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DIY: Organic Lavender Deodorant


I’ve been on a sort of perma-hunt for an all natural deodorant that even slightly works. According to the National Cancer Institute, the jury is still out on aluminum-based deodorants (AKA the ones most people use) being linked to breast cancer. So I’d rather not risk it if I don’t have to.

But I’m also not up for offending the senses of every person I come across on a hot day, and so far the aluminum-free alternatives I’ve found are either really pricey, or don’t do the trick.

So when I came across this homemade, organic option that supposedly works really well, I had to give it a shot!

A couple days in now and I’m really liking it! I also have some friends who have been using it for nearly a year at this point, and they’re hooked. So I thought it would make a fun blog post for any of you who would like to try. It’s super easy to make!

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I ordered some empty deodorant containers off of Amazon so I didn’t need to apply the deodorant by hand. You could also use a mason jar or tupperware container — whichever you prefer.

You will need:

6-8 tbsp. organic coconut oil

4 tbsp. arrowroot

4 tbsp. baking soda

2 drops lavender essential oil

Mix the coconut oil with two tablespoons each of arrowroot and baking soda. Mix with spoon. Add the rest of the arrowroot and baking soda, and the lavender oil, and continue to mix. The consistency will seem softer than a deodorant, but it will thicken/firm over time. Spoon into your container and set aside (or refrigerate) for a few hours.

You’re good to use your lavender deodorant!

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  • What a good idea, I had the same problem with natural deodorant so I went back to the aluminum ones

  • Nice recipe. My first job as a teenager was in a natural skincare, for Jurlique in Australia. I have recently been using the below simple recipes with some of my own tweaks. The sunscreen was revelatory!

    I also really like Living Libations, they are the most pure and alive products I’ve found. Their deodorant range is well worth trying.

  • Yay! I love your whole blog but I really love seeing DIY home/beauty care recipes, it is so important to be aware of what is not only going into your body but what is going onto your skin! A lot of recipes are super easy and doable with ingredients you already have at home so it shouldn’t feel daunting to get started. Love this, love your blog xoxo

  • I have two questions about this…1. Wouldn’t this melt on a hot day? I live in LA (as do you, I believe!) and the jar of coconut oil I keep in my cabinet liquifies whenever the weather heats up! Obviously it’s not a problem in the jar, but in a deodorant applicator I can imagine it’d get kind of messy. 2. Doesn’t this leave grease stains on your tops?!

    It looks awesome (definitely something I would make) but it sounds too good to be true!!

    • I was thinking the same thing, but I guess you could just keep it in the refrigerator?

      • Yes!! I keep mine in the refrigerator. Also the arrowroot absorbs a lot of the oil so it’s not super greasy on your skin 🙂

  • So hard to find the right antiperspirant out there, this sounds fun to make and definitely worth a try! xx

  • I have this same recipe and i love it. Totally works. I put my coconut oil next to our wood fire so it warms up a bit then add other ingredients. Easier to mix.

  • I imagine you could use a different scented essential oil if you’d like, right? My husband has a deep hatred of lavender (I’m not sure why he does, but I love him enough to avoid using the scent).

  • So cool, thanks! I have been looking for organic deodorant as well!!! Unfortunately they won’t ship the arrowroot to Canada, but I have all the other supplies. I guess I should look in organic food stores?

  • Mmm lavender…love! You MUST add your adorable pup to your ‘children’ section!

  • Omg thank you!!!! Can’t wait to try!

  • Thanks for this. I have been curious about homemade deodorant and already have Arrowroot — it’s a great gluten free and Paleo alternative to regular flour!

  • Looks so easy will give it a try.
    Eco Tan deodorant (australian brand) is the only organic deodorant iv found that absolutely works, even after a run or wkout in the middle of summer! (And bonus smells like coconut )

  • How many bars does this make 2?

  • Pinned and going to try making it this week. I was having the same concern about the deodorant melting because of the coconut oil. I see you replied that you keep yours in the fridge and the arrowroot powder absorbs most of the oil so it doesn’t stain clothes. Maybe you can create a travel version for people on-the-go that doesn’t melt.

  • Are there any other flavors you recommend?

  • Kaitlynn, I had the same problem when going “natural”..i spent a lot of money on deodorants and home recipes that did not work until one day i figured out the secret – Lemon! Lemon kills and prevents the bacteria in ur arm pits from multiplying which is what causes odor..So now I just keep fresh slices of lemon in my fridge (separated of course 😉 and apply to my under arms and on hot days apply Burt’s Bee baby powder to keep me dry. I get weird looks from my friends sometimes when they see me do this but hey at least I’m remaining cancer free! 🙂

  • That’s amazing and so simple! I had no idea that was even a thing… Definitely going to try asap. You always have the best tips! xx

  • Wow! This is so cool. I bet you can switch up the scents with different essential oils and it can become fun to personalize. Thanks for sharing.

  • Awesome- I can’t wait to try this! I absolutely love lavender and have been trying to use more natural beauty products. What a great idea, and a fun ‘ girls night in’ activity.

  • I can’t wait to try this!

  • Love this idea! I have all the ingredients already! How handy! Making this tonight..

  • Hi. Was wondering if it’s sipposed to smell strongly like coconut oil? I used three tiny drops out of the same lavander container you used. Wonder if I could use a different oil? Coconut is a bit strong for me!!

    • Hmm, my coconut oil doesn’t smell very much at all. I’m using organic, cold pressed oil. I’m not sure which other oil would solidify as well with the arrowroot, but you could try to find one!

  • Love this recipe! Be careful what essential oils you use, most store bought ones, have unseen and unmarked chemical fillers in them. I love my Young Living because they are 100% Therapeutic grade essential oil. grow the Lavender right here on their farm in the USA, and garuntee their oils from the seed to the seal on the bottle. I would love love to send you some <3

  • I made this tonight and I let it harden in the fridge. It was too hard to try on when I took it out of the fridge so I let it sit at room temperature for a bit and then got to try it on. But it was running down the sides and a bit too runny. I added 7 tablespoons of coconut oil. But I have added 2 tbsp’s of arrowroot and 4 tbsp’s of baking soda to the coconut oil and mixed..I think thats where I went wrong.. I shoulda did 2 and 2. Not sure if that mattered? and then added the lavendar oil to mix. It smells really nice 🙂

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