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Homemade Deodorant Recipe

Avoid unwanted and potentially harmful ingredients by following this homemade deodorant recipe.

| December 2014/January 2015

  • Homemade Deodorant Recipe
    This gentle homemade deodorant recipe includes coconut oil, arrowroot flour, baking soda and the essential oils of your choice.
    Photo by Hannah Kincaid

  • Homemade Deodorant Recipe

Making batches of homemade deodorant is simple and cost-effective. The MOTHER EARTH NEWS editors have tested this recipe, and they report that it’s definitely not the pits. You can use either arrowroot flour or cornstarch as the thickening agent, but arrowroot flour is less abrasive. Some people report experiencing irritated skin after prolonged, topical applications of baking soda. For a baking-soda-free deodorant recipe, go to LisaLise’s Blog. Yield: 8 ounces.


• 1/2 cup baking soda
• 1/2 cup arrowroot flour or cornstarch
• 1/2 cup coconut oil, melted
• 20 drops essential oil of your choice
• Container for deodorant, sterilized and dried


Mix baking soda and arrowroot flour or cornstarch in a small bowl. Slowly add melted coconut oil, stirring until your mixture becomes a thick paste, about the consistency of glue. Add essential oil of your choice and mix thoroughly. Pour deodorant paste into your sterilized container, and place in fridge for 1 hour until it sets up. Store homemade deodorant in a cool, dry location.

Interested in more low-cost recipes for toiletries? Read Homemade Bath Products: Shampoo, Deodorant and Toothpaste.

12/7/2017 4:07:26 PM

silly question - how do you apply your homemade deodorant?

12/6/2017 12:56:01 PM

I started making deodorant with a recipe similar to this one, and while it was effective, it also tended to melt often which caused the cornstarch and baking soda to separate. If you reduce the coconut oil by half (1/4 cup) and add 1 tbs of grated beeswax melted together, you get a more shelf stable, less runny/oily consistency, very similar to commercial stick deodorants. And I recommend including 5 drops of an antimicrobial/antibacterial essential oil, like teatree or lemongrass.

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