D.I.Y. Deodorant

My armpits are officially in love.

I’ve been looking for a natural, toxic-free, comfortable, and most importantly, effective deodorant for months now, and I think I can finally say the search is over.  A simple recipe that includes only four ingredients, it goes on light, smells good and costs pennies.  And as far as I can tell, it WORKS, although it may need to be reapplied sometime during the day.  (By “works” I mean smell-free.  Sweat?  Yes.  Smell?  No.)

Measurements for the roll-on:

1/4 cup baking soda

1/4 cup cornstarch

3-4 tbsp coconut oil

10-15 drops of essential oil (I used lavender)

Measurements for the 12 oz (350 grams) glass jar:

1 cup baking soda

1 cup cornstarch

12-16 tbsp coconut oil

40 – 50 drops of essential oil


  • Mix baking soda and cornstarch together.
  • If the coconut oil is solid, warm until liquified.
  • Add in coconut oil and stir until blended.  I like the deodorant on the drier side so I only use 3 tbsp per 1/2 cup of dry ingredients (1/4 c CS/1/4 c BS).  But you can put up to 5-6 tbsp depending on your preference.
  • Add in essential oil of choice.  Recommendations: lavender, tea tree, eucalyptus, peppermint.  Personally, I lean toward using more essential oil than not.  The coconut oil does tend to overpower the essential oil a bit, so I upped the ante to get more of a lavender punch.
  • Once blended together, pour into empty deodorant stick or glass jar.  You may need to put it into the fridge to firm it up a bit, depending on how warm it is in your home.
  • Get crafty and decorate your new deodorant bottle with your favorite inspiration.

5 responses

  1. This is, again, very helpful information. A couple of questions, though: Is it possible, if we eat right, that we would not need deodorant at all? I haven’t used any deo for years. Either everyone’s been too polite to tell me I have body odor, or…there’s no reason to use it. I’ve read, too, that the whole idea of slathering up our armpits with stuff tends to clog up pores that are meant (naturally) to release toxins (sweat). What are your thoughts on these two items?

    • Great questions mama!

      I do believe it is possible to not have any body odor. You, and a couple of other people I know, have told me they haven’t used deo in years and don’t feel like they need to, i.e. no body odor. So I know there is a way.

      And what is that way? My first guess would be a clean internal body. I’m in the camp that believes we are what we eat … we are what we put into and onto our bodies. That would be a general answer. A more specific answer, or should I say a more specific opinion, is that an odor-free body would be one that consumes a highly alkaline diet. My guess is it’s probably the acidic foods that cause bad body smells. Highly refined, processed foods, dairy, meat, etc.

      And in regards to your 2nd question, from what I understand, it’s the antiperspirants that stop people from sweating. The aluminum literally blocks the pores. And I definitely do not think this is good at all. Our body needs a way to release sweat. But something like the above recipe won’t block sweating, it will only mask the bad odor. And these ingredients are only good for the body, especially if you use an antibacterial essential oil!


    • Oh no! So sorry to hear this. I haven’t had any problems with it so far and have been using it ever since writing this post, but I guess it just goes to show we are individuals, and one product may work for one and not for another. Hopefully, you’re feeling better.

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