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Natural Lavender & Patchouli Deodorant Recipe with Printable Labels

March 23, 2013

Natural DIY Beauty and Skin Care - Vegan Handmade Lavender Patchouli Deodorant Recipe with Printable Labels

Want to make your own homemade natural deodorant for you and your family? Here’s a simple all natural, vegan patchouli deodorant recipe that actually works. Plus, I’ve included a free download for printable deodorant labels you can print and customize.

My natural homemade lavender & patchouli deodorant recipe is made with aluminum free baking soda and certified organic arrowroot powder to help keep you dry while a combination of certified organic lavender essential oil, certified organic tea tree oil and patchouli essential help to combat odor causing bacteria. Ingredients like cocoa butter, shea butter, fractionated coconut oil, jojoba oil and rich vitamin E oil help keep skin feeling smooth and conditioned without feeling greasy. This natural homemade patchouli deodorant recipe has a light natural fragrance that is pleasant, not overbearing.

Natural DIY Beauty and Skin Care - Vegan Handmade Lavender Patchouli Deodorant Recipe with Printable Labels

Natural Lavender & Patchouli Deodorant Recipe

Recipe Yields: 5 – deodorant tubes containing 3.4oz/96g net weight each

© Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen (Printable PDF recipe and labels.)


Digital Kitchen Scale
glass bowl or large glass measuring cup
double boiler or microwave
plastic spoon
Graduated 3ml Plastic Transfer Pipettes
permanent markers
sticker label sheet
5 – 2.25oz. deodorant containers


8 oz. aluminum free baking soda
4 oz. arrowroot powder
3 oz. cocoa butter
2 oz. fractionated coconut oil
.5oz. jojoba oil
.25 oz. shea butter
1/4 tsp. carnauba wax
2 ml lavender essential oil
1.5 ml patchouli essential oil
1 ml vitamin E oil
10 drops tea tree oil


Weigh out the cocoa butter and place into a double boiler or glass container. Measure out 1/4 teaspoon of carnauba wax and add to the cocoa butter. Heat in double boiler or microwave until melted.

Now weigh out the shea butter and stir into the melted cocoa butter and wax until it melt completely.

Next, weigh out the fractionated coconut oil and jojoba oil and stir into the the melted butters and wax.

After that you can go ahead and add the dry ingredients by weighing out the baking soda and arrowroot powder and stirring into the liquified mixture. Mix well.

Using a pipette, you will measure out the lavender, patchouli and vitamin E, using a different pipette for each oil, and then stir into the liquid deodorant mixture.

Finally, using a pipette to contain the oil, add 10 drops of tea tree oil and mix well.

How to make natural handmade deodorant - DIY Lavender Patchouli Deodorant Recipe with printable labels

You can now slowly pour the deodorant into five 2.25oz. white lotion bar tubes or empty deodorant containers. Use the spatula to help get all of the deodorant into the containers if needed. Each container should hold a net weight of 3.4oz. of this product.

Allow your deodorants to cool completely, then cap and label.

To label, simply download and print out the natural deodorant labels onto blank sticker paper. You can customize the look of your labels by using permanent markers to color in the images. I used a combination of BIC Mark-It Colored Permanent Markers in Polynesian Purple, Petal Pink and Cloud Nine Gray to “color” in the lavender flowers by simply dotting the colors in at random locations within the flower bunch.. I then used Pink Flamingo to color the ribbon on the “natural” label and the bow around the flowers. For the stems I used Lime Sorbet. Add more or less color to your liking or simply leave the labels a simple black and white. Now, using sharp scissors, simply cut out the labels and adhere to your deodorant containers.

If you are sensitive to baking soda and it gives you itchy raging red underarm rash, simply substitute the baking soda with magnesium hydroxide powder. It’s just as effective but without the irritation. And it provides your body with extra magnesium as it’s able to be absorbed through your skin!

Like the font I used for my labels? I created this font using my own handwriting! You too can create your own custom fonts easily and quickly. Simply visit My Script Font and download and print the template provided. Fill in the alphabet with the corresponding squares, then scan into your computer and upload the file to MyScriptFont. Name the font, select the format you’d like to use and send the file. You can then save the font to your computer and install to your font program. Since I’m on a mac, my fonts are installed into My Font Book. (It should automatically prompt you once downloaded and opened.)

Also be sure to check out my all natural, handmade cream eye shadow recipe for an alternative to chemical laden cosmetics. For even more great DIY bath and beauty recipes, be sure to follow my boards on Pinterest.


  • Anya

    March 24, 2013 at 3:32 am

    Thanks for the recipe, Rebecca! I keep collecting natural recipes – it’s time to start turning them into actual products. Your blog is such an inspiration.

    Oh thank you for the link to the font website too.

  • Kristele Sun

    March 24, 2013 at 12:00 pm

    Wow! That’s awesome! I should keep this recipe and try it one day! 🙂
    Thanks a lot! 😀

  • Diana – FreeStyleMama

    April 3, 2013 at 4:43 pm

    Cute labels!

  • Juliet

    September 14, 2013 at 8:20 pm

    How do you prevent the deodorant from melting if you want to mail it to a family member?

    1. Rebecca D. Dillon

      September 14, 2013 at 8:49 pm

      Unless it’s super hot out, melting shouldn’t be a huge issue. But you should be fine shipping this in the fall or winter.

  • sally

    December 22, 2013 at 4:03 pm

    Hi there, nice recipe. I’m looking to make this or something very similar. Where do you source your deodorant sticks from. They seem quite expensive from what I’ve seen. Sals

    1. Rebecca D. Dillon

      December 23, 2013 at 9:46 am

      I got these from Wholesale Supplies Plus. They are a lot more in comparison to other types of packaging.

  • Heather

    February 10, 2014 at 6:21 pm

    Awesome tutorial! thank you so much! I am just wondering though mine have been sitting for a couple hours and are still very liquidy. Do they take a really long time to harden or did I do something wrong somehow?? Thanks!

    1. Rebecca D. Dillon

      February 10, 2014 at 6:38 pm

      It can take 24 hours – sometimes a little longer – to harden at room temps depending on the temps in your home. Popping it in the fridge will expedite this.

      1. Heather

        February 10, 2014 at 8:23 pm

        Thanks so much!! I just put them in the fridge now. again thanks for the tutorial 🙂 I’m looking forward to trying a DIY deodorant without clay in it.

  • Erin

    March 18, 2014 at 10:15 am

    I am so excited to make this deodorant but am having a very hard time finding a website where I can buy a small amount of carnauba wax. Any suggestions as to where I can order it from? Is it absolutely necessary to add it in?

    Thanks 🙂

    1. Rebecca D. Dillon

      March 18, 2014 at 5:50 pm

      Mountain Rose Herbs sells it and does not require a minimum order.

  • Kim Dawson

    April 4, 2014 at 8:32 pm

    Hi Rebecca,

    How did you make your labels? I have downloaded the info and done my own script which is fantastic idea. Just curious how you did the labels. I have tried to do something similar on word. Did you draw the scroll and write the word Natural in there? Thanks…Kim

    1. Rebecca D. Dillon

      April 5, 2014 at 11:02 am

      I drew the entire label and scanned it into my computer then imported the image and cleaned up in gimp then imported it into openoffice. I did hand draw the word natural. I then used a font I’d made of my handwriting using http://www.myscriptfont.com – which is free! – and added the text. I then copied and pasted the image on the page multiple times within two columns – I got six a page – and printed onto full size sticker labels.

  • Jennifer

    May 15, 2014 at 4:44 pm

    Can you substitute beeswax for the carnuba wax?

    1. Rebecca D. Dillon

      May 15, 2014 at 7:35 pm

      I use carnuba wax as it’s not sticky like beeswax. You can sub with beeswax but you’ll need to double the amount as it’s a softer wax.

  • Anjelica

    June 17, 2014 at 5:01 pm

    Hi I made your deorderant the way you explained but once I started using it I started getting a rash under my arms. What do u think could be the cause. I’ve used natural deorderant before and his never happened. Any help would be great thanks.

    1. Rebecca D. Dillon

      June 17, 2014 at 5:23 pm

      This is common when switching and for some people more than others as the baking soda can cause a PH imbalance. There’s more on that in an article here and how to rectify it with a simple vinegar spray.

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