Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Natural coconut oil deodorant...

I know it's weird to share a deodorant recipe while other bloggers are posting their most delicious  Thanksgiving recipes ever and beautiful holiday tablescapes, but I wanted to share something with you that I really do love -- coconut oil deodorant.  This all-natural deodorant works! If it can keep a sweaty ranchwife like me smelling sweet, it'll keep you smelling fresh as a daisy. This is not an antiperspirant so it won't stop you from sweating, but it will keep the stink away. I have been using coconut oil deodorant for several months, and I made a fresh batch of it today.  It's easy to make, takes only four household ingredients, and you can make it in about 5 minutes.  And did I works?! 

Coconut Oil Deodorant
  • 1/4 cup arrowroot powder (or cornstarch)
  • 1/4 cup baking soda
  • 4 tablespoons extra virgin coconut oil
  • 10 drops lavender essential oil (opt. fragrance)
  • 3-4 drops patchouli essential oil (opt. fragrance)
  1. In a medium bowl sift arrowroot and baking soda. Add coconut oil and essential oils. 
  2. Using a fork, combine well (as if you were cutting butter into flour). 
  3. Next, using the back of a large serving spoon, press the mixture together to work it into a smooth paste. 
  4. Pack mixture into a glass jelly jar (1/2 cup) and it's ready to use. Store at room temperature as you would any deodorant. 
To use:
Scoop a small amount onto your fingertip and apply to underarms. Your body heat will almost instantly melt it and you can easily rub it in. 
Note: For people who like an "invisible" deodorant, this may not be the one. The baking soda and arrowroot may leave a bit of white under your arm, I don't find it to be much at all, or a big deal. 

    ~Recipe from Beauty That Moves

Update:  I made some of this deodorant recipe for my daughter and she's having a red bumpy rash reaction.  I think it is the baking soda so I am going to make some without the soda and decrease the coconut oil by half.  We'll see what that does.


  1. I keep telling myself to make this. My daughter and daughter in law all make their own and really like it the best.
    I just haven't done it yet, I think I have all of the ingredients for your recipe right now.

    1. I hope you give it a try. It's really so easy to make and simple to use.

  2. I have using this for deodorant for a few years now and I think it's terrific. Although mine is without the coconut oil and fragrance but I am due for a new batch and will give your recipe a go. Thanks for sharing.

    1. I hope you'll report back with your review on the deodorant since it's different than yours. What is your recipe like?

  3. It sounds very healthy and good! Thinking about it!
    I'm thinking of you, dear Jody-friend. (BIG HUG!)

  4. I swear, Jody- you read my mind. I've been making this same recipe for a couple years and love it so much I'm going to make a big batch so I can give some away as stocking stuffers this year. (I'll include the recipe on the container). I too think it's great and very effective.

    I pack mine in stick deodorant containers like this and prefer to apply it that way:

    Thanks for spreading the word!
    Angie in WA

    1. We must be "birds of a feather"....doing all sorts of fun things. I've always just put my deo into a jar, but probably would enjoy using a stick container. Thanks for the link.

  5. Isn't homemade coconut oil deodorant the best?? Love that stuff!! Clarice

  6. The rash your daughter has/had could be the essential oils. They can irritate sensitive people.


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