Homemade deodorant that really works

This deodorant truly works and is all natural. Get the recipe @SimpleGreenSmoothies.com

Truthbomb: I’ve tried countless lines of all natural deodorant, and they always leave me stinky and sweaty. They just don’t work for me. I finally resorted to making my own using basic ingredients that are known to be odor absorbers, antibacterial and antimicrobial. And guess what? It totally works! I’ve been using the exact recipe for over 4 years now and I absolutely love it.

You can put this deodorant on at 5AM, run a few miles, throw on some work clothes, work an 8 hour shift and come home smelling good. Seriously! At first, my husband and I were baffled by how well it worked. Then we decided to push the boundaries and would slather it on before a long day of helping friends moved, sweated all day and came home smelling good.

Here is the recipe to get you started:

This deodorant truly works and is all natural. Get the recipe @SimpleGreenSmoothies.com

Rawkstar Homemade Deodorant

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Wanna join me on the hippie bandwagon? Let’s make some deodorant with coconut oil. The amount of ingredients below will fit nicely into a 125 mL Ball Elite mason jar (I got mine at Target).


  • 1/2 c . baking soda you can use less when starting out if it irritates you
  • 1/2 c . arrowroot powder you can also use cornstarch... but I prefer arrowroot powder
  • 5 tbs unrefined coconut oil
  • 20 drops of grapefruit essential oil or another essential oil with antibacterial properties


  1. Mix baking soda and arrowroot together—I used my Kitchenaid Stand Mixer.
  2. Next add the coconut and essential oils and mix well.
  3. Pour into clean air-tight jar.


  1. You can use a popsicle stick to get the deodorant out of the container. Make sure you use enough under your arms to keep you “sure” all day long. (For the past couple years, I stopped using the popsicle stick and actually just use my fingers and dip them in the jar. Easy, peasy.)

Recipe Notes

Note: This deodorant changes consistency depending on the temperature. In cold climates, it can we pretty hard to get out. If that's the case for you, I recommend storing it by the shower and allowing the steam to warm it before applying. If you live in a warm climate and the deodorant is too liquidy, you can store it in a cooler pantry to thicken it up.

It does take a little bit to get used to the application process, but it’s worth it. Not to mention the money I save and the chemicals I avoid, like aluminum. Although, there’s no solid evidence that aluminum-based compunds lead to cancer and Alzheimer’s disease, there are correlations. And to me, that’s reason enough to ditch it. I hope you enjoy this recipe and share it with your family and friends!

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159 Responses to “Homemade deodorant that really works”

  1. Jennifer 12.5.2016 at 11:36 am #

    This sounds really neat..however, since it is an oil, does this leave stains on your clothes or soak through your clothes?

    Thank you,

    • SGS Rawkstar Jen 12.7.2016 at 3:13 pm #

      Just use a little bit and it absorbs right into your skin. If you use too much, which I’ve been known to do when I’m trying to cover up my BO and have no time for a shower (true fact) there’s def more of a chance of oil getting on my clothes if it’s a hot sweaty day. But it’s been years since I’ve had to worry about that– you learn by trial and error what’s the right amount for you. But the truth is, this stuff works!

  2. Mary luckhaus 11.13.2016 at 5:26 am #

    Hi. I just read this and Shi haven’t tried it yet. Decades back I made something with sage and arrowroot, no coconut oil – this sounds much better. I want to make a comment tho sime of the readers, using cornstarch can lead to fungal growth, peppermint can be irritating to the skin. If you don’t like the grapefruit essential oil, try lavender, or even a pulverized herb.
    I am excited to try this.

    • SGS Rawkstar 11.14.2016 at 5:34 pm #

      Thanks for sharing, Mary!

  3. Belle 9.1.2016 at 3:14 pm #

    This deodorant is amazing and I won’t ever go back to store bought ones now.

    Years ago I used to apply bicarb to my armpits because it got rid of the b.o. smell (and I was doing a lot of sport – so I stank some days!). I think I stopped doing it because it was bit too harsh on the sensitive skin (especially after shaving!).

    I had no doubts about how well this recipe would work, and I have even given small samples away to family and friends for them to try.

    One trick I have certainly found is warming up the deodorant. If the weather is cold you can do 1 of 2 things to get the deodorant to a workable paste:
    1) sit your jar in some warm/hot water for a minute or two to melt the coconut oil, then scoop out what you need and rub it in.
    2) use something small and pointy (like the end of tweezers) to break up the deodorant into smaller clumps (or powdery-ness), then get what you need onto your fingertips and stick them under your armpits for about 10 seconds or so – this warms up the coconut oil. Spread it out for even coverage.

    I only have to apply this deodorant once a day, which is one of the things I love about how well the natural ingredients work. Even after a gym workout I don’t stink!

    Thanks for sharing the awesome recipe SGS!!

    • SGS Rawkstar 9.2.2016 at 7:22 am #

      Great tips! Thanks for sharing, Belle!

  4. faith 3.15.2016 at 5:28 am #

    Your picture looks creamy! With just 5 tbsp coconut oil mine ended up still basically a powder — albeit a powder I could mash together. Did you melt it before adding it in order to get the creamy consistency? Is it okay to add more of the oil? Bit by bit so as not to overdo it? I’m using mine, but making a mess in the sink with each application! But it’s keeping me from sweating and smelling, so I’m grateful! Thanks for the recipe and the tips!

    • SGS Rawkstar 3.15.2016 at 7:16 am #

      Hi Faith,

      Thank you so much for reaching out! As you know, coconut oil can vary greatly based on the environment. Jen is in sunny Florida so her coconut oil is often creamy + more liquidly, than if you were using coconut in colder temperatures. You can definitely try melting the coconut oil prior to mixing your ingredients or adding additional coconut oil until you reach the consistency that’s best for you!

      Hope this helps!

      Cheers 🙂

  5. Cheryl 3.11.2016 at 11:28 am #

    I can’t wait to try this! Do you warm up the coconut oil to liquid form before mixing it with the other ingredients?

    • SGS Rawkstar 3.11.2016 at 12:08 pm #

      Hi Cheryl,

      You can definitely warm your continue oil to make blending easier, than allow to cool in the container of your choice!

      Cheers 🙂

  6. Belen 3.7.2016 at 4:58 am #

    Hi. That deodorant sounds great. I want to try it but i dont undestand the measures. Could you “translate” them

    • SGS Rawkstar 3.7.2016 at 7:59 pm #

      Hi Belen,

      Outside of the US? We’ve got you covered! Check out our Rawkstar Conversion Guide here…


      • Belen 3.11.2016 at 8:50 am #

        Yes, I’m out. Thank you!!!

      • Nikola 3.12.2016 at 3:07 am #

        Hi there
        I’m also confused about the measures. Is the “1/2 c.” Half a cup? And should it be measured as “spice” when I search through the converter? Thanks a lot and looking forward to try!

      • SGS Rawkstar 3.13.2016 at 6:15 pm #

        Hi Nikola,

        Yes, use our spice conversions when converting arrowroot powder and baking soda to weight measurements.

        Cheers 🙂

  7. Ingrid 3.3.2016 at 3:31 pm #

    You know you can just use baking soda? Just use about a teaspoon of the powder for both armpits, rub it into armpit in morning. Do it again if necessary in afternoon. Easy.

    • SGS Rawkstar 3.4.2016 at 1:53 pm #

      Hi Ingrid!

      Thanks for reaching out + for sharing :). This deodorant recipe happens to work best for me, but if baking soda if your personal go-to, that’s awesome, too!


  8. Dixie 3.3.2016 at 1:50 pm #

    I store it in a clean used deodorant container. works great and keeps solid.

    • SGS Rawkstar 3.4.2016 at 1:52 pm #

      Hi Dixie!

      Thanks for the tip! I’ll have to give that a try :).

  9. Dixie 3.3.2016 at 1:48 pm #

    I store in a clean used deodorant bottle. Works great, keeps it solid


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