DIY Homemade Deodorant

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This recipe has truly changed my life! I’m sure you’ve heard something along those lines before, but it’s true, and it could change yours as well.

I have tried so many different deodorants from the commercial ones containing aluminum to almost every natural brand that exists.  Each one worked, sort of, to one degree (no pun intended) or another for awhile. I was never happy with what I was using until I found this recipe on Crunchy Betty’s site.

Over the last couple of years I have tinkered with the proportions and I couldn’t be happier with the results.  The main complaint with natural deodorants is that they don’t seem to work very well, but that is not the case with this one.

I have used this recipe exclusively for about 4 years now because it works so well.  I’m happy to report no offensive odors, and best of all it doesn’t contain any scary ingredients.

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One problem I’ve noticed though is that at warmer temperature, the deodorant melts and separates which is a pain. Every time it melts, you have to mix it back together for it to be effective. It’s not that big of a deal, but it does get annoying in the summertime when your deodorant separates daily in the heat.

I had several people write in to say they added beeswax to my original recipe, and it solved the melting problem. I knew I needed to test that idea out, and update this recipe with a precise measurement.

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The key to the new version of this recipe is to make sure the beeswax is completely melted into the coconut oil before adding the other ingredients.

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When the beeswax is completely melted, mix in the cornstarch/arrowroot and essential oils. This mixture is still liquid at this point, and you can pour it into a container. After a few hours it will solidify and it stays really stable as temperatures in the house fluctuate.

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You can add a few drops of essential oils if desired.  I have sensitive skin and usually leave them out, though recently I made a batch with sweet orange essential oil and that seemed to be fine for me.  As an extra bonus, it smells like creamsicle ice cream.

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Be sure to place your final product into a clean and sterilized jar to make sure there’s nothing in your container that would contaminate the finished product.

Note: The first recipe below is the new more stable version with beeswax added, and the second recipe is the original.

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DIY Homemade Deodorant

  • Author: Get Inspired Everyday!
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 5 mins
  • Total Time: 15 mins


  • 6 Tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1 Tablespoon grated beeswax, 2 grams
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch or arrowroot
  • 1/4 cup baking soda
  • 4 drops essential oils, I love orange or lemon


  1. Melt the coconut oil and beeswax together in a small saucepan over low heat.
  2. When the wax is completely melted, add the cornstarch/arrowroot and baking soda, and mix until thoroughly combined.
  3. Add the essential oils if desired, adding more or less to your preference.


DIY Homemade Deodorant | Get Inspired Everyday!

DIY Homemade Deodorant

  • Author: Get Inspired Everyday!
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Total Time: 10 mins


  • 1/4 cup cornstarch or arrowroot
  • 1/4 cup baking soda
  • 5 Tablespoons coconut oil
  • 4 drops essential oils


  1. Place all ingredients in a bowl and mash with the back of a spoon until thoroughly combined.


If you coconut oil is hard, melt over low heat, then mix together with the rest of ingredients.


58 Comments on “DIY Homemade Deodorant”

    1. This deodorant lasts for months, so I wouldn’t worry too much about being shelf stable, but Vitamin E usually does make homemade products last longer.

  1. Is the cornstarch/arrowroot for thickening? In the beeswax method can you then eliminate the cornstarch/arrowroot since the beeswax becomes the stabilizer/thickener?

    1. It does create a thicker consistency and helps it to be spreadable, but it also helps for odors. I wouldn’t eliminate it if you can, but if you’re allergic to both, you could try tapioca starch.

    1. I don’t think this deodorant works nearly as well without the baking soda, but if you do try leaving it out, I’d be curious to know how it works for you! 🙂

  2. I have been making this deodorant for years now and I am happy that you have shared this recipe with everyone!
    I have bought once a stick deo, just for the container, tossed out the content and filled it in with this home-made deodorant. And it lives in the fridge all the time, to prevent melting and spoiling. I also mix dry baking soda with solid coconut oil, as it mixes perfectly, no need to melt it and I can directly fill in the container 😉

  3. Hi Kari,
    I’m wondering if you can use fractionated (liquid) coconut oil for this recepie as well?

    1. I’m not sure since I’ve never used fractionated coconut oil before, but I would imagine it would be a softer deodorant if the coconut oil is liquid.

    1. It makes about 1/2 cup, and I use several smaller glass jars to put it into. My favorite so far are the really small mason jars that are around 1/4 cup. I hope this helps, and be sure to let me know how it goes, or if you have anymore questions!

  4. Thanks for this nice post. I have problem and can’t solve. My recipe has ZnO, the others similar. For a while my deodorant change color to pink after 2-3 weeks. I didn’t have any problem like this before, what should I be missing? Thankss

    1. I’m not sure what ZnO is, so I can’t give you any advice other than whenever a homemade product turns color, it’s not a good sign. I’m sorry I can’t be of more help!

    1. Yes that should work, the mixture is definitely liquid enough to pour. I hope you’ll let me know how it goes, or if you have anymore questions!

  5. I will definitely try adding beeswax, as I travelled to Europe this summer and with the heat it melted . I was so upset, as I absolutely love this deoderant. I can’t thank you enough for the recipe. I have been using it now for a year and a half, and have turned so many other people onto it!!!

    1. I know exactly what you mean, we always take it with us camping and traveling, and it always melts. You can stir it back together but it is a bit of a hassle, I really need to try the beeswax and then do an updated post!

  6. Hello, I am impressed by your blog 🙂 I am sorry for my bad English. For a long time it also produced deodorant. I use the same raw materials, but still adds beeswax. Deodorant then in the summer better grip consistency. Do me and your other recipes 🙂

    1. I can’t wait to try adding some beeswax next time I make a batch because my main problem with this deodorant is how it melts in the summertime! 🙂

  7. Wow I’m so glad I discover this post in your site! I have a very sensitive skin and deodorants tend to irritate my skin. I’ve been debating with myself whether to make one myself or not since most comments I’ve read online seems to say that natural deodorants doesn’t work. But this post is tempting me to try it out!

    1. This deodorant works so good I can’t even tell you! I have very sensitive skin too and this is the only thing I’ve tried that doesn’t bother me, but if it does irritate your skin you can always add a bit more coconut oil which seems to solve the problem for most people. I sure hope you give this a try!

  8. It’s simple and works really great, just what I need. 🙂 I tried this out and didn’t dissapoint, so thanks! Amazing deodorant.

  9. I am so happy to have found this recipe!! I have been trying to convince my teenage daughters that they should use a natural deodorant but it is hard to do so, if they don’t work! Hopefully this will convert them over! Thanks so much!! Cant wait to try your recipe for the cooling aloe-mint lotion next, it looks so smooth and silky! 🙂

    1. I know exactly where you’re coming from – it’s hard to transition to natural if it doesn’t do the job! I spent a number of years going back and forth trying natural deodorants and when they didn’t work I’d always return the the chemically based ones – once I started using this recipe, I’ve never went back! I hope this works out for you, and let me know how it goes! 🙂

  10. Hi! This sounds wonderful, but I’m wondering about it flaking off or leaving a flaky residue behind. Any issues with that? Thanks!

    1. I doesn’t leave any flaky residue as long as you don’t put too much on. I use a very small amount and it absorbs into my skin really well. Be sure to wait a bit after shaving or it can cause irritation. Also, you can add a bit more coconut oil to the recipe to make it more spreadable and less concentrated. Let me know if you have anymore questions! 🙂

  11. Yay!!! I’ve been wanting to make my own deodorant for a while, and I’m so thankful for this recipe! I just made a batch and used a mix of tangerine oil and jasmine oil for the scent. Just wonderful 🙂 I’ll be back to report after a couple of weeks. Thank you for sharing!

    1. I think you’ll really love it! Sometimes people experience some itching or irritation, you can cut back on the amount of baking soda and I always wait awhile after shaving to apply it. Let me know how it goes!:)

  12. I noticed if I use natural deodorants I REALLY smell. The tea tree oil didn’t help the smelly bacteria.
    I hate the idea of going back to non-natural kinds, but I can’t be smelly at work.

    I’d love reviews on how it keeps the smell at bay…


    1. I’ve never had any luck with the natural deodorants that I tried, but since I started making my own I’ll never go back because it works better than even the non-natural kinds – hope this helps!

  13. Not to say I’m shocked but this recipe works so well!! I’m thrilled. I’ve been buying natural deodorant for over 5 years and have tried them ALL…Toms, EOS, Earth Science, Jason, the Stone…nothing has worked like this recipe does. Don’t be surprised if it’s really gooey at first…I thought mine was too thin but it eventually thickened up after a day. I added 5 drops of Sweet Orange Essential Oil but can’t really smell it…other scent combo ideas are welcome and appreciated!

    1. You can add a bit more orange oil until you like the smell. Try it in small batches though because some people have trouble with the citrus essential oils irritating their skin. I also like lemon or lavender, but lately I’ve been leaving it unscented and wearing my choice of essential oil as a perfume. That way, I’m not stuck with one scent!

    1. My last batch kept for six months just fine. I’ve never had any around longer than that because I usually use my products up faster than they can spoil!

    1. I just use my fingers, usually a product will spoil faster if you touch it but it doesn’t seem to matter with the deodorant!

    1. I’ve found that it keeps me from perspiring better than antiperspirants used to, and it’s more effective as a deodorant as well! Most days it keeps me completely dry, depending on how much activity the day involves.

  14. Hi love, great recipe!
    I was just wondering if I can use cornflour? Is it the same thing?
    Thanks x

    1. I’m not sure because it would seem that cornflower means different things in different countries. Some places it’s almost the same as cornstarch, the cornflower contains a bit more protein. In other places, cornflower refers to cornmeal. So, long story short, if you can find cornstarch or arrowroot it would probably make your life easier!

  15. Hi is cornstarch and arrowroot the same thing? You write one in the recipe but the picture shows the other.

    1. Yes, they have very similar properties. Arrowroot is a good substitute for cornstarch in cooking and in beauty products if you have any sensitivity to corn. Sorry about the confusion, I’ve fixed the post for the future!

  16. I made a similar recipe and tried it out. It irritated my underarms and haven’t used it again. Has anyone else had this problem?

    1. I had the same trouble when I first tried homemade deodorant, but after several tweaks I came up with this recipe and it’s been good. You can also try using 6 Tablespoons of arrowroot and 2 Tablespoons of baking soda (it’s the baking soda that was an irritant for me). In addition, I don’t use very much when applying it.

      1. I believe the baking soda was my culprit as well. I’ll try to tweak the batch I made because I hate to throw it away. Thanks for the tips!

    2. I’ve had skin irritation too with a similar recipe. The baking soda makes it too alkaline without an acid balance. I added a couple teaspoons of apple cider vinegar to my coconut oil/baking soda concoction and it seems to have done the trick. Granted, it will fizz when you mix the two, but just give it a minute and it will settle down.

  17. I found your site through my cousin, Alison and I just need to tell you that I love it and really appreciate the effort you put into your content! I have been searching for years for a safe deodorant that actually works and now I’ve finally found one. I’ve been using your recipe with tea tree oil for a couple of months now and it works great! I’ve even made up batches to share with friends and family to convince them they don’t need that nasty stuff from the store. Thanks so much for researching it out and sharing the recipe! Now to convert the hubby – just a matter of time 🙂

    1. I haven’t had any problems with it staining my shirts, but I don’t use very much of it at a time. You can decrease the amount of coconut oil by up to 1 tablespoon. This creates a harder finished product which can be good in the summer when the temperature is warmer because coconut oil is more liquid the warmer it gets.

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