Deodorant is a contentious subject these days. It’s tough to separate the hype from the facts when it comes to the link between antiperspirant and cancer, with competing studies coming out seemingly every week. Despite (or maybe because of) all the contradicting information out there, people have passionate opinions on both sides, and deodorant has earned itself a place alongside politics and religion on the list of Things Not To Bring Up At Family Gatherings. Sigh. Who knew keeping our armpits smelling fresh could be such a controversial endeavor?

The way I see it, whether or not traditional deodorants and antiperspirants are harmful, there’s no shame in erring on the side of caution and making your own deodorant from natural ingredients. Worst case scenario: you don’t love the DIY version, you’re out 5 minutes and a few dollars, and decide to return to your regular deodorant. Best case scenario: You love your DIY deodorant, remove some chemicals from your grooming routine, and save money in the process. Sounds good, right?

There are many different DIY deodorant recipes out there, but I’ve had the best luck keeping it simple, and it doesn’t get much simpler than this three-ingredient wonder deodorant. It’s cheap, ridiculously easy to make, and the scent is totally customizable. The simplicity of the recipe means it’s also great for sensitive skin. I’ve found that my skin is easily irritated by baking soda and alcohol, which are often present in both DIY and store-bought deodorants. This recipe doesn’t use either. And even better? It smells SO good.

What You’ll Need:

  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 2 tablespoons arrowroot powder
  • Essential oil of your choice (lavender is my favorite)
  • Small glass jar


In a medium-sized bowl, melt the coconut oil (in the microwave or over very low heat on the stove) and mix arrowroot powder into it until the mixture reaches a paste-like consistency. Stir in 10-15 drops of essential oil and transfer to glass jar. Keep in mind that the mixture will harden up once the coconut oil cools, achieving a texture very similar to traditional deodorant.

To apply, rub a bit of the mixture between your fingers until it becomes spreadable, then spread a thin layer under your arms. Remember this is a deodorant, not an antiperspirant, so you will still sweat, but you won’t smell (woohoo!). Reapply as needed throughout the day to freshen up — I’ve found that one application in the morning is fine for cool days, but on warm days or after a workout, I always reapply.

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