homemade deodorant

I love this deodorant. It is aluminum free and all natural. I have been using Tom's for years but it just doesn't work well enough for me (I do practice hot yoga after all). I discovered this recipe in November of last year and have been using it ever since. I gave it out as Hanukah and Christmas gifts, and was told I should be selling this stuff (so, it got other's approval as well!). It is super easy to make and needs very few ingredients.


  • 1/4 C arrowroot
  • 1/4 C baking soda
  • 4 Tbsp coconut oil
  • 10-20 drops essential oil (I used Tea Tree and Lavender Spike)

Combine the dry ingredients first (arrowroot and baking soda). Then, add the coconut oil. Slowly add the essential oils until you get the smell you desire. The consistence should be similar to the image above. If it seems too crumbly, add a little more oil. You can put the mixture into a jar like the one below. I picked that up at Michaels. You can also empty out an old deodorant container, clean it, and put the mixture in that (like I did for the above picture). You can then put your new deodorant in the fridge for about 30 minutes to harden it a little. 

*You can add any essential oils of your choosing. I did some research beforehand to find ones with antibacterial properties that would not irritate. Besides lavender and tea tree, I read thyme, sage, and rosemary are good options. My suggestion would be to go somewhere that sells the oils (I went to Whole Foods) and try out combinations of the scents until you find something you like. I hear lemongrass and bergamot are great options, as well as other citrus oils but I also read that they can irritate. So, see what works for you.

*I do want to point out that coconut oil melts at 76°, so if your deodorant starts melting just put it in the fridge.

*I have been looking a lot into essential oils, and I am finding everyone has a different opinion on which oils are the best and where the best place is to buy. Do you guys have any suggestions or thoughts on this topic? 

*adapted from howaboutorange