Learn how to make your own homemade deodorant with simple ingredients like baking soda, arrowroot powder, coconut oil and essential oils. This DIY is a great way to reduce waste, save money, and is much healthier for your body than conventional deodorant.
I’ve been making my own natural products for over a decade, so I can tell you that deodorant is one of the easiest products to make! Made with natural ingredients that nourish your skin and stop body odor, this natural deodorant recipe is perfect for anyone looking to switch to more natural based body care products.
Why Use Natural Deodorant?
Many commercial deodorants are full of parabens, chemicals, toxins, heavy metals, and artificial fragrances that leech into your body and can contribute to a number of alarming health concerns. Many store-bought deodorants contain aluminum compounds that clog the sweat glads and prevent sweating – no thanks!
Homemade Deodorant Recipe
You can easily make your own deodorant at home with baking soda, arrowroot (or corn starch), coconut oil and essential oils.
To get started you will need to melt the coconut oil on the stovetop or in the microwave. Heat the oil until is melts, but is warm to the touch.
Then, mix the coconut oil with the baking soda, arrowroot powder to form a paste. Add in 20 drops of essential oil of choice and mix well to incorporate the oils.
Lastly, pour the mixture into an empty deodorant container or a glass jar. Store the deodorant at room temperature and use as you would traditional deodorant. Store in a dark place for up to a year.
About the Ingredients
Baking Soda – baking soda helps to balance the ph of the skin and eliminates odors.
Coconut Oil – This plant-based oil contains natural anti-fungal and antibacterial properties that help kill odor-causing bacteria.
Arrowroot Powder – Is nourishing to the skin and helps to keep the deodorant less greasy.
Essential Oils – These volatile oils contain potent amount of antibacterial properties that help keep your pits smelling fresh and clean.
Ingredient Substitutes in Homemade Deodorant
Coconut Oil – If you’re not a fan of coconut oil you may use shea butter instead. Both oils work to create a lovely deodorant that works wonderfully. Another butter that works in place of coconut oil is mango butter, which is similar in texture. I do not recommend using cocoa butter or olive oil in this recipe as the texture and smell are off-putting.
Arrowroot Powder – Corn starch is an executable substitute for arrowroot powder and can be shaped in its place.
Best Essential Oils To Use In Natural DIY Deodorant
You may use a variety of essential oils in this homemade deodorant. I landed on grapefruit essential oil because of it’s antibacterial properties, and also because it’s a cost effective essential oil and it smells amazing! Other essential oils that work well are tea tree oil, lavender essential oil, bergamot oil, cedarwood, and orange oil. You can also use a blend of essential oils to create your favorite fragrance.
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Homemade Deodorant Recipe
Learn how to easily make homemade deodorant with simple ingredients you can find in your kitchen. These active ingredients work together to reduce body odor, naturally!
- Prep Time: 10 minutes
- Cook Time: 2 minutes
- Total Time: 12 minutes
- Yield: 2 – 4 ounce tubes 1x
- Category: DIY
- 1/2 cup coconut oil
- 6 tablespoons baking soda
- 6 tablespoons arrowroot powder
- 20 drops of essential oils (I used grapefruit)
- Two 2 ounce deodorant tubes or one 4 ounce jar
- In a bowl, combine the coconut oil with the dry ingredients. Add the essential oils to the coconut oil mixture and mix well.
- Transfer the mixture to a sterilized jar or deodorant tubes. Store in a dark dry place for up to one year.
- To apply, glide the top of the deodorant tube to the skin as you would traditional deodorant. If you are storing the deodorant in a jar, then retrieve a small amount of the deodorant with a spoon or cotton swab and rub it into the underarm area using your fingers.
- Serving Size: 1
- Calories: 1