Body Wellness

DIY Natural Deodorant…That Actually Works!

July 10, 2015

A simple DIY Natural Deodorant recipe that smells amazing and works too! Made with clean, all-natural ingredients and ready in under 10 minutes, this natural deodorant recipe will quickly become a staple in your body routine.

A simple DIY Natural Deodorant recipe that smells amazing and works too! Made with clean, all-natural ingredients and ready in under 10 minutes, this natural deodorant will quickly become a staple in your body routine.Omg I am officially THAT girl.

I mean we all knew the day would come. The signs were all there. Natural beauty routine, apple cider vinegar EVERYWHERE, so it was due time I embrace my inner hippie and jump into the world of Natural Deodorant. I feel alive!!!!

Two years ago if you asked me if I would ever use natural deodorant I would have without a doubt laughed in your face. I’m judgmental like that. But now here I am, not only admitting to using it but also encouraging you to do the same. Oh how times have changed.

I pretty much summed up my thoughts on natural beauty in this post and also shared some of my favourite homemade products in this post but in a nutshell I truly believe that what we put on our body should be equally as important as what we put in it. And this includes homemade deodorant.

A simple DIY Natural Deodorant recipe that smells amazing and works too! Made with clean, all-natural ingredients and ready in under 10 minutes, this natural deodorant will quickly become a staple in your body routine.

Why Try This Natural Deodorant Recipe

Now before you stop reading and think I’ve totally lost my mind, hear me out. I’m not sitting at home braiding my armpit hair and praying to my crystals (…yet). I am a 21st century hippie. I believe in western medicine and think that obsessing over the cleanliness of your food and body/home products is about as healthy as taking a bath in a sugar-paraben cocktail. But as a former natural beauty-judger I urge you to at least have more of an open mind to somewhat alternative products.

Be conscious and read labels. Make choices that are reasonable and work in your life. I have extra time and a small budget so making my own homemade deodorant is realistic. If you’re on the go all the time, try purchasing a more natural deodorant (I like this one!) or if you’re working with a smaller budget (natural products tend to be more expensive), pick and choose what you can make yourself. If you can’t do it all, that’s okay. Even one small change is worth it.

A simple DIY Natural Deodorant recipe that smells amazing and works too! Made with clean, all-natural ingredients and ready in under 10 minutes, this natural deodorant will quickly become a staple in your body routine.My journey with natural beauty products started slowly. First I switched to a natural hair routine, followed by skin, home and then deodorant. I still use some conventional home products and regular toothpaste (holding strong on this one!). One day I’ll get there but for now I’m happy with the changes I’ve made.

That being said, one of the easiest DIY products to make for your body is definitely this homemade deodorant so if you’re open to it, give it a shot! Not only is it simple to make, it also lasts forever (budget friendly) and it totally and completely works. You won’t smell and it is a surprisingly good antiperspirant too. So let’s make the world a little less smelly and chemical-free too!


DIY Natural Deodorant…That Actually Works!

  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 1 3 ounce jar (will last between 4-6 months) 1x



  1. Place coconut oil and shea butter in a glass bowl or jar and place the bowl/jar inside a medium sauce pan.
  2. Add water to the saucepan (enough to surround bowl/jar but not to overflow it) and bring to a boil.
  3. As water is heating up, ensure to stir coconut oil and shea butter and continue to do so until it melts.
  4. Once melted, add in arrowroot starch, baking soda and essential oils.
  5. Place in a 3 ounce jar and allow to cool at room temp or in fridge (will harden faster in fridge) until it’s reached a solid state.
  6. Cover with lid until use.

Directions for use:

  1. Wet underarms slightly (this helps with even application)
  2. Spoon out a pea-sized amount with a wooden scoop or with fingers and rub between fingers before applying directly to underarms.
  3. For a regular day, one application in the morning should be fine. For hotter days, workouts or if you’re particularly sweaty, feel free to reapply as needed.

*Certain people are sensitive to tea tree oil so be sure to test your skin with a drop before adding to mixture. It is not necessary to include but tea tree is antibacterial and it is the bacteria in your underarms that leads to smell so it is a nice addition if you are not sensitive.

A simple DIY Natural Deodorant recipe that smells amazing and works too! Made with clean, all-natural ingredients and ready in under 10 minutes, this natural deodorant will quickly become a staple in your body routine.**Note: Your underarms may require an adjustment period depending upon how sensitive your skin is. Start by using this DIY Natural Deodorant  1-2 days a week and slowly increase. I went cold-turkey before my trip to Costa Rica and my armpits hated me. Now I’m all good but I wish I hadn’t changed up my routine so quickly while I was basically sweating on the equator.


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  • Reply
    Maryea {Happy Healthy Mama}
    July 10, 2015 at 6:31 am

    I was actually the opposite and switched to natural deodorant first. I have tried just about every single brand you can imagine, with Primal Pit Paste being the only kind that works for me. It was getting pricey, so I tried to make my own, but that was an absolute failure. I’m kind of afraid to try again. I’m totally with you on the keeping it natural, though. 🙂

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      August 4, 2018 at 5:26 pm

      I have tried nearly every type of homemade deodorant and finally found one that works perfectly called Granny’s Natural Deodorant.

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      Tanessa Burch
      July 28, 2020 at 8:00 pm

      for some odd reason, my deodorant is not thickening up. I have tried adding more arrowroot but it’s still soft and liquid. any suggestions

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        Davida Lederle
        July 28, 2020 at 10:53 pm

        Place it in the fridge! Could just be too hot in your house. Also make sure you used regular coconut oil and not fractionated coconut oil which never firms up.

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    Stella @ Stellicious Life
    July 10, 2015 at 6:57 am

    Welcome to the cleaner and greener side Davida! 🙂

    Just like Maryea, I also started with using natural deodorants and am very happy with them. Though I tended to sweat a lot in the older days when I used toxic deos, nowadays I’m surprised to see how well these natural concoctions take care of it and no smell at all (or rather a clean and fresh scent throughout the day)! So kudos, I love such DIY recipes 🙂

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    July 10, 2015 at 7:40 am

    This sounds really moisturicing too! I’ve recently switched to a natural brand of deodorant, but have been interested in making my own if I could. I may have to try this one out!

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    July 10, 2015 at 8:08 am

    Is it weird that I looked at the pics and thought ‘mmm bet that tastes good’…?

    Yeah, that’s weird. But I can attest it works! I use a similar combo but with bicarb, and no one has ever complained about my scent 😉

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      September 26, 2020 at 4:30 am

      I love this recipe! Made it once and it turned out great. Made it yesterday, perhaps didn’t follow quantities exactly, I put in a bit of extra corn starch because DH said it should have a firmer texture and I thought that might do it
      Texture is perfect. BUT Now it’s making my armpits itch. What gives? Do I just need to adjust gradually as you mention above? The first batch didn’t cause me any itching at all. Thanks! Love this! Both for the natural ingredients and that now I can avoidt buying yet another plastic item…..

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    Lexi @ Lexi's Clean Kitchen
    July 10, 2015 at 9:26 am

    I’ve been waiting for this post!!! SHEA BUTTER… ORDERED! Done. Doing it.

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    Laura B
    July 10, 2015 at 1:44 pm

    I went crazy hippie like 2 years ago and made my own toothpaste! pretty sure my breath was horrible during that year. I have kind of reverted since then, but still try and keep all my products as natural as possible. Coconut oil=my best friend. I will try making this though, it’s been on my list of DIY things to make!

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    Consuelo | Honey & Figs
    July 10, 2015 at 6:41 pm

    Yessssss!!! I couldn’t believe how cool this post was when I first saw it on Insta! I’ve been looking for a nice natural option for months now and I’m so glad I’ve found it! SO trying this tomorrow! I will let you know how it goes for sure. Thanks for sharing girl! x

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    July 10, 2015 at 9:28 pm

    Looks great! My armpits need a lil’ love anyways!

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    Whitney @ To Live & Diet in L.A.
    July 10, 2015 at 9:46 pm

    This is awesome!!! I’ve tried store bought natural deodorants without much luck – plus they’re kind of expensive. I can’t wait to try this.

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    Les @ The Balanced Berry
    July 11, 2015 at 11:47 pm

    Into this, big time. I’m always looking for ways to natural things up in the beauty department and deodorant can be tricky! Can’t wait to try this version!

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    July 12, 2015 at 6:51 pm

    I’ve made and used this deoderant off and on for a couple of years. I like it, but I have to wear black tee shirts for work all summer and by the end of the summer they have noticeable stains under the arms. Any ideas on getting rid of the stains?

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      Davida Kugelmass
      July 19, 2015 at 8:36 pm

      Unfortunately no 🙁 I’ve noticed this with both natural and conventional deodorants and have just written it off as a part of life. If you find a solution I’d love to hear it!

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        August 1, 2015 at 10:26 am

        I’d try dish detergent to remove t staining or go the outta the box an maybe dip the whole shirt into oil an wash normally. That is if the shirt doesn’t have a logo that would get wrecked by doing this.

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      August 16, 2018 at 9:07 am

      Hey, I just made some to a different recipe and it used bentonite clay (fullers earth) instead of arrowroot which makes the deo like a browny colour so obvs not good for white tops but better for dark ones. I’m going to make some to this recipe for my white top days!


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    December 28, 2015 at 11:40 am

    I’ve always wanted to make my own natural deodorant! Do you think I could swap out shea butter for cocoa butter since where I’m at does not have shea butter?

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      The Healthy Maven
      December 30, 2015 at 8:08 am

      I haven’t tried it myself but I would imagine it would be just fine!

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    Tere Iglesias
    April 27, 2016 at 8:59 am


    I had already made homemade deodorant and I have been using it since the summer, I love it!! I made it with corn starch so when I saw your recipe I thought I might try out this one that included shea butter in it! I did it yesterday and it works perfectly, the only question I had is do you by any chance know why mine has a brownish color instead of a white one? The one I used to do was white and then when I switched to bio cornstarch it was yellow (as the cornstarch had that color) but with that one I thought it would be white (I mean shea butter and arrowroot are not totally white but I dont get the brown color).
    Not that it changes anything to the benefits, but I would like to make it for some friends, and the colour might discourage them…
    Thank you! 🙂

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      Davida Kugelmass
      April 27, 2016 at 9:19 am

      Hi Tere, Glad you like it! I’m not certain why it would have a brownish color? Perhaps your shea butter is more on the brownish side? Mine always turns out white or slightly off-white but never brown. I wish I could be more helpful!

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        Tere Iglesias
        May 5, 2016 at 6:10 am

        Thank you for your answer 🙂 Yeah I am not certain either but it works so that is what matters I guess 😀

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      January 14, 2019 at 8:00 pm

      If using cornstarch at any time, I make sure it’s “Organic” and “Non-GMO”. I’ve purchased it from a Health Food Store. I do the same with the food I eat.

      I’m learning more about GMO ingredients and foods (GMO = Genetically Modified Organisms) and they are affecting the health of people, animals, birds, the air and water, other plants and this beautiful planet.

      People have choices, and I choose to do whatever I feel is best for the best health of myself and my animals.

      My Dad was a farmer. He always said “Respect the Earth and the Earth will respect you?

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        Jane Powell
        November 14, 2019 at 6:35 pm

        I agree totally about make choices that include the welfare of other living things. Pleased to meet you.

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    May 18, 2016 at 10:45 pm

    Hello! I just made some with a different recipe that called for beeswax and I’m having a bit of trouble applying it. But it works!
    I’m going to try your recipe, thanks! The older I get the more natural I’m going 🙂

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      Davida Kugelmass
      May 19, 2016 at 11:53 am

      Me too haha! Hope this one is more successful for you!!

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    May 20, 2016 at 2:26 pm

    Just wanted to thank you for sharing this. Have been gradually transitioning to natural over the last year. Love PPP, but was not enjoying ordering a new jar every 6 weeks! This works just perfect for me. I’m so grateful. It even worked odor wise for my husband, but his pits reacted to the baking soda and turned fiery red 🙁 I’ve tried three other recipes for him, and they just didn’t cut it. I even tried using them when my first batch of this ran out, but I returned to my stinky old self. Still haven’t worked out a recipe for him, but, anyway–I love this recipe…has boosted my confidence and saved my wardrobe 🙂 Thanks again!

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    Tania Trottier
    May 27, 2016 at 6:44 am

    I tried this last night and left it out to cool at room temperature. This morning when I woke up the oils had separated. Anyone ever come across this and can it be fixed?

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      Davida Kugelmass
      May 27, 2016 at 12:06 pm

      I’ve never had that happen! I do find that when I make it in the summer I need to let it cool in the fridge to harden. Try mixing it and placing it back in the fridge to set!

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      January 4, 2019 at 6:15 pm

      Hi Tania, I’ve just made it and had the same problem with the melted oils not resetting, and sitting on top of the other ingredients in the jar (even though very well mixed before pouring in). They didn’t set overnight. So I’m just trying to set it in the fridge to see if that helps. Did you ever figure out what went wrong with your batch? 🙂

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    July 31, 2016 at 7:11 pm

    Are there other flours you can use besides arrowroot?

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    August 22, 2016 at 10:42 am

    I’ve made two batches of this, one with less baking soda. The first I mixed by hand, the second with a hand mixer. With both batches, I’ve had a problem with the soda mixing in uniformly. So I will hit a patch of deodorant with more soda, and because it’s abrasive, I get red marks where my shirt had rubbed against the deodorant. Any suggestions for fixing this on the next batch?

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      Davida @ The Healthy Maven
      August 23, 2016 at 11:14 am

      Oh no! I’m sorry to hear this! Are your oils totally melted before you mix in the baking soda? I’ve never had mine become too abrasive. You may also be sensitive to baking soda, which is quite common. Try omitting it, which will of course make it slightly less effective but we don’t want you getting inflamed skin!

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        August 24, 2016 at 11:12 pm

        Yes, the oils have been totally melted. It’s odd that I can use it for a while and be fine, then other times I can feel that the deodorant is rougher when I apply it, like it’s just not mixed evenly. The next batch I will cut back even more on the baking soda then. Thanks.

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          Taylor Moar
          February 25, 2018 at 11:17 pm

          This happens to me when I use deo that has too much Soda. Day 1 is fine as well as 2 and 3. But day 4 usually is fiery red pits. You could try to cut back on the bicarbonate or you could try mixing with water and then putting it in the recipe. The water will eventually evaporate. Especially if you melt the oils in double boiler and add the wet soda and stir while it evaporates.

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    November 8, 2016 at 2:14 pm

    Where do you get your cute little wooden scoops?!

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    December 14, 2016 at 7:27 pm

    what are some scents that are more masculine that can be used?

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    February 19, 2017 at 12:53 pm

    Can I put the mixture into an old deodorant tube and use it that way, or do I have to scoop it out and apply it?


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      Davida @ The Healthy Maven
      February 19, 2017 at 1:55 pm

      I haven’t tried it myself, but I’ve been wanting to. It sort of depends on the temperature around you. If you live in a warmer climate, it might be tough but if it’s cooler it should hold its shape. Let me know if it works out!

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        February 27, 2017 at 11:57 pm

        So i poured it into an old Secret deodorant tube and it’s working well! I do keep it in the fridge because after applying, the top layer gets a little melty. Not too bad, but enough that I’d prefer it in the fridge.

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          Davida @ The Healthy Maven
          February 28, 2017 at 8:32 pm

          Thanks so much, lovely! I’m making another batch tonight and will try it in an old deodorant tube!

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    March 6, 2017 at 5:09 pm

    This recipe looks pretty awesome, do you think the consistency of it would work fine in a deodorant mold? Like a bigger chapstick container..? 🙂 if so, I’m totally making it asap! Got all of the ingredients

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      Davida @ The Healthy Maven
      March 7, 2017 at 1:36 pm

      I tried it out last week and yes, you certainly can put it in a mould but I find application is a lot stickier since the heat melts it pretty quickly. It’s much easier to apply and distribute using your hands, but it’s up to you!

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    April 21, 2017 at 4:26 pm

    Great deodorant recipe! I switched to DIY deo last year and use a recipe similar to this! I love it, don’t think I will ever go back! I can’t wait to check out more of your blog! Thanks!

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    Kenya G. Johnson
    April 28, 2017 at 4:52 pm

    May I ask where you found the little spatula’s?

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    Elisabeth G.
    May 3, 2017 at 1:01 pm

    Do you have to use the lavender oil in the mix? I am highly sensitive and want to try this recipe.

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      January 4, 2019 at 6:18 pm

      Hi Elisabeth, you don’t have to use lavender oil, that’s only to add a fragrance to the finished product. You can make it fragrance free.

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    September 13, 2017 at 7:02 pm

    Just made some of this last night. I bought shea butter a while back in anticipation of this and was finally in need. I used the heat venting from the oven while I baked a potato to melt the oil and butter, and the process was pretty simple (if messy). My skin is ridiculously sensitive, the last deodorant I made with I think this amount of baking soda causing irritation and eventually sores after extended use. I’m hoping the shea butter prevents this now. So far so good, but time will tell. Thanks for sharing!

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    September 19, 2017 at 10:40 pm

    Hi love natural deodorants and have found that I’m off and on senstive to baking soda but arrowroot seems to be ok so I can’t wait to try this. Wondering if you’ve experienced staining issues with the coconut oil when you sweat? I ruined quite a few shirts when I first went natural thanks to how oily it is. Thanks!

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    January 23, 2018 at 7:35 am

    I made the recipe (removed lavender and grapefruit and used more drops of tea tree essential oil) but feel a sandy touch, it seems that the baking soda is not totally dissolved into the oils. Is it normal?
    The efficiency… not as good as desired. If I have an important meeting or a date, I use my classic Dove.

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    Luisa Fanzani
    October 4, 2018 at 12:55 am

    I started making my own deodorant at home and it works so much better. I’m using refillable roll-on bottles like these I also waste less plastic doing this way.

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    Ella Anne Smith
    December 27, 2018 at 9:45 pm

    could this be placed in a twist tube? is it solid enough?

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    March 8, 2019 at 9:01 am

    Dear David
    I have tried the deodorant today and I love it. It smells and feels good.
    One question: do you store it in the fridge? After it was solid, I put it into the bathroom and now it is liquid again. Maybe I took the wrong starch (I tried do buy something similar to yours here in Switzerland but did not find the same one).
    Thanks for your answer!

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      March 8, 2019 at 3:35 pm

      OMG! My computer made “David” out of your name!
      Davida.. I am so sorry 🙂

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    March 24, 2019 at 2:34 pm

    New to all this. I’m finding a LOT of recipes using lavender essential oil, problem is it triggers massive headaches/migraines. Any suggestions for substitutes?

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    Yoptva Yumat
    March 29, 2019 at 8:17 am

    Christ, you post facts in this blog and they get deleted. Nice! Way to promote ignorance.

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    May 9, 2019 at 6:05 am

    Hello, I’m baking soda sensitive. Please tell me how I would adjust the recipe to omit baking soda. Thanks!

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    May 14, 2019 at 4:46 pm

    This was so easy to make and I am very proud of my batch; it came out nicely. I put them in empty deodorant containers I bought on amazon. I think I just need to give up on having a conventional deodorant application experience because as soon as I touch the deodorant to my pits, it gets messy. I think I’ll just apply with my fingers. Unfortunately, I smell myself smelling a bit after a couple of hours. I did a light workout today and smelled like absolute death after. I read a lot online about how it takes your body time to adjust to natural deodorant. Apparently, there is this whole detox process where you have to give your body 2-3 weeks to adjust to the deodorant. I’m giving it a couple weeks to see. I really hope that’s the case because this was so easy to make, I love all of the ingredients in it, it smells great and feels good. I’m just very insecure about smelling bad!

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    May 17, 2019 at 10:57 am

    I find that the recipe works well. I’ve made it a number of times, using the exact recipe, tea tree oil included but am wondering if anyone has found it leaving their clothes smelling bad (under the arms), even after washing? I soaked some shirts in a vinegar and water solution and rewashed, which remedied the smell issue. However, I would obviously rather not do this for all my shirts.

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      October 28, 2019 at 10:55 am

      I’m glad you said this because I have been using Native – and then Schmidt’s – for a few years and I have noticed that some of my clothes have a sour smell emanating from the pit area as well – and it seems to spread if left in the closet – it must be the deodorant!I am going to try the vinegar on the offending clothes, but I wonder if it has been one EO in particular that has done this – perhaps the lavender?

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    Elsa Vizcaino
    July 8, 2019 at 2:51 pm

    OMG! I Love Love this Recipe. I did mine and made it with Lavender and patchouli which is what i had in Essential oils . I really does work. I am never purchasing store bought Deodorant again!

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    July 13, 2019 at 11:51 am

    Thank you for your deodorant recipe. It does work. You are a star. I love it. X

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    July 23, 2019 at 9:27 am

    This is a great recipe and I have all these things already! Quick question, does this have to be put in a fridge? I’m a college student and don’t have a fridge yet but wold love to switch to this.

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      Davida Lederle
      July 23, 2019 at 11:41 am

      depends on the temperature in your home! If you’re able to store it in a cool cupboard you will be totally fine but it does melt slightly if temperatures can hot

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    August 13, 2019 at 10:54 pm

    I am seriously in awe of this deodorant. I will never use store bought again. My sister made this recipe and gave me some of this to try, and I couldn’t believe how well it worked for me. Even after exercising outside on a hot summer day! Plus it is budget friendly! A little goes a long way. I have just made my first batch which turned out perfect. So simple to make. My sister used a few drops of tea tree and peppermint as she didn’t have lavender or grapefruit, and added about 2 tbsp of cocoa butter. Thank you for sharing this!

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    August 29, 2019 at 9:51 pm

    Hi Healthy Maven I absolutely love this recipe, thank you so much for sharing. I was wondering if you can tweek the essential oils and make a more manly deodorant too? If yes, what would you suggest?? Kind regards, Simone

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    Jennifer Mealey
    September 17, 2019 at 6:01 pm

    Hi! Would this pour into a twistable deoderant container or would it be firm enough? Looks great!

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      Davida Lederle
      September 19, 2019 at 2:29 pm

      Yes it does! You’ll just need to make sure it sets in the fridge and store in a cool location. Enjoy!

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    September 22, 2019 at 1:50 pm

    Hey if we can use coffee butter like the shea butter or any other thing cuz i can’t find shea butter?

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    September 23, 2019 at 5:50 pm

    I love this recipe!! I put it into a cleaned and rinsed deodorant container. I keep this in the fridge. A little application lasts all day. I wait about 1 minute before putting on my clothes. Sometimes I get white on black outfits, but a little damp cloth wipes it off easily. I will never go [email protected] Thank you. ?

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    September 24, 2019 at 8:13 pm

    How does it come to 13 ounces? Are we supposed to add water? Or something else?

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      October 9, 2019 at 9:01 am

      Lotus, slightly underneath the Ingredients it shows scale 1x 2x 3x and it multiplies the quantity depending how much you want to make 🙂

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        October 9, 2019 at 9:05 am

        Lotus, sorry slightly right above the word ingredients not underneath:) sorry about that!
        I have made it myself and it’s an amazing recipe!! Love it❤️

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      December 3, 2019 at 3:33 pm

      Lotus, the yield is one three ounce jar, not 13 ounces.

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    December 3, 2019 at 3:30 pm

    I would add a preservative if you are going to apply this by sticking your fingers into it.

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    December 27, 2019 at 11:26 am

    I love this recipe and have been using a variation of it for several years. I do not use air conditioning in the summer so I add 2.5 tablespoons of beeswax to keep the mixture firm in the summer months. Thanks for sharing!

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    February 12, 2020 at 6:31 pm

    Can I use liquid coconut oil with this recipe? I’m on a budget and I already own some in liquid form.

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      Davida Lederle
      February 13, 2020 at 11:42 am

      Unfortunately no! You’ll need to use the kind that can solidify otherwise your deodorant will be a liquid and be difficult to apply.

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    February 25, 2020 at 12:01 pm

    Just wondering has anyone had issues with this deodorant staining clothing? Just want to be aware before trying it out.

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    March 30, 2020 at 6:59 pm

    I’m wondering what I did wrong, my jars are separating the oils. I’m hoping once they have set I can mix again.!

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      Davida Lederle
      March 30, 2020 at 7:03 pm

      Not sure what you mean by separating the oils? The essential oils aren’t mixing in? You made sure to melt everything completely before adding the dry ingredients? Just double checking you did not use fractionated coconut oil which will not harden. Hope you’re able to solve this!

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    March 30, 2020 at 9:54 pm

    I found this by googling a recipe for natural deodorant to make for my 11 year-old daughter. After making it, I decided to try it on myself first, just in case. I fell in love with it! It has been over a month now and I love it. The only problem is that I think it darkened my armpits a little. Not sure why though. I’m from Saudi Arabia and I have a middle eastern type of skin.

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      October 5, 2020 at 4:48 am

      I’ve been using this deo for a week and I’ve noticed my armpits are darkening too. I was hoping you could tell me what you did to stop it. Or if anything helped. Thanks.

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    April 15, 2020 at 5:01 pm

    we can use flour instead of the starch?

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    May 3, 2020 at 4:05 am

    Hello! I am sensitive to baking soda as well, but I only have a bit of clay (usually used for facial masks) and some activated charcoal that I will be using, in addition to a bit of coconut flour for extra dryness (I tend to be a bit moist in the pit area), since it absorbs a lot of moisture.

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    May 11, 2020 at 4:40 pm

    I just made 2 batches!! My ingredients were just coconut oil and Shea butter because my underarms are too sensitive for baking soda. The first batch had lavender essential oil, the second has lavender and tea tree to see if my skin can handle the tea tree. They’re sitting in my fridge now to solidify. I’m super excited ?

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    May 12, 2020 at 9:16 pm

    I made this today and already love it! Great recipe. Can’t wait to share some jars with friends!

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    May 22, 2020 at 11:23 pm

    What is the starch and grapefruit oil for. Can I substitute with something else I’m more likely to have?

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      Davida Lederle
      May 25, 2020 at 2:14 pm

      The starch is essential for moisture absorption and the consistency of the deodorant. The grapefruit oil is for scent and you can sub any other essential oil for scent.

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      July 14, 2020 at 8:34 am

      Cornstarch should work if you don’t have arrowroot powder.

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    Mayra Carneiro
    May 29, 2020 at 11:11 am

    Hi, thanks for this recipe! I am looking forward to trying it but I run out of arrowroot starch. Would it work with tapioca or potato starch?
    Many thanks!

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    May 31, 2020 at 1:02 am

    Hey guys, how effective is this deodorant? I want to go all natural but the ones I’ve used before haven’t really done the trick to keep me fresh all day…:)


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    June 9, 2020 at 4:39 pm

    Yeah finally a deodorant that is vegan and natural and works!

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      July 23, 2020 at 12:13 am

      What would be the difference if I use flour instead of arrowroot?

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    June 24, 2020 at 12:50 pm

    Is there anyone on here who has tried this recipe and it doesn’t work? I’ve used it for a couple days now but I don’t stay fresh all day long and evening after I top it up midday, I followed the recipe exactly how it is above, could it be to so with my hormones or something else?

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    June 28, 2020 at 1:34 pm

    Hi, since the application is by using fingers, do you think it needs a preservative?

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    June 30, 2020 at 10:13 pm

    It’s so great!
    Feeling cool is so amazing. I try it already!
    Thanks you much for sharing!

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    July 2, 2020 at 10:02 pm

    Have to try. Having a daughter who is moving into puberty, I am especially wary of giving her products with too many chemicals. Thanks

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    July 6, 2020 at 10:30 pm

    That’s so amazing!. Thanks for sharing

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    July 13, 2020 at 7:21 am

    I made this today and the consistency is quite thick. Like, once done, it’s more like a dough consistency or like the slime thing kids play with and is not applicable as it doesn’t spread on skin, it just turns into a tiny white ball. Where did I go wrong? Please advise.

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    July 14, 2020 at 7:00 pm

    If I don’t have arrowroot starch, could I use corn starch instead?

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    July 29, 2020 at 3:40 am

    Hi, I made the switch to natural deodorant paste last year and have been wanting to try making my own. I live in Australia and immediately loved No Pong, but after a couple of months it really started to irritate my skin, which I attributed to the baking soda, so switched to the bi-carb free version.

    Do you think this recipe will be effective without the baking soda? If not, can you suggest a good recipe for one without it?

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      September 26, 2020 at 4:43 am

      I’m also wondering about this baking soda question. Made it once and it was fine but this batch, my skin is not loving, makes me itchy…. Perhaps I have an on and off sensitivity to baking soda as people mention above? Without baking soda, will it be effective? Should I experiment with less baking soda? Thank you for promoting this wonderful recipe, good for us, good for the earth!

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    August 20, 2020 at 10:30 pm

    Thank you for this recipe! My only concern is the baking soda. It can create armpit rashes because it is incredibly acidic… Is there an alternative you would suggest using? What is the reason for this being in the recipe? Thank you!

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    August 22, 2020 at 1:00 pm

    They look so yummy! I am so going to try this

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    Steph K
    August 22, 2020 at 9:17 pm

    Smells amazing and works too!

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    September 26, 2020 at 4:44 am

    I love this recipe! Made it once and it turned out great. Made it yesterday, perhaps didn’t follow quantities exactly, I put in a bit of extra corn starch because DH said it should have a firmer texture and I thought that might do it
    Texture is perfect. BUT Now it’s making my armpits itch. What gives? Do I just need to adjust gradually as you mention above? The first batch didn’t cause me any itching at all. Thanks! Love this! Both for the natural ingredients and that now I can avoid buying yet another plastic item…..

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    shahinaz elsherif
    October 1, 2020 at 5:00 pm

    can I use other scents, like strawberry or cherry instead of lavender??

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    October 8, 2020 at 1:57 am

    I agree with the author. I don’t want to use commercial deodorants because they contain preservatives and artificial colors. With natural deodorants, I can control ingredients evenly. The smell, colors, and flavors are still great for my foods or drinks. Thanks for your sharing!

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    The DIY Amateur
    October 13, 2020 at 11:54 am

    Absolutely LOVE what this DIY Deo turned out to be! I Added some beeswax and turned it into a bar. I tried 3 recipes before that didn’t work – I’m so glad I found this recipe! Thank you Davida!

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