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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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  1. Wendy says:

    I can’t wait to try this recipe for myself but my daughter has recently developed an allergic reaction to coconut products. Would you happen to have a recipe that does not include coconut oil or can you recommend a substitution item?
    Thank you kindly ❤


  2. mary bernadette says:

    Love deoderant mix havent tried in summer but seems to work better than my original shop bought chemical loaded one. Tend to use a lot less bicarb/baking soda as it does irritate if I use 1/2 cup. Love sweet orange and some drops of grapefruit really nice smell 15 and 5. Thank you

  3. Sarah says:

    I have used this recipe for a year now and I love it! It works really well for me. My sister also loves it. I made a video on my YouTube channel of me making this recipe and I have credit to your website in the description. I hope this is okay I have attached a link to the video.

  4. Emmy says:

    Hello I haven’t tried the recipe but I am excited too! I’m a High school freshman, I sweat a lot and I usually have to use extra strength deodorant but that gets pricey. It may sound ridiculous but I was wondering if my teenage extra-sweaty pits would be a problem? I really want this to work.

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      Hey Emmy! Not ridiculous at all, that’s a great question! I really do think this could work for you because a lot of folks who use it are very active and sweat a lot and it works great for them (me, included!). I have a few suggestions for you that I think will help you have success.

      First, be patient. I know that’s a tough one! What I mean is that it will take your body + body chemistry a little time to adjust to a more natural method. But I think you will find that over time, as you’re using the DIY deodorant instead of the store-bought stuff, you will sweat less and even smell less. Seriously! That’s what has happened for me but… it doesn’t happen overnight or even after the first week of using homemade deodorant. It takes a few months. That’s where the patience comes in. 😉

      But that also leads me to my second suggestion- there is something you can do to help your body speed up that nice, natural process. Detox your armpits! Sounds funny but it’s a real thing (and an effective one, too). You use bentonite clay which is a natural clay with a fine, soft texture that is great for helping the body get rid of toxins. I like Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay and I get it from Amazon. You will want to follow the directions on the container and apply the clay mask to your armpits (it’s a great facial mask, too!). Here’s an article that goes a little more into detail if you’re interested- How to Detox Your Armpits

      I think it’s great you’re looking for a more natural and budget-friendly method and wish I had started using homemade deodorant when I was younger! Even if you get the clay + ACV for the mask, all the items you need are inexpensive, have long shelf lives, and will make many, many masks + jars of deodorant. So you’ll be doing your body + your wallet a favor! Good luck and keep us posted!

  5. Candace Stanley says:

    I have a huge jar of organic refined coconut oil I wad hoping to use for this. Have you ever used refined? How do you think that will affect the deodorant?

    • Candace Stanley says:

      Sorry for the typo!

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      Candace, refined coconut oil is often processed using chemicals which makes it less of a “natural” ingredient. For that reason, I would hesitate to use it in a deodorant that will be applied directly to your skin because it’s kind of defeating the whole purpose of an all-natural DIY deodorant. I’d use your refined coconut oil for something else and get unrefined, cold-pressed coconut oil for this.

  6. Val says:

    Absolutely love this recipe! I have been using it for over a year & it never fails me. I don’t put the essential oils in because I prefer no smell. And this recipe delivers. The coconut smell is super light, that my husband can use it as well. I am sensitive to chemicals & this recipe is free of that 😉 Thank you for sharing this recipe! 🙂

  7. Lora says:

    This works great. I used an empty deodorant container by lowering bottom back down and refilled close to top, put the cap on and froze overnight. Twenty minutes was not nearly enough when reusing container. If only filling one bottle, you may want to cut this recipe in half.

  8. Rebecca says:

    I tend to have sensitive skin and this has been an issue for me with some all natural deodorants, even more so after I shave. How much less baking soda would you recommend ?

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      Rebecca, it really depends on how sensitive your skin is. If your skin is super sensitive, you may want to use very little or leave it out altogether. If it’s kinda sensitive, maybe use half the amount the recipe calls for. It’s totally okay to tweak the recipe so you can find what’s going to be best for *your* skin.

  9. Linda says:

    Don’t know if I have too much dry material in mine but it was a job to mix it all together even with my oil in liquid state.
    No way could I pour into jar I had to spoon it in.
    Is this normal?

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      Hey Linda, that is pretty normal but maybe scale back the dry ingredients just a tiny bit. Other than that, how do you like it?

  10. Yira says:

    I saw this recipe and thought I had to try it. I am trying to be more self sufficient and friendly to my body. Anyway, I asked my husband to pick up coconut oil while he was out and he came home with “liquid coconut oil” do you know if that would still work or not, I suppose I could go exchange the ingredients or save the liquid oil for other thing but before I do, I would like to know. Thanks:)

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      Yira, I don’t think liquid coconut oil will work for this recipe since you do need the end result to be a solid for spreading on your underarms. You could keep the liquid coconut oil to use in smoothies and for cooking but you will need the other type for making deodorant. 🙂

      • Lora says:

        I’m thinking it was very warm out if it was liquid and would get solid if put in fridge. I melt mine first so it mixes well, then freeze.

  11. Raquel Feeney says:

    is there any way to dissolve the baking soda so it doesn’t feel so grainy?

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      Hey Raquel! Because this deodorant is made with simple, natural ingredients, it’s going to be a slight bit grainy. You can make sure the coconut oil is in a completely liquid state before you add it to the dry ingredients (and mix very well) and that should help.

      • Raquel Feeney says:

        thanks! will try that next time… my coconut oil was definitely room temperature… next time I’ll do it with fully liquid… but honestly, its wonderful. I used to have to take a quick shower sometimes at end of day (even after taking one in morning) to “freshen up”… and i have literally NO SMELL AT ALL now, even the next morning when i take my shower! thanks a million!

      • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

        Yay! I agree, this stuff is THE BEST.

  12. Angela R. says:

    I LOVE IT! As I am definitely trying to learn how to make my “toiletries”, cleaning solutions, etc…this is a very simple & effective recipe. I found that I need to use a little less baking soda because it (baking soda) tend to irritate me, especially after shaving, even if I wait a few hours. It definitely works better & lasts longer then the 2 deodorants I’ve been using for 15 yrs because I have sensitive skin. The only problem, if that’s what you wanna call it, is it doesn’t completely rub in so I find little white stuff on my floors throughout the day. Well, when it drops on my carpet I just let it act as part of my homemade carpet freshener/cleaner. Also, can I substitute another oil instead of using coconut oil? Thank you & God bless

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      So glad you love it, Angela! I suggest maybe using slightly less, then it may stay better and you won’t find little pieces on your floors. And I think coconut oil is the best option, since it’s got such awesome antimicrobial, antibacterial, and anti-fungal properties. 🙂

  13. Moshie says:

    I love this. I’ve been using this for 2 years and it’s better than any shop-bought deoderant. I can go for 24 hours without smelling. The only thing is in summer, it’s hard to transport because it turns into liquid. But that’s a minor issue 🙂

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      Agree!! I love this deodorant. 🙂

    • Gigi Karabinakis says:

      Melt a little organic beeswax in with the coconut oil. This will help keep it at a more solid state during the warmer weather. 🙂

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