Whitetail Hunting photo
Luke Nilsson

Think organic deodorant isn’t for you? Think again. It’s actually perfect for deer hunters, because it battles sweat and odor, and gives off no unnatural scent of its own. You can buy ingredients in bulk and make three 2.5-ounce sticks—easily a season’s worth—for only $2 each. Here’s how it’s done:

What You’ll Need

  • 1⁄4 cup coconut oil
  • 2 Tbsp. shea butter
  • 2 Tbsp. cocoa butter
  • 1⁄4 cup beeswax pellets
  • 3 capsules 400-IU Vitamin E
  • 21⁄4 tsp. baking soda
  • 1⁄4 cup organic arrowroot powder
  • 2 capsules Vitacost probiotic 10-20

DIY Deodorant Directions

Step 1

Heat a small saucepan of water and remove from heat just before boiling. Combine the coconut oil, shea butter, cocoa butter, and beeswax pellets in a mason jar, and place it in the hot water, double-boiler style, until melted. (Warning: If you’ve ever had a severe reaction to a bee sting, don’t handle beeswax.) Leave the jar in the bath and add the Vitamin E capsules, baking soda, arrowroot powder, and probiotics, which introduce good bacteria into the skin to battle the bad stuff that causes b.o. Stir gently until mixed well.

Step 2

Pour the warm mixture into empty, used stick-deodorant containers, new containers (sold online), or lined muffin tins, and let harden overnight. Then, perform your own sniff test: The only scent I’ve noticed is a trace of beeswax, and I don’t think whitetails are afraid of bees.