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Sunday, July 28, 2013


I am always up for a new deodorant recipe.  Unfortunately, I don't remember where I saw this one (if you know, let me know so I can credit that page).  I did alter this recipe for myself.  I can't use baking soda on my body.  Let me tell you, it gets ugly and fast!

This deodorant originally used 1/2 baking soda & 1/2 arrowroot starch/powderSince we're now aware I can't do the baking soda thing, I knew that wasn't an option for me.  

I live in the South.  It's HOT.  It's HUMID.  Well, lemon isn't enough to keep the stink at bay down here.  This is a nice, smooth deodorant.  It's a cream of sorts, so you store it in a 4oz jar (or some tins, etc).  It's super easy peasy to make.

I use these Essential Oils and this is the reason:
Frankincense - Has been proven to fight cancer and it's a great thing to have going through the lymph  nodes that are so close to the armpit area.  I have personal experience with this one and I know it's true.
Lemongrass- Keeps the odor down and helps with muscle/joint  pain
Lime – Boosts keeping odor away and helps perk you up to get you ready for the day
Lavender – Soothing and antibacterial
Tea Tree – Antibacterial, anti-fungal

You will need Organic Cold-Pressed Coconut Oil (not a lot - don't freak out), Baking Soda (if you can use it),  Arrowroot Starch/Powder and your essential oils.


6 TBSP Coconut Oil (Melted)***
1/2 cup Baking Soda and 1/2 cup Arrowroot
1 cup Arrowroot (this is what I used for mine ;) )
Put melted coconut oil in a bowl, add arrowroot (and baking soda if you're using it). Mash it together until it's nice and smooth. Add your essential oils:

5 drops Frankincense
15 drops Lemongrass
15 drops Lime
3 drops Lavender
3 drops Melaleuca

Stir together and pour into your jar. This will make over 1 - 4oz jar. You can see in my photo, exactly what I made from this recipe.

I put my goodies on a cookie sheet and placed on a level surface in my freezer to get it to set faster. You can use this right after using it. It will setup on its own.

**Please be aware that coconut oil becomes softer and liquid in temperatures above 76 degrees**.   Store in a cool dark place and it should be ok.  
***You may need to adjust the coconut oil according to your climate***

To use? Just put some on your fingers and rub it in. Personally,  I do 2 rubs just because it feels like silk to me :D

Let me know what you think!


  1. OMG LOL this is what I am currently using. well the EO's are different, right now I just have lime in it but I also cut back the BS and only used Arrowroot. I love this. If you live in a warmer area and see that is is a little "loose" use a clean popsicle stick (i buy in bulk from the craft store) to stir it and get on your fingers that way.

  2. I have some homemade deoderant that I am using right now that has baking soda in it. Can you please provide more info about what the problems are with the baking soda? I feel like I have not had good results and I kind of feel like the deoderant is causing some knots in my armpits. Is that from the baking soda? Thanks for your help!

    1. I have problems with baking soda in any product on my body. I have very sensitive skin and I assume since the armpit area is generally warm and moist it causes the baking soda salt to work harder and irritates the skin. I started searching for a baking soda free solution that would work well in the hot, humid climate here. This works well and the essential oils each work in their own way to help you benefit from their healing properties.

  3. I used this recipe with just lemongrass eo. After a week my armpits developed a rash like no other rash, red and itchy. Haven't worn deodorant in 2 days (and I live in the south). Made a spray that includes witch hazel, aloe gel, 1 teaspoon of baking soda and clary sage eo. Will try. Since I have a ton of arrowroot powder I will try cream again with cornstarch instead of baking soda to see ifthat works. I did read that we don't need to use daily, and I am beginning to believe that as I have yet to stink and I've been outdoors, the gym, etc..

    I also found that using a plastic jar for cream deodorant was messy. The coconut oil seems to sweat out and leave an oily ring in my basket of toiletries. I used a dip spreader to use but found my fingers did a better job. Tried fridge, but then it was too hard to use. I guess it is all trial and error...

    1. I'm sorry you've had problems with the deodorant. I can't use baking soda on my skin. I don't use corn starch because it has the potential to cause yeast type irritation. I have read that some people successfully use 1/2 baking soda & 1/2 arrowroot. I store mine in a 4 oz glass jam jar that I glued the top to the ring so I wouldn't have to keep doing the 2 step to open and close the jar. I only use PET plastic containers as they are designed to withstand the purity of essential oils. Essential oils in non-PET plastic containers will leach petrolates and cause the plastic to break down and leak the product. Be sure to use PET plastic containers. Please let me know how things work for you. I'm really interested to see what happens.