How To Make Homemade Deodorant

DSC_0653When I went to the essential oils class on Saturday with my mom, there was mention of homemade deodorant.  I had never even thought of this, but was instantly interested and so was my mom.  I hate using deodorant because of the possibility of getting breast cancer.  That freaks me out.  Of course as a child, I had no idea about this and put the stuff on like it was going out of style.  I’ve since began using natural deodorant or sometimes just forgo it all together.  Amazingly, I rarely have issues with odor anymore.  I think the deodorant/antiperspirants I used in the past were actually somewhat to blame for smell.

Anyway, it’s funny because I bet my mom is writing a similar post. We were emailing each other all day at work talking about different recipes for homemade deodorant and how we were going to make them.  We picked the elements from a couple of different ones that we liked and made a recipe from that.

I went to Target after work, which was awesome in and of itself.  I forgot my hand sanitizer at work and I had to carry a basket.  I felt like my hand was crawling with bacteria and viruses and it probably was.  I was super uncomfortable, so I was basically running around the store finding what I need.  To make matters worse, I had to call my mom to ask where the coconut oil was. I hate touching my phone when my hands are dirty.  Then holding the phone up to my face, that’s just the worst!

Anyway, I found all the ingredients I needed.  I got home and made an awesomely healthy tomato soup from tomato juice that my stepmother made and tomatoes given to us from K’s advisor, who has a lovely little garden.  It was one of the best things I’ve ever made and it was almost entirely organic and fresh.

After that, I cleaned the kitchen because I just couldn’t handle the idea of making this deodorant with a kitchen messy from dinner!  After it was up to my standards, I got everything together and set them on the counter and took a picture just for you:


For the homemade deodorant, you will need:

1/4 cup of baking soda

1/4 cup of corn starch

1/2 cup of coconut oil (preferably organic and extra virgin) *If the smell of coconut is not your think, use refined coconut oil, a little less natural, but still just as good for this purpose.  Also, coconut oil is not always easy to find. You can get it at this website that I just love and where I get most of my supplements: Swanson Vitamins.

1 glass container (or plastic if you don’t use the essential oil)

**Optional** You can add your favorite single essential oil to the mixture in order to give it a lovely smell and to add extra benefit.  I used an orange essential, but you can use whatever you’d like.  I used about 10 drops, per my mom 😉 It smells awesome.

This is seriously all you will need!  Not only was this incredibly inexpensive to make, it is totally natural, so there’s no fear of dangerous parabens and aluminum.

Here’s how you put everything together:

1. Combine the baking soda and corn starch into a bowl.

2. Put the coconut oil in a sauce pan on very low heat for only enough time for it to get a more liquid consistency.   If you’ve never used coconut oil before, be prepared for a unique experience.  It’s the strangest thing I’ve seen.  It melts at room temperature and hardens very quickly if cooled. Do not store it in the fridge.

3. Once the coconut is at a semi-liquid consistency, meaning not all of it is melted, add it to the baking soda and corn starch mixture and stir it together with a spatula.  If you find the consistency to be too watery, add a tad more baking soda, or once it’s in the jar, just put it in the fridge for NO MORE than 5 minutes, otherwise it will get too hard.

4. When the 3 main ingredients are combined, add essential oil if you want.  About 10 drops should do it.  Mix it thoroughly.

5. Finally, put it in the jar and it’s ready to use!  Apply with your fingers to the armpit area, preferably after showering.


Here's the finished product!
Here’s the finished product!

FYI, the little streak on the side of the jar is driving me nuts now that I see it…

I am not that crafty, but this was really easy and fun to make.  I haven’t used it yet, but I’m willing to try it if it means forgoing store bought crap and saving $$!

Thank you as always for reading.




101 thoughts on “How To Make Homemade Deodorant

  1. Everybody calm down. Let’s just take a day off and make a list of everything we can make at home. This is one of those things that’s the farthest thing from my mind and should really be close by.

      1. I just rediscovered this post…apparently I bookmarked it when you wrote it and then immediately forgot about it? Anyway, presumably you’ve tried it by now–does it work? 🙂

  2. K I am super excited for this post on many levels. First about the hand sanitizer thing I am soooo with you. I really enjoy going out but I hate touching things that other ppl touch. Shooing carts, hand rails, elevator buttons etc.. Second I actually saved this post to my reading list offline I am totally going to make some homemade deodorant! Yay 🙂

    1. Shopping carts and baskets are just the worst. I hate going shopping for this reason. I’m glad you understand what I mean 🙂 Definitely make the deodorant! It’s incredibly easy and actually fun to make 🙂

  3. I make my own deodorant and I love it. Yours looks less messy (there is no shea butter) I may have to try this one next. TJ Maxx usually has coconut oil at the best price, at least in my area. If it ever fails on you…use your hand sanitizer the alcohol will kill the odor. Good luck!

  4. You will have to do a review of this in a month or so and let us know if you still love it! I’m curious and would love you hear your thoughts after using it for a while!

  5. This is great! Ever since I learned in 7th grade about the aluminum in most deodorants caused breast cancer I have been traumatized. I use this all natural brand by TOM’s but this diy is great!

    1. I can’t wait to try it. I haven’t used it yet, but will after my shower in the morning. I tried Tom’s and it was ok, but was almost too moist for me. Hopefully this is better 🙂

  6. Hi, Megan! LOVED this post so much! I am definitely going to try your recipe. I have used essential oils on my skin and for healing purposes for years and years. I use (and ingest) little to no chemicals. One thing to mention: citrus oils (mandarin, orange, tangerine, lemon, lime, bergomot, and grapefruit) contain photo-sensitive compounds, which means that with sun exposure they can burn the skin and even become toxic. To avoid this, buy organic “bergaptene-free” citrus essential oils. Also, essential oils are heavily concentrated and very powerful so my advice to readers is to read up on them from a variety of reputable sources before using them and always use them in a carrier oil or base. Great post!

    1. Thank you! I’m so glad that you liked this post. I had a lot of fun making the deodorant and writing the post. I did know that about the citrus oils. I forget sometimes that the majority of people don’t know as much as I do about essential oils. I am constantly reading up about them. I use doTerra essential oils, which are certified pure therapeutic grade and they are awesome because the majority of them do not require carrier oils. They’re safe for direct application and ingestion. They’re my favorite by far 🙂

      1. Awesome! Well, you know more than me because I have not tried that brand yet. I’ll definitely get some of it when I next make a purchase. I have about 100 different essential oils in my stash. I use them for one thing or another daily. It’s so nice to meet a sister who uses EOs for healthy living. Rock on, my friend. 🙂

  7. This sounds fantastic! I hate using deodorant since BC runs in my family but sadly, I’m not one of those rosy-fresh ladies who can get by without it.

    I’ll have to try this and see how it works. Do you think tea tree oil would retain its naturopathic properties?

    1. I always thought I was that way, but when I stopped using non-natural deodorant and sometimes stopped wearing it all together, I have had little to no odor problems. I suggest you give it a try. I think tea tree oil would actually be great to add to it. Just remember to keep it away from cats 🙂

  8. Thanks for sharing your recipe! I’ve been using natural deodorant since 1970 (and I’m considered a senior) and I agree w/you about the possible cancer connection.

      1. Thanks for your reply Megan! I try to be careful about what I put on and in my body. It’s wise of you to find natural ways to care for yourself. We only get one body in this life. There are so many products that can do a great deal of harm, and so many wonderful homemade alternatives! Looking forward to reading more from you! Love to You! Nana

  9. oh my, your post has opened my eyes. i have used deodrant for about 12 years and had absolutely no idea about the link to cancer. i wont be using it again thats for sure. thank you for your post! ill be making my own / going without from now on! thanks for sharing 🙂

    1. I think most women don’t know much about the link, but I’ve heard more and more in the news about it. I used regular deodorant for most of my life. I switched to natural deodorants by Tom’s and Arm & Hammer only a few years ago, but none of them were that fantastic. I tried making my own and it is by far the best natural deodorant I’ve used. It’s super inexpensive and fun to make! I say go for it 🙂

  10. I will definitely be trying this! Would the tea tree oil be used as a substitute for the coconut oil? That sounded interesting and if so, I think I’ll go with tea tree oil. Thanks for another great post! 🙂

    1. This is a great question 🙂 The consistency of the oils is quite different. Coconut oil has the consistency of other cooking oils, it reminds me a lot of grapeseed oil, and it goes pretty far. Tea tree oil on the other hand is an essential oil, which means that it absorbs very quickly into the body and doesn’t spread all that well. I think the purpose of the coconut oil is to keep the ingredients together overall, solidify them a bit. The tea tree oil could definitely be added as an extra benefit though. I’d have used it if I didn’t have a cat 🙂

      1. Thanks! I happen to love grapeseed oil, so maybe this would work. I’m just trying to weigh my options with the coconut oil, because I don’t really like the smell. Thanks again – I’m learning a lot from you! 🙂

      2. Oh I see! There is an option then 🙂 You can use refined coconut oil, which doesn’t have the smell of coconut. It has no taste or smell really and the consistency is the same. I think it’s semi-solid structure is what you’d want with the deodorant. Good luck!

  11. They have sanitising wipes near our shopping baskets and trolleys now, which is a great idea. I love the idea of homemade deodorant, thanks for the recipe! Also, I think its really cool that your baking soda has a picture of cookies on it! 🙂

    1. That do have those now and they had them there. I used them, but still had issues. I’m just totally weird 😉 I love that you call them trolleys 🙂 I like that better. much cuter than “carts.”

      Haha, the baking soda picture is something I didn’t even notice 😉 It was like $0.54! Only reason I got it 🙂 The cookies look good though…

  12. I am going to try this as I am reviewing homemade recipes this week on my blog. Also, I have a moderate case of hydrolisis for which i use perscription stuff. Yeah, ok you can stop thinking about cancer now. I do have one question. You stated that when you were younger you used deodorant almost to a fault. Also, you think it made body odor worse as now it has tapered back. How do you explain people who live in other countries, some European countries among othets, where many ppl still do not use deoderant. In the winter it is not as noticeable. I will just say this, some Europeans do not believe in using air conditioners or leaving the windows down any time of the year, even the summer. I got to the point one summer when i refused to take another tram and would rather walk. The body orders plus the heat made me so sick to my stomach. I don’t think these ppl experience pungent smells because they hit the deodorant stick to hard as kids. Haha. Besides, body chemistry can change over time.

    1. I have no idea why those people would smell so badly. It also has a lot to do with diet and obviously overall hygiene. I no longer wear deodorant as much as I used to and what I do use is natural. Not everyone in foreign countries who don’t wear deodorant has issues with body odor at any time of the year. My boyfriend, for instance, is Korean. He has never worn deodorant in his life and a good number of the Korean population do not wear it. He had never even seen it until we were together. Anyway, he doesn’t smell at all. I am always amazed by that. This is only more of a testament to me that body odor has a great deal to do with diet. The Korean diet is very healthy in general and they steer clear of animals fats. Those are just my thoughts.

      1. Hey, I just read some blogs on soap making, and honey, we are definitely not ready to take on anything like that. I think we should stick with buying it fresh from people who know how to do it, like at a natural store or something. Epic fail first comes to mind. 🙂

      2. hahaha, I imagined that one of us would stick our hands in the pot of boiling lye and pull them out to find smoldering stubs, like that old lady on that cheap movie Pikes Peak, when she went in the lake and her legs burned off. haha!

    1. It’s so easy to make and so inexpensive! I tried it for the first time today and am totally impressed by it. I had 0 odor ALL day, which is incredible for me. I kept really dry and my skin is soft. I’ll never use anything else again 🙂

    1. It would be something fun to do in the winter when you’re stuck inside 🙂 It was really fun and easy. I used it today and am 100% satisfied. I’ll never use anything else. I will definitely check out the aloe vera moisturizer 🙂

    1. Today was the first time I wore it and I am totally satisfied. No odor whatsoever the entire day, which is a first for me. The orange is subtle, yet smells great. I definitely recommend it!

  13. I’m a little late in commenting on this one, but thank you for posting this!! I am going to try making some. I’ve recently been feeling quite poorly and struggling with allergy-type reactions and constantly itching. I know that deodorant is something I get dermatitis from quite frequently, so this will be great to try out, in hope that without all the scary-sounding chemicals, my skin might be happier 🙂 Ta for sharing this.

    1. That’s not late at all 🙂 I am glad you found my post. If you have sensitive skin, I do recommend trying to make your own deodorant. It’s so mild and it’s more effective than anything I’ve ever purchased. I love it and will never go back. Definitely try it and let me know how it works for you! Hopefully well, otherwise I guess I just put my foot in my mouth 😉

  14. This is such a great post! I am saving this for my kidney patients! Aluminum doesn’t clear their system at all and they can quickly develop high levels. Thanks Megan!

  15. Hi Megan, thanks for dropping by at my blog yesterday. I also have OCD issues, but find living in rural Italy now has mellowed me and the issues I had aren’t relevant to my new life as most were centered around my work and being in the city. Love this recipe for home made deodorant, I’ll see if it’s possible to get the ingredients here and have a bash at it.

    1. It sounds like paradise where you live 🙂 I often imagine living in a Tiny house out in the middle of the forest or by a lake somewhere secluded and just subsistence farm. Sounds good to me. The deodorant recipe is a really good one! Definitely try it if you can find the ingredients 🙂

    1. I think anyone should try it. I actually have a history of intense sweatiness 😉 , but even this recipe is better at controlling that than ANY natural deodorant I’ve bought.

  16. LOVE IT! I make a lot of my own stuff and deoderant was one of the next things on my list. This is too easy and I have all the stuff so I’ll make it this weekend thanks for the post woop woop!

      1. I have the perfect jars (jars are one of my obsessions that never go away, speaking of those in your recent post!)
        I’m very excited to try this recipe today after I obsessively blog xo

  17. Ok I finally got around making it! I haven’t tried it yet it’s still too hot but looking very much forward to it! I used Lemon Myrtle essential oil. Yuuum!
    You should get a pingback 😉

      1. oh yeah. I would have chosen bergamot but I know from my homemade washing powder it stains clothes yellow….too late now for THOSE clothes but I won’t make that mistake again!

      2. oh yeah I had white towels as a massage therapist and I put bergamot in my oils and ruined all my towels

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