Homemade Deodorant – 4 Ingredients!


That’s right, four common, inexpensive ingredients! Coconut oil, baking soda, arrowroot powder, and the essential oil(s) of your choice. What could be easier?


I love that my deodorant is made of edible ingredients. I also love that it actually works!!!

It is so simple and easy to make. I originally got this recipe from a friend, and I’ll admit that I was skeptical. But I decided to give it to try anyway, and I love it! Since then, I have also seen this exact recipe published in a DoTerra magazine. Here’s how to make it:


1/4 cup baking soda
1/4 cup arrowroot powder
2-4 Tbsp coconut oil
10-30 drops essential oil (I used grapefruit oil, but you could use whatever smell appeals to you–my friend loves making hers with tea tree oil; my husband has requested a blend of eucalyptus and lavender…)

Mix dry ingredients. Add essential oils. Stir in coconut oil 1 Tbsp at a time, until you have the desired consistency. For me, 4 Tbsp was the perfect amount of coconut oil.

Store in a glass jar or metal tin with a lid. To apply, simply scoop a bit out with your finger and rub it onto your underarms until it melts into your skin.

NOTE: I hadn’t expected the deodorant to solidify so nicely. Next time, I am going to try pressing it into an empty deodorant container to see if I can rub it on that way.

I am also looking forward to trying this homemade deodorant bar recipe by Wellness Mama (I love her stuff!) at some point when I have more time on my hands. That said, it will have to be significantly better than this one in order to become my go-to recipe, because it is more complex and requires more ingredients–resulting in greater costs of both time and money. I will let you know what I ultimately decide once I have made and used both types.

For now, I remain extremely pleased with this recipe, on every level!



About Kim McCoy

Kim McCoy is a passionate animal and environmental advocate with a B.S. in Business Administration from UT Knoxville and a J.D. specializing in Animal and Environmental Law. She graduated with honors from Lewis & Clark Law School, where she served as Editor in Chief of the internationally acclaimed Animal Law Review and interned with the National Center for Animal Law and the International Environmental Law Project. Kim is a member of MENSA (the “high IQ society”) and previously worked for Sea Shepherd Conservation Society in a variety of roles, including Executive Director, Director of Campaigns, and Director of Legal Affairs. Kim is also the former Executive Director of the One World One Ocean Foundation and the proud mother of a healthy, thriving son who has been vegan since conception. Currently serving as Executive Director of Big Life Foundation, which protects wildlife and wild lands in Eastern Africa, Kim remains deeply committed to the defense of animals worldwide.
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One Response to Homemade Deodorant – 4 Ingredients!

  1. Mike & Gloria McCoy says:

    Looks good.

    Sent from Mike & Gloria’s iPad.

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