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Homemade deodorant that really works

Truthbomb: I’ve tried countless lines of all natural, store bought deodorant, and they always leave me stinky and sweaty… which is why I’ve gone hippie and made my own homemade deodorant.

I did this in 2011 and haven’t every looked back. Making my own deodorant has saved me money, made me healthier and actually stopped my sweating AND body odor. Seriously, jump on this band wagon asap!

Why I needed my own deodorant

Although, there’s no solid evidence that aluminum-based compounds lead to cancer and Alzheimer’s disease, there are correlations. And to me, that’s reason enough to ditch commercial deodorants and make my own. I hope you enjoy this recipe and share it with your family and friends!

FYI: I’m an endurance ultra runner, mom of two and pretty much always on the go… so I need something strong! In my homemade deodorant recipe, all I use are simple, natural, safe ingredients that are known to be odor absorbers, antibacterial and antimicrobial. And guess what? It totally works! Imagine that?! Natural deodorant that actually stops the BO for a fraction of the price of the store bought stuff! We have a winner!!!

I’ve been using the exact recipe for over 7 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 I feel like that season.

homemade deodorant that works | Simple Green Smoothies

My #1 natural deodorant recipe

You can put this deodorant on at 5AM, run a few miles, blend a tasty green smoothie, 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. We would smell each other’s armpits just to brag.

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. All you need is these ingredients:

  1. baking soda (feel free to use less if you’ve got sensitive skin)
  2. organic 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 favs
homemade deodorant with coconut oil and arrowroot powder | Simple Green Smoothies
homemade deodorant that works | Simple Green Smoothies

Simple Homemade Deodorant

  • Author: Jen Hansard
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 3 months 1x
  • Category: natural beauty
  • Method: mixing
  • Cuisine: health


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).



  • 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 organic 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 (Homemade deodorant will last 3-6 months in a airtight container.)
  4. 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. (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.)


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.

Keywords: natural deodorant recipe, DIY deodorant, arrowroot deodorant

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Share your review below and leave a comment. We’re here to help you make this work and love hearing how you tweak it to work best for you.

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  1. Cindy

    December 10th, 2019 at 11:08 am

    Hi! I was wondering how well this works as an antiperspirant. I don’t have any odor problems but I do sweat a lot and it can feel pretty gross! I’m trying to go zero waste but I don’t think I can sacrifice staying dry.

  2. SGS Rawkstar Jess

    December 11th, 2019 at 12:53 pm

    Cindy, I think it depends on how much you sweat. If you’re looking for something that will keep you completely and totally dry, this may not do that. BUT, I would encourage you to try it and give it at least six months. I have been making this deodorant recipe and using it for over five years and I found that as my body adjusted to the natural ingredients (and away from all the chemicals in store-bought deodorant), I actually sweat less. I really feel like switching to homemade deodorant has been one of the best health/beauty changes I’ve ever made!

  3. Chloe Cutts

    December 15th, 2019 at 3:32 am

    Hello – can you tell me what the ‘c’ measurement is? Cup? I normally measure in metric.

    Just don’t want to get quantities wrong.

    Thanks, Chloe

  4. SGS Rawkstar Jess

    January 15th, 2020 at 11:58 am

    Yes, the c stands for cup. So 1/2 c would be 125 mL.

  5. Tammy

    December 16th, 2019 at 12:03 pm

    I made this today…. Hoping it will help.
    I’ve been suffering from itchy armpits and a rash. I initially thought I had a shaving rash but I’ve switched to waxing and I still itch.
    My next thought is maybe it’s my current deodorant but I’ve been using the same brand for over a year so doubt it. So I’ve made this today – im sure the coconut oil and the lavender will soothe and moisturize. Fingers crossed

  6. SGS Rawkstar Jess

    January 15th, 2020 at 12:01 pm

    I hope it helps, also! My skin gets more dry + sensitive in the winter, could it be that?

  7. AJ

    December 19th, 2019 at 4:41 am

    This made a burn under my arms. This deo is great I haven’t had any odor problems since starting about 3-4months ago. One thing I will say is that I have noticed my skin shedding under my arms and it would occasionally become raw. I figured it was because I was using to much so I cut back of the amount applied. I use only once a day and sometimes once every other day. My armpits are now dark and shiny as if I had gotten a burn. Can baking soda be replaced with something else?

  8. SGS Rawkstar Jess

    January 15th, 2020 at 12:06 pm

    I’m sorry that happened! I wouldn’t replace the baking soda, maybe try making some deodorant and leaving out the baking soda to see if that helps. Your skin may also be having a reaction to the type and/or amount of essential oils you are using.

  9. Tamara Crucey

    December 21st, 2019 at 2:33 am

    Do I have to use baking soda? I’ve been using this recipe for over a month and just now starting to break out on my left underarm. It works super amazingly too!!!

  10. SGS Rawkstar Jess

    January 15th, 2020 at 12:08 pm

    It does work great, doesn’t it? Sometimes if I use it right after I shave my armpits, I get a little rash. Could that be it? You can also def decrease the amount of baking soda or leave it out if you think that’s the cause of your breakout.

  11. Barbara

    January 2nd, 2020 at 6:13 am

    Hi jen, I have just ordered a product similar to this which made me want to look up a natural deodorant recipe.
    Really thrilled with your recipe. I will be making it. I live in two places so I will keep yours in one and the bought product in the other.

    Looking forward to making it.

    Thank you.

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  14. Susy O

    January 17th, 2020 at 6:07 pm

    Hi there,
    I have been using your recipe for approx 4 months now. I love it. I’ve made it for some of my family members as well, and they love it! My question is do you have a recipe for a deodorant stick? I was thinking perhaps adding beeswax to the mix.
    Have you ever made a stick?
    Thanks for your time.

  15. Wendy

    January 17th, 2020 at 9:02 pm

    Just found this recipe and want to try it. I was wondering about making a stick too. Have you tried that?


  16. Monica

    January 18th, 2020 at 4:51 pm

    Hi, i am definitely going to try this recipe, lots of great comments. However. regarding the coconut oil, I bought 1 lt of fractionated coconut oil recently. Would you think this can work on this recipe? or does it work better with the harden coconut oil? Thanks

  17. Lynn

    January 22nd, 2020 at 8:12 pm


    I’m really interested in making this! Just a couple of questions…
    After applying it, do we rinse it off or leave it on? Also, does it stain the clothes especially white coloured tops.


  18. raju

    January 26th, 2020 at 4:48 am

    this is absolutely amazing i totally loved it and i am so glad that i came across the blog
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  19. Sarya

    January 26th, 2020 at 11:07 am

    I just made it and can’t wait to use it. I added a little amount of vanilla to make it smell good. Is vanilla a nice choice?

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