How to Make Homemade Deodorant

by Erich

If we are ever faced with a TEOTWAWKI type situation, given that most people are far from prepared with hygienic items like deodorant — let alone food — the world is going to literally become a stinky place (you ever been in a packed bus in a third-world country? Not fun I tell ya, not fun).

Well, by storing a few extra items as part of your preps you’ll become the go-to guy (or gal) for those looking to manage their underarm issues.

Heck, I’m sure you’ll even get some sweet barter deals out of it, “Hey man, how bout we trade my ammo for your homemade deodorant? My wife won’t let me back in the house unless I fix this problem”.

How to Make Homemade Deodorant

What you’ll need

  • 6-8 Tbsp Coconut Oil (solid state)
  • 1/4 Cup Baking Soda
  • 1/4 Cup Corn Starch

Step-By-Step: Making your Homemade Deodorant

Step 1: Throw the coconut oil, baking soda, and corn starch in a bowl.
Step 2: Mix the ingredients together with a fork (this step is a lot easier if you warm up the “oil” until it becomes soft and mixes easily).
Step 3: Place your finished product in a jar for storage.

Putting Your Homemade Deodorant to Use

Since coconut oil begins to melt above 75°F, if you live in a warmer climate (or it’s Summer), it’s best to store it in a cooler area (like your fridge). If you have no choice but to keep it in an area above 75°F, you can still use it without issue — it’s just a bit more messy.

To use, simply dip a couple of finger tips into the homemade deodorant and apply to your underarms.

Some Observations

After using this, I have to say it’s quite effective both as an antiperspirant and deodorant.

The antiperspirant properties seem to come from the corn starch and the deodorant properties come from the baking soda and coconut oil (coconut oil is a natural antibacterial).

I’m a guy who sweats pretty easily and if I forget to use deodorant when I’m exercising or playing sports, well…let’s just say I feel bad for anyone having to block my jumpshot. But after using this I stay pretty dry and best of all, still smell great.

What I do notice with this is that it needs to be applied more often than you commercial variety (at least with me). If I have a very active day I’ll need to apply it more than just in the morning.


  • – I learned this great recipe from Lindsay over at She’s got some fantastic article so be sure to check them out.
  • – Here’s another recipe for homemade deodorant if you don’t want to use coconut oil (I haven’t tried this one).
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Comment by J.James
2012-11-16 11:01:17

Nice! I have never had any luck with those deodorant stones, I’ll have to give this a try.

I love making common products like this at home and since things like this are not always on people’s lists – Its not all bullets and bowie knives, ya know – it’s great to know how to make it.
I keep bees, which is a great bang for your DIY buck. One of the things I make a lot is Lip Balm from the wax. All you need is a stovetop some wax, olive, coconut or some kind of oil and whatever scented/flavored essential oils you want (which you can also make). Rosemary mint is one of my favorites.

Anyhow, great post!

2012-11-17 19:52:11

Thanks J,

I’m looking to get into beekeeping myself in the near future. Any recommendations?

Comment by Sherrie King
2012-11-16 11:25:59

Another option is a bottle of liquid Chlorophyl. This keeps your body smelling sweet.
Just take a tbsp of it mixed with your water daily. If your body is quite toxic and you
havent been eating your greens regularly and not eliminating your body does get
smelly. Drinking water and eating our greens helps keep us sweet smelling.
Bottle of liquid chlorophyl can be purchased in any health food store for less than the
cost of one small bottle of coconut oil and will benefit your body in a big way.
I work in close quarters with people so essential I am not smelly (work on an
aircraft) No complaints so far LOL!

2012-11-17 19:53:17

Great tips Sherrie. thanks!

Comment by Monica
2012-11-16 12:33:33

If nothing else, apply some rubbing alcohol (a spray nozzle attached to the bottle works great). Kills the stink bacteria for a quick freshen up!

Comment by Liz Gardener
2012-11-16 14:19:33

you might try adding some sandalwood essential oil to the deodorant, or any other oil that your woman likes

Comment by Jus Wing ItJC
2012-11-16 14:31:51

corn starch these days is genetically modified..yes you will absorb it.

We make this fabulous deodorant & I can attest to it being the most amazing deodorant that is not only safe, but cheap to make!

We use arrowroot powder for safer ingredients when corn starch is called for. You can use it just as you would the corn starch…if you don’t know what arrow root is..go to my blog & read all about it~

Comment by Ginny
2012-11-16 15:37:37

You can also add pure therapeutic grade essential oils to this recipe for an added boost. Many oils are also antibacterial and anti-fungal, and can help to add a little scent to cover any odors that aren’t taken care of. Lavender is a good one (hey, guys can wear Lavender too!), Clove, Lemon, Peppermint (cool and fresh!).

Be sure to use high quality essential oils – they’re worth the extra cost. Using poor quality oils (usually the type of oils that are found in retail stores) can result in an inferior product that could cause harm to the skin. Use caution, and know your product 🙂

2012-11-17 20:00:38

Thanks for the great tips on essential oils. I’m just getting into that myself.

Comment by Muriel
2012-11-16 18:22:48

I’ve been making this deodorant for myself and friends for a couple of years now; like Just Wing It, I use arrowroot powder, but it IS more expensive than cornstarch. Recently I’ve been adding sage to the mixture (I infuse it into the coconut oil over a double boiler). The sage is a natural deodorant; I’ve found that it works longer during hot summer days when it is included.

You can also make a tooth cleaning compound using coconut oil and baking soda (2 tbsp oil to 1 tbsp soda), plus I use a few drops of peppermint oil and stevia to taste (to counter the salty taste of the soda). Some people add glycerin, to give this a more paste-like consistency; but that’s an added expense.

2012-11-17 19:58:53


Great tips, thanks! I’ve heard now quite a few people using arrowroot powder as a replacement for baking soda. I’ll try that out.

Comment by Janet
2012-11-16 19:10:44

I have attempted to use this in the past, the baking soda irritated my skin beneath my arms…I might give it a go again now that it is winter and I don’t have to deal with heat rashes; give my skin time to acclimatize with it.

As Muriel mentioned, baking soda makes a great cleaner for teeth. It is not one I would want to use daily though as the baking soda is abrasive and will erode tooth enamel. I have a small baggie of it in both bathrooms, just baking soda, a bit of salt, and mint extract…works great as a whitener.

2012-11-17 19:54:32

I’ve had some great success with baking soda / salt as a whitener myself. Thanks for the reminder!

Comment by Arthur
2012-11-16 20:34:48

I really like tips like this. I never erase anything from this site. keep em coming.

2012-11-17 19:54:57


Appreciate the kind words.

Comment by Nicole
2012-11-17 00:52:38

Does the essential oil or the coconut oil ever stain your clothes? It seems like oil would create some sort of grease spot on whatever fabric you are wearing. Or does the corn starch soak it up?

2012-11-17 19:56:29

Hi Nicole,

I’ve heard of some people having issues with staining on certain clothing. I haven’t had much of this myself since I primarily wear t-shirts and haven’t been using this for real long.

so in short, yes, i think it can stain if you’re not careful. I assume that if you don’t apply too much toward the edges of your pits you’ll be ok.

Comment by Dave, RN
2012-11-21 10:54:13

Plain magnesium spray also works great as an antiperserant and deoderant. It’s all I use now. And it doesn’t take much either.

Comment by Tactical Intelligence
2012-11-24 18:20:18

Great tip Dave, thanks!

Comment by J.James
2012-11-21 14:03:35

Stay calm, hah!

They can really sense when you are nervous, like dogs, so its a good idea to move slowly and deliberately. It can be meditative actually.

The gear to start with is not terribly expensive. <$200 if you buy everything new. Less, of course, if you buy used or make your own. Once it it set up, there is minimal maintenance.
Here is the nearest place I am aware of to buy bees in the Northeast. They have everything you could possibly need by way of equipment too.

Actually acquiring the bees themselves can be a bit more tricky. The last time I did it, I had to put an order in early and pick them up from BetterBee in upstate NY. (I live in RI) They don't ship them directly to your house, so you will need to find the closest supplier and arrange to pick them up when they receive the flatbed.

You can also put an add in the paper that you will come and remove swarms. I have never done this myself, but if you have the protective gear and are used to handling them already, you are better qualified than most anyone else. Bees are actually at their most docile when they are swarming, as they have no home to protect.

They are incredibly interesting animals and very fun to work with. Hope that helps. Keep up the good work!

Comment by Tactical Intelligence
2012-11-24 18:20:03

Great advice James, thanks! I’m hoping to start in 2013. thanks again!

Comment by Janet
2012-11-23 21:38:35

I have tried this from another recipe which called for 5-6 Tablespoons coconut oil. I made it with 5 Tablespoons first to test the consistency and I’m glad it did! 5T is quite enough. I live in a cool climate so it stores in a solid form in a reusable small tupperware container in my bathroom cabinet. I use about a pea sized blob under each arm and am AMAZED at how well it works! Not only does it neutralize any odor, it keeps me dry!

I used an empty roll-up stick deodorant container and roll it up just a tiny amount ( 1-2 mm) since it liquefies on contact with my underarms when applying it.

Comment by Tactical Intelligence
2012-11-24 18:18:26

Glad to hear you like it. I’ve been using it now for over a week and it’s been fantastic!

Comment by wolf27
2012-12-11 13:55:03

i use only coconut oil and bakingsoda, aluminum free from bob{s mills. i never use cornstarch or an antiperspirant because that is how we detox and what seperates us from pigs, that do not sweat. whatever pigs eat will become flesh, rumored to do so within 5 minutes. also if you do not have access to your deodarant you can use honey, lemon, or lime, or even sugar mixed with a little water to make a paste. all of these are anti-bacterial. a hint too…. never use tea tree oil, or people will think you stink.

Comment by Kathy M
2012-12-15 12:00:18

It’s important to know how to make soap, shampoo, lotion/cream, lip balm, deodorant, toothpaste, household cleaners and simple meds. Start trying out recipes, and stock up on the basic supplies to make them. I make and use them now, mostly for financial and to stay away from all the chemicals out there. Back to the basics people.

Comment by iris
2012-12-18 21:27:12

Make sure you plant flowers, milkweed, & all the types of wild clover. Bees LOVE Mulberries. You will always see dozens of bees on mulberries sometimes when you are around an open fruit market. When you start your bee farm which you can purchase, you mite try adding some store bought honeycomb as an encouragement. Bees get sleepy at noon time possibly and smoke makes them even more docile. Best to do as much research as possible. Bee farming is an excellent idea! Bears love honey!

Comment by iris
2012-12-18 21:37:13

Thank you so much for these receipes. I made an oil from grinding up dark Red/burgandy Maple leaves by adding about 1/3 cup of water and bottling for two years. I was surprised at how clear it has become but still needs straining. It doesn’t burn which was disappointing. Maybe I could use it as a coconut or olive oil substitute. The site Frontier Freedom had a receipe for soap and maybe I could experiment with that. Would it be possible for me to add some gas or something to it to make it burn? I thought of bottling Dwarf Birch or Swamp Birch, if I can find any, as it conains a flammable substance called bitumen through distillation of the bark. But, this info you have provided has given me encouragement…Maple leaf oil mite have a use after all.

Comment by iris
2012-12-18 22:30:57

Chlorophy scares the beezeebers right out of me. I associate Chlor with a silent murder situation as it lowers the blood pressure to a point that a physician may assume that one is dead and you end up being buried alive. I know…it is just a nightmare. Maybe there is more than one type of Chlor…maybe there is a pure form and a diluted form. Every time I see that word, I edge away to an ingredient I feel safe with. People were meant to sweat. We all do things to be acceptable and maybe we overdo it in the cleaning department.

Comment by Amanda
2013-01-03 16:01:20

That would burn like heck for us women that shave our armpits!

Comment by Vivid Sammy
2013-01-24 14:27:01

I make a simple deodorant with just bakingsoda and water, It works great. Here a little video of how I make it. Hope you enjoy.

Comment by Angela
2013-01-27 12:37:35

I used this recipe, but substituted arrowroot instead of cornstarch because it is supposed to be easier on skin. However, after two days, I was raw under my arms and had blisters. I’ve never had difficulty with coconut oil, baking soda before. Any ideas or suggestions?

Comment by EnviroGirl
2013-02-10 09:09:37

There is a very common misconception that GMOs are harmful to the human body. On the contrary, they are equally as harmful to a human consumer as any other non organic organism sold at your favorite grocery store. (Not too harmful at all.) Where they really do the most damage is out in the biosphere.

Comment by Rory
2013-02-12 10:17:38

I just wanted to offer a (hopefully) helpful suggestion. I know you feel the baking soda irritated your underarms, but I read on another website that cornstarch sometimes irritates skin in this recipe and arrowroot remedies that. Have you tried this recipe with cornstarch or arrowroot? The arrowroot might not be so irritating.

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2013-02-28 23:36:28

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Comment by Tactical Intelligence
2013-02-28 23:46:57


No scam. Try the form at the top right of the screen. Sometimes the one at the bottom of the posts has issues.

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2013-05-02 17:42:43

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Comment by ready4
2014-01-02 15:45:00

Yes, I noticed some marks on Red T-shirts but they came out when washed. I had to pre-treat and rub the area with my homemade detergent, but no real problem.

I also make deodorant with Benonite clay instead of cornstarch and baking soda, basically the same recipe as above but with a few drops of skin safe essential oil. Baking soda can cause skin irritations on some people.

An alternative to coconut oil deodorant is simply DIY body powder. Use Cornstarch or Arrowroot with a smaller amount of baking soda, mix and store in a shaker jar or baggie. You can add finely crushed dried herbs or essential oil to the powder. Tea Tree oil is naturally antibacterial, and Peppermint smells awesome. On hot days I add the body powder over my homemade Peppermint Tea Tree deodorant. It works to keep dry and smell great all day.

Comment by Tactical Intelligence
2014-01-02 17:21:51


Thanks for the great tips!

Comment by Alvin
2016-02-23 11:06:29

Homemade deodorant is an wonderful idea which will be helpful by everyone. I love home made products. As a part hobby beekeeping i usually prepare 100% beewax candles which smells good and adds as decorative craft to my house.

2017-11-29 08:00:49


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