How to Make Natural Deodorant- Beating the “B.O.” With Natural Deo

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Today, I tackle a subject that no one really wants to talk about- body odor. More importantly, I will tackle it naturally. Chances are, you’ve probably experienced body odor at some point. I am posting this because it was a touchy subject for me for a long time, and I’m hoping my (embarrassing) plight might be able to help someone!

Eating a good diet and drinking enough water can really cut down the odor, but sometimes you need something else. Sure, the conventional antiperspirants work great, if you don’t mind infusing your armpits with cancer causing aluminum, but for those of us who have sought a more natural option, you may have noticed that the pickings are rather slim. There are a lot of natural deodorants out there, it’s just that, well… most of them don’t work well. I say this from experience, as a woman who has been pregnant four times in the last 5 years (pregnancy increases sweat) and worked out through the pregnancies.

So what to do? Sweat like a horse or get Alzheimers and breast cancer? Is there no other option? Fortunately, there is! Unfortunately, it takes more time than going to the store, but it lasts a lot longer and is a whole lot healthier!  In my pursuit of healthy armpits, I finally found a recipe that works and is still healthy. This is after trying every natural variation I could find (which didn’t work or caused a rash) and after several very failed attempts at making it.

I did find in the process that pure baking soda or plain coconut oil work pretty well, so if you aren’t into making your own, maybe try that. Both of the recipes below work really well. I prefer the softness of the first recipe, but if you don’t have shea butter lying around, the second recipe works just as well.

I present to you:

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Healthy Homemade Deodorant

Recipe 1- What You Need:

Note: You can get all the ingredients here.

What to do:

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  1. Melt shea butter and coconut oil in a double boiler over medium heat until barely melted. UPDATE: Combine in a quart size glass mason jar with a lid instead and place this in a small saucepan of water until melted. This will save your bowl and you can just designate this jar for these type of projects and not even need to wash it out…
  2. Remove from heat and add baking soda and arrowroot (If you don’t have arrowroot, use more baking soda)
  3. Mix well
  4. Add essential oils and pour into a glass container for storage. It does not need to be stored in the fridge.
  5. If you prefer, you can let it cool completely and put into an old deodorant stick for easier use, though it may melt in the summer!

If you don’t have all those ingredients around, or don’t want to wash a double boiler, this recipe is faster and easier:
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Recipe 2- What you Need

What to Do:

  1. Mix baking soda and arrowroot together in a medium sized bowl.
  2. Mash in coconut oil with a fork until well mixed.
  3. Add oils if desired.
  4. Store in small glass jar or old deodorant container for easy use.

Why Use Natural Deodorant?

I started this pursuit to avoid the alzheimers and breast cancer, but I’m a lifelong convert because it works! No, really! I was the girl who rejoiced when Secret Clinical Strength came out before prom one year. I’ve had to use regular deo a few times since I started the natural, and it doesn’t work as well. Although not an antiperspirant,  it does seem to absorb a lot of wetness.

After a few weeks of using natural, I noticed an unexpected side effect… I wasn’t sweating as much to begin with. Months later, and I notice this even more!

I urge you to try making your own deodorant. Even if you aren’t daunted by the ingredients in your own deo, wouldn’t you feel better knowing you weren’t putting anything on your skin that you couldn’t eat (not that you would want to eat shea butter!) If you do try it, let me know the outcome!

You can get all the ingredients for both recipes here.

Ever made your own deodorant? How did it go? Share below!

Reader Comments

  1. Lynn says

    How do these do on clothing? Any staining? Do you have to wait a certain amount of time before dressing? Thanks so much – I would LOVE to switch to something natural.

    • says

      So far, I haven’t noticed any stains on clothing, which is actually a change. My old ones would make the armpits of white shirts turn yellow after a while. I do usually wait about 5 minutes before putting a shirt on though, so that might help.

      • says

         I tried a different recipe which called for melted beeswax instead of shea butter & it DID stain my clothing. I will try this recipe or another I saw with only Coconut oil,Baking soda,Arrowroot & scented with lavender & teatree essential oils for their antibacterial properties. There are also recipes I’ve seen with cornstarch, but some people are sensitive to it. I will keep trying until I find the right one, I prefer the spray type personally, so I’ll experiment with that next.

        • Yaya Sorensen says

          I have used a recipe very close to the second recipe for 2 years now and I have never had staining. However most problems with other people arise from using too much. A pea size amount for each armpit is all you need. I have tried using store bought deodorant several time during travel, which did not turn out well and have always been amazed at how good this stuff works. Just remember you will still sweat just not stink. Oh and shave at night then put deodorant on in morning. The baking soda stings after shaving.

      • afedersiniz says

        I followed the above recipe 6 months ago and am still using the same batch. It is VERY effective and does not stain. Better than all deodorants I’ve used, and better than many antiperspirants. There was a bit of stinging and redness the first couple of days, but that disappeared; I actually think that the stinging was due to the fact that I had used a strong essential oil in it, probably one that should not go directly on the skin.

      • KimmyA says

        So are we thinking that the beeswax causes staining? Cause I made the first recipe but used half coconut oil half beeswax and it works great, more than great really. I’m so impressed. I’m just afraid (now after reading these comments) that it will stain white clothing. Any thoughts?

        • Kat Serna King says

          Hello, I haven’t tried either of these recipes yet, but I would stay away from the beeswax and just stick with the coconut oil. Beeswax actually clogs pours where the oils actually work with your skin. As someone with adult acne, I have been using coconut oil for a year now and I have clearer and smoother/softer skin than I have ever had. Just a thought. Blessings!

    • Anna says

      Thank you so much for this recipe! It is such a life saver! i have been using store brought natural deodrant, but they don’t work…I often have to re apply deodrant during the days. But when I tried your recipe…I am so grateful! I only need to apply once everyday now no matter how hot the day is. My armpit and me are very happy now :)

      However, I have only been using it for 2 days. I hope I won’t be allergic to the baking soda like some people do. (Btw, for my first batch, I have used less baking soda and when I apply to my armpit, I used very littel).

    • Claire says

      Okay, I made the natural deodorant with coconut oil and baking soda, and it worked great in terms of B.O. ! no smell whatsoever throughout the day. I loved it :) but the coconut oil stained one of my favorite shirts! and it looked like sweat stains because it was on my armpits. also after shaving the baking soda burned pretty bad and it hurt like the devil’s flame for the whole day :( I have really sensitive underarms, so I was wondering if there are any options for sensitive skin?

      • Tonya says

        Baking soda will burn like salt in a wound on freshly shaved skin. Try shaving during the evening and applying in the morning or getting an epilator (if you can tolerate waxing). Use less of any essential oils and be very gentle with the amount of tea tree oil or leave it out entirely.

  2. Liz says

    I’ve been meaning to make my own deodorant for a while now, after having little success with the natural, no aluminum, no propylene glycol kind. I actually did better with plain coconut oil than I did with that stuff!

    It just so happened that today I decided to melt down the rest of my coconut oil, as I have a 1 gallon tub and it had less than 2 cups spread around the bottom… so I made this today! I’m excited, and hoping that it works! Thanks!!

    • Marina says

      At first I would mix a bit of coconut oil and a pinch of baking soda in the palm of my hand and would apply it. It worked very well. Then, after a week, I decided to melt a batch in the hopes that the baking soda would melt, too, but it didn’t! It’s still grainy. Is there a way to obtain a completely smooth, creamy consistency?

    • Marcia Haske says

      Thanks for updating us Liz. I am going to make this now :D

      Wellness Mama….I Love Your Recipes!!!!!! :D <3

  3. Abby says

    I tried this and absolutely love the results…I think it works better than the regular stuff even through workouts. However, I’ve only used it for two days and have noticed some irritation. Any thoughts?

    • says

      I noticed that a couple days after I started using it, and it went away within a couple days. Not sure totally what causes it, but perhaps the pH change or the old chemicals coming out of your system. Until it goes away, maybe try just using coconut oil, which is antifungal and will prevent odor. I have noticed though, it is best not to put in on right after shaving, if that helps…

        • says

          I use coconut oil on my freshly shaved legs with no issues whatsoever and I have SUPER sensitive legs. I can’t put anything other than pure coconut oil on my shaved legs

          • washi102 says

            I have eczema & SUPER sensitive legs too. The only thing I can put on my legs after shaving is organic extra virgin coconut oil (or homemade coconut oil sugar scrub w/ lavender). I’ve never had any reactions. I only get a rash when I forget to oil up after shaving.

          • washi102 says

            I use a slightly different recipe than Kate Wellness Mama. I use a 1:2 ratio of coconut oil to sugar. I prefer light brown sugar as it is the gentlest on sensitive skin. The actual measurements I use are 1 1/2 cups sugar, 3/4 cup coconut oil, 25 drops of vanilla essential oil & 25-30 drops of lavender essential oil depending on how strong I want the lavender scent.

          • washi102 says

            You’re very welcome Katie! If you haven’t tried any of Kate Wellness Mama’s recipes for natural DIY products I highly recommend them! She’s got one of the best natural living blogs around!

          • Katie says

            I have tried some recipes and they are great! Next I’m going to try this deodorant and then chapstick!

        • Alexandra Moreland says

          I have done this many times. In my experience, it took a little while for the coconut oil to completely absorb. I’d say in about 15min it would absorb and I could get dressed. However, be warned, if you have dogs and they smell that tropical goodness they will proceed to lick your freshly shaven and moisturized legs. ;)

        • Alli says

          I know this comment has been awhile back, but thought I would share in case it helps you out or anyone else out. I think Wellness Mama recommends waiting to put the deo on after shaving your armpits b/c of the baking soda…it will burn! I use coconut oil straight on both my armpits and legs after shaving, and it works great.

          • Katrina says

            I have been using a similar recipe ( a little less baking soda and some bees wax for a more solid consistency in hotter weather) for 2 years now it’s wonderful I love it! I never stink even after a vigrious day hiking or gardening. Don’t give up change your recipes as you find you need to. Theses are a great starting point and the sky is the limit. I even made my sister in-law some with cocoa butter (she is highly allergic to coconuts) and it works great for her. I can use Shea butter because of latex allergies and the coconut oil is all I use as a base. I don’t sweat like I use to and the best part is I never have to buy chemical laden stuff again! Good luck and trust me it’s 100% worth it.

        • NancyLu says

          Try shaving with coconut oil instead of shaving cream! It is the best! For post shaving, there is a body butter recipe on this site that is awesome.

      • Melissa says

        For me before, if I used too much Baking Soda on my underarms they became irritated, you could try to lower the amount of Baking Soda and see if that helps. :)

      • Shannon says

        Just FYI, not all Baking Sodas are created equal! I’ve made my own deodorant a lot, and had major issues with the Baking Soda. So I stopped using it. Then, I decided to try again, and have no issues now. The difference? I tried using Arm & Hammer first. Now I use Bob’s Red Mill with no problems. :)

        • lolal says

          I hear some baking soda has aluminum which is what makes regular deodorant bad for you .. use natural baking soda like red mill is best

          • andria12000 says

            Baking soda does NOT contain aluminum, regardless of the brand and regardless of the fact that BRM puts “aluminum free” on their label. Baking POWDER can contain aluminum (there are truly “aluminum free” powders, though). Apparently, this is a myth that continues to be perpetuated

          • Veronica says

            Thank you for this tip. We just switched to this recipe and my husband and I both had a reaction. I will try red mills baking soda! Thanks!

      • ShellyRose says

        it could be that you are sensitive to other ingredients. I have sensitive skin and found that making it only from coconut oil and baking soda, I have not irritation issues at all.

    • ShellyRose says

      I found that cornstarch and arrowroot tends to grow more bacteria when you sweat therefore defeating the whole purpose of DIY deodorant. I have been using the baking soda and coconut oil for two months now and have no issues with wetness nor odor at all.

  4. says

    Thanks for posting this as it gave me the courage to do some experimenting. I actually haven’t worn anything under my arms for most of the last month or two — only baking soda when I had a job interview or on very hot days — although I did resort to real deodorant when I had a formal wedding to attend and knew we’d be drinking and eating fried foods… Because I have discovered that I don’t HAVE B.O. when I am eating a real foods diet! (No sugar, very little flour, and only natural fats, with most foods prepared at home.) If I eat something sugary in the afternoon, I will notice I am beginning to smell not so great by bedtime. If I am eating well, I can even go out in the sun here in Brasil where it is summer time, get nice and sweaty, and I only go back home smelling like a clean, normal sweat.
    (This is very exciting for me, because I used to buy prescription-strength deodorants!)

  5. Carrie says

    Have been doing this for a few weeks and I love it. Smells awesome and works so much better than the millions of natural deodorants I have tried. Thanks! :)

  6. says

    I’m in awe of how AMAZING this works, I just used the coconut oil, baking soda, and corn starch. I haven’t tested it a lot yet with sleeveless, and have had some white residue on my bra tops but had no smell. At first I wondered how to use it but I’ve been applying scoops with my fingertips and since the ingredients are harmless (if not pleasantly moisturizing to my hands) I rinse quickly under water and rub off on a towel. I did have a little more irritation than normal with ingrown hairs, but I do think it might be detoxing from my husband’s strong chemical Deo that I had occasionally been using (I hope to get him to try it soon!).

  7. Mimi says

    Wow! Last summer I decided to try to make my own deodorant and did not have any recipes to follow. I experimented and mixed together coconut oil, baking soda, and corn starch till the consistency I thought looked right. I enjoyed using the product and it did work really well. The opposite thing happened to me, in that, I have never been one to sweat. I found myself sweating freely in the summer heat but without the odor. So, I guess I am on the right track following my own intuition!

  8. Adrienne @ Whole New Mom says

    Hi! I have heard that coconut oil in deodorant stains clothes sometimes. I just use a simple baking soda slurry which doesn’t have that problem. Have you found that to be a problem with you? Thanks!

    • kbeck says

      I have the same problem. I created my own natural deodorant using coconut oil, baking soda, cornstarch, and a few drops of lavender. I LOVE it because it works, but hate it because it is staining my clothes. I don’t know what to do.

  9. Lauren says

    If you don’t have an old deodorant bottle to put it in, what would be the best way to appy it? Thanks!!

  10. says

    Regarding staining, since it’s quite a concern, here’s the old fashioned methods.

    First use dress shields, which can be bought or made easily

    second, you can rub soap into the underarm areas of the blouse or dress before washing.

    third, use vinegar on the underarms of your blouses to help remove oils, body oils or otherwise.

    Then Wash. the soap and vinegar may tend to cancel each other out, so I tend to use one the first time and if the stain remains use the other the next time.

  11. Mati says

     I’ve been using the second recipe, but without essential oils, for months now, and I will never go back.  EOs are unnecessary and even a little caused irritation within a few days.  Also, I’m not comfortable with using EOs that may affect hormones, such as lavender, in such a sensitive area.  

    It really seems to reduce staining, as well.  If there’s a lot of residue, you may be using too much – a tiny bit the size of a split pea is plenty for each pit.  

    It’s a lot easier to melt the coconut oil than to mash it in.  

    • Lauren says

      I made some just (with the second recipe also) just before I left to go out of town for a week.  I used tea tree oil, since I knew it had antibacterial properties, and it was what I could get a hold of easily (I was between Law School finals, and trying to get out of town :-P).  It has been working GREAT!! I think I may have dropped too much oil in, it kind of spilled out when I was adding it. I’m getting a little irritation, and it smells fairly strongly of the tea tree oil (not much like coconut).  But when I get back in town, I’m just going to add more of everything else BUT the eo (I only made a half batch, to try out, so I don’t have a lot made anyways.)

      NOTE: I rode in the car from DE to FL.  I had it in the trunk from DE to NC (about 6 hours maybe) when we got to the hotel for the night, it was mostly melted.  I would recommend if flying/driving, either carry-on, or keep in the car with you.  I mixed it up really well while melty, by shaking, and kept it in the car (out of the trunk) for the rest of the ride (about 12 hrs), and it just got super soft.

    • Caitlyn Baldo says

      I’m with Mati, I would SKIP the essential oils. There are a lot of healing properties and hormonal effects with essential oils. When used properly essential oils are a great medicine, but to put one on my body daily that I may or may not need seems risky. I’m going to try making this recipe today. I need shea butter… I have been using just coconut oil and that works pretty well. Now that it’s cold out I find myself skipping the coconut oil altogether and I’m not fighting BO at all. But when it warms up I know I’ll need something again and this recipe sounds more effective than stand alone coconut oil. PS. you may go through a rashy or stinky phase as you DETOX your pits from commercial deodorant, but it’s totally worth it!!!

  12. says

    I made my first batch a year ago with only shea butter because that’s all I had at the time and I filled empty deodorant sticks.  I find I like it better because even on very hot days the stick doesn’t melt the way it does with coconut oil and there are no stains.  My new batch I mixed in a bit of coconut oil just so that it is slightly softer.

  13. Lauren Trussell says

    I made my deodorant just with baking soda and mashed coconut oil (added a few drops of lavender essential oil too). It seems to be working great and it smells lovely. Is there a need to add corn starch to the mix? I looked for arrowroot at my Whole Foods and they did not carry it.

      • Choclitgoddess says

        Hi Mama!  I just wanted you to know how much I absolutely LOVE this recipe!  I used to use natural deodorants on the market but I found that they did not keep away odor.  Your recipe is great!  I have no more odor problems even after working up a powerful sweat by doing yard work.  My husband and so many of my friends are using it as well.  Thanks so much! 

  14. Pamala says

    I like the idea of natural deoderants, however, readers need to know to use ‘aluminum’ free baking soda.  Otherwise they might as well purchase OTC deoderants w/aluminum already in them.  I haven’t read about homemade toothpaste, but if it’s made with soda also, it also needs to be aluminum free.

    • says

      Pamala, hon, you’re confusing baking powder with baking soda.  Baking soda is naturally aluminum free, but the most popular brands of baking powder DO have aluminum.  You can find aluminum-free baking powder out there, but baking powder is not what is being used in these natural deodorant recipes.  It also is not what is used as a toothpaste substitute.  That’s still baking soda.  It’s easy to be confused here, as baking soda IS one of the components of baking powder.  : ) Clear yet?  Yeah, I know!

      THANK YOU, Wellness Mama!  I’ve been secretly using a simple 50/50 mix of baking soda and cornstarch for a few weeks now.  My friends already think I’m pretty weird, so I kept it quiet.  Well, I’m telling you that I am stunned that this simple and CHEAP formulation works so well on wetness and odor control down here in semi-tropical Mississippi.  I have never been one of those Southern belles who “glowed” from perspiration.  I have always sweated and have stunk like a hog, especially under “the girls,” and this formula works great there.  I do apply it a bit more lightly than in the armpits, because a bra will definitely chafe skin with the baking soda laid too thickly.  It IS a mild abrasive, after all, and I am a delicate Southern flower.  :D

      I don’t have any shea butter in the house, but I’d like to try your recipe for that.  Before I found your page here tonight, I added a little melted coconut oil to my 50/50 mix of baking soda and cornstarch, and I’m thinking I may need to add more to more closely match your proportions.  It may be that this mixture doesn’t spread well on the armpits.  Shower time will tell the tale in a few minutes.

      How I found you–I’m working on an entry for my frugal living blog tonight about saving money on deodorant and wanted to find people besides me who’ve gone rogue on the commercial stuff.  I Googled to find you and am tickled pink–very clear instructions and most helpful.  A kindred spirit, even!  I’ve bookmarked you and hope I can find you again.  Would you mind if I linked from my blog to your page so my readers can have your shea butter formula that’s a bit different from some of the others out there?  Email me at garrrettbarbara@att.net and let me know.  Meanwhile, carry on the good fight!  Powering down now!

      • Irene Goodell says

        LOL, you poor little delicate flower! Sometime, try smearing a little bit of plain coconut oil under your arm, then use a big blush brush to dab on a little baking soda. No staining, no smell, and easy peasy.

      • Jesusilivefor7 says

        Thank you so much for this recipe! I made some Yesturday and had a almost immediate irritation. I used Bob’s Red Mill double acting baking soda. Do you think irritation is caused by that? If so what baking soda would you suggest?Thank you!

      • Paula says

        Hi,
        I think you might be confusing baking powder with baking soda! be careful… I did that early in my cooking career with dread results! LOL
        Paula

  15. Amanda says

    We have been using the “homemade deodorant” a little differently.  We smear on a dab of coconut oil, rub it in real good, then puff on the baking soda/cornstarch mixture with a fluffy makeup brush or powder puff.  It has been totally effective on husband after 10 hour work day AND workout, as well as active teens.  Amazing!

    • Stephanie says

      Thanks so much for sharing this! I’ve been using your recipe for a week or so now, it’s so easy! And it works great too!

    • Katie Flynn says

      before committing to making a batch of this i tried what you do – i am very happy with the results!! i was thinking though that i will still make some because i like the idea of adding the essential oils. not sure why but i dont like the idea of using my fingers to put it on – maybe i will use a large makeup sponge to put the coconut oil on?
      ps- i should also add that i havent used antiperspirant in a few years. apparently your body needs time to adjust – so if you make the switch to natural dont be discouraged if it doesnt seem as effective at first!

  16. Grace says

    I made the second recipe (coconut oil, baking soda, arrowroot powder) about two weeks ago and at first it worked great.  I love the smell of coconut.  But, now it smells like rancid oil.  Does it need to be refrigerated?  Did I do something wrong? Please help as I love the idea of making my own deoderant, but I don’t want to smell like rancid oil anymore.

  17. says

    Hi I am going to try this. I am looking ot make a product that works I am going to use other ingredients also that are natural to see if I can get it to be in a more solid form that holds even on hot days. Thanks so much for sharing and I will keep you informed of my results.

  18. Natasha says

    I have been using homemade deodorant for 2+ years (baking soda and coconut oil with essential oil of orange flower) and LOVE, LOVE it!  I have never tried any other deodorant that worked close to this!  I can’t believe how cheap it is to make it and how long it ends up lasting! :)

    • Guest says

      Hi. Can you provide more details on how you make deoderant with baking soda, coconut oil and essential oil? How do you store it? Can you put it in an empty deoderant stick container? Do you melt the oil and stir in the baking soda?

      • says

        I just mix together with softened coconut oil and store in a little jar and apply with my fingers when I make it this way. It can get too soft for a deodorant container when you just use coconut oil, but it still works great.

          • says

            I”d let it partially harden and scoop it in so it doesn’t round own in case there are any places it can leak in the bottom of the container, it won’t leak out…

        • HttestBlckjckVIP says

          If it’s too soft for a deodorant container…would it work if I put it in a roll on deodorant container? Or would the consistency of the deodorant be too hard? Thanks!

        • Cassandra Collins says

          Wellness Mama,

          I finally gathered all the ingredients and made the first recipe. However, it has been hours and still will not solidify. I am up in chilly Canada, so I know it is not a heat issue. Have you ever had this problem? I’ve been reading all the comments, but no one I have noticed has had this problem.

          Thanks!

      • Sandra Vivas says

        Hi! I have been using baking soda and water for about two years but just recently (inspired by another blogger) decided to make a paste and put it in an empty “stick deodorant container” I LOVE LOVE LOVE IT NO MORE MESS! NO sticky hands! I followed the measurements in this blog http://littlehouseinthesuburbs.com/2009/03/quick-stick-deodorant.html but used some drops of Palma Rosa Essential Oil, and home made coconut oil and the cream still settled even in this hot hot hot caribbean weather… IT WORKS!

      • Heidi Hein says

        Yes you can put it in deodorant sticks. You may want to add beeswax as it is a preservative and also makes it so you can put it on easier!!

  19. Elisa says

    Hmm, I will have to try it. I’m currently using a homemade deo w/ baking soda, coconut oil, cornstarch and lavendar. It feels a bit grainy. Then I looked at this recipe: http://www.crunchybetty.com/not-a-secret-homemade-deodorant  Looks super lovely w/ the beeswax, but I’m not so sure about the clay?? I will try your recipe next. 

  20. new to paleo says

    Interesting!  Looks like it would smell great!  I’ve never had much trouble with sweating at all and in fact have at times worried about being able to work out for an hour and not have much sweat even then, but when I’m eating well I sweat a little more but don’t smell bad.  A while ago I read somewhere to rub a slice of lemon on your skin and a few times I have needed deoderant and tried that – worked like a charm!

  21. RosieB says

    I just wanted to let you know that while the recipe worked wonders in term of odor prevention, I stopped using it due to the bad irritation it caused me. It was too painful. I tried for 1 week and I couldn’t take it anymore. 
    I am thinking I might be allergic to one of the ingredients. Also, my arm pits got really dark the week of using it too. I am latina, so I’m not sure if that matters, but it significantly darkened my arm pits. 
    When I stopped using it, the irritation went away and so did the darkened arm pits. I am open to suggestions and I’m willing to try again if anybody has experienced any of these symptoms. 
    I did skip the arrowroot in the recipe.

    On the flip side, my husband has been using it and it works wonders for him! 
    -Rosie

    • Shelly N says

      This is an older post, but an very interested in the irritation it caused. I have been using for over a week and love it, but then all of a sudden I broke out in a rash around my arm pits, not in them. Is this what you experienced? It is raised and itchy and really quite irritating!
      Thanks!

      • Julie Ellen Dyess says

        I’ve had irritation, too, and it’s fairly painful. My bf had the same thing, within minutes of his first application. I tried going back to plain coconut oil and baking soda, but same reaction: pain, and red bumpy appearance under my arms. I’ll add that I use coconut oil somewhere on my body every day, and eat a fair bit, too, and have never had this problem anywhere else.

        Advice, comments?

          • Julie says

            I’ll try with just coconut oil, though with some nervousness because it has hurt so much.  I used your recipe with good results for weeks before the burning and pain started.  I’ll update you again in a couple of days.  Thanks!

  22. says

    I’m so excited that I found you today!  And even more happier about these deod. recipes!  Will be trying them soon.  In the mean time, I will try baking soda…I brush my teeth everyday with it!  Thanks so much to all!

  23. says

    I ran out of deodorant last week, and I remembered reading somewhere that straight coconut oil rubbed on your underarms will work.  I used it, and I couldn’t believe that it actually worked.  I’m sure next time I might throw in some baking soda as a bonus, but even with the straight coco oil, no stinkiness, and I didn’t even break a sweat!  That doesn’t even happen with my regular deo/antiperspirant.  I have hyperthyroidism, so believe me when I tell you that I SWEAT.  With the coconut oil, nothing!  I’m so excited to have found this.

  24. Susan Rich says

    I’m going to try this. My body reacts terribly to deoderants, even the clinical ones. They just don’t work. I’ve used my own homemade deo for several years. I mix 1 cup baking soda and 1 cup of cornstarch. I apply white vinegar first and let it dry then I dust on the soda, cornstarch combo. No odor and no stains.

  25. Shelly says

    I made the second recipe this morning, and I’m very happy with the results. I do have to keep it in the fridge as the coconut oil gets soft easily…by the time I got out of the shower it was ready to go. All day I finally had no need to reapply harsh deodorant to my sensitive skin. No odor all day long and so far no harmful effects to my clothing. Thank you so much for this wonderful recipe and website. Keep up the good work!

  26. Oni Hara says

    hey mama, not to stir any waves but i believe you need to have a disclaimer with that affiliate link. it’s not on your disclosure page anywhere either!

  27. Tracy says

    I just found your site and am loving it!!! I know this is an old post but would cocoa butter work for this in place of the shea butter since that is what I have??

  28. Adriana says

    Me and my son are using deodorant for the last two months, I noticed that my son’s armpits are super dark, anyone know the reason. We love the deodorant.

    • says

      There’s a chance that the baking soda is drawing out toxins and that is showing up on the skin or that pH changes are causing it.. maybe just try coconut oil alone for a while and see if that changes anything.

      • Adriana says

        Thank you mama, actually my son is so amazed that the dark skin on his armpits is peeling off and living a nice and clean skin.

  29. Jen says

    I love this recipe, but I am still struggling with a slight odor, not to mention the having wet underarms on my shirts. Any suggestions?

    • says

      I agree with more arrowroot for wetness and tea tree for odor. Also, taking natural magnesium and using on the skin will really help with odor over time. after a few months of magnesium I now don’t even wear deodorant since I have no odor whatsoever.

      • Jen says

        Thanks for the info! I have taken oral magnesium for a couple of years now, but wonder how much I am absorbing. I do not have a strong digestive system. I was just introduced to your website a couple of weeks age, and I am loving it! Thanks for the help:)

  30. Christine says

    I finally made this Monday night and I cannot believe the difference!  I love how simple the 2nd recipe is and it is a million times more effective than the natural deodorant I was using previously.  Thank you!!!

  31. Anonymous says

    I have been using this in the height of our Australian summer (and with a baby on my back) for over a month now. WOW! It really works!

    For those who want to see step-by-step photographed instructions, including tips for storing in an old deo stick, my blog post is here: http://blissfule.me/homemade-chemical-free-deodorant-that-works

    Thank you for the recipe! I’ll never have to use aluminum-based antiperspirant/deodorant again.

  32. Myrna says

    Thank you Wellness Mama, you are doing a great service to the community.  I will try to make it this week.  sick and tired of the stains on my clothes and since I exercise, the smell on my t.shirts under the arms is umpleasant.  I don’t understand, my armpits don’t smell, but my shirts get these weird smell that does not go away even after washing them.  do you think is the alcohol? I use Mitchum Powderfresh cause I love the baby powder fragrance. 

  33. says

    Katie,
    I’m so excited to have found you through Everyday Paleo!  I saw this post on making my own deo (which I think is brilliant) and kept putting it off until now.  My hubby went out of town today and asked me to pick some up for him since he was out & I thought this is my chance!  I mixed some up and put it in his old container so it will have that smell he likes and put some in mine that I never used-it was rosemary & mint flavored.  I added a few drops of peppermint to mine & plan to make my own rosemary oil since that was in there before.  Can’t wait to try it out and see how it works.  I’m so glad to have found another ‘crunchy’ mama like me :D  Thanks for all your tips and info!
    -Jess @ Crunchy Hot Mama

  34. Victoria Robinson says

    If you were to use just baking soda, or baking soda and one other ingredient, how would you get it to stay? I tried making my own deodorant recently, and each time, almost all of it clumped and fell of of me within minutes.

      • Victoria Robinson says

        I see. The first time, I used baking soda mixed with lemon juice (that I got from a lemon myself). The second time, I used baking soda and water. Based on your reply, I think I used entirely too much of each ingredient. However, are the amounts you suggest enough for most people? Any humidity at all makes me sweat, but I recently started eating nothing but produce, and plan to keep it that way, so that should help a lot.

  35. Shelly N says

    I made mine this morning and seems to be working great-I apply OTC deodorant multiple times a day, so I was nervous. Question-mine keeps separating. Did I do something wrong? I do apologize if somebody has already posted this question.

    • says

      That’s normal since there isn’t a chemical emulsifier to keep it consistant. Just stir every once in a while while it is cooling (the next day or so) and then it will stay mixed

  36. DinaF says

     Awesome. I am not into corn products myself, they are cheaper but I think the arrowroot is a great idea. I just made some, I cannot wait to try it tomorrow!!! The shea butter is definitely expensive but then again, the “natural” deodorants in the store are 5 bucks or more and I should get a few batches of this out of the shea!  So excited! Thanks so much for sharing!

  37. Andrea Lubitz says

    I have tried this about three times and get a horribly painful rash every time.  I am willing to live through the rash if you really think it is just the baking soda bringing the toxins out. Is it possible that the rash is from an irritation from the baking soda? Do you think it would go away after a few weeks if I just “tough it out”? If not, do you have any alternative recipes that don’t include baking soda? Thanks!

  38. Julie Barragan says

    This stuff really works!  I tried it on myself first, but the real test was my athletic teenage girls.  I was so excited when they told me it actually worked.  I think I’ve bought them every natural, safe, and even those awful chemical-ridden deodorants which were the only ones to work until this one!!! Thank you so much for developing this recipe.  Now I don’t have to feel bad, because they will NEVER use those store-bought deodorants again.

  39. Cameron Clarke says

    Hey!  I’ve been using straight apple cider vinegar for a few months now and enjoy it, but have still been checking out other recipes.  Have you played around with it at all? Ever combine ACV with your current recipes??

  40. Natalie Kimble says

    I have tried similar recipes and I am curious that you said the arrowroot was optional in the first recipe.  Do you think it would work with just the shea, CO and baking soda?  The recipes I tried worked fantastically well for blocking odor and kept me pretty dry, but the arrowroot and cornstarch seem to block my lymph glands and I get sore lymph after using them.  ( I have an illness and my lymph can be backed up easily.)  Thanks for the great recipes and site – it is one of my favorite sites.

  41. Natalie Kimble says

    OK, I have read through all the comments and see that the recipe might work without arrowroot.  Yay!!  I am going to try it, and maybe ACV as well.  I also wanted to comment to Andrea above, that yes baking soda can be irritating (I have no idea if it is the toxins or if it is just irritating to skin on its own) and that this recipe that doesn’t contain baking soda was posted by someone in the comments on this post: http://crunchybetty.com/?p=1823

  42. HP says

    Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Since my twins were born 3 years ago, I’ve been battling some hormonal thing. Been through all of the new “prescription strength” stuff. Then, I had my awakening about how bad all of that is for you. I resigned myself to being really self conscious and using a mixture of olive oil and Theives oil. I made your mixture last week and since then, NO SMELL what-so-ever! My husband is using it and he smells good too! Thanks again!

  43. MeggyFleggy says

    Recipe # 2 is so easy and effective it’s outrageous!!  My husband and I will never look back.  Even my mother with her onion smelling arm pits uses it now, even at the gym!!  She loves not smelling like an onion. Try this recipe!

  44. marla latinakova says

    I’ve found (in my case) that it’s the shea butter that really works.  Cocoa butter works about half as well and coconut oil doesn’t work at all.  I think I will try this recipe and substitute the cocoa butter for the coconut oil and smell like chocolate all day!

    • Natalie Kimble says

      When you say “works”, do you mean it works at deodorizing, staying dry, keeping the deodorant solid or…?

      Thanks for sharing!

  45. Nicolette says

    I just made up a batch using lemon essential oil! It smells delicious and the lemon is great for killing all of the yuckies that live in your armpits!

  46. Ginny says

    I tried the first recipe for the first time today and I loved how I did not smell one bit and barely sweat at all!!

    One problem- the oil completely stained one of my nice shirts :-( I had the wet underarm look and streaks down the front from pulling it over my head. I had to change shirts and it didn’t come out in the wash even after treating it with stain remover. I waited the 5 minutes like you suggested but maybe I used too much or didn’t rub it in enough? Any suggestions for removing the stains and for preventing them?

  47. Nellies_mommy77 says

    So I tried this today for the first time…no BO but my underarms are sore and slightly rashy. I am going to give them a wash and then put some straight coconut oil on for tonight and hope they will not be sore or rashy in the morning! I love the light coconut scent too!

    • Lilly says

      It’s the baking soda. I’ve been making and expeirimenting with the perfect natural deodorant recipe and I’ve found that baking soda will give most people a rash. My skin is the furthest from sensitive and even I got a rash from my deodorant containing baking soda. My recipe is almost exactly what is written here, except I add cornstarch instead of baking soda and honestly, it not only stopped the rash but it actually controls odor and moisture better! Good luck!

  48. Cole says

    hi, i purchased coconut oil from trader joes the other day, and i was talking to a friend of mine and she said that mine wasn’t as good as her’s because mine isn’t RAW. Do you think this is true? It is coconut oil, and i plan on using it for lots of things, but now i’m having second thoughts…and may want to purchase the RAW version.

    Thank you!
    (http://canny-cole.blogspot.com/)

  49. Rsunshinea says

    Does this come out as liquid or does it end up solid?  I ask so I know if I need to store it in a jar (liquid) or is I can use and old deodorant container (solid)

  50. Nicole Greene says

    I have been using this second recipe for over 2 years now and have LOVED it, however, I am pregnant again this summer and wow! have I been stinking!  It is not working at all right now.  I have been applying 2-3 times a day in the hopes that maybe it has just been wearing off but that doesn’t even help.  I know body chemistry changes during pregnancy and I sweat so much more (my hair isn’t as responsive to the no-poo during this time either).  Any suggestions?

  51. Niki says

    I tried this and the concoction has a liquid layer gathered at the top. Did I do something wrong?  Also, this may be a bonehead question, but how do you apply it from the glass jar?  Thanks so much!!

    • says

      Did you add any liquid to it? I’ve never heard of it having liquid floating on the top… I just use my finger to apply it, but you can actually scoop into an old deodorant container if you have one and just keep it in a cool place or even the fridge.

  52. Julie Virgin says

    When I started making my own deodorant, I definitely went through a detox phase – for a good week or so I felt like I was release years of build-up from my pores… and I smelled like it also. I pushed through, however, and now I feel like the amount of smell is never as much as it was before. Horay!

  53. Elizabeth Asher26 says

    I absolutely LOVE how well the deodorant works!! I did several drops of lavender and tea tree oil and it smelled amazing….however, I did have a lot of irritation under my arms that did not go away for two weeks until I stopped using it. What could I do to modify the recipe to avoid irritation?

    • says

      Just omit the baking soda and you should be fine. From what I can tell, some people are naturally more acidic than others, and if eating a healthier diet, sometimes toxins can be coming out through sweat, so this can cause irritation with the very basic baking soda. All the other ingredients should be fine…. Warmly
      Katie

  54. UMCL says

    I’ve just made your option 2 deodorant and added my favourite essential oil – vertivert, it’s divine! My own personal bespoke deodorant! I love it!!! I’m a Deo-Diva now lol! My mind is turning with anticipation of all the scent combos I can now have, I mean a girl can only smell like ‘fresh linen’ and ‘aloe vera’ for so long! Goodbye nasty toxins and hello my new little fashion secret!!!!!

     I’m so glad you shared this recipe and I’m a little bit sad that everyone doesn’t use it. I’ve shared it on my Facebook page and lots of my pals are dying to know how I get on with using it (yes, I am their guinea pig!)
    Well done! 10 out of 10!

  55. tiffanyblitz says

    I’ve been making similar recipes for a while now, and they work well…  But in our new home, the bathroom stays chilly, and it’s VERY solid.

    I don’t like putting it in an old deodorant tube – they give out after a while, and it seems silly to buy them just for that…  I want to just spread it on out of its jar.

    What can you do to keep it more creamy?  The coconut oil, of course, is the solidifying factor, so I’m assuming putting something else in with it is the secret?

    Thanks for any tips!

  56. Shana K says

    I do think our bodies sort of become ‘addicted’ to conventional drug-store deoderants…  Natural deoderant sticks were expensive and didn’t really work so I just quit using them all together.  I started using an equal mix of baking soda and arrowroot powder which I have mixed up in a little jar and brush on with an old (makeup) powder brush.  There is a little fall-out and the powdery texture took some getting used to but it works better than any other product I have ever tried.  I’ve noticed over time that I don’t always ‘need’ to use it.

    I’ve also had some success with coconut oil with a few drops of lemongrass oil mixed in on not-so-hot-days.  I’m going to try the non-shea-butter recipe and see if I like the texture better than my powder.  :) 

  57. Umcl says

    Ok. So i tried this (2nd recipe) and it really irritated my skin. I broke out in blisters. I think the recipe is too alkaline perhaps. Might try it again with much less baking soda.

  58. Scales86 says

    I have been making your 2nd (easier) version of the deo for several years and would never go back to commercial deo!! It TRULY eliminates odor and seems to help reduce sweating. I have converted quite a few family/friends over to this wonderful alternative, too! I rotate between lemongrass and lavender essential oil….

  59. Annaantoniou says

    I’ve made my first batch and am using it, it wasn’t easy to clean up but that’s my fault for letting it solidify a bit before pouring it into the moulds. Next time I know better! However, I am finding that I can smell a bit of BO so might have to use the probiotics in my next batch.

  60. Beth says

    I have not tried your recipe, but for the last 2 weeks, I have gone to using a spritz of liquid magnesium and then a very light coating of coconut oil.  No body odor here, since trying this simple combo!  The real test will be when my hubby and teens give it a try when the other “natural” deodorant runs out.

  61. d3 says

    Hei, I found a similar recipe about 2 years ago.  It worked fantastically for about 6 months, then out of nowhere it started irritating my skin.

    I wonder if I put in too much of one of the ingredients?  I do not know for sure, but I have been on/off for about 6 months, and I will try again soon.

  62. Mary Worstell says

    I love coconut oil for all kinds of things. unfortunately, I’ve noticed that it has stained some of my clothes when I used it as a lotion after a shower. I haven’t tried your deodorant yet but I am somewhat hesitant to use the coconut oil because I don’t want to ruin any more of my clothes. Has this every happened to anyone else? I guess I’ll have to give it a whirl and wear an old shirt to check it out first :)

  63. Maya Papaya says

    I love these recipes and find they work but I get a harsh reaction to the mixture. My underarms become scaly and sore. It maybe because of the baking soda. Any ideas on what I could use as an alternative. Could it be the tea tree oil?

    • says

      You can omit the baking soda completely if needed. It seems that some people have this strong reaction to baking soda, but even coconut oil and arrowroot alone will work well….

  64. Lynda says

    I have been using magnesium chloride spray under my arms instead of commercial antiperspirants. It works wonderfully well to combat odor and wetness and has the added benefit of delivering much needed magnesium to my system in a highly absorbable way. Also I haven’t experienced any staining of my clothes.

    • Laura L says

      If you are sensitive to ( also low in ) the magnesium then it burns really bad. I tried easing into it by rubbing it into the soles of my feet for a couple months but it still fried my armpits to almost being raw by the 2nd day of use. I have friends that use it with no problem but I have very sensitive skin and this did not work for me.

  65. gadgetgirl says

    I’m so glad I came across this recipe! I’m so enjoying reading all of your interesting healthy recipes. I look forward to trying many of them. Like you I’ve tried many variations of the natural deodorant and none have worked. Fortunately I have all the ingrediants and excited to try this and will post my results. Thank you!

  66. MelissaM says

    I have been using the second recipe for a few weeks now and I love it! Regular deoderant has never worked great for me and I certainly didn’t like the idea of all the chemicals and artificial ingredients on my skin. I love that this is all natural and WORKS!

    • says

      It could be the coconut oil, but it can also take a couple days for it to fully harden. Put it in the fridge for a couple hours and if it hardens, it should stay a harder consistency once it is removed.

      • Bramman Avery says

        I followed the recipe with the shea butter, coconut oir, baking soda, and arrow root but mine is still too soft. I poured it into a old deodorant stick and set it in the fridge, I got it out a day later and it worked great but when I came back for it a day later it was completely melted. Any idea why it wont stay solid?

  67. kse says

    I asked this of your lotion as well, but is there a substitute for coconut oil? I am allergic to coconut and all other nuts and even the smell turns my stomach. ANYthing else?

  68. IslandGirl says

    I’ve been making a homemade deodorant for my hubby for over a year now from a recipe he got from a sustainability class. It works and he loves it, and NO ALUMINUM.
    It is a combo of Cornstarch, Baking Soda and essential oils.

    1 tbsp corn starch
    2 tbsp baking soda
    10 drops peppermint oil
    5 drops tea tree oil
    5 drops sandalwood oil (lavender oil was original recipe, but Men tend to not want to smell like flowers)

    Mix Dry ingredients first in a plastic or glass container / jar
    Add oils drop by drop mixing occasionally (OK I found that if I put dry stuff in first, put lid on, and shake vigorously, then add oils one type at a time and mix with a plastic fork after adding each oil to break any lumps up and then shake, shake, shake that works best)

    *To apply use a cotton ball or wet finger tips dip in to mixture and apply to under arms. If irritation or redness should occur, increase amount of cornstarch.

  69. Bridget says

    I was very skeptical about how well this natural deodorant works. Store bought deodorants will keep me from sweating (which I don’t do much), but if I wear tank tops and my underarm skin touches without the fabric from sleeves, I will still smell. I have always known that antiperspirants were terrible, but just assumed that anything natural wouldn’t work. After I found your website (and have read most of it), I thought I’d give it a try since it was summer and I wanted to wear my tanks and summer dresses! Shockingly surprised, it does work…and really well! I put it on in the morning, went through my errand running crazy day with my four small kiddos, and sat through a 2 hour flag football practice in the very hot Texas summer heat…all in a tank. When I got home I did my smell test, and the only thing I could smell was a hint of coconut oil. I will forever be thankful, and I can now shave my under arms daily and not live in fear of increasing my chances of breast cancer! Thank you Wellness Mama!

  70. Mary says

    Unless I’m exercising I don’t experience wetness or odor, but I do spray my underarms with 70% isopropyl alcohol if I feel it will be a problem. Works great.

  71. MARK says

    Dont forget body odour is the body detoxin itself and maybe you need a good liver and colon cleanse to rid the body of these harmful toxins ! this will also fix many skin problems and sensitivitys and aliments.Then stop putting them back in ! ie house hold chemicals, tap water, processed foods,all cooking oils except coconut oil ,the list goes on ! DONT PUT ON YOUR SKIN IF YOU WONT PUT IN YOUR MOUTH!

  72. MARK says

    Also anti perspirants have aluminium in them to block the pores to stop the sweat, this has been linked to breast cancer. Best only use coconut oil ,lemon and bi carb soda and anything else that is not toxic to the body.Be careful of what additives baking soda has! Your skin is a transport system straight to your blood stream !

  73. says

    I made the deodorant recipe 2 this weekend and what a surprise!! No body odor and it actually worked alot better than EVERY conventional deodorant I have ever used!! Thank you for sharing this recipe! I love it and I have about 5 girlfriends who are dying to try it!!

  74. Annie says

    We just got fed up with all of the poisonous deodorants. I tried a few “natural” kinds but they just didnt work any longer than 1 hour.
    Tried your recipe and was amazed at how well it worked (and my hubby’s pits are something to be reckoned with!) at the end of a long hot summer day, no smelly pits or shirts! Now I’ve made another jar, which he smears on the soles of his feet every morning. Another problem solved, no dangerous ingredients involved.

  75. Denise says

    I made this and I was using it for a few days and my underarm areas turned bright red. It didn’t hurt, so I kept using it until one day my armpits HURT! Any idea what caused this reaction and what I can change about the recipe???

    • says

      I have been using coconut oil & baking soda mixed together and put in an old deoderant dispenser for 6 months or so. I tried adding fragrance oil (not esssential oils) & a little arrowroot in the last batch. A few days of use and I get bright red underarms. I use plain coconut oil under the rash is gone. I’m not sure if it is the fragrance or the arrowroot that I have an issue with. Next, I will try a recipe similar to the one above but without fragrance.

    • 5kittens says

      If you used essential oil it may have irritated you. Which is sounds like if you got red with no discomfort at first. But if you have a tendency toward yeast rashes (heat rash) I would suggest using something more acidic like apple cider vinegar and let it dry or dust with arrowroot powder. Dilute 5 parts water to 1 part vinegar to start healing if you think it is yeast. Itchiness and burning would suggest yeast. The cornstarch (food) and baking soda (alkaline) can, for yeastie folks, encourage yeast growth. Might try recipe again but hold any essential oil and replace cornstarch with arrowroot powder. Hope this helps.

  76. Patty says

    I made your recipe above for underarm deoderant about 3 days ago, and so far so good…dirt cheap and it works! I put mine in an old deoderant holder ( the twist kind for solids) and refrigerated it for about 30 minutes…I have another deoderant container that has the gel that twists up through the holes…I am going to put it in there too-that might work better in warm weather, as far as being able to apply it to my underarms conveniently! because it does get soft in warm weather……tks!

  77. tia says

    I am going to try the lipstick recipe and the deodorant. i use coconut oil regularly in cooking and on my skin. i dont wear deodorant or use lipsticks because of all the chemicals, finding this is exciting :) i look forward to adding in my own essential oils to make it smell even more amazing!

  78. hannah says

    I just made recipe 1. I’ll give it a try tomorrow :) I used lemon, tea tree and rosemary oil. it smells nice.

  79. Meadowsweet says

    I’d be interested in knowing what strength of mag oil Lynda uses because I’ve tried a very strong one and it doesn’t work for me. Also, I used to make a wonderful deodorant with baking soda but a botanist friend told me that applying baking soda long term to the skin can cause the fatty layer under the skin to desolve. I therefore wrote to an independent website that deals with baking soda to ask them if it was true. They said they hadn’t come across any such research, however, they were aware of research on PubMed which shows that applying alkaline solutions to the skin on a long term basis is damaging to the skin. We all know the high alkali levels of baking soda; I haven’t dared use it since. I’m still searching for a baking soda free home made deodorant that works. I’ve tried it with just arrowroot and shea butter etc and that doesn’t work either.

  80. Meadowsweet says

    Incidentally, I also understand that magnesium chloride spray (i.e. magnesium oil) causes the skin to sweat. Rub some on your legs all over just before going to bed and if you’re like me you won’t be able to sleep due to the moisture that it draws out from your skin. This makes magnesium chloride spray an unlikely deodorant option for some due to the excess sweat it creates. I realise my two posts must make me sound like a party pooper, but these have been my experiences; and the scientific research seems to issue cautions against applying alkali substances to the skin .

  81. guest says

    funny story: I seldom used deodorants before, since I don’t really get BO unless I’m doing intense physical activity. but, a month ago I was at the body shop (that store uses terrible ingredients but markets itself as ever-so natural) and figured I’d get some aluminum-free deodorant for kicks.

    after using it, I started smelling REALLY bad! I think the bacteria must have been gorging on it or something, because it was just ridiculous. bc I started smelling so bad, I used more of it. it was a vicious cycle until I broke down and bought a regular deodorant. used it once and decided to test *not* using deodorant. that’s when I realized the body shop stuff was the cause of my BO :(.

    I’m tempted to try this natural deodorant, but my body just doesn’t like natural remedies lol. I used jojoba oil and avocado oil for moisturizers, and it gave me alligator skin.

  82. '''annette says

    because of the unhealthy issues around any old plastic,I prefer to use rather a glass bottle or BPA free plastic containers. and thanks for shearing all your recepies an tips and help people living naturally and healthy

  83. Allison says

    This is my second day trying recipe #2 and it doesn’t seem to be working. Is there a “break in” period or should I just give up?

    • says

      Is it not stopping odor? If you’ve worn conventional deodorants for a while, it will take a while for your body to adjust to not needing to sweat, but it will happen…

    • Stacy says

      I have to say that after 6 months of using this I still sweat and stink even with TTO and peppermint oil in the mix. I’m a heavy sweater and I’m out and about all day in Phoenix. I think I’m one of the few people I know who haven’t had success with this though.
      Also, keep in mind that this isn’t an antiperspirant so you will still sweat.

  84. Angela Mullaney says

    The clay shouldn’t be an issue and has excellent properties that are beneficial for the skin. It will help reduce perspiration as well.

  85. Hannah says

    So this is my second batch of the first recipe. The first batch, though it worked amazingly, was too mushy(i put it in an old deodorant roll up stick). This time I added two tablespoons of beeswax pellets. I think this will be much better in consistency. The essential oils i added both times were rosemary, lemon and tea tree. This it really an awesome recipe; it works better then any natural deodorant ive ever bought at whole foods.

  86. Denise Watson says

    I have tried these recipes before but find that the baking soda irritates my skin and the coconut oil leaves a stain on my clothes – any suggestions?

    • says

      Try just taking magnesium or rubbing magnesium oil on the skin instead. Some people who don’t do well with baking soda do fine with that, and magnesium internally will eventually decrease body odor naturally.

  87. Jae says

    What ingredient in these recipes is the likely culprit for the undershirt/cami staining? I love recipes just not what it does to the whites. Any recommendations?

  88. Barb says

    I followed your recipe, but mine came out very liquidy. It never firmed up at all & it’s currently 70 degrees in our house. Do you think I did something wrong? I just now put it in the fridge to see what happens. I will try to add in more baking soda & arrowroot powder. It did keep me smelling fresh while playing tennis today…but too drippy to use comfortably. The coconut oil that I used is a pretty soft version. My new one seems much firmer. Will have to try again. Thanks for any more tips!

    • says

      If you used a coconut oil that is liquid at 75 degrees, then it will have some consistency differences. You could add more arrowroot to firm it up, or being in the fridge might do it too. I should have clarified that… the coconut oil I used in the recipe was unrefined and is solid below 76 degrees, so that might be what the difference was.

      • Barb says

        Thanks for your quick response! My older jar was cold pressed extra virgin…but did seem pretty soft. My brand new container is rated the same at solid to 76 degrees…but looks much firmer than the older one. Anyway, it’s better after the frig & mixing in more of the powders. Thanks for a great site….can’t wait to try more of your great recipes. God bless you!

  89. says

    I recently was injured at work, and the painkillers that i was put on did something awful to my body. My hair fell out, and my armpits blistered. My doctor believes that i may have developed Multi Chemical Sensitivity. I switched to washing my hair with baking soda and vinegar and it no longer is falling out. I’ve tried the homemade deoderant recipes but the baking soda irritates the damaged skin under my arms. So far, the coconut oil seems to be working, but then, it isn’t that warm right now and I can’t work out due to my back injury so I’m not sweating as much.

  90. says

    I had been wanting to use something “natural” but hadn’t found any “recipes” that sounded easy enough….last week I started using just plain coconut oil, have not had any big “stinky” experiences yet…we shall see next week…going to Cancun…on the subjuect of you having less perspiration…I have read that antiperspirant is not healthy because of the ingredients and the fact that you do need to perspire and it blocks the bodys ability to do so!! Another good reason to just find something for the “smell”!!

  91. cynthia hamley says

    I used recipe #2 and it is the most effective deodorant I have EVER used. I’ve been hiking in 90 degree weather with no odor. I have not developed the perfect application source yet. I just have it in a little jar and it gets a bit crumbly and messy. But I love this stuff.

  92. says

    I just made this tonight, I used the shea butter/ coconut oil with arrowroot/ baking soda combo. It is not warm any more, but also not at all a solid consistency and it has been like 3 hours. Should I add more powder at this point?

    • says

      Try putting in the fridge first. Even at room temp, it will take a long time (several days sometimes) to completely harden. If you put it in the fridge and then remove once it has hardened, it will stay firmer.

      • says

        Thanks!! I did end up putting in more arrowroot and baking soda, until it was creamy and not so drippy. And, I put it in the fridge. It did get firmer. Now, it’s the next day and it is back to room temperature and has the consistency of frosting, which is perfect for me. I ended up putting it in a wide mouthed canning jar that is short, like 2.5 inches tall and this works perfectly.

  93. says

    It has been 6 years for me using baking soda and cornstarch (originally just baking soda) – and I’ve not yet tried it with the coconut oil but want to. I too noticed the significant decrease in sweat over time, as well as the stink of the sweat even on days I don’t wear – it is almost *as if* my body was detoxing.

    Definitely proper nutrition and enough water play a significant role as well.

    Interesting that when we live our lives right, the problems fade away… ;)

  94. Jelli says

    I make a super simple version of this just using coconut oil and baking soda. I’ve used it for more than a year and would never go back. It keeps me smelling fresh all day long and costs pennies.

  95. Andrea Thiele says

    Thank you for this deodorant recipe. I have a question however. I have made one similar before, 7 tbl of coconut oil, 1/4 cup of baking soda ad 1/4 cup of arrowroot. I have been using it for a while. my last batch both my hubby and I broke out BAD, really bad. Do you think it is the baking soda, or arrow root?

  96. Mary says

    People’s Pharmacy has some good health tips. Using Milk of Magnesia as a deodorant was one of those. I just buy a regular small bottle and dip a finger in, then rub it in. This is NOT an antipersperant. It does make a pretty good and very inexpensive deodorant.

  97. Amy says

    Is there any way to incorporate magnesium oil into a deodorant recipe. I tried adding it to the recipe above and it had a crazy reaction with the baking soda?

  98. says

    This got me thinking. I made a “hard” lotion for my LO using beeswax, shea butter, and coconut oil. It doesn’t have baking soda, but do you think it would still work? And I wonder if adding beeswax to your recipe would help it hold together in a deodorant stick.

  99. Erin says

    I just made the second recipe for my husband and I and we love it! It works GREAT! Better than our other deo….works waay better than Toms of Maine. I didn’t add any essential oils and it smells wonderful. Thank you so much for such a simple recipe =)

  100. Kris says

    Try PitStik today! I make a natural deodorant made with Coconut Oil, Baking Soda, Cornstarch, Beeswax & Melaleuca Oil. Proudly handmade in Colorado Springs, USA!!
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  101. Vegan chick says

    What an amazing recipe, thank you!
    The best way to avoid cancer is to go vegan, not only it’s proven the link between meat, lactose and eggs but spiritually all that fear and pain the Animal suffer is still on their corpse and products.

  102. says

    I was a skeptic, but made a batch without arrowroot (due to not having any in the house). I usually use clinical strength deoderant, which makes me itch like crazy … and was pleasantly surprised that this mixture stopped all body odour for 48 hrs. Fantastic! I luv your toothpaste recipe too. Going to try soapnuts and your shaving cream/soap recipe next.

    • says

      5 days into using the deodorant I developed a not so lovely burn under each arm. So I remade it using B. clay instead of baking soda and added some shea butter and beeswax. I am hoping it works as good as your original recipe. :)

  103. change12 says

    I love using my MYO Deoder. I just mix the coconut oil with baking soda & keep it in a small mason jar.
    It last a LONG time & it’s good for ya :-)

  104. Erin says

    Confession time – I only made half of a batch of Recipe 2 because I was positive that it wouldn’t work. I am beyond thrilled to say it is amazing! As is the rest of your site! One thing, how can I get it to not leave a greasy looking spot on my shirt? Maybe more baking soda or cornstarch? Or both? Needless to say when I saw “deodorant” on my shopping list, from my husband, I quickly crossed it off :) Thank you so much for sharing your natural recipes with us, I’m looking forward to making many of them!

  105. lauren says

    Thanks for enduring rashes and the like to find the perfect recipe! I was so proud of myself for buy a Tom’s of Maine deodorant only to find aluminum on the label. Can not wait to try this.

  106. Bonnie says

    Any ideas for a deodorant that doesn’t use baking soda? The baking soda seems to irritate my skin very badly. But if I use this recipe without the baking soda, I end up smelly (as expected, since the baking soda absorbs odor). Any other natural odor absorbers?

  107. Val says

    Just made this last night, I basically did recipe 2 but had trouble getting it mixed up enough so I did the double boiler method with it. Added 2 or 3 drops of tea tree oil because it’s a good antibacterial but figured using more might be bad for sensitive skin. Used it today and so far so good! I’ve also been doing the black tea night time thing (take two bags of black tea and steep them in warm water, then soak compresses in the tea and apply to armpits for 5 mins, take off and let dry for about a minute and then use a facecloth to take off residue-do this at night for 2 weeks). I’ve done the black tea method before and it’s definitely made a difference and I’m really optimistic about the coconut oil.

    Next time I was thinking about possibly adding some powdered green tea to the recipe, it’s a good antibacterial as well and should add a nice mild scent. Does anyone have any experience with that? I know coconut oil has a long shelf life, could the green tea go rancid once it’s been heated to add to this?

  108. cathleen451 says

    Hi Katie, I have been using recipe #1 with lavender oil for the last 6 or more mos and well … I still have odor. I read all the comments to see if anyone had any suggestions, but it didnt seem to be an issue with anyone else. I so want this to work for me. Do you have any suggestions? I hate to even go here, but do you know of any goods brands that you would suggest? I am one of your biggest fans and I love what you do for all of us!
    Thank you and God bless.

    • Natalie Kimble says

      I have been using a homemade zinc oxide deodorant I made that is amazing against odor! I bought the non-nano particle zinc powder because I’ve read the nano particles aren’t good. You can just mix it with water or use it as a powder in a recipe. Also, I have found milk of magnesia works well for me as a deodorant! I just put it on with a cotton pad. :) Good luck!

  109. Sarah says

    I just recently discovered that there are a lot of natural substitutions for all of the products that I purchase (thanks, Wellness Mama, I am hooked!). One of the first things I tried making while on vacation was deodorant…I was definitely a skeptic, but was intrigued by so many people’s story of success. I used the arrowroot version, and started my experiment during vacation, just in case something went dreadfully wrong. :) I have been using homemade deodorant for over two weeks, and it really works! I work at a University and often have to walk briskly across campus in a suit and heels. On one of our warm “winter” days, I stayed smelling like a rose through the evening. Please try this recipe – you will pleasantly surprised!!

  110. jtonia says

    I made this deodorant because I am trying to limit my plastic purchases. I refilled 2 deodorant sticks and made 5.5 smaller sticks in the cupcake tin. I chose not to use essential oils because I love the coco butter & beeswax scent. Next time I make this I’ll use more coconut oil and less beeswax because I’d like it to be softer.

  111. Kia says

    I’ve been using recipe #1, substituted cornstarch in place of arrowroot powder and did not use any essential oils. I’ve been using it for about a month now and I must say it works like nothing I’ve ever used, even tried the clinical strength deodorants that dont work. I was even contemplating botox to stop underarm persiperation but afraid of the effects. I sweat but it not stinky and even If I get any ordor its very mild and goes away. My only problem now is that I just started to have excessive peeling and darkening under my arms. I’m 6 months pregnant and unsure of why this is happening. Please help! I dont want to stop but afraid of these symptoms.

  112. says

    Hi! I love this deodorant but it doesn’t love me. I develop a red swollen rash after about a week, I have tried it twice. I notice that you said that the Bicarb is what will be doing it, do you think if I cut it down to just one T it would be better? I don’t want to cut out the Bicarb altogether as I think it really helps with the odour control. Also what do you think about the detox theory that some people have suggested? Thanks for a fantastic site and App! XXX

    • says

      It could definitely be a detox reaction of some sort…. I’d try removing the baking soda and seeing if that helps… taking magnesium internally might also help…

  113. says

    I can’t believe this worked for me. I have had BO since I was 10, even though I didn’t hit puberty until age 14. Now, at 37, store bought deodorant just isn’t working for me any more. I was sweating, and stinking right through it. With this recipe, after 24 hours, I still smell fresh as a coconut. I’m seriously so happy, but also shocked at how well this worked. I am actually sweating *less* that I was with the aluminum deodorant. I am definately sharing this with my friends and family. I added tea tree oil for extra antibacterial power, and peppermint oil to improve the scent.

  114. Vanessa Kaganas Lvovsky says

    Hi, I just tried making this receipe for the first time, it looked a little watery but I figured its the melted coconut oil. Also, I bought the organic refined coconut oil from wholes food is that one good to use? It seemed pretty hard to spoon out, like using refrigerated butter.
    Any suggestions???

  115. says

    I used your 2nd recipe, but I added just a little beeswax to the mix. (I had tried to do the recipe from memory…oof!) Anyway, it seems to sort of coat the skin just enough to bring the sweat level down a bit. Not sure if it’s a good (in the healthy sense) thing, but it’s better than the 48 hour protection deodorant I was using 3x a day.

  116. Carol says

    Just made the deodorant. I think it smells great! I am already a big user of cornstarch so the arrowroot powder works for me. I scented it with Young Living oils so I know it will all be safe. Love all your suggestions- thank you!

  117. Deb says

    I made the second recipe and love it! I just wish this had been out years ago, or at least I had known about it then. It makes me feel good just knowing that I am using earth friendly products on my body. Thanks so much for sharing with us.

  118. says

    Okay been making natural deodorant this way, but I am sort of tired of keeping it in the fridge, and looking for a way to keep it more solid at room temp. I wonder if adding a little beeswax to the mix would work? Has anyone tried that?

  119. crib says

    I used a homemade deodorant pretty much from the same concept except I added sweet orange oil along with lavender about 15 drops of each. I also put in dried orange peel and lavender buds, and vitamin e oil just to add a pretty texture and to be more potent. My boyfriend and I have been using it for awhile now, and he said he likes it. It makes a nice gift for people because it is a safer alternative than the aluminum filled sticks at the store.

  120. says

    Has anyone ever tried adding some beeswax to the stick deoderant so it doesn’t melt or get mushy?? I just read how well everyone thinks it works, and I’d love to try it but want it in a stick form- for at the gym, etc. I’m thinking add some beeswax and it should help!? I’m so excited to try this!! :D

  121. Tress says

    So I just made my own by using a natural deo that didn’t work so well by itself, by melting it down and using it instead of coconut oil in the recipe. We’ll see how it goes! I was worried coconut oil would stain my clothes, as I have had minor issues with it when using it as a moisturizer. Has anyone else had experience with this?

  122. Jenna McCann says

    I have been using this for a few months now and now have faint white arm pit stains on dark shirts. Anyone else have this problem and know what I can do? I sweat a LOT and love this deodorant and really want to make it work! Thank you! (Former secret clinical only girl ;-) )

  123. Iva Janšová says

    Can anyone please explain me, how much is “T”? Is it tablespoon or teespon? Or in ml? Thank you very much

  124. says

    I made the first recipe, I was not impressed. My underarms were always wet or clammy feeling and it started smelling weird after just a few hours. I have personally found that just putting plain baking soda on works much better. I may try to adjust the recipe to include much more baking soda and probably no shea butter as my underarms seem to have enough moisture on their own. lol. Thanks for the recipe though, I’m sure everyone’s needs are different and this works better for some than others.

  125. Morgan says

    I’ve tried this recipe and found it works great! I put it in an old clean deodorant container but I found it leaked out of the bottom when my house was even slightly warm (around 72°), I even tried it with 92° coconut oil, I added Essential oils though could that be the problem?

  126. Heidi says

    I have noticed like past 2 years now, I been sweating more from my body than my armpits. My sweat does not smell..but those clothes I ware..it´s very odd..uncomfortable. I work in greenhouse, it´s very warm place to work..I think that other people think that I dont have any protection at all :( I have tried only coconut oil as deodorant but it is nlot enough..I work hard.

  127. josh says

    I made recipe number 1. its to soupy. I am trying to reproduce bubble and bee pit putty, which is more gritty. should I add more arrowroot and baking soda?

  128. Hilary says

    I’ve been using this along with Himalayan sea salt (salt applied wet in shower) and it’s like a freaking miracle. No stink, Nada, even after 24 hours. Clinical strength commercial deodorants didn’t even do that.

  129. mcneill34 says

    I finally got sick of being stinky with my shop bought aluminium free deoderant despite my awesome intention to wait until the bottle was empty and not waste any, and I made your first recipe (5T of coconut oil and 1T of cocoa butter as I had no shea) and its kick ass!!. I too was delighted about clinical strength deoderant as I sweat AND I get smelly, but I have to say, I’m really impressed by this recipe. I have been sniffing my armpits (covertly) all day and I DO NOT SMELL! Thank you so much, you have lifted my dignity ;)

  130. winona says

    i want to give this a try but am concerned about the coconut oil mixture turning to soup when it gets warm out. does the addition of shea butter and/or corn starch (arrow root) prevent this from happening?

  131. Cara says

    Thanks for sharing the recipes! I just made this and it’s pretty liquidy. Will it harden with time or should I add more arrowroot or baking soda? Thanks!

  132. says

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE this! Found this recipe about 2 months ago, im a large person (okay, im a fat girl, and I sweat a lot) and its been super hot the last couple weeks here. Not once have I had an odor (fat girl stink). Mowing the lawn doesn’t even cause a whiff!!! I just used the coconut oil, baking soda and corn starch. I poured them into lil soap molds and keep in the freezer. After I shower I put it wherever skin touches skin, then go out in the sun and work on the yard. One application even lasts through the night, I don’t stink in the morning even! Really, I cant say enough how happy I am for this! THANK YOU!!!!

      • Julee Johnson says

        ok, so I made a second batch (just the same as i did the first) using coconut oil, baking soda and corn starch…… HOLY COW the second batch did change! my mom got burnt after using the second batch (no reaction to the first), my friend had a horrible reaction. I threw it away and am about to make a third batch. have you ever had this happen? im 99.9% sure i didnt mess up the ingredients but i cant think of what else could have happened! What do you think?

  133. veggieisyouth says

    I just tried the recipe. I didn’t have the arrowroot but I did have everything else. It is suppose to solidify?

  134. says

    Question: I didn’t know there were different kinds of coconut oil… I went and bought some (liquid kind since it said oil).. just recently found out there is a thick white kind too… which kind do I need here? I’m assuming the thick kind? How do I know when reading a recipe which kind they’re calling for? What’s the difference? Can I use the liquid in this?

  135. says

    I’ll have to make this for my brother! He’s allergic to commercial deodorant but has a BO problem :/…I know it says essential oils are optional, but what essential oils would have the most “manly” scent?

  136. Diana Jenkins says

    Could I add the baking soda and the arrow root to a simple lotion bar recipe that I use in order to make it seem more like a commercial deodorant stick? Would it still work with out the coconut oil?

  137. DeAnna R. Villa says

    Hi. I really hope I get a response to this. I want to make and try this deodorant. I am an American living in Italy and I have been having a bit of a hard time finding the things I need to make my own soaps/lotions/cleaning agents etc… Today I found “Olio di Cocco” ( Coconut Oil). The only ingredient listed is Cocos Nucifera. The thing that I don’t understand is that it says for external use only. I have seen many recipes on natural sites that call for coconut oil in anything from deodorants and lotions to food recipes and they never specify a certain type of coconut oil. I just want to make sure I am using the right thing. I don’t speak Italian very well yet so I can’t really ask all my questions at the shop. I appreciate any help with this. Thanks :)

  138. Annie says

    Doubled Recipe #1. Additions were several drops lavender oil and several drops Vitamin E (at suggestion of lots of comments below saying that would preserve it.) Absolutely LOVE! Have had terrible luck with the store bought aluminum free deodorants but refuse to go back to the unclean. Recipe #1 is amazing and so easy to make. I recommend it to everyone. I will be making more to give to family members and two of my kids who are deodorant-using age. Thank you again so so much!!!!

  139. gm says

    I have been using this natural deo for about a month now and I love it
    very much. It really seems to agree with me. The only thing is, I’m
    experiencing an odd discoloration on my armpits. Grey shading is
    occurring (not hair growth). I don’t have any other reactions that would make me think it’s any sort of allergy. Has anyone else experienced this? I’m wondering if it has anything to do with the chemicals from the antiperspirants I used to use being drawn out. Any thoughts?

      • gm says

        Hmm, so after doing some research online, it appears that the daily use of baking soda on skin is not recommended and more often than not leads to mild to severe allergic reactions. I’m actually surprised more people haven’t been commenting about this as it seems to be a fairly common thing. Not sure if you knew this yourself or if anyone else has told you about adverse side effects of such high concentration of baking soda. While I don’t believe anyone should hold you responsible for their reactions, it might not be such a bad idea to let people know that this recipe is not really intended to be used daily (or that the baking soda part should be reduced and/or eliminated over time). I know that this is something I would have liked to know from the onset, instead of having to find out on my own. Hopefully my skin discoloration will go away at some point…

  140. Lori says

    I tried it and it was too abrasive on my skin. Irritated and chafed my skin right away. What could I do to avoid this from happening? I love the fact that it’s all natural and have stopped using my life-long use of antiperspirants with aluminum. I was looking forward to not sweating so much.

    • Melissa says

      For me baking soda can really irritate my skin, I am going to try to make this today with half as much baking soda.. I would recommend you reduce the amount as well. Also if you add tea tree oil it will greatly improve it’s effectiveness, without the need of so much baking soda. Though that can irritate some people’s skin as well. :/ If I come up with a more sensitive skin friendly version I will let you know.

      • Jaleki says

        I had a previous reaction to baking soda in another concoction I ordered. So, I made recipe 1, and reduced the baking soda to 2 teaspoons instead of 3, but left everything else as the recipe stated (in teaspoons). I did not have a reaction. Also, I’ve read that applying this after shaving may cause irritation. So what I have done is shower at night and shave, followed with a swipe of coconut oil mixed with arrowroot, then in the morning, apply the full deo.

    • Melissa says

      Okay so I made a batch this afternoon, I have worn it all day so far with no problems and my hubby did a “trial” of one armpit with store bought “extra strength” aluminum deodorant and the other armpit with my homemade deodorant. End of day, his armpit with the homemade doesn’t smell at all and the “extra strength” store bought deo armpit is smelly. I think we have a winner! :D

      Anywho, the recipe I came up with is as follows:

      4T coconut oil
      1T baking soda
      2T cornstarch
      .5 tsp Lanolin (or shea butter)
      .5 tsp BeesWax
      1/4 tsp Vitamin E oil
      1/4 tsp Teatree oil

      (prepare as the original recipe calls for, melt coconut oil, butter and wax then add cornstarch, baking soda, vitamin E and teatree)

      *Also this makes slightly more than one whole stick of deoderant, so if you are planning to put it in a stick just be aware that there will be extra.

      I put it in the fridge and it hardened, the extra that is out and in a jar has yet to solidify. The original recipe was a great starting point for me, and now I adapted it to what I hope will be a permanent addition to our bathroom. I am also going to make a baking soda free version for days I don’t have to be around a lot of people – no work. That way my body gets a break from the baking soda and doesn’t rash out. I probably will just take away the baking soda all together and add different and stronger smelling essential oils. I hope this helps you. Good luck!

  141. Lottie Chaney says

    hiya, I have just started making my own deodorant, the same as your coconut oil recipe. It truely is amazing. Ive tried so many deo’s in my lifetime and done of them have worked to combat sweat. I dont excessively sweat or anything but it absorbs and takes away any smell. I literally cant smell anything under my arms when i put this on. I did get some slight irritation as i do get eczema on my arm pits (only place on my body!) and im assuming its the baking soda and so my nxt batch im going to put more cornstarch/arrowroot powder. I live in UK and its a lot easier to get hold of baking soda/bicarb than arrowroot so i use that instead and it works amazingly well!

  142. Jessica says

    I didn’t have everything on hand so I had tried coconut oil and just dusting on baking soda, as others suggested, it didn’t work so well! I gave up for a while, back to store bought deodorant and became increasingly aware of the strong smell of it, it started to really bother me. (Which it NEVER had before, but since I’ve been switching to natural solutions for body and cleaning the chemical stuff is starting to bother me more and more) So for a month or so I have just used coconut oil at home, applied several times a day as I would still start to stink, and only use store bought when I would go out of the house. I finally got around to MIXING the coconut oil and baking soda together and 2 days in a row now it works really well. I still have sweat but it isn’t that bad and it doesn’t stink. And believe me I have checked multiple times! I hope it continues to work.

  143. Notesong says

    I’ve always had problems with store-bought deodorant. The stuff would only work for a few hours and then I’d sweat and stink up to high heaven. Not to mention, I never felt good about the stuff in commercial deodorants. With this recipe, the first day, there was a huge difference. I can actually go a day or two without any deodorant at all now. And I barely sweat anymore. The difference is phenomenal. I did make a investment to be able to make this recipe, but now I have enough ingredients to make more than a year worth of deodorant, as well as some other body care items. Thank you so much for this recipe! I would never ever go back.

  144. Susan Luke says

    I just made the second recipe as I had the ingredients and think I am going to love it. Thanks so much for posting these recipes. It was dead easy to make as well :)

  145. Ann Fischer says

    I have a similar smelly story :). I work out hard and my family plays hard outside down here in FL= loads of sweat! I was a skeptic of these natural methods after having tried everything! Oh my goodness….I am so grateful to have revisited this post, it works! I added a lemon essential oil, it’s refreshing! Thank you :)

  146. Kindacrunchy says

    Hi, I just tried this recipe tonight and mine came out as what appeared to be a thicker mixture on the bottom with a more clear layer on top (after being left to sit for some time). The entire mix isn’t solidifying at all and seems way too runny to apply. I followed the double boiler mix exactly, is this how it’s supposed to be or do I need to modify my mixture? I was hoping to be able to stick some in an old deodorant tube and store in the fridge. Also, this is my first time working with essential oils, and they seem so overwhelmingly strong (even with only a few drops of an EO mix recipe I found) that I have a terrible headache now. Any words of wisdom from wellnessmama or anyone else?

    • Kindacrunchy says

      Ps… Was hoping to make a masculine smelling version for hubby and refreshing feminine scent for myself with the EOs.

    • says

      It can take a few days to fully harden at room temp. Putting it in the fridge will harden it up… What oils did you use? They are definitely concentrated,but should dilute a lot when added to the mix…

    • Jaleki says

      I used all teaspoons for a small batch, and came out great. You could use all tablespoons for a larger batch.

  147. Jaleki says

    I have always had issues with sweating, smelling, and staining. I have tried every conventional product on the market, including unconventional such as Milk of Magnesia. I decided to give this a try and made it the other day. Because I had a reaction to another homemade concoction (I think the baking soda), I used 2 teaspoons instead of 3 for the baking soda, but followed recipe 1 exactly (in teaspoons for a small tester batch). I am happy to say, after a hot, humid and sweaty day, I still smelt nice and sweet! Thank you so much for sharing the recipe.

  148. Kandis Harmon says

    I really want to make this for my parents since OTC deodorant irritates their skin, but my mom is highly allergic to coconut. Can I use just shea butter or is there another oil I can substitute?

  149. bridgette says

    i made this yesterday and was surprised to see that it never hardened… at all. i have a separated mixture with oil at the top. i used the first recipe, and measured everything exactly except the shea butter.
    is there anything i can do to fix it for easier application? right now i’m having to shake it up and apply it quickly (its runny). should i add more of the powders?

    • Notesong says

      I’m sure someone else can comment on the ingredients, but I keep mine in the fridge to be sure it’s solid. It just takes a second or two for it to warm up enough to glide on.

      • bridgette says

        maybe i just didnt mix it well enough. after shaking and using it, i noticed the next time i went to use it there was less oil at the top. after shaking it up again, its now the perfect consistency!

  150. Talbrwn says

    Hi, I just made this recipe and I used the Coconut oil for cooking… is that OK? I accidentally put too much of it in and ended up adding more (equal parts) cornstarch and baking soda… is that OK? I live in Hawai’i, there is no Central Air Conditioning so my coconut oil stays in a liquid state (bought it from Sams club and it was solid but at home it stays liquid) I put my mixture into the fridge for a few minutes to solidify a lil’ bit, before putting it in my husband’s old deodorant container… is putting it in the fridge OK?

    It is not cool here at all, will I have to store my deodorant in the fridge FOREVER?

    I used Skin Oil Vitamin E, lavender, and tee tree for essential oils.

    I bought my husband over $250 of Tshirts for Christmas and his Deodorant stained all of them after just one use… turned the armpits yellow which is clearly seen through the light colored shirts (uuuugh). The only deodorant that “works” for him stains everything including his work undershirts which I keep replacing.

    I hope this works for me… (I am the lab rat for my concoctions and if successful I pass it on to him). I find that any brand I use just dont work for me… I used to use deodorant for just the scent but since I’ve been in Hawai’i it’s almost like the deodorant makes me sweat (I’m sure its cause of the heat here but I take very cold showers- the kind that makes my husband scream like a girl- and as soon as I put on my deodorant, I start to sweat instantaneously- nasty!)

    Let me know if you have any guidance on my predicament.
    Thanks for sharing this!
    MB

  151. Ramona says

    Today is the 2nd time I’ve made a batch of the first deodorant. I love it! it works so great! better than anything I’ve ever used before! I used orange and cinnamon essential oils this time. smells sweet and mild! I love your website!

  152. Canadian Darlene says

    Great deoderant. I definitely did notice stinky pits though. Mine didn’t smell with the deoderant on for the this first week, but when I shower in the evening and then don’t put on the deoderant they definitely smell. I am certain it is the unclogging and detoxing. I had been using rubbing alcohol to just wipe my underarms but going to try Another site’s suggestion of cleaning with raw honey. i already use it to cleanse my face so i know how great it is. Also for those who mentioned the staining of the armpits in clothing, I found I was using too much deoderant and so when I was sweating from our super hot weather I was saturating my underarms. But when I use just a thin film it was much much better. Also I made my deoderant a little less firm and I put it in an old gel deoderant container and it is holding up very well. Great stuff so glad I’ve switched.

  153. Deeba Khan says

    the first recipe gave me burns under my arms. Although, I must say, I didn’t use arrowroot because I didn’t have any. I think it was maybe a reaction to the baking soda. Just wanted to give a review, for people with skin as sensitive as mine. :)

    thanks for posting! I’ll try it again with arrowroot. :)

  154. tntterri615 says

    I used recipe #1. Any suggestions as to why my mixture won’t solidify? There is also a separation thing happening, yellow clear liquid on top, opaque off white on bottom. Any ideas?

  155. Jules says

    I love this and don’t want to stop using it but has anyone else experienced a rash under their arms by using this deodorant? I don’t normally break out in rashes but I’m wondering if I put too much of something in?

    • WackyLisa says

      I’ve tried the 2nd recipe and have had some irritation. If I try to use baking soda as an exfoliant without mixing it well with a cleanser I get a similar chemical burn like reaction so I think it’s the baking soda. I also get more shaving irritation with the natural deodorant for some reason. I may try tweaking the recipe the next batch to try to limit the BS or try a different brand.

      • Sarah Highnote says

        try just the arrowroot. I’ve done that before and it didn’t seem to affect the way it worked, but stopped the irritation.

  156. CreativeGrammie says

    Wow, this is amazing that I came across this article on making our own deodorant at this time. I was going to head to the healthfood store to buy a new deodorant tomorrow, but I think I’ll give this a try. You see, just recently I’ve developed a rash in my armpits and I think it’s from my deodorant; either it’s too old or someone used it other than me. It was the fat stick of crystal. Anyway, i’m glad I was surfing through your other posts after reading your recent post on being pape-free in the kitchen.
    Thanks for all your sharing, I love your site.

  157. CassandraMelena says

    I think you can use emulsifying wax to make this recipe solid. I’m going to give it a shot and see if that works.

  158. Claire says

    Hi I just wanted to share my positive experience with these recipes- my partner and I decided to try this and just as promised it really works! Even after exercise or in humid conditions it is amazing, and also my partner who was quite skeptical to start with swears by it now and he has not noticed (nor have I ) any smelling or excessive sweating. Instead of shea, which i could not source where we live, I use raw cocoa butter. I also add a few drops of tea tree oil. I found that adding arrowroot really made a difference. We have now got 4 other people onto the recipe and they now use only this. Thanks so much.

  159. yanira09 says

    I tried the first recipe and it is amazing!!! I’m out all day at work and school and I only have to put the deodorant on once in the morning and at night I still have no odors. I’m glad I tried this. No need to go back to store-bought deodorant.

  160. says

    Hi Wellness Mama, I’m one of your followers from halfway across the globe, the Philippines! I couldn’t remember how I’ve found your blog, but here I am, loving the authentic way you’re documenting your steps to living a healthy lifestyle. Inspired by this post, I made my own deodorant. Turns out your recipe needs some tweaking for my tropical climate. As you know, VCO is liquid ALL THE TIME at room temperature here so that I had to increase the proportion of baking soda and cornstarch. Here’s my experience in following your recipe: http://www.behealthyandwell.com/2013/07/my-homemade-deodorant.html

    Thank you and more power!

  161. Kelle Szumilas says

    I would like to make the deodorant – but am allergic to coconut. Do you have any other suggestions for the coconut oil portion of the recipe?

  162. Guest says

    I’m a noobie to the whole coconut oil thing. I’d like to try this recipe. Any essential oils you recommend? And in what amounts? (I’m a citrus/mild floral kinda girl)

  163. Nicole Iacano Gama says

    Can you recommend some essential oil combos? Amounts? (I’m a citrus/mild floral kinda girl)

  164. Paul says

    I’ve been using this recipe for about 6 months now and won’t go back to the terrible manufactured deodorant again. Great recipe!

    BTW its only a couple ingredients away from my homemade toothpaste. I’ve been using it for about 3 years now. I used to get a lot of cavities and haven’t had one since.

    Baking soda 1/2 cup (I use a Japanese brand, wouldn’t recommend A & H)
    7 drops of tea tree oil
    3 packets of xylotol
    peroxide: enough to give it the consistency you want.

    Close it up in an air tight container. Periodically you may want to add a little peroxide because it tend to slowly dry up.

    Take care; Peace and LOVE!!!

    Paul

  165. ShellyRose says

    I have made and used my own deodorant and it is a really simple recipe that works better than anything on the market today. For a large enough batch to last quite a few months and fit into a deodorant container: start with 2 tablespoons coconut oil and work in baking soda until it forms a fairly thick paste that is stiff and will hold its own shape. spoon it into a deodorant stick, pressing the air out until filled. Voila! Ready to go. It stays solid until pressed against your skin and then work it in after application. It not only helps you to stay dry, but kills the odor causing bacteria and helps you not sweat so much. It has a very light coconut scent and i will never use anything else as this is the only thing that has ever worked without making my sensitive skin break out. It is even great for skin after shaving under your arms without irritating them. I would recommend to anyone and especially those with sensitive skin!

  166. Bernadette Cooper says

    I made recipe #2, using cornstarch & no EO. All I can say is, “LOVE IT!” Even though I don’t really have B.O. it’s nice to have absolutely NO smell after a long day. Even my finicky husband is using it & likes it.

  167. Elizabeth Nieves says

    ####HELP#### I made the coconut oil, baking soda, corn starch deodorant and YES IT WORKS!!!! Buy its making my under arms really dark -anyone else going through this? I love that it works and its natural i really dont want to stip using it. I just scrub my under arms really giid but diesnt seem to help.

  168. J Lawrence says

    A few weeks after first making the first recipe (it works amazing as deodorant – thanks!) I was scrambling to find something to treat a few terribly itchy bugbites. I figured this could work in place of a paste of plain baking soda. What I found to my complete surprise was total relief of the itching in less than 30 seconds! It works better than anything I’ve ever tried before! I couldn’t say exactly which of the ingredients other than the baking soda is helping do the trick, but I couldn’t care less if I get bitten anymore because I have a way for instant relief.

    • Sarah Highnote says

      it’s probably the coconut oil. I use it on my son when he gets bitten, and my mother uses it for really itchy tattoos and it works amazingly well on both

      • J Lawrence says

        Brilliant, thanks! I’ve only just fallen in love with coconut oil and all its uses and wouldn’t mind having yet another reason to love it so much :)

  169. meredith says

    I have to say for the first two weeks, I was sweating really bad, almost like the toxins were leaving my body. After that I haven’t had that problem at all, I didn’t add any essential oils & I omitted the shea butter. All in all I feel as though it works well & I’m happy to have found a natural alternative. I’ve just begun switching over to natural products due to all of the cancer causing ingredients in commercial products

  170. LNaquin says

    I’m a total newbie to this process. If I plan on pouring it into an empty deodorant tube, should I then refridgerate it so that it hardens?

  171. angie says

    i just made the 2nd version with a few drops of lavender oil, and then sat down for a minute surfing the internet and just saw a post on another site about the dangers of lavender essential oil during the first trimester. Should I dump the batch I just made or are 4 drops in a stick of deodorant ok?

  172. marisa says

    People who keep writing, “my friends think Im weird’, etc- its time you stop saying that b/c your not weird or strange for trying to be less dependent on a capitalistic, individualistic society. Be proud that you are going against the grain (albeit in small ways), and you will attract those like minded.
    - Also Wellness Momma, thats a 1/2 pint jar your showing. Quart size would be too big for this amount of deodorant.

  173. Nicole says

    I did exactly as recipe 2-
    However, I can’t get it to solidify any tips?
    I put it in the fridge and it became completely solid but when it stood out for an hour it melted again

    • Tom says

      I am having the same problem. I added more baking soda, but it won’t solidify enough to put in a deodorant stick.

  174. Vanessa says

    Wellness Mama, I have decided to go all natural and have subscribed to your newsletters and what not. I’m very excited about going all natural! It seems kind of fun and obviously it’s healthier. However, I do have one question! I forgot to purchase Shea Butter while shopping for these ingredients and I could not find and Arrowroot. I was wondering if I could make this recipe with only baking soda, coconut oil, and essential oil?

  175. Debra Labadie says

    hi! Thanks so much for this recipe! I laughed when I read it cause I just had my 4th baby in 4 1/2 yrs of marriage! Fun fun being extra hot when pregnant! Thanks again for the recipe!! :) looking forward to trying it!

  176. Mickee says

    Hi! I used natural deodorant for about 3 months, but then I started noticing stains on my shirts. I really like using it, so how can I avoid these stains? Thanks!

  177. John says

    I see that most of the comments re the coconut Oil deodorant are a few years old, but even so, I decided to make some, following the directions given in the “recipe”

    It certainly works very well, especially in the high temperatures we have recently had here in England.

    However, when the temperature goes down to normal room temperature, the deodorant goes very had and cakes up.

    I must be doing something wrong?

    Thanks anyway for all your great ideas.

  178. shaana says

    I made the first recipe tonight. It turned out very runny…is it supposed to be this way? I was expecting it to be more solid I guess because of the picture of it in an old deodorant stick. Thanks for any tips you can give me!

  179. fiona o'farrell says

    Probably going to sound like an idiot, but what’s a T? I mean it’s says use 6 T of coconut oil? And how much essential oil should I use?

  180. Melissa Dunning Schuster says

    I’ve been making the first recipe for over a year and LOVE it! I’ve made 2 batches within the last week and am having the same problem with both: ingredients separating out and not solidifying. I have used the same ingredients for each batch over the past year and nothing has changed. I have even tried sticking in the fridge after making and still no luck. Any idea what gives?

  181. Hannah says

    These recipes all sound great but I am an odd one, I don’t really like the smell of coconut. Is it essential that these recipes use coconut or is there something that works as well. Or would adding essential oils help without having to pour loads in to mask the smell?

  182. Hannah says

    These recipes all sound great but I am an odd one, I don’t really like the smell of coconut. Is it essential that these recipes use coconut or is there something that works as well. Or would adding essential oils help without having to pour loads in to mask the smell?

  183. Laura P says

    I was so excited to try this because I really wanted to eliminate all the aluminum and chemicals from my body products. I tried recipe #2, because I had neither beeswax nor arrowrroot. I put together coconut oil, baking soda, and cornstarch, plus a few drops of rose otto essential oil. It sadly didn’t work at all. The texture was great (I kept it in the fridge so it wouldn’t melt), but it wore off after an hour. Do you think the arrowroot or beeswax makes a big difference in how long it holds out? Thanks!

  184. Viv Sluys says

    Yay! I used your recipe to shop for ingredients but forgot to pin it and today when I went to find it, it wasn’t in my pinterest account (obviously) and I had a minor freak out but now I refound it! so again, YAY, YAY, YAY!!! Off to make a batch (right after I pin this!)

  185. Naimah says

    This mixture works better than any deodorant I’ve tried – natural or not. It doesn’t help with sweating much but it kills the stench for over 24 hours. I usually just pour a few drops of a carrier oil in my hand and sprinkle just a bit of baking soda. I rub my hands together and rub the mix on my pits. It washes out from dark clothes much better than other deodorants, too.

  186. katalind says

    I made the first recipe posted and have wore it a few days now and love it. It has been hot and humid and it has performed so well. Thank you so much for sharing this recipe. I will never buy deodorant again!

  187. Cristina Salazar Ng says

    I have used recipe 2 with coconut oil for maybe 6 months now and I started breaking out with sore bumps on my armpits. Am I allergic to coconut oil? Any suggestions?

  188. Kristi says

    I LOVE this!! I was using a salt stick for a while, but it still didnt do the trick all that well…it did stop the pimples and bumps entirely though, which i loved – now my underarms ar soo smooth….with this recipie though – heaven!! I can put some on amd two days later – STILL no smell!! Im so amazed! I just tried the cornstarch, coconut oil and baking soda in a pan on low heat, then poured in a pushup mold and placed in the freezer…i LOVE it!

  189. Hilary says

    I make my own deodorant using these ingredients. I have used it for almost 4 weeks now, but have started to notice that it doesn’t work anymore… In the beginning it was awesome! I could even skip a day showering and still not stink! I thought maybe I needed a new batch so I whipped up some more but its just not working anymore. Help!! What can I do? I want to continue using the homemade kind.

  190. Lindsay Lester says

    Two questions:
    Can I sub cacao butter for Shea butter? It’s what I have on hand.
    And, is tapioca flour the same as arrowroot powder? Or will it work the same?
    Thanks!

  191. Tom says

    Hi,

    I made the deodorant using the ingredients from the first recipe. I haven’t used it yet but using lemon and peppermint essential oils the finished product smells great. I just had two questions. What should the consistency be like? Mine is quite liquidy. Also should I mix the powders together when the melted mix is warm or allow it to cool down?

    Many thanks,

  192. Sasha says

    If this isn’t the best homemade deodorant, I don’t know what is! Thank you, Wellness Mama! I have been keeping away from commercial deodorants because I know well they are highly toxic but hadn’t found so far a good recipe for a homemade one. Virgin olive oil, the best natural product for so many things, I love it. I added a few drops of Tea Tree Oil, another wonderful product. Thanks again.

  193. says

    I am totally trying this! I have given up on conventional deodorant due to the toxic aspects, but have yet to find a natural one that continues to work. SUPER excited to try this! I plan to use coco butter instead of shea, hope that works as well. (i have coco butter on hand)

  194. Me says

    First, I LOVE your website and the natural, homemade recipes. Although I have not tried your recipe for deoderant, I did make one that I absolutely love (I will be trying yours out, as well). Anyhow, the one I made/use includes: Coconut Oil, Corn Starch, Baking Soda, Beeswax, Lavender EO, Lemon EO and Frankincense EO. Smells FANTASTIC and works absolutely wonders! It’s from the DIY website.

  195. Samantha Harvey says

    I’m terrified to use commercial deodorants, but lately I’ve had no choice. I live in a area that reaches 110+ degrees and deodorant is necessary. I’ve tried mineral salt, Trader Joes brad and Toms, but none of them have worked for me. It’s been a frustrating battle. I’d like to try to make this, but I don’t have arrowroot on hand. Can I substitute i for another ingredient?

  196. DedeZ says

    Amazing! No more natural deodorant rocks that shatter on the bathroom floor. I had all the ingredients right under my nose.

  197. maria says

    I have used all the deodorants even mans and I have a problem my armpits get dark and that makes feel insecure, I’m so embarrassed even with my husband, and if I stop using them it gets better but than they smell will this help me with problems.

  198. Jennifer Fike says

    I have been using your homemade deodorant for about a month now and I really like it. Lately I’ve noticed my skin has darkened, it almost looks bruised. I added some lavender essential oil to it. Has any one else experienced this?

  199. Artemiss Luminos says

    I thought everyone knew that the cause of body odor (and indeed most of the other odors that plague us) is bacteria – - that is bacteria produce waste we find stinky. In the case of body odor, specifically bacteria that thrive in dark, moist environments such as underarms, feet in shoes, etc. So. . . the way to get rid of the odor is to get rid of the bacteria, simple, yes? :-) And it really is simple. Simply mix ethyl alcohol (ethyl alcohol = the kind you drink, I use vodka) and 100% pure aloe vera gel in a 50-50% mixture – one half cup vodka and one half cup aloe vera gel, and mix well. I have been using this as deodorant for 5+ years now and it WORKS and has never once stained any of my clothing. Another plus is that you can use it on any part of the body- underarms, feet, lower back, etc. I also use it as hand sanitizer. The alcohol kills the bacteria :-)

  200. SaneDonna says

    It’s true! You don’t sweat as much as time goes on, and there is a science behind this. When you don’t wear commercial antiperspirants everyday, your body’s sweat glands don’t work so hard to try and wash off the chemicals in them. The more these chemicals try to prohibit the sweat glands from sweating, the harder they work to wash the offensive substance off! Give it at least 6 months, and yes, you will have some wetness and odor which is a bit annoying. I had to wash my armpits twice a day. Be patient! The transition to wearing natural deodorant allows you to go completely without eventually. That took 3 years for me. Unless you are extremely nervous, or hot during a heatwave, you won’t sweat or smell at all! Honestly, I can use scented cornstarch now and stay dry and odor free all day. To add icing to the cake, when in a pinch (like a job interview) you do decide to wear a bit of commercial antiperspirant, you only need to literally press the stick to the groove in your armpit, and that is a heavy enough application that you stay bone dry for days until you wash it off. Just more proof how hard our bodies work against the bombardment of chemicals when we wear them everyday. They work to overcome the assault by making us sweat and stink more than we naturally would. Takes awhile to calm your sweat glands down with natural gentle approaches, but it’s worth the wait!

  201. SaneDonna says

    I just want to add that you can use other starches too. Potato starch, tapioca, rice, to substitute the baking soda if you need to lesson it in the recipe due to irritation. Some people just use arrowroot only. One lady even wrote she used a bit of white rice flour, but I have not tried this so I would make a very small batch in case it doesn’t work well. I also have used a bit of pure Vit. E oil, and aloe vera oil. Both are anti-bacterial, and aloe is also anti-fungal. Stay healthy everyone!

  202. Jennifer Fike says

    I’ve been using your deodorant for a few months now, and I really like it. But, I’ve noticed that my skin is starting to darken. It almost looks bruised. I added some lavender essential oil to mine, could that be it?

  203. SophieE_sophie says

    I love the second recipe. I’ve made it twice now. I add rosemary essential oil, jasmine essential oil, orange essential oil and either eucalyptus or tea tree essential oil. Smells like floral sherbet. Yum.

  204. Scarlet Sinclair says

    I recently tried recipe #2 and I am FLOORED at how amazingly it works!!! I switched off anti-perspirants/aluminum products this year and was using some health food store brands that just weren’t cutting it *at all*. To the point where I never wanted to raise my arms in public (right outta the commercials!). Still wanting to put health first, I tried this recipe just two days ago and it’s absolutely incredible. No odor at all, armpits even seem to stay dry. I used more coconut oil to the cornstarch/baking soda mixture because it was a little too thick and chalky at first. This batch I used Lavender and Tea Tree oil for their antibacterial properties. Next batch I want to use different essential oils… i hear grapefruit works well for this? THANK YOU SO MUCH! This recipe is pretty life changing.

  205. Kelsey Doughty says

    I made the second version the other day and for some reason, it won’t solidify. Is it supposed to stay liquidy?? I love how it works, and I haven’t sweat thru it (i even have a condition called hyperhydrosis, i.e. excessive sweating, and it lasts me all day so far!)…..its just a pain to put on when its a liquid. Did I do something wrong when making it?

  206. Kelsey says

    I made the second version the other day and for some reason, it won’t solidify. Is it supposed to stay liquidy?? I love how it works, and I haven’t sweat thru it (i even have a condition called hyperhydrosis, i.e. excessive sweating, and it lasts me all day so far!)…..its just a pain to put on when its a liquid. Did I do something wrong when making it?

  207. Kelsey says

    I made the 2nd version this past weekend and love how it works, BUT mine is still in liquid form. Is it supposed to solidify at some point or always stay liquidy? Did I do something wrong?? Thanks!

    • Kelsey says

      Nevermind! I kept reading the comments and it answered my question! :) I will be putting more arrowroot powder in it later tonight to try and thicken it up. Also, next time, I will def use coconut oil that is unrefined and solid below 76 degrees! :)

  208. Carrie says

    I made deodorant with equal parts coconut oil, baking soda and arrowroot and 6 drops of lemongrass essential oil. I have been using it for about 4 days and now my armpits are covered with itchy red bumps and blotches. Any ideas why? Does the shea butter help with something like this? It really does work though! Thanks!

  209. Caroline says

    Hello,

    I made the first recipe (with the shea butter) and it smells wonderful. I followed the instructions, and put it in a few mini-muffin tins (like the picture), but after I let it cool overnight it remains a liquid. I was hoping it could be a solid and put it in a deodorant stick (as the write-up and picture indicate). I wonder if I’m doing something wrong. I also tried putting it in the fridge, but after I took it out, it’s soft/liquid again. I do live in GA, so it is normally warm here, but today it was 74 – not really a heat wave. :)

    Any suggestions how I can get a “solid” deodorant out of these recipes or should I simply use the liquid by smearing it as needed?

    Thanks,
    Caroline

    • Christine Krivac Mulheran says

      The same thing happened to me and I just added more arrowroot then cornstarch to get it thick and it worked great. I found I had to let it sit over night to let the thickening agents sink in. Hope this helps!

  210. Beyan says

    I’m now making my second batch of recipe #2. It works well, but I loathe the overpowering smell of the coconut oil. I liked it at first but now it makes me nauseous. I tried dumping a LOT of tea tree oil and about ~10 drops of lavendar eo into the mix and I still can’t kill the scent of the coconut… Anyone have any suggestions for me?

  211. Christine Krivac Mulheran says

    Love Love Love. I can’t express how much I love this deodorant. I have been waiting to post my review and I have now been using it for a few months. I have tested this deod to the MAX. Hiking, yoga, every day, office, stressful business meetings. You name it, I have tested it. In the beginning I did get nervous and reapplied sometimes throughout the day but it wasn’t needed. When I have on a suit jacket, it does rub off a little bit on the jacket but then again, it is usually me presenting in a suit so added stress. This is the best deodorant ever!!

    The first time I made it, it was very liquidy. I added all the arrowroot powder that I had, then added cornstarch and finally got it to the right consistency. My first batch I put in a stick and it didn’t glide on very well, so I just rub in on in a paste form today. I add lavender essential oil and it is wonderful. Thanks you SOOOO much for the recipe!

  212. Amber says

    Thank you so much for this recipe…I’m on my third batch & am hooked! It’s been a progression from hard core anti-perspirants to more natural deodorant, to the rock salt deodorant to DIY. I have yet to have arrowroot on hand, but just make it simply with coconut oil, baking soda & essential oils! Have seen upwards of 115 degree weather and have been good! *Gratitude*

  213. Keely McNeill says

    Thanks so much for the recipe! I’ve tried several different natural deos, but I still stink! So I will definitely be giving this one a try!

  214. K. Worsdell says

    I made this and it was so effective but after a while I developed huge lumps under my arms that were not only itchy but quite painful. Exactly the same thing happened to my husband and to other people I had made it for. I was so disappointed because not only was it the most effective deo I’ve ever used but it’s also natural and because I don’t like scents it was subtle (coconut and shea). Has anyone else experienced this? I made a few batches with different coconut and shea and different baking soda. Any ideas on how to get around it?

    • Laure says

      I think its the baking soda causing the issues. Try skipping it all together and use just arrowroot powder or a mix of arrowroot and kaolin clay instead of the soda. Baking soda is very high in PH – much more so than what our bodies need and people can be sensitive to it .

  215. Amy Taylor says

    I’m convinced. I didn’t have arrowroot so I used extra baking soda. I used an old can (actually the one from the coconut milk that went into the shampoo) to heat it and poured it into my old stick container after it cooled a few minutes. By the time I finished my workout and showered, it was solid. I used tea tree, lemongrass, and lavender essential oils. These with the smell of the coconut make for a really great scent. I can’t wear perfumes anymore because of my baby’s allergies, but this smells so good it’s all I need! Note: This makes a little more than will fit in a regular size deodorant tube.

    • Amy Taylor says

      Update! After a couple days of using this I had a horrible rash. I think the extra baking soda made it too abrasive. Be careful if you have sensitive skin, maybe use less baking soda and more arrowroot/cornstarch.

  216. La Psicoanalista Incompleta says

    Hi! I have been using the second recipe, but the last week it has been causing me a rash. It worked perfect, even better than store bought deodorants, and I don’t want to stop using it. Do you have a remedie for the rash or any suggestion? Thanks!

    • Emily Franks says

      Hi I had this problem also, allergies to cornstarch are very common, so ensure you use arrowroot powder. Sodium bicarb is abrasive so use only 1 T in this recipe. When you apply you deodorant do it gently do not rub it in because of abrasion. I no longer get eczma under my arms using these adjustments. Hope this works for you :)

  217. Nicole Uilderks-Brown says

    coconut oil is my #1 favorite for really everything, its in my kitchen and in my bathroom and my bedroom. i use it as a hair product, is our lotion in the house and i can say it helps my daughter with eczema, no more signs of that since the coconut hit her skin ;-), i put it on scratches or cuts and i feel the skin heals better and faster with it. and in the bedroom, because its a awesome lube and total safe and natural, try it ladies ;-) i also make my own deodorant, i usually just warm the rest in the jar just enough to become clear, and i put some lavender in or some citrus peel. awesome and no staining !!!! love it , cant life without my coconut

  218. cynthia says

    I like making DIY anything, soap, deodorant, tooth soap, hair pomade, body butter, soap powder, my own bleach, anything you name it I can make. I love it, I even cook with shea-butter try it you might like it!

  219. Anna Kay says

    Hello there I like this recipe, I’m a beginner so please be kind :). The T such as 6T coconut oi;. Is this teaspoons or tablespoons?

  220. Terri says

    Hi, I am allergic to baking soda, so the baking soda/coconut oil works wonderfully but makes me break out. My next step was a spray on that didn’t work at all and then i made your shea butter deodorant recipe and applied it last night. The results so far are awesome..no stink! Love it and no break out from the baking soda yet but I doubt it will because the recipe calls for so little. The only issue I have had is that it melts outside of the fridge and turns into goo. But thats really easy to fix, just keep it in the fridge..or..if you don’t mind the goo use your finger to apply. I also wonder how cost effective it is. But other wise, LOVE IT! I just finished my first batch of lotion bars and added a bunch of other skin friendly oils, so i hope they harden correctly..i would have added more beeswax but I am all out.Thanks for sharing this recipe, i was so disappointed when the baking soda/coconut made me break out because it works better than any store bought ever!

  221. Sherry Baker Randolph says

    I’ve been using this for 2 weeks and LOVE it!!! Not once did I have BO even when we went fishing in the hot Florida sun all day. For the first few days I just used coconut oil and baking soda (all I had) and that worked really well also. I then added cornstarch and essential oils (jasmine for me, tangerine for my daughter). I just leave it creamy and rub it under my arm. I am so in love with this deodorant. First time I’ve ever used a natural deodorant that actually worked. Thank you!

  222. imho says

    You have no idea how happy I am about this deodorant! It works beautifully, because those other “natural” deodorants that you can buy in supermarkets or get online, from my personal experience, are absolutely useless. It makes me so comfortable and confident. Thank you!

  223. Michaela Meeks says

    Do you have any suggestions on making an easier transfer to an old deodorant tube? I’m kind of a klutz and make a huge mess when I try! Thanks

  224. Bean says

    I was so excited about this, but it didn’t work for me :( I followed recipe #1. I showered, put it on, and within 90 mins of not doing anything physical, I STUNK. Most natural deodorants don’t work for me, except for the salt crystal deodorant. Anyone else have this problem?? I haven’t found one bad review.

  225. Atlanta West says

    Great idea! I looked for many years trying to find a natural deodorant that actually works and I found it at face naturals. Their customer service and products are amazing!

  226. Samantha Phillips says

    Do you recommend a particular essential oil? This would be something for my whole family to use so nothing feminine unless I wanted to make two batches:)

  227. Jessica Sizemore says

    Any ideas for those of us who live in the south for the coconut oil can it be substituted for something with a higher melting point? Here in Florida my coconut oil is solid in the winter and liquid in the summer. While I have done some crazy things to accommodate our more naturalk life style I am just not ready to keep my deodorant in the fridge…

  228. Kirsten Thomas says

    I have been doing this for six months, but somehow missed the step about melting the stuff together. I just mucked it together with a spatula, and added a few drops of EO and was good to go…it doesn’t stain, it is fabulous, and I am making some to give away as gifts now, but I am wondering how it would be different if melted together. What is the main reason for doing that step? thanks!

  229. Dianna says

    I have been using the coconut oil, baking powder and cornstarch recipe for six months. My sweating has reduced and the recipe lasts for over two months! I just have to be careful not to let my clothing drag on my arm pits while dressing, but if it does it washes off easily. Very inexpensive too.

  230. Amanda says

    Thank you for posting these recipes! I have been using the second recipe for two weeks now but I did add beeswax for a different consistency. At first I loved this recipe but now my armpits seem to be irritated (small red bumps, burning, dry skin) and there seems to be a brown spot developing on on the skin of my left armpit. Sorry this is so descriptive! I am just concerned because I would really like to use this recipe because it is very natural but I do not know why my body is reacting this way. Please help me, I am very concerned. Thank you.

    • Emily Franks says

      Hi I had this problem also, allergies to cornstarch are very common, so
      ensure you use arrowroot powder. Sodium bicarb is abrasive (also has a high ph so can strip away the natural protective oils of the skin) so use only 1
      T in this recipe. Alternatively leave it out completely I know some people who use only shea butter and it works for them. When you apply you deodorant do it gently do not rub
      it in because of abrasion. I no longer get eczema under my arms using
      these adjustments. Hope this works for you :). Alternatively leave it out completely I know some people who use only shea butter and it works for them

  231. Nicholehopemusic says

    So, I have started using coconut oil as deodorant. I have been using it for two weeks now by itself. It works great until the afternoon, or I put a sweatshirt on, then I start smelling. I have the same problem with regular antiperspirant, only it ruins my clothing. I don’t want the body odor smell to stay in my clothing. Any recommendations? I’m going to try your recipe. Is the problem just the toxins coming out of my system, I’m quite frustrated at the moment!

  232. Cindy says

    Hi, how long do these take to harden? I’ve waited overnight on two separate batches, and they’re still liquidy. Should I put them in the refrigerator? Or did something go wrong? I read carefully over the instructions.

  233. Sara Gal says

    I am allergic to coconut and can’t seem to find any recipes without it. Any suggestions of what I could do to replace it?? Thanks!!!

  234. Candi says

    I have tried the big name organic/natural deodorants and they seemed to make me smell worse and I had to apply them up to six times a day. Then I found your site and I tried the second recipe. I did not have arrowroot or cornstarch, I added extra baking soda. When I applied it the next morning a miracle happened that day….no odor…none, not even after my workout! Thank you so much for this recipe, I highly recommend it to anyone who wants a healthy alternative to the toxic crap most people put on their pits.

  235. Virginie says

    Hi Katie! I am new to your world and love your ideas and recipes! Could you just tell me what the big T you use as a measure means? I am French and have to convert all measures :-) I already figured out what a cup amounts to (250ml) ;-)
    I will try this recipe as soon as I have received all the ingredients that I ordered over the Internet! My life is changing! Thank you so much! Virginie

  236. Deitra Brunner says

    I made this a couple of days ago and THIS STUFF IS AMAZING! I normally sweat just sitting on my computer working and the smell has progressively gotten worse. I made this and used it only once and actually forgot to put it on today and just noticed that I don’t smell not even slightly! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU!!!

  237. Jennifer Russo Taylor says

    I have to say that I was skeptical about this homemade deodorant. I made it anyway and have been using it for 2.5 weeks and it really works! I don’t sweat as much and there is no odor….I am amazed! Thank you so much for the recipe….I am a changed woman! What to try next?

  238. Lisa Ricks says

    I just made a natural deodorant with cornstarch, beeswax, baking soda coconut oil with a touch of tea tree oil. It ran out on me in about 5hrs I need something to last longer.

  239. Jennifer says

    Does the arrowroot help keep the deodorant solid, even under warm
    conditions? I made a batch using the first recipe, subbing more baking
    soda for the arrowroot, but it seems like it might melt if I keep it in
    the bathroom, which can get warm due to shower steam. I was hoping to
    store it in an old deodorant container, but if it melts in there, it
    will get everywhere. Would the arrowroot prevent melting?

  240. sarabella531 says

    Hi there, latecomer here. I love your blog and got totally drawn into it last night, and inspired. I made the deo by recipe #2, and let it harden for 6 or so hours in the fridge. After leaving it out overnight in my bathroom, it had sort of turned to mush by this morning–not totally liquid but if the weather/my apartment were any warmer, it probably would have been. Any suggestions to harden it?

  241. Sarah Milo says

    I made my own deodorant with baking soda now twice and also bought one, the first time I made a batch myself and also when I tried the one I bought it was terrible! My skin reacts quite hysterical to the baking soda. I tried another one with only a little baking soda, but even then after using it two days my skin turned all red and itchy again :(
    Do you have any tips on making a deodorant that actually works without any baking soda?
    Hope you can help me out!
    Thanks in advance!

  242. Joanne Bhaloo says

    this is so well-written and recipe is life-saving. It really is, if you think about it. You are saving yourself from getting your body intoxicated with cancer-causing things.
    I noticed I didn’t swear as much either, and sweating really is a defense mechanism for cleaning – obviously when we put metals under our armpits, our skin is releasing all that sweat to reject it and clean the area… Thank you for sharing this!!

  243. Chelle says

    I just came across this post today and am excited to try this recipe! I would like to use essential oils and am curious as to which ones you used and how much?

  244. Rebecca says

    Love homemade deodorant! I first tried a version with beeswax so I could put it in an old deo stick, but beeswax, as others have said, stains. I think I tried it because I was first weirded out by the idea of rubbing the deo on with my hands, hehe. I then ran across a version similar to your 2nd recipe. That’s what I’ve been using, and it does the job, plus, it is now like 2nd nature to apply deo with my fingers. I have never thought to try shea butter though so I’ll have to try that! Lavender and tea tree are my favs for EO’s.
    To anyone new to homemade deo’s…if you are like me where you sweat like a man and tend to have bad BO even with the help of deo, allow 2-3 weeks for your body to adjust to homemade. Like any other products, our body’s get use to harsh chemicals so are trained to over produce (like oily face and hair, I think the armpits are the same!). So it takes a little time for our body to retrain itself when you stop with the harsh chemicals and go to all natural products.

  245. Brenda Rardin McCament says

    I have had some awful staining and realized from reading this discussion I was using too much. This deo works like a charm. Thanks Kitty for the stain removal tips.

  246. Michelle says

    I love this recipe, it actually works unlike most natural deodorants you can buy in stores. I always end up having to add more dry ingredients that it says for the mixture to not be so mushy. I tried making some for my husband in his old deodorant tube but it was too messy he said.. Any reccommendations? or just add more dry ingredients until its more of a solid?

  247. Tara Brown says

    If I do not want to use baking soda, how much arrowroot should I use? I want something easy on skin. Also, how is this recipe different from the other deodorant recipe using beeswax? I’ve heard that beeswax and coconut oil can stain, is this true?

  248. Bushra Sehrish says

    Hi, before today I didn’t even know you could make deodorant at home! I’ve been wanting to look for alternatives for a while tho because my underarms are always so irritated and have bumps from shaving and deodorants. I’ve recently switched to waxing and wanted to find something gentler to use. I def want to try your recipe. I’m a bit confused about the coconut oil. Wouldn’t it just be really oily and run down ur arms? Maybe bc I live in Florida, our coconut oil is almost always a liquid consistency. Do you have any ideas what else I could use? Or shld I refrigerate It? I also saw some recipes with beeswax but don’t have any at hand

    • Amy B says

      If it is warm enough that your oil is actually runny then I would refrigerate it. I am in WI and rarely need to do that here with mine, lol.

  249. Katie says

    Thanks for the recipe! I’ve been using a Himalayan salt block as deodorant for a long time now and have found that it works great (no smell, no staining, no recipe needed). I do wish there was a natural antiperspirant though, do you find this baking soda based recipe cuts down on sweat moisture?

  250. Maddie Bromwich says

    Mine started to separate as it cooled, I have a layer of oil on top, do I scrape that off and use what’s underneath, or is there probably still enough baking soda in that top layer to just use that as deodorant until I get to the ‘whiter’ layer?

  251. Rose says

    “If you don’t mind infusing your armpits with cancer-causing aluminum.”
    Jesus, I hate this supercilious, haughty, holier-than-thou tone that people use when they think since they use the “natural” stuff, they’re better than others.
    I’m not opposed to eating real, healthy foods, but with something as simple as deodorant with such inconclusive results (meaning there have been no solid links found between aluminum and cancer), I’d recommend maybe you don’t treat your readers like idiots because they take the logical and more economical option of functioning deodorants monitored by the FDA.
    Thank you.

    • Jana says

      Your comments and FDA references make you sound the haughtiest of all! Yes, and the FDA is such a reliable organization. We are all entitled to our opinions.

    • LoriL says

      Well, we all know the FDA has NEVER changed their minds when years later they find out…oops, that’s really not good for humans but is toxic. Your very post makes you sound “haughty, Holier-than-thou”. Like butts, everyone has an opinion and the right to state that opinion, especially on their own website. If you don’t like it, move on.

  252. Jessica says

    I decided to switch to natural deodorant for my new years resolution, well I made the second recipe last night (with cornstarch instead of arrowroot) while I wait for my shea butter and arrowroot to get here. Well yesterday I just put coconut oil on my armpits to kind of detoxify them from my clinical strength deoderant and used the 2nd recipe today, Omg it burns :( I’m really hoping it doesn’t last long and can’t wait to try the other recipe in hopes that the shea butter will make it smoother.

        • chris12138 says

          I had the same problem when I first started using it for some weird reason. Maybe baking soda reacting with leftover chemicals from commercial deodorant? lol idk. Feels great now. Coconut oil is pretty amazing. I hate greasy feelings so ive never used lotion or chapstick or anything like that. but coconut oil is so smooth and is absorbed so nicely I use it on my skin, to tame my beard and mustache, my lips, to condition my hair etc. Stuff is a God send in this windy 0 degree weather the east coast is experiencing. Friend came in yesterday complaining about his scalp being extremely dry from it (hes black so his hair is pretty dry). hooked him up with some CO and he was impressed with the non greasy shine and moisture. Beats the heck out of nasty cocoa butter imo.

  253. Angela Kimble says

    I’ve just tried making the first recipe today. I was waiting for it to cool down so I could transfer it to an empty deodorant tube. My problem is this; it isn’t solidifying. Is it supposed to? I don’t see how else I could transfer it. If it is supposed to stay in a liquid form, how do you apply it?

    • chris12138 says

      Just made my second batch of this recipe. love the stuff. You can play with the baking soda/cornstarch to coconut oil ratio. My first batch I didnt like how liquidy it was so I took out one tbsp of coconut oil and added a little more of the dry. Worked great just a little rougher to apply and clumpy until your body heat dissolves it. My new batch pretty much followed this one except used just a little more dry and it came out very creamy and goes on clear. For the guys I recommend following my first batch for the ladies and those who wear a lot of black follow the authors recipe.

      To answer a few questions: imo about 8 drops of essential oil is right. It works fine in a deodorant stick. If its still to liquidy stick it in the freezer for a few minutes. Coconut oil becomes liquid at like 75 degrees so just keep it in the medicine cabinet and it should be fine.

  254. Jasmine says

    i made this (recipe #2, using corn starch because i had it already) and tried it before i went to the gym and before i went to bed last night (after taking a shower). it worked great at the gym. and usually i sweat a lot in the night and wake up stinky but I WAS NOT STINKY AT ALL when i woke up! haha. it’s a miracle. i also have used prescription strength deodorant in the past but it’s just so full of nasty stuff. i’m so pumped for this recipe, and it already works great!

  255. Sarah McGrath says

    I just made the first recipe and there is a layer of oil on top. Should the mixture solidify? Perhaps I added too much EO…

  256. Maria says

    I just tried making this, but seems very watery/oily or not enough consistency to put in an old deodorant stick. Suggestions to save the materials used? Add more arrowroot or baking soda? Or should I throw it out and start over?

  257. Carla says

    I think I may have done the recipe wrong. How long does it take for the deodorant to harden back up? I think I may have put too much lavender oil. How many drops do you suggest?

  258. Renina Lagrosa says

    Hi! I just made the second recipe today and not sure if i got the right consistency. I tested out to mix a small proportion of the recipe. 2 tbp of extra virgin coconut oil and 1 and 1/3 tbsp of cornstarch and baking soda. Consistency is a bit watery, not sure if i mixed in the right proportion. Any help would be appreciated! Thanks :)

  259. Gina Williams says

    I was wondering how much essential oils you put into lotion, soaps, or deodorants? I have not made any yet. I have not read how much essential oil you put in these recipes.

  260. Katzen Baer Irving says

    Just prepared it and used baking powder which prob is not exactly the same … Natron I think it is called in Austria. Do you think it’s safe then? And as I had to have it tonite ;-) I used cornstarch instead of arrowroot. Hope my clothes won’t get stained from the oil tho…..can’t wait to try

  261. Carla Ann says

    You can also take a little of the CO and rub it under your arm. Next, apply baking soda. (a dusting). Works very well. I used about the size of a pea of CO. Rub my two index fingers together and apply to each underarm. I had my underarms lasered. They were really sore. I did not want to use deodorant that day. I was amazed at the CO and baking soda.

  262. Lauraboo says

    I had a heck of a time finding the right ratio with the coconut oil recipe for me, because I’m especially sensitive, especially since I shave those pits EVERY day. Although I finally got it right, I didn’t actually “measure” so the next batch is going to be tough. It seems that I need more than twice the amount of cornstarch or arrowroot to the baking soda since it tends to sting quite a bit. Now that I have a good batch, I found that I love it! Even on black it never leaves any marks, and even under stressful circumstances, it hasn’t failed me yet. Thanks so much for sharing this!

  263. Hind says

    I did all the steps, but the deodorant is very oily!! What should I add to make it hard and easy to use without butting it in the fridge like the regular deodorant!!

  264. Matt says

    I used diaper cream with a high zinc content to prevent rashes on a 5 week hike across Colorado. During my research I learned that zinc has great antimicrobial properties. I’ve been using diaper cream as a deodarant for almost a year now with great results.

  265. Jenna says

    I’m pregnant and have tried to eliminate harmful chemicals in my home. I tried recipe #2 for the homemade deodorant and I love it! I’ve used it two days with no odor, and today I worked 8 hours (I’m an RN) and still no odor. Better than my Dove deodorant.

    I also started using coconut oil to moisturizer my body and to cleanse my face. I’ve had moderately bad acne since being pregnant and after 4 days of using nothing but coconut oil then a warm washcloth to rinse it off my face is clear and hydrated and way less greasy. Love your site! Can’t wait to try more things from your site.

  266. says

    I made this tonight and was so excited. I put it on both under arms. One blew up on fire with intense pain and the other is fine. I don’t know what’s wrong. I’ve used all the products individualy and had no issues but this happens every time I tried to use natural store bought. Advice?

  267. says

    Hi, I don’t have access to a shea butter — the ones available locally are way to expensive! Equivalent to US$22 for a kilo! So I’m wondering if I can substitute shea butter with coconut butter which we have plenty of. let me know! Thanks.

  268. Ana says

    I made it… and so far good results for my bf and me. But… don’t pour on an old deodorant case.. at least not in Florida.. it melts next day…. if you keep in the fridge it gets way too hard… so keep it on the jar and use your fingertips to apply…

  269. Dee says

    I used the first recipe and love it, no more BO and extra sweating. I had a little bit of irritation not sure if it is from the essential oils (lavender and orange which smells fantastic) or from the baking soda? Its weird because this reaction doesn’t happen all the time I use it? I have also made the homemade lip balm with lemon essential oil. Love them both. Can’t wait to try more healthy DIY’s and recipes!
    THANKS!

  270. jaime windrow says

    I’ve experimented with a few recipes and like this one the best BUT like all of them, they all leave my armpits “oily” no matter how little I use. I know this is from the oils and butters, but oil ruins clothes. How is everyone dealing with this?

  271. Krysti says

    When adding essential oils to cosmetic recipes such as this, laundry detergent, wool dryer balls, etc., do you add undiluted essential oils? Or do you add oils that have been diluted with carrier oils? Thank you!

  272. says

    Wow! I have to try this. Can the second recipe also be shaped in moulds? Also, would you recommend any essential oils please? I’ve never used before. I love fruity and fresh clean smells. Not a big fan of florals.

  273. Victoria M says

    I have a few questions: How much deodorant does the 1st recipe (with Shea butter) make? Are you able to fill an entire deodorant stick with this recipe? And how long does this amount typically last for you until it runs out? Will it “go bad” after a certain period of time after making it? Thank you for your time :)
    ~Victoria

  274. Dede says

    I’ve been using this and it’s great! but I started to notice my under arms became VERY DARK :( plus it became very itchy (especially on my left armpit but my right is just fine no darkness, no itchiness).
    I wonder if anyone else has experienced this??? And is there a solution I can do to get rid of the darkness that occurred???
    Suggestions, anyone please….

  275. Jess says

    Hi I just make recipe number 2 and was wondering if I could use eucalyptus oil instead off essential or tea tree? Am excited to try this :)

  276. Michellle says

    I am sorry if this question has been posted already but I made the first recipe for the deodorant today and it is not setting for some reason? Wondering where I might have gone wrong and what I maybe could do so I don’t have to waste all of the product? Thank you!

  277. Amanda says

    Hi, I’ve used this natural method and got a lot of irritation, itching and even a rash under my arms. I used shea butter, baking soda, lavender and rosemary essential oils. Not sure sure why this is happening. Plz help :(

      • Dee says

        I love all your DIY recipes. I made the first recipe for the deodorant and I had the same reaction, red pumps, ichiness, and my pits were sore. I will try making another batch w/out baking soda. I have noticed when I use just plan coconut oil I get no irritation but I still get a little beo.
        I made your chap stick recipe with lemon essential oil, LOVE IT! On to making a body butter and more…. thanks for all the awesome and informative info on your site!

  278. Mark Bazinet says

    Hmmm well I tried an other recipe with baking soda and wow did that sting. My pits were red and irritated to begin with and that did not help so……could I leave out the baking soda altogether?? Maybe just add more arrow root!

  279. sandra says

    When I switched to this I had a little detox after a week or so and smelt bad for a few days. I thought it wasn’t going to work, but now I never smell and dont even need to use deodorant every day… makes me wonder. I love this stuff I rub it on with my fingers and even though it looks white and powdery, it doesnt stain. Its fun to make different scents with essential oils, coconut lime is my favorite !

  280. Heidi says

    Hi! been using this for a long time, works better than any clinical (with the bad stuff) deoderant ever! Even helped there be less odor even when not using deo i’m sure due to the fact that this allows your pits to naturally detox as you are not clogging them up anymore so they can naturally detox as that part of your body was made to! So I just did a little modification to the recipe because we live in a hot climate and the coconut oil made it too mushy and melty to not have to keep in the fridge. so I just use way more raw shea butter (the stuff right from ghana in it’s natural form) it’s much more solid at room temp and makes it go on more like regular deoderant and you don’t accidentally use to much then. That’s all. Thank you! :)

  281. Swami says

    I made the deodorant using recipe 2 and have been using it for over a month now and the results are amazing. I’m actually sweating lesser. It works very well for me.
    I will never go back to clinical one.

  282. Tarah says

    I bought a natural deo called “Lavilin” and it is a 7 day deodorant- yes, it works for 7 days , you literally apply it once a week! And the best part, it actually works! I’ve read that for some people it only works for 3 days, and for some people it can work for 2 weeks! I highly recommend it.

  283. Sheryl says

    Hi, so glad to find your website. My husband was just diagnosed with stage 3 kidney disease, which there is no cure, but we are working with his diet to keep him off dialysis as long as possible, but we’ve discovered that on the back of his favorite deodorant, it says not to use if you have kidney disease! He looked at the back of several brands he’d bought on sale, and they all said that! So if they can affect your kidneys, then no one should be using this poison!

  284. Kat says

    Hi, I am interested in this because of pregnancy, but I must be really dumb and have a question. How do you put this on? I get it if it is in an old stick, but if it is in a jar how do you apply it? Thanks!

  285. Audry says

    I am going to try this recipe.

    If you don’t want to make your own, you can buy Primal Pit Paste.

    Myself and 3 of my children use it. It’s awesome. It’s definitely more expensive than making your own but so good to have wholesome ingredients like the ones listed here. They have a stick that I find rough in the winter and I would put a little water on it before I put on. I like the kind that comes in a jar better. I put it on the way wellness mama said. They even send you a little popsicle stick to scoop it out. I use my fingers to apply it.

  286. Jana says

    Hi! I just made the mixture and am so happy! I didn’t have baking soda for cooking, only the baking soda for refrigerator freshness and used this.. The mixture is grainy – is this because the soda I used or are both recipes grainy? THANKS!

  287. Joelle says

    Wow. Lots of comments. I was not able to read all of them, but how does this stand up to warmth? Will it melt, get soft, stay firm? Thanks.

  288. Janet Mabin says

    I made recipe #2 for the first time. Mine turned out crumbly. Is that the way it’s supposed to be or did I do something wrong. I would not be able to put in a deodorant container. Thanks so much

  289. Joelle says

    Another question. Still wondering about the first questions. What would an appropriate amount of essential oils be. I don’t want to turn it into mush. Thanks!

  290. Kiki says

    I never write reviews or comments but after reading here and trying out coconut oil I must comment on the miracle that has happened to my horribly dry and cracked feet. I’m 54 years old and my feet were so bad I never took my socks off around anybody, way to embarrassing. After just 3 nights of putting on coconut oil and socks before bed my feet are beautiful. I can’t believe it and so very happy. I now use it as an all over body moisturizer and a dab under each eye. I swear the wrinkles look better! Next I’m going to try making the deodorant. Oh and I whipped my co with my hand mixet, wow its like putting on silk. Thank you!!

  291. Bsqaured says

    Thank you so much for this recipe! I have been suffering from this issue for a long time. A year ago, I have changed to use natural deodorant but it is store brought and cost me quite a lot. Although it smelled nice, it doesn’t last, I would have to run to the bathroom 2 – 3 times a day to reapply it. I am always worry that I smell bad, especially when I am with my boyfriend. My shirt often have stain on the under arm areas…it is so embarrassing, especially when I sleep over at a friend’s house. So I am very happy that this easy and natural recipe works for me (I used the 1st recipe but I have reduced the amount of baking soda because I am afraid of the allergy like some people are having). Now I only need to apply deodorant once a day and it will last! And I don’t even need to apply a lot, I apply less than a pea size for both armpits one hour after shower. I don’t know will it stain my clothes but at least I am sweating less and don’t have to worry about B/O even if I do sweat. No more worries! Thank you once again.

  292. Rachael says

    What is the consistency supposed to be like? When I first made it is appears the same consistency as store bought deodorant, but after it sits over night it turns into liquid goo. What am I doing wrong?

  293. Brenda says

    I just made the recipe using the coconut oil, shea butter, and baking soda. I also added the arrowroot. I used the exact measurments and mixed the ingredients well after taking them from the heat, however upon cooling there is liquid on the top of the slightly more solid mixture. What did I do wrong?

  294. Mary Anne says

    I made my first batch (of the first version) over the weekend with Tangerine essential oil. A.W.E.S.O.M.E. I am so pleasantly surprised at how effective this deodorant is! I spent yesterday doing hot laundry and lots of cooking (sound familiar, anyone?) and it held up perfectly! I let it cool in the fridge for about 20 minutes after everything was mixed. Then I spooned it into an old Suave deodorant bottle and voila!
    **I keep mine in the fridge, because it was pretty soft after a couple hours sitting in the bathroom. It has the PERFECT consistency of a store-bought solid when kept in the fridge. LOVE. LOVE. LOVE. IT.

  295. Grace says

    Hi Wellness mama, I was wondering, if I wanted to take the first recipe and take out the baking soda but add vitamin E oil, what the recipe would look like? How much would I have to use of each of the other ingredients and do you think it would work without the baking soda! I made a basic deodorant recipe with coconut oil, baking soda and essential oils recently and I have had a terrible rash under my arms and along my side for the past 2 weeks. I am thinking the baking soda was too much for my sensitive skin :-( any suggestions? Thanks so much. I appreciate your help :-)

  296. Hannah says

    Does this solidify? how long does it take? and should I leave it on the counter to harden, or put it in the fridge? I just made some and the CO has risen to the top, which makes me wonder if it actually will solidify or not and I don’t want to keep mixing because it’ll disturb it from setting up

  297. Tanya says

    I have sensitive very sensitive skin. Which would be better for me, arrowroot or cornstarch? I can’t wait to try this!

    • Chantel says

      I made the first recipe using cocoa butter in place of shea and cornstarch in place of arrow root. It turned out perfectly! Tested it out the same day with Band rehearsal, works great! I believe the cornstarch was an important ingredient.

  298. coralene says

    I made recipe and it works wonders. I have been using for 3 months and never had a problem. My sweetie ran out of his favorite deodorant and asked to try mine. Now he prefers my homemade recipe. I also noticed I don’t seem to perspire as much. I can even go a day without any. Thanks

  299. Samantha Vanak says

    Thanks for the recipe! Who knew beauty products could be so easy to make. I’ve just switched to natural deodorant and I’m breaking out in rashes too so I can’t wait to try this recipe. Does it matter what baking soda I use? Can I use good old Arm and Hammer that I use for baking?

  300. Kristine says

    Help, I made recipe #2 and have a problem with it balling up. When I apply the deo, it goes on fine but then the oil is absorbed and the powder balls up and falls off. Any suggestions?

  301. ingrid says

    Thanks so much! I am shocked that it works so well :) I made a batch with jasmine EO and it works great! (better than any store bought I’ve used)

  302. Jessica says

    Okay so I saw this guy at Cheapskates TLC TV show that made his own deodorant with baking soda and coconut oil. At the moment I though ” Why is he putting it on the brown thing from the toilet paper?”

    Flash forward now. I’m out of deodorant. I read something about couponing at Walgreen. Joined a board, downloaded an app, clipped a “digital” coupon BUT my husband told me that it would be better if I tried making it rather than making “couponing” a hobby. He didn’t want me buying .30 cent deodorant.

    Even though I was not trilled that he didn’t approved of my new found interest. I did feel intrigued to try this +plus I’ve been using his spray AXE deodorant for the past 3 days and I smell like stinky boy :(

    So we went out to Yogurt-land and stopped at the Neighborhood Walmart for baking soda and Coca-Cola. I actually happen to have Coconut Oil and Corn Starch quite handy because we Cloth Diaper our baby girl!

    So I post this after making my first batch! I used an old container that had residues of Shea butter 100% Raw( that I had been using for my not so awesome stretchmarks) and popped it in the microwave for 30 seconds.

    10 tbs of coconut oil
    5 tbs of corn starch
    5 tbs of baking soda

    & into the fridge where I plan to keep it !

    Honestly, even though I haven’t used this deodorant I’m very familiar with the ingredients! When i was pregnant I used baking soda as soap!!!

  303. Holly says

    I am excited to try this! I am new to essential oils — just wondering which options would work well for the deodorant, and how much do I add? Thank you!

  304. Jessica says

    An Update. I keep it on the refrigerator. And my husband started using it too! It ACTUALLY WORKS for him too!!! And he picked it up all on his own :)

  305. Rachel says

    I am using a similar recipe, only mine calls for clay to be used and I do not use cornstarch anymore. So it’s coconut oil, arrowroot flour, baking soda, teatree oil and clay. Its the BEST I have used! It absorbs sweat so its an anti-perspirant as well! My husband uses it, too, and we both love it. We’ve used natural deodorants for years but recently started using this new recipe and are so happy with it! I love your blog and am finding great recipes for new things to try out, thanks for posting all of this!

  306. Allison Hayne says

    Just made both recipes. Bought unscented shea butter and do NOT like the smell at all. I am nervous to put too much EO in it to make it smell better as my 10 year old will be using the product too. Bought lemon EO, Lavender and Tea Tree. Used a combo of Lemon and Tree Tea and the second batch just Lavender.

  307. Clarissa says

    Hi there! I’ve been using the second deodorant recipe for about two weeks now and I’ve been having some problems with redness and irritation. I followed the recipe exactly and not using more than a pea sized amount but my underarms are pretty dry and irritated. I don’t have any allergies whatsoever and haven’t encountered any problems with the ingredients on their own. Has this happened to anyone else? Does anyone have any suggestions? I really love the natural recipes and want to continue but this is turning out to be slightly unpleasant. Thanks!

  308. Nic says

    Thanks for the recipe! I’ve been successfully using it for a few months now, but now it doesn’t seem to be working anymore. The odor has reappeared. I also have a darker patch under one arm, which I thought might be fungal? ???? I’m not sure. Does the recipe go bad? It is extremely hot here & it’s almost always liquid. Any help would be appreciated as I’m not keen to go back to commercial deordorant, especially when it worked so for ages!

  309. Saghir says

    Hi, i am tired of using all deodorants and spray etc. my armpits & thighs smell like musk or rotten eggs. i was in deep trouble due to sitting in office and feeling shame in front of others. i saw and started to make your second recipe. but i used only Baking Soda + Coconut Oil and Lavender essential oil. it works for 2 or 3 days. there is no smell either. but i got extremely red armpits with itching. Please advsie me if corn storch is must ingredient in 2nd recepie??? as i cdont know what is arrowroot (can you tell me please for it). please reply me as i am in deep trouble if i use this, i got redness and if not use, there BO. thanks

  310. Kei says

    I just made this last night for the first time ever making my own. I am usually always worrying about my deodorant running out on me in the middle of that day. I was so excited to find that this has kept me B.O. free (I checked like a thousand times). My partner has been laughing at me because I keep saying how awesome it is that I just made deodorant.

  311. Emily says

    I am about to make this, but wondered about adding Zinc Oxide to the recipe. I have just bought some for your sunscreen recipe, and on one of the reviews I found this:
    “This zinc powder works great on your underarms – it keeps that area dry, and it disinfects the bacteria, which is what causes all of the odors. And so it also works great as an anti-perspirant and deodorant.”
    What are your thoughts? I would love to have a double use for the ingredient, but don’t want to add it if it will interfere with your recipe or be toxic. Thanks for your help!

    • paula says

      Well, The only thing I would worry about is the anti-prespirant part. ISn’t that your bodies natural response and hasn’t studies shown that it is danderous to block this? Which is why we go for the deoderant rather than the prespirent ?
      Maybe I’m wrong!

  312. Taylor King says

    I’ve been using this recipe like every three days because I had a friend tell me it may take time for your body to get used to it…well my left pit has no problems whatsoever but my right one burns and is red and I seen that decreasing baking soda might help but I use baking soda as a face scrub and it doesn’t bother me at all is it the baking soda if only one pit is irritated?
    And for the life of me I can’t get this to stay solid! So I have to store it in the fridge, haha!

    Anyone have any advice? It’d be greatly appreciated!

    • paula says

      Yikes… I can’t figure out the one pit versus the other issue! That’s odd. But as Katie mentioned below in another response maybe just drop the baking soda and use all arrowroot? but for the firmness you need to use more beeswax or subsititute olive oil for another carrier oil you might use.

  313. Julia says

    I am determined to live healthier, especially after my eldest brother and my sister-in-laws father have both been diagnosed with cancer over the past year, and want to give my 4-year old the best chance he can get at a healthy life and a healthy mama.

    I made the second recipe listed above about a month ago. I love it and it works great. However, it does sting. I noticed this morning that I now have raised bumps in my arm pits. Reading many of the comments above, I’m wondering if it’s either the baking soda or the lavender EO (I purchased a high quality brand).

    I live in Texas along the Gulf Coast, and the hot and extremely humid time of year is upon us, so I hesitate the not use this anymore, since it has kept me smelling fresh! I wonder, reading the old uses for arrowroot, will its healing abilities possibly stop the irritation if I completely substitute it for the corn starch? Thoughts? Suggestions?

  314. Paula says

    Hi Kate,
    Thank yo ufor your recipes and your blogs! Great stuff! Two things to add, if anyone wants real shea butter, please email Nelly Ndaguba. She is an African woman living in Nigeria who owns and operates one fo the few women owned business in Nigeria. She and these women working with her collect the fruit from the Karite tree and harvest the seeds then make the butter. It is not adulterated in water nor are there food colorings added to make it look better.
    She’s thes best and she’s a strong Christian lady . I include her email for anyone interested
    nelly ndaguba
    Also wanted to add in respect to the double boiler cooking thing… I have always used a cl;ean can (maybe a soup can or larger size) that I can throw out after using to melt me butters and beeswax. Just a time saver!
    Again, thanks for your time and energy Katie!! God bless you and your family!

    • Saghir says

      Hi Paula,

      Can you please give me contact detail of that Lady. I am in Johannesburg and contact her for thhese natural items.
      thanks

  315. sandi says

    I made this with a friend. We put it into muffin tins with liners in them so they would come out easily after becoming solid . They look really nice (I like the ridges!) but the bottom half came out grey from where the EO’s settled, did we do something wrong? Not that it matters since I just use the “side” so I get both parts. We used rose and geranium EO which smells wonderful! If I add more bees wax, will it keep it from melting so quickly. I’d like to try it again but if I put it into deoderant conainers will the EO sink to the bottom again?

  316. Austin says

    This doesn’t work at all… I gave it a full 2 weeks and then I just gave up and bought Tom’s of Maine. The problem with any kind of “natural deodorants” is that they can’t even come close to matching the cheapest commercial anti-perspirents even at seven or eight times the cost, and if I die of cancer then at least I won’t have to worry about stinky armpits.

    • Chantel says

      It absolutely does work! This stuff keeps the smell away completely and never needs to be reapplied until you take a shower again.
      I am having an issue with coconut oil clogging my pores. Would another kind of oil work just as well?

  317. Rebekah says

    IT WORKS!!! I feel like I want to tell the whole world…but I’m not so sure that everyone cares about my armpits..lol I left my testimonial below but if you don’t feel like reading just know that I’m a ballet dancer and I’m dancing pretty much all day.

    Okay, so I heard about making your own deodorant on that TLC show “Extreme Cheapskate”. My boyfriend has always mentioned to me that he doesn’t like store bought deodorant due to the aluminum being linked to Alzheimer’s. I’m a ballet dancer and the thought of not using store bought deodorant DID NOT FLY! I decided to try Tom’s. I wore it doing chores around the house and it didn’t even cut it. So back to back to store bought I went. I felt like store bought just tried to cover things up with its flowery scent. I finally decided just to research natural deodorant and see what the reviews were like. Everyone was saying how well it works and all I could think was theres no way that this can work considering the amount of physical activity I do everyday. I saw a comment about someone having a teenage son who uses it and a lady who had a medical problem that caused her to sweat more than average using it..then I decided that I won’t know if it works unless I try. The next morning I went to ballet and as i was stretching before class I was feeling proud that I made my own healthy deodorant. I was mixed with excitement and fear. If it works then I would be saving money and my health. But, I was TERRIFIED that it wasn’t going to work and everyone around me would be smelling me as I dance. Throughout class I would awkwardly brush my cheek with my shoulder in an attempt to see if I could smell anything.. NOPE! NOTHING! I’ve got my boyfriend using this and I’m working on my mom!

    Thanks for sharing!

  318. Anca says

    As I’m not American, I have sometimes a hard time trying to understand the measurements in the recipes. What does it mean 3 T, is it 3 tablespoons?

    Thank you for wonderful recipes

  319. Shivani says

    Hello Everyone

    I am from India…I have been suffering from PCOS and due to harmonal changes…I am facing a problem of excess sweating…and bad body order…,,then one day my beautician told me about the benefits of phitkari (Alum)….I have been using it for a month now and I have never been happier…it helps in sweat control as well as it kills bacteria which causes body order…
    Its colorless so not issues of stain as well….Just rub it in your underarms after bath…and repeat it twice a day….

    Just thought of sharing it with you.

    With Love,
    Shivani

  320. EdenNYC says

    i have tried many “natural” deo and have they either haven’t worked, or I break out in an armpit rash. I just made recipe #1 and am looking forward to trying it. Here’s hoping to no rashes, but if it does happen I’ll try another batch without the baking soda. THANKS

  321. Jenn G says

    Does the first recipe generally work better? I tried the second one for convenience but I’m not loving it. I’ve been using it for about 2 months and am feeling like I just keep sweating more and more. It seemed good in the beginning but I can’t take all the wetness lately. I have never had much luck with deodorant consistently working, except for one brand. Just wondering if I should attempt the first recipe or if I’m doomed to return to the bad stuff.

  322. Roo says

    I just made this. I doubled the batch because I bought several new and empty deodorant tubes. I mixed lavender, sandalwood, and German chamomile essential oils and the deodorant smells great! But I haven’t used it on my underarms yet. Currently doing a spot test on my inner wrist to see how the fragrance turns out after extended wear. (Will keep ya’ll updated?)

    One thing I did notice though is that my mix (recipe 1) didn’t solidify sitting out at room temperature. I had to stick it in the fridge. Did I do something wrong? I’m thinking maybe I have to add more baking soda and/or arrowroot powder…

    (I also used an aluminum free baking soda from Bob’s Red Mill. I don’t know if maybe the make-up is different than other kinds. Maybe I should have added another tablespoon…)

  323. Nabi says

    day 2 of using deodorant and i feel great. :) thanks! been trying to find a good natural deodorant for SO long but none of the ones at the store worked on me. i either started to smell in 2 hours or developed a rash. this recipe is amazing. i even went hiking yesterday and smelled lovely after.

  324. Lotta M. says

    Awesome!!! Made a first small batch w. a bit of lavender eo, this worked fine but eventually gave me an itchy rash, so I remade it swapping the amounts of arrowroot and bs, leaving out the e.o., and seems to work fine! ????

  325. Stacy says

    Hi Katie: Made the deodorant using recipe #2. I swapped the Cornstarch in favor of Arrowroot Powder. Now I need to find other uses for the giant bag of Arrowroot powder I have. I used Ylang Ylang Essential Oil which smells amazing. My next batch, I may use either Bergamot or Lemon Oil, they are all happy smells that I love. I used to make my own deodorant and discovered DOVE had one that slows the regrowth of pit hair and went back to the poison. However, all deodorants (even the so called hypoallergenic kinds) eventually give me painful knots under my arms which is not good and makes me wonder what other terrible side effects I may be having that I can’t feel. Anyways, thanks for the deodorant recipes! Looking forward to trying more projects on your website. Love it!

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