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Homemade deodorant that really works

By: Jen Hansard | last Updated: 12.11.2012 | COMMENTS: 589


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. 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
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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).


Scale

Ingredients


Instructions

  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.)

Notes

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. Rimmy says:

    This sounds really moisturicing too! I’ve recently switched to a natural brand of deodorant, but have been interested in making my own if I could. I may have to try this one out!

  2. Gigi says:

    I was truly skeptical. At first we used it for my husband who had developed a reaction to ALL deodorants including commercially sold natural deodorants. It worked so well for him that I started using it as well. I’m very active. I workout everyday and I sweat a lot. I used to only buy extra strength, clinical grade deodorants for myself because I needed something that strong. This recipe is just as good. I’m not exaggerating.

  3. Elaine says:

    Super easy to make, and smells wonderful with tea tree oil. Very smooth on skin as I only put half the bicarb in. Thank you ❤️

  4. Reba Kerley says:

    In the ingredients you list arrowroot powder. I clicked on it and it took me to arrowroot flour. So which one should I buy?

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      Hey Reba, you can buy the arrowroot flour the link took you to or another brand if you have different preferences. Arrowroot powder is sometimes called arrowroot flour or arrowroot starch. Just different names for the same product. 🙂

    • Brii says:

      Hello,

      How long does this deodorant last? Do you need to add any preservatives to keep it for long periods of time? I love the recipe and have been using it for 3 days so far, and I want to make some for my friends.

      • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

        Hi Brii. I make a 4-oz. jar and that lasts me five months or longer. Definitely don’t add any preservatives… that’s the whole reason this deodorant is so great- it’s made with simple and natural ingredients. 🙂

  5. Tia says:

    I’ve been using this for the last three months. And honestly, it works so well that I’ve been able to annoy my family into making the switch as well! Of course, I’m now stuck with having to mix up the product myself, (lazy ingrates, I tell ya!) But prefer this to them reverting to the store bought stuff. Thank you so much!

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      Kale yeah, Tia! Way to get the whole family on the natural products train, I love it. And sure, maybe you have to make theirs now also, but just double, triple or quadruple your batch each time you make it and you’ll have enough for everyone and it’s really not *that* much more work. But, they don’t have to know that and you can charge them for all the “extra work” you’re having to do. (Your secret is safe with me! 😉 )

  6. Tania says:

    I tried this recipe because lately my B.O. has been really bad, I was smelling it and it was making me really self conscious, to the point I was using deodorant several times a day.

    Finally got around to making it after being delayed by a broken ankle, and it works, no matter how hot I get in my day it works. The oils I chose for me smell nice for hours but when they finally fade there is still no b.o. smell I am completely impressed and a convert.

  7. Nat says:

    Hello,

    It took me forever to find arrowroot powder but I finally got some and made this recipe yesterday. Up to now it’s been working (only been one day I know) but I’ve already got a rash. I did read the comments about baking soda so I did use a bit less but maybe I need to cut it down more for the next batch. I just wanted to ask, what does the baking soda do in the recipe? I’m worried if I reduce it too much then the deodorant won’t work anymore 🙁

    Thanks for the recipe 🙂

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      Hi Nat, baking soda has antibacterial and anti-fungal properties so that’s why we use it in the deodorant. You can cut back on the amount if it’s giving you a rash, but I personally wouldn’t leave it out altogether. I have sensitive skin and sometimes get a rash from this as well. You may want to try detoxing your armpits, that should help.

  8. Jon Hitchell says:

    I’m a guy and would like to try this. Will this stain tee shirts?

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      Hey Jon! This deodorant is unisex, so glad you’re going to give it a try! You may want to change the essential oil(s) you use, but you don’t have to. I have never had issues with this staining my shirts and I’ve been using it for over five years.

  9. Roger says:

    I was wondering how many drops of essential oils I should put in? And what essential oils do you put in yours?

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      Hey Roger, add 20 drops of grapefruit essential oil or another essential oil with antibacterial properties. I use grapefruit EO exclusively when I make this but there are plenty of other options, depending on your personal preference. Tea tree, eucalyptus, and spruce, for example.

  10. Fadwa says:

    This is the best deodorant ever!!! Ive been using secret clinical for year… but this recipe is a life saver i put corn starch instead of the arrow root, but the next time ill try it with the arrow root! Thank you so much for this recipe ❤️

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      You’re welcome, Fadwa! I’m so glad you were able to find a natural option that works great for you. 😀

  11. Jim says:

    Hi ! Do you have a conversion for grams ? Thanks!

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      Hey Jim, here is a helpful conversion website for ya. 🙂 www.metric-conversions.org

    • Victoria says:

      I’m glad I found this website. The only arrowroot I found was at bulkbarn and it is a biological flour not powder. Do you recommend to use the flour?

      • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

        Hi Victoria! Yes, you can use arrowroot flour. Arrowroot powder is sometimes called arrowroot flour or starch. Just different names for the same thing.

  12. Brooke says:

    Love love LOVE this recipe, though after a few months my skin started getting really irritated by the Baking Soda and was starting to flake/get really raw.
    Do you recommend any substitutes for us sensitive gals?

    Thanks!

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      Hey Brooke! I’d say use less baking soda and a little more arrowroot powder and that should help. Detoxing your armpits may also help!

  13. Cyn says:

    I’ve Had a problem for many years with deodorants that just don’t last, and tried several DIY deodorant recipes. This one works!!! Seriously. I added cinnamon oil as the antibacterial oil ingredient. Five big stars.

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      Thanks for your rating and review, Cyn! I love this deodorant as well, and have been using it for years!

  14. Tibre says:

    I can’t wait to try this recipe, but I don’t understand why there are nutritional facts below the recipe?! It’s not to be eaten!

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      It’s a great recipe for deodorant, I use it and love it! You’re right, it’s *not* meant to be eaten. 🙂

  15. josie says:

    does this deodorant work for hyperhydrosis? i havent tried it yet but i wanted to find out before i make some

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      I really don’t know if it does but I would suggest giving it a try. You also might want to detox your armpits. The excess of chemicals in most store-bought deodorants could be exacerbating the issue.

  16. Kathy says:

    This deodorant is a keeper! It works wonderfully and I won’t go back to store bought deodorants! Thank you for a great recipe, I have been sharing it with others!

  17. Yoana says:

    Works really well, I’ve even got my husband using it! So glad I decided to try it out. My family wants me to make them some now 🙂 Been using this for 3 weeks and always smells great!

  18. Eleanor says:

    I’m keen to try a homemade deodorant. You say it melts in warm conditions. Does it not just melt under your armpits?!

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      Eleanor, it will melt as you apply it to your armpits but you’re not meant to use so much that it will run down your arms. 🙂

  19. Suramy Gomez says:

    This is my favorite deodorant recipe I’ve tried over the years! Thank you so much!

  20. Danielle says:

    This works better than anything else I’ve ever tried, payed for!
    I used cornstarch and lavender. Fantastic!

  21. Glenda Jean says:

    Do you melt your coconut oil

  22. Alyssa says:

    Thank you so much for this amazing recipe! I’ve tried all different brands of deodorants and had problems with every single one. This deodorant has kept me odor-free and I sweat less! I use half the amount of baking soda due to sensitivity but otherwise keep it the same. Thank you again!

  23. Del Wilkinson says:

    Made this today, and it is the consistency of the baking soda and corn starch. -no moisture at all. The coconut oil and essential offer no moisture. How I can ever apply this powdery mess to my underarms? I am not impressed!

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      Del, make sure you melt the coconut oil completely so you can thoroughly mix it with the dry ingredients. If you need to, add more coconut oil to get the consistency you are looking for. It should be a thick paste that is easy to spread on your underarms. I’m sorry this didn’t work for you at first but give it another try. I’ve been making and using this recipe for years and I love it. Once you get the recipe down, you’ll see how easy it is.

  24. Elennor says:

    Mine a pasty and don’t creamy like I could see in the picture is this OK and also very gritty. But eventually turn in go more liquidyish when I poke it continuously.

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      Hi Elennor, I would suggest that you continue to stir it really well and it should become less gritty and less liquid-like and more pasty. Sometimes, especially in warmer months or warmer climates, it will separate a little bit but stirring it up again should remix all the ingredients back together.

  25. Susan says:

    This recipe is the best thing! I genuinely have not whiffed once since we have started using it. I love the fact that it is SO easy to make, smells great and ACTUALLY WORKS unlike many of the shop bought ones I have bought that market themselves as natural or aluminium free. I had some rashes after having used my first batch for a while (my chap didn’t) but now I have cut down a tadge on the bicarbonate and all is well again. Delighted! I have shared with friends and family.

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      Hey Susan! Thank you for this glowing review! I use this deodorant also and LOVE IT. So glad you do, also. 🙂

  26. Molly says:

    Love this! I made a batch yesterday using the ingredients you mentioned alongside tea tree, patchouli, frankincense, golden amber and tangerine and my goodness smells wonderful and works a treat! Thank you!

  27. Sarah says:

    Hi, I am going to make this because my niece suffers from awful BO. GP is actually looking to prescribe botox. She is only 16. Anyway, my question is can I replace baking soda with arrowroot or should I use both.

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      Sarah, I truly hope you can help your niece find a more natural option that’s going to work for her. The option her GP suggested seems rather extreme, especially for a young woman. You will want to use both baking soda and arrowroot powder unless she has very sensitive skin and/or a reaction to the baking soda. Then, you might want to scale back on the amount of baking soda but not leave it out altogether. I also suggest that she detox her armpits. I know it sounds weird but it could really help. Here’s a great article that explains all about it: How to Detox Your Armpits. I detox my armpits using bentonite clay and ACV and I use Jen’s homemade deodorant recipe exclusively. I’ve been using it for over five years and I love it. I really hope this helps. You’re an awesome aunt for helping your niece, good luck!

  28. sonya says:

    First; I’ve been detoxing from store bought deodorant and I stink! The second I put this on it completely neutralized the smell, like magic! Second; in your photo the mixture looks creamy, mine came out powdery… should I be weighing the powders in grams and sifting them before I mix in the oils? I feel like maybe I got a really dense 1/2 cup or something. I added extra oil and it’s still powdery. Any tips? It works though!

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      Hey Sonya! It does work, I love it! I make it using measuring cups and not sifting. You could use slightly less than 1/2 cup but make sure your coconut oil is completely melted and in liquid form. I melt mine in the microwave, add the EO and then mix it in with the dry ingredients. Mix it very, very thoroughly. I end up with it the consistency of (weird analogy, sorry) frosting. When the temperature changes, it may separate a little and maybe get a little powdery but you can help that by using your finger or a popsicle stick (or something similar) to mix it back up again. Let me know if this helps! 🙂

  29. rita says:

    Hi!

    What could I use in place of arrowroot powder? I have normal high grade flour, would that work?

    Thanks!

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      Hi Rita! You could use cornstarch in place of arrowroot powder. Some people find cornstarch to be irritating to their skin so I just want to make sure you’re aware of that. But you can try it and see if it works for you. If you don’t want to use either of those, you could also try potato starch.

  30. Mari says:

    What what what! I made this and have to admit, I had some doubts.
    No need to doubt anymore! I biked today 10km and did a 45min hard workout, sweat like a pig, and this deodorant did not disappoint me. I am soo impressed! Will not go back to old options! Wow wow wow!

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      YAY Mari!! What a testimonial! Thank you for weighing in and letting us know your experience with it! 🙂

  31. Julie says:

    Hey! I am one of the many who love this deodorant and won’t go back to buying deo from the store…. The only thing I can’t figure out is how to completely wash the deo off my armpits. I scrub and scrub in the shower and it’s still building up (and smelling reeeeally bad). Any suggestions? Thanks!

    • Carol says:

      This really works as there’s no BO whatsoever BUT!! Wayyyy to strong for me!… it burnt me & it really hurts!…so I’ll need to adapt it slightly with less Bicarbonate of Soda maybe???

      • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

        Hey Carol! Yes, I suggest making it with less baking soda if you have sensitive skin. Try that and see if it works. 🙂

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      Julie, I love this deodorant, too! I’m not sure what to tell you about your build-up problem. How long have you been using homemade deodorant and do you think the buildup could be from the store bought deodorant you used to use? Because this recipe calls for all-natural ingredients, it seems strange that you’d have trouble washing it off your armpits. I suggest detoxing your armpits using products that contain detoxifying properties (such as bentonite clay, charcoal or ACV) to help clear your pores of dead skin and/or product buildup. I like to make a mask using bentonite clay, ACV, and a little water. I use it on my face and armpits at the same time for a mini “spa” session in the bathroom before I hop in the shower and rinse it all off. Give this a try and let us know if it helps!

  32. Nina says:

    Hi. I’m looking forward to trying your recipe. I live in a tropical country and was wondering if it would be useful to add some natural beeswax to the recipe to ensure it doesn’t become too thin in hot weather? Thanks.

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      Hi Nina! It does get quite melt-y in warm weather. You could def try adding some natural beeswax to keep it from getting too thin. Let us know how that works for you! 🙂

  33. 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 ❤

    Wendy

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      Hi Wendy! You could try using 1.5 Tbsp of a liquid oil like almond, jojoba or avocado oil in place of the coconut oil and add it to 2 Tbsp of shea butter. You may need to tweak those amounts to get the consistency you’re looking for. (And the end result will probably be a little bit thinner, just fyi.) 🙂

  34. 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

  35. 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.

    https://youtu.be/V4_6NgJM17o

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      Hey Sarah! So glad you love this homemade deodorant recipe! As long as you credit SGS, you’re welcome to use the recipe and thank you for sharing it! 🙂

  36. 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.
    -Emmy

    • 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!

  37. 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.

  38. 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! 🙂

  39. 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.

  40. 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.

  41. Linda says:

    Hi
    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?
    Thanks
    Linda

    • 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?

  42. 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.

  43. 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.

  44. 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. 🙂

  45. 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 🙂

  46. Anthony Reese says:

    This is so interesting! Such a simple solution—it’s crazy homemade deodorant doesn’t have to be more complex than this. One question I have is about applying it with your hands. Does it wash off your hands easily? I know when I’ve gotten store-bought deodorant on my hands before, it leaves a residue that isn’t easy to wash off. I’m sure this isn’t the same, but I’m curious if you have to wash your hands after applying it.

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      Hey, Anthony! That’s a great question. I apply it with my hands and just run them under a little water to rinse off the rest. There’s no residue because the deodorant has all natural ingredients and no nasty chemicals. And really, if you didn’t want to rinse your hands, you could rub the remainder you don’t use onto your arms or legs because the coconut oil is moisturizing. 🙂

  47. Sla says:

    Will this deodorant clog the pores or is it gentle enough

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      Hey Sara, because it’s made with a few simple and natural ingredients, it should not clog your pores. I’ve used it for many years and haven’t had any issues with that. If you have sensitive skin, you may want to start by using less baking soda as it may cause your skin to sting a little. If that’s the only hesitation you have, I definitely encourage you to give it a try!

  48. Iryna says:

    I love this! I use this recipe to make my own deodorant for about a year, experimented with different combination of essential oils. My favourite is tea tree, neroli and and grapefruit. Keeps me fresh for a whole day. Highly recommended!

  49. Anthony Allen says:

    I have been using coconut oil, tea tree oil & rosemary oil. Easy to make & seems to work for me.

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      Sounds like you found something that works great for you, Anthony! Thanks for sharing. 🙂

  50. Neve says:

    I am so very impressed by this! Have tried many natural store bought options but none did the trick. This homemade recipe is so simple and has my pits smelling and feeling better than ever. Will never go back. Excited to make more for my family to try!

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      That’s awesome, Neve! I feel the same, I tried this deodorant years ago and will never go back. So glad this worked for you!

  51. Barnetta says:

    Thanks for this amazing recipe that actually works well. I have critiqued it slightly. I am very grateful for the base ingredients. I highly recommend this one!

  52. Maggie says:

    This seems a great substance but the coconut oil amount is too low to make a cream. What should consistency be? Thanks

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      Maggie, it should be a paste-like consistency. When you’re making it, if you feel that it’s not quite there, definitely add more coconut oil to reach your desired consistency.

  53. Tyler Christian says:

    Can you use more arrowroot powder instead of baking soda?

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      Tyler, we include baking soda in this deodorant for its antibacterial properties. If the baking soda is irritating to your skin, try using diatomaceous earth. Use a 1:1 ratio of DE to baking soda. You may want to use a little more coconut oil in order to get it to a good consistency. Start with the amount called for and add from there.

  54. Laura says:

    Has anyone tried this with diatomaceous earth instead of baking soda? I looooove this recipe but baking soda burns my left armpit. Only the left one lol. Could I replace it with diatomaceous earth? Same ratio?

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      Laura, that’s strange it’s only one side! I’ve never tried making this with DE but you certainly can. It should be less irritating for sensitive skin. Use a 1:1 ratio but you may want to add a little more coconut oil. Start with the amount in the recipe and add more if you need to in order to get a paste-like consistency that works for spreading.

  55. Julie Hawley says:

    How do you remove the deodorant? I scrub and scrub in the shower with soap and my pits still smell later, I think it’s because the oil is still in my pores or something? How do you all remove this deodorant from your skin before applying it again?

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      Hi Julie! I have no problems at all removing this deodorant from my underarms when I shower. I’m not sure what’s happening with your situation. Maybe use a little bit less? Or, have the coconut oil and dry ingredients in your container separated? That can happen if you live in a warmer climate. Make sure it’s all mixed together well before applying and see if that helps.

  56. HC says:

    When I first tried this a few years ago, it didn’t seem to cover my body odour so I gave up on it. I ran into this again and I wanted to give it another try and I’m glad I did! On most days it works pretty well as long as I don’t perspire too much. The main reason I want to use a DYI deodorant is because the store bought ones are filled with metals and I think it’s the reason for my dark underarms. I hope with long-term use the darkness will fade away.

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      HC, I’m so glad you decided to try it again! I love this deodorant and after using it for about 6 months, I found that I sweat less and the odor was not as strong, as well. 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. I felt like that really helped.

  57. Dianne says:

    Great deodorant recipe! I switched to DIY deo last year and use a recipe similar to this! I love it, don’t think I will ever go back! I can’t wait to check out more of your blog! Thanks!

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      Hi Dianne! It is a great recipe, isn’t it?! Thanks for rating it! And thanks for checking out our blog, hope you find more stuff you love here!

  58. Julie says:

    Hi, I tried your deodorant and it works well, the only thing is when I’ve done it the coconut oil was totally liquide and when the mixture got solid all the powder seemed to sink straight in the bottom so the top layer of the deodorant seemed to be just coconut oil.
    Do you know why and what can I do to fix that ?
    Thanks a lot

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      Julie, I was having the same problem and I think Jen made this suggestion a few years ago- keep your jar of deodorant in the shower. The warmth and humidity will soften up the mixture and make it easier to spread so you can apply it after you get out and dry off. When I’m having issues with the mixture separating, I’ll use my finger and stir it a little after it’s melted/softened up. Because this deodorant has only a few ingredients, and they are all natural (no chemicals, etc.), it will sometimes separate. Now that I keep my jar of deodorant in the shower, I rarely have this problem anymore. Give this a try and let me know if it helps!

  59. nardin says:

    It does really work!! thanks a lot

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      I know! I’ve been making and using this deodorant almost exclusively for over five years and I love it. So glad you do, too!

  60. Angela says:

    I originally used a slight variation of your recipe, but came across yours – works wonderfully!
    I reuse deodorant stick containers. Turn the dial so the pusher goes back to the bottom of the When the homemade deodorant is warmed slightly to thick liquid, I pour in the container to fill. Doesn’t take long to let it set up and solidify again. Turn the dial to advance the ‘stick’ and works perfectly. A less messy option for application. People would be surprised how much longer the homemade lasts from that stick compared to mass produced brand name.
    Note- I didn’t use quite as many drops of essential oil, but about another teaspoon of coconut oil to make up the liquid difference.

  61. Monica Davis says:

    This sounds so good…. Now starting to go natural so I am excited to say this will be what I will be trying to start my journey… Thanks for that… Grapefruit sounds amazing….

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      Monica, I make this deodorant exclusively with grapefruit essential oil and I *love* it.

  62. Gigi says:

    Your deodorant is incredible!! I have used it and even my kids love it! It works so well. Thank you for this amazing recipe:)

  63. Nadezhda Rojas says:

    Hello, I had made a recipe before coming across your recipy. I mixed equal parts of coconut oil and baking soda but they dont mix, I live in hot weather so the coconut oil is liquid most of the time. What can I do the mix those two?
    Thanks for sharing you recipe, I can’t wait to use it.

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      Nadezhda, it’s tough when you live in a warm climate. I would suggest stirring it with your finger before you apply it each time. When I travel to warm places, that’s what I do and it works well.

  64. Matt says:

    Hi there –

    Just made this, this morning. Is it equal parts Arrow Root to Equal Parts Baking Soda?

    A 1/2 Cup of Arrow Root Powder measure in grams is actually 64 Grams – and 1/2 cup of Baking Soda is – 115 grams.

    I’ve always used precise measurements with a food scale while baking or making products.

    Was just curious if you just meant equal parts or exact measurements.

    Thanks

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      Matt, I believe it’s meant to be made with equal parts. That’s how I make it and it turns out great.

  65. Sarya says:

    Hello!
    I just made it and can’t wait to use it. I added a little amount of vanilla to make it smell good. Is vanilla a nice choice?

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      Hey Sarya, the scent is really a personal preference. I know some people who like to use a citrus blend essential oil that contains a hint of vanilla. I’d suggest giving it a try and see what you think!

  66. Lynn says:

    Hello!

    I’m really interested in making this! Just a couple of questions…
    After applying it, do we rinse it off or leave it on? Also, does it stain the clothes especially white coloured tops.

    Thanks!

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      Lynn, you leave it on, the same as you would with traditional deodorant. I’ve been using it for many years and I don’t find that it stains any of my clothes. In contrast, I have had many tops ruined by stains from store-bought deodorant.

  67. Monica says:

    Hi, i am definitely going to try this recipe, lots of great comments. However. regarding the coconut oil, I bought 1 lt of fractionated coconut oil recently. Would you think this can work on this recipe? or does it work better with the harden coconut oil? Thanks

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      Monica, I think it would work best with the traditional coconut oil that hardens below 76 degrees F. That makes it easy to spread the final product on your underarms. 🙂

  68. Wendy says:

    Just found this recipe and want to try it. I was wondering about making a stick too. Have you tried that?

    Thanks!

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      Wendy, you should definitely give it a try! I keep my homemade deodorant in a small mason jar in the shower and I really like using it that way so I haven’t really missed having a deodorant stick.

  69. Susy O says:

    Hi there,
    I have been using your recipe for approx 4 months now. I love it. I’ve made it for some of my family members as well, and they love it! My question is do you have a recipe for a deodorant stick? I was thinking perhaps adding beeswax to the mix.
    Have you ever made a stick?
    Thanks for your time.

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      Hi Susy, so glad you like the recipe! I make this recipe and use it, also. I’ve been using it for over five years and I’ll never go back to store-bought deodorant. We don’t have a recipe for a stick but that’s an interesting idea!

  70. Barbara says:

    Hi jen, I have just ordered a product similar to this which made me want to look up a natural deodorant recipe.
    Really thrilled with your recipe. I will be making it. I live in two places so I will keep yours in one and the bought product in the other.

    Looking forward to making it.

    Thank you.
    Barbara

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      Barbara, I love this deodorant! I have been making and using it for over five years. If you’ve already made it, what do you think?

  71. Tamara Crucey says:

    Do I have to use baking soda? I’ve been using this recipe for over a month and just now starting to break out on my left underarm. It works super amazingly too!!!

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      It does work great, doesn’t it? Sometimes if I use it right after I shave my armpits, I get a little rash. Could that be it? You can also def decrease the amount of baking soda or leave it out if you think that’s the cause of your breakout.

  72. AJ says:

    This made a burn under my arms. This deo is great I haven’t had any odor problems since starting about 3-4months ago. One thing I will say is that I have noticed my skin shedding under my arms and it would occasionally become raw. I figured it was because I was using to much so I cut back of the amount applied. I use only once a day and sometimes once every other day. My armpits are now dark and shiny as if I had gotten a burn. Can baking soda be replaced with something else?

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      I’m sorry that happened! I wouldn’t replace the baking soda, maybe try making some deodorant and leaving out the baking soda to see if that helps. Your skin may also be having a reaction to the type and/or amount of essential oils you are using.

  73. Tammy says:

    I made this today…. Hoping it will help.
    I’ve been suffering from itchy armpits and a rash. I initially thought I had a shaving rash but I’ve switched to waxing and I still itch.
    My next thought is maybe it’s my current deodorant but I’ve been using the same brand for over a year so doubt it. So I’ve made this today – im sure the coconut oil and the lavender will soothe and moisturize. Fingers crossed

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      I hope it helps, also! My skin gets more dry + sensitive in the winter, could it be that?

  74. Chloe Cutts says:

    Hello – can you tell me what the ‘c’ measurement is? Cup? I normally measure in metric.

    Just don’t want to get quantities wrong.

    Thanks, Chloe

  75. Cindy says:

    Hi! I was wondering how well this works as an antiperspirant. I don’t have any odor problems but I do sweat a lot and it can feel pretty gross! I’m trying to go zero waste but I don’t think I can sacrifice staying dry.

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      Cindy, I think it depends on how much you sweat. If you’re looking for something that will keep you completely and totally dry, this may not do that. BUT, I would encourage you to try it and give it at least six months. I have been making this deodorant recipe and using it for over five years and I found that as my body adjusted to the natural ingredients (and away from all the chemicals in store-bought deodorant), I actually sweat less. I really feel like switching to homemade deodorant has been one of the best health/beauty changes I’ve ever made!

  76. Lauren Booth says:

    I put this deo to a hell of a test today – air conditioning broken at work with a half hour walk to and from work.
    85 degrees today, so pretty warm to boot.
    Sweated plenty but this truly is a no BO deo!

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      Yes!! We love BO free days, and 85 degrees without air conditioning sounds like the absolute BEST TEST!! Keep smelling fresh!!

  77. Mary Camley says:

    I made this deodorant and it works beautifully but my daughter and I have both reacted to it with a rash. I made another batch and reduced the baking soda to 3 tablespoons. I am still reacting. I also changed the essential oil from Grapefruit to tea tree. Any suggestions?

    • SGS Rawkstar Carissa says:

      Hey Mary,

      I am so sorry to hear that you are having reactions with this recipe. Are your essential oils organic? If they are not that might make a difference. Also, I personally only use peppermint oil. I haven’t tried the other oils but my skin doesn’t react to that one. I would suggest changing your oils around and seeing if that makes a difference for you.

      Hope that helps!

  78. Emily says:

    would it be possible to sub all purpose flour for the arrowroot powder?

    • SGS Rawkstar Carissa says:

      Hey Emily,

      We have personally never used flour before but I feel like that would give it a dough-like texture which wouldn’t work for this recipe.

  79. Melinda Stearns says:

    I’m in Oaxaca Mexico and ran out of my usual deodorant. I went to a natural food store and found a similar type to your recipe. I am amazed as to how well it works! I definitely have been having my husband sniff my pits, lol.

    • SGS Rawkstar Carissa says:

      That is so great you found a deodorant with Simple ingredients!! Your skin will be thankful for that!

  80. Olli says:

    In addition to my previous message, do you recommend that I should use “pure” essential oils or cheaper essential oils (”blended with a quality carrier oil”)?
    Many thanks

  81. Olli says:

    Thank you so much for sharing your homemade deodorant recipe, I am looking forward to try your recipe soon 🙂 I just have a few questions. Were your favourite essential oils ”pure” or ”blended with a quality carrier oil’? What are the brand names of your favourite essential oils? As I have a sensitive skin and I can usually get armpit rash from any of store bought unnatural deodorants, which of the essential oils do you recommend – like one for Summer season and one for Winter season?
    Cheers

    • SGS Rawkstar Carissa says:

      You are very welcome and I cannot wait for you to give it a try! I have used a few different essential oils that I really love. The key is that I make sure it is certified organic and a pure oil that doesn’t have anything added to it. One brand that I love is The King’s Cabinet from Dr Axe. I would also try using less baking soda at first because sometimes that can be harsh on sensitive skin.

      Hope that helps!

  82. Kayla says:

    Over time mine gets clumpy and hard, is there anything you do to prevent this from happening ?
    I love the recipe thanks so much:)

    • SGS Rawkstar Carissa says:

      Hey Kayla,

      If you keep it in a bathroom where it can soften up from the heat of the shower that should help keeping it softer and not so hard.

      Hope that helps!!

  83. rwb says:

    Thanks for the guide. That’s really helpful.

  84. rwb says:

    Not sure if the quantities. US tablespoons are different to European ones. Your pints and gallons are different to British ones too. And what quantity is a ‘c’, please? Amounts in grams, litres cubic centimetres or in old fashioned ounces will be fine. Thanks for your understanding.

    • SGS Rawkstar Carissa says:

      We completely understand needing to convert your measurements to fit your needs, so we made a conversion table that is easy to access. You can check it out here: https://simplegreensmoothies.com/tips/conversion-guide

      Hope that helps!!

  85. Natalie says:

    Hi there,
    I’m intolerant to coconut oil. Is there an alternative to this?

    Here are the options I’m allowed on my diet… canola, vegetable, rice bran, safflower, soy oils (without antioxidants).

    N

    • SGS Rawkstar Carissa says:

      Hey Natlaie, I am sorry that you cannot use coconut oil. We have not tried this recipe with another oil before. MCT oil would be the closest to coconut oil. Would you be able to use that?

      Hope that helps!!

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