Recipe: Homemade Eco-Friendly All Natural Deodorant

By Lissa Butler

Guest Writer for Wake Up World

Most of us consider deodorant an essential. The key thing however, is that you want it to reduce odor — not perspiration. Sweating is essential for the elimination of toxins and to help cool the body. If you block the sweating response, you interfere with one of the ways the body eliminates toxins.

Just to let you know, the elimination systems of the body are the lungs, liver, lymph, kidneys, bowels and skin. The lungs eliminate toxins through breathing. The liver cleanses the blood of toxins and works with the bowels and kidneys to remove unnecessary bulk from the body. The kidney also filter the blood to remove toxins while aiding in the excretion of excess water as urine. The lymphatic system collects cellular waste, dead red blood cells, white blood cells filled with debris, chemicals and dyes from the tissues within the body and carries the waste to the eliminatory systems in the body so they can be excreted. Therefore, the lymphatic system also works with the lungs, liver, kidney, bowels and skin.

If one system goes down, the others have to pick up the slack. Why burden your body with that task and with the possibility of toxic build up if other elimination systems clog up? Signs of this are swollen lymph glands under your armpits, neck and groin, constipation, reduction of urination and reduction or lack of sweating.

Using conventional deodorants that contain aluminum inhibits your armpits from sweating and hence releasing toxins. Aluminum is what is used to keep you from sweating. Yes, it’s nice to not have shirts with sweat stains, but is that really worth your health? You can keep yourself from having sweat stains by applying your homemade deodorant several times throughout the day. Keep a small jar in your bag, at work or in the car. The nice thing is, since this deodorant is in powder form, you don’t have to worry about it melting in the heat.

Homemade Eco-Friendly All Natural Deodorant


  • 4 Tbsp baking soda
  • 4 Tbsp arrowroot powder (or cornstarch)
  • 2 tsp fennel seeds, crushed
  • 3 drops tea tree oil

These quantities fit into a 4 oz jar.


Pour everything into the 4 oz jar. Close jar and shake vigorously to mix. Use a body powder puff applicator or a round or square makeup remover pad to apply the deodorant. One 4 oz jar lasts for over a month for one person.

Optional Addition:

You can add fragrance by choosing your choice of essential oil and adding 3-5 drops. You can find some of our favorite essential oils at Mountain Rose Herbs.

About the author:

Lissa Butler is an herbalist, women’s health expert, staff writer for and creator of Natural Melange. Her passion for plant-based medicine and holistic nutrition led her to obtain a Masters of Science in Herbal Medicine from the Tai Sophia School of the Healing Arts, which helped her to gain a more well-rounded understanding of herbs in both the scientific and traditional contexts.

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  • Bouncy

    Strong baking soda deos burn me a bit so I use approx:

    1 tablespoon baking soda
    3 tablespoons cornflour
    3 tablespoons coconut oil
    splash of tea tree oil

    warm CO in a saucepan bath, mix in the rest, spoon into jar. It’s an almost crumbly icing sugar consistency. I just pinch a bit off for each pit and rub on when they’re a bit wet from the shower. Add drops of water now and then if it gets a bit dry. I’ve been using almost a year now and love it yay 🙂 Took a week or two to transition as the stink of the old deos seeps out.

  • Reane

    I make my own deodorant using baking soda, cornstarch, coconut oil, lavender oil & tea tree oil. 🙂 But I just put it in an old deodorant container and I keep it in the fridge. Feels like regular deodorant this way!

  • angel

    All you need is baking soda. Been using it for years and it works great.

  • yogamomma1

    I made this last summer and I loved it but experienced an unpleasant side effect. I smelled like sweat! I mean, it was BAD. Is it due to the smell of tea tree oil (never been a fan of the smell of it). I am going to try it again this summer, but with lavendar oil to see if it was that or poor diet (I’m doing my best to make better food choices now). If u have any thoughts on this topic let me know in the comments.

    • Chris Stiles

      Apparently eating more green coloured vegies and salad helps get rid of the BO smell something to do with chlorophyll I think

  • Valerie

    I’ve tried using a mixture of essential and coconut oil, baking soda, and corn starch as a homemade recipe..I didn’t really like the consistency.

    I’ve been going with Lavilin, an all-natural brand that was recommended to me by my friend. Been great so far, no complaints. Any experience with it?