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Baking Soda Free Deodorant Recipe

Another attempt at finding a natural deodorant that works for me.

Last fall I shared my quest for finding a natural deodorant. Most of the winter I was able to completely omit deodorant with no stinky side effects but now, with the increase in temperature and activities that go along with summertime temps, it's time to find something to deal with the stink (I know, probably too much information).

4 oz. coconut oil
1 cup arrowroot
1/2 beeswax
3 tsp. essential oil

Melt coconut oil and beeswax.
Remove from heat and whisk in the arrowroot.
Add essential oils. I used  1 t. lemongrass and 2 t. tea tree oil

I used small plastic containers as molds. After hardening the deodorant popped right out.

Verdict? I can't decide. I didn't get an itchy rash like the baking soda recipes. The smell is first. But somehow, after a hot day of working in the garden, the scent of body odor mixed with the scent of my new deodorant was not great.  In fact I think I prefer my own b.o. scent all by itself. My pits smelled like morning-after-alcohol-breath or something equally stinky (again, too much information). And no, I hadn't been drinking. I think the culprit for the stink was the tea tree oil. I don't know but I will try this recipe again with different essential oils. I'm not giving up.


  1. It is so scary to think about all the chemicals that people put on their bodies without even knowing. Thanks for sharing, and glad to hear you found a product that takes care of your body!


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