Nature’s Way to Not Stink

A Deodorant Recipe

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I’ve been making my own deodorant for about 10 years. I truly believe it’s the best deodorant I’ve ever used.

Not only is it easy to make, it’s also cheaper than buying on-market natural deodorants. It also works just as well as any of those expensive organic deodorants.

Why I Started Making My Own

All my life, until I started making my own deodorant, I used Secret anti-perspirant. But, it seemed like I wasn’t able to get it off. Even after I showered, I still smelled the floral scent.

I also had two family members, my mom’s sisters, get breast cancer. Over the years, that number has turned to three. There was a big buzz then about aluminum in deodorant being a cause of breast cancer.

I tried using the crystal deodorant, the one with a big chunk of salt, but that didn’t work. I stunk. I tried a couple of other natural deodorants that also didn’t work.

It was when I was consulting Dr. Google yet again, searching “The best natural deodorant,” that I came across a comment that changed my life. It said, “The best deodorant I have found is the one I made myself.”

Why not try?

Here is the recipe I use for making deodorant. One thing to note is that this is not a stick, it’s a cream. I don’t mind getting it on my hands. I just get a little pea-size amount, rub my hands together and put it on each armpit. Then I wash my hands off with warm water. This is also not an anti-perspirant, you can still sweat.


  • 1/4 cup coconut oil (solid state)
  • 1/4 cup baking soda (or less, or all arrowroot if you have sensitive skin)
  • 1/2 cup arrowroot powder
  • essential oils (optional)


Mix the baking soda and arrowroot powder in a glass bowl.

Add the coconut oil (do not warm or melt it). Use a fork or spoon to thoroughly blend it into the dry ingredients.

Add 10-15 drops of your favorite essential oils and blend completely. (This step is optional, I like Lavender or Lemongrass).

Add more coconut oil or arrowroot powder/baking soda if needed until the texture is not too wet, not too dry. Don’t add more until completely mixed. The oil can look dry until the end.

Scoop the mixture into a small jar or container and store at room temperature (link goes to Amazon suggestion).

To apply, use your fingers to scoop out a pea-size amount of the deodorant and massage it into your armpits daily or as needed. Allow a minute or two for the deodorant to set before getting dressed.

Ingredients Explained & Tools

Arrowroot powder is similar to baking soda, but it is finer. I use only a little bit of baking soda and mostly arrowroot when I make my recipe because my skin is sensitive. If you make it using only baking soda, or mostly baking soda, and you get a rash, cut down on the baking soda.

My favorite essential oils are lavender or lemongrass.

These containers also come in 8 oz. You will fill more than one container with the amount of deodorant you are making, so be sure to buy more than one of whatever you get to store your deodorant.

Arrowroot is available in most grocery stores or you can get it from Amazon.

Finished Product

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3 Responses to Nature’s Way to Not Stink

  1. Nature’s way is the only way in the end. Thank you 😊

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