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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. Lydia

    December 14th, 2012 at 7:51 am

    I tried another version that had everything except the arrowroot. It had cornstarch. The rash I got was horrible! So now I simply use lemon and/or lime juice. Works wonderfully!

  2. Jen H

    December 15th, 2012 at 12:55 pm

    Arrowroot is usually more neutral than cornstarch. There could be many reasons for the rash (reaction to the essential oil you used, baking soda, cornstarch, etc).

    I do love the idea of just lemon/lime juice— super simple. Thanks Lydia for sharing!

  3. Dayjia c.

    December 15th, 2012 at 1:25 pm

    Hi! I so love the idea of making your own deodorant also I recently saw the actual empty deodorant containers 10 for like $11! So now I’ll have a reason too use it. Also I wanted too know do you have too use grapefruit oil or can you use different essential oils?

  4. Jen H

    December 18th, 2012 at 2:49 pm

    Hi Dayjia! You can use other essential oils, but grapefruit is a great one because it is antibacterial (which is good for under hot arms). I also made a batch with cedar, spruce and lavender which is really nice— I wanted one that smelled like winter rather than summer. Hope that helps! Also, about the empty deodorant containers— this recipe makes a paste, not a hard gel. So it won’t work for the containers. Yet I bought beeswax to try to add to it because I have heard that is a nice way to make it a solid form for the tubes. Let me know what you decide to do and how it turns out!

  5. Nai@eatcleanfoods

    December 20th, 2012 at 8:30 am

    My I suggest shea butter in place of beeswax. Not as hard as beeswax but will definitely give you some hold and much nutrients. If you keep it in the fridge, it will extend the shelf life and the coconut oil and shea butter will remain solid.

  6. Jen H

    December 24th, 2012 at 7:44 pm

    I love the idea of keeping it in the fridge to harden. If you do that, then you really don’t need to add beeswax or shea butter (coconut oil hardens nicely when it’s cold). Thanks Nai for the idea. And the baking soda is aluminium free. If you are concerned about that— here is a great article from Crunchy Betty that talks about it. I found it rather interesting.

  7. Chelsea g.

    December 15th, 2012 at 6:56 pm

    Definitely want to try this, but was wondering how long does a jar typically last for before needing to make a new batch?

  8. Jen H

    December 18th, 2012 at 2:44 pm

    Hi Chelsea. I have been using the same batch for 3-4 months now. It lasts a long time. You could even divide it up into smaller jars (like these cobalt blue ones from here, which I bought to use for Christmas presents). They are also a nice size to have for traveling.

  9. Nai@eatcleanfoods

    December 20th, 2012 at 8:37 am

    Awesome recipe! I have been using coconut oil over the course of the summer and loved it! I will definitely try this recipe and definitely experiment. Question: is the baking soda aluminum free?

  10. Penny

    December 29th, 2012 at 5:07 pm

    Do you use solid or liquid coccnut oil? Most stores seem to only carry the solid form.

  11. Jen H

    December 29th, 2012 at 5:15 pm

    Hi Penny— great question. Depending on the temperature of the store, it could be solid. Coconut oil is very sensitive to temp (it melts at room temperature). Mine is almost always solid (until I warm it in my hands for lotion or melt it in the microwave when baking with it). So don’t hesitate to buy a solid version of it. Just make sure you are getting cold pressed unrefined coconut oil— it’s the good raw stuff.

  12. Rose

    December 30th, 2012 at 7:50 am


    I would like to try this recipe but this wold be my first try at doing something like this…smile! I was wondering where would I get all of the ingredients listed above? Thanks, I need to try something for my son, he is having a very hard time with his arms, looking for a more natural approach to this issue! Thanks!

  13. Jen H

    December 31st, 2012 at 6:21 am

    Hi Rose. I wish my mom would have made this for me when I was younger! I buy all of the ingredients from Mountain Rose Herbs because the quality is incredible. They have everything on there and it’s held to high standards. You can also go to Whole Foods and find these ingredients to make it quicker. Just make sure you are buying cold pressed unrefined coconut oil— that’s the good stuff. 🙂 Let me know how it goes!

  14. Sabrina

    January 3rd, 2013 at 7:05 pm

    Hi Jen! I was wondering… how are we supposed to apply this? I guess it stain clothes no?

  15. Jen H

    January 3rd, 2013 at 7:17 pm

    Hi Sabrina. Take a pea size amount and rub under your arms. I use my fingers (it felt sooooo strange to apply deodorant like this for about a week. Now I don’t even think about it). I rub it until it’s smooth and never has an issue with staining. There was one time my husband put on a lot (before he worked out) and he came home with oily marks on his shirt around the armpits. It washed out though, so no stain.

  16. LaLa

    January 3rd, 2013 at 8:18 pm

    Hey Jen. I’ve been using the deodorant for about 2weeks now, but I have a bad rash. If I cut back on the amt of baking soda, do you think this will eliminate that problem? I used orange oil instead of grapefruit.

  17. cattaca

    February 13th, 2013 at 3:46 pm

    You may just be reacting to the orange oil. I’ve tried a ton of natural deodorants (store bought & homemade) and have yet to find an essential oil that doesn’t give me a rash. Orange and lavender were both really bad for me. Not all armpits are cut our for essential oil 🙁

  18. Jen H

    February 14th, 2013 at 7:54 am

    Just saw this comment, sorry Lala! Cattaca is right— essential oils might not be your friend. Yet the recipe will still work without them— the powerhouse ingredients are the baking soda and coconut oil. Thanks Cattaca for sharing your experience— I appreciate it.

  19. Torrie Pattillo | Holistic Voyage

    March 9th, 2013 at 4:38 am

    Wow, this is a GREAT recipe. Thanks so much. I’ll make some up this weekend 🙂

  20. jj8683

    March 26th, 2013 at 6:38 pm

    Love this!!! Made some right now that I’m off of work for spring break, just so i could try it and absolutely love it!!! Smells amazing!!! Followed the recipe to a tee and fingers crossed but i haven’t had any reaction to the oil. Definitely recommend. Application does take a little getting use to but i’ve found that warming it up in your hand before applying helps a lot!!! Thanks for this!!!!

  21. Jen H

    March 26th, 2013 at 8:04 pm

    Yeah! Glad you enjoy it! We still use it and I cannot imagine going back to my old deodorant ever. Thanks for sharing your experience.

  22. Dahlia Fyffe

    June 17th, 2013 at 11:57 am

    Were can I find the Unrefined Coconut oil. I am interested in making this.


  23. Jadah and Jen

    June 18th, 2013 at 7:39 am

    There are a few options that we found to be good.

    1. Mountian Rose Herbs has incredible products (including their coconut oil— I buy it by the gallon). => click here
    2. Amazon.com: Free shipping is always nice => click here

    3. Trader Joe’s and Costco both have organic unrefined.

  24. Lissa

    June 25th, 2013 at 6:05 am

    Hi Jen! Though you briefly mentioned this in another post, I was curious to hear more about everyday wear and the effects on garmets, particulartly higher quality fabrics. Have you had any residual issues concerning your nicer garmets?

  25. Jen H

    June 25th, 2013 at 6:10 pm

    Great question Lissa. I honestly have not had an issue with any of my clothes staining. I almost always wear cotton clothes (and don’t really wear any high-quality fabrics). Yet I might be a little cautious when wearing silk or something like that (just us a little bit so it doesn’t absorb into your clothes).

  26. Cynthia

    June 25th, 2013 at 8:25 am

    Thank you so much for sharing this info!! I cannot wait to try the deodorant recipe. Where can I find arrowroot and essential oils?


  27. Jen H

    June 25th, 2013 at 5:56 pm

    I buy my coconut oil, arrowroot powder and essential oils all from Mountain Rose Herbs. They have high standards and great products. I haven’t been disappointed by any of it.

  28. Gayle S.

    June 25th, 2013 at 10:29 am

    Thank you so much for posting this information! It’s nice to have an alternative to the traditional. I’m really excited because I am an avid user of Young Living therapeutic grade essential oils.

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