Homemade Natural Deodorant

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I ditched non-natural store-bought deodorant over a year ago.  I now make homemade natural deodorant using only 3 ingredients.  I ditched the stick due to all of the toxins that deodorants contain.  Non-natural deodorants contain aluminum, parabans, propylene glycol, TEA, DEA, triclosan, talc, and FD & C colors.  These nasty ingredients may be linked to breast cancer, Alzheimer’s, and severe allergies.  Homemade natural deodorant contains coconut oil, arrowroot powder, and baking soda…sounds much better, right?

Homemade Deodorant

I have been using homemade natural deodorant for well over a year now and it works great for me and I love the coconut smell.  Making homemade deodorant is super easy and  cost-effective!

Here is what you need:

5-6 Tbsp Coconut Oil
1/4 cup baking soda
1/4 cup Arrowroot Powder (or cornstarch)

Homemade Deodorant

Here is what you do:

Combine equal portions of baking soda & Arrowroot Powder. Then slowly add coconut oil and work it in with a spoon until it maintains the substance you desire.

Homemade Deodorant

I simply store mine in a glass jar and rub a small amount under your  arms daily or as needed.   This homemade deodorant does thicken up and you could place it in a recycled deodorant container but make sure you keep it in a cool place as it softens up when it gets really warm due to the coconut oil.  My husband now asks me to label the jars after he brushed his teeth with the deodorant after mistaking it for our homemade toothpaste!

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32 thoughts on “Homemade Natural Deodorant

  1. Sunshine says:

    (singing) I know this is for me, I know this is for me, la la la la la!! And I can’t even say I don’t have time to do this….fabulous! Thank you!

  2. kellu says:

    Does this harden up enough to maybe put it in an old deodorant tube? I was thinking I could pour it in the dispenser and then pop it in the fridge to harden it up but I wasn’t sure if I was guessing the consistency right. What do you think?

  3. Janelle says:

    Does this need to be refrigerated? Its about 90 out right now and im wondering if it will melt into a gooey mess. Thanks!

    • Angela says:

      I find that if it is kept in my bathroom it will get softer during the summer. If you have it in a glass continer and are ‘scooping’ it out it will be fine but if you are putting it in a mold (like an old deodorant bottle) you would want to store it in a cool place. I actually like it a tad softer so that it goes on easily. Thank you for stopping in!!

  4. Tracy says:

    I am extremely brand new to all this – could you put a drop of essential oil or something else for a little fragance??

  5. Jenn Burroughs says:

    Just stumbled across your blog last week. I love it! I just made this today and it works great! I added some tea tree and lavender to it. Smells great!

  6. Melissa says:

    I have the coconut oil that is solid at room temperature, would this work with some extra mixing/melting, or should I buy the softer version? (I bought a tempered version for cooking, it has a higher smoke point, so I can do more with it, and sneak healthy fats into EVERYTHING.)

    Two more questions. Does the coconut oil leave oil stains in the under arms of clothing? Does this help prevent sweating, or does it just keep your sweat from having an odor?

      • Angela says:

        I have not experienced any staining. I am not a heavy sweater by nature so I am not sure how much it helps with the amount that you sweat but it keeps me smelling fresh. Hope this helps!

  7. Laura says:

    I have recently started using plain lime juice as a deodorant. It has worked way better and is way cheaper than any store bought stuff. What I do is this…

    – Buy about 10 limes (for like… a dollar!)
    – Peel limes and juice them (I use a juicer to get as much as I can)
    – In a dedicated ice cube tray I fill each compartment and freeze.

    I take out one lime juice ice cube a week and put in a small container. Keep refrigerated. I use a cotton square to dip in the juice (just a little bit!) and apply to my underarms. I dispose of any unused juice after seven days. Then just put a new cube in the container and you’re good to go for the next day.

    I don’t shave my underarms, and I tested this on 90+ degree days in Chicago humidity and all I could smell was lime (and that’s only when I took a good whiff of myself)

  8. Michelle says:

    Would adding beeswax to this recipe help solidify it more for a deodorant mold or woukd that make it less effective?

    • Angela says:

      It think beeswax may work okay, but you will have to heat it all up then solidify it. I am working on a creamier deodorant currently, I will be posting it in a few weeks 🙂

  9. liz says:

    Awesome, so ready to try this. Gotta get some coconut oil now! Can’t wait for the creamier version. Thanks for sharing 🙂

  10. Michelle says:

    I’m curious if anyone on here is a heavy sweater and has used it and found it to be effective. I live in FL and we, being my household, are heavy sweaters.

    • Angela says:

      Hi Michelle, I live in Florida and it works really good. I have to say that it isn’t the creamiest deodorant but I have a new recipe that I will be posting soon that is totally awesome. 🙂

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