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Easy Homemade Deodorant That Really WORKS!!!

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homemade deodorant recipe

The Summer of Stink

Back in college I was always warning Daddypotamus about the toxins he was putting into his body, so to show me that my concerns were being taken seriously he decided to take steps to ease his toxic burden.

By giving up deodorant. In the summer. In TEXAS.

Not the “sacrifice” I would have chosen, but it was pretty clever on his part. Rather than give up something that would bother him, he ditched the product whose absence would bother me. A lot. That, ahem, was the beginning of my journey to find a non-toxic deodorant that can handle the manliest of  smells. Most commercially sold deodorants contain a slew of toxic chemicals you don’t want in your body and even “natural” deodorants like crystal stones and sprays contain potassium aluminum sulfate (which has been linked with Alzheimer’s disease). The ones that are truly non-toxic typically lose their effectiveness after a few hours.

But  wait, why was I worrying about this in the first place? It’s not like he was eating his old deodorant?

“Our skin is less of a suit of armor, and more of a fishnet. Our delicate skin cells are quite permeable, and substances seep through our very being and end up in our blood stream with ease. Think of the nicotine patch or the hormone patch. Scientists now realize just how easy it is to filter and flow substances into our core . . . many personal care products like perfume, deodorant, hair dye, and nail polish remover can also be a source of toxic, skin-leaching chemicals. Home cleaning products, too, contain harsh chemicals that can be dangerous to the skin.”

~ You Are What You Eat

After scouring the Web, what we arrived at was a cheap, non-toxic solution so simple you’ll laugh at yourself for ever buying into the commercial hype. But don’t let the simplicity fool you. This recipe has been tested in the badlands of husband arm pit, and has proven its worth.

Are you ready to kiss your store-bought deodorants goodbye? Alright, here’s the recipe!

How To Make Man-Smell Killer Deodorant



  1. Mix equal parts baking soda and either arrowroot powder or GMO-free cornstarch. I use about ½ cup baking soda and 1/2 cup arrowroot.
  2. Blend with coconut oil until moist and then store in a jar.
  3. Seriously. That’s it.
  4. If you want to get fancy, though, add a little essential oil for scent.

Quick Tips: Rub a SMALL amount in using your fingertips until it’s invisible. It works that well! (Plus if you cake it on it can leave oil stains on your clothes). Store in a clean glass jar.

Also, some people find that the baking soda is too alkaline for their skin, which can cause irritation. If this happens try cutting the amount of baking soda in half and using more arrowroot/cornstarch.

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299 Responses to Easy Homemade Deodorant That Really WORKS!!!

  1. Alexa Jacox via FB says:

    Been making this for 2 years now – highly recommend using arrowroot powder instead of baking soda – the baking soda gave me a horrible painful rash. And recommend not using right after shaving. Husband, daughter and I use it ALL the time.

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  3. Gretchen says:

    I understand arrowroot is on the GAPS “avoid” list, but a lot of homemade deodorants call for it to absorb moisture. Do you know if it is okay to use in deodorant or because it’s a starch and it will feed the microbes in the armpit and could be absorbed into the body, it should still be avoided in deodorant recipes while on GAPS? Thank you.

    • Gretchen says:

      I recently found white cosmetic clay on the Mountain Rose Herbs website that specifically states it has absorbency properties that are good for deodorant, so I will use that instead of arrowroot. Just wanted to let anyone else know who may have had the same question.

  4. Kristin says:

    I just created this concoction without the coconut oil! Works like a champ! My deodorant was making me nauseous! The combination of sweaty armpits and deodorant was just unbearable! I had to find a quick alternative and mixed baking soda, cornstarch and peppermint oil! Love it!!! Thank you!! I was able to smear it on, let it dry and dust the powder residue off so it wouldn’t get all over my shirt! So cool!! And SO cheap!!

  5. Alison says:

    This article is 4 years old! I read all the comments and wanted to add my 2 cents, too. When my husband and I started making changes to our home and diet, we needed the ‘going cold turkey’ method or we would never change! We did that with our deodorant last month. Let me tell you….armpit detox is real! We were using a Tropical Traditions deodorant that we made the switch to….and it just didn’t work. So, we just didn’t wear deodorant. We just didn’t. It was bad…awful…no good. And we have VERY public, active jobs. Did I mention it was bad? Any way, I noticed I only smelled in one armpit, so I suspected detox. All the skin in my armpits also started shedding, so I rubbed it all off. Not painful. Then about 2 weeks later, we didn’t smell any more..or atleast only a little on active days. Now our tropical traditions deodorant works, and this recipe works BEST of all, keeping us dry! Whew. All that to say, we needed to just be patient, wait out the smelling bad…then it was awesome.

  6. Leah says:

    I’m wondering, will it work to put this in a stick or does the composition of it make it best to put in a jar and apply with fingers? We’re going to give this recipe a go. We tried the bentonite clay deodorant recipe from your book, and it works for about 3-4 hours and then needs re-application. We must need something a bit stronger along with some magnesium;) Are the 20 drops of EO you suggested still OK to add? And, are there specific ones that are on the safe list for nursing/pregnant women?

  7. Bridy says:

    WOW, what can I say.
    First off, thank you for doing the research and trials to get this right.
    I have tried a few deodorants from the Natural Health stores and also a DIY deodorant sold at a local wellness shop. None of them worked, and sadly the one from the wellness shop gave me an extremely painful rash.

    I used 3/4 cup or arrowroot powder and the rest baking soda, just in case I was sensitive to it.
    What can I say, day two and I have no rash and I don’t stink!
    Thank you so very much!

    I am wondering, where can one buy those empty deodorant tubes. My son is only 10 and doesn’t currently need deodorant yet, but I am sure the day will come rather soon. I would love to make some and put it in a deodorant tube/container for him when he needs it.

  8. Srishti says:

    Hi Heather! I have recently started making changes in my life, trying to live a more natural, chemical free life and my aluminium loaded deodorant is the next thing I would like to get rid of. I live in a fairly warm country and the coconut oil stays liquid. Do you think this would work as a roll on deodorant? I have the bottle from my old Nivea roll on (its got the ball) and would like to use this bottle. Do you think it will work or should I increase the oil I’m using to get it more liquidy? I’m also sensitive to baking soda and so I was thinking of using 1/4 cup baking soda and 3/4 cup arrowroot. Do you think this will work?

    • Heather says:

      Hi Srishti, I don’t think it would work well as a roll-on because the baking soda/arrowroot is likely to settle at the bottom. You’d probably end up just rolling on coconut oil. This recipe might work better for you if you’re sensitive to baking soda:

      You could use half shea butter and half coconut oil to help it stay more solid.

      • Srishti says:

        I’m going try this recipe! Thank you :) I can add essential oils for a nice smell too right? How many drops do you think I would need?

        • Srishti says:

          Will this look sort of glossy when it sits in the container? It isn’t oily really but looks glossy as though there’s a ton of oil in there. Or is this just the arrowroot?

  9. Jack says:

    I would be interested in making my own deodorant but only if it was fragrance free. I have no desire to smell like a flower and I don’t think most men would either. The smell of patchouli is so strong and awful that it burns my sinuses, and frankly sweat smells better. When you find a way to make it smell like pumpkin pie or warm cinnamon rolls I’d be right there.

    • Kayleigh says:

      You could try experimenting with essential oils scents like clove, cinnamon,allspice (if they have it), etc. These spices are used in pumpkin pie filling and it won’t hut to play around with them.
      If you want a more rustic, outdoorsy scent, you could try fresh pine or some other kind of wood scent. (I live in an area where there are lots of trees, though the climates pretty dry, and fresh cut pine wood smells amazing!!)

  10. Rolland Churchill says:

    In the recipe for the deodorant it does not have how much coconut oil to use. So how much coconut oil should we use?

    • GB says:

      enough to make it moist – I just tried it for the first time now – hubby always buys himself nasty stuff and the last one he just got burns his arm pits; I offered to make him some, but he went and bought one; now I just mixed some – we shall see :)

  11. Marcelle says:

    This is the first deodorant I’ve tried that actually works. And so easy to make. Thanks so much!!

  12. Sarah says:

    I understand the odor free, but does it do anything to help with sweating? We live in a very humid area and need something that helps with sweating as well as odor.

  13. Erica says:

    How long does the deodorant keep? I made an extra batch about three months ago. Stored in cool, dark place, but wasn’t sure if it’s still good to use.
    Thanks for the great recipe!

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  17. Sue Pea says:

    I used to make this all the time until I developed a horrible rash from the baking soda. Has anyone tried this without the baking soda and still found it effective? I am so sad because it worked so well but I can’t use it anymore.

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  19. Sara says:

    How much coconut oil? I see no designation in the above recipie.

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  21. GB says:

    so i had neither arrowroot (must be fresh out?) or cornstarch
    being a great experimenter i substituted: one Tbs of potato starch and one Tbs of tapioca with 2 Tbs of baking soda (took about 3 Tbs of coconut oil to have it all moist and pasty) Then i got a bit too much tea tree oil in (you know, first it did not drop at all and then i had it running….) I am VERY excited to see how hubby likes it!!!

    • GB says:

      reporting total success! Best of all: he likes it and he does not smell gross any more like he did with commercial deodorant and sweat!

  22. deb says:

    Love it !!!!!!!!

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  24. maria says:

    hello heather,
    this is an entirely different matter but i hope you can help.
    we have two dogs and they stay indoors. problem is they have ticks and fleas. we have tried the commercial products for anti-ticks and fleas and we give them a bath at least one a week but the ticks continue to breed. we have also tried to remove the ticks manually. still, i cannot keep up with their breeding speed.
    thank you very much for your attention.
    i will appreciate any suggestion/s.

    thank you. maria

  25. Deborah Walker says:

    Hi Heather,
    Would there be a benefit in using Castor Oil in the deodorant because of the benefit for the lymph system?It is reported to be antibacterial/fungal etc so should be positive in that respect.

    Appreciate your approach to a whole lot of things I have read on your site. Some of the things have made a big difference in our house. Thanks a lot.

  26. Evelyne says:

    Hi Heather,
    I wanted to tell you that I’ve used this deodorant recipe for a couple of years now and it really really works. However, all of my clothes are stained in the armpit area. Hubby decided he won’t use it for that reason. I use home-made detergent using as a base, soap which I make using tallow. Any suggestions to remedy this would be dearly appreciated!!

  27. Jacqueline says:

    How much coconut oil in the dry ingredients? I like to be exact.

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