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: 2.8/5
( 73 voted )


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.


  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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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

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

Dee Tee June 21, 2021 - 6:27 am

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

Jill Dalton June 22, 2021 - 9:29 am

You can leave out the baking soda

Jo June 22, 2021 - 9:33 am

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

Jill Dalton June 25, 2021 - 10:21 am


Nikhil Jaju June 25, 2021 - 3:54 am

I guess this is excellent post!

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

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

Jill Dalton June 30, 2021 - 7:08 am

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

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

Jill Dalton September 11, 2021 - 12:16 pm



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