Homemade deodorant recipe

Ingredients for homemade deodorant

Lindsay shared about making homemade deodorant, which of course piqued my interest. While I still use and like my deodorant crystal, I still haven't come to any fully satisfactory conclusions about how healthy it is.

This homemade recipe, however, is truly completely natural and harmless. And cheap. Maybe not cheaper than a deodorant crystal (since those last years and years!), but still cheap. :)

Ingredients for homemade deodorant:

1/4 cup baking soda
1/4 cup arrow root powder OR corn starch
~5 tablespoons coconut oil

Directions for making homemade deodorant:

1. Combine baking soda and arrow root powder in a bowl and mix with a fork.

2. Start with about 4 tablespoons/one-fourth cup of coconut oil and add the coconut oil to the baking soda mixture, working into a paste.

The deodorant will have somewhat of a play-dough consistency, and will be softer or harder depending on its temperature. You can put the deodorant into a small container with a lid, or into an empty stick deodorant dispenser if you have one. My deodorant hardened somewhat after I put it into a container.

Homemade deodorant

Now, for my unbiased review of the homemade deodorant. ;) Remember, this is just my personal opinion, and if you're at all interested in a cheap and healthy deodorant, it'll only cost you a few cents and a couple minutes of time to try it for yourself. And Lindsay raves about it. :)

This homemade deodorant is really quick to make and inexpensive (and I already had the ingredients for it!). I believe it's also, as I mentioned above, healthier than the deodorant crystals, if only because there's still some confusion (for me) surrounding the "natural salt crystal" deodorants.

Ease of use? I've only tried it in a container, which is slightly more bothersome since I need to actually get it warm enough to spread (with fingers). I think in a dispenser, it'd be just as convenient as the commercial deodorants.

The real question: Does it work?

I think it works okay. If you've read my review of the deodorant crystal , you'll know that I like it pretty well, but admit that it's not going to work just like a commercial anti- perspirant and deodorant.

Well, this homemade deodorant works well for about 8-12 hours. In a relatively low-stress, low-sweat environment. It's fine for around the house if you plan to shower every day. I have been using this deodorant for about 3 weeks, and I'll definitely update if my opinion changes, but I'm still not overly thrilled with it.

Definite benefits (like health benefits!)... just not working quite well enough for me. Remember, Lindsay and her husband rave about this recipe, though -- so maybe you'll at least want to give it a try! :)

Edited to add:

I am pleased to be adding this update about the deodorant! When I originally published this post, I had been using the homemade deodorant for 3 weeks, a time frame that I thought would be sufficient for testing.

Even though I wasn't thrilled with the deodorant, I planned to use up what I had made -- especially since I knew it was healthy (and possibly healthier than my deodorant crystal). 

Now, I have been using this homemade deodorant for about 12 weeks, and it's really working well! I think that for me, it seemed like it took my body about 6-8 weeks to fully adjust to the deodorant -- whatever that means, I don't know -- just that it gradually worked better and better and I am now completely satisfied with this deodorant! Yay!! :) 

I have also tried putting the deodorant into an empty commercial deodorant dispenser but that method of dispensing didn't work as well as I had anticipated. So, it's back to fingers from a container.

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it is a toss up for me, sometimes you wonder if it is worth it to smell bad and stay healthy or use something that may not be as good for you. Does the salt crystal work for you?

Is it bad that I rarely use deoderant? Only on really hot days or when I know I'll sweat a lot. And then I use a scented natural one that doens' thave the aluminum and junk in it. My husband, on the other hand, uses it every day. And probably needs to (in my experience men tend to get stinkier than women). This recipe does look interesting to try. And I bet it could be easily scented with a drop or two of essential oils.

If you really think about it, deoderant is really quite a modern invention. I don't think there was any back in the pioneer times. You probably just got used to everyone smelling!

I've been using this same recipe for about a month. So far, I've been pleased with it. I really thought it wouldn't work (I live in the South, where it's already 90 degrees and humid), but it has. I am a major sweat-er and I've found this to work as well or better than antiperspirints. We'll see how it goes the rest of the summer!

I never knew you could make deodorant with harmless food ingredients! Pretty sure I won't bother with it myself, but I have a couple friends who prefer natural stuff and I'll bet they'd be interested in this. I'll have to pass it on.

I just bumped into Lyndsey's site today.Her recipe seamed so easy.( I am not a home maker type )It took me a few minutes,really and it works so well. I just turned 50 and sweat more than I used to ,even at home just doing nothing. My t-shirt is dry and no trace of the staff on my shirt.I will show it to my daughter Who thinks she needs med for everything .
It was fun to make it too

I definitely don't think antipersperants are a good thing to be using, and all deoderant does is add another scent on top. So, I haven't used deoderant in years. I don't shower everyday, but I do wash under my arms morning and night. On a really sweaty day, I might do it mid-day also.

wow I will have to try this out.

I make a similar deoderant for my husband, but sans the oil. It's in powder form and he swirls it on with a thick foundation brush right after a shower. It sticks to his underarms because of the moisture in his skin and he seems to think it works pretty well. Sometimes I add spices like a touch of cinnamon or nutmeg just to add some scent.

But you shall be called Hephzibah [My delight is in her], and your land be called Beulah [married]; for the Lord delights in you, and your land shall be married [owned and protected by the Lord]. --Isaiah 62:4

Wow! I'm going to have to give this one a try! I really don't like using antiperspirants or deodorants and the salt think never worked much for me. I'll give this a try at least.


It may take a while, a few months ago I stopped using
anti- perspirant and for quite a while I was very conscience of how I smelled. I went to a powdered mixture of baking soda, cornstatch and a couple of drops of essential oils. I kept up with washing several times a day and asking dh and others close to me if I smelled bad, they all said no. Eventually I started to smell less and less. I still shower everyday but don't feel the need to wash and re apply unless it I am having a particularly stressful day.


I laughed about the commentator who said, "Men are stinkier than women!"
I wish this were true at our house. I have never ever smelled a body odor from DH's pits.
He swears by deodorant only, and says the anti-perspirants make you stinky.
I have tried everything out there and only one or two things work for me.
I am the stinky one at our house ;)
I think I better not try this homemade version or my family and friends might pass out!

It is the same at our house. I NEVER smell my husband, but I am a heavy sweater (and stinky), but I find that this homemade deo works! It does irritate my skin though so I rarely use it. But several years ago I used it for a couple of months straight and it worked way better than the store bought stuff.


It's the same thing at our house, my hubs never stinks but I do! I have been using this recipe for almost a week and I'm no longer the stinker at home:) I was extremely skeptical but wanted to try it (my underarms are irritated by conventional deoderants, etc.). My hubs was pretty skeptical too, he knows how much I sweat--but even he has been pleasantly surprised!

Thanks for sharing this recipe. My husband and I are always on the lookout for natural deodorants, and this sounds like it's worth a try. Plus, I already have everything on hand. I'll be mixing up a batch this weekend.


I noticed in your picture that you're using LouAna coconut oil and perhaps this is why you're not so impressed with this deodorant. I would try it with virgin coconut oil and see if it works better. I believe the reason the virgin coconut oil works is because it is rich in medium chain triglycerides which are antibacterial and antifungal. I believe it is the bacteria growth in the armpits that causes the odor. I've heard of people using hand sanitizer as deodorant (don't know how healthy this would be!) because it kills the bacteria and therefore the odor.

Becky in WV

Tammy & others,

I have never had a problem with it being too solid. I would say that you probably added too much coconut oil to the mix. It should be a moist consistency. We maintain our house temperature around 66 degrees and off at night, and it stays moist.

HeatherK, I am the serious sweater in our household and it definitely lasts 24 hours for us (I could only use men's deodorant in the past, Old Spice), but you do have to lather it well around the entire area. It really does not smell strong at all...very slight sweet coconut smell. We do reapply every day, but only shower every other day, and that works for us.

Another thought...You may need to be using higher quality brands for it to work effectively. It would be better for your skin anyway, because some brands of baking soda actually have aluminum in them. Extra virgin cold-pressed coconut oil is the best (and it works wonderful in cooking as well), especially when you can get it for just $38 for a gallon (includes shipping) at Mountain Rose Herbs. It does wonders for the skin!

Anyway, just a thought.


Thanks for sharing, Lindsay! When I need more coconut oil, I'll have to consider finding a higher-quality source! :) My deodorant is a moist consistency when it is slightly warmed with my fingers (it was like play-dough when I first mixed it up) because I thought I only added enough coconut oil to hold everything together, but I'll do more experimenting next time. :D

some brands of baking soda actually have aluminum in them

I'm a little confused about that -- do you mean baking powder sometimes contains aluminum? Baking soda (sodium bi-carbonate) doesn't, to my knowledge, have any aluminum in it. I have an uncle who works at an Arm and Hammer factory (where they actually make the baking soda) and so I get free baking soda! (And yes, they package their A&H soda in different types of boxes and for different prices... the very same product.) :)

Years ago I was searching for a natural deodorant and came across this very same sort that you posted. I found mine on the internet and I was AMAZED! Have the recipe put away and just recently ran out of the batch I made.
One thing it called for in addition to yours was an essential oil or oils. I put in to experiment, peppermint oil and that mixed with the coconut oil made a pleasant smell. For me certain smells will react with my body chemistry thus making an even nastier smell that my normal "nasty pitt smell : ))! This oil didn't do this to me. The only time that I need to put more on is during "that time of the month" or when my body is going through things, sick etc... And just the coconut smell wasn't enough for me.
I wanted to quit using commercial deodorants after I read what al they had in to block pores and that wasn't good for the body because the pitts are supposed to be able to "breath".
I do use good coconut oil such as Barlean's. And I use the one with the coconut smell left in. You could use the good coconut oil without the smell if you were a man or just add a manly essential oil say like.. a mint or a woodsy oil... etc... (p.s. use a good cold pressed oil that is safe for the skin, Uncle Harry's has many at reasonable prices)
Also baking soda does have aluminum in and there is an aluminum free one that is inexspensive. I use Bob's Red Mills.
After all if you are going to go to the trouble of making your own and you are doing so because of the dangers of the commercial deodorants then why not use "good" ingredients while you're at it?
I tell you this has been the best find for me for I have struggled with smelly pitts from teen years and now into menopause.

It won't say it on the ingredients, because it's not added. It gets into it from the processing they do, since most commercial brands using aluminum equipment. In testing, they found that there is aluminum in the commercial brands. I was very discouraged by this, since we use baking soda for so many natural health items.

So, I started buying only soda that says "Aluminum Free" on the label. The same problem also occurs in mozzarella cheese, as well - because of the aluminum equipment.

It's the same science as if you were using all aluminum cookware for your baking needs. Not healthy.

Anyways, just thought you'd be interested.
~ Gina

I have been looking for a large container, as I am a bodyworker and I also make my own products. My question is whether the Mountain Rose product you buy is organic? It is sooo hard to find a very large bucket of organic coconut oil so I pay too much for those smaller jars. Thanks! Also I did not know baking soda could have aluminum. It is probably not listed as an ingredient so how do you know, and how to find one that does not have it? Thanks for the thought-provoking discussion about what we put on/in our precious bodies!

Seraphina in Santa Cruz

I get Nutiva from vitacost ( great prices) or you can get it at your local Vitamin Shoppe if you have one nearby. I also like the taste of Nutiva's coconut oil.

I have been cooking and making deodorant with the gold label organic virgin coconut oil from tropicaltraditions.com for almost three years now and I am very happy with the quality. I signed up for the newsletter so that I can stock up when they are having a "2 for 1 sale" on the gallons of coconut oil. It is more expensive than the ones in my grocery store, but I am allergic to corn and must buy only the purest cold pressed oils to avoid citric acid (GMO corn derivative used in the manufacture of most plant-based oils). Be sure to try the coconut cream concentrate if you do order from them - it's heavenly. Also, health food stores sell "aluminum-free" baking soda but regular old Arm and Hammer baking soda is naturally aluminum-free according to my research (and avoiding corn requires a ton of research). It is baking POWDER that usually contains aluminum unless you specifically buy the "aluminum-free" brands (it will be marked on the label).

BTW, toxins are easily absorbed through the skin so the best policy is to avoid using anything on your body that is not edible. I not only use homemade coconut oil deodorant, but also love using the virgin coconut oil for facial moisturizer, too.

I have found that anti-perspirant, which stops up your pores, actually does make me stinkier than using nothing.

I swab my armpits with alcohol on a tissue after I shower, then dust with pure baking soda (approximately 1/4 tsp. per armpit). Often I then apply a squirt of perfume. I have never smelled less stinky in my life.

I keep the baking powder in my medicine cabinet in a little pimento jar.

This works very nicely for me.

Oh AWESOME! i've got the things to make this right now ... I'm going to wait until my deodorant container thingy is empty first though.

Jason and I have tried all natural deodorant before ... a roll on kind (it's all we could find) ... but we didn't like it at all. I've heard of people using just plain baking soda on their armpits, but I'm not that brave lol

This, however, just may do nicely. My husband said he'd even give it a whirl lol


I too wanted to mention that it may be the kind of coconut oil you are using. I have the virgin coconut oil, which is superbly healthy to eat and slather on your body, and I just use it all by itself. You can buy small amounts from a health food store for between $5-10 and it lasts awhile. Also I don't use deodorant everyday and I don't usually smell myself :) Dh doesn't complain either :) There really is no comparison in the quality of virgin coconut oil (unrefined) and the refined kind you get at the grocery store.

Just my thoughts.

I have been using this and it works ok for the stink but I sweat so much and I have noticed brown rings under the arms of my shirts. I don't like that to much!

I tried this last week and so far it's great!!! It has has a tendency to "go liquid" in a warm environment so would not recommend packing it for travel or to the gym but I like it for everyday use at home. I was wondering if anyone knew the shelf life of unrefined, virgin coconut oil. I wanted to buy a gallon but I was told the shelf life is a year or so and if that's the case, the gallon would not be an economical choice.

Investigate how it's produced and what the company says its shelf life is. The less moisture in the oil by virtue of the method of production, the longer the shelf life will be. The oil produced by the company we helped start in Mozambique is good for 5 years. It's great for skin, dry hair, and cooking as well!

I'm in South Africa, and would loveto have a contact number for a coconut oil producer in Mozambique. I'm setting up a small social entrepreneur group around a simple coconut oil based product. My email is riri@mighty.co.za :)

Coconut oil is one of the most saturated oils around, so it should be very stable and last longer than most other oils. -Igor

Coconut oil actually lasts longer (than most oils) outside of the fridge... and it DOES not have to be refrigerated. But IF you do it will last that much longer. When needing it to be softer for whatever you are using it for just take it out of the fridge the night before. Or put a small amount in a pan or in microwave.. watch VERY carefully becaue it melts fast.
To take it places or to take deodorant with it in places I pack it in a cooler or put it with a small freezer pack!

If you're going to travel and know the temperature will be above 76, you can always put some of the deodorant in a small glass jar so that it won't leak if it melts. Just give it a little shake before opening to make sure the ingredients are still mixed and apply with your fingertips!

i've been using this the last few days and LOVE IT! i've tried everything...natural sticks at the health food store, crystals, plain coconut oil, and this is my favorite so far! i sent some to my sister and she called today to tell me she loves it. i still sweat, but i don't stink at all!

i used organic coconut oil, organic baking soda powder (alum free...i guess there are some that contain aluminum) and organic arrowroot powder. (bulk at the healthfood store) just in case some other combination wasn't working for someone reading this!

hope it works for you.


Coconut oil has wonderful health benefits and I have been eating it for about two years.

I also use it as a moisturizer and hair conditioner. It was only recently that I learned of its use as deodorant. Have been using for a few days now (and it's HOT here in Philadelphia!). I didn't have much expectation that it would actually work but it works amazingly well. I am tickled about it.

I just use it straight. It absorbs well and is very soothing/healing to just-shaved underarms. I have experimented with adding a drop or two of a favorite essential oil, but I like how it is sans scent the most. No conflict with my perfume.

Also, I use organic, virgin coconut oil.

I've been using this for almost a month now and it has worked amazingly well. The deodorant crystal did nothing for me (and since I shave my underarms it stung like crazy!) so I was really happy that you posted this. I also used organic, extra virgin coconut oil, if that makes a difference as someone suggested. I even packed it into an empty stick deodorant tube so it's just like using store bought stuff. (It does get soft in warm weather, though.)


My Dad never had body odor, unless he was doing really hard labor, and I inherited the 'odor free' gene from him. I guess the bacteria that causes it just doesn't survive with my chemistry.

Which makes me wonder if the homemade deoderant is helping your system to become more effective at fighting the stinky bacteria. Pretty cool!

Hi again...just had a thought.

I read recently that olive oil is the only oil that won't go rancid over time. I grow lavender, and it is a natural anti-bacterial and anti-fungal (and I love the smell.) You could make lavender scented olive oil by slow cooking some fresh or dried lavender heads in olive oil over very low heat for about an hour or so until the lavender is dry looking. Strain off the lavender flowers, and you have scented oil! I wonder if you added this scented olive oil to your mix if that would help thin the deoderant enough to use in a roll on type container. Plus it may add some preservative and nice scent!

You could probably add other spices and scents to your liking to the heated oil mix...maybe 'his and hers' deoderant scents. :)

I've had a great time reading all about the natural properties of herbs for health at www.bulkherbstore.com The family that runs it are Christian, so there is no wierd spiritual hoo-haa in the information. They glean the practical aspects from historical and modern herb books, and leave out the superstition and spiritualism.

Won't go rancid? Nonsense. All good olive oil has an expiry date on the bottle, usually two years from the date of production. -Igor

No one was talking about olive oil......COCONUT

Even easier natural deodorant:

Mix equal parts corn starch and baking soda, mix and add to an old baby powder container.

That's it! No sticky fingers!

I put it on after taking a bath and I do not stink! I also put some around my chest and stomach area as I found these areas smelled worse than my underarms.

I also sprinkle some in my shoes to keep my feet dry and odor free.

I need to start making my boys put it in their shoes to keep the stink down, as they are now all getting older.:)


I get my organic coconut oil from Mt. Rose Herbs by the gallon for $19.00 THey have refined (for cosmetic use) and also unrefined 100% virgin (food or cosmetic use)for $28.00. THought that might be of use to someone. thanks www.mountainroseherbs.com

I just wanted to jump in and say that the absolute best quality coconut oil comes from Tropical Traditions (www.tropicaltraditions.com). They are a Christian company based out of the Phillipines. The oil can be pricey BUT you can watch for their sales and/or buy in bulk. It's cheaper sometimes per unit to get it that way. Their biggest size of coconut oil is the 5 gallon bucket. Every now and then they will run a special - 6 one gallon buckets and it works out to cheaper than the single 5 gallon bucket on a per gallon basis. I'm not affiliated with them, just a satisfied customer. Their gold label organic VCNO is the highest quality but they also sell an expeller pressed organic oil and non-organic expeller pressed oil for cheaper.

My friend and I tried this recipe and we both broke out in a painful rash where we applied it on our armpits. My friend's sister did as well. I'm so disappointed. Anyone have any suggestions?

Perhaps the baking soda was irritating razor burn or something...?? If there are any tiny cuts in the skin, the baking soda could irritate it. The deodorant crystals (which are like salts) will do the same thing!

I've also had a rash develop. I have sensitive skin, but weirdly the harsher "prescription strength" antiperspirants don't bother me. I really like this recipe because I'm extremely self-conscious about odor and wetness and this works really good. I've been cleaning my armpits at the end of the day, hoping that I'll eventually get used to this. If anyone has any better suggestions, I'd love to hear them!

P.S. I work extremely long hours and aside from the irritation, this deodorant has been working great!

I have been using this recipe for about 6 months. I too, when using the original recipe, developed a rash. It was the baking soda. It dried me out and gave me a rash. I cut it down to 1/4 the amount suggested, if I even use it at all. Organic Virgin Coconut Oil has worked just fine by itself to kill the odor. It's amazing stuff!

I have been using this recipe for a year now. In the beginning I had trouble with the horrible rash, too. After a little research I found out that you only need baking soda in a ratio of 1:6. Therefore, I modified the recipe using 1 T. baking soda, 6 T. cornstarch and 3.5 T. Organic Virgin Coconut Oil. It works great! Also, I once used grocery store coconut oil and what a mistake - it didn't work well at all! I really believe that the virgin coconut oil works the best.

I, too, developed a pretty nasty rash. Its painful, red, dark, and just irritating. The mixture worked great for the first week and then I started feeling a little dry and itchy, but didn't pay it much attention. Then a few days later I notice the dark patch under each arm. Then, the next day it was red and really painful. I have tried almost everything. A few times it looked like it was getting better but then Easter came and I had to use something and now its back to where it was in the beginning. itching and hot. Ugh!!!!

Has anyone who has gotten the rash successfully gotten rid of it and the dark spot?

That type of rash is generally a type of yeast infection. It happens to me if I use baking soda on my armpits. Yeast infection ointment (very inexpensive at Dollar General in their brand) will relieve and clear it up quickly, if that is what yours is. Hope this helps. I am going to try that recipe, but without the baking soda, adding in essential oils.

I got a yeast infection like this (dark marks, itching, dry, scaling, redness) in my armpits using this deodorant as well, but I thought it might be the Lorann coconut oil. I'm surprised that baking soda would cause it! What I used to treat it was generic Lotrimin (usually used on athlete's foot but works anywhere for a skin yeast infection) and it was gone within four days. I will try this recipe again different ways, reducing the soda, trying virgin oil, and seeing if I can get it to where it doesn't give me a YI.~Veronica

I also develop a PAINFUL rash. It's almost like it burns my skin (my skin starts peeling off and bleeding...it hurts). I've tried not shaving for a week and then using it but it doesn't matter. I've used all different kinds of ingredients (different brands like Bob's, mountain Rose herbs). The deo does work so I was very upset that it hurts me.


I've read that sometimes the baking soda is too harsh and causes rashes but someone recommended baking powder instead (just make sure you buy one that's aluminum free).

You can also adjust the ratio of baking soda to arrowroot/cornstarch and see if that helps, maybe one part baking soda to two parts arrowroot/cornstarch. Some people use as little as one part baking soda to ten parts arrowroot/cornstarch so experiment and see what happens.

I made a batch and have been using it for a few weeks now. Initially I was pleased but have noticed some unusual stains on my gym shirts. There has been some gray patches of stains around my white "stay dri" Champion brand shirts (especially the underarms) and unable to get the stains removed. :( I doubt it's my detergent or my washing machine since they have not changed since I have been using the homemade deodorant. Has anyone else experienced this? Thank you for any feedback.

I haven't experienced that, though I have oil stained some clothes by spilling straight coconut oil on them.:-o So I wonder if the oil is just too much? But that was actually something I really liked immediately with using this homemade stuff: commercial deodorant turned my clothes funky colors!


This is normal due to your body is riding itself of toxins, that's it's job and your lymphnods are under your arms, that is why using commercial deodorants are so dangerous and bad to use, because they prevent your bodies natural process to rid itself of toxins. This will become minimized in the meantime, so stay with the natural deodorant. To remove the stains, if colored, put one cup of ammonia in the wash with the detergent. If white, pre-treat the stains with a hairspray and then wash in hot clorox water. Hope this helps.

My coconut oil is hard, so I had to nuke it for a minute, then mix. My "product" is in the frige now. I did add a few drops of essential oil. I like things that smell good.

I can't wait to try it. Thanks for the recipe.


I like this recipe. It sounds good. I think I will add a considerable amount of high-quality Tea Tree oil to mine. It is antibacterial, antifungal and has a nice aroma. AND...just a side note...I have recently found...after a staph edpidemic in my house...that Tea Tree is the only other ingredient (besides Bleach-which is not healthy to inhale or use topically for anything) that will kill bacteria INLCUDING Staph (including the MRSA strain). So far, all my research has yielded that alcohol based sanitizers do not kill staph. And a child can literally have enough alchol in their blood stream to be legally drunk after just a few applications of hand sanitizer! So, Tea Tree oil (in my opinion) is the best thing to add to a deoderant (since this is an odor causing bacteria we are truly trying to take care of)!

And there are places online you can purchase deoderant containers, as well as many other kinds of lotion and cream containers. Just do a search.

I currently make homemade soap, shampoo bars, lotions and facial moisturizers. I hope to add this recipe (altered a little) to my collection of recipes I make for our daily use!


Would you be willing to pass on those recipes? I have a daughter and roomate with allergies to lots of stuff. I would really love to learn some stuff.

I recently learned that Lemon Verbena is able to kill staph. I have it growing in my yard. i think Lavender is also very antiseptic and does not smell as offensive to some as tea tree oil. And yes, alcohol is very toxic to the body.

Manuka honey and Ulmo honey will also kill staph infections. You can use the honey topically or ingest it.

I mixed up a batch per recipe. We really like it but after a month or so the homemade deodorant in the container started smelling bad almost like it was a little spoiled. Does that make sense? Any suggestions to prevent this?

Hmmm... it seems odd that the ingredients (coconut oil, baking soda, cornstarch) would spoil or start to spoil after a month's time... but you could always try adding a few drops of tea tree oil to the mixture. That should halt any bacterial growth and add a nice smell too! :) I used tea tree oil last time I made mine, just for a change. :)

Hi Tammy,
I have been using this for a while and have actually used Extra Virgin Olive Oil when out of Cocnut Oil... we also add essential oil and a drop of rubbing alcohol. It works great for me. I love it. About the comments about people not smelling and others smelling... it really has to do with a person's chemistry and it has to do alot with what we are feeding ourselves and how our particular body responds to what we ingest; that's why so many who have changed their eating habits to healthier food usually notice less odor, shinier hair, better nails, etc. We make several batches and have had none go bad even when stored for months, we live in Oklahoma, pretty hot, and still no problems with the shelf life. I do think experimenting is definitely the way to go if someone is not satisfied, I just wonder if maybe the difference in consistency could have to do with differing climates, like bread.... Just a thought. I am so glad you didn't just stop using this, as most of us will when we are not completely thrilled, but see it just is so worth it to hang in there. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on this and maybe I'll remember the next time I am thrilled with something to give it a fair trial, who knows I may just find something I will just love. Lindsay, if you are reading this.... Thanks again for posting this on your site and sharing this... I really never would have tried it without your inspiration, as others definitely did not have the passion about it as you did.

Blessings to you all,

I have made a similar deodorant and add different essential oils to it to help. It has been working quite well, as my husband didn't even notice that I had switched his deodorant!


I am making my second batch today. I got the whole family to try this and everyone loves it - including DH and my fussy DD! I added some tea tree oil to the batch for all of us to deal with the bacteria issue. After dividing, we all chose other essential oils for scenting. I am thrilled to have found such an inexpensive, safe and effective option for deodorant. Thanks for sharing!

I made this deodorant mix yesterday using extra virgin olive oil. I also added a little vanilla and coconut scent. I'm living in the Philippines ware it's always hot, never below 32 degrees celsius so the mix always stays a bit liquidy. I used old Old Spice deodorant containers but they don't work very well because it's too liquid. That's o.k. with me, I'll just keep the mix in a small plastic jar with a lid and apply it to my arm pits with my fingers. It doesn't take much to be affective. I used it all day today. It works great and I'm sold on it! I'm a man who sweats a lot. If this works for me it'll work for anyone! My wife likes it and wants to use it too!
Thanks for sharing this recipe with us all!

Collodial silver is an natural antibiotic why not add a little to the mixture.Instead of tea tree oil has anyone tried this? or maybe both. I am so excited about this venture I am in the process of making all my bath and beauty products at home cant wait.

I prepared some of this deodorant today. I added 1/4 t of vanilla powder and 1/2t of dried peppermint. I smell like a sugar cookie! I am so happy to find a recipe that allows me to use organic ingredients and vary its scent as I most prefer. It is effective and much less expensive than similar organic alternatives. Thank you.

I've been wanting to leave a comment for a while but it wasn't until today that I had an experience that, to me, proved the efficacy of this deodorant. I took a shower last night and didn't apply the deodorant then or in the morning before I ran some errands. When I returned my underarms stunk and I hadn't even been sweating. I have not had that happen ever when I was using the deodorant and sweating. Purchasing and using other natural deodorants with no success had me skeptical, but now I'm sold that something natural can really work. FYI-my concoction used organic extra virgin coconut oil, baking soda, and arrowroot..

I love coconut oil and initially purchased it to make sugar scrubs, but after some internet research and books from the library, it now is a regular part of my life for consumption and skin care.

I've tried this deodorant for two weeks now. it works great! I stil perspire but I don't have the odor.

Hello! I got this recipe for Lindsay's sight, and it worked AMAZINGLY well for the smell, but then a few day s later I developed a rash too. I did a process of elimination to see which it was that was causing me irritation. I found that it was the baking soda. I will try to add less and maybe a little tea tree oil. I was really bummed that I got a rash cuz It really works so well!


I, too, recently switched from using a deodorant stone to using plain baking soda, so I'm always on the lookout for new personal product recipes. Am eager to try your recipe! However, I will try it with the arrowroot powder instead of cornstarch. Many people are allergic to cornstarch and it can cause skin reactions and rash (it makes me itch).My pediatrician warned against using it for diaper rash, for that very reason.
Also, just about all corn products in the US are now GMO. (even certified organic corn products might be contaminated, since it is pollinated by the wind) so it might be a good idea to avoid cornstarch until Monsanto comes to their senses !

Thanks, Tammy, for a great site - glad I found you!

Hi all, I found a recipe like this a while back and was shocked at how well it worked. I have never found a natural store bought deodorant that worked. I used a mixture of coconut oil and shea butter. Shea butter is harder than coconut oil, so i find it doesn't end up melting as much, plus it smells nice. also, I used a few drops of eucalyptus oil, which has antibacterial properties, and I think it smells nicer than tea tree.

I too, after 3 or 4 days developed a really awful rash. I stopped using it. Rash went away, I then went to the store and bought a "natural" deodorant, within a day I had a rash that was worse than the first one! I ended up going to the dr after 5 days of a painful rash. She was intrigued by the recipe! She even makes her own detergent. (she's not into a lot of things, but she was tired of spending tons of money on detergent!)

Unfortunately, during this time, I didn't use anything,and developed BO.. and that's something I haven't had since I was 11 or 12. So I ended up going back to my old deodorant. :-(.

I too love this recipe! I also got a rash! Thanks for the heads up on cutting back on the baking soda!

I have used almond oil in place of the coconut oil!

I use almond oil, baking soda, corn starch and a drop of lavender oil!

I will try using less baking soda!

I am amazed at how well this works. If I can get rid of the rash I will be ecstatic!

These wonderful medicinals also exhibit hormonal activity (estrogenic) and should not be used under the arms. While baking soda works for most people some can develop a bit of a rash. Coconut oil can also cause a rash for some who may be sensitive to it. I have a youtube on baking soda if anyone cares to view it. It is great that all of you are seeking chemical free options. Warmly, Dr. Lani


there have been no studies that linked conclusively, the use of tea tree or lavender oils to hormonal activity. i think the response stating that as a fact was inappropriate and unfounded.

this formula works great, I just ad some essential oils such as vivitar or some cinamon(very diluted as it will burn) and lavendure smells wonderful and I am a man its not to flowery smelling smells like mens perfum with a hint of coconut

Just found this website. Interested in the non-aluminum deodorant recipe. Will try myself but will personally hold off for now on tea tree and lavender essential oils based on Dr's comment above. Found this article regarding tea tree and lavender oil, (portions of article copied; full article links below)...


NIH: National Institutes of Health News
Lavender and Tea Tree Oils May Cause Breast Growth in Boys

Wednesday, January 31, 2007

A study published in this week’s issue of the New England Journal of Medicine suggests that repeated topical use of products containing lavender oil and/or tea tree oil may cause prepubertal gynecomastia, a rare condition resulting in enlarged breast tissue in boys prior to puberty, and for which a cause is seldom identified...

“The results of our laboratory studies confirm that pure lavender and tea tree oils can mimic the actions of estrogens and inhibit the effects of androgens,” said Korach. “This combinatorial activity makes them somewhat unique as endocrine disruptors."

Reference: Henley D, Lipson N, Korach K, Bloch C. Prepubertal Gynecomastia Linked to Lavender and Tea Tree Oils. New England Journal of Medicine, Feb. 1, 2007.



Hello everyone. I am perimenopausal and my deoderant suddenly, and I do mean suddenly stopped working. I tried several different kinds and brands and nothing helped. I seemed to be smelly all of the time even right after showering and washing very well. Soooo I looked around and found the recipies here. I decided to give it a try since I really didn't have anything to lose at this point. I didn't have any coconut oil so when I got out of the shower I just dabbed some Witch Hazel in my armpits and then mixed a 50/50 mixture of cornstarch and baking soda. I used cotton balls to apply it under my arms. It works like a champ. I spend about 2 hours outside everyday in the sun and heat and it even works after that. I am saved LOL!

I would like to know if anyone who has made and tried this noticed any kind of oil staining on their tops? That's the only thing that keeps me from trying it!

I think every one should use it it stoped in weeks! it works! it really works and it's easy to make. every deordorants have failed but this does!

What I want to know is, is there an adequet substitute for Virgin Coconut Oil? I want to do different scents, thank you. Courtney

I would really recommend sticking with coconut oil because it is naturally antibacterial and antimicrobial. Body odor develops due to bacterial growth after you sweat, so the coconut oil keeps you from stinking.

I wanted to make this, but I found coconut oil to be prohibitably expensive where I am, also I didn't like the fact of either using arm & hammer baking soda (known to contain aluminum) or shelling out a lot of money for aluminum free baking soda... so I altered your recipe, I used almond oil, corn starch, and witch hazel with 14% alchohol (my substitute for baking soda, which should work as an antiperspirant and is an antibacterial product...) It has a consistancy very similar to deodorant hard powder bars, if its rubbed in properly its clear, no itching or rash so far, and it doesn't really smell at all aside from a slight nutty scent... I'll give my further opinion after 3- 6 weeks...

Courtney/ Cormycakez :)

I made some Deo a few days ago and it seems to work well. I even went for a 30min. bike ride in 86 degree weather and didn't smell at all, although it doesn't keep you from sweating. I used 4 TBS corn starch, 4TBS baking soda & 3 TBS coconut oil. Its been hot in florida & we don't run the air until its 81 degrees in the house [to save money] so my deo is kinda creamy even though I used less oil. I like it though and I made laundry soap & it works well too. Can't wait to make chapstick now :)






I'm on my 3rd batch. It works so very well. Thanks!


I love this deodorant!! After trying for years to find a natural deo that actually works I have finally done it. I am going to make some with lavender oil next time for little extra scent.

Just wanted to thank you for posting this recipe! I have had issues with every store-bought natural deodorant I've tried. I'm a fairly sweaty guy and I put this deodorant to the test on a guys weekend that I just went on. I didn't take a shower for a couple days and had played two straight hours of Wallyball. After that we went to the golf simulator (no "real" golf in MN these days :) for a few hours. After all this the deodorant held up against the brutality I put it through. I would also suggest getting a very firm sponge and thoroughly exfoliating your armpits in the shower without the use of any soap. It sounds counter-intuitive but it works!

Thanks again!!


I make a homemade liquid deodorant and dispense it from a spray bottle, which is really convenient. 8 ounces witch hazel, 15 drops tea tree essential oil, 15 drops lavender essential oil, 10 drops lemon essential oil, and 1 TB baking soda. Shake before each use! It lasts about half the day before it needs to be applied again, but it's in such a convenient and portable form that it doesn't bother me. Also, it does a great job of eliminating existing odor, rather than just preventing it.

I LOVE this recipe!!! I first came across this about a month or so ago and have been using it ever since! I love that it's made from natural ingredients and that it doesn't block up my pores like the commercial stuff. I add a little bit of shea butter and cocoa butter to make it a bit more solid and keep it in my fridge. I also put just a few drops of tea tree oil since I like that it's antibacterial and I actually enjoy the smell of it :) I don't really like the smell of lavendar so I haven't tried it with that. I like grapefruit EO and may try a few drops of that in my next batch!

I haven't had any problems with it spoiling, like someone mentioned above, but I also use tea tree oil and keep it in the fridge so that it stays solid, so that may be why. For rashes, I think the key is the proportions of the ingredients. One time(I make very small batches at a time if I'm trying something new)I put too much baking soda in my body powder mixture and too much tea tree oil in my deodorant...OH...MY...GOODNESS!!! Talk about burn central on freshly shaved armpits!! It burned like crazy so I just rinsed it all off thinking it was maybe because I had just shaved but after two days using it, I developed a HORRIBLE rash and had to go several days not using anything at all for the rash to go away.

So yes, pay close attention to portion amounts and it's always better to start with too little than too much, lol. Also, the better the quality of ingredients, the better results you will end up with, which may be where some people might be having problems as well.

Bright Blessings,

I have been using this for months and LOVE it, but just recently noticed that when I wear a tank top or certain types of fabric, that you can see a slight oil mark and it’s rather embarassing. I bought some store deoderant for the summer months of tank tops, but I started sweating more and smelled soooo bad. I miss my CO deoderant, any ideas of how to avoid the embarassment of what appears to be “sweat stains” even though it’s not?

I originally started using homemade deodorant because my store brand would give me bad yellow stains on all my shirts and because i wanted to avoid the chemicals... but then i noticed the stains were still happening but i cant tell if its the oil or just my body clearing out toxins.

Im getting low and I think for my next batch im going to try to replace the coconut with some shea butter. My parents also keep the house at a sweltering 78/80 so my deodorant always separates and liquifies and the fact that its not mixed could be leading to staining because most of what ends up on me is oil, I noticed when I was down the shore and the house was around 68, the deodorant kept a perfect pastey consistency and didn't stain.

Otherwise its perfect, and i am so glad i found the recipe. And its really funny to see peoples reactions when I tell them I make my own deodorant... even the lady at whole foods was shocked.

I have a cancer that causes very strong BO...I read the following recipe in a chat with Joan Rivers and use it to great effect: 1 part vodka/2 parts (distilled) water/scent with EO of choice. If I have some 190 proof vodka in hand, of course I only use it at about 1 part/4 or 5 of water...put in a spritz bottle and use sparingly...this has been a big blessing, as smelling bad on top of having the cancer was such a bummer!

I where can I find a large enough amount of arrow root powder? I am just getting into the natural home made stuff and I'm learning where to start getting the ingredients I need, including liquid castle soap for shampoo. I need to go the Earth Fare and scout around. Also the local privately owned health food store.

A bulk food store or health food store should have powdered arrowroot! I also know that More Than Alive (referral link) sells arrowroot in bulk, along with other herbs (I have used their teas). :)

I also developed a terrible rash after a week. Read some posts on here today and decided to make some deo. w/o the baking soda. Hope it works!

Tammy, I have a recipe on my blog that is similar to this only I added some beeswax, melt everything and pour it into an applicator deodorant type container and put it in the fridge. As soon as it hardens it stays nice and firm just like the stick ones you would buy only without the bad ingredients. I too like many others have posted here found that the baking soda gave me a rash. I have started leaving out the soda and using extra arrowroot I also add extra anti-bacterial type essential oils like tea tree. I have been using this now for a few months (Summer months) and have been very pleased with it. Also I do use the extra virgin coconut oil from MRH that Lindsay talked about it's excellent!

Just thought I would share hope you find it helpful! Oh by the way you can find my recipe at http://www.simplehealthytasty.com/2010/08/it-no-secret-you-can-make-your-own.html
have a great day! Thanks for such a fun site!


My daughter and I have been using this homemade deodorant recipe for over a year; I now have my sister-in-law and mother-in-law using it; it works great; the only downside is we've noticed sometimes it clumps and falls off onto the floor and the coconut oil is staining our grout lines. I'm wondering if there is something that could be substituted for the coconut oil that does not stain.

Does anyone have any suggestions?

I am addicted to coconut oil, after reading "The Coconut Oil Miracle". I practice a pretty straight macrobiotic way of life, but I have to say, that coconut oil is amazing. I no longer use my Retin A (after 11 faithful years), because coconut oil has somehow proven to be 100 times better. I use a little on my face every night. In addition, it is the only oil I use both on my body and in my kitchen. Three tablespoons a day internally or externally will do wonders for you. As for using it as a deoderant - it absolutely works. And I was really skeptical about that, until I tried it. I will never use a traditional deoderant again (even though I was using the relatively chemical-free Liquid Rock). I suggest the above referenced book for anyone who is doubting the effects of coconut oil. You need to make sure it is Extra Virgin when purchasing. In my opinion, there really doesn't need to be a recipe for the deoderant, I use it straight from the jar, just rub it together in your hands and smooth it under your pits :) No sweat, no odor, no greasy residue. It rocks!!!

Dana Vigilante

you can substitute a few ozs of beeswax for coconut oil and get a harder mix. This will hold it's shape better in a deodorant container...and is easier to apply. Love this stuff!

I Love this stuff!!

I made one change, and that was to add 2 tablespoons of melted llipe butter (gets rock hard). Illipe butter doesn't sit on the skin at all, it's very light, it soaks RIGHT in, and it's SO hard.

I used 15 drops of tea tree oil and a couple drops of peppermint EO. I then fill an empty Secret container to the top, and stuck it in the freezer door sitting upright for an hour. Works great, no oil on skin or clothes. It glides on like a thin layer of powder.

Thanks !

I am amazed! I think I sweat under my arms more than the average girl. I'm always trying to find affective products at the store and have had no luck with natural products. Excitedly, this is my second day trying your recipe. I notice that I sweat a little right when I put it on but I'm dry the rest of the day. We had an abnormally warm day for winter yesterday (80 degrees) and I was fine! I added lavender to the recipe and I might add tea tree oil to the next batch. Thank you so much! This is much better for my body and inexpensive. Plus, who doesn't love the smell of coconut?

I made a batch several weeks ago and love it. I had been using Secret Platinum Gel for years and wanted to switch to natural. At first I used Tom's. Eh, it was okay and then I made the switch to this DIY recipe. This not only works great, but after my body adjusted to it I notice if I get busy and delay or skip a shower, it is still effective and I rarely have to re-apply within 24 hrs. Love it. Won't go back to commercial. Works better, is safe, easy and cheap to make. I'll add that I didn't have arrowroot at first so I used cornstarch. My skin is ultra-sensitive, so I made this next batch with arrowroot and hoping it'll be gentler. Last, I used lime EO in batch 1, and changed it up to lavender EO per my hubby's request (yes, he recently started using this once he noticed how much I liked it!). I think he was allergic to his Axe b/c the discoloration he had before disappeared once he started using this. :)

I make this same deodorant (sans the arrowroot, still works awesome!) and I CAN use an old deodorant dispenser, because I put a piece of cardboard in it before adding the mixture. Try that next time, works like a charm :]

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