8.25.2020

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).
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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

Equipment

  • mixing bowl
  • air tight container

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup baking soda - you can use less when starting out if it irritates you
  • 1/2 cup arrowroot powder - you can also use cornstarch... but I prefer arrowroot powder
  • 5 tbs coconut oil
  • 20 drops grapefruit essential oil - or another essential oil with antibacterial properties

Instructions

  • 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. 

Notes

  • Consistency: This deodorant changes consistency depending on the temperature. In cold climates, it can be pretty hard to get out. If that's the case for you, I recommend storing it by the shower and allowing the steam to warm it before applying. If you live in a warm climate and the deodorant is too liquid-y, you can store it in a cool cupboard to thicken it up.
  • Technique: For the past couple years, I stopped using the popsicle stick and actually just use my fingers and dip them in the jar.
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  1. Sarah says:

    This stuff is amazing! I bought a deodorant that was really expensive… then I found this recipe with stuff that you can find around your house and it works WAY better then the store bought one!

  2. Betty says:

    I have been using this recipe for several years now, and I love it! It is easy, inexpensive, all natural, comfortable, and effective. I especially like that I can use my favorite essential oil to scent it! I keep it in the linen closet in my bathroom, so it is never much affected by outdoor temperatures.

  3. Sammy says:

    Can I put few drops of fresh Lemon juice on it? Because I am allergic to baking powder and essential oils.Thsnks

    • Simple Green Smoothies says:

      Hi Sammy! Lemon juice is perishable, so we’d not recommend trying it unless you intend to keep your deodorant in the fridge. Essential oils aren’t required for this recipe and can be left out altogether. Also, try swapping in additional arrow root powder and/or diatomaceous earth in place of the baking powder.

  4. Ruth says:

    I wonder if you know what the arrowroot powder is for in the recipe? Just interested. Thanks!

    • Simple Green Smoothies says:

      Fun question, Ruth! So the arrowroot powder found in deodorant mainly acts as a binding agent to hold all of the ingredients together. It can also act in a way that helps to draw toxins out as well.

    • Landon says:

      Arrowroot also absorbs moisture and helps keep odor to a minimum. The baking soda prevents odor, so someone that couldn’t use baking soda because of having a bad reaction to it could use more arrowroot in it’s place.

  5. Green Queen says:

    This recipe caused really bad irritation on my underarms, after wearing it 2 days in a row. I broke out in a pretty severe rash.When I went to wash it off with soap, I got more extreme stinging.

  6. Gennie Rudisill says:

    Can I put beeswax in this?

    • Simple Green Smoothies says:

      While we haven’t tried it with beeswax, we think that’s a great idea! Beeswax is often used as a barrier between skin + environment, yet it doesn’t clog pores. Def let us know if you try it and what you think!

  7. Eve Record says:

    This was AMAZING!!! I just got home from working out and my pits didn’t stink after I made this! One thing is that you need to mix it for a while before it gets to the texture that you want. Over all… GREAT

  8. Nico says:

    Hi, can I make this without essential oils? I am very sensitive to most oils I can find but I really want to try this out!

    • Simple Green Smoothies says:

      Absolutely Nico! Your deodorant would merely be unscented, yet should work just as well. Def let us know what you think!

    • Landon says:

      I use it with baking soda, arrowroot & coconut oil with no added essential oils. Works great. No scent. I just smell clean.

  9. claire field says:

    Hi/ we’ve been using this recipe for four months and love it but, with the latest batch, both of us have experienced really stinging armpits and a red rash- could this be from different arrowroot? I’ve tried a different batch again but it happened again..?

    • Simple Green Smoothies says:

      Hi Claire – this reaction was most likely from the baking soda. We’d recommend reducing the amount of baking soda being used and increase the arrowroot powder to replace.

  10. Jaime says:

    I am so confused on trying to buy arrowroot. So many are saying many listed as arrowroot aren’t actually arrowroot. What product did you use? Thanks.

  11. Mike says:

    Hi
    I have enthusiastically used your deodorant recipe for a couple years now and, bar none, it’s the best deodorant I have ever used! I used to get rashy and itchy armpits from commercial deodorants even the health food store brands but not anymore. Dermatologists seem too ready to prescribe a cream that will cover up symptoms but do not solve the problem like your homemade deodorant does.I have tweaked the recipe a bit using MCT oil rather than coconut oil which give the deodorant a much creamer consistency and makes it easier to apply. I use the MCT oil you suggest and it works great!All that said, I can’t wait to try your toothpaste!
    Thank you
    Mike

    • Simple Green Smoothies says:

      Thank you so much for sharing Mike!!! We love that you’ve been able to share your experience after using our Homemade Deodorant for such an extended period of time. And MCT oil is such an insanely great idea! Since it stays liquid, I bet it’s even easier to mix. Gonna have to give that a try here too!

    • Jaime says:

      Can you share the recipe you came up with using MCT oil? Thanks.

  12. Stephen says:

    I love the deodorant I make with this recipe and have been using it for about eight months, converting my mother, wife and 13 year old son along the way. We’re in the UK and I find it too stiff without adding an additional tbsp or two of almond oil. Stirring it when nearly set also helps give it a creamier texture. Essential oils? We like a mix of lemongrass, sandalwood and bergamot.

    • Simple Green Smoothies says:

      Love your tips for adding additional almond oil and stirring when it’s just about ready to get that perfect creaminess! And those oils – it smells good from here!! 🙂

  13. Lizzy says:

    Love love love this!! I switched over to this recipe from spray deodorant about a week ago and am really pleased with the results. Good protection without the stickiness. I was wondering, do you think this would work as a foot cream as well?

    • Simple Green Smoothies says:

      We love you that you love this Lizzy!!! And great question. If you’re looking to moisturize or to control foot odor, this def could do the trick. The fact that it worked so well with your underarms is a great indicator that your body will react well to it on your footsies too!

  14. Carol R says:

    I am not having great luck with my second batch
    Rashes then they clear up
    Then come back an now my underarms are discolored

    • Simple Green Smoothies says:

      The rash you’re experiencing could be a sensitivity to the baking soda. We’d recommend you cut back on the baking soda or leave it out altogether. You can add additional arrow root powder instead or try diatomaceious earth. Another thing to consider is a sensitivity to one of the essential oils you may be using. You can try a batch without any EO to know for sure.

  15. marianne says:

    I made this recipe but scaled the measurements way back. I added more coconut oil than the original recipe. I also added a couple of drops of lavender oil and lemongrass oil. Went out in the hot sun in Australia all day yesterday and came home smelling fresh. I have made up a batch for my partner. Very happy

    • Simple Green Smoothies says:

      Thank you so much for sharing your experience Marianne! Love that you tested our recipe against that hot Australia sunshine! 🙂

    • Ophelia says:

      I am using this deodorant its good for bad BO but my my armpits are getting dark . I don’t know what to do now . Please help me

    • Simple Green Smoothies says:

      This could be a reaction to the particular essential oil you might be including Ophelia. We’d recommend you try switching to a diff one or leave essential oils out altogether.

  16. Ginger says:

    Hi,

    Could we have “international” measurements. In grams for example! Thanks

    • Simple Green Smoothies says:

      Sure thing, Ginger!

      79g baking soda (you can use less when starting out if it irritates you)
      79g arrowroot powder (you can also use cornstarch… but I prefer arrowroot powder)
      73.95 ml unrefined organic coconut oil
      20 drops of grapefruit essential oil (or another essential oil with antibacterial properties)

  17. Lama says:

    I have tried every deodorant under the sun. I sweat a lot and my niece put me onto this recipe and I couldn’t be any happier. This is amazing and esp if you sweat and have a strong body odour. It is a life saviour

  18. J says:

    Thanks!

  19. Alice says:

    When I made it the consistency was very hard and powdery, even after rubbing it in my hands it didn’t really work – could I add more coconut oil to make it a bit more useable? Thanks

  20. Simple Green Smoothies says:

    Thanks so much for sharing your experience, Janine. Mixing well before using is really the key to having a smooth product at the end. Hopefully you’re able to try it again one day and make the tweaks and changes you’d like best. Glad you’re smellin like a rose now though! 🙂

  21. Claudia M. Haney says:

    Would your homemade deodorant help with sweating of the face? I usually start sweating on my head and it runs down my face. I take medication to help stop it, but no luck. It’s embarrassing when I am in public and start sweating if it’s too warm in the store, or if I help pack my groceries.. If I walk it’s a nightmare. Does anyone have any idea how I can get these head sweats under a little control even?

    • Simple Green Smoothies says:

      Hi Claudia! So sorry to hear your having this experience! While it’s helpful to know that sweating is one of the best ways your body gets rid of toxins, that does little to help when it’s dripping down your face in the store. We would be concerned about you using our formula on your head and having it drip into your eyes, as it contains essential oils. Those oils are best kept away from the eyes because it would cause them to burn. Using a plain, unscented face powder is best. Also be sure to avoid spicy foods and caffeine, since they can be triggers. Be sure to stay hydrated! And one of our friends was having the same trouble and just carries a personal fan around to aim at her face because #menopauseinflorida. Lastly, a drop of peppermint essential oil applied to the back of your neck when you start to feel warm can cool you right down.

  22. ali says:

    could I use baking powder instead of baking soda? Thanks

    • Simple Green Smoothies says:

      Hi Ali! Actually, baking soda and baking powder are chemically two different things. So baking powder wouldn’t work in this case as it doesn’t absorb smell in the same way baking soda can.

  23. Simple Green Smoothies says:

    Thanks Janine! Such interesting swaps, subs and testing of theories!! Def keep us posted on how it goes!

  24. Wa says:

    What do you recommend as a, natural organic, baking soda substitute?

    • Mark says:

      Try food grade Diatomaceous earth for a skin sensitive baking soda replacement. It typically has a lower PH than baking soda and is highly anti microbial. Plus it’s loaded with silica! Best of luck.

    • Simple Green Smoothies says:

      If sensitive to baking soda, decrease the amount and opt for additional arrowroot powder instead.

  25. Jo Marie says:

    Hi, this simple recipe looks tempting. I’m curious though. Do you have any problems with grease stains in your clothing?
    Thanks, Jo

    • Simple Green Smoothies says:

      Love your question, Jo! So far, the feedback has been positive – no greasy stains on clothing. 🙂

    • Lauren says:

      I’m wondering the same thing!

  26. shelia Charlton says:

    How can I use this in a regular deodorant container how do I make this harder

    • Simple Green Smoothies says:

      You can totally use an empty deodorant container for this recipe! Make sure you’ve twisted the bottom ‘wheel’ so that the interior base is all the way back down at the bottom. Then use a clean popsicle stick or tiny rubber spatula to move your homemade deodorant into the container, pushing down as you go until you’ve completely filled in the empty space. To make it harder, you can either reduce the amount of coconut oil used, or add it to the fridge after filling the container. Depending on your climate, once the coconut oil has completely solidified the deodorant will stay more solid, even out on the counter. If you live in the south (like me!), you may need to keep it in a cooler cupboard or in the fridge regularly for that consistency.

  27. Rachelle says:

    I made this and put some in a jar and some in a deodorant tube. It works great so far! I have gone walking, perspired and have not an ounce of odor. I did refresh just in case, but feel I would have been fine. This is a much better and more affordable alternative to the aluminum-free deodorant sold in stores. That can be so expensive when you are not even sure they will work.

    • Simple Green Smoothies says:

      Thanks so much for the awesome feedback, Rachelle!

  28. Gill says:

    Gratitude for this. I’ll try it and feed back on it.

  29. Liz A says:

    thank you for sharing your recipe. My youngest and I are creating some different deodorants for the family to try as a science activity and also a solution to a family need for natural products.

    • Simple Green Smoothies says:

      That’s so awesome Liz! It’s so great to get the kiddos drinking their greens when their young!

  30. Shadeeka Mendez says:

    Aren’t you SUPPOED TO RECOMMEND—->>>> BAKING SODA WITH ALUMINUM???????????????????????????????????

    –BECAUSE USING BAKING SODA WITH ALUMINUM , CAN BE POTENTAILLY DANGEROUS AS REGULAR DEODORANT??

    • Simple Green Smoothies says:

      We love to use ingredients that are as clean as possible, Shadeeka. So, yes if you have access to aluminum free baking soda – def go for it!

    • Liz A says:

      Baking soda doesnt have aluminum. Its baking powder that can have it

  31. Joseph ochigbo says:

    Please. Can I substitute coconut oil for maybe glycerin, proplyne glycol or shear butter. Seen that they don’t really affect skin and will make it never to solidify

  32. Emily says:

    I didn’t add essential oils as they’re not safe in early pregnancy and it still works fine (and doesn’t have a strong smell which is great for a sensitive pregnant nose).
    Also for those struggling with burning from the bicarb, I generally make it with 1 cup of arrowroot powder and 1/4teaspoon of bicarb and that is enough to be effective. It’s quite a strong base so still works well. You usually don’t use very much when baking a cake either!

    • Simple Green Smoothies says:

      This is such awesome feedback Emily!! Thank you! Yes, def don’t use essential oils in early pregnancy and always check with your doc to be sure what’s safe for you. Way to rawk a healthier option for you and your little one! 🙂

  33. Lisa says:

    Can you substitute Bentonite Clay for the Baking soda?

    • Simple Green Smoothies says:

      While we’ve not tried that, it sure sounds like a GREAT swap! Bentonite clay is a great detoxifier and is soothing to the skin. If you try it, def comment back and let us know how it goes!

    • Simran Tilani says:

      Can you use vanilla extract in place of essential oils?

    • Simple Green Smoothies says:

      Love this question Simran! Actually, since vanilla extract is made by percolating vanilla bean pods in alcohol, we would not recommend using it in this deodorant recipe. The alcohol will dry out and possibly irritate your skin, as well as affect the consistency of the deodorant. We’d say choose your fav smelling essential oils instead. High quality essential oils are made by either using water, steam or dry distillation, rather than alcohol.

  34. Emilia says:

    Thank you so, so, so much for this recipe!! First and foremost, it works- there is absolutely zero unpleasant smell with this, even after long runs and full days of work, and as a water-only washer this is the only thing I use (besides a shampoo bar). Not only is it effective as a deodoriser, it doesn’t have that sticky feeling that a lot of store-bought natural deodorants have. It’s very comfortable and it SMELLS SO GOOD. I use lemon and teatree EOs (5 and 10 drops respectively) and the smell of the fresh citrus with the coconut is out of control good. I open the jar to smell it all the time just to enjoy how nice it smells. Thank you so, so much- saving so much money and avoiding so much waste NEVERRR smelled this great. Thanks and peace!

    • Simple Green Smoothies says:

      Thank you for your kind words and such awesome detail about how you use this deodorant!! Rawk on Emilia!

  35. Ashley says:

    I made this & it turned out great !
    My SO put some on the other night before we went out and as soon as he got in the car I could smell the lemongrass from the deodorant. Needless to say , he does not use any cologne anymore. This stuff takes on the job of 2( deodorant & cologne )
    LOVE LOVE LOVE ♡♡♡

  36. Elli says:

    It did work for me, I had to put more coconut oil, BUT it burned my armpits for 4 days and still hurts so bad 🙁 I tried to put even more coconut oil but it still burns my armpits off lol. I wish it’d work :/

    • Simple Green Smoothies says:

      Yikes Elli! We’d try cutting waaaaay back on baking soda and focusing more on arrowroot powder and/or cornstarch instead. Some people have a sensitivity to baking soda and that could totally be what’s happening for you.

  37. Kim Pratt says:

    Simply brilliant. No pun intended!

  38. Simple Green Smoothies says:

    So glad you’re opting for this natural, home-made option!

  39. Tanya says:

    I just discovered this recipe. I wanted to ditch harmful store bought antiperspirants and “all natural” deodorants didn’t work at all for me or the hubby. I made a half batch of this recipe a few days ago and we both love it! I used tea tree, peppermint and eucalyptus EO. I sweat a lot at night while sleeping, even here where I live it gets really cold at night. Now I wake up smelling fresh. Husband loves it too and it works perfectly for us both. I will definitely make this again!

  40. Kris says:

    I tried this recipe, but it came out very crumbled — it looks like feta cheese, and I found it difficult to apply because it is so crumbly. Would this be because I melted the coconut oil before I mixed it with the baking soda and arrowroot flour? Is there something I should be doing differently so I can get a smoother texture?

    • Simple Green Smoothies says:

      So glad you gave it a try Kris! We’d def recommend leaving the coconut oil at room temp for this recipe. If it’s not the texture you’d like, you can totally add a touch more coconut oil and mix longer to get that smoothness.

  41. Melanie says:

    I made this recipe, because everything I have bought in the store was giving me a problem. I was kinda skeptic but woo whoo it worked and worked great. I gave some to my husband to try who works outside in a farm type setting. He asked what it was and I explained and he said he would try it. He came back to me about a week later and said we are not buying anymore store bought deodorant. He liked it to. So I have been telling everybody I talk to about it and passing it on. Thanks a bunch.

    • Simple Green Smoothies says:

      This is FANTASTIC Melanie!! So glad it’s working well for you both!

  42. Lala says:

    If you sift the powders before blending, this will eliminate the grainy feel. Also, I made without essential oils as some can be endocrine disruptors, and it was still effective.

  43. Natalie says:

    i have been using this for over a year now, at first i would smell later on in the day, washed & reapply, then after maybe a month it totally worked, its amazing how it works now, will never go back to antiperspirant .. thank you for the recipe:)

  44. Christine Rose says:

    I have just made this recipe, I live in a very warm climate in Australia and it’s beautiful and smooth. I can’t wait to try it.

  45. Carol R says:

    So back in October I first started to use this
    Now in January I ready to make a new batch and I’m still loving it

  46. Arundhati Banik says:

    Does it helps to get rid of smelling armpits

  47. Suzy says:

    This deodorant is simply the best!! I’m blown away by how good this is! I made a 1/2 batch to try and used cornstarch because I didn’t have arrowroot. I used peppermint and sweet orange essential oil because I could find my bergamot.. Thank you so so so much!! Forever grateful for this recipe xxxxxx ❤️

    • Suzy says:

      P.S I used 1/2 cup of coconut oil because I didn’t read the recipe properly lol and I didn’t need to adjust it..

    • Tiana Mai says:

      Hello. What essential oil do you recommend for the most fragrant/citrus smell? Thanks.

    • Simple Green Smoothies says:

      Hey Tiana – awesome question! Plant Theory makes a Citrus Burst oil blend that would def get that citrus smell you’re looking for. If using other brands, you might look for blends that contain bergamot, wild orange, lemon and/or mandarin oils.

    • Lia says:

      Did you use the same amount of cornstarch as the arrowroot? I do not have arrowroot either.

    • Simple Green Smoothies says:

      Hi Lia – You should be able to swap them using a 1:1 ratio, so the same amount. 🙂

  48. Caroline says:

    Thanks for your article. Will update you as soon as I make it.

  49. Stinky girl says:

    This literally works
    I made half the recipe used tapioca starch instead of arrowroot. Added and extra tbsp of coconut oil because consistency was bad and it wasn’t staying on my armpit.
    I’ve never wanted to try natural deodorant s because I thought there’s no way they work. I’ve tried many natural brands but the price hurts me a lot. Today is Christmas Eve, eve, and I just shoveled the entire back lane of snow, deep cleaned my kitchen, had company over and now am in bed and my armpit has NO FRICKIN SMELL!! Not even a HINT of BO. Unbelievable. Ok you convinced me… IM A BELIEVER! Just want to add I used about a quarter less of the baking soda, and I did feel a little burning for like five minutes. But it went away. My mind is forever changed…… THANKS TO you!!!

    • Itzsym says:

      I just made my first batch and used tapioca starch. Thanks for the suggestion!

  50. KC says:

    For a coconut allergy, I often substitute shea butter or an oil like grapeseed. Do you think this would work with grapeseed oil or should I just walk away haha

  51. Deborah says:

    Hi, I’ve just made this for the first time and it has quite a grainy texture. Can I check what your 1/2 cup measurement would be in grams please? Thank you!

    • shlomi says:

      Same thing happened to me.
      I think half a cup is a lot.

    • Shlomi says:

      OK so I found a solution.
      The problem is not with the amounts but with the temperature.
      You have to pre heat the coconut oil to 50C (120F) in the oven.
      Beware not to heat it up to 60C (140F) for the baking soda will get deactivated.

  52. Kep Taylor says:

    Hey, Jen,

    Thank you for this awesome formula. I will admit that I was skeptical at first, but I thought it was worth a shot. So I made a small batch. And I absolutely LOVE it! It’s very soothing to apply and really works perfectly.

    Now I’m thinking it would make a great stocking stuffer. I want to spread the good word!!

    I’m going to keep my eye on you for more great ideas!

    Thanks a million!

    Kep

    • SGS Rawkstar Jen says:

      It really is a great gift! I hope you do it Kep! I have a new hand scrub recipe I can’t wait to share!

  53. EBH says:

    Are the essential oils optional? What happens if I leave them out?

    • SGS Rawkstar Jen says:

      Hiya— the essential oils have antibacterial properties and help kill any stank (if ya know what I mean). Feel free to try without and let me know how it goes— i’m honestly kinda curious now 🙂

  54. Aissa says:

    Hi there! I am excited to try this recipe! Quick question: when using the unrefined coconut oil, do up heat it up to help with the mixing??

    • SGS Rawkstar Jen says:

      Hey Aissa— I live in Florida so the coconut oil is always soft. Haha! You could warm it to help with the measuring and mixing for sure— I would probably do that if it was rock solid. Enjoy!

  55. Frank says:

    I’m unable to achieve a creamy, smooth texture. I followed directions. Texture was hard & grainy. Read several comments posted. I placed my mason jar mixture in to a hot water bath. The mixture “loosened” from the heat. I added more coconut oil. The next day the mixture was hard & grainy yet again. People suggest keeping the open mason jar in the shower on a shelf… tried that too. Mixture still does not loosen. Should I just keep adding coconut oil? Really want this to work. Thank you.

    • SGS Rawkstar Jen says:

      Hey Frank— I’m sure it has to do with the temperature of your house Frank. When I lived in California and it would get in the 30’s at night and we’d keep the house ini the 60’s, mine would be hard too. Now that I live in Florida and my house rarely gets below 70, my deodorant is always creamy. Coconut oil turns solid under 74 degrees… and that is why your mixture is getting hard. SO more coconut oil won’t help— it’s just increasing the amount of substance that is turning hard from cold temps. What if you put it in a smaller jar and kept it in the shower. That way it has more of a chance of heating up enough to soften for use? I promise this stuff is really great— and it really comes down to getting the temperature warm enough so you can spread it on.

  56. Frank says:

    My underarms “don’t smell” but they’ve become sensitive & a little red after using it for 3 days straight. Maybe I’m using too much? Could the baking soda be drying out my underarms? Mixed up a batch with lemon grass oil. Storing in a mason jar in bathroom medicine cabinet. After reading other comments might remove cap from mason jar to allow warm air to soften my rather hard mixture.

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      Hi Frank! It does take some time for your body to adjust to something new like this and you could also be sensitive to the baking soda. Try doing an armpit detox (link in the article) and that should help. I have sensitive skin and it really helped me. And to keep the mixture soft and easier to apply, I suggest storing it in your shower on a ledge or shelf.

  57. Hi says:

    hi this deo is awesome….. i have made this a couple times but i keep having this one problem when making it. please help !!!
    I use arrow root starch and baking pwd one of these ingredients do not melt. even after me double boiling it and using a small machine to whisk it up. the minute the deo sets (summer or winter) . I can feel a grainy texture. is there anyway i can make it smooth and creamy. would like for it to stay creamy even if the temperature changes…..
    thank you ….

    • Frank Giffone says:

      You mentioned using baking pwd. The recipes calls for baking soda.

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      I love it, too! When you’re making it, you should not have to boil it or use an electric mixer. I mix the two dry ingredients together and in a separate bowl, the two wet ingredients together. Then I combine the two and stir until it’s mixed thoroughly. If you find that it’s not mixing together enough or not reaching the consistency you prefer, add more coconut oil a little at a time.

      Mine gets a little dry and grainy when the outdoor temps get cold and dry. I keep my jar of deodorant in the shower so the warmth and humidity from the shower softens it and then it’s much easier to apply! 🙂

    • Sophia says:

      Hello, for those who have burning sensations, replace the baking soda by the same amount of white clay. This will definitely be less harmfull than baking soda.

    • Jessica says:

      What about stains to clothing? Will the oil leave armpit stains on my clothes?

    • Simple Green Smoothies says:

      Awesome question Jessica! If they are a high-quality, pure essential oil (like the ones mentioned in our post), they should not stain clothing. However, there are a few that may stain, due to their natural coloring. Those would be darker oils like blue tansy, jasmine, German chamomile, patchouli or tangerine. As long as you are using good, pure oils and are diluting them in the way used in our recipe, they should not stain. If you have a particular piece of clothing you’re concerned about, we’d recommend doing a spot test to be sure.

  58. Emma Talbot says:

    Just about to try this recipe and want to check that 5 tbs means 5 tablespoons?

  59. Chloe says:

    I have just made my second batch I really like this recipe!! Thank you for sharing it!
    I have adapted mine but taking a bit of the baking soda out and adding Shea butter. This time I didn’t have any Shea so I put a bit of neals yard bees wax pellets. I went to the body shop and they have small tube samples of pure tea tree so I put the whole tube in. It’s super smooth and works well!

    Chloe xx

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      Thanks for the info on your adjustments, Chloe! Others may want to try making it this way, also. 🙂

  60. Ashley says:

    If you add bees wax to your recipe it help solidify the deodorant and you can make sticks ok of deodorant instead of in a jar. Just a little tip. Great recipe

  61. Candice Brasington says:

    I have to say that after putting this homemade pit paste to the test under grueling warehouse working conditions working 10-12 hour days…this stuff really holds up!  Must be the magic of the coconut oil!  This is the most effective homemade almost zero waste deodorant I’ve ever made! I give it 10 stars!!!!

  62. Stephanee says:

    I melted the coconut oil first by putting the coconut oil into a mason jar. I put the mason jar inside a pan with water and slowly heated the water. Once the oil was melted I added the other ingredients to dissolve the powders and mix everything evenly. This should resolve any issues with powdery, textured results.

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      That’s a great way to get a nice, smooth consistency!

  63. Tali says:

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

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

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

  64. Sara Ferraz says:

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

    Thank you so much!

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

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

  65. Hi says:

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

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

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

  66. Carol R says:

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

  67. Cameron Keideth says:

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

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

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

  68. Mary-Ann says:

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

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

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

  69. Amanda Bennett says:

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

  70. tiffany says:

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

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

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

  71. Chantelle says:

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

  72. Seb says:

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

  73. Linaia says:

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

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

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

  74. Heather says:

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

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

    THANK you for your amazing recipe!

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

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

  75. Mayra says:

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

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

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

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

    • Rana says:

      I have been making my deodorant with these same basic ingredients and I usually make enough to last a year and its fine… my favorite smell is virgin coconut oil and lime essential oil… smells like cake 🙂

  76. heather says:

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

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      YAY!! We love hearing that, Heather. Thank you so much for sharing!

  77. Ray says:

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

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

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      Hi Ray,

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

  78. Megan says:

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

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

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

  79. Basila Ali says:

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

  80. Samantha says:

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

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

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

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

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

  81. Chrystel says:

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

  82. Ava says:

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

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

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

  83. Sheila says:

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

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

    • Justine says:

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

    • Sheila says:

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

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

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

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

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

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

    • Sheila says:

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

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

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

  84. Paula says:

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

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

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

  85. Addison says:

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

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

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

  86. Cathy says:

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

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

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

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

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

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

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

      Good luck and let us know how it goes! 🙂

  87. Samantha says:

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

    Thank you

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

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

  88. Steven Hansford says:

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

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      You’re welcome, Steven! I love this deodorant recipe also.

  89. Amy says:

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

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

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

  90. Charlotte Malinga says:

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

  91. Alexandra says:

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

  92. Nat says:

    Hello,

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

    Thanks

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

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

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

  93. Yvonne Pulido-Gonzalez says:

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

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

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

  94. Atenea says:

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

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

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

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

  95. Danielle Roberts says:

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

  96. Beth says:

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

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      Congrats on being a survivor, Beth and I’m really glad you found this, also!

  97. Deb Williams says:

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

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

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

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

  98. Martha E.G. says:

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

  99. Stephanie Vargas says:

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

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

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

    • Stephanie Vargas says:

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

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

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

  100. Lucinda Rojo says:

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

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

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

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