Homemade Deodorant Recipe

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Not long ago I posted an article on the importance of cutting down unnecessary chemicals in our environment in order to support health and fertility. My hope is that you will be exposed to non harmful compounds only. To follow up on that, I’ve decided to do a series of blogs outlining some of my favourite home-made basics; a toiletries kit for beginners. These are not theoretical for me. I actually use these products and have thus cut most store-bought ones out of my life for many years now. This week, I’ll share with you my homemade deodorant that actually, really and truly works.


Shortly after discovering this product, I offered it to a close friend who, as it happens, is also a massage therapist and self-professed “sweaty guy”. He mostly prefers to use natural products, but when it comes to deodorizing for his work in close quarters with patients, he took no chances, buying the heavy-duty stuff every time. He laughed when I asked him to try my homemade stuff, but texted me after his first work day saying “OMG, what is in this hippy crap!? It actually works!!!!”


As you’ll see with most of my recipes, they are made primarily from basic ingredients you already have in your kitchen. And if you don’t they are easily purchased in bulk from The Soap Dispensary on Main street in Vancouver, or any grocery store for that matter.


½ cup Arrowroot powder

½ cup Baking Soda

½ Coconut oil

Essential oils of your choice, probably about 20 drops.


  1. Mix all the ingredients together until perfectly uniform. This is similar to creaming butter and sugar in a cookie recipe. Continue to "cream" it until you have a smooth, silky consistency.  

  2. Add the essential oils. I have used lemongrass, cedar, lavender, peppermint, and ginger. I select a scent depending on the season, for example ginger is a warm, winter scent, whereas lemongrass says spring time to me.

  3. Store in a glass jar with a screw-top lid. It keeps for a long time, but this quantity is enough for several months, so customize accordingly.

  4. Use your fingers to apply this balm-like deodorant. Use about ½ teaspoon per side.


Good luck, and enjoy your new homemade best-deodorant-ever-invented.