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Homemade deodorant that really works

8.25.2020

Try my homemade deodorant recipe that uses safe natural ingredients like coconut oil and essential oils to combat sweat and body odor.

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I’ve used countless store-bought natural deodorants, and they always leave me stinky and sweaty. I first made this homemade deodorant recipe back in 2011 and still use it daily, along with thousands of rawkstars who swear by it too.

Why I use natural deodorant

Making your own deodorant saves money, is healthier for your body, and actually stops the sweating AND body odor. Seriously, jump on this bandwagon asap!

In 2011, I went down the hippie road and started making granola bars, natural cold & flu remedies, elderberry syrup, and even went 10 days without shampoo (def don’t recommend that last one). It was during this time that I began questioning all the things I was putting in and on my body.

Deodorant was one of them.

Most store-bought deodorants contain parabens, aluminum, dye, and a bunch of chemicals I can’t even spell (or type correctly). Different studies have theorized that the aluminum in antiperspirants may increase the risk of breast cancer and Alzheimer’s disease. While other chemicals may lead to hormonal imbalances.

Sure, all of this is debatable, but why take the chance?

And why put these things on your body IF there are safe, natural alternatives that work even better?

To me, that’s reason enough to ditch commercial deodorants and make my own. I’ve been using the exact same recipe for over 9 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 scent I feel like that season.

homemade deodorant that works using all nattural ingredients

The best natural deodorant

No joke— 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 slathered it on before a long day of helping friends move… We sweat all day and came home smelling good!

Ingredients to make homemade deodorant

You only need four ingredients to make your own all-natural deodorant. Chances are you prob have at least half of them already. You can buy arrowroot powder in the baking section of most natural food stores or online.

  1. baking soda (feel free to use less if you’ve got sensitive skin)
  2. non-gmo 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
How to use natural homemade deodorant

How to use homemade deodorant

Using natural deodorant can seem a little intimidating at first. Since it’s stored in a jar, you have to scoop it out with your finger, a popsicle stick or a tongue depressor. If you’d prefer to have it in “stick form,” you can add a little bit of beeswax and shea butter to the recipe to thicken it. Yet I found that didn’t work as well for me and went back to the jar recipe.

Homemade deodorant: a recipe for succes

Some people can encounter issues with an itchy rash, red bumps, or more sweat and/or odor than usual as they transition to homemade deodorant. Yet don’t let this prevent you from making the switch! Drinking plenty of water and dry brushing are two awesome ways to assist your body as it adjusts away from the chemical-laden deodorants you used to use. My #1 recommendation (drumroll, please!) is to detox your armpits. Sounds weird, I know! But it’ll help speed up your body’s adjustment period to this homemade deodorant. Katie at Wellness Mama has a great recipe for a detoxifying armpit clay mask that I swear by.

Best Natural Deodorant to Buy

While making my own deodorant works for me, I’m also a realist and know that not everyone wants to go this crunchy. That’s where Pretty Frank (formerly known as Primal Pit Paste) and Native come in. Both brands have natural deodorant lines that have a variety of strengths and scents that work AND are better for your body. I’ve used them both when on vacation or if I run out of my own homemade deodorant and haven’t had time to make another batch.

Homemade deodorant with coconut oil and arrowroot powder — All Natural DIY Recipe
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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: no bake
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

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).


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Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup baking soda (you can use less when starting out if it irritates you)
  • 1/2 cup 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)

Instructions

  1. Mix baking soda and arrowroot together. (I used my Kitchenaid Stand Mixer.)
  2. Next add the coconut oil and essential oils. Mix well.
  3. Pour into clean air-tight jar (Homemade deodorant will last 3-6 months in an 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. 

Notes

Consistency: This deodorant changes consistency depending on the temperature. In cold climates, it can be 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 liquid-y, you can store it in a cool cupboard to thicken it up.

Technique: For the past couple years, I stopped using the popsicle stick and actually just use my fingers and dip them in the jar.

Keywords: natural deodorant recipe, DIY deodorant, arrowroot deodorant

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  1. Tali says:

    White particles are left on my pits. I used cornstarch btw. How do I get rid of this and also when I apply it I’m left with slightly oily pits too. Please help!!

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      Hey Tali! Sounds like you need to make sure your homemade deodorant is thoroughly mixed together. You’ll also want to store it somewhere where it won’t get too cold, as that will affect the texture + consistency. I like to keep mine on a shelf in the shower so the warmth + humidity of the shower softens it a bit and makes it easier to apply after my shower. 🙂

  2. Sara Ferraz says:

    Hi! Thank you so much for the recipe! I just made it and looks amazing the only thing I notest is the strong smell of the coconut oil that ends up overpowering the essential oil (I put violet its a string scent) can I do this with other oil like almond oil or avocado? Something more neutral

    Thank you so much!

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      Hey Sara! You’ll want to use something that is solid state at room temperature. There are recipes online that omit coconut oil, I think they sub shea butter and/or beeswax but you’ll want to check them out to get the amounts of each ingredient correct.

  3. Hi says:

    Hey I have been using this for sometime now. But I’m not able to get a super creamy consistency. I can feel the granules in my cream. Any suggestions to give it a nice smooth silky texture??

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      Depending on the room temperature where you’re storing your homemade deodorant, your mixture may seem a bit dry and hard to scoop out of the container. I like to keep my jar on a shelf in the shower so the warm humidity helps the mixture stay nice and creamy. I use it as soon as I get out of the shower. Try that and see if it helps. 🙂

  4. Carol R says:

    Day 2
    I don’t smell and my ‘pits’ are soft and smooth
    I will keep you updated. I did start out with less baking soda. Maybe an 1/8 cup. Gave it 4 star’s for 2 days

  5. Cameron Keideth says:

    I made it but it still came out very powdery im going to add more coconut oil to see if that’ll make it more of a paste

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      Hey Cameron! Sometimes that happens when I make a batch and I add a little bit more coconut oil and that does the trick. 🙂

  6. Mary-Ann says:

    I haven’t tried it yet, but I was thinking of removing the baking soda completely, I tried it before in my armpits and it really gave me a bad burning sensation, almost intolerable. Do you think that’s ok?

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      Hey Mary-Ann. Reducing the amount is ok but I don’t know about leaving it out altogether. Def check out the section in the article that speaks about detoxing your armpits. I think that will help with your sensitivities to the baking soda. It helped with mine. 🙂

  7. Amanda Bennett says:

    This deodorant is fantastic. Been using it for three months –all during a very hot summer. Never did I feel like I stunk. I only had to reapply maybe two days in that three months. I love experimenting with different scent combos too. Thanks so much!

  8. tiffany says:

    Just made your diy deodorant! Super easy to make, I’m excited to see how it works.

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      Hey Tiffany! I love this deodorant and I hope you do, too! Come back after a few weeks and let us know how it’s working for you. 🙂

  9. Chantelle says:

    Another option to purchase is from Little Seed Farm. Native didn’t work for me and Primal pit paste has baking soda, which I can’t do because of a sensitivity to it. So if you are also sensitive to it, try little seed farm. It is amazing, especially the grapefruit lemon scent.

  10. Seb says:

    Super easy recipe and smells great. Like some of the other people here, my skin started to get red, burn and I developed a bit of a rash, so I’ll try this again using a lot less baking soda and see what happens. Fingers crossed!

  11. Linaia says:

    Thank you for this recipe!
    I first made the original recipe which turned out to be too strong for me (I did not know I was sensitive to baking soda). But this was also my first stop on the path to a more natural deodorant experience. I got a rash and then quartered the amount of baking soda (1/8 cup), which helped. As I was also in the detox stage, I made a powder from the arrowroot starch and lavender oil to dry out my armpits before applying the deodorant and that seemed to help my initial discomfort and extra humidity until the transition was complete.

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      That’s a great tip for those with sensitive skin, Linaia! Thank you for sharing it. And I’m so glad we could help you on your journey! 🙂

  12. Heather says:

    Hi! I’ve been using your recipe for quite some time now – I’ve made it four times – and I love it. Deodorants never work for me and it’s driven me crazy for years. THIS though. This works so incredibly well and it’s a life-changer. Now my husband uses it and my daughter does too.

    I don’t add any oils to it because I don’t know which oils can be used on skin (vs. for making the room smell nice) and I’m in the camp of less is more. I put the paste in lots of small cute containers we had lying around to take around. It makes me happy to know that I’ve simplified one aspect of my life. It means that we aren’t populating landfills with more plastic and we don’t have to worry about dangerous chemicals.

    THANK you for your amazing recipe!

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      This is such a fabulous testimonial, Heather! I think it’s awesome you have your husband and daughter using it, as well. I agree, it’s nice to know you’re doing something positive for both your body *and* the environment. Thank you so much for sharing your story! 🙂

  13. Mayra says:

    Hello!
    I just made a batch last week and I AM LOVING IT!!! used a couple of tea tree oil drops + lots of mint oil… yum.
    Just a question, I ended up with a lot of it, and probably will last for more than 3 months… will it go bad? Have you kept it for more than 3 months? I think because of the ingredients it will stay in good condition, but just curious…..
    Thank you!!

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      Hey Mayra! First of all, I think it’s funny that you said “yum” to a deodorant but I totally get it! It’s nice having something that smells so good (and doesn’t smell like chemicals or fake natural scents) to put on your body!

      I’ve been using this recipe for years and I don’t really keep track of how many months each batch lasts but I know it’s longer than three months. Of course, I wouldn’t tell you it can last for years without going bad but I think it’s safe to say it will still work great in the 3-6 month window. 🙂

  14. heather says:

    Hey I’m young and my parents absolutely loved this! Thank you so much!!!

  15. Ray says:

    Hello! Phenomenal recipe! I used this on an outdoors adventure weekend. I was sweating and moving for about 30 hours with no showers and never once smelled bad! Amazing!

    The only problem I have is with the oils separating from the arrow root and baking soda. Have you ever tried whipping the oil and adding some cosmetic grade beeswax before adding the arrowroot and baking soda?

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      Hi Ray,

      Love to hear you spent the weekend smelling great. You know, we haven’t, but now I totally want to! If you give it a try, please reach back out + let us know how it turns out!

  16. Megan says:

    Thanks for the recipe!
    My skin doesn’t always love coconut oil, so I used half coconut oil and half shea butter to try. Grapefruit EO sounds lovely, but I had lavender in stock so used that. Works so well for reducing odour, and no skin reaction! But I found it very dry, and it just stuck on my skin rather than absorbing. I’ve added more coconut oil to make it softer, which has helped. Next time I might just reduce the arrowroot/baking soda amount a little.

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      Megan, those sound like great tweaks to make it work for you! So glad we could help you find a better-for-you alternative to store-bought deodorant. 🙂

  17. Basila Ali says:

    I love this recipe so much. I wanted to switch from store bough deodorant for environmental reasons, but this may be better than store bought even otherwise. Thank you!

  18. Samantha says:

    Hello! My youngest daughter has just hit puberty and has been telling me about her odor I’ve been using store bought deodorant but it doesn’t work that well. I wanted to try this recipe out but I wanted to ask a few questions first.

    1. I am going to use cornstarch instead of arrowroot, is that ok?

    2. I will be using almond EO, will that work?

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      Hi Samantha. Arrowroot powder is preferable but if you need to use cornstarch, you can. As far as the essential oil(s) you use, you will want to use one with antibacterial properties and I’m not sure if almond EO falls into that category.

  19. Chrystel says:

    Best best deodorant!! Not counting on getting a shop bought one …..ever! Tried it with tea tree oil. And now doing it with orange essential oil. Latest smells nicer to me. Probably tea tree oil better for hot days….
    It takes 2 min to make. Absolutely love it. Thank you so much for sharing the recipe

  20. Ava says:

    This was amazingly quick and easy to make and is so so affordable. Our bureau batch had lasted over 6 months for me and my husband. We both did get a rash when first using it, but after a week it went away. I think our skin needed of get use to it.
    Thank you so much, we are never looking back!

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      That’s awesome, Ava! And thanks for including your experience with getting a rash. Many folks experience that at first and some are hesitant to keep using it because they wonder if it will eventually go away or not. Your information helps others, so thank you!

  21. Sheila says:

    I have been using this recipe for 2 weeks now. Although I used less baking soda I still got a nasty rash in my armpits. So I heated it up and added some fractionated coconut oil (as it was also extremely dry, not like a paste as it’s supposed to). I then added a little more arrowroot and grapefruit EO. The rash has since calmed down (the deodorant is still quite effective, although not as much as “un-tweaked” version), however i have now noticed that my armpits are going dark, like really dark! Is this just because the rash has healed and turned into a mild version of a “scab”, or has anyone else experienced this before?

    Thank you for an awesome recipe, personally it’s still taking some getting used to, but I’m sure I’ll get the hang of making and using it.

    • Justine says:

      Did you use any photosensitizing essential oils by any chance? These include most of the citrus oils and angelica root.

      • Sheila says:

        Hi.
        I used Grapefruit EO as directed in the recipe. Perhaps I should try with another one. Do you have any specific recommendations?

      • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

        I honestly don’t think this is the cause unless you are walking around in direct sunlight with your arms up in the air. Even then, such a small amount of EO is used in each application, again, I doubt this is the cause.

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      Hey Sheila! I used to get a rash when I applied the deodorant immediately after shaving. Could that have been a cause? I’d give it a little time for your body to get used to a more natural approach, as well as expel the unnatural ingredients that most store-bought deodorants have in them (and I’m betting the darkness will eventually fade). Another thing I do, especially when I first started using this deodorant, was to use a bentonite clay mask on my underarms about once a week.

      Also, I’ve read (and personally experienced) that baking soda can help reduce dark discoloration under the arms. So def give it a few more months and see if you notice a difference.

      • Sheila says:

        Thank you for taking the time to leave an extensive reply. The rash has gotten worse over the last few days. I usually wax my armpits, so the shaving hasn’t been an issue on that account. It almost feels like it’s caused by chafing, but I’ve never had that issue with store bought natural deodorants.
        I will try the bentonite mask, and see if that helps.
        For now I’ve purchased a crystal deodorant, until the rash calms down, because I can’t bear putting the deodorant on my skin right now.
        I have heard the same thing about baking soda, which is why I was so surprised. It’s very odd

      • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

        Hey Sheila. I hope you are able to get to the bottom of it! Don’t give up. 🙂

  22. Paula says:

    Excellent recipe, I had been buying natural deodorant for a year but then thought I could make my own and found your recipe. Thanks so much for sharing it. I even convinced my partner to change and he has been using the same deodorant forever!

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      So glad you found this recipe, Paula! I think you and your partner are going to love it!

  23. Addison says:

    Hi, I made the recipe and when I used it, it immediately started stinging and turning red. I think it may be the baking soda. Is there an ingredient that can substitute the baking soda?

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      Hey Addison, try using half the amount of baking soda and make sure to use arrowroot powder, not cornstarch and see if that helps. 🙂

  24. Cathy says:

    I’m Cathy, I have a history of being allergic to store bought deodorants and am in search for a “do it yourself” D.O. I’ve been using just straight up baby powder, but it’s not an all day thing. It does keep all my colored cloths white tho, lol. I’m wondering if this would work for me and my girls as all of us have this issue. Having your put glan swell like that isn’t right. We are good as long as we don’t use store bought.
    Also, if we try this.. can I use cinnamon oils during winter months

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      Hi Cathy! I’m so sorry to hear about your allergies. I think this recipe may work for you but you really won’t know until you give it a try. If you have sensitive skin (and it sounds like you do), use less baking soda to begin with and be sure to use arrowroot powder (not cornstarch). I have sensitive skin as well so I’m making these suggestions from experience. I also think you could cut this recipe by a quarter and make just a small amount in order to give it a try and see if it bothers your skin or not. If you quarter this recipe, the measurements will be:

      -1/8 cup baking soda (or less, like I stated above)
      -1/8 cup arrowroot powder (not cornstarch)
      -3 3/4 teaspoons unrefined organic coconut oil
      -5 drops grapefruit essential oil

      Something else I think you may benefit from is detoxing your armpits. I make a mask using bentonite clay, apple cider vinegar, and water. You can search “detox armpits” online for more information.

      As far as using cinnamon essential oil– cinnamon EO is actually one of the strongest antibacterial essential oils. Important things to remember:
      1. *Always* dilute it with a carrier oil (in this case, that would be the coconut oil).
      2. It’s possible for sensitive people to experience allergic reactions when cinnamon oil is applied topically. This might show up as skin irritation, such as itching and rashes. Make sure to do a skin test on a small patch of skin first.
      3. Cinnamon EO has such a powerful scent, I would use fewer drops than the recipe calls for. Start small (like 1 or 2 drops in the recipe I quartered for you above) and slowly add more if needed.

      And because you mentioned it, I’ll tell you this deodorant doesn’t stain my clothes, which is another huge plus.

      Good luck and let us know how it goes! 🙂

  25. Samantha says:

    Hello,
    Does the essential oil serve a purpose other than for a pleasant scent? I would prefer not to add it if it doesn’t help with body odor? Please let me know

    Thank you

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      Hi Samantha! Grapefruit EO has antibacterial properties. If you prefer another scent, you will want to use another EO that has antibacterial properties, such as eucalyptus, peppermint, lavender, tea tree oil, bergamot, and lemongrass (to name the more well-known ones that would work in a deodorant). Out of all these options, I think grapefruit has the most subtle scent.

  26. Steven Hansford says:

    Thank you so much for the healthy deodorant recipe. It has worked fantastic. It is the only one I will use.

  27. Amy says:

    Hey! I made this recipe today, but because in my country Arrowroot powder is so rare, I used cornstarch, which works the same. Thank you so much for the explanations and the ingredients! I have used it twice, each for 6 hours. It’s 33 Celcius in my country and I did not smell at all! The coconut oil sometimes melts when I use it although it does not bother me as much. Should I use beeswax to thicken it? Thanks! The ingredients in store-bought deos are so harmful, and my family has a history of endometriosis and breast cancer. Glad I found this site!

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      Amy, I’m so glad you found it, also! I think you can add a little beeswax to thicken it. I’d add a little at a time until you reach your desired consistency. 🙂

  28. Charlotte Malinga says:

    It’s doing wonders for me and my youngest who reached puberty. I couldn’t tolerate the smell of our armpits and had to do something about it.
    There’s no complaints anymore, she plays sports freely and with pride. I’ll pass this recipe to other people /generations to come. Thanl you

  29. Alexandra says:

    Hello!
    I’ve just made my second batch and I have to say how much I love it! My first batch was a little cakey but I found if I applied it with damp fingers it worked perfectly! I used Rosemary and Lavender Oil in it and it smells like a Spa PLUS it kills ALL BO smell! I NEVER smell bad wearing this! It’s amazing! I added more coconut oil this time to make it creamier. It’s an awesome recipe, thank you!

  30. Nat says:

    Hello,

    I made a jar of this deodorant sometime may and been using it since and it’s great! I don’t smell at all in the day but I have noticed by the end of the day I do start to smell strongly of something. It’s not a BO or sweaty smell but some other kind of smell that I can’t describe. It’s not mega unpleasant but it’s not amazing either. Do you know what could be causing that? I wash under my arms every day before putting on new deo so it can’t be a build up of old deo. Have you experienced this?

    Thanks

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      Hey Nat! This is a deodorant, not an anti-perspirant so by the end of the day, it’s probably due to a small buildup of sweat and bacteria that you remove each day when you shower. The smell is not as strong as it may have been in the past because the use of natural products is helping your body regulate itself, i.e., less sweat and bacteria. Hard to believe that most store-bought deodorants actually cause us to sweat + stink more but it’s true. I totally know what you mean and have experienced it myself (I’ve been making and using this deodorant for years) but it’s really not something to worry about.

      You’ve only been using this for a few months so give it time and I think you’ll notice the smell less and less as your body adjusts itself. I can’t promise it will ever go away completely–that’s pretty unlikely–but it should decrease over time. (And take your local climate into consideration, also. Where I am, the winters are cold and dry so I don’t usually smell so bad at the end of the day. The summers are hot and humid so that’s a different story. 😉 )

  31. Yvonne Pulido-Gonzalez says:

    The consistency was good but when I rub it in my armpit it get clumpy and powdery?

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      Try using a little less at first. You can also add a bit more melted coconut oil to your mixture, which may help with the clumpy-ness.

  32. Atenea says:

    Hi! I’m super happy with the deodorant and my husband too. We don’t smell anymore . I only have one question because I’m starting to get brown spots in my armpits, is this normal? I never had it before. My husband didn’t get any brown spots. What should I do?
    Thanks for the recipe.

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      Hi Atenea! So glad you and your husband love the deodorant. 🙂

      Have you tried exfoliating your armpits? That will help remove excess dead skin and bacteria trapped in the armpit area (which may be the cause of the brown spots). If you clean your armpits by rubbing them with a soapy washcloth, they are already being exfoliated and you don’t necessarily need to use an exfoliating scrub. And if it’s at all possible, you could also go au naturel–without any deodorant–for at least a few days (longer would be even better). That may help a lot.

  33. Danielle Roberts says:

    I found that as my armpits detoxed from not using aluminium based deodorant, they started to stink. I thought the deodorant wasn’t working, but a quick Google showed this was normal and expected.
    I put a clay face mask on my pits, as suggested which sorted it out for a few days, and repeated it, but I only had a small tube of face mask and the transition phase is supposed to last between 4 and 8 weeks, so with my next batch of deodorant, I swapped out half the bicarb of soda for some kaolin clay. This does the job of detoxing and deodorising in one!

  34. Beth says:

    I had breast cancer so was looking for a good alternative to regular deodorants and found this recipe. I worried it wouldn’t work because where we live the temperature gets up to 122 F. I don’t mind sweating but I didn’t want the odor. This recipe totally works! It is amazing and I am so glad I found it.

  35. Deb Williams says:

    I made this (only half the amount as it was my first go) and it works fantastically for me. I have developed a bit of irritation under one arm so am going to make another batch with less bicarb. If I do that, do I make up the difference with more arrowroot? Also, can you use fragrance oil instead of essential oil? It says it can be used to make soap so can I assume it’s ok to put in the deo?

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      Hey Deb. Yes, do a little less bicarb and a little more arrowroot and that should help.

      As far as the fragrance oil, I’m not sure. I’d look at the ingredients and see what it says. We love this deodorant because it’s made with a few simple and natural ingredients. The problem with many things listed as “fragrance” is that it’s a blanket term for hundreds of hidden harmful chemicals that can cause irritation, allergic reactions and even more serious health problems when used long term. Single oil EOs are exactly what they say; for example, grapefruit EO is made from cold pressing grapefruit rinds and tea tree EO is made from steam distillation of the leaves from the tea tree.

  36. Martha E.G. says:

    Thank you for sharing this recipe!
    I had become so frustrated(especially during Summer months) & worried about odor.
    Now, I am always confident applying this deodorant. Not only in it’s reliability. But, health and cost reasons, as well.

  37. Stephanie Vargas says:

    I’m looking forward to using this deodorant! I just made it and mine came out very powdery like the consistency of the flour. Can I add more coconut oil to make it more like a paste or will that lessen its effectiveness?
    Thank you for sharing this with us!!
    :o) Stephanie

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      Hey Stephanie! Did you melt the coconut oil first? That should help the mixture reach the consistency you want. You can add a little more coconut oil if you need to but add a very little bit (like ~1/2 tsp.) at a time. I learned that the hard way. 🙂

      • Stephanie Vargas says:

        Awesome!! Thank you…I will melt it next time but even so, the recipe works great…thank you!!

      • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

        I’m glad to hear it! You’re very welcome. 🙂

  38. Lucinda Rojo says:

    Can I use almond oil as a substitute for the coconut? And tea tree oil instead of grapefruit?

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      Lucinda, you can use any essential oil that has antibacterial properties. I don’t think the almond oil will work, though. I think you could use shea butter and/or beeswax if you don’t want to use coconut oil.

  39. Helen says:

    I see what Wayne’s issue may be, and I wonder if it is because neither the ingredient list nor the instructions say anything about melting the coconut oil. It makes a huge difference! I had the same result Wayne did until I scrolled through the comments and found that one person asked if you melt the coconut oil first. I would suggested adding (melted) to the coconut ingredient list and then providing instruction on how best to melt it. I am excited to try this for the first time!

  40. Kate says:

    Only on day 3 but LOVING this deodorant so far. Thank you for making a recipe that’s so easy to throw together!

    I’ve been gradually making the transition to plastic-free health & beauty products. I exhausted every local option for a zero-waste deodorant and picked one out online but having something shipped across the country (or from another country) didn’t feel right. I tried your recipe because the ingredients are so readily accessible I figured it would be a pretty low-risk experiment. Bonus- I have access to arrowroot & baking soda in bulk!!

    I skipped the detox for now because I haven’t found the bentonite clay locally. Hopefully this will work out okay. *fingers crossed* I’ve been using A&H deodorant for many years so the baking soda shouldn’t be a problem for me.

    Before making the switch a few days ago, the pits of my T’s were drenched on a regular basis, as though my previous deodorant wasn’t working anymore – the worse I’ve ever experienced. The past few days have been 70-80 degrees, I did a high intensity strength training session yesterday and 4.5 mile run today. I stayed completely dry yesterday and had very minor sweat spots running but ZERO smell both days.

    My husband has agreed to the occasional sniff check such a good sport) and says there’s a nice light coconut smell and that’s it! I added lavender EO since I had some around which he can’t smell but that’s perfect for me, I prefer little to no scent. Once his last stick of deodorant runs out I’ll be making his & her batches!

    Looking forward to seeing how it performs long term!

  41. Becky says:

    Are the 1/2 cup measurements for both of the dry ingredients correct? 1 cup dry to 5 tbl “wet”?

    Should that maybe be 1/2 *tsp* each dry ingredient? I’m mixing this by hand so maybe it takes a lot longer to incorporate but I can’t see this ever becoming “pourable” and seems like this is going to leave big white marks under my pits…

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      Hey Becky. Yes, the measurements in the ingredient list are correct. You’d be surprised at how well 5 tablespoons (roughly 1/3 cup) of wet ingredients mixes with 1 cup of dry ingredients. The final product should be kind of a paste-like texture. So you don’t want to use too much of the coconut oil, otherwise it will be too runny. I’ve been using this for years and it doesn’t leave white marks. 🙂

  42. Elizabeth says:

    It clumps up when putting on pits, like regular deodorant. But I’m not a fan of that. I used gel deodorant for years because of that, before trying your recipe. Is there any way to make this less clumpy and still have the same effects?

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      Elizabeth, you could add a little more coconut oil and that will help the mixture have more of a creamy texture that shouldn’t clump up.

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