Natural, homemade deodorant with tea tree essential oil

For nearly a year now I have been using my own homemade deodorant, albeit not with much enjoyment. You see, although it works well in preventing underarm odor, it lacks the oomph of a nice scent. I know essential oils would do the trick.

And so it came to pass that when began offering their line of essential oils, I decided to sample one — tea tree oil — just so my homemade deodorant would sport a clean, cool and crisp scent. Was I glad I did, for now my homemade deodorant not only smells like the chilly, crisp air of a tropical forest (that’s how I find the scent of tea tree essential oil), but it also works better at repelling odor by virtue of the natural antiseptic activity of tea tree.

This officially marks my baptism into the world of essential oils and I am so excited to concoct other toiletry and household cleaning recipes out of yet other plant oils. I will blog about essential oils soon but for now let me show you how I made my homemade tea tree deodorant.

If you’ve read my blog post on the all-natural deodorant I made a year ago, you will find that this is basically the same recipe save for the addition of tea tree oil.

Homemade Tea Tree Deodorant
  • 1 ½ tablespoon of corn starch
  • 1 ½ tablespoon of baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon of VCO
  • 10 drops of tea tree essential oil

Things you’ll need:
  • small glass jar
  • teaspoon

  1. Put in the baking soda and corn starch into the glass jar. Mix well and make a well in the middle.
  2. Pour the VCO into the well and blend well until the mixture is smooth and homogeneous.
  3. Add in 5 drops of tea tree essential oil. Stir once more until well-blended.
  4. To use, scoop a pea-sized amount (I use a wooden stick) onto your index finger and apply on each underarm.

There are only 4 ingredients:
  • Corn starch is food. Need I say more?
  • Baking soda is a common baking ingredient and a food-grade deodorizing agent that has many uses, read up on it here.
  • VCO has antimicrobial properties and has amazing moisturizing and nourishing properties. Read up on VCO here and here.
  • Tea tree oil is the oil distilled from the leaves of tea tree — a natural antiseptic. A 30 ml-bottle may be a little pricey but a few drops here and there go a long way. 

In the next few weeks I will be posting the recipes of homemade cleaners and sanitizers that I have been making out of this bottle of tea tree oil and mind you, I have not used up the bottle as yet! And unlike chlorine and other household bleaches, plant oils are not harmful to health and kill only bad bacteria and not the good ones.

My husband raves about this deodorant, as does my daughter. Not only are our underarms odor-free, they’re naturally scented as well. Even the clothes we take off at the end of the day still smell faintly of tea tree. Mind you, there are no aluminums, parabens, SLS and artificial fragrances here, only all-natural ingredients that are food-grade, nourishing and protective.

I really hope you will try making this deodorant. If you do, please share your experience. I love to see a tribe of DIYers, organic-lovers and natural living individuals in the Philippines — and beyond!

Disclaimer: I am neither paid nor compensated for by Human Nature to endorse their tea tree oil. I just trust this brand and love this oil. If you want to buy this oil, go to — again, I hope this is an affiliate link but it’s not.

5 thoughts on “Natural, homemade deodorant with tea tree essential oil

  1. Yes, Carol. I have read about the skin-darkening effect of pure baking soda. My deodorant recipe, however, as you can see, is made up not only of baking soda as it also has cornstarch, VCO and tea tree oil. You may want to tweak the recipe by reducing the proportion of baking soda, in case you are quite sensitive to it.

    1. I am so sorry. Some people do react with baking soda. Try making it without baking soda and use tea tree oil instead.

  2. I’m sorry to hear that Pam. Try using less baking soda as it is somewhat allergenic. Make a little batch for trial.

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