gas chromatography and mass spectrometry.
Plant Therapy Rosemary Organic Essential Oil
Rosemary can help you regrow hair, which means that you might feel dubious about using it in your armpits. After all, do you really need more hair there?
On the other hand, rosemary boosts concentration and relieves congested breathing. It’s healing, and it’s naturally antimicrobial.
If you’ve got a tough day ahead, make a rosemary and lemon deodorant give you the confidence you need.
It also smells great with eucalyptus, pink grapefruit, lavender, lime, lemon, sweet marjoram, black pepper, peppermint, and pine.
Edens Garden Sweet Orange Essential Oil
There are different types of orange oil. Sweet orange is the classic scent you get when you peel the fruit.
In the morning, open your eyes to the possibilities when you apply deodorant made with orange oil.
And it’s never a waste to invest in this one as you can use it for cleaning the house, too.
NOW Essential Oils, Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil is also known as melaleuca. It comes from the tree that grows Down Under in Australia.
It’s antifungal and antibacterial, which makes it a superior choice for homemade deodorant.
What’s more, you can use it on your feet and your armpits.
Please remember to dilute this oil and never ingest it.
If you have sensitive skin, please test it on a small area like your elbow or the back of your knee. Wait a day or two to see how your body reacts.
Plant Therapy Thyme Linalool Essential Oil
Thyme’s active component is linalool. This is an ingredient you may have noticed on commercial deodorant labels.
There are two types of thyme: this one, which is sweet thyme, and thyme thymol. I consider the latter extra potent and risky to use on the skin.
Sweet thyme is gentle enough to use on your face as a toner or cleanser.
NOW Essential Oils: Tea Tree, Eucalyptus, Lavender
After all the holiday shopping, you’re probably on a budget. In that case, save some cash with this pack of essential oils.
It includes three of the best and least expensive ingredients for DIY deodorant.
Each bottle contains 1 ounce of oil.
Plant Therapy Deodorizing Synergy Essential Oil Blend
If you’re feeling a little gun shy about making your own deodorant, start here.
Plant Therapy researched to figure out what works best with regards to scent and effectiveness.
They included lemon, coriander, patchouli, palmarosa, pink grapefruit, bergamot, cypress, and tea tree oils.
All of the oils are pure and undiluted.
The company explains how to make a deodorant spray with essential oils.
They say to add 2 mL of this blend to 1 ounce of aloe vera gel and 3 ounces of witch hazel. Mix well in a spray bottle, then spritz your skin. This works for both your feet and underarms.
Thayers Alcohol-free Unscented Witch Hazel Toner
Here’s the perfect base for DIY deodorant. It has no fragrance of its own. It’s also free of parabens and artificial preservatives.
It’s simply organic witch hazel, glycerin, and aloe vera. There’s also a little citric acid and grapefruit seed extract to keep it from going bad.
Thankfully, it’s surprisingly moisturizing, even if you have dry skin.
Refillable Glass Roll-On Deodorant Bottles
When you make an essential oil deodorant roll-on, here’s the ideal bottle to put it in. It comes in a four-pack.
Each container has a twist cap and holds just under 1.7 ounces. They come with stickers to make labels.
EO Deodorant Cream Lavender
I couldn’t resist showing you some of the natural deodorants available.
Here’s one that contains lavender and orange essential oils. The oils are in a base of cassava root, baking soda, and cocoa butter.
Happily, there are no parabens, but phthalates, artificial fragrances, or even propylene glycol.
AromaGuard Mountain Mint Deodorant by Young Living Essential Oils
Here’s another natural deodorant from a brand you’ll recognize.
It doesn’t have aluminum salts or propylene glycol in it. Instead, it has coconut oil, beeswax, and zinc oxide to make it naturally absorbent and moisturizing.
It features clove, lemon, peppermint, rosemary, eucalyptus, and white fir oils.
Sandalwood Magnesium Deodorant
Here’s another alternative to deodorants with aluminum. It’s made with magnesium oxide instead.
It also has sweet almond oil, beeswax, and essential oils. There’s no baking soda, so it’s not gritty.
Recipe to make essential oil deodorant
As promised, here is an idea to get you started.
If you’re nervous about switching from a trusted brand to a natural solution, take it slow.
Try out your new recipe at night. Or make the switch on a weekend, so your body has a couple of days to adjust.
Then, carry your new deodorant with you just in case you need a touch-up.
Essential oil spray deodorant
You’ll need two ounces of witch hazel (and optionally a tablespoon of rubbing alcohol).
Add five drops each of lavender, clary sage, and geranium. (You can substitute cypress if this is for a guy.)
Finally, create a custom fragrance by adding fifteen drops of your preferred oil like frankincense or sandalwood.
Put the mixture in a spray bottle and shake it well before applying it.
Today’s modern deodorant wouldn’t exist if people didn’t discover natural deodorants in the past.
It’s no surprise that you can use essential oils in your underarms and on your feet to smell better.
Share with us which essential oils you like to use for deodorant.
Tell us about your favorite recipes in the comments below.
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2. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1693916/ by Seenivasan Prabuseenivasan, et al., published November 30, 2006, accessed December 23, 2019
3. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/31847159by Kozics K, et al., published December 3, 2019, accessed December 23, 2019
4. https://www.leaf.tv/5902168/can-you-use-essential-oils-instead-of-deodorant/ by Caryn Anderson, accessed December 23, 2019