Homemade Natural Deodorant That Works

It’s hot. And you need deodorant. 

Deodorant that works. And that is safe.

Why Not Buy Name Brand Deodorant?

Well…if you’d like to avoid things like:

Propylene Glycol

Can damage central nervous system, heart and liver. At 2% it can be harmful, but many name brand deodorants pack this stuff in at 50%.


Most name brand deodorants call it a necessary way to kill bacteria, but the FDA calls it a pesticide. Combine it with water and you create the carcinogenic gas chloroform. 


Preservatives or hormone disruptions? Well…they’re both. Sometimes these harmful additives act as estrogen in the body, which can lead to cancer. 


Europe has banned these as carcinogens. Triethanolamine (TEA) and diethanolamine (DEA) are known for their not so friendly affect on the liver and kidneys.

And…there are more. Check out Seven Toxins Lurking in Your Deodorant for more information.

Natural Deodorant that Works

I’ve been on a journey with homemade deodorant. First I tried a homemade bar kind of deodorant, but it lasted half a day. Then, I tried a liquid kind, which worked great. However, I couldn’t find a roller container that actually worked with it, allowing the baking soda to be useful.  I just didn’t want a kind that I had to apply with my fingers.

The idea of putting deodorant on my fingers to apply it brings up strong feelings of revulsion from years of using brand name deodorants. If I got those on my fingers- ugh. Impossible to get off. 


When I tried the recipe below, it not only avoided the issues I had with the first two types I tried, but it also washed off very easily. And it worked. So, after much trial and error, I present you with….drum-roll please…Natural Deodorant that Works.

Homemade Natural Deodorant That Works

  • Difficulty: easy
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To make 6 oz. of Deodorant:

  • 3 Tablespoons coconut oil
  • 3 Tablespoons baking soda
  • 3 Tablespoons arrowroot powder
  • 3 Tablespoons Shea butter
  • Essential oils

To make 12 oz. of Deodorant:

  • 6 Tablespoons coconut oil
  • 6 Tablespoons baking soda
  • 6 Tablespoons arrowroot powder
  • 6 Tablespoons Shea butter
  • Essential oils: I usually use 15 drops of Ylang Ylang, 10 drops of Sweet Orange, and 5 drops of Myrrh. You likely have other scents you like, but perhaps that gives you an idea of how much to add. Wellness Mama has a nice Men’s Scent recipe.


  1. Put the Shea butter and coconut oil in a jar. Put the jar into a small pot with a small amount of boiling water (enough to go up the side’s halfway). 
  2. Stir occasionally until the mixture is smooth.
  3. Remove from the boiling water and add arrowroot powder and baking soda. Mix until smooth.
  4. Add essential oils. 
  5. Let cool and store in a glass container.