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Make Your Own Natural Deodorant. Keep Skin Balanced, Healthy and Chemical-Free!

Looking to save money or end your relationship with chemicals? Here is an easy to make, at-home recipe for deodorant. It takes three minutes to make, 30 seconds to use, and is effective to boot!

"Wait. Did you say I can drop the chemicals and still smell good?" Why, yes. Yes I did.

"Wait. Did you say I can drop the chemicals and still smell good?" Why, yes. Yes I did.

Supplies & Ingredients

Get into your kitchen! All your ingredients will be found there.

Container for your deodorant

  • Container for your deodorant. I use a honey pot. The ceramic bowl has a notch for a honeycomb (or a spoon, in my case) and a lid.
  • Small bell jars are also good.
  • Paper cup. Pour into paper cups and tear the cup as you go, holding the deodorant just as you would a store-bought deodorant.
  • Old deodorant applicator. I have tried reusing deodorant containers, but once the deodorant became soft, this method no longer worked. It may be different for you.
  • Empty push-up cosmetic containers, such as the kind used for Tarte cheek stain.
  • Buy your own empty deodorant containers, available on Amazon! Fill and store in a cool place. During summer months, I recommend the fridge (can you imagine anything better than the cool touch of a conditioning homemade deodorant in the dead heat of summer?)


  • 1/3 cup baking soda
  • 1/3 cup cornstarch
  • 1/3 cup coconut oil, softened or liquified (coconut oil melts at room temperature. A quick zap in the microwave, or set in the sun, should do the trick)
  • a few drop tea tree oil
  • essential oils you love to smell all day long


I like to start with the coconut oil, then add the essential oils and tea tree oil, followed by the cornstarch and baking soda. Mix well with a spoon.

The mixture is soft but also creamy, similar to a soft toothpaste or peanut butter. It looks very rich and the smell should just about make you melt!


This homemade and inexpensive deodorant goes a long way! One swipe with a stick (or the dixie cup method) is all you need. The application should be transparent once you're done. I use a honey pot for storage and apply using the back side of a spoon. I scrape the top if it's cold, accumulating about 1/8 of a teaspoon, and spread thinly on my underarms, working it into my skin. Over-application could result in clumps that will fall around your feet, or rub on your clothing.

What do these ingredients do?

This deodorant is only that - a deodorant. It is not an antiperspirant, which is only effective with aluminum-based products. But sweating is healthy, helping your body to release toxins trapped inside of it. Though you will still feel perspiration with this deodorant, you will not smell bad! Here's why:

Baking Soda: Baking soda neutralizes odor by chemically altering them, this is why we use an open container in our refrigerators. One would think the bad odors are simply absorbed, but this is not true, otherwise, the baking soda would have those bad odors attached to it (and who wants to store bad smells in their armpits?) So with baking soda, you will still smell good.

Cornstarch: Cornstarch is used in this mix as a thickening agent and to bind the ingredients together. It also helps to absorb moisture! It plays a large role in making the deodorant very soft and velvety to the touch.

Coconut Oil: Aside from its pleasing smell, coconut oil has anti-microbial properties and will therefore help the baking soda in killing odors. Because coconut oil is loaded with healthy acids and naturally occurring vitamin e, it is an excellent moisturizer and actually beneficial to your body.

Tea Tree Oil: Tea tree oil is an antibacterial, and it smells nice! If you wonder if it can keep the nasties at bay (toxins excreted through sweat in your armpits), the tea tree oil is your soldier. Working in tandem with coconut oil, you're safe.

Give it a try!

With the ingredients for this deodorant costing so little, give this deodorant a shot. If you love it, package some up in bell jars as a gift for friends. Impress them! Play with essential oil combinations, such as lavender and cedarwood, or go with a scent you know you love, such as sandalwood or citrus.

Have fun!

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Christen Roberts (author) from Harrisburg, PA on April 14, 2014:

Thanks, Nell! I hope you like it. You should check out my hub on using coconut oil to wash your face. The results are amazing (the comments can attest to that). :D It feels really great. Thank you for stopping by!

Nell Rose from England on April 12, 2014:

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What a great idea! I am all for using natural products, so this is great!

Christen Roberts (author) from Harrisburg, PA on July 08, 2013:

Baking soda is bicarbonate of soda - yes. :) Just don't use baking powder! That's a whole other thing. :D

Viva Jones from UK on July 05, 2013:

Grateful, even, arrrggghhh!!

Viva Jones from UK on July 05, 2013:

I'm seriously going to try this - can I just confirm though that baking soda is the same as bicarbonate of soda? I keep looking for the answer online and think it must be, and that it's baking powder that's different, with leavening ingredients. If you can confirm I'd be very grateful. Thank you!

Christen Roberts (author) from Harrisburg, PA on March 17, 2013:

Thank you, Green Art! As I commented to Riviera Rose, you may find that after detoxing, you only need to pat your underarms with baking soda (or even just cornstarch). After 3 months, I now use just baking soda, and only on days that I expect an extra bit of perspiration.

Christen Roberts (author) from Harrisburg, PA on March 17, 2013:

Thank you, Riviera Rose! You may find, as I did, that after a while, you're body has detoxed, and just patting baking soda underarms is all you need. (It took me about 3 months.)

Laura Ross on March 14, 2013:

Awesome hub! I've been trying to rid my home and body of chemicals and this is a great idea that I can't wait to try. I have everything in my kitchen except the coconut oil. Very interesting hub!

Riviera Rose from South of France on March 14, 2013:

Fantastic hub - I definitely want to try this. I'm really trying to use fewer chemicals and am pretty sure I've got all the ingredients to hand. Bookmarked, voted up and interesting.

Susan Hazelton from Northern New York on December 30, 2012:

This look great. I absolutely have to try it. Up, useful and interesting.

RTalloni on May 08, 2012:

A great tutorial for making safe deoderant--thanks!

Christen Roberts (author) from Harrisburg, PA on April 21, 2012:

I have been really pleased using this deodorant. Let me know what scents you use! I am always looking for more ideas.

Ness from Australia on April 21, 2012:

This is great. I'm going to try it. I'm always looking for ways to use less chemicals in my life

liziey on April 18, 2012:


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