Make Your Own Coconut Deodorant

Learn how to make your own, all natural coconut deodorant. Natural deodorants are the best! They’re aluminium free, non toxic and completely safe. Because they are so natural, you may find yourself recognizing the ingredients of your deodorant in your pantry. This is brilliant, because it means it’s super easy (and cheap) to make your own. This is my favourite recipe which utilises the power of coconut oil and baking soda.

This creates a deodorant paste. Just wipe a pea-sized amount under each arm pit. Because it’s oil-based it will just melt in to your skin, and it easily washes off your fingers. It’s effective and won’t leave any white marks behind. 

You need:

  • 3 tablespoons virgin coconut oil – Coconut oil is aaaamazing. The lauric acid in it has antibacterial qualities
  • 2 tablespoons arrowroot starch or cornflour powder  – used for keeping the skin dry and soft
  • 1 tablespoon baking soda – baking soda has got deodorizing properties; just make sure you buy a good-quality, aluminium free product.
  • Optional: 1 tablespoon bentonite clay – helps keep you dry and is wonderfully detoxifying
  • Essential oils like Lavender oil / tea-tree oil which has got anti-bacterial properties – 2 to 3 drops. 

How to make: Coconut Deodorant

  1. In a small clean bowl, combine the bicarb soda, arrowroot and clay (if using it). Add the coconut oil, mash and stir it in until smooth and creamy. Then add your essential oils and mix it again .
  2. Transfer to an air-tight glass or plastic container with lid.
  3. You can apply the paste like deodorant with your clean fingers or with a  small wooden stick under your clean arm pits. You may have to apply twice in a day if you want 24 hours of protection from body odour. 


I will not advocate anything that doesn’t work. I’ve tried this recipe and use it regularly. It does actually work! But sometimes, a natural deodorant wont be foolproof on everyone. I’ve discussed this before, and a lot of it comes down to diet, lifestyle and individual body chemistry. If this is the case for you, you may find one deodorant works for you for a month or so, then it’s hopeless the next month.

Easiest way to deal with this – have two deodorants handy. Alternate with the second as the first looses it’s potency. Check out some reviews of my favourite deodorants, so you can alternate with this recipe if you need it.

Have you tried this recipe? Share your comments and tips below. 

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