Aerosol, roll-on, gel, cream, antiperspirants… There are as many kinds of deodorants as there are of skins. I decided to share with you my homemade deodorant recipe because it can be tough to find the one for you in the market. It is the first cosmetic I’ve ever done! I find it fascinating to watch how products react with each other. Of course, I will give you the base and you can completely personalize it and find what really suits you. 

The recipe

There is nothing easier than this homemade deodorant recipe: you only need 3 ingredients for the base.  And you can always find them in your kitchen! So no more race to the store at 8 am when you realize you ran out of deodorant just before a long day out or at work. You need:

  • Virgin coconut oil
  • Alimentary bicarbonate of soda (thinner than all-purpose one)
  • Cornstarch

You can easily find these ingredients in specialized organic food shops or in supermarkets. You need to melt the coconut oil (in the microwave for example) and then mix all the ingredients together in an equal amount in a small jar. So 1/3 of each. I use a tablespoon to measure the good quantity.

Let it cool down for two hours in the fridge. It is now ready for use! No need to keep it longer in the cold once it gets a good texture. On your bathroom shelf, it is perfect.

You will be surprised how efficient this deodorant is.  Indeed, one application in the morning is enough. I guaranty that your armpits won’t smell at all, all along the day. It does not stain your clothes and you can dance until the end of the night!

How to use your homemade deodorant

The texture of this deodorant is very similar to a gel or a cream. You just need to grab a pea-sized scoop with your finger (always wash your hands beforehand) and spread it out under your armpit. If you prefer not to touch it with your finger, you can use a small stick. It could be a good idea to prevent the spread of germs to the whole product.

Personalize it

homemade deodorant recipe

It is easy to do your homemade deodorant depending on your “nez”. You can add essential oil. I like the smell of lemon and lavender, but you can use rosemary or ravensara. Essential oils also have antibacterial or medicinal properties.

I emphasized the fact that they are not cosmetics but medication and need to be used with extreme precaution (and never for kids, pregnant women, or animals). They also are a big source of allergic reactions and pollution. For this reason, I’d rather use fragrances.


I’m very proud to say that it is eco-friendly and economic: a small jar can last up to 3 months. Easy to transport and to travel with, it is an all-time item on my list of cosmetics and beauty products to pack. Your skin will be forever grateful and it also is a good gift idea with a cute little jar. All my family has already adopted it!

What about you? Are you going to try this recipe? Do you make your own cosmetics?