Homemaking To Do List -All-Natural Homemade Deodorant

I had a great making homemade deodorant with my oldest daughter. I wanted to make sure she has her own tube of homemade deodorant before she goes back to college this week. Let me tell you, making deodorant is sooo easy. It smells nice too- not feminine or masculine. It’s kind of a neutral, pleasant odor. The real test will be seeing if it works, but so far it seems to be a great recipe.

The recipe I used was from Lindsay over at  Passionate Homemaking. She includes a video showing how to make the deodorant but it really wasn’t complicated. I did like being able to see how she made it though. Lindsay says in her video that she has been using this recipe for two years.

So why would I want to make homemade deodorant anyway? Well, it’s a not-so-little-thing called aluminum. Most commercial deodorants contain aluminum chlorohydrate along with other unhealthy ingredients. It’s really no surprise that suppressing your sweat glands is harmful to your body. Our bodies were designed to sweat to cool us when over-heated and to eliminate toxins. If we suppress these glands then what happens to the sweat and toxins? Not good things I am sure. But since we don’t want to offend people by having unpleasant, odorous  perspiration, we still want to use deodorant.

We pretty much only have three options then. We either go stanky, buy a store bought natural deodorant, or make our own. The first option we have already decided is not a good choice. The second option is not really that great either because I have not found an aluminum free deodorant that works to my satisfaction. If you know of one please let me know. So, instead of stankin, or waisting my money on aluminum free deodorants that don’t work I have opted to make my own.

While searching for a homemade deodorant recipe, I made sure the user of the deodorant included some keywords. Keywords like, “this deodorant works”. I found a few recipes that didn’t include an enthusiastic “it’s works!” before I found Lindsay’s recipe. So, I am very hopeful that this recipe is the right one. I will of course keep you posted and let you know if my friends all of sudden stop coming around me and if fish die when I go swimming in the lake :).

Here is the 4 ingredient recipe for homemade deodorant.

  • 6-8 tablespoons of Coconut OilAmazon carries several different varieties but I personally like Nutiva Organic Unrefined Cold-Pressed Extra-Virgin Coconut Oil. You can also use this coconut oil for cooking.
  • 1/4 cup Baking Soda I don’t think you need to be concerned about what brand of baking soda. Baking soda does not contain aluminum if the only ingredient is Sodium Bicarbonate
  • 1/4 cup Arrowroot Powder You can also purchase this from Amazon.
  • 10-20 drops of Tea Tree Essential Oil – You don’t have to use Tea Tree Oil but it does contain antibacterial qualities.


Mix the the baking soda and arrowroot powder together in a bowl. Add the spoonfuls (we used 6 tablespoons) of coconut oil and rub the oil and powders together until you get a smooth consistency. Add 10- 20 drops of tea tree oil and mix well (we used 15 drops). The consistency might be a little more creamy than your usual deodorant/antiperspirant. If you want a dryer consistency then just add or more equal parts of arrowroot powder and baking soda.

You can put your new homemade deodorant in a container with a lid or use an old deodorant container. According to Lindsay you only need to apply a small amount.

Since coconut oil melts at 76 degrees you may need to refrigerate your deodorant in warmer weather. Test the deodorant on a small area on your body in case you have an allergy to one or more of the ingredients. Lindsay at Passionate Homemaking offers a list of frequently asked questions that may also be helpful to you.

Oh, and my rough calculation of the cost of this recipe is around $1-$2  a batch ($2 is guessing very high). The batches are more than a stick of deodorant but I have yet to see how long it will last. I will keep you posted on that as well.

So that’s it! Make your own and let me know how it goes.

29 Responses to “Homemaking To Do List -All-Natural Homemade Deodorant”

  • This is great. I’ve been making my own soap for a while and purchased my hubby a shaving brush and will be making shaving soap this weekend. I really want to make as many of our body products as possible – other than body lotion which is just so easy to buy. I’ll be making facial moisturizer soon, make my own hair rinses, etc. But ooh deoderant. That would be so wonderful. I fear it won’t work for me, though. I always have to get the ‘perscription strength’ stuff to keep my sweat at bay. I don’t mind sweating, and agree whole heartedly about the toxin thing…. but when you live in humid Austin, it’s a bit unreasonable to go deoderant free.
    I’ll be trying this recipe – who knows and it’s worth a shot. I’ve got the oil at home from soap making anyway.


  • I enjoyed reading your reasons for choosing a natural deodorant. I have been using the crystal deodorant for these same reasons for years now. Your recipe sounds like a good homemade alternative.


  • Mona, I’m going to try to finally get this done today. I’m about out of deodorant, so I can’t wait much longer. I have found almost the same identical recipe earlier and thought it sounded like a winner, so here I go…

  • I did it!! Yes! I tried adding a bit of lavender essential oil I had, but the coconut scent still overwhelms it a bit. Not bad, but still very tropical 🙂

    FYI – I used the mixer to really cream it well and it worked nicely.

    Now to see how it works!

  • I make a deodorant very similar to this, I got the idea from Linsday’s site as well. I add bee’s wax to mine because otherwise when it gets too hot my deodorant melts.

  • Keri:

    We use this recipe as well. Works really well for us. Hubby was skeptical, but now says it works better than store-bought for him. 🙂

  • Mona:

    Amy @ Homestead Revival,

    Yay Amy! We accomplished one of our goals this year! I meant to ask you how yours did for you the other night. So far I am loving it. I did a lot of physical work today and didn’t notice any sweatiness or smell. I also didn’t notice a strong coconut scent. Maybe the tea tree oil evens out the tropical scent.

  • Mona:


    Katie, I might have to try the bee’s wax next time.


    I hope my husband will try it Keri. All he said was that is had no scent and it reminded him of the unscented kind in the store. He’s the skeptical type too.

  • Mona:


    I live in a very dry climate so I can’t really relate to the humidity thing but I do think it’s worth a try. So far I am very happy with it. You could also just choose days to use your regular deodorant and days to use the homemade. Before I had this deodorant I would go without wearing any on days I was at home and then use my antiperspirant/deodorant when I was in public. I figured at least I was giving my body a rest on the days I was home.

  • Mona,

    haha. Yes, Mona – just last night i decided that’s what i’d do – sort of ‘part time’ homemade deoderant. I only shower after i get super sweaty at the gym, and never re apply deoderant on the days i don’t shower, so i’m already getting some breaks – but it will be great to mix in some chemical free alternatives.
    Thanks again for the recipe!

  • Love that it doesn’t use cornstarch, will have to try this one. Right now I am using a drop of GSE mixed with some water.

    I have had fun perusing your blog and wanted to let you know that I gave you a Stylish Bloggers Award. To participate, please go here http://purpledancingdahlias.blogspot.com/2011/01/stylish-blogger-award.html

  • Leslie M.:

    Hey Mona. I just came across your blog. I am excited to read all of your posts. See you on Sunday.

  • Mona:

    Leslie M.,

    Hey Leslie! Glad you found me 🙂

  • Collett:

    So..I am almost out of facial moisturizer and went online to read reviews on different products to see if I could find something cheaper. Then I started thinking….hmmm…I wonder how much homemade moisturizer would be?? Or how well it would work? So came here to ask if you had thought about this at all…if it was listed among your goals?

  • Mona:


    I didn’t have that on my list Collett but I will put it on there just for you 🙂 In the mean time you can see these recipes. Maybe one will work for you.


  • Collett:

    Interesting! I checked them out and plenty of them are made up of foods that we have in our home…the simplest one is just milk and honey. So I will start with that and see what I think. I’m thinking I will prefer one that I can leave on though…but it wont hurt to try! Thanks : )

  • […] The deodorant is my favorite homemade body care product so far. I love it! It works really, really well. I still perspire but generally I don’t have odor. I have used it before doing some very physical activity and it held up great. I highly recommend trying this recipe. […]

  • i make this very recipe, thanks to lindsey and i love it! my family isn’t too keen on switching over, but i am working on them. i really like the fact that it is homemade, cheap, healthy, aluminum free and i don’t require applying a lot like i did with the store bought brands.


  • Great post! I have to try this! I grow thyme and use it for it’s antibacterial properties. Thymol is an antibiotic and antisectic. I might use thy me instead of tea tree and I would add the beeswax too. I’m going to give it a try! Thanks for the idea!

  • Mona:

    Sheryl at Providence Acres Farm,

    That’s great info about thyme. I didn’t know that.

  • Katie, Bees Wax sounds like a great solution to the melting factor. How much do you add to this basic recipe?

  • I am so happy to have found this! I have tried several natural deodorants, that have been complete fails. I am currently using LaVanila’s Deodorant in vanilla lavender – which, incidentally, if you are looking for a store-bought deodorant, is the bomb diggity! I call it the Holy Grail of healthy deodorants. In fact, it’s even called ‘The Healthy Deodorant’. haha The downside is it’s a bit pricey (as in, $18 a stick. Oink!) I justify it because I only have to buy 3-4 sticks a year, and I can easily blow that same amount on one meal out with friends. It’s all how you look at things. Excited about the prospect of making my own though. Thanks!

  • Mona:


    This is a great recipe except one thing. In the summer you will have to keep it in the frig because the coconut oil melts at 76 degrees. I think you will save a lot of money by switching :).

  • Akhira:

    Natural remedies is a lot more safe and cheap and this had been the main reason why people were into it. It doesn’t only give you a total solution but as well as it expands your budget. But the degree of expressing your own thought is what makes sense.

  • Rachael:

    The deodorant I have found to work which does NOT contain aluminium or parabens etc. is Jason products, works really well.

  • Christina:

    How well did it work out with the beeswax? I haven’t tried it yet, but I was wondering about the consistency too. How much beeswax do you use? Does it still go on smoothly? Thank you!

  • Mona:

    I have never tried beeswax before. I used coconut oil but never tried beeswax. If you find out how it does, let me know 🙂

  • I’ve been making this deodorant for over 9 month’s now. I made the first batch with baking soda, but the salt in that caused skin irritation which was painful if I’d just given myself a close shave. So, the following batches, I used the generic brand of medicated powder as well as the tea tree oil. I perspire alot, too, but this deodorant did a very good job and the coconut oil made the skin much smoother and healed the irritation. It actually calmed down the summertime prickly heat flareups that I occasionally experienced. I will never go back to regular deodorants/anitperspirants. This does the job without chemicals. I love it.

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