How to Make Homemade Deodorant that Works

how to make homemade deodorant that works

Deodorant.  It’s one of those topics that you don’t want to spend a lot of time on, right?  Well then, let’s get to it!  I’ve got 5 amazing deodorant recipes to show you “How to Make Homemade Deodorant that Works”!

I remember growing up and getting to that awkward stage of life when it was time to begin wearing antiperspirant.  The goal was to not sweat or smell, no matter what!

It wasn’t until my twenties (back in the 80’s), when I was involved in competitive athletics, that someone explained to me how it was important to perspire.

This was just revolutionary to me!

Perspire, yes.

But smell, no.

So, like any good consumer, I headed straight for the health food store to read up on this issue of perspiration and to buy some healthy deodorant.

I always loved the health food store’s library!

woman in mirror applying deodorant

As I read through book after book, I came to understand the issues with blocking perspiration, as well as why aluminum (and multiples of other toxins), which are in most store brands of antiperspirant and deodorant, could be harmful.

Today, we know that aluminum has been linked to not only breast cancer, but Alzheimer’s as well.

It’s important to perspire!

It’s how our bodies cool down and expel impurities.  It sure didn’t make much sense to me to block impurities in my body!

I tried several brands of “healthy” deodorant and even tried a salt crystal, which worked pretty well, but not as well as I hoped.

As time went on and the internet was readily available, there was a lot of information about how to make DIY, homemade deodorant.

This simple 3 ingredient natural deodorant recipe that I’m going to share with you has been around for quite some time and for good reason.

It works!  When you live on a farm, you put your deodorant to the test!

I’ve seen many other recipes that are more expensive to make, but unless you have allergies to any of the three ingredients, try this one first.  It works great and it’s also cheap to make!


Natural Three Ingredient Homemade Deodorant

6-8 tbsp. of coconut oil 

1/4 cup Baking soda (if you develop a rash from baking soda, cut this amount in half until the rash clears up)

1/4 cup Arrowroot powder

10-20 drops of Tea Tree oil and/or Lavender oil  

Three deodorant containers, either some that you’ve saved or I use these.


Measure out the coconut oil into a heat-proof cup and melt slightly.  Then add the baking soda and arrowroot powder, mixing until smooth.  Add oils and mix.  Pour into empty dispensers and let cool and set up for a few hours.

This is the recipe that I personally use.

(In warmer environments, you might want to add a little more equal amounts of the baking soda and arrowroot power for a dryer mixture because coconut oil melts at 76 degrees).  I rarely have problems with melting unless it’s the hottest part of summer here in Ohio!


More Homemade Deodorant Recipes

Our Inspired Roots – Non-melting Deodorant 

The “Wellness Mama” – Natural Deodorant with Shea Butter 

homemade deodorant for men

While we’re at “Wellness Mama”, she also has a DIY men’s deodorant that uses essential oils to give your man something he’ll enjoy using!

homemade deodorant

Finally, here’s another fabulous recipe from “Pronounce Skincare” that uses almond oil!

making homemade deodorant

There are folks out there who have reactions to baking soda in their deodorant!

No worries!

Here’s a “baking-soda free” Homemade Deodorant Recipes from Our Oily House.

Include mango butter in your DIY deodorant with this “baking soda free” Homemade Deodorant with “The Coconut Mama”.

hand spraying a pump bottle

Homemade Pump Spray Deodorant


You can make liquid homemade deodorant that can be put in a pump spray bottle?


Check out WholeLifestyleNutrition and their liquid deodorant spray recipe!


There are so many ways and recipes for homemade deodorant out there, try several and find one that works for you!


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This Post Has 4 Comments

  1. Hannah Wright

    Thank you for this recipe! How does the coconut oil work for deodorant? Doesn’t it stain the clothing?

    1. Kelly

      Hannah, thanks for your question. All I can say is that I’ve used this for many years and never had a problem!

  2. Ella

    i need to make this, making toxic free swaps

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