DIY Deodorant– that really works!

A few weeks ago, I introduced you to my friend Heather at Happy Lane Soap Co. Today she is sharing with us an awesome DIY deodorant that really works! We have been making a switch to natural bath and beauty products for awhile but deodorant is one that I have been holding off on because …..well, lets face it, deodorant is one thing that NEEDS to be effective.

 DIY Deodorant– That Really Works!

DIY deodorant

The internet is filled to the brim with do it yourself deodorant recipes.  Many, many people are actively looking for healthy alternatives to chemical and aluminum laden commercial deodorants.  A few years ago, I was one of these people.  A friend shared a recipe she found for deodorant that worked, and since then I’ve shared the recipe with everyone and anyone who expresses even an inkling of interest in it.  I L-O-V-E this stuff.  At the risk of embarrassing myself, I have to say that it is more effective for me than any men’s deodorants found in the store.  I know… TMI, but I tell you this to stress that it really works!

With that said, allow me to share the recipe.


  • 1/4 C arrowroot powder
  • 1/4 C baking soda
  • 1/2 C organic, unrefined coconut oil
  • 5 drops tea tree oil

OPTIONAL: 5 drops lavender essential oil or skin safe essential oil of your choice


 1) Add the coconut oil to a mixing bowl.

2) Add the baking soda to the oil.

3) Add the arrowroot powder to the mix.  Expect it to get all over everything.  It’s a small price to pay for natural deodorant.

4) Add the tea tree oil and any other skin safe oils you want.  A note about tea tree oil- tea tree oil is a holy grail of essential oils, but too much can cause skin irritation.  If you are unsure about tea tree oil, start with fewer drops.  Remember, you can always add more if you’d like later!

5) Using a fork, mix everything together until the ingredients are evenly distributed. The final product should be a whip-like concoction that is a little stiffer than the consistency of pudding.

DIY deodorant mix

6) Store in an air tight container. Eight ounce, wide mouth canning jars work very well!

7) Use your fingers to scoop out a very tiny amount (about half the size of a Tic-Tac), and apply to your underarms after your morning shower.

DIY deodorant jar

You may find that in the heat of summer, your deodorant liquefies.  Coconut oil has a very low melting point of 76 degrees Fahrenheit.  If this occurs, no worries!  Just stir it back up with your (clean) finger to redistribute the ingredients, and apply as usual.  Conversely, during the winter, you may find that it’s a little stiffer than you like.  Stir it with fork or your (clean) finger to loosen it as needed.  A batch typically lasts anywhere from 3 to 6 months depending on individual usage.

I hope you love this recipe as much as I do!

Heather generously shares this recipe with all who ask so feel free to share this post on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and your real life friends. Although we know in today’s busy world, it’s hard for many people to find the time to make awesome things like this themselves.  If you are running short on time, Heather sells Reckless Arm-bandon deodorant on her website too! Check out  & be sure to follow Happy Lane Soap Company on Facebook and Twitter to keep up with special sales and discounts!

reckless Arm-bandon deodorant


  1. My sister in law makes her own deodorant, but I honestly don’t know if I wold trust it. I sweat A LOT when I workout 🙂
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  2. I will give this a try for sure. My husband always has bad reactions to most deodorant. Right now he uses a sensitive skin formula but it doesn’t work very well. This might be gentle enough for his skin but still strong. We will see! Thanks so much for sharing.
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  3. What an interesting DIY project. My daughter is always making her own beauty projects…lip gloss, shampoo, etc…I think she’ll like this. thanks for sharing!
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  4. I recently learned about the benefits of using Coconut Oil when baking but I guess you really can use it for just about anything! I am going to have to try this, thanks!

  5. Awesome!! I have been looking for a homemade version for a long time..I’ve just been too scared to make the leap! Pinning and sharing with my crunchy friends! 🙂
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  6. We use a very similar deodorant and it really rocks! I absolutely love the use of Baking soda and the coconut oil together with essential oils.
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  7. I am always looking for healthier chemical free products to make and try. I never thought of deodorant though. Thanks for the post and review of it. I will be trying this!
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  8. Interesting! My mom makes her own deodorant…I’m a little scared of it not working on me, though LOL
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  9. This is great that you know exactly that has gone into making it. I would be scared to try it on my own, but with your raving positive review, I’m not so chicken! 🙂

  10. I have very sensitive skin and have to watch what products I use. I will have to think long and hard about this one.

  11. I haven’t found anything but powder deodorant that works, but you know I have to try this one. Thanks!!
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  12. I always make my own soaps and lotions and beauty products. I have not been brave enough to make a deodorant. I’m going to have to give it a try.
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  13. This looks awesome! Can’t wait to try it out!
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  14. Never heard of people making their own deodorant, that’s interesting.

  15. Amanda @ Erickson & Co. says

    I’ve been looking for a natural deodorant. I might try this, but I’m worried that it will turn my clothing white.

  16. I have heard a lot about making your own deodorant but I have always been scared it wouldn’t work. This one sounds like it is worth a try, especially after reading some of your responses to comments.
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  17. I’ve been curious about diy beauty/grooming products. Thanks for sharing this. Bookmarking for future project. 🙂
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  18. I would love to go all natural, but I am super sweaty when I work out. This sounds so great, though. Pinning!
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  19. I might have to try this. My husband is very sensitive to deodorants.
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  20. That’s interesting, I never knew that’s how you make deodorant :O
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  21. I’ve heard that this organic deodorant works better than the store variety. They say it keeps you really fresh and dry.
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  22. I make my own toothpaste, but have not tried this yet! So wanna get arrowroots now!!
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  23. Great recipe. It is very close to the one I use to make our deodorant.
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  24. My husband has really sensitive under arms and most commercial deodorants irritate his skin. I am definitely going to give this a try to see how well he likes it! Thank you for sharing the recipe!
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  25. This looks great! I made the switch to a natural deodorant last year and will never look back.

  26. I am also trying to switch to more natural products. I wonder with as much as I run if this would work for me. I will definitely give it a try.
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  27. What a great idea. I would love to try and make and use this safer alternative to commercial deodorant.

  28. I never thought to make my own. It would definitely save me a lot of money though!

  29. I am totally going to try this. I don’t know if it will work my pits though. LOL
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  30. The ingredients seems really good and seems like I have to try this one too!

  31. Haha, I love the name she gave it! I think I’d be nervous to try it, but it could be worth a shot!
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  32. How nice to know EXACTLY what you’re putting on your skin and even better that it works! I’m all for it!
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  33. I was going to make some this weekend! Funny how you posted today 🙂 This is a wonderful thing to make your own, love it thanks for sharing
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  34. How neat! Once my deodorant is all used up, I’ll give this a try 😀
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  35. This was amazing. I love that you can make your own deodorant.
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  36. I haven’t tried making my own deodorant, but I know a few who have. Not sure if it’s for me or not yet, but I will probably try it sooner or later. 😉
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  37. If traditional deodorants were too harsh on my skin and I was left with irritated skin, I would definitely try this. M brother uses some form of homemade deodorant because his skin has a reaction to other deodorants.
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  38. I have a friend that makes her own things like deodorant. She even washes her hair with egg. I dont know that I would trust it! I am so afraid to stink.
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  39. I’ve never thought of making my own deodorant before. I may have to give this try for my stinky boys. Thanks for sharing your recipe.
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  40. This would be PERFECT for the summer! I love the label of it too!
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