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Homemade All-Natural Deodorant with Coconut Oil

Updated on June 19, 2013
Homemade coconut oil deodorant
Homemade coconut oil deodorant

All-natural is always better!

I'm really starting to become obsessive about using all-natural products. I've already switched to an all-natural toothpaste (which you can get the recipe for here), and I have also traded out my lotion, shampoo, and conditioner for healthier all-natural products that I buy at my local health food store.

I've been hearing about the dangers of using store bought deodorant for quite some time now. Aluminum seems to be the main culprit of all the controversy. Aluminum has been linked to both breast cancer and Alzheimer's Disease and over time the prolonged exposure to aluminum in deodorant can build up in the body.

Coconut Oil All-Natural Deodorant

Over the past few months I've come to realize that coconut oil is an amazingly versatile product! I started using organic coconut oil as a facial moisturizer and for my acne, which you can read about here, and I now use it for toothpaste and deodorant as well. Although you can find a few store bought deodorants that do not contain aluminum, chances are they still contain other harmful ingredients and parabens. After doing a little research I decided to give homemade deodorant a shot, and I couldn't have asked for better results. I've been using my homemade coconut oil deodorant for two weeks now and I just love it! It works just as good (if not better) than store bought deodorants with all those harmful ingredients in them. I would much rather use a deodorant with 4 simple ingredients than a deodorant with ingredients that I can't even pronounce. I haven't had any problems with sweating or body odor, so I know it is really working!

The Recipe...

To make your homemade coconut oil deodorant you will need the following...

  • Organic unrefined coconut oil (it comes in solid form)
  • Baking soda
  • Cornstarch or Arrowroot powder
  • Essential Oil (such as rose oil, tea tree, lemongrass, lavender, etc.)
  • An empty deodorant container or other container for your deodorant

*Please note that some people are sensitive to cornstarch, in which case you should use the arrowroot powder.

Step 1: Combine 1/4 cup of baking soda and 1/4 cup of corn starch in a mixing bowl.

Step 2: Add 5 Tbsp. of the coconut oil, if it is too solid just warm it a bit so you can work with it.

Step 3: Mix the baking soda, cornstarch, and coconut oil together well until it forms a paste, make sure there are no clumps in the mixture. You may need to add more cornstarch if your mixture is too runny. Add a little at a time until you get a good consistency.

Step 4: Add in about 10 drops of the essential oil, if you still can't smell the scent of the essential oil after 10 drops feel free to add more and adjust the scent to your preference. I used rose oil for my deodorant and I added about 15 drops total before I got a scent that I liked.

Step 5: Place the mixture into your empty deodorant container (or whatever container you are using). You may need to use a spoon to scoop it into the container. Fill it to the very top.

Step 6: Depending on the climate you live in you may want to store the deodorant in the fridge so that it doesn't melt and become liquefied. If it's cool enough in your home you can store it in a cabinet and it should be just fine.

I hope you enjoy your homemade all-natural deodorant as much as I do! Let me know what you think of this deodorant recipe in the comment section below, I'd love to hear from you!

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Thanks for sharing this wonderful natural deodorant recipe. Just want to know how and how much quantity is to be used?

      I love all things natural.

      Voted up and awesome.

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      kidscrafts 4 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      Good idea! The coconut oil is quite solid at room temperature ... unless it's summer :-) I like also to use as much as possible natural products!

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      Virginia Kearney 4 years ago from United States

      I know a woman who makes this all the time but didn't know how to do it myself. I have coconut oil but mine isn't solid. I'll have to look for the right kind.

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      Adrienne F Manson 4 years ago from Atlanta

      How cool is this hub??? Homemade all natural deodorant I love it. I learned something else you said aluminum may be the cause for Alzheimer and breast cancer. I was not aware of this piece of information. I really like the idea of making homemade deodorant, have voted up and interest.

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      Alina S. 4 years ago from Small Mountain Town, ID

      I'm going to do this with my teenage kids. They insist on using deodorant that is bad for them and I keep telling them to just use aluminum free baking soda. They refuse, but I think if they make it themselves they will be more willing to wear something that is better for their health. Thanks!

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      alisharenee 4 years ago from Myrtle Beach SC

      @rajan jolly- The quantities that should be used are listed in the above steps to make the deodorant. I'm glad you like the article, I'm also a big fan of all things natural!

      @kidscrafts- I live in upstate NY so my coconut oil stays solid during the winter and cooler months, but in the summer I actually put it in the fridge to keep it from melting while in my medicine cabinet. Glad you liked the article! :-)

      @VirginiaLynn- Do you store your coconut oil in a warm place? That could make it liquid instead of solid. I buy my coconut oil from the organic section of my local grocery store and it comes in a glass jar in solid form.

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      alisharenee 4 years ago from Myrtle Beach SC

      @adrienne2- I knew that aluminum was harmful, but I didn't know that it was actually linked to breast cancer and Alzheimer's until I did some research on it. I'm glad you found this article useful! :-)

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      alisharenee 4 years ago from Myrtle Beach SC

      @spiritualhealth11- I hope they enjoy making it! It's actually a pretty fun little project. I wish I had learned about natural alternatives at a younger age because there are just so many store bought products that have harmful ingredients in them.

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      ExoticHippieQueen 4 years ago

      I'm going to give it a try. Coconut oil is so healthful that the idea of using it for a deodorant really appeals to me Thank you for this useful information.

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      alisharenee 4 years ago from Myrtle Beach SC

      @ExoticHippieQueen- Thank you, and I'm glad that you like the idea! I've been using it for a while now and I still love it. Plus I'm avoiding the harmful store-bought brands that are linked to cancer, so I'm really happy about that too!

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      I use a natural deodorant bought in the stores, but it does have an ingredient I do not approve. I may have to try your recipe when I get a chance. I prefer to have a pure form all together. Thanks for the share.

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      alisharenee 4 years ago from Myrtle Beach SC

      @teaches12345- I have been trying to switch to as many natural products as possible, and I find that making them at home helps me ensure that there won't be any harmful ingredients. Plus, they are usually more affordable than buying store bought products. Good luck with the recipe!

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      Rebecca Mealey 4 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      This is very interesting. Now I am really familiar with DYI anything these days, but never deodorant. Voted awesome and am certainly sharing.

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      alisharenee 4 years ago from Myrtle Beach SC

      @rebeccamealey- I've just recently started getting into DIY natural products. I'm also planning to try DIY laundry soap, face wash, hand soap, and a few other things.

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      shin_rocka04 4 years ago from Maryland

      Coconut oil? Very interesting! Thanks for the hub. I got to definitely try this out one day. Voting up and sharing.

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      Joy 4 years ago from United States

      great idea and great hub.. I am going to try it out :) Thank you

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      Liz Davis 4 years ago from Hudson, FL

      Awesome! I love coconut oil; I use it in my morning coffee, cook with it, and moisturize with it as well. I will give this one a go to see if it works during a Florida summer! And yes, I will definitely keep it in the frige :) Thanks so much!

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      alisharenee 4 years ago from Myrtle Beach SC

      @joym7- I'm glad you are going to give it a try. It's really simple to make!

      @Radcliff- I'm definitely obsessed with coconut oil...I had no idea how versatile it was until I started researching it. Now I keep a few jars of it around my house and use it for everything! Hope this deodorant works out well for you...it's really being put to the test in that hot Florida climate!

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      Crystal Tatum 4 years ago from Georgia

      I love this idea and am planning to give it a try. I've never heard of the dangers of using store-bought deodorant, but I imagine we'd be horrified to discover what's in most of the products we use and how harmful these ingredients are to our bodies. Voted up and sharing!

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      alisharenee 4 years ago from Myrtle Beach SC

      @Crystal Tatum- I would definitely recommend researching the dangers of using most store bought deodorants. Pretty scary stuff. There are actually many homemade versions of common household products that are safer than some of the store brands…toothpaste, face washes, laundry soap, hand soap, and face toners are just a few!

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      Michelle Clairday 4 years ago from Arkansas

      Voted up, shared, and pinned. Very interesting article and easy recipe. Thanks for the article.

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      alisharenee 4 years ago from Myrtle Beach SC

      @Mommy Needs a Nap- Thank you! It really is an easy recipe that most people already have the ingredients for.

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      ExpectGreatThings 4 years ago from Illinois

      I think this is brilliant! My great-grandma always used to say that antiperspirant deodorant is the reason we have more diseases these days - sweat NEEDS to leave our bodies, but we trap it inside with our products. It's not that I don't believe her, I just don't want to stink! So, thank you for giving me an alternative :)

      We are already hooked on coconut oil. I used it for diaper rashes, and currently use it for toothpaste and in the kitchen.

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      alisharenee 4 years ago from Myrtle Beach SC

      @ExpectGreatThings- I couldn't agree more with your great-grandma! She sounds like a very wise lady! The moisturizing properties of the coconut oil has also made my underarms really soft, which is just an added benefit.

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      Jackie Lynnley 3 years ago from The Beautiful South

      This is great and I have all the ingredient but the rose oil and I do have lavender; may just try this tonight. Thanks!

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Oh, coconut oil is the best and thank you for sharing this wonderful recipe here for deodorant! I do want to try it. Yes, they really do put such harmful ingredients in deodorant, that this is a no-brainer here to try!

      Up and more and sharing

      Blessings, Faith Reaper

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      Jackie Lynnley 3 years ago from The Beautiful South

      Made this, seems fantastic. I can't wait to use different fragrances, I really am so pleased with it.

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      Lindsey 3 years ago

      Thanks for the article :)

      I'm curious if you've ever come across Lavilin: www.lavilin.com

      Whole Foods is carrying the brand now which is great news. Lavilin has some really great reviews and everyone I know who uses Lavilin seems to love it. Gonna give it a try soon :)

      What are your thoughts?

      -Lindsey

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      JMiller8893 3 years ago

      My friend uses coconut oil as a natural sunscreen, she said it works great.

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      ResourceQueen 2 years ago

      I have an awful red itchy rashlike reaction to coconut oil on my skin. Is there another ingredient I can use?

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      Damaris 2 years ago

      friends Sandra over at The Sensible Mom and Erin over at My Mommy World made this recipe a while back. I made a batch a while ago but left

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      Nancy 2 years ago

      This stuff really works! I've been using it for around a month now and no odor! Plus, I can use whatever essential oil I want--right now I'm using Jasmine. Thanks so much for this--I'll never buy deodorant again!

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      Oma 2 years ago

      Will it work well even if I leave out the added scent?

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      KAREN 17 months ago

      I made this the other day and it works great! Had bought Dove deod. and tried it, and broke out in a rash, so I decided to make my own, Well , I will not go back to store bought , Will make my own from now on,, Thank you for

      sharing this ,, :)

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