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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.

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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
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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. Smanti Jork

    July 25th, 2018 at 8:44 am

    I made this recipe and have used the deodorant for the last 8 weeks. I have never smelt so good! I found arrowroot powder on Amazon as well as bulk empty deodorant containers. I used lemon essential oil and was worried that I would smell like a household cleaner, but the scent is nothing like that once everything is mixed together.

    I can’t say enough good things about this recipe! I even went camping for 3 days and smelt good the whole time. The only downside is that the baking soda does cause a little bit of irritation if you use too much. Otherwise, this stuff is amazing!! I will never use a store bought brand again.

  2. SGS Rawkstar Amanda

    August 3rd, 2018 at 2:11 pm

    Love hearing that!! Thank you so much for sharing your experience, Smanti! And cheers to health, wellness + smelling great!

  3. Stefanie

    August 9th, 2018 at 2:11 pm

    I just tried to make it but it’s not the concistency of a paste yet, still is a powder. Does that mean I need more coconut oil?

  4. SGS Rawkstar Amanda

    August 10th, 2018 at 1:08 pm

    Hey Stefanie,

    Hmm it does sound like you need some more coconut oil. Make sure the oil is either soft or melted when you add it. That might make it easier to mix. Can’t wait for you to experience how fresh and clean it makes you feel! 🙂

  5. Stefanie

    August 12th, 2018 at 11:52 am

    Added more coconut oil and it worked. Makes sense to makes sure it’s more soft, I did not do that, will have to do that next time! I’ve used it for two days and I absolutely LOVE it!!! So happy I came across your page. Thanks for sharing!

  6. SGS Rawkstar Amanda

    August 13th, 2018 at 12:05 pm

    Yay Stefanie!!

    So happy that you made it work and that you are enjoying it.


  7. April

    August 18th, 2018 at 10:53 am

    I have loved using this deodorant, but I’d like to make it into a stick for the men in my life. Is adding bees wax a good way to do that? How much should I add?

  8. SGS Rawkstar Amanda

    August 20th, 2018 at 1:48 pm

    Hey April,

    We have not tried making this a stick deodorant yet so I would not have any solid suggestions.
    If you give it a try let us know how it goes. Good luck!!

  9. Allyson

    August 26th, 2018 at 4:56 am

    Is it possible to make this using all arrowroot powder? I’ve read where baking soda can cause irritation and/or stains on clothing.

    Thanks for the recipe!

  10. Allyson

    August 26th, 2018 at 5:04 am

    Never mind! I saw the answer in an earlier post!

  11. SGS Rawkstar Amanda

    August 27th, 2018 at 12:05 pm

    Hey Allyson,

    Glad you found your answer! Super excited for you to make this 🙂

  12. Victoria

    August 28th, 2018 at 12:31 am

    Can I make this without arrow root?

  13. SGS Rawkstar Amanda

    August 28th, 2018 at 1:36 pm

    Hey Victoria,

    Yes you can use cornstarch instead of arrowroot if you prefer.

    Excited for you to give it a try!

  14. Claire

    September 16th, 2018 at 5:18 pm

    This is great. I started doing it a few years ago and you can add your own blend of essential oils to make your own fragrance.

    I stopped wearing deodorant about 6 years ago as I thought it was a con and unnecessary but over the summer I sometimes felt a bit stinky so I tried this and it does the trick.

    I also melt some coconut oil on its own and add essential oils, put it in paper cupcake cases and keep in the fridge. I use these as moisturizers and they smell amazing.

    Lush sell a similar massage bar and it’s pricey. Buying essential oils is initially dearer but you can pop a few drops in the bath as well so you get a lot more out of them. I also put a drop or two into my shampoo/conditioner as I apply it for more natural smelling hair.

  15. Claire

    September 16th, 2018 at 5:24 pm

    Also…I saw in the comments that people had been using plastic deodorant dispensers for this, but I had read that sometimes essential oils can cause the plastic to degrade and emit toxins so I use paper cupcake cases and store in a small metal soap tin.

    I don’t know if this is true but worth giving thought to.

  16. Vicky

    September 20th, 2018 at 9:17 pm

    Thank you! I tried this recipe and it is very effective for my pre-teen daughter. I used cornstarch powder. When I ran out of my first batch, I used baking soda, cornstarch and Sunflower oil no essential oil. It still worked for her. Now the third batch is baking soda, cornstarch, sunflower oil and few drops of lavender essential oil. I will see how it goes. My problem is the discoloration. Any idea how can I fix it? Maybe she is sensitive to baking soda but so far it is the only formulation that works her body odor. I have tried many commercial all natural products but did not work for her.

  17. Georgia

    September 26th, 2018 at 10:48 pm

    Works for me. So fantastic. Thanks for sharing.

  18. SGS Rawkstar Amanda

    October 3rd, 2018 at 12:29 pm

    Hey Georgia,

    I am so happy that you love our homemade deodorant!

  19. Luisa Fanzani

    October 4th, 2018 at 12:52 am

    I started making my own deodorant at home and it works so much better. I’m using refillable roll-on bottles like these I also waste less plastic doing this way.

  20. SGS Rawkstar Amanda

    October 5th, 2018 at 2:14 pm

    Hey Luisa,

    Yay!!! That is so fantastic that you are now making your own deodorant and using refillable bottles. Thank you so much for sharing those with us.

  21. Jasmine

    October 17th, 2018 at 7:59 pm

    Hi someone asked this bit I can’t find a reply sorry…. can you use only arrowroot with coconut oil or is the baking soda really important…. I find it slightly irritating. Thanks!

  22. SGS Rawkstar Carissa

    October 19th, 2018 at 2:30 pm

    Hey Jasmine,

    You can totally leave out the baking soda if you need to.

    Hope you enjoy this!

  23. Becca

    October 18th, 2018 at 7:53 am

    I rarely write reviews, but I feel called to for this recipe. This stuff is awesome! I will never go back to plastic containers of deodorant. I just used store-brand baking soda and cornstarch and still turned out great. I did cut the baking soda just a bit (just eye-balled it) and ended up adding a bit more coconut oil to get the desired consistency. I used my food processor.

    I used eucalyptus oil, and the deodorant smells so good. I don’t smell the eucalyptus later in the day, but I also don’t smell body odor – just neutral! Thanks for sharing this recipe!!!

  24. SGS Rawkstar Carissa

    October 19th, 2018 at 2:33 pm

    Thanks Becca,

    So happy you enjoyed this recipe and made a rawkin deodorant for yourself!

    Enjoy smelling fresh and clean 🙂

  25. Xan

    October 24th, 2018 at 10:32 pm

    So my armpits feel
    Slightly raw or irritated by this but I can’t figure out why. I have never used natural deodorant before could this be impacting the affect?

  26. SGS Rawkstar Carissa

    October 29th, 2018 at 2:33 pm

    Hey Xan,

    I am so sorry to hear that. My only guess would be if you have an allergic reaction to the baking soda in the ingredients? That would be the only thing that could cause some sort of reaction. I would try applying just coconut oil to it and see if that helps with the irritation.

    Hope that helps!

  27. Emil

    October 28th, 2018 at 12:55 pm

    Magical! Got rashes under the armpit from other recipes.
    this one is simple and works wonders. I am a man get rather smelly if not using deodorant.
    Strongly recommend.
    I’m off to try a batch with scent free coconut oil, so the ESOs can get some stage time too.

  28. SGS Rawkstar Carissa

    October 29th, 2018 at 3:01 pm

    Hey Emil,

    SO happy to hear that our recipe did not give you any rashes. It is really the best homemade deodorant I have ever tried and I am glad it is working great for you as well. 🙂

  29. Kim

    November 6th, 2018 at 12:37 pm

    I was skeptical that this would actually work.. It DOES work 🙂 and it smells so good! Will never go back to store bought deodorant again! Thanks for the great recipe. I will spread the word xx

  30. SGS Rawkstar Carissa

    November 7th, 2018 at 1:03 pm

    Yay Kim!!!

    It really is THAT good and so happy that you want to share it with others.

    Happy dance time!!!

  31. Bonny Cole

    November 7th, 2018 at 10:14 pm

    I haven’t made it yet, but I’m looking forward to trying it. I have fibromyalgia and am constantly sweating. I have tried every store bought deodorant for women and men and I still have no. Can’t wait to make ur deodorant and use it. Thx for sharing

  32. SGS Rawkstar Carissa

    November 13th, 2018 at 2:07 pm

    Hey Bonny,

    I have a feeling you will love the DIY deodorant and I hope that it gives you what you are looking for 🙂

  33. Jenelle

    November 8th, 2018 at 3:40 pm

    So I love the idea of this and I made some and I get no b.o. smell, but I find it gets damp under my arms (pit stains and all) without my store-bought deodorant. It makes me feel gross. Is there an ingredient I need to increase or add to keep my underarms feeling dry too? I really don’t want to go back to that 100 ingredients I can’t even pronounce store-bought stuff!! Please HELP!!

  34. SGS Rawkstar Carissa

    November 13th, 2018 at 3:03 pm

    Hey Jenelle,

    I am so glad that you are enjoying how fresh and clean our deodorant makes you smell! You can try adding some extra arrow root in your deodorant because that ingredient is suppose to absorb moisture.

    Hope that helps! 🙂

  35. Jenelle

    November 18th, 2018 at 11:44 pm

    Thanks! I’ll definitely try this!

  36. Agen p

    November 10th, 2018 at 6:51 pm

    This recipe is the best ever I have spend a fortune on store deodorant because I sweat a lot so I have to get the most expensive ones.In my country we have the organic coconut oil and baking soda and corn starch is not expensive,iam never going back to buy those chemicals deodorants again.The baking soda does give me rash but it will go away after awhile.Iam totally ordour free.Thank you so much for your recipe.

  37. SGS Rawkstar Carissa

    November 13th, 2018 at 3:06 pm

    Hey Agen,

    I am so glad you found our recipe so you could ditch the store bought deodorant and not only save money but give your body some chemical free products!

  38. Sophie

    November 14th, 2018 at 11:36 am

    I am hooked on my natural deodorant now! I’m a runner too, and sweat a lot. In the summer my deodorant was too soft, so I have added a tablespoon of beeswax pastilles to the recipe. I always put in tea tree oil for antibacterial properties (and I like the smell), but have experimented with other oils for scent. I added frankincense today. One thing I noticed though — orange oil smelled awesome, but stained the armpits of a white shirt, so now I am careful with the oils that have stronger colors. As for rash, if you shave your armpits, you might try not putting deodorant on for a few hours after you shave them. I epilady my armpits (it’s not so bad after the first time, and they look and feel GREAT — I only do them every week or 10 days now), and I do it at night, and then soothe them with witch hazel, and don’t use deodorant until the next morning.

  39. SGS Rawkstar Carissa

    November 20th, 2018 at 2:01 pm

    Hey Sophie,

    SO happy that a fellow running loves this deodorant too!!! Thank you for sharing with us and how it works best for you 🙂

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  41. Lara

    November 23rd, 2018 at 7:19 am

    Hey is 1/2 c mean half a cup? Thanks 🙂

  42. SGS Rawkstar Carissa

    November 27th, 2018 at 1:43 pm

    Hey Lara,

    Yes, 1/2 c means half a cup! 🙂

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