Tired of searching for a pure, chemical-free deodorant that doesn’t cost a fortune? Yeah, me, too. Here’s a mega-simple DIY deodorant that focuses on safe, effective ingredients. No muss, no fuss, no stink!

Best for: Normal, Combination, Oily/acne-prone,
 Dry and Mature skin


Top Tip: Tea tree, lavender, and lemongrass essential oils are all powerful odor fighters. Add a few drops and you’ll be smelling sweet!

Superstar ingredient: Coconut oil is a terrific emollient. It was also popular for cooking in the United States and Canada until the 1970s, when corn and soy oil companies ramped up their propaganda against it. They claimed that its high saturated fat content made it dangerous to consume, but today, we know that coconut oil is more complex than that. The saturated fat in coconut oil consists primarily of medium-chain fatty acids, which aren’t as easily stored as fat by the body.



  • Small glass jar with lid
  • 3 tablespoons arrowroot powder or cornstarch 45 milliliter
  • 1 tablespoon baking soda or kaolin clay 15 milliliter
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil 30 milliliter
  • 5 drops essential oil(s) of your choice


  1. In a small bowl, whisk arrowroot powder with baking soda until well combined. Set aside.
  2. Place coconut oil in a small heatproof glass bowl. Microwave on High, stirring every five seconds, until melted and completely smooth. (The total time will depend on the strength of your microwave.)
  3. Whisk coconut oil into arrowroot mixture along with essential oil(s) until a paste forms. Pour into jar.
  4. Using fingers, rub a small amount of paste over underarm skin until absorbed.
  5. Store at room temperature for up to 1 year.

Recipes reprinted from The Compassionate Chick’s Guide to DIY Beauty, Published by Robert Rose.