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Posted by on Dec 4, 2013 in Household Recipe, Uncategorized | 12 comments

Six Homemade Deodorant Recipes


My Confession

Once Upon A Time, I laughed and rolled my eyes at the people who made homemade laundry detergent, homemade cleaning products…and homemade deodorant. I called these people “super hippies” and I always warned my husband that if I ever got like that, he had my permission to tease me.

However, as I research fruits, vegetables, herbs, and spices, I have also been learning about all of the benefits of natural products. I have also learned THROUGH my research that many of the non-natural chemicals in everyday products are bad for me. In some cases, Really, Really Bad for me.

My research eventually made me realize that the deodorant that I buy at the store is FULL of nasty stuff and I  have no interest in continuing to use those chemicals on my skin or in my body. You can learn more about the yucky stuff in store-bought deodorants here or here. Even if the information about deodorant is grossly exaggerated, I have decided that it is safer to use natural products for my deodorant than put any risks on my health.


Homemade Deodorant Ingredients

I made my first batch of homemade deodorant a few weeks ago, and I am greatly pleased with the results. I have had no issues with body odor, and some of the ingredients actually draw out the toxins  from the store-bought deodorants, so I feel less anxious about previous years of store-deodorant use. I have read from other accounts that homemade deodorant does NOT prevent you from sweating. However, I seem to be sweating less now than before. That might be because it is winter, though, so I am not going to boldly declare anything about homemade deodorant against sweat…yet.


Most homemade deodorant recipes use the same ingredients, but in different ratios. The main ingredients are:


Six Homemade Deodorant Recipes

There are some fantastic homemade deodorant recipes out there, and here are a few fantastic ones. Each recipe uses a different ratio of similar ingredients, so you can experiment and try out the different recipes until you find “the one” that makes you happy.


1. Oh Lardy’s Deodorant for Sensitive Skin

**This recipe uses the four ingredients mentioned above (Coconut oil, Arrowroot Powder, Baking Soda, Essential Oil) and also includes Bentonite Clay. Bentonite clay is wonderful for your skin and your pores, which gives this recipe some additional benefits.


Click the picture for the recipe


2. Thank Your Body’s Deodorant for Sensitive Skin

**This recipe uses the four ingredients mentioned above (Coconut oil, Arrowroot Powder, Baking Soda, Essential Oil). She has experimented with the ratios and found the best one that works for her. It might work for you, too!

Homemade Deodorant: Make your armpits happy!

Click the picture for the recipe


3. Whistle Pig Hollow’s Deodorant for Sensitive Skin

**This recipe uses a lot of arrowroot powder with a smaller amount of both baking soda and coconut oil. It is another different  ratio of some of the common ingredients in homemade deodorants, and it might work for you as well.

homemade deodorant for sensitive skin

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4. The Crunchy Moose’s Deodorant

**This recipe uses the four ingredients mentioned above (Coconut oil, Arrowroot Powder, Baking Soda, Essential Oil), and has the addition of corn starch as well. This recipe also uses a lot more coconut oil, so that it has a more lotion-like consistency. This recipe is a great one to try out as well.


Click the picture for the recipe


5. The Sweet Plantain’s Easy Deodorant

**If you are looking for an easy recipe to try, look no farther. This recipe simply uses Baking Soda. The recipe also suggests adding some of your favorite essential oils if you would like to add a smell or additional benefits to your deodorant, but that is up to you. If you are in a pinch, this might be the deodorant recipe to use. Some people, however, have sensitivities to baking soda, so if your skin is sensitive, you might want to add a few more of the common deodorant ingredients to this recipe.

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6. Holistic Health Herbalist’s Herbal Deodorant Spray

**This recipe is an interesting alternative to the other deodorant recipes. First, it is a spray instead of a bar or lotion. Second, it uses essential oils and herbs, but none of the other typical ingredients. This would be a fun and wonderfully smelling homemade deodorant recipe to try out!


Click the picture for the recipe


Another Idea…

**There you go. Six homemade deodorant recipes for you to experiment with! I hope you get to try some of these out, and if you do, please let me know how it worked for you in the comment section below.

**I understand that many of you might be too busy to make your own deodorant. If you would rather buy one than make one, check out Primal Pit Paste. This company makes all-natural deodorants with the common homemade deodorant ingredients mentioned above.

**If you have a different homemade deodorant recipe than one of the ones mentioned above that you are willing to share, please feel free to add your link to the comment section below. I love trying new recipes!

**Here’s another great DIY deodorant for Him and Her, from Happy Healthnut!

**Check out this DIY deodorant spray recipe from Kula Mama!




 For further reading:

**Learn more uses for Baking Soda from Thank Your Body

**Learn more uses for Coconut Oil from Good Girl Gone Green

**Learn about making Homemade Toothpaste from The Nourished Life

**Check out this website The No Poo Method to get healthy hair naturally.

DISCLOSURE: > In order for me to support my blogging activities, I occasionally may receive monetary compensation or other types of remuneration for my endorsement, recommendation, testimonial and/or link to any products or services from this blog. However, I only recommend products or services I have personally used myself and trust. 
By Cris Daining


  1. I like to make my own deodorant but have not tried to many varieties. Several of your links sound interesting. All of them look softer than what I make. Mine is fairly solid and I can put it in an old deodorant container and it works much like store bought stuff.

    • What is your recipe? I always love to try out or at least learn about more recipes. ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for commenting on my post! I appreciate it! ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. I have made all sorts of homemade cleaners and lip balm and lotions but not deodorant yet! Nice to have so many recipes in one spot! Thanks so much for sharing on the HomeAcre Hop. I will definitely have to add this to my “to do” list! Come back and share again on the hop tomorrow!
    Nancy The HomeAcre Hop

    • Thank you for commenting! Let me know how you like it if you try one of these recipes. Thanks for visiting!

  3. I don’t have the link handy, but I used WellnessMama’s recipe that called for Shea butter in addition to coconut oil, baking soda and arrowroot. I didn’t add any essential oils, but love the recipe nonetheless. I did notice about a 2-3 week period where my body odor was very noticeable when I first started, but now I can’t smell anything. It’s very good!

    • Yes! I have seen shea butter recipes, but I haven’t tried it yet myself. Did you find it was harder or softer with the shea butter? Does shea butter have a smell? I would love some more information on shea butter, as I haven’t ‘taken the plunge’ and bought it yet! Thanks for visiting and commenting!

  4. I use just coconut oil and baking soda. I like to add peppermint e.o. It is cooling and smells so nice.

    • I know someone else who uses coconut oil and baking soda. It is super simple! Glad you found a simple recipe that works for you! Thanks for visiting and commenting. ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. What does the arrowroot do? Is it just to give it a thickness? Thanks I’m excited to make my own. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Arrowroot is a natural product to use instead of corn starch. It is a natural starch that gives a product some thickness. Hope that helps! Have fun!

  6. I’m using the sensitive skin recipe and love it… However it turns the color of my underarms a dark purplish color. Is that normal? I’m thinking it could be my pregnancy hormones???

    • I would try a different deodorant recipe. I have tried 2 different recipes so far: the first one was amazing, the second one smelled great but made my underarms a dark color. I am constantly scrubbing off the dark color when I take showers. ๐Ÿ™‚ I am still using the second one until it runs out, like I said, it smells amazing. When it runs out, however, I will probably go back to the first recipe I used or try another one! It’s kinda fun to experiment. ๐Ÿ™‚ So yeah, I suggest trying another ratio/recipe (there are 6 here, but many others out there too!).


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