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Homemade Deodorant Recipe (That really works!)

Summer-tested, husband approved. This homemade deodorant recipe is made with natural ingredients, takes less than 5 minutes to make, and WORKS!
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 4 ounces
Author Heather Dessinger



To Make Homemade Your Deodorant

  • In a deep bowl, mix baking soda and arrowroot powder (or cornstarch together).
  • Using your hands or a fork, work in the shea butter until it looks like very crumbly dough. Add in essential oil if using.
  • Whip the deodorant together using a hand mixer. It will seem too dry at first and you'll wonder if it's really going to come together, but it will. You do need a deep bowl, though, because in the initial stage of mixing you don't want the powder to go over the side of the bowl.
  • Transfer your homemade deodorant to a clean glass jar - I use a 4 ounce jar like this one.

To Use Your Homemade Deodorant

  • Using your fingertips, scoop out a pea-sized amount of deodorant - really, a little goes a long way - and rub it into your armpit until it's invisible. The deodorant will absorb quickly and keep you smelling fresh, but It's best to apply and then wait a few minutes for the deodorant to absorb before getting dressed.
  • If you want extra dryness protection, apply a layer of arrowroot powder over the deodorant using a makeup brush that is solely used for this purpose.
  • Store at room temperature and apply as needed.


Notes: When I started making this recipe I used coconut oil as the base. However, I've found that skin-soothing shea butter is a better option because it's not greasy and absorbs more quickly, which is super important if you're getting dressed in a hurry.