Amazing Homemade Deodorant (that WORKS!)

Amazing Homemade Deodorant (that WORKS!)
Adapted from Sew Green and Passionate Homemaking
I am extremely excited to share this recipe with you.
I have tried almost every brand of natural deodorant. Most left me having to change my shirt by noon, feeling self-conscious and rank by the end of the day, or resorting to an emergency toxic chemical stick.
I would spend so much mental energy stressing about where my smell was at, which did not contribute to a sound mind.
At last! This recipe freed my mind, leaving me stink-free all day and into the next.
Other recipes involve complex ingredients and heat. This does not! If you are at all hesitant about making your own deodorant, this is the recipe that will win you over.
The formula is non-toxic, plastic free, sustainable, cheap, and extremely effective.

The recipe from Sew Green calls for 5-6 tablespoons of coconut oil, but I found this to be too much- especially if it liquefies on a hot day. 3.5 tablespoons is plenty.


  • 3.5 tablespoons coconut oil, soft but not melted
  • 1/8 cup arrowroot powder (you could use arrowroot powder or cornstarch if need be)
  • 1/8 cup cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup baking soda
  • Several drops of bergamot, or other essential oil [optional] I used lemon and ylang ylang. The next batch will be peppermint!


Mix the powders together in a bowl.
With a spatula, gradually add the coconut oil by ‘squishing’ it into the powder until you have a “pomade” consistency, and powders are mostly dissolved. Add a few drops of essential oil until it has a lovely hint of scent.



Scoop into a small mason jar. That’s it!
To use, scoop out a pea sized amount and rub between your fingers to melt and create a smooth texture. Apply under your arms and rub any left into your hands or legs as a moisturizer.

If you find it at all irritating, using less baking soda is effective.

The coconut oil may liquefy in the warmer months and float to the top. Just stir it up again with your finger, and apply a small amount as a liquid. It works just as well.

I would not recommend trying to scoop it into a traditional deodorant “stick” but rather to scoop from the jar.
I’d be happy to answer any questions, but you can also check out the comments section of the Sew Green recipe!
All rights reserved. Copyright Erika Nielsen@Sound Mind 2016-17
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