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 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 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


Jennifer Phillips
Jennifer Phillips

Jennifer Phillips worked as a licensed aesthetician for over 8 years before creating the natural skin care blog, Jenni Raincloud.

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  1. Debra
    January 26, 2014 / 6:15 pm

    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.

    • January 26, 2014 / 7:15 pm

      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!!

    • Joy
      March 16, 2015 / 6:52 pm

      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?

      • March 24, 2015 / 1:19 pm

        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?

        • Jessa
          May 15, 2019 / 2:13 pm

          Great idea .. add more coconut oil. I used Purification with baking soda & the other ingredients awhile back ~ & in the winter ~ & I got the chafing feeling & even red bumps. I quit using it with intention to melt back down .. will add a little more CO to try to dilute more. And this helps, too, in my expectation of what the homemade DO will/ won’t do! I love that it allows our sweat to come out rather than “stifle” it!! All for HEALTH, right?!?

          • Jenni
            May 16, 2019 / 11:23 am

            Jessa-Have you tried to omit the baking soda and do arrowroot? This might remedy the irritation so you can have a more solid deodorant. And yes-I need those toxins to come out-never want to block that nastiness in again!

      • Laura
        December 13, 2015 / 1:21 am

        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

        • December 13, 2015 / 10:44 am

          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?

          • Laura
            August 9, 2016 / 7:32 pm

            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.

      • Tricia
        March 8, 2020 / 8:34 am

        If you went directly from commercial deodorant to homemade that isn’t very strange. Antiperspirant deodorants team a lot of chemicals and toxins in that area. When you stop using them and those toxins start to move, many people begin to get a rash and blame the new deodorant, when it isn’t really the culprit.

  2. Jennifer K
    February 25, 2014 / 8:10 am

    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.

    • February 25, 2014 / 1:39 pm

      Jennifer-that’s interesting! I like the powder idea. Homemade deodorant was one of my first diy’s too!

  3. April 17, 2014 / 5:08 am

    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?

    • April 17, 2014 / 10:37 am

      Hi Natasha-I hope it works well for you! Beeswax thickens up the consistency-I have linked where I buy mine in the post and on my side bar to the left. I usually get mine at Mountain Rose Herb or Amazon. Thanks!

  4. Stephanie
    November 22, 2015 / 2:45 pm

    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).

    • November 22, 2015 / 4:27 pm

      Stephanie-Yes, it would be great! Frankincense is very gentle but so good for you. It also has a strong scent that would neutralize b.o.!

    • Laura
      December 13, 2015 / 1:22 am

      I use frankincense, lemon, Melaleuca and geranium essential oils.

  5. August 9, 2016 / 3:51 pm

    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.

    • Jenni
      August 9, 2016 / 4:17 pm

      Julia-Good to know-I had irritation with baking soda but not arrowroot, but I don’t wear deodorant regularly!

  6. Erin
    December 10, 2016 / 11:36 am

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

    • Jenni
      December 14, 2016 / 5:12 pm

      Erin-You could use any other oil. Coconut is the best for this particular recipe but others will work fine!

  7. Sue
    January 22, 2017 / 3:08 pm

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

  8. Jean
    October 2, 2017 / 4:53 pm

    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. October 17, 2017 / 7:47 am

    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!

    • Jenni
      October 25, 2017 / 4:00 pm

      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. Jill
    February 4, 2018 / 3:59 pm

    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.

    • Jenni
      February 13, 2018 / 11:52 am

      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!!!

  11. Sue
    June 6, 2018 / 8:50 am

    HI jenni.
    I’m commenting on Jill’s post above: Severe underarm odor was one of the first symptoms of a over-active thyroid which can be dectected by a simple blood test.
    I found Iit didn’t matter how many times I washed and reapplied deodorant the odor persisted. I COULD EVEN DETECT IT IN MY CLOTHES AFTER THEY’D BEEN WASHED AND DRIED!
    I kept travel-sized deodorant sticks in my purse and in my car I was so self-conscience of BO, ITd IDN’T HELP THAT I WAS LIVING IN A HOT AND HUMID CLIMATE at the time. I did try “home remedies”(powders, witch hazel, nothing worked);I knew the aluminum based commercial deodorants had been linked to breast cancer but who wants to chance being the “smelly” girl??That’s unthinkable in our society. After my thyroid was treated the severity lessened significantly, but I still worried about it. It got to be quite an unhealthy” thing” with me.
    I hope I can still make a positive difference in my health by using safer alternatives after years of “self-poisoning”.

    I thank you Jenni for writing this blog and freely sharing your recipes, so very generous of you.

  12. Sue
    June 16, 2018 / 8:46 am

    Hi Jenni,
    I made this recipe written last week except I didn’t have petit grain so I used a blend of tea tree and lemongrass and lavender. I also accidently added 1T of castor oil1because I had 2 recipes out and confused them.Today is the 4th day in use. So far so good! No baking soda irritation at all. I’ve only had 1 day where I had to reapply it in the late afternoon, otherwise I use it in the morning after showering and that does it for the day. i’VE EVEN APPLIED IT TO JUST SHAVED UNDERARMS AND WHILE IT DID STING INITIALLY IT WASN’T too awful. I made one deodorant stick and the remainder I poured into a glass jar. I was curious to see if one application method was more effective than the other. Both work equally well. I’m really happy with this product and it’s so easy to make! I think it took me longer to buy commercial deodorant because I like to compare brands/prices and there are so many scents to choose from.
    Thanks again, this is another “keeper recipe”

    • Jenni
      June 18, 2018 / 11:23 am

      Sue-Thanks for sharing! You’re so welcome! It’s my favorite when it comes to deodorant!

    • Summa
      February 7, 2020 / 5:36 pm

      Hi Sue,
      I know this is an old post but just wondering if the accidental CASTOR OIL added a nice “slip” to your DEODERANT? I love homemade DEODERANT (as it works well) but I do find it is not always easy to apply from wind up tubes? I’ve been trying to formulate a more slippery recipe that is non greasy & doesn’t melt too easily but not sure which ingredients to change (or add)?

  13. Sue
    July 27, 2018 / 10:33 am

    Hi Jenni,
    I’d been using this recipe for a few weeks and it was very efffective but my underarms were becoming itchy and red and I felt a large lump, rather like a pimple that wouldn’t come to a head. I’m moving on to your witch hazel spray formula.

  14. Michelle
    July 29, 2018 / 7:00 pm

    How much does this make? If I use 2 oz containers, how many will it fill? Thanks!

    • Jenni
      August 13, 2018 / 11:06 am

      Michelle-I haven’t made this in a long time so I’m not totally sure but I believe it will make around 10 oz. You could cut the recipe in half if that’s too much.

  15. Janice
    October 22, 2019 / 1:39 pm

    I started using this about 3 weeks ago and OMG I love it!! I’ve tried a few marketed healthier, aluminum free, fragrance free, etc., versions and not only did they not work they left my armpits feeling sticky. So, I wasn’t expecting all that much with this but figured time to give it another try. For me, it’s actually better at controlling odor than the chemical laden brand I’ve been using for years, shhh it’s a secret. I only need a small amount and I don’t have to reapply. Another great recipe find from you in my search for a chemical free, organic lifestyle. Thank you so much!! Big hugs!!

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