Making your own deodorant at home is super simple, and you might already have most of the ingredients! Plus this recipe is aluminum, paraben and chemical free and not tested on animals! I'm able to buy most of the ingredients (baking soda, cornstarch, coconut oil) package free by bringing my own jars to the bulk section. If you don't have bulk options, opt for baking soda and cornstarch that's packaged in paper (recyclable). Coconut oil and essential oils are usually packed in glass, which is also recyclable. 


1 small glass jar

4 tablespoons unrefined organic coconut oil

2 tablespoons baking soda (aluminum-free)

2 tablespoons cornstarch or arrowroot powder

20 drops of an essential oil. Feel free to add more if you desire. Peppermint can be tingly, especially after a shave. I use essence of plumeria or sandalwood. 

The Steps

1. Combine all the ingredients in your glass jar and stir until smooth and creamy.

Because coconut oil melts at 76 degrees, depending on the weather your deodorant will become hard or liquid at times. I use mine regardless of the consistency. You can keep it in the fridge during the summer months if you prefer.  To apply, simply scoop a small amount onto your index finger and rub it into your armpits.

Hot Tip: Refined or unrefined coconut oil? I came across this question when I began making all my own body and beauty products at home. There are many different opinions out there, and I have come to the conclusion that using unrefined coconut oil for external use and refined coconut oil for cooking is best for me. I suggest researching refined vs. unrefined for yourself to establish your own preference. 

Important: If this recipe doesn't work for you, I urge you to not to give up on natural deodorant. There are a lot of recipes out there on the web and it may take a few experiments or tinkering with my recipe to find one that works for your body.