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I’ve used countless store-bought natural deodorants, and they always leave me stinky and sweaty. In 2011, I made this homemade deodorant recipe and still use it daily. I love it, along with thousands of others who swear by it.

jar of natural deodorant surrounded by pine cones and flowers.
Table of Contents
  1. Why I Use Natural Deodorant
  2. The Best Natural Deodorant
  3. Ingredients to Make Homemade Deodorant
  4. How to Use Homemade Deodorant
  5. Tips for Starting Natural Deodorant
  6. Best Natural Deodorant to Buy
  7. More Home Remedies
  8. Simple Homemade Deodorant Recipe

Why I Use Natural Deodorant

Making your own deodorant saves money, is healthier for your body, and actually stops sweating and body odor. Seriously, jump on this bandwagon ASAP!

In 2011, I went on a journey and started making homemade granola bars, natural cold and flu remedies like honey lemon ginger tea, elderberry syrup, homemade lip scrubs, and even went 10 days without shampoo (I don’t recommend that last one).

It was during this time that I began questioning all the things I was putting in and on my body.

Most store-bought deodorants contain parabens, aluminum, dye and a bunch of chemicals I can’t even spell (or type correctly). Why put these things on your body if there are safe, natural alternatives that work even better? Since I started this journey, new “safer” products have been launched, but even they contain ambiguous ingredients like fragrance. What does that even mean?

To me, that’s reason enough to ditch commercial deodorants and make my own. I’ve been using the same recipe for over 11 years now and I absolutely love it and use it every day. The only thing I change up is the essential oils I use, depending on what scent I feel like that season.

glass jar of white homemade deodorant.

The Best Natural Deodorant

No joke— you can put this deodorant on at 5AM, run a few miles, blend a the world’s Best Green Smoothie, throw on some work clothes, work an 8-hour shift and come home smelling good.

At first, my husband and I were baffled by how well it worked. We would smell each other’s armpits just to brag. Then we decided to push the boundaries and slathered it on before a long day of helping friends move. We sweat all day and came home smelling good!

Ingredients to Make Homemade Deodorant

You only need four ingredients to make your own all-natural deodorant. Chances are you probably have at least half of them already. You can buy arrowroot powder in the baking section of most natural food stores or online.

  1. baking soda (feel free to use less if you’ve got sensitive skin)
  2. non-gmo arrowroot powder (a better choice than traditional cornstarch)
  3. organic unrefined coconut oil
  4. essential oils: grapefruit, tea tree, spruce and sweet orange are my favorites
glass jar full of natural deodorant with a wooden popsicle stick applicator.

How to Use Homemade Deodorant

Using natural deodorant can seem a little intimidating at first. Since it’s stored in a jar, you have to scoop it out with your finger, a popsicle stick or a tongue depressor. If you’d prefer to have it in “stick form,” you can add a little bit of beeswax and shea butter to the recipe to thicken it. I found that didn’t work as well for me and went back to the jar recipe.

Tips for Starting Natural Deodorant

Some people encounter issues with an itchy rash, red bumps or more sweat and odor than usual as they transition to homemade deodorant. Don’t let this prevent you from making the switch!

Drinking plenty of water and dry brushing are two awesome ways to assist your body as it adjusts away from the chemical-laden deodorants you used to use. My #1 recommendation (drumroll, please!) is to detox your armpits. Sounds weird, I know! But it’ll help speed up your body’s adjustment period to this homemade deodorant.

In addition to detoxing your armpits, you may also want to consider detoxing your whole body. All the processed foods we eat contain chemicals that end up affecting the way we smell when we sweat. Try out a seasonal cleanse to get started on a whole-body detox.

These cleanses are super easy to follow and use only whole, plant-based foods (no expensive supplements!) to gently clear your body of unwanted toxins.

Best Natural Deodorant to Buy

While making my own deodorant works for me, I’m also a realist and know that not everyone wants to go this crunchy. That’s where Pretty Frank (formerly known as Primal Pit Paste) comes in.

They have natural deodorant lines that have a variety of strengths and scents that work and are better for your body.

I’ve used them while on vacation or if I run out of my own homemade blend and haven’t had time to make another batch.

glass jar of DIY anti perspirant recipe to help with sweat and odor.

More Home Remedies

If you’re ready to try a few new recipes (that really work!) and transform your home with safer products, then give my go-to remedies a try. They can help you sleep better, fight illness faster, clear congestion, hydrate and more:

  • Fire cider: While this tonic is not for the faint of heart, it does wonders to shorten the length of an oncoming cold and I keep a batch on standby year-round.
  • Lip scrub: A hydrating and fun recipe to make for gifts or just for yourself.
  • Elderberry syrup: A great supplement to take during cold and flu season to keep your body healthy.
  • Hot-flash remedy: Menopause, pregnancy, post-COVID- anything that brings on the unwanted hot flash can be soothed through this cooling beverage.
  • Sleep tea: A tea that will help you drift off to sleep more naturally.
  • Vapor rub: My kids and I use this at night to clear away congestion.
  • Popsicles for sore throats: Whether it’s allergies or a cold that’s causing that sore throat, these tasty and soothing popsicles can help!

Leave a rating and review to let me know how this recipe worked out for you! As you can tell by the over 200+ reviews so far, this is a recipe you must try.

4.69 from 240 votes

Simple Homemade Deodorant

I invite you to make my family's homemade deodorant recipe that uses safe, natural ingredients like coconut oil and essential oils. The ingredients for this natural deodorant will fit nicely into a 125 mL Ball Elite mason jar (I got mine at Target).
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 5 minutes
Total: 15 minutes
Author: Jen Hansard
Course: Natural Remedy
Cuisine: Plant-Based
Serves: 1 jar


  • mixing bowl
  • air tight container


  • ½ cup baking soda you can use less when starting out if it irritates you
  • ½ cup arrowroot powder you can also use cornstarch, but I prefer arrowroot powder
  • 5 tbsp coconut oil
  • 20 drops grapefruit essential oil or another essential oil with antibacterial properties
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  • Mix baking soda and arrowroot together. (I used my Kitchenaid Stand Mixer.)
  • Add the coconut oil and essential oils. Mix well.
  • Pour into clean air-tight jar (Homemade deodorant will last up to two years in an airtight container.)
  • Use a popsicle stick to get the deodorant out of the container and transfer to your finger. Make sure you use enough under your arms to keep you “sure” all day long. A pea-size amount is usually good. 


  • Consistency: This deodorant changes consistency depending on the temperature. In cold climates, it can be 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, store it in a cool cupboard to thicken it up.
  • Technique: For the past couple of years, I stopped using the popsicle stick and actually just use my fingers and dip them in the jar.
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  1. 5 stars
    I’ve been using this deodorant for over 5 years now and it’s the best I’ve ever used. I highly recommend it!

    I do make one change to the recipe: I use half fractionated coconut oil and half normal coconut oil, as this helps it from hardening too much. If it ever feels like it’s getting too hard (in the winter, for example) I add an extra squirt of fractionated coconut oil to soften it up.

  2. 5 stars
    I have been making this deodorant for the last year after having a breakout from a store bought product. I previously used Secret unscented and when Lume came out, I thought I would give it a try. Well Lume broke me out really bad and I used diluted tea tree oil for about 2 weeks to get rid of the rash. I went back to Secret and broke out again, then I remembered that I saved this homemade deodorant recipe. I already had the ingredients for it at home so I made a batch of it and started to use it. Here I am a year later and it works wonders, and even after working out and sweating, I don’t smell. I also have my husband using it, he mountain bikes, and it really holds up for him. I have passed this recipe on to my kids and a few friends. Thanks for sharing this recipe.

  3. 2 stars
    Super inaccurate measurements, needs plenty more coconut oil, followed this recipe and it came out as a powder with a few semi-solid chunks, bad consistency.

  4. Hey are you sure this is not gong to get oil on my clothes?
    Thanks soooo much.

  5. 5 stars
    So grateful to find this. I have been using the crystal deodorant stick for a while since I am so sensitive to all over the counter deodorants. But I forgot it on a trip, and dang it stopped working. Habit of my body.

    I tried your recipe with grapefruit essential oil first. But as I am so sensitive to smells, even though a great smell, it blew me away. Headache etc. So tried again with less but peppermint essential oil. A winner. Thank you so much!!!

  6. I just made this today and trying it for the first time but it seems very grainy – did I use too much baking soda and corn starch? I cut the recipe in half to just try it for now….i also did use the essential oils.

  7. 5 stars
    I love this recipe and have been using for a couple of years! It totally works- and I even do hot yoga 3x week and I sweat A LOT! I did start out with the lower baking soda amount but now am up to the full 1/2 cup.

    My essential oil blend is
    10 drops lavender
    5 drops tea tree
    5 drops peppermint

    Thanks for a great recipe!

  8. 5 stars
    My husband and I have been using this deodorant recipe for about a year. We’re still stunned that it works so well. Much better than any deodorant we’ve used in the past. Once a day and done. Had to be careful not to use too much in order to avoid irritation especially in the summer. Also have to make sure it’s not too oily or could risk staining clothes. Have to add a bit more coconut oil since we’re fragrance free and not adding essential oils but it’s easy to learn the consistency. And, yes, definitely sweating less. Thanks so much for this recipe!

  9. 4 stars
    >> At first, my husband and I were baffled by how well it worked. We would smell each other’s armpits just to brag.

    That might be too much information–and unnecessary. I just got divorced. Would love to have someone around to smell things with, but it isn’t happening.

  10. There isn’t enough oil in this recipe so I have to add more. My armpits have dried out and gotten very brown. I think the baking soda is an irritant but adding more oil has helped. Otherwise, it works well.

  11. I followed these instructions and added tree oil. I have been using it for over month and it doesn’t really last long on my dominant arm. It’s really good but for me either the tea tree oil or the baking soda darken my arm pits horribly. Will try it without the essential oils to see if I just had a reaction. Otherwise, it’s worth trying.