Tallow Deodorant {Wellness Wednesdays}

tallow deodorant www.anourishedappetite.com

I have been talking about making a tallow deodorant since I tried FatCo Stank Stop.  If you are looking to get rid of the chemical shit storm that is your typical antiperspirants/deodorant their stuff is legit.  I also really like Primally Pure and typically switch back and forth between the two depending what I have on hand.  Know that neither of those products are antiperspirants, and in fact the term antiperspirant is a total misnomer!  They don’t even stop you from sweating. They just clog up your sweat glands with aluminum to minimize the down pour!   So if the aluminum doesn’t freak you out, the fact that it isn’t actually doing what it claims to do should.

tallow deodorant www.anourishedappetite.com

I decided to finally go ahead and make my own tallow based deodorant I was brewing up a batch of my Lavender Tallow Lotion and realized I only had a few tablespoons left of my tallow. (Note to self, order more!) I thought, hey lets create our own tallow deodorant recipe and see what happens.  Do you want to know what happened? Fucking magic, that’s what!  The reason I say this is because I have tried a number of homemade deodorant recipes and ALL of them wrecked my armpits or left me smelling like a high school boy’s locker room.  Ok not as foul as a locker room, but they didn’t work well.  Stinky with irritated pits is not a place I like to dwell.  I truly believe the magic ingredient is the tallow.  Tallow is a nutrient-dense fat loaded with fat soluble vitamins A, D, E and K, and conjugated linoleic acid (CLA), which has been shown to have anti-inflammatory effects.  It is also easily absorbed due to the likeness of our cell membrane’s fatty acid profile and the fatty acid profile of the tallow. This deodorant is soothing and nourishing for your skin!

tallow deodorant www.anourishedappetite.com

So back to talking about how awesome this stuff is.  I wore it all day, after a fresh shave which would typically gets my pits in an uproar when I used other homemade deodorant recipes.  Alas, no red, irritated pits!  They remained smooth and calm. I also walk like a nomad most of the day at work to prevent myself from injuring a co-worker.  This week there was an absolutely miserable San Diego heat wave that has us all wishing for cooler pastures. While I still sweat, because that’s okay and actually good for you, I didn’t once stink or question my deodorant choice.   I actually continued to smell nice, even at the end of the day when I was lying in bed sweating because my apartment was sweltering due to this damn heat wave!  90 degrees at 8 o’clock.  C’mon San Diego, this isn’t the real you!

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Tallow Deodorant {Wellness Wednesdays}
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Serves: 4 oz
  • 4 oz glass jar
  • ⅛ cup coconut oil
  • ½ tsp baking soda (do half this amount if you find yourself sensitive to it)
  • 1½ TBSP arrowroot powder
  • 2 TBSP Tallow (rendered beef fat)
  • 2 TBSP Organic Beeswax
  • 10-15 drops Essential Oil scent of choice
  1. Throw all ingredients in a glass jar
  2. Seal lightly with lid
  3. Place in sauce pan with water covering about half the jar on medium-high heat
  4. When water starts to simmer, using potholder or dishtowel carefully remove jar and shake
  5. Return to water for 5 minutes
  6. Remove jar and shake
  7. Continue this process until the beeswax pastilles have melted
  8. Place on dishtowel to cool.


Have you experienced the magic of tallow yet?


To a nourished life,




16 thoughts on “Tallow Deodorant {Wellness Wednesdays}

  1. I have to ask…
    While I love the magic powers of tallow to heal skin, it definitely has a slightly meaty odor to those with sensitive noses. Have you noticed this as you use the deoderant? Or has anyone remarked on it?
    Thank you! 🙂


    • There is definitely a scent to tallow, but I do not notice it when I wear it, nor does anyone around me! I think the additional ingredients and essential oils help to combat the meat scent!

    • I just made this deodorant and am having an issue with that meat smell as well. I’ve added more essential oils to it to mask the odor and am hoping that it doesn’t smell like that when I sweat. 🙁 Also, I used yellow bees wax pellets not thinking about if it will stain my white clothes. Do you know if the yellow wax will transfer to clothes?

      • Hey Jannet, I have made this recipe with both yellow and white bees wax pellets and not noticed it staining my clothes. If you do end up with a stain, treat the area with Dr. Bronners soap prior to washing. I use a bar and wet it before rubbing the stain. Hope that helps!

  2. Hi, love your recipe! But I’d prefer not to use my fingers. Is there a way to make this into a stick? I’ve had my fiance save up his empty deodorant tubes and have been promising to make him some homemade ones for the past year or so. I have just discovered ‘recipes’ for making tallow and all the benefits of tallow and decided i want to render my own and use it in homemade body care…starting with the much promised deodorant lol. But i am having a hard time finding recipes for sticks using tallow.
    Thank you again for this recipe! I may try it for myself!

    • Hey Marianne
      I have found that adding more beeswax helps homemade deodorant keep form in a stick. I also order Primally Pure deodorant when I don’t have the desire to make my own.

  3. I’ve been using a tallow based deodorant for two years now and love it! I came across your recipe and am looking forward to trying it. Is there a particular brand of tallow you like and where do you order it? I you buy in bulk, is it shelf stable?


  4. Hiya Natalie, I have just discovered the magic of tallow in my skin care, and am excited to try this recipe.
    A question – if I were to use fractionated (76 degree) coconut oil, would I have to reduce the amount of coconut oil? I imagine the same amount of liquid oil that won’t harden would make it too sloppy. Just wondering seeing if you’ve tried that, and would know how much to reduce it by?
    I recently bought the fractionated coconut oil to avoid my deodorant getting sloppy in summer. But finding adjusting the amount to get the right texture is challenging!

    • Hey Jane I haven’t experimented with this but you would definitely need to make adjustments to the amount of coconut oil by half if not more. Let me know what works for you!

      • Thanks Natalie! I wound up using normal coconut oil for now, and it’s fine (and it’s summer here in Australia too!). I did find it didn’t quite beat the odour, so have just re-melted it and added another half tsp of baking soda, so will see if that’s enough. I don’t have sensitive skin so should be OK.

        I notice several comments about the meat smell, and i’ve found something that really helps with that, so had to share 🙂

        I ‘wash’ the tallow which greatly reduces the smell. After rendering it, add water to the melted tallow, gently simmer for 10 mins, then pour into a bowl and pop in the fridge. After a few hours you will see hardened tallow and murky water which should contain the impurities. Drain off, and repeat until you have clear water. Game changer!

  5. Hi Natalie, I really love this deodorant.
    What I did find though was when it hardened, there is a white layer on top which I’m guessing is the tallow rising to the surface.
    Have you had this happen? The only way I could think of to prevent it would be to stir it again as it cools. By then it doesn’t look smooth and pretty in the jar (not really OCD but like things to look nice if I give away as gifts).
    Any advice apart from doing this?

    • So glad you like it. I just made a new batch. It is warm here so the separation doesn’t happen as much as it does during cooler months. I typically will turn the jar upside down mid-cooling to prevent it. I also allow it to warm up a bit if it does happen and stir it again.

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