This is one of my favorite natural deodorant recipes because it’s simple to make from pantry ingredients and most importantly, because it works! I know everyone’s body chemistry is different, but for me, this deodorant keeps body odor away all day long without me having to re-apply every few hours.
There’s an optional ingredient: your favorite essential oil. I usually don’t add essential oils, but the last time I made this deodorant recipe I decided to mix Lavender essential and see how I liked it. It doesn’t make a huge difference in the scent, but it does add a little moisture to the consistency of the deodorant and makes it easier to apply. Tea Tree Oil is another good one to use in deodorant because of its antiseptic properties.
The finished recipe below makes approximately 4 ounces of coconut oil deodorant. This amount lasts me about 3-4 months.
How to Make Deodorant | DIY Deodorant
Combine equal portions of baking soda & cornstarch (or arrowroot powder for more sensitive skin). Then slowly add coconut oil and work it in with a fork until it is mixed well and is the consistency you desire. It should be about the same texture as the store bought kind, solid but able to be applied easily. Note that if you add essential oil, the consistency will become a little more moist. Scoop the mixture into clean empty deodorant containers or place in a small container with lid and apply with fingers with each use.
Just a note: Coconut oil will liquefy in warm to hot temperatures. To avoid melt down, you may want to store this in the refrigerator. If my deodorant turns to liquid, I still apply and use it the same way, it still works.
*If you use this recipe to make your own deodorant, I do not recommend substituting unmentioned ingredients because I do not know how that will affect the final product. People with sensitive skin may want to use arrowroot powder instead of cornstarch. Use common sense and discontinue use of any homemade deodorant if a rash develops.