DIY Charcoal Deodorant Recipe

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I am no greenhorn to the natural skin care market. During the course of my first pregnancy, I started choosing a more natural and wholesome lifestyle. Subsequently, I became a compulsive label reader. Moreover, I prefer organic and natural products whenever I have a choice, although I am not fanatical about it (in truth, some would probably say I am).

Neither am I a novice to the “DIY-skincare-product-scene.” I am been mildly successful in this arena. Some of my DIY concoctions were great and others were disastrous.


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Natural Deodorants

When it comes to deodorants, I have used various natural brands for decades. While I do not plan on no longer favoring natural options, I can’t say I have been 100% satisfied with natural deodorants

Most natural options work well enough — in the winter.

During the summer months, it’s another story. I live in the Southwest where summer temperatures are consistently over 100 degrees for months. The daytime temperature in my home hovers around 78 degrees with the AC on. At the end of my (almost) daily walk, I usually am quite fragrant. Most deodorants can’t keep up with my activity level when combined with the heat.

Shark Tank

Last year, while watching a season of Shark Tank with my daughter. I saw a demonstration for a natural charcoal deodorant. I was intrigued.

When May arrived in all of its hot glory, I decided to take the plunge and buy some of this deodorant for me and my daughter. I personally found the 12 dollar price point (per deodorant) quite pricey. Add shipping to the mix and this isn’t really a price I was willing to pay for pit paste. Up to this point, the most expensive deodorant I had bought was under 5 bucks (which I found expensive) and more commonly around 3.

The deodorant arrived and while it seemed to work well, it wasn’t so awesome that I would want to spend 12 plus dollars again. Certainly, I could find another solution.


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I don’t really know when the idea to play chemist entered my mind. Nevertheless, since I already had activated charcoal on hand, I decided to play with various ingredients and give the idea of creating a DIY charcoal deodorant recipe a whirl.

The first batch was not successful. I used way too much powdered activated charcoal. Batch number one turned my pits gray-black. Note to self, go easy on the charcoal.

The second batch was drier than I wanted although this version ended up becoming my favorite. I could easily grab some deodorant powder, smear it in my pits, brush off the excess, and stay fresh all day.

The third batch had a wetter consistency. Nevertheless, as I mentioned above, I ended up liking the texture of my second version better. The powdery texture was perfect.

The pros of making my own DIY Charcoal Deodorant 

  • It works
  • It’s cheap
  • It does not turn my pits black
  • I can add my own essential oils and control the quality of said oils
  • One batch lasts a LONG time
  • My teenage daughter loves it

The cons of making my own DIY Charcoal Deodorant 

  • It is not a stick deodorant
  • It can be messy. For this reason, I usually apply it in the shower



DIY Charcoal Deodorant: Supplies

Supplies needed:


Essential oils:

I have used Young Living essential oils for well over a decade. Another brand which I like is Hopewell Oils.


These are the oils I have used:

  • Geranium – smells great
  • Northern light blue spruce
  • Spearmint – for its cooling effect
  • Tea Tree


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Making DIY Charcoal Deodorant

Making the deodorant is rather easy and simple.

Place the activated charcoal and arrowroot into a bowl.

Make a well in the center.

Add the magnesium oil, witch hazel, and coconut oil.

Mix with a hand mixer until I have a thick paste.

Add essential oils (if using)  and mix again.

Add the baking soda and again, mix to combine.

Pour your deodorant into clean jars.

That’s it.


DIY Charcoal Deodorant Recipe
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DIY Charcoal Deodorant Recipe



  1. Making the deodorant is rather easy and simple.
  2. Place the activated charcoal and arrowroot into a bowl.
  3. Make a well in the center.
  4. Add the magnesium oil, witch hazel, and coconut oil.
  5. Mix with a hand mixer until I have a thick paste.
  6. Add essential oils (if using)  and mix again.
  7. Add the baking soda and again, mix to combine.
  8. Pour your deodorant into clean jars.

7 Responses

  1. Deborah

    Thank you for this recipe. I have used baking soda for deodorant for years.

    • Florence

      My pleasure Deborah! Have a great day and thank YOU for visiting and taking the time to write a comment.

  2. erin

    Maybe I missed it in the article but how do you apply it? Does it stain your clothes?

    • Florence

      Hi Erin,

      I just apply with my fingers and no this deodorant has not stained my clothes. It may stain white clothes I am not sure. It is a good question as charcoal does stain. The amount in the recipe is pretty small. Blessings.

  3. Melody Zimmerman

    Nice article with great recipe, Charcoal helps to absorb sweat and other impurities.It is known to help clear out pores by taking out impurities and removing excess oil. Almost every skin type can make use of the natural charcoal deodorant. Charcoal helps to absorb toxins from body and tighten pores, it also absorbs odor and wetness in the underarms, the natural charcoal deodorant works just like regular deodorants, it does even more to the skin and is an excellent antiperspirant.

  4. Jan

    Hi! What a great recipe! Can i ask what magnesium oil is for? And how long is the shelf life?

    • Florence

      Hi Jan,

      Thank you for the kudos. There is only one reason which I can remember, the best way to get magnesium is through the skin and most of us are deficient.

      Blessings, and I am grateful you took the time to comment!


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