Time to make deodorant

I have been making and using this deodorant for about two years now and am pretty pleased with it.  My husband uses it and have turned a few friends on to it. My daughter has just started needing deodorant and I am happy that I have this natural alternative for her. The ingredients are things you may already have around the house and if not, are easily attained at your local market or health food store. I recycle my empty stick deodorant container and refill it as needed. Here is what you will need to make your own:

  • A bowl
  • an empty stick deodorant container
  • 1/4 cup Baking Soda
  • 1/4 cup Cornstarch or Arrowroot Powder
  • 2 Tbs Coconut Oil
  • 8-10 drops Pure Essential Oil (optional) I use either lavender or tea tree, both have antiseptic qualities. You are welcome to use any other oil that agrees with you or none at all.

Measure out the baking soda and cornstarch or arrowroot powder, place in a bowl and with a spoon mix well. Next add the coconut oil and the essential oil. Mix again, scraping the sides and mashing the mixture together with the back of he spoon. At this point, it’s still going to look dry and powdery. This is when you ditch the spoon and use your hands. Knead the mixture by picking up palm fulls and squeezing it in your hands. As you do this the coconut oil will warm up and start to melt, allowing the ingredients to blend. When the mixture can be formed into a ball, it’s done. Screw down your empty deodorant container about half way and start packing the mixture into it. *Do this part quickly, as the more you handle the mixture the more it will melt and you may end up with a soupy mess.* Once you have filled up your container, wipe off the container and place it in the fridge for about an hour to help it firm up. Use when ready.


FYI- On super stinky days, I may have to reapply, but I often had to do this with commercial deodorants. Also, coconut oil melts easily, so when we travel to warmer climates I put it in a plastic baggy so it doesn’t make a mess in my suitcase. Aside from these two minor issues I think it works fabulous!