DIY deodorant

Has anyone made DIY deodorant before? I haven’t before today but I know I am never going back to buying store bought.

DIY deodorant

This DIY deodorant recipe is the best thing ever. I think I have just discovered a gold mind. I have stopped using deodorant for a while, even though I used to purchase brands without aluminum and paragons I didn’t feel like using them any longer. I am trying to rely on natural products as much as possible and stores bought deodorants are nothing but natural.

Cosmetics, including deodorants, shampoos, clothes detergents etc contain an array of toxic ingredients. While I have purchased several brands in the past, I think making my own is way better, especially given the fact that products are becoming more and more disruptive to our environment and ourselves.

If you like here is a list of other DIY household items I have made in the past.

  1. DIY laundry detergent
  2. DIY mosquito spray
  3. DIY shampoo 
  4. DIY cough/cold/immune booster medicine

I am extremely pleased with this DIY deodorant recipe. I am a person that tends to sweat a lot, especially while working out. I have never found a deodorant that would work completely and after making my own I know this will be my deodorant for years to come.

Findings about using this natural deodorant:

  1. It does not stop perspiration, but you really don’t want that to happen as perspiration gets rid off toxins. It is a natural body process. However, perspiration is blocked by using harmful, toxic ingredients which is exactly what regular store bought deodorants have.
  2. It works agains body odor. That is the best thing I have found about this deodorant.
  3. Does not stain clothes.
  4. You can make your own variations. I have heard that a mixture of tea tree oil, which is antibacterial, and citrus oils like lemon works rather well. For a more masculine scent you can use a mixture of tea tree, cedarwood, eucalyptus or sage. Sage is my favorite.
  5. In the summer this deodorant will have to be kept in the refrigerator given that with temperatures above 72F this deodorant may melt. It is due to the coconut oil. Right now it is in my bathroom cabinet, come summer it will have to go to the refrigerator.

I am going to try different essential oils. This time around I used Jasmine, which I love the scent off. Next time I might use a little bit of tea tree oil, which is antibacterial, mixed in with some lavender.

I hope you get to try this DIY deodorant. It is super easy to make and much better than store bought, I promise.


DIY Deodorant

Here you can see the mixture. Just pour it into your deodorant containers and let it sit in your refrigerator until set. If outside temperature is not above 72 degrees Fahrenheit you can store it in your bathroom. I am doing that now but come summer it will have to be stored in the refrigerator due to the coconut oil melting.

DIY deodorant

I saved and reused a couple of old deodorant containers however you can still buy some if you like. I also used jasmine essential oil but you can use any of your choice. I will use lavender next time.


DIY deodorant

Yield: 2 deodorant containers

Total Time: 10 minutes


  • 1/4 cup arrowroot powder, or cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup baking soda
  • 5 tbsp coconut oil, melted
  • 15-20 drops jasmine essential oil, lavender will work well too



Place the coconut oil in a safe microwave bowl and melt. This will take 1-2 minutes. Add the rest of the ingredients and with a wire whisk mix well. Pour contents in your deodorant containers and place in the refrigerator until it has solidify. About 1-2 hours.

If outside temperature does not reach about 72 degrees Fahrenheit the deodorant won't melt. Right now I am keeping mine in my bathroom cabinet since it is winter. Come summer, I will probably have to store in the fridge.

Recipe adapted from here


  1. Very cool! I feel like making my own deodorant would save some money, so i am definitely intrigued.

  2. Very interesting. If you have sensitive skin lavender can be pretty irritating, just FYI.
    I need to try this.

  3. Thank you so much for the recipe! I have been using natural deodorants for about 3 years already but have never thought of making it myself. Will need to give it a try!

  4. Does the smell of the coconut oil interfere with the smell of the essential oil? Everything I make with organic Coconut oil and essential oil ends up smelling more like coconut than anything, and because I love the smell of jasmine it’s the jasmine I want to smell here. Thanks!

  5. Thanks for the quick reply! I can’t wait to try this!

  6. I use Tom’s now. I tend to sweat a lot too. Just me. I can’t say Tom’s holds great but much better than other natural ones. I’m almost out of it and will make this one and let you know. I tried natural detergents but they don’t wash clothes well. I do laundry often with baking soda and vinegar. Especially towels that tend to get moldy smell in humid Vancouver.

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  8. It’s funny I just found this post because literally an hour ago I posted my own version of homemade natural deodorant. So glad you found a recipe that works for you. I’ve used essential oils in mine before, but the scents fade away so fast because of the baking soda that I don’t use them anymore. Does your retain the scent?

  9. I can’t wait to try this! Thanks so much for posting!

    I just wanted to know what specific kind of coconut oil & milk to use… I have Nutvia and it says that it’s cold pressed and organic …is that good enough for use on skin? Is any organic type good?
    Also, in your shampoo recipe, you call for coconut milk..which brand/type? The stuff in the can or does it have to be homemade?

    • I use organic coconut oil so any brand that is organic should be fine. Also the coconut milk I use just make sure is full fat and not the light versions. Any brand should be fine too :-) Just make sure there are real ingredients.

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  12. Love it. Getting correct mixture for yourself is important. To much antibacterial oil can burn. I use in small Mason jar and apply with finger tips. Grapefruit oil. Sweaty guy here and it may all day until I wake up following day. Great for trail running.

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