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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
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

What do you think of the deodorant recipe?

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. Adhika Annissa

    May 8th, 2019 at 8:13 pm

    Hi, I live in Indonesia where it’s quite humid and warm all the time. I just want to share, I made it 30gr with 3tbsp cornstarch, 3/4tsp baking soda and 1tbsp coconut oil. I think it’s important to put in any liquid ingredients gradually considering the humidity and general temperature of where we live. Just to make sure that we get the texture we aim. I’ve tried to apply it, there was a small sensation but nothings really disturbing. My only question is, I still feel the texture a bit powdery, just a little bit. Is it normal or it should be completely creamy?

  2. SGS Rawkstar Carissa

    May 9th, 2019 at 3:54 pm

    Hey Adhika,

    The texture should be a little gritty. However, you could always add less baking soda or more coconut oil to make it more creamy.

    Hope that helps!

  3. Cornelia

    May 10th, 2019 at 3:58 am

    This recipe is amazing! It actually works!
    I tried this on a whim because I ran out of my store bought deodorant. I happened to have all the ingredients at home but swapped the grapefruit oil for tea tree and lavender. Cleaning the glass jar properly with hot water probably took longer than mixing the ingredients together. I live in the UK and it’s fairly cold in the morning. I still find the consistency pretty good because I just take out a little with a spoon and soften it in my warm hand. It leaves faint marks on dark clothes due to the arrowroot powder (I presume), but that’s no problem at all! Absolute love it and it works! Brilliant!!

  4. SGS Rawkstar Carissa

    May 10th, 2019 at 1:22 pm

    Hey Cornelia,

    Thank you for sharing and letting us know how much you love this deodorant recipe! It really is THE BEST and I make sure to always have some on hand.

  5. Monica

    May 11th, 2019 at 1:22 am

    I am so happy I found this recipe! I was surprised at how easy it was to make and how effective it is. I used lavender oil which smells really strong in the jar and when I apply it, but throughout the day there’s just no smell on my skin at all, which I really like! I’m even making a batch to give to my mom and sister. My only question/concern is that I have dark/discolored underarms which I’m really embarrassed and self conscious about. I don’t shave anymore (I tweeze) so I think the chemicals in the store bought deodorants I’d been using for 2 decades might have been the cause. Do you know if this deodorant will affect or help with this? I’ve only been using it for a few days so I do notice it stinging a little bit. Thank you so much!

  6. SGS Rawkstar Carissa

    May 13th, 2019 at 2:04 pm

    Hey Monica,

    Thank you for sharing that with us! I am sorry that your skin has been discolored over time. Unfortunately I do not know if it will help with your situation but it should not discolor your skin like your other deodorant has before. If you continue to have the stinging feeling you can always try to make it again with less baking soda and that might help with that.

    Hope that helps!

  7. Agnès

    May 14th, 2019 at 12:34 am

    I made this recipe and really like it! It is simple to make and its consistency is amazing! I am however finding it difficult to spread on my skin on my armpit and it tends to create lumps rather than spreading evenly and being absorbed in the skin. Is that normal? Can we do anything about it?

  8. SGS Rawkstar Carissa

    May 14th, 2019 at 12:55 pm

    Hey Agnes,

    It might be because it is too solid. Coconut oil is more solid depending on the temperature that you are in. What works for me is if I leave it in my bathroom and put it on after I take a hot shower. It is more melted and glides on much better that way.

    Hope that helps!

  9. Natalie m

    May 15th, 2019 at 6:00 pm

    It works great. I do find you have to tweak the recipe a bit to find the texture you like. I made it following the recipe but only used half the amount of baking soda. I found that was too chalky so I added more coconut oil and a couple extra drops of tea tree oil. It’s been great. I gave some to my mom to try. She loves it. Only issue we both are having is that after a month our armpits are starting to go red. Like the baking soda is starting to irritate our armpits and causing burns. I’m wondering if using 1/4 of the recommended baking soda would help. Has anyone else had this issue/ what are you ke recommendations?
    Thank you.

  10. SGS Rawkstar Carissa

    May 16th, 2019 at 2:18 pm

    Hey Natalie,

    I am glad to hear that you have adjusted the recipe to get the texture you are looking for. We have heard that some add in less baking soda if they are sensitive to it but the amount wasn’t been very much. Since everyone’s skin is so different you might just be really sensitive to the baking soda. Some people cannot tolerate baking soda at all on their skin so I hope that is not the case for you. I would try using even less and see if that makes a difference.

  11. Holly

    May 21st, 2019 at 12:04 pm

    I recently decided to go plastic free, swapping my plastic roll on deodorant for something plastic free and natural was one of the first swaps on my list.

    This is the first recipe I tried and I won’t be using any others. It really works, and I was super sceptical

    Thank you so much 🙂

  12. SGS Rawkstar Carissa

    May 22nd, 2019 at 12:18 pm

    Hey Holly,

    Yay!!! I am so happy that you tried our recipe even though you were skeptical. It really is such a great recipe 🙂

  13. Vidya

    May 28th, 2019 at 10:51 am


    This recipe is just great and works perfect. Haven’t had smelly underarms after I started using this. I am having one issue though, my underarms are going dark from last 2 weeks. I used corn starch instead of arrow root powder. What do you think might be the reason? Any others also having this problem?

  14. SGS Rawkstar Carissa

    May 30th, 2019 at 1:57 pm

    Hey Vidya,

    It might be from the essential oil that you are using. We have heard that some essential oils others have used caused their armpits to stain. So I would suggest switching that up and seeing if that makes a difference.

  15. Amanda

    May 31st, 2019 at 6:14 pm

    This recipe works well! Some adjustments: I use about 1/4 cup of baking soda, and do a mix of lemongrass/ orange essential oils, as well as a bit of vanilla. I add a tad more coconut oil, so the texture is a bit creamier. It’s so effective against odour, my boyfriend asked for me to make him some, and he loves it too! Thanks for sharing:)

  16. SGS Rawkstar Carissa

    June 3rd, 2019 at 1:08 pm

    Hey Amanda,

    SO happy that you love this recipe. Thank you for sharing how you made it work for you!!! 🙂

  17. chrissy

    June 17th, 2019 at 2:25 pm

    Hi there, I was so excited to try this out that I went right out and bought all the ingredients and put them in my kitchenaid. I followed the directions to a T, and the result was a very clumpy unusable mess. What did I do wrong? I blended it for quite awhile thinking any minute it would turn more creamy. Its almost the consistency of the start of pie dough. I hate to waste this, how can I fix it?

  18. lisa

    June 18th, 2019 at 8:53 pm

    Love this and i started a a month or 2 and i’m in the my 3 mouth and i see a red rash. Can some one help? Im not sure if its cause i cut myself when i was shaving or it a reaction? It never happen before.. just this week? Any suggestion? it mostly on one side not the other.. not sure…

  19. SGS Rawkstar Carissa

    June 19th, 2019 at 2:20 pm

    Hey Lisa,

    I am not sure what might be going on but if it is only on one side and not the other it is probably from shaving too close or something happened with that side specifically. You might want to not sure this while you have the rash because the baking soda might irritate it.

    Hope that helps!

  20. Nicole

    June 29th, 2019 at 6:06 am

    Do you melt the coconut oil or whip it?

  21. SGS Rawkstar Carissa

    July 1st, 2019 at 12:48 pm

    Hey Nicole,

    I prefer to melt the coconut oil before I mix it that way everything is even.

    Hope that helps!

  22. Andrea

    July 8th, 2019 at 4:48 am

    I tried your recipe using cornflour instead of arrowroot and it was so good. I had to dilute it with way more coconut oil to get the perfect blend for me. Oddly though, after 3 months of perfection it started to give me a small rash. I’ve done some research and some say its the bicarb, however I have tried some without bicarb and have the same issue. Do you think it could be a that I need to do a new batch? Have you had any similar issues?

  23. SGS Rawkstar Carissa

    July 8th, 2019 at 1:07 pm

    Hey Andrea,

    I am sorry to hear that you are now getting a rash from the deodorant. I don’t think it has anything to do with it being 3 months old. I usually make a huge batch of this and sometimes it last for almost a whole year. I wonder if something else has changed with your clothes or body wash that could be causing the rash because it doesn’t make sense to get a rash after using it for 3 months. I hope you can find what the reason is for it!

  24. Freda

    July 12th, 2019 at 12:21 am

    I made this and I really love it. I live in Malaysia where climate is pretty warm. But this deodorant is very effective even after a sweaty exercise session I didn’t smell at all. Mineral deodorants here were getting expensive and I never felt comfortable with anti perspirants. Thank you for sharing ur recipe

  25. SGS Rawkstar Carissa

    July 12th, 2019 at 11:59 am

    Hey Freda,

    I am so glad that our deodorant recipe is working for you! This has been the best thing for me as well and is also low cost to make.


  26. Heidi Neuffer

    July 15th, 2019 at 6:00 pm

    Thank you so much for the simple recipe! I’ve used one like this for a long time, that someone made and gave to me. Then I ran out…so I tried your recipe because I have all the ingredients on hand. I used tea tree oil. Pure awesomeness! Thank you, Heidi Neuffer

  27. SGS Rawkstar Carissa

    July 16th, 2019 at 11:51 am

    Hey Heidi,

    So happy you were able to use our recipe and loved it!! We think it’s pretty awesome too 🙂

  28. Missuly ESCOBAR

    July 15th, 2019 at 6:38 pm

    hello, the coconut oil is the solid one or the liquid one? here in Panama the normal is the virgin liquid one. Is that ok? or do I have to use the solid one?


  29. SGS Rawkstar Carissa

    July 16th, 2019 at 11:53 am

    I didn’t know there was one or the other. The coconut oil that we use is melted when it’s hot and becomes solid when cold. It would be easier to be melted so you can mix it well.

    Hope that helps!

  30. Michael Lloyd-Hayes

    July 16th, 2019 at 1:05 pm

    Has anyone tried putting it in an empty deodorant container and applying it that way?
    Effective or not?

  31. SGS Rawkstar Carissa

    July 17th, 2019 at 11:56 am

    Hey Michael,

    We have had a few people say they did this and it worked great for them. Just make sure it doesn’t get too warm or it will melt.

    Let us know how it goes!

  32. Mary

    July 22nd, 2019 at 8:06 pm

    Hi Jen. Thank you so much for this amazing recipe!
    I was wondering if incorporating beeswax or candelilla wax into the recipe would make this solid enough to use in a twist up/push up tube? If so, how much would I use?
    Thank you in advance. Love your blog!

  33. SGS Rawkstar Carissa

    July 23rd, 2019 at 11:57 am

    Hey Mary,

    When I make this recipe it is very solid to the point where I have to keep it in my bathroom and use it once the steam kicks in and melts it some. We have had some followers who put it in an old deodorant container and it worked great. We haven’t tried using the wax in this recipe so unfortunately I do not know how much you should add for that. If you do give it a try let us know how it goes!

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