My New, Simpler Version of Essential Oils Deodorant for Men

Essential Oils Deodorant for Men

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A while back, Mr. Native Texan made the switch from his mainstream deodorant (bleh) to this completely non-toxic deodorant made by yours truly with essential oils (of course).

Well.  I was thrilled about the switch, but not so thrilled every time he needed a refill which required me to drag out approximately 73 bottles of oil to whip up a new batch of deodorant. I’d had a feeling that would happen, which is why I’d been a bit resistant to trying that recipe in the first place.

Finally, I took matters into my own hands and experimented with simpler combinations of oils.

The experimentation went like this:

Me, holding several open bottles of oil up to his nose: What about this?  [Switch out bottles, repeat.]

It was not unlike an eye exam: “This one, or this one?  Now, this one, or this one?”

Anyway, we finally settled on the following combination.  We both love the scent, and it’s effective at combating odor.  Plus, now I need only four bottles of oil to refill his deodorant, as opposed to the loooooong list of oils from the previous recipe.


Essential Oils Deodorant for Men | Yankee Homestead
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Essential Oils Deodorant for Men, Simplified

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Ingredients & Supplies

  • 20 drops Cedarwood
  • 20 drops Patchouli
  • 25-30 drops Bergamot
  • 5 drops Frankincense
  • Fractionated Coconut Oil
  • Water
  • 2 oz. glass spray bottle


  1. Add essential oils to glass spray bottle.
  2. Fill bottle about 1/3 of the way with FCO.
  3. Fill the rest of the bottle with water.
  4. Insert spray top.
  5. Shake well.  (Shake well before each use.)

Is the guy you love using a natural deodorant?  Why not give essential oils a try?  

UPDATE: Check out this quick video to get the scoop on our current favorite natural deodorants:

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  1. Kathy on 10/14/2014 at 1:35 pm

    We’ve been using a solid recipe which includes arrowroot but sometimes there is a little itchiness…I would like to try this but am wondering if this dries quickly? I’m thinking of my husband getting ready for work in a speedy manner. 🙂 Thanks!!

    • Kathleen on 10/15/2014 at 12:06 am

      Kathy–It does take a few minutes to absorb. Both of us find it helpful to apply the deodorant, and then do a few other necessary tasks before putting on a shirt. Hope that helps! 🙂

  2. Kathy on 10/15/2014 at 12:25 am

    sure does, thanks!

  3. Marilyn on 10/16/2014 at 9:36 pm

    Have you developed a version for women?

  4. Annie on 03/06/2015 at 6:24 am

    Can you use sandalwood instead of Cedarwood? Thanks!

    • Kathleen on 03/06/2015 at 11:53 am

      Sure, Annie–Feel free to experiment! 🙂

      • Annie on 03/06/2015 at 3:56 pm


  5. Chrissy Johnson on 03/06/2015 at 7:28 pm

    Why did you add the water and not just finish with the FCO?

    • Kathleen on 03/06/2015 at 8:12 pm

      No huge reason, Chrissy. You could use all FCO instead of water. It just seemed less oily this way, and a bit cheaper. 🙂

  6. Taylor Inman on 04/17/2015 at 6:25 am

    Hey Kathleen, I just wanted to tell you how much I love your blog and also this recipe! I wrote about this deodorant in my blog:
    I gave you a shout out in the blog for creating this great deodorant. Hope that’s ok! Taylor

    • Kathleen on 04/17/2015 at 6:40 pm

      Of course, Taylor! I always wanted to be famous for creating a super deodorant recipe… 😉 Thanks for sharing it, and for following along at Yankee Homestead! 🙂

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  8. Abbie Overbey on 05/25/2015 at 5:10 pm

    I’ve seen other DIY deodorants that use witch hazel as a sort of antiperspirant. Do you think that adding witch hazel to what you have here would compromise your formula?

    • Kathleen on 05/26/2015 at 12:41 am

      Abbie–I’m not an expert on witch hazel, but I don’t think it would hurt to use it in this recipe.

  9. Ken on 08/08/2015 at 9:47 pm

    I can’t seem to find the original recipe. Would you mind posting it again? Thanks!

    • Kathleen on 08/21/2015 at 11:50 pm

      Hi Ken, That recipe is currently under revision due to a new policy with the essential oil brand I use. I’ll contact you directly with the specifics. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by!

  10. Teresa on 10/03/2016 at 1:39 pm

    i really need to make this for a certain young man in my house! I have all the oils except Patchouli…any recommendations?

    • Kathleen on 10/03/2016 at 7:36 pm

      Hmmm, maybe Coriander, Vetiver, Lemon or Arborvitae…

  11. Ruben on 07/20/2023 at 2:16 pm

    Thanks for this. I used this combination, but with 70% rubbing alcohol as the base rather than FCO/water. Works great, but with alcohol instead of FCO/water, I needed to reduce the concentration a lot. I ended up cutting the mixture in half, twice, to get it to the desired strength (or in other words, in the future I’ll be using about 10 drops essential oils total per 2 oz of alcohol). I also added a small amount of tea tree oil and rosemary to soften it up a bit.

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