DIY Dupe: Moisturising Deodorant

July 09, 2014

You may know that I own and use the Soapwalla deodorant. This is a difficult one for me, I do like it and it works really well but here in the UK it costs £14 for a small pot (56.5g) and I just don't know if I can bring myself to buy it again.

So I thought, let's try and make my own DIY version! So, as part of my DIY Dupe series I am making my own moisturising cream deodorant with a lot of the great ingredients in the Soapwalla deo without the high price tag.

If you want you can watch my video on this. 

So, when it comes to the Soapwalla Deodorant, you can't deny that the ingredients are great:

Simmondsia chinensis (Jojoba) Oil*; Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Oil*; Rosehip Seed Oil*; Butyrospermun parkii (Shea) Butter; Corn Starch*+; Sodium Bicarbonate+; Kaolin Clay; Vegan Kosher Glycerin*+; a custom blend of essential oils, including: Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender)*; Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree)*; Citrus Sinensis (Sweet Orange); Mentha Piperita (Peppermint)*; Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergaptene-free Bergamot)*; Non-GMO Soy lecithin*+; Non-GMO Vitamin E*+.
 (*: certified organic, +: food-grade)

A lot of them are organic and it is blended really well... but I have a DIY version that I think works brilliantly and costs less! If you're not one for a DIY and have a bit of cash to splash then you might want to try the original, you can buy it here.

Which ingredients & why:

First off, I don't have any jojoba oil to hand so I used grapeseed instead as it is lightweight and non greasy. If you don't have either of those to hand then I think sweet almond would be fine and coconut oil could work at a push (but remember it normally sets at room temperature here in the UK so that will change the consistency of the deo)

The essential oils are not only lovely smelling they also work to kill bacteria - both preventing and covering odour. 

The shea butter and the carrier oils will moisturise and protect your underarm skin, whilst also helping kill bacteria too.

The clay will absorb some moisture, helping to keep you a little bit drier. Remember we are not trying to stop you sweating as that would be unnatural!

Bicarbonate of soda will help inhibit bacteria growth and stop wetness too, some people are quite sensitive to this ingredient so please be careful. Also, try to find a brand that doesn't contain aluminium if that is something that you are worried about/try to avoid. I think this is easier to get hold of in the US than it is in the UK. I have found some on Amazon but you have to buy in large quantities. Here's a link to what I use.

What you need: (for one small pot)

1 Tablespoon Shea Butter

1 Tablespoon Bicarbonate of Soda
1 Tablespoon Kaolin Clay
1 Tablespoon Glycerine
1 Tablespoon Grapeseed Oil/Jojoba Oil
1/4 Tablespoon Sunflower Oil
1/4 Tablespoon Rosehip Oil

Tiny bit (few drops) Vitamin E (optional - natural preservative)

Optional and interchangeable scents, approx:

Lavender Essential Oil

Bergamot Oil
Sweet Orange Oil 
Tea Tree

Keep in mind your own skin and tastes - I do not have very sensitive skin and I'm not keen on lavender so I went quite heavy with the other oils but only 1 drop of lavender. If you are sensitive you may want to consider only tea tree (antibacterial) or even none at all. 

The method:

Mix the dry ingredients together in one container

Mix the oils and glycerine together in the (final product) container
Gently melt the Shea Butter in a double boiler
Add the melted Shea butter to the carrier oils and glycerine. 
Slowly stir in the dry ingredients
Add the essential oils
Stir well
Leave to cool

If the mixture separates (which can happen in the heat) make sure you mix it well before using it so that you are using all of the ingredients each time.

If you find the mixture to runny (especially in summer) then add some more dry ingredients to the mixture - but be careful, too much will make the deodorant powdery and it will sit on the skin instead of absorbing nicely.

Have fun making and using this deodorant, I find it really effective and nice to use. Let me know how you get on with it or if you use anything similar.


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All opinions are honest and my own, any suggestions made are based on my own experiences and are meant as a guide. Please always take care when making any DIY products and patch test to rule out an adverse reaction.


  1. Loved this post! I'm interested in making my own deo so will probably try this recipe x

  2. cool let me know how it goes :-)

  3. Wow, what a fabulous DIY! Pinning this.x

  4. I always see and lust after this deodorant after spending a little too much time on Etsy, but I've never purchased it. Maybe I'll give your diy deodorant a try instead to see if I like it!

  5. I've been meaning to do my own deodorant for so long now and I really don't know what's stopping me! Thanks for sharing and reminding me that I need to do one! :) xx

  6. you're very welcome, hope you enjoy it if/when you make it! :-) xx

  7. oooh the Jason one sounds interesting, I'm always looking for new ones to try!! ha ha! Which exact one do you use? xx

  8. Hey, this is the one I love it because the texture is almost identical to the Dove/Sure roll ons I used to use it's moisturising :D xx


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