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DIY Homemade Deodorant with 3 Ingredients That Really Works

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Tired of deodorant that leaving you stinky? Try this recipe for homemade deodorant with ingredients you may already have in your pantry. It really works!

For years I have been wanting to make my own diy deodorant.

First of all, I think making your own anything is empowering. Secondly, I would cringe every time I reached for a stick of deodorant off the shelf at the store. Seriously. Have you ever taken a look at the ingredient list?

But I didn’t think I could do it. I needed empty deodorant canisters. There’s no way I would have all the ingredients in my pantry. I would have to buy all the ingredients or find them at the store. And with little kids, what could be a quick in and out of the store would turn into an hour-long ordeal. So I finally took the plunge.

I was packing for a trip and went to pack my deodorant. But I couldn’t do it. The thought of putting those chemicals on my skin again made me sick to my stomach. I know that sounds silly, but it was the truth. I had tried most of the store-bought deodorants and they didn’t work for me. I was stinky by the middle of the day. That was unacceptable on so many levels.

I’m not so sure that the time to test out a new homemade deodorant recipe is right before your family travels with your husband on a business trip to Florida, but I was up for the challenge. Actually, I didn’t think about the fact that I could possibly be stinky from the deodorant not working, and that being the time I would run into my husband’s boss or the CEO of the company.


Of course, I was also procrastinating because I dislike packing. But the kids were napping and I needed deodorant, so it seemed like the perfect time to just make it. And I didn’t need a deodorant container. I used a shallow canning jar.


Homemade Deodorant That Really Works!

Homemade Deodorant in jar with burlap backdrop


  • 1/2 cup of coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup arrowroot powder
  • 1.5 Tablespoons baking soda
  • 10-20 drops of Young Living essential oil
  • optional 2 T of grated beeswax or beeswax pellets if you are putting this in a deodorant canister

Cream the first three ingredients together. Add the essential oil of your choice, and mix well. Then you can scoop the mixture into the canning jar or container of your choice.

If you are going to put the mixture in canisters, then you want to melt the coconut oil and beeswax on the stove and mix in the powders. Take off the stove and add essential oils, mixing well. Pour into canister and let set.

And guess what? It worked!! Only one day did I get stinky, and that was in the evening after a day corralling kiddos at Walt Disney World. I would say this homemade deodorant was a success! I can’t believe I didn’t try it earlier.


  • The first time I made the homemade deodorant recipe, I melted the coconut oil and stirred in the arrowroot powder and baking soda. As I got to the bottom I noticed my underarms becoming irritated. I’m pretty sure the powder settled as the coconut oil cooled in the jar.
  • By creaming the ingredients together and putting it in a jar, if I need to add more baking soda, I can. The consistency is softer than the version I melted. But so far no stink :).
  • I used this at the beach, and while my jar of coconut oil got runny and melty, this deodorant did not! It was softer but never melted. Yay!

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