Homemade Deodorant

  • Author: Nicole Gaffney (
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 1/2 cups 1x
  • Category: beauty products
  • Method: mixed
  • Cuisine: personal care


This easy DIY recipe for homemade deodorant is aluminum free, smells amazing, and seriously works better than any store bought deodorant I’ve ever tried! Inexpensive to make using common household ingredients. 



  • 1/2 cup corn starch or arrowroot powder *
  • 1/4 cup baking soda**
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil, melted, plus more as needed
  • Essentials oils to scent, optional (I use 20 drops lavender, 20 drops lemongrass and 5 drops tea tree oil)


  1. Mix together the corn starch or arrowroot, baking soda and coconut oil until smooth. Stir in essential oils, if using, then pour into a jar or container. It will solidify once it sits and returns to room temperature. You can speed this up by placing it in the refrigerator. Store in the medicine cabinet or in the refrigerator during hot months.
  2. To use, scoop out about 1/4 teaspoon and use your fingers to rub into your armpits. It works especially well right after a warm shower.
  3. If it’s warm in the house and the deodorant melts, be sure to give it a good stir before using.


*Use arrowroot powder if sensitive to corn.

**If you have sensitive skin, you may want to decrease the amount of baking soda by half. 

Keywords: deodorant, coconut oil, essential oils, organic