I Will Never Buy Deodorant Ever Again – DIY Essential Oil Deodorant

11 Apr I Will Never Buy Deodorant Ever Again – DIY Essential Oil Deodorant


I will never ever ever buy deodorant forever. I don’t know about you, but I think T-Swift was thinking of me writing this post when she wrote that song…. Anyways….So you are probably thinking that I run around all day smelly. Like, really smelly, this girl doesn’t buy therefore use deodorant and the masses go running when she walks in their direction kind of smelly. I’m going to put an end to that that nonsense thought of yours right now.

When I found out about the nasty chemicals in my deodorant, I ran to the bathroom and chucked my deodorant in the trash bin from across the room. Here’s why (thanks ewg.org):

FRAGRANCE – The word “fragrance” or “parfum” on the product label represents an undisclosed mixture of various scent chemicals and ingredients used as fragrance dispersants such as diethyl phthalate. Fragrance mixes have been associated with allergies, dermatitis, respiratory distress and potential effects on the reproductive system.

BHT – Cancer, Developmental/reproductive toxicity, Allergies/immunotoxicity, Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs), Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive)

ALUMINUM – Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive)

This is just 3 of the 18 nasty chemicals in my old deodorant. Plus, did you see these studies(here & here) about aluminum toxicity and the possible link to breast cancer? Umm, no thanks…

So I decided to make my own from here on out. Now, there are TONS of recipes on the web. I’ve tried 4-5 recipes and this is by far my favorite! Here you go, the incredible recipe for a homemade, chemical free deodorant. I found the original recipe here, but I’ve modified it a pinch! πŸ™‚

What you need:

1/4 cup coconut oil
1/4 cup baking soda
1/4 cup arrowroot powder or cornstarch (arrowroot is suggested)
A few drops Young Living essential oil of your choice (I would highly suggest purification, citrus fresh & lavender)
Glass container with lid


Melt the coconut oil over low heat. (Forgive my icky pans, I have my eye on a new stainless-steel set, if you have suggestions, let me know in the comments below!)

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Once melted, stir in the other ingredients in no particular order except make sure that you add the essential oils last after you have turned off the heat.

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Stir! The first time I did this I squealed with joy over how it immediately looked like deodorant!

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Take an empty glass container (I would suggest glass but you can use an empty plastic deodorant container) and pour in the melted mixture and let it set – 2 minutes or so. You may need a spatula to get all of it out.Β Once set, use fingers or small spoon to scoop out and apply. It should melt and blend when it comes in contact with your skin!

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VOILA! That’s it! It literally takes 5 minutes from start to finish! The arrowroot powder(or cornstarch) will absorb the moisture and the baking soda will do what it does best, neutralize the odor!

NOTE: Make sure to keep in a cool place lower than 76 degrees. It will melt in a hot car or on a hot summer day. You can keep in refrigerator, but not necessary if your home is below 76 degrees.

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Make sure that you only use Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils! I ONLY recommend Young Living Essential Oils, read more about why here. Remember what goes on your body goes in your body!

TIP: I would highly suggest using Purification Essential Oil! When I run out of deodorant I just put a few drops of purification on and it works great!

This deodorant is cheaper, just as effective and ready in approximately 5 minutes! What’s not to love!

Avoiding nasty chemicals, blocking odors and keeping the body smelling good, is all in a days work for this homemade deodorant hero! The applause is not necessary….he doesn’t do it for the fame, he does it for his love of every body (Hah – I just cracked myself up).
PS: This deodorant is gym tested & approved, just ask my husband! πŸ˜‰

Have you ever tried making your own deodorant? If so, did it work for you? Would love to hear from you below!

Take care & talk soon!






  • leahjoykelton
    Posted at 22:03h, 14 April Reply

    This is too cool! I so need to try it! I do worry about all the nasties in deodorant, but so often the people I know who make homemade or buy all-natural deodorant tend to have a bit of an odor lingering… hmm. So if you say this really works, I want to give it a go!

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  • symone
    Posted at 14:55h, 04 July Reply

    Awesome post, I adore all things organic, I too make my own deodorant, next time I will try it with the citrus fresh oil.

  • Lucille
    Posted at 01:08h, 01 June Reply

    A friend made me some and I am hooked. I was having problems with regular deorderants.l was getting a rash. I will be making my own I can’t wait.

  • Kristine
    Posted at 12:17h, 07 August Reply

    Honestly, I have .ever used deodorant. Or any homemade product. I have never had body odor from the armpit. However, now that I am older, this has changed. I plan to try try this recipe this week. Looking forward to it.

  • Dayna
    Posted at 00:57h, 16 August Reply

    Hello Danie! I made your recipe a few days ago with lavender and melaleuca. After applying it, I did six hours of house cleaning and about 20 minutes outside, in the very hot and humid city of New Orleans, and my armpits had no sign of odor! Unbelievable… Thanks so much for sharing!!!

  • Claire Humphreys
    Posted at 05:55h, 02 October Reply

    Does adding essential oil to your pan not taint the pan and make everything taste of lavender forevermore? Last time I made it, I added it to the jar just in case.

    • Danielle Pearson
      Posted at 01:47h, 10 February Reply

      Ha! I didn’t have an issue with this, but that isn’t a bad idea at all! πŸ™‚ Good thinking!

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