DIY Recipe of the Month: Essential Oil Deodorant Spray • The Organic Alcohol Company

Deodorant, for many of us, a necessary evil. Living in a somewhat alternative area, I have seen and heard of every remedy for natural deodorants, from crystals and salts to supplements. Many of those work to varying degrees and most folks would try just about anything to stay away from some of the more traditional chemical-laden formulas you buy at the supermarkets.

This extremely easy formulation using organic alcohol is another to add to your list of remedies to try. Alcohol finely distributes the vinegar and essential oils, evaporating quickly while also using its sanitizing benefits to kill unwanted bacteria that can leave you smelling not so fresh. Is alcohol drying? It can be, and it can also be sore on any freshly shaven or sensitive skin, but in a finely sprayed mist, the effects have so far been pretty dreamy.

I diluted our Organic Grape alcohol down by approximately 50% to get the proof closer to the 95-proof mark. Alcohol can be harsh on the skin but I found this mixture is just enough to dry relatively fast and leave my underarms feeling fresh.

While many essential oils can be used, make sure you test the oil you plan to use first on a patch of delicate skin, like the inside of your wrist.



  • 2 ounce Organic AlcoholI used Organic Grape for it’s fruity scent!
  • 2 ounce Distilled Water
  • 4 teaspoon Distilled White Vinegar
  • 10 to 15 drops Essential OilsI used Rosemary and Lavender
  • Fine-misting Spray Bottle


  1. Add Alcohol and Distilled Water together and shakeThis dilutes your alcohol down to approx. 95-proof
  2. Mix in Vinegar
  3. Drop in Essential OilsMake sure to do a skin-test patch for your essential oils to make sure it does not cause irritation
  4. Shake mixture
  5. Pour into a fine mist spray bottleGlass is preferable
  6. Use 2-3 spritzes per underarm

Note that this may take time for your body to adjust, add or omit essential oils as you like. I give it a shake before use, but alcohol works as a great emulsifier.

Certified organic alcohols – Organic Grape Alcohol, Organic Corn Alcohol, Organic Cane Alcohol, Organic Wheat Alcohol – are used for herbal extracts, natural perfumes, homeopathic medicines, body care products, alcoholic beverages, and more.

Source: DIY Recipe of the Month: Essential Oil Deodorant Spray • The Organic Alcohol Company