How to Make Natural Deodorant Fast and Easy

There’s nasty stuff in commercial antiperspirant. I’m sharing how to make natural deodorant that’s safer and oh-so-easy to throw together.

There's nasty stuff in commercial antiperspirant. I'm sharing with you how to make natural deodorant that's safer and oh-so-easy to throw together.

Spring is here with summer soon to follow. I am excited to share how to make natural deodorant with you. Not only because it works when you’re perspiring, but it also cuts back on the amount of perspiration over time. I’m not sure why (maybe it’s little armpit fairies), but it does! Not only is it free of nasty chemicals, but you can throw it together in no time at all — for cheap!

Why Natural Deodorant is Important

Traditional deodorants contain some pretty sketchy ingredients. They have been under scrutiny by several health agencies. Natural Cosmetic News reports…

Deodorants and Antiperspirants are a hot topic. Spread across the internet is misinformation and confusion, and if there is one thing that requires clarity it is your health. Mainly at stake is the frightening warning that toxic chemicals in deodorants and antiperspirants can cause cancer, Alzheimer’s and allergic reactions.

Aluminum is one of the main concerns. But it is not the only concern. Most conventional deodorants contain a slew of toxic chemicals, such as aluminum chlorohydrate, parabens, propylene glycol, triclosan, TEA, DEA, FD&C colors, and Talc, among others.

My thought is better safe than sorry, which is why I’m glad my homemade deodorant is aluminum-free. If health isn’t the reason you’re considering making your own healthier deodorants, maybe cost and convenience are. Check and check! This recipe fits the bill for them all.

Making Your Own Natural Deodorant

Homemade deodorant isn’t hard to make at all. You can add a pleasant scent by adding essential oils, but you can also add some additional benefits with oils as well. Lemongrass, thyme, lavender, tea tree, rosemary, geranium, and lemon all smell great and are antimicrobial — wiping out the bacteria that leads to stinky pits. I’ve even got suggestions for some guy-friendly oils if you’re making natural deodorant for men.


  • 1/4 c. Baking Soda
  • 1/4 c. Corn Starch
  • 1/3 c. Coconut Oil (warmed to liquid)


Stir the three together until smooth, pour into a container (I’ve used everything from Tupperware to balm containers) and let it cool. I use an old commercial deodorant container during the winter, but fair warning – over about 75°F the coconut oil goes back to liquid and may leak from the container. Oh, and have I yet mentioned to you my love for coconut oil? I use it for so many things, but I’m not quite this devoted…

Now, there are some fancier recipes out there that include shea butter, arrowroot and/or beeswax, but I am only willing to spend so much time concocting pit potion. They require a much more elaborate setup than pouring, stirring and letting it set. If simple works, it works for me.

Adjusting to Natural Deodorant (Homemade or Commercial)

There is an adjustment period to using natural deodorant. I haven’t ever had a problem, but many people report getting a rash on day three that lasts a day or two. A common thought as to why this happens is because traditional deodorant clogs the pores to prevent sweating and the homemade deodorant allows those pores to open again. The rash isn’t painful, but it’s annoying and lasts a couple of days. Another adjustment you may have to make is that you do not want to put this deodorant on freshly shaved armpits. Oh the burn! If you are a morning shaver, I recommend eating breakfast before applying.

A Note on Sensitive Skin Issues

If the rash gets painful, the baking soda may be too strong for your skin. If you have to go through making baking soda-free deodorant, the struggle gets a bit more real. There are a few more ingredients and a bit more in the preparation process. Here are a few recipes to try.

BThere's nasty stuff in commercial antiperspirant. I'm sharing with you how to make natural deodorant that's safer and oh-so-easy to throw together.uying Natural Deodorant That Works

If making homemade deodorant for particularly sensitive skin is more than you’d like to dive into, there are some great ones on the market. All the benefits of chemical-free with none of that hassle. My favorite one hands-down is Primal Pit Paste. Is that not the cutest name? It’s the one my daughter prefers to use on-the-go because it doesn’t matter if her backpack gets left in the hot sun. It’s made with real, natural ingredients and is gentle on the skin.

You can purchase Primal Paste on Amazon.

Let me know if you’ve tried it or if you’ve got your own spin to making your own recipe. What are your favorite oils to use (if any)? Comment below.

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  1. Barbara Scott says:

    Nice recipe, very simple and easy to find. Thanks for sharing!

  2. I tried it by accident! I have a tester jar of whipped coconut oil handcream sitting on the bathroom counter and I had a deodorant emergency so I tried it out of curiousity and was pleasantly surprised. It’s just whipped coconut oil (solid from the start) and essential oils. Possibly a shot of vitamin E as well, I forget now! I’m sure I wrote it down somewhere. My only concern is if it might stain my clothes. I’ll keep trying it out I guess!

  3. Thanks for the post. I am making this today for the family.
    If you have a baking soda free recipe I can use for myself, that would be terrific. Somehow my skin hates the soda and the rash is pretty uncomfortable.

    1. Jessica Lane says:

      Arrowroot might be a better option for you if you’re sensitive to baking soda.

  4. Suzzannemarie says:

    A drop or two of Neroli essential oil or patchouli oil really makes it better. If you are not into corn starch or arrowroot, rice flour or potato starch work great too.

    1. Jessica Lane says:

      I haven’t tried potato starch. Thanks for the tip!

  5. My husband and I have been using your original version (baking soda/cornstarch/coconut oil) for many years, with only the addition of 5 drops tea tree oil. Its a healing healing mixture and, for us hard laboring folks, prevents odor for the whole day. When using commercial antiperspirants my hubby always had a rash in various degrees. Also, the non-tea tree oil version often failed the smell test after a few hours. By adding tea tree oil to your homemade version we found the perfect, and very frugal, ‘pit potion'(lol) for us. Many thanks…

    1. Jessica Lane says:

      I am so glad to hear it’s working for you. My husband likes tea tree in his as well.

  6. Stephanie says:

    Been using this for 5 months, it works fantastically! Except I don’t warm coconut oil first, I just smoosh it all together and put in a mini glass Mason jelly jar and apply with my finger. This is one of my favorite homemade items.

    1. Jessica Lane says:

      I am so glad it’s working for you. I love mine.

  7. Hope this isn’t a too dumb of a question but, I don’t have corn starch but I do have arrowroot. Can I switch arrowroot for the corn starch?

    1. No such thing as a dumb question 🙂 You most certainly can. They both act as drying agents. Just play around with quantities until it seems right. Remember, because you’ve got the coconut oil in a liquid state, the mix will be like thin pancake batter until the oil cools and solidifies.

  8. Can’t wait to try this!

    1. Let me know how it works for you Veletta!

  9. Mike @ Gentleman Homestead says:

    We’ve been making big batches of soap for awhile with friends, but haven’t taken the plunge on deodorant yet.

    Enjoy your open windows. Southern OH was 82 on Sunday and we awoke to about an inch of snow this morning. 🙁

    1. That is what they are saying for tonight. Another 1″. I’m deluding myself into thinking that it’s a belated April Fools joke.

  10. Great minds thing alike! I just posted my coconut oil deodorant yesterday on my blog! 🙂 I am so happy that this stuff works…no more store-bought deodorant for me. I even have my two older sons on board. Hubby, not yet.

    1. I’ve got my daughter on board. I was thinking of covertly switching out my husband’s with one made with “manly” essential oils.