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For many years deodorant has been the bane of my existence.  As a teenager I learned that there is a strong connection between the aluminum in deodorant and Alzheimer’s disease.  As a result, I was committed to using only natural deodorants.  I have tried every stick, spray, roll-on, and crystal I could find. The result? Disappointment.  I hate to say it, but I never found a product that worked for longer than an hour.  In my frustration I found my way back to using conventional deodorant, stressing with each application about what I was putting into my body.

Then I  heard from a friend that if you didn’t use deodorant for a period of time your body will naturally adjust to it and you wouldn’t need to use it.  Let’s just say I tried that for a week and it was a failed experiment.  And gross.

After searching around the internet, I discovered there are a ton of DIY deodorant recipes that use natural ingredients like baking soda, corn starch, and coconut oil.  I have tried several different batches of homemade deodorant using different proportions of these ingredients and different essential oils.  My first batch used peppermint oil which irritated my skin, my second batch had too much baking soda which also irritated my skin, but this final batch?  Just right.

Since I live in a colder climate, coconut oil is usually solid (except in summer) so I had to gently heat it to a liquid so I could mix my ingredients.  When it cooled again, my deodorant was a solid gel.  I’ve heard mixed reviews from others who have put homemade deodorant into empty twist-up deodorant containers – some say it crumbles while others think it works fine.  I haven’t tried this myself because I think it’s easier to keep the deodorant in a small jar and apply by hand.  If you live in a warm climate, your mixture might not solidify (unless you keep it in the fridge) so it will be even easier to apply by hand because it will be in a liquid state.

I have been super impressed with how well this deodorant works and it actually works better for me than conventional deodorant.  I think I have to say that again.  It actually works better than conventional deodorant – the ones with the aluminum!  If only I had known about this years ago. Sigh. I guess the perfect deodorant search is over.

DIY Deodorant

  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 2 Tablespoons corn starch*
  • 1 Tablespoon + 1 teaspoon baking soda*
  • 20 – 25 drops lavender essential oil


  1. Melt your coconut oil (if necessary) and mix with the corn starch and baking soda.
  2. Add the essential oil.
  3. Mix.
  4. Transfer to a glass container.
  5. Use up!
  6. Will last 2 -3 months depending on usage.

*Notes: My batch has less baking soda and corn starch than some recipes I’ve seen because I experienced skin irritation from these ingredients at a higher ratio.  If this mixture is not effective for you, you can increase the amount of baking soda and corn starch by about 2 teaspoons.

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163 comments on “DIY! How to Make Your Own Deodorant”

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Madeline Bennett
9 Months Ago

Do you think lemongrass essential oil would work too?

10 Months Ago

Thank you so much for this simple recipe! I have gone natural recently and was hoping to find something I could make myself. I LOVE coconut oil and it\'s smell. Will post again once I\'ve created it! xx

1 Years Ago

Thanks for this nice post. I have problem and can’t solve. My recipe has ZnO, the other similar. For a while my deodorant change color to pink after 2,3 weeks. I didn^t have any problem like this, what should I be missing? Thankss

1 Years Ago

This sounds great but I have used an even simpler version with only cornstarch, water and baking soda (filled into an empty, clean glass roll-on bottle) for a few months now and it\'s been amazing. It does not stop you from sweating like some conventional deodorants do but it prevents odour. I can honestly say, that it works much better than any conventional deodorant I have ever used. I don\'t even add any essential oils because one of the things I really like about this homemade deodorant is the fact that it has no fragrance whatsoever.

19 Oct 2017

aahh thank you for your post! I was wondering if the recipe would work just as well without the essential oil as I too was looking to omit it :-)

1 Years Ago

Can\'t wait to try this! If it works well for me, I am gonna suggest my wife use it. -=80)

2 Years Ago

I\'ve used this recipe for 2 years now, even with this hot summer no armpit odour {if used on freshly washed and dried armpits}. And best of all I am no longer clawing at my arms every night from allergy. I\'ve used lavender oil, lemon balm, and violet oil. I think the lavender is best.

24 Jul 2016

Use good quality essential oil that you buy from a reputable source. I tried it with some internet ordered oil and it was like soup after mixing, not good.

3 Years Ago

I wonder would it still work if I used tea tree oil instead of lavender oil?

Arnab Roy Choudhury
3 Years Ago

Your article has been really helpful and quite informative. It has given me a good insight about natural deodorant. Suggest some good body spray which is easily available and considerably beneficial.

3 Years Ago

How should we keep it? at room temperature or refrigerated?

Beth Garver
3 Years Ago

I have been using this deodorant recipe and it really does work well.

12 Jul 2015

hi, just wondering if, with oil in this recipe, does it cause discolourisation of clothing? cheers, anna

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