I've been switching over to making a lot of my own body products to minimize my exposure to chemicals that have a negative impact on health. While I seem to be able to find more natural commercially made deodorants these days, sometimes I want an unscented product for hiking in bear country, or because I want a certain scent. This homemade deodorant recipe does the trick for me, and allows me to pour into smaller containers for travel.

DIY Natural Anti-Perspirant Deodorant Recipe


  • ⅓ cup baking soda (*May use less when starting out if it irritates you.)
  • ½ cup arrowroot powder (you can also use cornstarch… but I prefer arrowroot powder)
  • 5 tablespoons extra virgin organic coconut oil
  • Optional: 20 drops of any essential oils with antibacterial properties (i.e. grapefruit, lavender, clary sage, tea tree, peppermint, lemon, lime, geranium, bergamot, etc.) or omit for unscented.


  1. Add coconut oil and essential oils to a blender. Add baking soda and arrowroot powder. Pulse until well blended. Pour into clean air-tight jar. Homemade deodorant will last 3-6 months in a airtight container.

To use: Rub a pea-sized amount on your underarms.

(*Note: This deodorant changes consistency depending on the temperature. In cold climates, it can we pretty hard to get out. If that’s the case for you, I recommend storing it by the shower and allowing the steam to warm it before applying. If you live in a warm climate and the deodorant is too liquidy, you can store it in a cooler pantry to thicken it up.)

Did you make this DIY natural anti-perspirant deodorant recipe? If so, please let me know how it turned out in the comments. Enjoy! :)