Homemade Deodorant

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Homemade Deodorant

Jill Dalton
When it comes to natural deodorants, all are not created equal. Replacing your regular deodorant with a deodorant that isn’t laden with chemicals is a very smart thing to do and there are plenty of natural deodorants on the market today but finding one that works well for you is a daunting task. We have tried about a dozen different store bought natural deodorants with no luck. They either gave us a rash, didn’t work at all or needed to be applied twice a day. This led me to experimenting with making my own. This recipe only contains a few ingredients and it is simple and cost effective to make AND you can customize it with your own preferred fragrance.
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 30
Calories 21 kcal



  • 4 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 5 tablespoons cornstarch or arrowroot powder
  • 1 tablespoon baking soda + 1 tsp baking soda
  • 20 drops lemon-eucalyptus essential oil or essential oil of your choice * some nice essential oil scents are lavender, orange blossom, lemon or rose.


  • Heat a saucepan with water to a boil.
  • Place the coconut oil into a heat-safe glass jar and place into the pan with the boiling water to melt the coconut oil.
  • Once oil is melted completely melted, remove from the heat.
  • Stir in the cornstarch and baking soda and let cool for a few minutes.
  • Add the essential oil and stir thoroughly.
  • Pour into a glass container that has a lid and place into the refrigerator until it is solid.
  • It is not necessary to keep it in the refrigerator unless your house is really warm and melts the mixture.
  • Keeps for months in the fridge / a month on the countertop.


Calories: 21kcalCarbohydrates: 1gProtein: 0.003gFat: 2gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.03gMonounsaturated Fat: 0.1gSodium: 110mgPotassium: 0.04mgFiber: 0.01gCalcium: 0.05mgIron: 0.01mg

18 thoughts on “Homemade Deodorant”

  1. The best deodorant is Philips Plain Milk of Magnesia. Get a roll on deodorant bottle. Pour the Phillips Milk of Mag in it and use it every day as a roll on. Does not stain your clothes. Allows you to sweat. No odor until the next day, which is natural. A Lady who had breast cancer in the past told me. I had tried everything. Nothing worked without like you say, you break out in a rash. She does Thermal Imaging.. Mammo’s without the x ray machine. I am sensitive to any fragrance . This works for me. Thought I would share. Susan

  2. Philips Plain Milk of Magnesia has chlorine in small amounts but some are very sensitive to this chemical

  3. The essential oil of my choice is none. I’m allergic to roses and lavender and I’m not sure about the other essential oils you mentioned. You can be just as allergic to organic natural fragrances as you can be to synthetic fragrances, or even more allergic. Oh, baking soda irritates my underarm and I get red patches. Would just coconut oil and cornstarch and arrowroot work?

  4. Oops Jill. Sorry. I went to hit the stars thinking that it will take me to review comments (used to Amazon). But because I hit the third start it rated it. ? thought I’d let you know how easy it is to give you a bad rating by accident.
    I look forward to trying this recipe.

  5. I’ve been using this recipe for a couple of years (first got the recipe from Terri Conroy of Danu’s Irish Herb Garden, a wonderful healer and medicinal plant specialist from Connemara) and find that it does not stain my clothes. It is the best deodorant by far that I have come across. I appreciate your recipe Jill, because it has more precise measurements. Thank you!

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