Homemade Deodorant

Okay, I don’t know about all the other ladies out there, but even MAN’s deodorant doesn’t cut it for me!!! I don’t know why I have such a problem. But thankfully, this homemade (read: cheap, clean, and not that hard to make!) deodorant has fixed my problem! It is the only one that has ever prevented stinky-ness!

The Coconut oil is soothing and nourishing to skin, the baking soda prevents smell and the cornstarch soaks up sweat! (Note: you will sweat a little if you work out with it or are just an incredibly heavy sweater, as this is not an anti-persperant (which are not healthy). But doing day to day activities, I do not typically have a sweating problem and it always prevents smelling for me!)

This deodorant is super “green” and “clean.” I stopped using anti-persperants a long time ago because of the neurotoxin aluminum issue and causing diseases like Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and others. I then moved to Tom’s and the hippie crystal, which didn’t work at all for me and actually burned my underarms a little. This one is nice and soothing, doesn’t sting or burn (though, put it on gently because the baking soda can be an abrasive if rubbed on too aggressively!), and you could literally EAT your deodorant if you so desired! How many body products that are in your cabinet can you say that about!!?!?!

Hope it works like a charm for you, as well!



  • 6-8 Tbsp Coconut oil (solid state)
  • 1/4 cup baking soda
  • 1/4 cup arrowroot powder or cornstarch (arrowroot is preferred)

Directions: Combine equal portions of baking soda & arrowroot powder. Slowly add coconut oil and work it in with a spoon or hand blender until it maintains a firm but pliable texture. It should be about the same texture as commercial deodorant, solid but able to be applied easily. If it is too wet, add further arrowroot powder/cornstarch to thicken. You can either scoop this recipe into your old deodorant dispensers or place in a small container with lid and apply with fingers with each use. Rub excess onto your skin; it rubs in great and smells nice and beach-y too!

Makes about 1 cup.

This recipe lasts about 3 months for two people with regular daily use.

2 comments on “Homemade Deodorant

  1. Pina says:

    Hey Heather, you may not remember me, but I went to bible college with you and Luke. I went to Peru with Luke. I found your blog from a link he posted and I love what you write. I also am into natural living. I follow a strict Paleo diet in an effort to keep my autoimmune disease (endometriosis) under control. I am a nurse and I have a long-term goal of being a home birth midwife. I love this recipe for home made deodorant. Tom’s worked for me until I started working 12 hour shifts as a nurse, after about 8 hours I knew it wasnt working anymore. I will for sure try this. Thanks for everything you share!!

    • Hi Pina! Yes, of course I remember you. How awesome that you are a nurse and also feel a bent toward midwifery… such an awesome field, from a natural standpoint. And even more awesome from a spiritual, that the Lord could use you in that setting.
      I’m glad you’re enjoying the blog and stoked to know that you are a fellow “hippie” at heart 🙂

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