Homemade Deodorant

by 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.

Homemade Deodorant

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Nutrition facts: 200 calories 20 grams fat
Rating: 2.9/5
( 99 voted )

Ingredients

4 tablespoons coconut oil
5 tablespoons cornstarch or arrowroot powder
1 tablespoon + 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.

Instructions

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

Susan Moss June 19, 2021 - 4:32 pm

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

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carmen gale June 20, 2021 - 1:27 pm

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

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Susan Moss December 11, 2021 - 3:00 pm

Thank you Carmen. Hopefully, I’m ok as haven’t had a reaction. Susan

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Dee Tee June 21, 2021 - 6:27 am

Do you have a recipe without baking soda? I am very sensitive to baking soda

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Jill Dalton June 22, 2021 - 9:29 am

You can leave out the baking soda

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Jo June 22, 2021 - 9:33 am

Is the coconut oil you use refined or unrefined? Thanks.

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Jill Dalton June 25, 2021 - 10:21 am

Unrefined

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Cathy May 12, 2022 - 11:56 am

I love this deodorant and have made for my family. They love it too. Thanks Jill.

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Nikhil Jaju June 25, 2021 - 3:54 am

I guess this is excellent post!

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John m racher June 27, 2021 - 6:00 pm

Can you use this recipe for use as a hand cream.

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Jill Dalton June 30, 2021 - 7:08 am

You could but the baking soda isn’t necessary if you are making it for that.

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Karen M Micheletti September 10, 2021 - 12:08 pm

Can you leave out essential oil i have very sensitive skin and am constantly getting rashes in my arm pits

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Jill Dalton September 11, 2021 - 12:16 pm

absolutely

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Kait L November 20, 2021 - 10:32 pm

I’d love to see more personal products! Thanks for this!

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Susan Stein December 3, 2021 - 3:55 pm

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?

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Jill Dalton December 11, 2021 - 11:07 am

I think so, maybe not quite as well.

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Naomi K December 17, 2021 - 2:58 am

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.

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