Homemade deodorant that really works

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, homemade lip scrubs, 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.

In addition to detoxing your armpits, you may also want to consider detoxing your whole body. All the processed foods we eat contain chemicals that end up affecting the way we smell when we sweat. Try out our Thrive 7-Day Reset or Fresh Start 21-Day Cleanse to get started on a whole-body detox. These cleanses are super easy to follow and just use whole, plant-based foods (no expensive supplements!) to gently clear your body of unwanted toxins.

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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Simple Homemade Deodorant

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).
4.7 from 167 votes
Course: Natural Remedy
Cuisine: Plant-Based
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 1 jar
Author: Simple Green Smoothies


  • mixing bowl
  • air tight container


  • 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 coconut oil
  • 20 drops grapefruit essential oil - or another essential oil with antibacterial properties


  • Mix baking soda and arrowroot together. (I used my Kitchenaid Stand Mixer.)
  • Add the coconut oil and essential oils. Mix well.
  • Pour into clean air-tight jar (Homemade deodorant will last up to 2 years in an airtight container.)
  • 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. 


  • 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.
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About Jen Hansard

Mom of 2, ran across the Grand Canyon and lover of smoothies, coffee & tacos. I transformed my family's health with a realistic plant-based diet. I also found myself again along the way.

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  1. April says:

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

    • SGS Rawkstar Amanda says:

      Hey April,

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

  2. Stefanie says:

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

    • SGS Rawkstar Amanda says:

      Hey Stefanie,

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

    • Stefanie says:

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

    • SGS Rawkstar Amanda says:

      Yay Stefanie!!

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


  3. Smanti Jork says:

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

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

    • SGS Rawkstar Amanda says:

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

  4. Alissa says:

    I couldn’t find arrowroot at my local wholefood place and was worried my shop bought corn power would have chemicals so used organic oat flour in place of arrowroot and the result is kind of gritty. Is that normal/okay? Thanks!!!

  5. ribs says:

    1/2 c –> is this measurement cup or what? How much in example tablespoons ? Thanks for the help

    • SGS Rawkstar Amanda says:

      Hi Ribs,

      Yes, the c in the recipe above represents cups.

  6. Cathy says:

    Is the baking soda you use non aluminum? I made a different recipe with arrowroot, clay, coconut oil & Shea, & its not working at all, I’m having a real problem & am smelly so often. Constant washing the pits. I used to use Baking soda, till I realized it has aluminum in it, so I switched to non aluminum & that didnt work either.elp!

    • Lori Coleman says:

      Hi Kathy
      It may be Baking Powder you’re thinking of instead of Baking Soda…..baking soda is sodium bicarbonate and doesn’t and never has had aluminum in it. Baking powder on the other hand does contain aluminum historically, some brands have recently created non- aluminum containing baking powder formulations. Let’s hope the folks out there have not been using powder rather than soda!!!

    • SGS Rawkstar Amanda says:

      Thanks for sharing, Lori!

  7. Kristen says:

    This deodorant is a game changer. I’ve tried various natural deodorants for years, never fully happy with the result (I couldn’t find a non-natural deodorant I liked either!) I’ve been using this for several months now and it has not failed me once. It was so easy to make, and smells / feels great. It was a little weird to me at first to use my fingers to apply it, but I got over that quickly. It’s cold where I live (Alaska) so I have to hold it to my skin a moment before applying to soften it, but that’s easy enough, especially for such a great product.

    • SGS Rawkstar Amanda says:

      Hi Kristen,

      YAY! I love hearing that this has been a game changer for you!!

  8. Justina Bowen says:

    Hey there, I’m so excited to try this! Why do you recommend unrefined coconut oil? All I have is refined but I’m going to try it anyway! I plan to use tea tree oil and lavendar.

    • SGS Rawkstar Amanda says:

      Hi Justina,

      I prefer to reach for unrefined coconut oil because it has less processing. And to me – the less processing the better and more nutrients for your body! 🙂

  9. SheilaOnWanderlust says:

    What’s the best next alternative for arrowroot powder? I’m not sure we have it here. And does it work as an antiperspirant as well? I tend to perspire alot and it could be embarrassing to see that on work clothes. I sure really want to try this!

    • Jen Hansard says:

      Corn starch would be second best as a replacement for arrowroot powder. I used to sweat a lot too (used the medicated stuff for a while!)— yet using this has helped my body adjust and I rarely sweat now under my arm pits. I think if you gave it a few weeks your body would adjust as well and the sweating would be less.

    • Aubrey Stiennen says:

      I too, used to always have to use the clinical strength antiperspirants. Since switching to natural deodorants 2 yrs ago I rarely sweat insane amounts. I need to up the baking soda in my recipe because I had to completely eliminate it because of sensitivity to it. I’m hoping to gradually work it back into the mix since I think it works better to absorb odors.

  10. Anne says:

    Wondering if the coconut oil or essential oils stain garments?

  11. Jaye says:

    Any suggestion for a replacement for baking soda? When I’ve used a similar recipe I end up getting a rash and I think it’s from the baking soda.

    • Jen Hansard says:

      The baking soda is the odor absorber— which I know I need! What about just using a very small amount of that when you make it?

  12. Laura says:

    Thank you so much for sharing this recipe! I’ve used it with ylang ylang, peppermint and lavender and I’ve stayed fresh all day even after sweating! One concern I have though, is what if I want to wear a sleeveless shirt or tank? If I slather this on, wouldn’t it be obvious? But if I put too little it might not work as well… What do I do?

    • Jen Hansard says:

      Hey Laura— I only use a pea size amount under my arms and rub it in well. If I still notice some residue, I will wipe it with a cloth to help prevent it from showing. That seems to do the trick for me!

  13. BriAnne says:

    Can you use tapioca starch instead of the arrowroot? No particular reaskn other than I have a bunch of tapioca and need to use it

    • SGS Rawkstar Amanda says:

      Hi Brianne,

      I haven’t tried swapping in tapioca starch, but cornstarch can be a good swap!

  14. Karen says:

    Hi does it really work ? I’ve been using it but feel
    Uneasy around people incase I smell bad. I can’t smell myself so it’s hard for me to judge if this really work. Really need your advise, thanks

    • SGS Rawkstar Amanda says:

      Hi Karen,

      It does! Our team is all about using natural + homemade deodorants and we smell darn good! 🙂 If you’re worried – ask a friend. They may think you’re a little silly – but I promise they’ll let you know you smell fresh as a daisy!

  15. Fatima says:

    Thanks for the recipe! Could you tell me how long the shelf life is for this deodorant and if there is another oil that can be used that does not have such a strong scent.

  16. Suzonna says:

    I live in Central FL near Sea World, my question is where can I find arrowroot in my area? Any recommendations?

  17. Kimberly Steinman says:

    Thanks so much for your deodorant recipe! I have enjoyed 2 cleanses so far! (7 day and 21 day fall done with your group). I have been know for years to make almost daily green shakes! My question is where do you purchase your grapefruit essential oil? Thank you! Kimberly

    • Debrah says:

      Thank you Jade I will definitely give this a try especially now that I just run out of my deodorant today.
      thanks fir the tips.

    • SGS Rawkstar Amanda says:

      HI Kimberly,

      I pick mine up at Whole Foods. But a really amazing place to buy essential oils online is Plant Therapy! Check them out here…


  18. D Joy says:

    It would be nice to be able to switch to something natural that I made myself, but I’m allergic to coconut 🙁

    • Dottie Hollingsworth says:

      I have a daughter allergic to coconut also. I saw where one person made this with sunflower oil and it worked. But would like other options if any available.

    • SGS Rawkstar Amanda says:

      Hey Dottie,

      Sunflower oil would be a great substitute and would be a really great consistency compared to coconut oil.

      I hope you enjoy it!

  19. Polly says:

    I’ve used this since you first posted it years ago. It works wonders on my whole family. My daughter, 22 now, has since moved away from home and makes her own. We all also have the irritation issue occasionally. I’ve tried adjusting the recipe but that doesn’t seem to work. I usually just switch to regular deodorant for a few days and then go back to this one. Seems to work for me!

  20. Kesha says:

    I have been making a coconut based deodorant for years and it works. Absolutely give it a try.

  21. Jason says:

    I use a mixture of lemon juice, water, salt and tea tree oil in a little spray bottle. Doesn’t sound quite as efficient as this does, but I’m guessing adding any of the ingredients I use to this mixture would work wonders. (Also sage- I use tea tree, sage and grapefruit combined for scent, but only the tea tree when I’m feeling lazy and doing the basics.)

    • SGS Rawkstar Amanda says:

      Hi Jason,

      I love hearing how others are staying fresh – thanks for sharing!

  22. Jessica says:

    This is a great recipe. Just want to let you know it will actually make enough for two 125 mL containers, not one like it says. Is this the type of recipe that can be halved without any other changes to the amount of ingredients? Thanks!

    • SGS Rawkstar Amanda says:

      Hi Jessica,

      Thank you so much for your review! And yes, you can definitely halve this recipe!

  23. Sophie B says:

    I’m wondering if I’m doing something wrong? I switched to deodorant only over a year ago, and within the last 2 weeks I’ve recently started making my own based on the recipe above. Because I know I have skin sensitivity issues to baking soda, I halved the baking soda ratio in the recipe, and offset it with the same amount of arrowroot powder. But the problem is is that whenever I put the deodorant on, and rub it into my armpits, the product tends to “ball up”, or to not completely absorbs/disintegrate, regardless of how little I put on. Did I do something wrong? I’ve even gone so far as seeing it kind of flake off (while I’m working out) and falling on our dark floors. Help! 🙂

    • SGS Rawkstar Amanda says:

      Hi Sophie,

      Is the deodorant is flaking, you may need to add additional coconut oil so it absorbs into your skin. I’d melt some coconut oil and mix it in and see if that helps!

  24. Jackie Cornel says:

    Hi, excuse my ignorance but what is the ‘c.’ in the deodorant recipe? Ex. 1/2 c. arrowroot powder…

    • SGS Rawkstar Amanda says:

      Hi Jackie,

      No ignorance! It represents a cup. So you’ll use 1/2 cup of arrowroot powder and 1/2 cup of baking soda.

  25. Lori Floyd says:

    Can you use this without baking soda? It doesn’t irritate my skin unless I just shaved and don’t have time to wait before applying. If so, do you use extra arrowroot powder?

  26. Jennifer says:

    This sounds really neat..however, since it is an oil, does this leave stains on your clothes or soak through your clothes?

    Thank you,

    • SGS Rawkstar Jen says:

      Just use a little bit and it absorbs right into your skin. If you use too much, which I’ve been known to do when I’m trying to cover up my BO and have no time for a shower (true fact) there’s def more of a chance of oil getting on my clothes if it’s a hot sweaty day. But it’s been years since I’ve had to worry about that– you learn by trial and error what’s the right amount for you. But the truth is, this stuff works!

  27. Mary luckhaus says:

    Hi. I just read this and Shi haven’t tried it yet. Decades back I made something with sage and arrowroot, no coconut oil – this sounds much better. I want to make a comment tho sime of the readers, using cornstarch can lead to fungal growth, peppermint can be irritating to the skin. If you don’t like the grapefruit essential oil, try lavender, or even a pulverized herb.
    I am excited to try this.

  28. Belle says:

    This deodorant is amazing and I won’t ever go back to store bought ones now.

    Years ago I used to apply bicarb to my armpits because it got rid of the b.o. smell (and I was doing a lot of sport – so I stank some days!). I think I stopped doing it because it was bit too harsh on the sensitive skin (especially after shaving!).

    I had no doubts about how well this recipe would work, and I have even given small samples away to family and friends for them to try.

    One trick I have certainly found is warming up the deodorant. If the weather is cold you can do 1 of 2 things to get the deodorant to a workable paste:
    1) sit your jar in some warm/hot water for a minute or two to melt the coconut oil, then scoop out what you need and rub it in.
    2) use something small and pointy (like the end of tweezers) to break up the deodorant into smaller clumps (or powdery-ness), then get what you need onto your fingertips and stick them under your armpits for about 10 seconds or so – this warms up the coconut oil. Spread it out for even coverage.

    I only have to apply this deodorant once a day, which is one of the things I love about how well the natural ingredients work. Even after a gym workout I don’t stink!

    Thanks for sharing the awesome recipe SGS!!

  29. faith says:

    Your picture looks creamy! With just 5 tbsp coconut oil mine ended up still basically a powder — albeit a powder I could mash together. Did you melt it before adding it in order to get the creamy consistency? Is it okay to add more of the oil? Bit by bit so as not to overdo it? I’m using mine, but making a mess in the sink with each application! But it’s keeping me from sweating and smelling, so I’m grateful! Thanks for the recipe and the tips!

    • SGS Rawkstar says:

      Hi Faith,

      Thank you so much for reaching out! As you know, coconut oil can vary greatly based on the environment. Jen is in sunny Florida so her coconut oil is often creamy + more liquidly, than if you were using coconut in colder temperatures. You can definitely try melting the coconut oil prior to mixing your ingredients or adding additional coconut oil until you reach the consistency that’s best for you!

      Hope this helps!

      Cheers 🙂

  30. Cheryl says:

    I can’t wait to try this! Do you warm up the coconut oil to liquid form before mixing it with the other ingredients?

    • SGS Rawkstar says:

      Hi Cheryl,

      You can definitely warm your continue oil to make blending easier, than allow to cool in the container of your choice!

      Cheers 🙂

  31. Belen says:

    Hi. That deodorant sounds great. I want to try it but i dont undestand the measures. Could you “translate” them

    • SGS Rawkstar says:

      Hi Belen,

      Outside of the US? We’ve got you covered! Check out our Rawkstar Conversion Guide here…


    • Belen says:

      Yes, I’m out. Thank you!!!

    • Nikola says:

      Hi there
      I’m also confused about the measures. Is the “1/2 c.” Half a cup? And should it be measured as “spice” when I search through the converter? Thanks a lot and looking forward to try!

    • SGS Rawkstar says:

      Hi Nikola,

      Yes, use our spice conversions when converting arrowroot powder and baking soda to weight measurements.

      Cheers 🙂

  32. Ingrid says:

    You know you can just use baking soda? Just use about a teaspoon of the powder for both armpits, rub it into armpit in morning. Do it again if necessary in afternoon. Easy.

    • SGS Rawkstar says:

      Hi Ingrid!

      Thanks for reaching out + for sharing :). This deodorant recipe happens to work best for me, but if baking soda if your personal go-to, that’s awesome, too!


  33. Shantoya Evans says:

    I have tried this recipe for my deodorant but I ended up with raw red spots under my pits so I discontinued use. So would the trick be to not use the baking soda? I use coconut oil on my body every day so I don’t think that’s the problem. It has to be the baking soda or arrowroot powder. Also, what’s in it that keeps your armpits dry? I hate when I feel wet underneath. Right now, I am using a natural deodorant but it doesn’t work great when I get too hot and start to sweat, my pits are the first thing that gets wet.

    • Jen Hansard says:

      Hey Shantoya! I am thinking it’s the baking soda that’s giving you a hard time. But you def want this in there since it’s what really helps with the BO smell. Maybe decrease the amount that’s in it and see if that helps.

      I suggest NOT putting it on right after you shave your armpits (since that can cause irritation until your body adjusts to it). I know this has caused irritation when I first started using it, but I’m 4 years in now and I never get irritated and it STILL works for me. I truly love this stuff!

  34. Dixie says:

    I store it in a clean used deodorant container. works great and keeps solid.

    • SGS Rawkstar says:

      Hi Dixie!

      Thanks for the tip! I’ll have to give that a try :).

  35. Dixie says:

    I store in a clean used deodorant bottle. Works great, keeps it solid

  36. Jennifer says:

    I’ve been using a similar deodorant for about 2 years and love it, an added bonus is no more yellowed pits on my white t-shirts! My recipe is more like 1 part cornstarch to 1 part coconut oil (slightly melted) with a little baking soda and a mix of essential oils (lavender, peppermint, grapefruit, lemon, and bergamot which is a great deodorant). It smells soooo good! I like to be able to scoop it out easily so if it ends up too solid I add more coconut oil. I initially tried 1/2 baking soda, 1/2 cornstarch but it was very irritating after shaving, and my 2 daughters both reacted to the baking soda which included painful raw red spots for a few weeks. It works just as well for us without or with very little baking soda. Everyone’s different so don’t give up if your first recipe isn’t perfect for you, adjust it and stick with it, you and your health will be glad you did!

    • SGS Rawkstar says:

      Hi Jennifer,

      Thank you so much for taking the time to reach out + share your experience using homemade deodorant. We love hearing what works for our community!


  37. Jenny says:

    When making the deodorant, does it have to be grapefruit essential oil or can it be another type?

    • SGS Rawkstar says:

      Hi Jenny!

      Thanks for reaching out! Feel free to use any essential oil that has antibacterial properties :). Lavender, lemongrass, and peppermint are some of my personal favorites!

      -Rawkstar Tessa

  38. Toni says:

    Hi, Does anyone know if Peppermint Oil would work as well for a substitute or does the oil have to be Grapefruit in order for this to work? Thanks!

    • Donna says:

      I have been using homemade deodorant like this for over a year. I don’t think it would be a problem using peppermint oil. It actually sounds like it would be refreshing and clean smelling. Since it can be strong, maybe use less and only you can be the judge on what’s right for you. I personally use whatever essential oils I feel like using as I like to change the scent up when I make a new batch.

    • SGS Rawkstar says:

      Hi Toni,

      Great question! We love reaching for grapefruit essential oil in our deodorant because of it’s properties as a disinfectant, antiseptic, and lymphatic substance. Ensuring that your armpits stay clean, fresh + dry! But don’t let that stop you! Give peppermint oil a try. Just reach back out + let us know how it works for you! We would love to hear!

  39. Jaque says:

    Hi, I am allergic to baking soda. What do you suggest as a substitute for it in this recipe?

    • SGS Rawkstar says:

      Hi Jacque,

      Allergic to baking soda? Try leaving it out. We’ve heard from several members of our community that they still stay fresh and dry without including it in their homemade deodorant.


  40. Anna says:

    Regular anti-perspirants deodorants have always made me itchy and turned my armpits green. So 2 years ago, I started looking for natural deodorants with no aluminum. I couldn’t find ONE that worked. Most of them made me smell worse. I gave this a try. I subbed the grapefruit EO with Orange EO (similar bacteria-fighting qualities, I prefer the smell, and it was cheaper). I put all my ingredients in my blender with the coconut oil being in liquid form. I put the finished product in the fridge for a few hours afterward to make it harder. Worked great! I have been using it for about 10 days now. The first few days, I itched pretty bad (I am sensitive to baking soda). Now, I’m good. I think next time I’ll use less baking soda but this stuff works like a charm. It won’t get on your clothes as long as you let it “settle” on your skin first. I put mine on first thing in the morning when I wake up, about 30 minutes before I put on my work clothes. I would wait about 15 minutes before putting on your clothes, especially black clothes. Small price to pay for all the benefits.

    • SGS Rawkstar says:

      Hi Anna,

      Thank you so much for sharing your great review! Cheers to health, happiness, + smelling great!

      Cheers 🙂

  41. Veronica says:

    I made the deodorant with tapioca powder, a little bit less baking soda and a little bit more (around 30 drops) of grapefruit oil…it is absolutely wonderful! I have been using it for a week and I am very happy.
    I did it in a blender and it was very liquid so I put it in the fridge for a couple of hours then took it out. It has a very nice hard (but not too much) consistensy, and it has stayed with the nice consistency sitting in my bathroom since.
    Very thankful for this recipe!! It works great!!

    • SGS Rawkstar says:

      Hi Veronica,

      We love hearing that you’ve made your own Homemade Deodorant + that you’re smelling great! Just like you did, if you find your deodorant melting, the fridge is a great place for storage + will keep the coconut oil solid!

      Cheers 🙂

    • Veronica says:

      Oh, I love the smell of grapefruit, it is soo fresh! After a while it seems to go away I believe…or my nose gets used to it, I don’t really know. I feel it becomes an “unscented” deodorant after a couple of hours.
      By the way, I live in Florida and we are at 80 some degrees during the day right now, lots of heat, I sweat a lot and this deodorant recipe works perfectly. 🙂 Thumbs up!

    • SGS Rawkstar says:

      Hi Veronica,

      Even if you can’t smell it. The lymphatic + antiseptic properties of grapefruit oil are hard at work keeping your skin healthy + dry!

      Love hearing how our recipe is working against the hot Florida sun!

      Cheers 🙂

  42. Rene says:

    Some people have reactions to coconut oil, which may be causing rashes.

    • SGS Rawkstar says:

      Hi Rene,

      Everyone’s body is different, + some may be sensitive or allergic to coconut oil. We suggest anyone who experiences irritation while using our Homemade Deodorant with Coconut Oil to discontinue use + reach out to their dermatologist.


  43. Karen says:

    Hi! I have been using this recipe and love it. I had tried several different natural brands and i’d stink before I left the house. This is the best! One tip for those who find they are sensitive to baking sode and get a rash…just make a “lite” version by cutting the amount of baking soda in half. That small change did the trick for me and it still works great. Thanks!

    • SGS Rawkstar says:

      Hi Karen,

      We’re so happy to hear you’re loving our homemade deodorant + smelling great! We’ve all struggled looking for natural deodorant options, + been dissatisfied with their odor protection! Thank you so much for sharing your baking soda tip, I love that you call it a “lite” version!

  44. Maureen says:

    this stuff is seriously incredible. i don’t quite understand this but it works SO much better than anything i have ever purchased in the store. thank you so so so so much.

  45. Heather says:

    Silly question, but now you have dripping oil in your armpits?!? How does this not get on your clothes and leave oil marks? I’ve used coconut oil in my toes/feet to prevent fugus and have to pat off excess and wear socks to prevent oil from getting everywhere. How do you use this as deodorant??

    • SGS Rawkstar says:

      Hi Heather,

      Thanks for reaching out! Are you sure you’re using unrefined coconut oil? Refined coconut oil is processed and stripped of some of its natural contents and is mostly pure oil- and we definitely would not want that mess in our armpits! This recipe makes a great deodorant, let us know if you try it out! 🙂

  46. Paul says:

    These are the ingredients

    Cassava (Tapioca) Starch, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut Oil), Magnesium Hydroxide, Butryospermum parkii (Shea) Butter, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Rosewater, Witch Hazel, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Sodium Bicarbonate, Activated Carbon (Charcoal), Proprietary Blend of 11 Essential Oils

  47. Paul says:

    I wonder if their is some ingredient we could add to help the deodorant not separate in warmer temperatures at least the oils anyway.. I’ve heard of some natural ones that don’t separate like Piper Wei which has activated charcoal in it.. Maybe that’s what helps it..?
    Any ideas?

    • SGS Rawkstar says:

      Hi Paul,

      We try to keep our homemade deodorant as simple as possible, with ingredients available to everyone, while still staying highly effective! We’ll definitely look into activated charcoal + take your suggestion into consideration.


  48. Paul says:

    I heard activated charcoal added to this may double its effects cause of how much it absorbs!

  49. Paul says:

    How about trying adding activated charcoal heard it can absorb moisture, bacteria and toxins..
    Might work even better..

  50. Lisa says:

    Love it! I made a batch yesterday and tested it out in a martial arts class this afternoon. I left the class sweaty, but still smelling like coconut.

  51. Tina says:

    For your homemade deoderant, does the grapeseed have to be an essential oil or can I just use my bottle that I bought at the grocery store?

    • SGS Rawkstar says:

      Hi Tina,

      It’s actually grapefruit essential oil, not grape seed, which is drawn from the peel of the grapefruit. In addition to smelling great, has wonderful antiseptic qualities!

  52. Paloma says:

    Hi! I really want to try this recipe but I couldn’t find the arrowroot. I don’t live in the States. What ingredient could I use to replace it? Thanks!

    • SGS Rawkstar says:

      Hi Paloma,

      Feel free to use cornstarch in place of arrowroot! 🙂

  53. alana says:

    hi there! I’m so ready to try this. I have several EO’s to choose from. Was there a reason you recommend grapefruit? Does it help with perspiration? odor? I can’t wait to try!

  54. Ashley says:

    Can you use extracts instead of essential oils for scent/flavoring (ie. Lemon Extract, Mint Extract)?

  55. Stephanie says:

    I just made this and it looks powdery – I packed it down into my jar and put it in the refrigerator, hoping it will firm up. When you use the coconut oil, should it be in solid or liquid form? Thank you!

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie says:

      Hey Stephanie.

      It should be in liquid form. So you can mix in the oils and then pour into your container. 🙂

    • Stephanie says:

      Thank you. I just made it again, this time with liquid coconut oil. But when I mixed it all together (with hand held mixer), it just became a bunch of little lumps. I couldn’t “pour” the mixture into the jar, rather I had to push all the little lumps into the jar with a spoon. What am I doing wrong?

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie says:

      Hey Stephanie.

      If it is in pure liquid form, not sure why there sure why there are still lumps. Are you pre-heating it?

    • Stephanie says:

      Yes I am pre-heating it but I let it cool. Is this wrong? Maybe I need to add more oil?

  56. Jo says:

    Hi – thanks for your amazing ideas, energy and website! I have a question re the deodorant – does the coconut oil leave a mark on your clothes? Marks from oils can be impossible to get out. I’m looking forward to the 30 day challenge starting today! Thanks again.

    • SGS Rawkstar Shauna says:

      Hi Jo,
      The oil gets absorbed pretty quickly and I’ve never had it mark my clothes. If you’re concerned about it, just wait a couple of minutes before you put your clothes on. 🙂

  57. Kanmani says:

    I love this recipe 🙂

  58. tracy says:

    I have been observing my natural odour since i have become plant based/vegan and what i’ve noticed is that i dont smell as much. Obviously, when exerting myself I sweat more and produce an odour and will certainly put this lovely concoction to the test.
    Thanks. 🙂

  59. Cheralyn says:

    I too live in a hot humid climate and wear a lot of tank tops, so I was wondering if this solution will absorb into the skin and be invisible? … And on another topic, I’m day 4 drinking smoothies and I already notice that I crave sweets less. I feel great!!

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie says:

      Hey Cheralyn.

      Thanks for reaching out to us. Yes, it should be invisible once applied and dried. Happy to hear you are loving green smoothies! Cheers!

  60. Joanne says:

    I find that natural deodorant works really well ONLY if I combine it with a natural cleansing method such as rhassoul clay. Regular soaps kill all of the bacteria on your body, and that includes friendly ammonia-eating bacteria, which also help combat BO.

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie says:

      Happy to hear you found a great deodorant to combat your BO. 🙂 Thanks for the tips.

  61. tanvi says:

    i live in a very hot and humid climate – i’m afraid the coconut oil will be just that – oil – i.e., not congealed like when you get it out of the fridge – which is where i normally store mine so that it doesn’t go rancid. so, what do you reckon – will it be like a runny liquid or will it be like a paste?

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie says:

      Hey Tanvi! Yes. I suggest putting it in the fridge. You don’t want runny liquid deodorant. 🙂

  62. Michelle L says:

    We made this and the toothpaste. After a few days, my mom and dad both have what they call “armpit rot” that itches. It works but has anyone else gotten a rash?

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie says:

      Hey Michelle. There should not be an itch with this. I would stop using it right away. There might be something that you mom and dad’s skin is sensitive to. Did it make your skin itch too?

    • Emily says:

      my husband and I have both gotten a rash under our arms as well. Is there a certain ingredient that does this? I don’t want to go back to normal deodorant because none of it works, but I’m not sure what else to do.

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      Michelle and Emily, sometimes when people first start using a homemade deodorant, they experience a rash in their armpits from the baking soda. You can 1. decrease the amount of baking soda until your body gets used to a more natural method and 2. detox your armpits with a mask of bentonite clay, ACV and water. Doing both of these should help greatly.

  63. Lise says:

    I make a very similar recipe and I LOVE it! I’ve tried a number of “natural” deodorants, and this recipe works much better than anything I’ve tried (I think I even like it more than “conventional” deodorants that I used to use). I do two things slightly different in my recipe. I use a few drops of tea tree oil, for added antibacterial properties, and I use cornstarch instead of arrowroot. Seeing as cornstarch is easier to find, is there any reason you wouldn’t recommend using it?

    One other note that folks might want to be aware of… if you live in a warm climate, the coconut oil melts when it gets too warm and the entire deodorant gets soupy! Now that I have it in a jar it’s not a big deal, but when I first made it I packed it into an old deodorant container and when it melted it leaked all over the place.

    • Sophie says:

      I believe the reason cornstarch isn’t used is because starch converts to sugar. Bacteria feeds off of sugar, so I assume the use of cornstarch would make the product not as effective.

    • Jen Hansard says:

      Great insight Sophie! I personally avoid cornstarch because corn is a common allergy and can actually irritate people. Yet there are recipes that use cornstarch— I just find arrow root powder to be higher quality and yield amazing results when it comes to BO. 🙂

  64. Montse says:

    Amazing recipe! I used white clay kaolin instead of arrowroot and it works. Now it is too hot in Spain and this works much better tan commercial deodorants.
    Many, many thanks.

  65. Molly says:

    Can I substitute Xanthan Gum for Arrowroot?

    • SGS Rawkstar Dan says:

      We’re not big fans of xanthan gum, Molly, but please do what works best for you!

  66. Kaye says:

    is the coconut oil made or bought?

    • SGS Rawkstar Dan says:

      We buy it, Kaye! Look for organic, unrefined, and cold-pressed!

  67. Melanie says:

    Does it leave grease stains on clothes?

  68. Liann says:

    What should the consistency be of the final product? I tried to make this and it’s still powdery when I expected it to be more paste-like.

    • SGS Rawkstar Dan says:

      Hmm… It should be more paste-like, you’re right. Tough to say why without being there to see what you did 🙁

  69. Anjanette says:

    I’m a breast cancer patient and I have been looking for a safe natural deodorant I could use for a while now. My sister uses coconut oil on her body and discovered how it helps keep her underarms odor free. She currently uses regular deodorant / antiperspirant as well, but skips days using it and the coconut oil keeps her fresh. I’m going to make this and tell her about this recipe so she can ditch the store deodorant altogether. I’m excited!

  70. Lou W says:

    Hey does the “.C” in your recipe mean cups like 1/2 cup? Can’t wait to try it out and your toothpaste recipe as well 🙂 thanks

  71. Lou W says:

    Is the “.C” in your recipe for 1/2 cup?? I can’t wait to try it out and your toothpaste recipe as well. What a great website girls 🙂

  72. Bruce says:

    Some suggestions:

    * Some photos of the final product, or better yet, a short video (so we can get an idea of consistency) would be helpful.

    * As a man, I’d appreciate some advice regarding application. It seems easy enough to apply if you shave or wax your underarm hair, but with underarm hair, the solution tends to get trapped in the hair. Any tips for how to avoid this?

    [This would be good stuff to add to the original post, not just in the comments]

    • Hi Bruce!
      Thanks for your questions 🙂 The picture in this blog is of the final product. Hopefully that’s helpful!

      Underarm hair can be trick. You may have to rub your arms against your side a few times to make sure it has an even coat.

      We’ll look at adjusting this page and possibly making a video!

  73. Bruce says:

    What is the purpose of using arrow root powder?

  74. Anja says:

    Amazing! I have just made my first ever homemade deodorant. It really works! Super. I am a big fun of coconut oil, so I really love it!
    Thank you for the recipe:)

    Greetings from London!

  75. Alexandra says:

    Hello, thank you for the recipe. Would love to try it but as I come from Europe I don’t know (and couldn’t find it) what does the c. in measurement stands for :-).

  76. The smallest bottle you can get will have at least 20 drops, Kerri 🙂

  77. Jessica says:

    Have some time off for the holidays so just made a batch with sweet orange oil and a drop of peppermint. Looking forward to trying it! Thanks for the neat idea.

  78. Holly says:

    I love this idea! I am definitely going to try it. Do you wait a while before putting on your clothes? (Die to the oiliness? Is there a strong grapefruit smell? Do you have to add the essential oils?

    • You don’t have to add the essential oils for the grapefruit smell, Holly. You could try a different smell, too, if you’d like! You don’t really have to wait to put on your clothes, but you can if you want to 🙂

  79. Nicole says:

    Hello….I made this deodorant earlier this year, and it worked for a while, but I got a rash from the baking soda 🙁 I know it was the baking soda because I bought an all natural deodorant with similar ingredients, and I started to react to the baking soda in it; it was basically making my pits irritated and causing discoloration. I tried the lemon instead as one person mentioned above, and it works! Lime also does the job too so I would recommend this as an option for anyone sensitive to baking soda. I appreciate the recipe even though it didn’t work for me because it did the job aside from the irritation so I would definitely recommend it to others to try. Thanks

  80. Melanie says:

    after I moisturized it into my skin I left it for a coupe of minutes and it turned gluggy. is this normal??

  81. Angel says:

    Is arrowroot powder the same as arrowroot starch?

  82. alejandra says:

    AMAZING! Deodorants never get the job done for me and this one really does! I’m already passing it on. THANK YOU!

  83. Amanda says:

    Very cool. I have taken to just using baking soda as deodorant for a while now, and that typically works well, but this is a nice recipe and I look forward to trying it out. I plan on melting my coconut oil a little and spooning the mixture into an old, cleaned out natural deodorant applicator for use (I know I will make a mess otherwise).

    You can use tea tree oil or peppermint oil in place of grapfruit and still get the same anti-bacterial effect. Even going unscented is okay; the coconut oil already has a nice, subtle smell, and anti-baterial is not really necessary if the baking soda is doing it’s work.

  84. Maria says:

    I just made my fist batch! it was easy and fun! Thank you so much for this idea! Keep them coming:)

  85. Gina says:

    I admit I didn’t read through every single comment, but I’m curious to see if anyone has tried this recipe with others essential oil scents then just grapefruit and orange?

  86. Chris says:

    How do you mix the ingredients since the coconut oil is a solid?

    • Any stand mixer will do 🙂 Or hand mixer, really.

    • alejandra says:

      just put your jar of coconut oil in a pot of really hot water and it will turn into a liquid. I always do this when I need it in the liquid form. 🙂

  87. Gayle S. says:

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

  88. Cynthia says:

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


    • Jen H says:

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

  89. Lissa says:

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

    • Jen H says:

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

  90. Dahlia Fyffe says:

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


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

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

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

  91. jj8683 says:

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

    • Jen H says:

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

  92. LaLa says:

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

    • cattaca says:

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

    • Jen H says:

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

  93. Sabrina says:

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

    • Jen H says:

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

  94. Rose says:


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

    • Jen H says:

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

  95. Penny says:

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

    • Jen H says:

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

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

  97. Chelsea g. says:

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

    • Jen H says:

      Hi Chelsea. I have been using the same batch for 3-4 months now. It lasts a long time.

  98. Dayjia c. says:

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

    • Jen H says:

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

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

    • Jen H says:

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

  99. Jen H says:

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

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

  100. Lydia says:

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

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