So Simple Spray Deodorant!

DIY Spray Deodorant

I went to the gym today.   I haven’t been in years-I usually do Peak 8 on my treadmill at home so going somewhere was a BIG change.  It donned on me before I went that I was going to have to do something about my outrageous B.O.  I quit deodorant a while ago.  I made my own (recipe HERE) but ran out and just never made more.  I’m probably sounding like a crunchy hippy about now, I’m really not, just my pits are.  Let me just be frank-I STINK. All. The. Time.  So this morning I recalled a post on one of my fave blogs, Camp Wander.  She made a spray deodorant using just Witch Hazel and essential oils.  I thought I’d try it and headed off to the gym.  To my surprise I could still smell the essential oils and the body odor was at a bare minimum.  Not only was this so simple to make, Frankincense essential oil is proven to fight cancer.  These days women are getting breast cancer by the handfuls.  It sure makes sense to knock off the aluminum filled commercial deodorants, make your own and add Frankincense to it, right?

DIY Spray Deodorant spray deodorant 1

DIY Spray Deodorant:

1/4 cup witch hazel (find it HERE)

20 drops Frankincense Essential Oil (find it HERE)

20 drops Lavender Essential Oil (find it HERE)

20 drops Lemon Essential Oil (find it HERE)

Mix all ingredients together.  Spray as often as needed!  Heck, make a smaller one and carry it around-I do!  It’s a lifesaver!

See, it’s so easy.  You don’t have much to lose!  Try it out, if it doesn’t work, you can use it as a room spray!

xx, Jenni


DIY Spray Deodorant




  1. Anonymous
    December 29, 2013 / 8:49 am

    Jenni, thank you for sharing this recipe from Camp Wander and also sharing your coupon code for Spark Naturals. I hadn’t heard of Spark Naturals, but will check it out. I’m a bit quirky, but it struck me as quite humorous that one of your “selling points” for this DIY recipe with Frankincense was to get away from using the Aluminum based deodorants since Aluminum is known to contribute to causing Alzheimer’s disease – – – then you used an Aluminum spray bottle as the container?!? Can’t the Aluminum be leached from the container and you end up with the same problem of Aluminum in your DIY deodorant?

    • December 29, 2013 / 2:57 pm

      Ha! You are observant! I don’t believe aluminum is as easily leached like plastic. Of course, the best container to use would be glass. I was so in need of a deodorant right at that moment that I used what I had. Thanks for pointing that out-I hadn’t made the connection-I will fix this post soon! Thanks for reading!!

  2. Ashley
    January 26, 2014 / 6:48 pm

    This is awesome! And just what I’ve been looking for…thanks!

  3. Joyce Maynard
    January 27, 2014 / 8:56 am

    You could add melaleuca essential oil to it also. It will kill the bacteria that causes the odor.

    • January 27, 2014 / 2:00 pm

      Great idea! I have another post on a solid deodorant with melaleuca being the only essential oil I added-it works great! I don’t think you can have too much essential oils when it comes to under arms!! Thanks for the tip!

  4. dina
    January 27, 2014 / 2:58 pm

    how many mls is 2 ounce? I am from Greece and don’t know the equivalent of ounce or oz in mls or grams. What is wich hazel? I can’t find it in my dictionary and I don’t know if we have it here in Greece. I can’t find liquid Castile soap too so I’m considering placing an order at amazon. I really love your blog!!!! you’ve got easy to make recipes.

    • January 27, 2014 / 6:38 pm

      Hi Dina! 2 ounces is almost 60 mL. Witch Hazel is a a liquid that is commonly used for a toner/astringent. It is extracted from the bark and leaves of the witch hazel plant. It helps balance pH in the skin. Thanks for reading my blog! Good luck with your recipes!!

    • Adriana
      April 24, 2016 / 2:26 am

      In Europe, witch hazel is widely known as hammamelis. Hope this helps, although it’s two years later. 🙂

  5. Randy
    May 28, 2014 / 4:16 pm

    I’m curious to know if anyone has used cinnamon bark essential oil in this recipe? I understand it has antibacterial properties, but I wonder how it plays with the other essential oils. Can it irritate the skin like peppermint essential oil does for some people?

    • May 28, 2014 / 5:15 pm

      Randy-I’ve not heard of using cinnamon essential oil-It could irritate the skin, it depends on the person. It is a “hot” oil. I put it in my lip plumping lip balm because it irritates the lips and causes them to swell. Most essential oils are antibacterial like lavender and melaleuca. Thanks for sharing!

      • jesika Helgeson
        September 15, 2018 / 12:42 pm

        I had a random question lol I know this is old and a long shot but I was wondering if you could email me your recipe for your lip plumping lip balm?

        • Jenni
          September 17, 2018 / 8:13 am

          Jessika-It’s still on my blog. You can find it HERE!

  6. Belladonna
    June 2, 2014 / 6:30 am

    Hiya! Thanks for sharing. Happy to have chanced upon this all-natural recipe.
    I’m really interested to know if this recipe stings post shaving?
    Any alternatives on “shaving days”? Anyone?? Much appreciated!

  7. Jette
    January 14, 2015 / 4:55 am

    Hi! This might be a silly question, but I ordered the witch hazel extract and noticed it’s brown of color. I was wondering if this leaves stains? Because that would be a real shame….I’d love to use an all natural homemade deodorant based on my oils! Or is there an alternative, like coconut oil? Thanks, also for sharing this with us! 🙂

    • January 28, 2015 / 10:57 am

      Jette-I feel like I’ve responded to this question so if I have, sorry for the repeat! I’ve never seen witch hazel be anything but clear. I’ve also never heard of witch hazel extract. I have linked what I used in the post, check it and see if it’s different from what you have. I’m also wondering if it’s gone bad?

  8. Melanie
    January 21, 2015 / 9:52 am

    Hi there! Made this spray deodorant and it isn’t working for me. :-(. Planning to detox then try again. Any suggestions on other uses if it doesn’t work so it’s not wasted? TIA

    • January 23, 2015 / 8:48 am

      Melanie-This recipe is a quick fix for me. I like to take it with me in my purse but it doesn’t work as well as THIS recipe. I use this one each morning and it really works well for me. You can use your spray deodorant as a toner if you’d like or do like me and carry it for a “refresher” through out the day!

  9. beesan
    October 3, 2015 / 7:06 pm

    hey jenni! thanks for this! i have a question, can i use rose water or something other than witch hazel (which is impossible to find in brasil). i look forward to hearing from you!


    • October 4, 2015 / 9:18 pm

      Beesan-Hi! Yes, witch hazel works will for stinky underarms but I believe the essential oils will still be effective without it!

  10. Cameron
    January 4, 2016 / 9:03 pm

    Hi. Your spray deodorant recipe is a 5% dilution of essential oils which is way higher than recommends for daily use. 2% dilution or lower are the rates for daily use. Any higher than 2% for daily use runs the risk of sensitization. The standard, recognized dilution chart in aromatherapy is:
    2 drops of EO per tsp (5mL or 1/6oz) of carrier oil. If your recipe was 2% for 2oz carrier, it would contain just 24 drops of essential oils.

    • Tracy
      May 25, 2016 / 5:51 am

      You have pointed out exactly my concern too. I was quite surprised by the quantity of EO added…

  11. Montana
    May 27, 2016 / 10:21 pm

    Some pro tips: Essential oils,mineral oils and high lipid oils(think coconut fat) EAT plastic (tho food frade plastic will take longer to eat through, something like 1 year) fairly quickly, and then dessiminate it onto your body when you spray or use/ingest the oils. Plastic, especially applied to the skin is absorbed into the body, and retained instead of eliminated, so slowly over time it builds up to toxic levels (this takes several years of daily use (think petroleum jelly) or up to decades for occasional use/exposure), we haven’t discovered the way to ‘chelate’ plastic from our bodies like we do with alluminum, mercury and other heavy metals through diet, so, do NOT put the essential oils version of this is a plastic bottle (and if at any time your plastic bottle starts to ‘sweat’ toss it and the contents, the plastic has already been eaten and infused into the contents).

    Glass is really the best bet here, it is non reactive and less likely to burst or spill where you carry it with you, most essential oil bottles have standard caps that you can easily attatch a spray mister to, so its easy to convert an empty glass bottle for use with this spray deordernt! The plastic tube for the spray nozel is somewhat an issue, just replace it ever few months or if you notice it start to ‘sweat’ as well!

    Alternatively don’t use essential or mineral oils in the composition or limit to 1 drop (becareful tea tree and a few other oils will eat through more than just plastic in a matter of hours sometimes!)

    Re: Essential oils are vey powerful emmolients and plastic is made of essentially lipid tissue/mineral oil, meaning it is fat soluable, meaning fatty and similar to the plastic mineral oils will eat through even fairly heavy duty plastic quickly, and ‘thin’ plastic sometimes within hours. Becareful, if it sweats or feels greasy on the outside throw it out! Skin exposure to plastic is the most dangerous as it won’t get eliminated!

    • Jenni
      May 30, 2016 / 8:20 am

      I don’t ever recommend putting recipes like this in a plastic sprayer-Mine pictured is a glass bottle.

  12. Linda
    July 31, 2016 / 9:29 pm

    What kind of spray deodorant recipe would be good for a problem with perspiration , sweating? For a man?

    • Jenni
      August 2, 2016 / 12:36 pm

      Linda-Unfortunately a spray deodorant won’t help with sweating. You need something to either clog the pores or soak up the sweat to help staying dry. I do have a solid deodorant recipe that has arrowroot powder that helps with wetness but if he’s really wet during the day I’m not sure a homemade deodorant will cover it.

  13. September 3, 2016 / 3:11 am

    Love ur stuff!!! Do u think I could use for th eo’s …lavender,peppermint,and lemongrass? Or lavender,lemongrass,sweet orange or even eucalyptus? I’ve never made spray deoderant before so do u have any ideas of how many drops of my eo’s listed above? Thanks

    • Jenni
      September 3, 2016 / 7:28 am

      Christine! Thank you! I love your suggestions minus lemongrass. Lemongrass can burn. It took me a while to discover it, but it’s a hot oil. Ditch the lemongrass and keep lavender and peppermint in my opinion!

  14. Gabby
    October 19, 2016 / 10:41 am

    Is it supposed to turn milky white after you make it? Mine did.

    • Jenni
      October 19, 2016 / 7:51 pm

      Gabby-Yes, mine does every time.

  15. Mariah
    April 20, 2017 / 9:40 am

    Hi! I just found your posts abour homemade deodorant and I’m so excited to try both recipes, for spray & solid! I have one question about the solid recipe. When looking up a recipe to make my own diaper rash cream (I’m expecting baby #2 in June and want to take the all natural route), it suggested using non nano zinc oxide in place of arrow root powder because the arrow root powder might cause yeast? What are your thoughts on that, and on swapping out zinc oxide in the deodorant for the arrow root powder?

    • Jenni
      May 3, 2017 / 10:44 am

      Mariah-I have never heard that about arrowroot powder! I think zinc would work well in a deodorant though. Congrats on baby!!

  16. September 11, 2018 / 5:27 am

    I am going to be the bad guy here. I have a curse. Grammar and misspellings jump out at me whenever I read someone’s blog.
    You said that it ” donned” on you. The correct word is “dawned”.
    I do love your recipe for deodorant though😊

    • Jenni
      September 11, 2018 / 8:08 am

      Rebecca-LOL-Thanks-I’ll change it!!

  17. Gabriela Barraza
    December 12, 2018 / 1:35 pm

    Hi Jenni,
    I’m relatively new on EO, a couple of years, but mostly I used them for the skin. Now I’m doing some research and have found many post on DIY creams, lotions, deodorants. I live in Mexico and used to buy my oils in Paris and there I bought a Frankincense hydrosol, I used it as a toner but found it to make feel dry my very sensitive mature skin, So I left it on the fridge. About a month ago after reading on many EO DYI deodorants, mostly solid ones, and I don’t like the creamy feeling on my under arms. I remembered the hydrosol. Voilá! what a fantastic idea for a spray deo. I poured it on a amber glass bottle with spry, added some drops of Tea Tree and Frankincense and it works incredible well. Odor it’s caused by bacteria and between this 2 EO they practically disappeared. You can add Lavender too.

    • Jenni
      December 18, 2018 / 11:42 am

      Gabriela-Thank you for sharing!! Sounds great!

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