How to Make Easy Homemade Deodorant

Updated on March 5, 2020
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Mel loves creating and making her own herbals, cleaning products, air fresheners, bath, beauty, and body products.

Why Make Your Own Deodorant?

There are many reasons why you may want to make your own home and beauty products.

  • Perhaps you do not like commercially produced beauty products and wish to find a safer alternative. It may be that you've never made your own beauty care products at home before and you're looking to get started with a product recipe that's easy for first-timers. If this is the case, great! This recipe will work perfectly for you!
  • Maybe you like the idea of being more kind to the environment and producing less waste.
  • Lastly, you may simply feel a certain level of satisfaction from making your own products. This hobby can be very rewarding in its own right, and this easy, at-home recipe is sure to suit you quite well. Besides, when you make your own products, you know each and every ingredient that is going into the products that you make. What could be better?

These are all fantastic and great reasons for making your own products, without a doubt. There is nothing quite like the gratification of making something from scratch with your own two hands with simple ingredients that you're likely to already have on-hand. With this in mind, let's get started!

Supplies for your homemade deodorant
Supplies for your homemade deodorant | Source

Supplies List

  • 4 Tbsp. Coconut Oil
  • 4 Tbsp. Arrowroot Starch
  • 1 Tbsp. Baking Soda
  • 1 Tbsp. Cornstarch
  • 10 drops in total of any essential oils of your choice. (I used 3 drops of Tea Tree Oil, 5 drops of Lavender Oil, and 2 drops of Sweet Orange Oil.) Note that this step is completely optional.
  • Small clean container with lid (Approx. 4-6 ounce in size)
  • Bowl for mixing ingredients
  • Spoon or whisk


  1. Add the arrowroot starch, cornstarch, and baking soda into your mixing bowl. Blend well with whisk or spoon until thoroughly combined.
  2. Whisk or stir coconut oil into your dry ingredients. Blend well and until smooth. Coconut oil may need to be melted prior to being mixed into the dry ingredients. This is totally normal and will not change the effectiveness of finished product. A quick pop into the microwave or into a small saucepan on low heat until melted will do the trick.
  3. Add in any/all essential oils. Blend well. This step is optional. If you wish not to use essential oils, or if you want your homemade deodorant to be unscented, omit this step.
  4. Pour mixture into clean container and secure lid. Congratulations, it's that easy! Your homemade deodorant is ready to use!
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Dry ingredients.Add coconut oil to dry ingredients.Once all ingredients are added, mix until smooth consistency.Pour the well blended ingredients into container and cover. Your deodorant is ready!
Dry ingredients.
Dry ingredients. | Source
Add coconut oil to dry ingredients.
Add coconut oil to dry ingredients. | Source
Once all ingredients are added, mix until smooth consistency.
Once all ingredients are added, mix until smooth consistency. | Source
Pour the well blended ingredients into container and cover. Your deodorant is ready!
Pour the well blended ingredients into container and cover. Your deodorant is ready! | Source

How to Use Your Homemade Deodorant and Other Helpful Information

To use: Swirl fingertips (using approximately a dime to nickel size amount under each arm) into the deodorant and massage the product into the underarm area covering entire area thoroughly. Apply 1-2 times daily or as needed.

Please Note: Once your homemade deodorant is ready for use, it may take 30 minutes to an hour or so for the deodorant to solidify. The temperature of your environment will determine how fast or slow this process will be or may take. If after an hour or so goes by and the deodorant mixture is still thin, feel free to place the covered container of deodorant in the refrigerator until the mixture "sets" or thickens. You can do this at any time for the entire life of the deodorant if the product becomes runny or too thin and can be repeated as many times as needed. Refrigeration will not affect the performance of the product. Also, if the deodorant happens to be runny and thin, no worries, this will have no negative effect on the performance of the product whatsoever. It is absolutely still effective and use-able.

Ideally, the deodorant should have a creamy yet slightly stiff consistency and should melt soon after contact with the skin. This makes for easier application to and for blending well into the skin.

This homemade deodorant will have a shelf life of around a month, give or take. This is just a general guideline. Washing your hands before applying and keeping the container clean and free of debris will also prolong the self-life. Also, keeping and storing the homemade deodorant in the refrigerator between uses will extend the shelf life as well.

Coconut oil works well as a natural moisturizer and is said to have antibacterial properties so using it as a main component for homemade deodorant is sensible and logical.

Arrowroot starch and corn starch acts as thickening agents for the deodorant mixture. Without them, the mixture would be thin and perhaps a bit messier to apply. Also, the starches help to absorb wetness aiding in keeping you drier.

Baking soda absorbs and neutralizes odors making it a wonderful component to your deodorant.

Essential oils are a great and natural way to add fragrance to your homemade products, but they are by no means necessary to this recipe. If you prefer your homemade deodorant to be unscented or if you have sensitivities to scented oils or scents whatsoever, by all means, skip the addition of the essential oils. Omitting the essential oils in this recipe will not affect the performance of the deodorant itself. The key components are the coconut oil, arrowroot powder, cornstarch, and baking soda. Essential oils are a nice addition but are not mandatory.

If you have extremely sensitive skin, baking soda may be irritating to some. If you experience irritation, try making this recipe using a reduced amount of baking soda. Also, avoid applying just after shaving as this may help reduce the likelihood of irritation. Sometimes it takes the skin some time to adjust to sudden changes especially if you've never used homemade products on the skin previously but please, use sensible discretion and discontinue use if irritation ensues or continues whatsoever. Everyone is different, and products work differently on everyone.

Feel free to adjust this recipe to your specific likes and needs as it is quite versatile.

There are endless possibilities with this recipe; the sky is the limit! You can really get creative here so use your imagination and experiment until your heart's content!

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This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2018 Melissa Meadow


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    • Melissa Meadow profile imageAUTHOR

      Melissa Meadow 

      10 months ago from United States

      Thank you, Linda. If you do try it, I hope you like it. Thanks for stopping by!

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      Linda Bryen 

      10 months ago from United Kingdom

      Great recipe, I might give it a try. Thank you, Mel.


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