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Homemade Organic Deodorant….

DIY Organic Deodorant

Did you know you could make your own Homemade Organic Deodorant??  I’ve been reading up on the dangers of deodorant.  Mainly about the preservatives and aluminum in it that are linked to breast cancer.  Not to mention anything that keeps you dry is blocking your pores, trapping waste in your body-yuck.  I’d rather just sweat.  So, yesterday I decided to make my own.  I found a super easy recipe, tweaked it a bit and now I’m giving it a go. Try the recipe and I will keep you posted on the effectiveness of it.  So far so good.  It smells great and neutralized odor very well, and after the treadmill no less!

Before we get started I would like to talk a bit about why in the world you would make your own deodorant-I mean, is it really so bad that we should take a chance on stinking up the room?  YES.  In my opinion, with breast cancer and Alzheimer’s on the rise it’s time to look into some safe alternatives.  Did you know that their are 20 to 30 axillary lymph nodes under each arm?  Translated, A LOT is absorbed in the underarm.  There are so many scary ingredients in deodorant.  Let me just name a few.  You ready?  Here I go-Aluminum (alzheirmer’s), Parabens (hormone disruption), Triclosan (dermatitis and considered a pesticide), Talc (contains asbestos fibers), Propylene Glycol (kidney and liver damage), and Steareth (human carcinogen).

Yeah, it’s scary and time to refuse to use something so potentially harmful!  This recipe is easy, I promise!  I will warn you, it is not as effective as using something you get at the grocery store.  First, most commercial deodorants are designed to block your pores so sweat stays in your body, hence keeping you dry.  A homemade organic deodorant’s main role is to neutralize stinky smells!  The lauric acid in coconut oil kills odor-causing bacteria and Melaleuca/Tea Tree is antibacterial, anti-fungal, antimicrobial, antiseptic and antiviral.  Baking Soda is used to absorb wetness.  So, let’s get stared!

 1 cup Organic Coconut Oil (find it HERE)

2/3 cup arrowroot powder (find it HERE)

2 tsp. beeswax (find it HERE)

30 drops of Melaleuca/Tea Tree Essential Oil (find it HERE)

20 drops of Eucalyptus essential oil (find it HERE)

DIY Deodorant


1. Fill a pot half way full of water.
2. Place a glass bowl with a spout in the pot.
3. In “double boiler” melt coconut oil and beeswax.
4. Once coconut oil and beeswax are liquefied add arrowroot powder.
5. Let cool for about 30 minutes and then add essential oils.
6. Pour in deodorant containers. (find them HERE)

You can use baking soda in place of arrowroot powder but many readers have experienced irritation after prolonged use. I have made this recipe with both ingredients.  As long as I don’t wear the deodorant daily (every other day) it does not irritate me.

I had a lot left over so I just put it in a clean glass jar and will store it in the fridge.  When I need to refill my deodorant container I can re heat in double boiler and pour into container!  Easy!  Good luck!!

xx, Jenni


Deodorant DIY



  1. I have been making my own deodorant for a couple years now. Initially, your body will expel A LOT of perspiration! Hang in there! It will cease in a week or two. Your body is ridding itself of what has been trapped in there for so long 🙂
    I have friends asking me for it all the time now. Easy to make/use and you can use a few variations in your recipe.
    I use: 1 c coconut oil
    1 c cornstarch
    1/2 baking soda
    2 T beeswax
    10 drops petit gran essential oil (it doesn’t smell good. It’s purpose is antiperspirant and antibacterial)
    Mix the dry and then melt down the oil and beeswax. Mix into dry and then add essential oil.
    Pour into deodorant containers & let set up for a day or two. I usually put mine in the fridge and then move them to the basement after they set.

    • Debra, Thanks for that! I hadn’t thought about it that way-I will never go back to regular deodorant-I still stink, I just wash my underarms way more often! Thanks for the recipe!!

    • I made this recipe, but also added arrowroot. I used it the first day with no problem. On day 2, I noticed a little irritation on the outside edges of my armpits…..not the middle. I thought that was a little strange. It’s almost like chaffing. Has anyone else experienced this, or no something I can tweak? I’ve tried DOZENS of store bought natural deodorants and have never found one that controls the smell. This is the first one EVER to help with that problem, so I really want to try and make it work. I use Young Living oils, so I even wondered if I’ve used too much oils?

      • Joy-That is strange!! I have never heard of arrowroot causing irritation, or irritation not being in the middle! I think you are onto something with too much oil. What oils are you using? Young Living has great oils so if anything it’s just that you used too much. Armpits are so sensitive! Could you go back remelt and add more coconut oil so you could dilute some without wasting the batch?

      • Baking soda irritates my under arms very badly. I just baking soda irritates my under arms very badly. So I just use Arrowroot and admit the baking soda. I also do a pre-spray of magnesium oil before I put on my deodorant if I haven’t shaved that day

        • Laura-Baking soda sneaks up on me. I’ll be fine for a month and then all the sudden my pits will be raw! Does the magnesium oil burn-I’ve heard it does?

          • I’m wondering if I typed that reply very early in the AM with some pretty bad grammar – oy! Reread your posts Laura! Or that was talk to text and I did not go back and double check it…

            For the deodorant, I just use Arrowroot and omit the baking soda. It doesn’t even sneak up on me; it lets me know from the get go. Ouch!

            I don’t use the spray that much right now. I do use magnesium gel almost every other day, but I will not use it if I shaved that morning and sometimes I wait 2 days before I use it after shaving. I will take a quarter size squirt of the mag gel and put it on my pointer & middle finger, take the other hand and distribute an equal amount to the fingers on that hand, and then rub it under my arms. I do this about every 3 days in lieu of deodorant in order to try and get my magnesium levels up in my body. Initially, I did feel an odd tingling sensation there, but now I don’t notice anything. I’ve put it on my legs for charlie horses and when I first started doing that the sensation kind of drove me nuts, but it doesn’t bother me much anymore. The really good news is that since I started using the mag gel as occasional deodorant, I rarely have those night cramps, and it’s a great deodorant. I thought about trying to incorporate it into my deodorant, but I’m not sure how all of those would mix together.

            Sorry not to answer your question sooner; I did not know that you had asked it.

  2. Jennifer K says:

    I’ve been using non-commercial deodorant for about 4 years. I use a coconut moisturizing stick that I buy from Basa Body. (I’m going to make my own when this one runs out) It’s made of coconut oil and beeswax, that’s it. For antiperspirant I apply all natural, organic body powder (that’s going to be my next DIY) under my arms and breasts when the weather is hot or I’m going to be doing something physical. I only apply the coconut stick every other day or so and rarely have any problems with odor. This was my first step into green beauty.

  3. I’ve been trying forever to find a homemade deoderant that actually works! I work as a registered massage therapist and really can’t risk smelling bad.. I’m excited to try this one out, to me I think the tea tree oil in this recipe will make all the difference. One issue- I can’t find bee’s wax anywhere. I wonder if it would make a huge difference?

  4. I was wondering if you thought frankincense oil would be a good addition to this recipe instead of the eucalyptus (eucalyptus is my least favorite smell of anything, but I do use it for when I’ve got that cough and cold stuff going on).

  5. Jenni, Recently in touch with you about my homemade toothpaste, with diatomaceous earth. I have not yet made deodorant, gathering recipes, but had read that if baking soda, cornstarch or arrowroot powder causes irritation, you can try diatomaceous earth.

  6. Any ideas on a substitute for coconut oil? I am allergic to it…!

  7. I can’t wait to try this- thanks!!

  8. I was using Primal Pit Paste, but it has baking soda in it. I hear that can irritate eventually so I am looking to make my own deoderant. The Pit Paste was actually doing a great job, no complaints. That being said, I have read that you can use food grade Diatomaceous Earth and other things instead of baking soda. As for the coconut oil, maybe those with issues should look for a non comedogenic type carrier oil. I know it breaks me out to use coconut oil on my face and sometimes I get a heat rash on the crook of my arm so I avoid lotions, etc. there. Another trick I found quite useful while you detox your body from commercial deoderant is to use a 50/50 ACV and Witch Hazel mixture on a cotton ball and clean your pits before applying. (Less ACV if sensitive skin.) That kills the bacteria and it only smells for a few minutes until it evaporates. I actually use it on my face as a toner so I used it on my pits and it works great. Hope this helps.

  9. Not sure if my previous post went through, message indicated that it didn’t….sorry if this is a repeat. I made this a year ago. It lasted that long! Nothing was working for me once I hit a certain age…around 60. Nothing worse than a stinky old woman! My previous post stated that I used your recipe however, I found the recipe that I did use. 3 tbs. coconut oil, 3 tbs. shea butter. Melt in jar placed in boiling water. Add that to 1/4 c. arrowroot and 1/4 c. baking soda, add 20-30 drops of tea tree oil. This time, I substituted the baking soda with arrowroot, making the total of 1/2 c. arrowroot. I lined 2 custard cups with cupcake papers and poured into the paper. Put a lid on when it has congealed. If it doesn’t work with the substitution, I’ll let you know. I believe it’s actually the tea tree oil that is killing the bacteria that causes the odor. You can’t smell it after a few minutes, so don’t worry that you will smell like tea tree oil!

    • Deborah! Thanks for sharing-I love experimenting! And oh yes, it’s that tea tree that goes a long way with killing bacteria therefore reducing odor. Keep me posted! I would love to know if 100% arrowroot will work because baking soda can really irritate your skin if you use it daily.

  10. Hi, im going to try this for my daughter who battles with her underarms smelling very bad. We have tried all the deodorants and have had no luck. Its almost as if she hasnt washed for days. Holding thumbs this work for her. Just want to let you know I am in Cape Town South Africa. Love this post.

    • Jill-I feel your pain! Is she eating something that could be contributing to her smell? I can’t use 99% of natural deodorants because I swear the react to my body chemistry and make me smell worse. This recipe works great. I hope you have great luck with it. Thank you for your kind words!!!

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