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