DIY Natural Spray Deodorant (That Actually Works!)

homemade natural spray deodorant recipe

This homemade natural spray-on deodorant:

  • Won’t stain clothes
  • Contains NO baking soda
  • Causes no itch or redness

And really works!

My go-to homemade natural deodorant recipe is a few years old now, but it’s one I still use today. However, some people don’t react well to the baking soda, and were asking for another option.

For some people, baking soda gives them an itchy, red rash when used on their underarms. The reason it’s widely used in natural deodorants is due to its fantastic ability to absorb odours, but some people just aren’t able to tolerate it, which is totally fine, because there are so many other alternatives out there!

Now, one common complaint with oil-based recipes is that they can stain clothing if you don’t wait for it to dry before getting dressed. This isn’t very practical, especially for that early morning rush to work. So, I went looking for a quick-dry alternative that wasn’t oil based, didn’t contain baking soda and actually worked!

*Enter these two spray-on deodorant recipes.*

What’s used instead of oil in this recipe? The secret ingredient is…. magnesium oil!!

Fun fact: magnesium oil doesn’t contain any actual oil, so won’t leave stains. It can be incredibly effective at preventing underarm odour, plus you get a nice healthy boost of magnesium along with it.

You can choose to make magnesium oil yourself, or buy a ready-made version.

Before we get started in learning how to make these all-natural spray deodorants – if you like what you’re seeing, subscribe to my email newsletter at the bottom of the page to keep up to date on the latest recipes, DIYs, gardening and health tips I share!!

DIY Magnesium Oil & Witch Hazel Spray Deodorant

If you’re switching from a conventional deodorant to a natural deodorant, an armpit detox can help with the transition period, especially if you find you’re sweating a lot more and have more odour. When it comes to essential oils, you don’t have to use a combination of oils, tea tree oil can work just fine.


To make:

  1. Make magnesium oil if using homemade magnesium oil.
  2. Pour all ingredients into glass spray bottle and shake well.

To use:

  1. Shake well before each use. Give each underarm 2-3 spritzes and let them air dry. Apply again after exercising or heavy exertion, if desired.

A stinging/tingling sensation can sometimes occur if used right after shaving or if you are low in magnesium. This should subside after a few days use.

Now, for some this magnesium oil deodorant spray is not enough. So, for those who find it ineffective, here’s another much stronger natural deodorant spray using ethanol alcohol (like vodka, gin, etc). Do NOT use isopropyl (rubbing) alcohol because it can be toxic when used for long periods of time, and it also has a very strong smell that would overpower the essential oils used.

DIY Alcohol-Based Spray Deodorant

You can adjust this recipe to suit your desired odour protection needs. Lower proof alcohol = lighter coverage, while higher proof alcohol = more odour protection.

Here is a quick guide for specific protection:

  • 70-90 proof = light coverage
  • 90-120 proof = medium coverage
  • 120+ proof = strong coverage


To make:

  1. Combine all the ingredients in glass spray bottle and shake well. Use within 2-3 months.

To use:

  1. Shake well before each use. Give each underarm 2-3 spritzes and let them air dry. Apply again after exercising or heavy exertion, if desired.

DIY natural deodorant spray tutorial

As always, this is not personal medical advice and we recommend that you talk with your doctor before trying or using any new products. I am not a doctor. All opinions expressed are my own personal thoughts and feelings of the products mentioned. Check with your doctor or health practitioner if you are uncertain about trying out any of the products, recipes or tips mentioned in this post.

Have you used a natural deodorant before? Have you made your own in the past? Share in the comments below.

Lots of love,

🖤 Vanessa


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