The Liberating Joy of Homemade Deodorant

Is your deodorant is lying to you?

Don’t believe it? Maybe it’s true. It says it’s pH balanced just for your body. Maybe it says it provides maximum protection against odor when you exercise, or that it contains special pheromones that drive the ladies wild. What it doesn’t tell you is that it’s all exactly the same stuff. And that’s it, so it’s pretty much over priced. And almost all of them contain aluminum, which you really don’t want to rub into your skin.

Homemade deodorant recipe
Homemade deodorant

Thankfully, homemade deodorant is here. You’ve probably never thought about making your own deodorant. But once you see how cheap, easy, and safe it is, you’ll never again shell out five bucks for a plastic tube full of chemicals you are just going to throw out anyway.

Homemade Deodorant Recipe

There are a lot of recipes for homemade deodorant that use all kinds of ingredients like beeswax and shea butter. This is the only one I’ve actually tried, and I don’t see any reason to try any of the others because this is so easy and works at least as well as any commercial deodorant I’ve ever used. But your mileage may vary, so just know that if for some reason this recipe doesn’t work for you, you shouldn’t give up one the whole idea.

Whether you use cornstarch or arrowroot has to do with how your body reacts. Cornstarch is much cheaper, but it does cause itching in some people. I’d suggest you try cornstarch first unless you know you are sensitive to it, and then substitute in arrowroot if you need to.


1/4 cup aluminum-free baking soda
1/4 cup cornstarch or arrowroot
1/3 cup coconut oilessential oils (optional step, but worth it)

1. Mix the baking soda and the cornstarch/arrowroot together in a bowl.
2. Add the coconut oil, which should be at room temperature.
3. Mix everything together with a fork. It might look at first like the powders don’t want to mix with the oil, but keep going and they’ll come together.
4. Add the essential oil if you want a beautiful aroma. I like lavender because for some reason I think it smells sophisticated, but it’s up to you. Mix well.
5. Scoop it into a jar or, if you like, an empty, thoroughly washed deodorant container.

That’s it! When you want to use it spread a little on your fingers and rub it on. If it’s too warm out your deodorant won’t be quite as solid, so you might want to keep it in the fridge. It’s easy, it’s fast, it costs next to nothing, and once you try it you’ll never want to use the corporate version again.