Simple, Effective Homemade Deodorant: Sweat It & Forget It!

“Hey, you!  This is your lymph nodes talking.  Stop slathering us with aluminum and toxins!  It is our job to get rid of toxins in your body…bathing us in chemicals is not helping!  We need to breath!”

Phew, it is a good thing I am here to save you from a full on lymph node revolt.  Your lymphatic system is helping to clean out your body all the time, and it uses lymph nodes to get the job done.  You have multiple lymph nodes around your armpit area.  Which is why it is sooooo important that you pay attention to what you are putting in that area…mainly antiperspirant and deodorant.  But don’t worry, I have a tried an true homemade deodorant option all ready for you.DIY, Non-toxic Deodorant - our tried & true recipe that works great even for our full-time RVing lifestyle!

Simple, Effective Non-Toxic Homemade Deodorant

Ingredients (Links at bottom of post):

  • less than 1/2 C arrowroot powder (or cornstarch, but I use arrowroot because it is non-gmo)
  • 2 T baking soda
  • 2 ¼ T coconut oil , melted
  • Optional:  Essential oil of your choice.  For Chris, I use 10 drops cedarwood and 10 drops rosemary.  For me, I usually use 10 drops rosemary and 10 drops lavender.


  • Take a 1/2 C measuring cup and place the 2 T of baking soda in it.  Then, fill the rest of the way with arrowroot powder.  (Here is the thing – baking soda can irritate really sensitive skin.  So, start with 2 T per batch, you can then increase it if you want.  Just make sure to lessen the amount of arrowroot so that the total amount of powder ingredients adds to 1/2 C.)
  • Warm your coconut oil to a liquid state by using a double boiler method.  If you do not have a double boiler, fill the bottom of a pot with a few inches of water, and put a dish (non-plastic) with the coconut oil in the pot.  Warm with medium-low heat until the coconut oil is melted.
  • In a non-plastic bowl, combine the coconut oil, your dry ingredients and any essential oils and stir to combine.  It will look crumbly, but when you mash it with the back of a spoon, it will stay together.
  • Transfer to a glass container to put on with your fingers.  Or, you can fill a plastic deodorant holder by packing the deodorant tightly.  I have found it is easiest if you fill it one inch at a time (I show you in the video below).  When we run out, the container is easy to wash with soap and reuse.

Here is a quick Homemade Deodorant video for those of you who like to see it to learn…

Makes one glass container or one plastic deodorant container.  The main thing to remember when using is to NOT use too much.  A little goes a long way with this one.

What to expect?  Well, congratulations for trying homemade deodorant.  This is probably the most difficult diy to convince yourself to try (which is why I resorted to ganging up on you with your lymph nodes).  The biggest adjustment is that you do not need as much of this version as you are probably using with a store-bought brand.  If you slather on too much of this recipe, you will feel oily.  Start small.  This is NOT an antiperspirant, but my experience has been that after the initial adjustment period of about 2 weeks, my armpits actually sweat less and they smell less – Chris had the same experience.  My guess is that after a detox period, my armpits are now regulating themselves better, since they are no longer being harassed by chemicals and heavy metals.  The lavender/rosemary is a favorite combo for me, and the cedarwood has a rugged, manly smell for Chris. We also both like Purification by itself (it has the added benefit of keeping an annoyance-free outdoor experience). It took me a while to convince Chris to try the switch, but he is now a faithful homemade deodorant lover too!

Now, if you have been with us for a while, then you know that we spend a fair amount of time hiking and in the desert; we even spent time in 115 degree heat!  And I am happy to report, this homemade deodorant has served us well through all of it.  Now, it is your turn to sweat it and forget it!

Ingredient Links:

This is the only place I buy coconut oil – it is the best out there, and they frequently run 50% off coupons and free shipping, so make sure to check them often or sign up for their email to alert you of sales. To learn why coconut oil is so full of benefits, and why theirs is the best product available, click on the Tropical Traditions logo here:






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About Jen

I love travel, which led me to become a fulltime RVer. I love wellness, which I can talk about 'til the cows come home. I love being self-employed, which means I get to dabble in what interests me from essential oils to RV planners. But most importantly, I love my husband and our life together on the road!

8 comments on “Simple, Effective Homemade Deodorant: Sweat It & Forget It!

  1. Hey Jen and Chris,
    Have watched all of your videos and enjoyed everyone of them. We have a 2010 Montana 3400RL and love it. Alas I still work full time but hubby is retired. We do most of our camping as get aways to state parks in NC and SC where we live. Anyway, I await every new video, I cried watching the ” Home for Christmas”. I did want to ask you about the essential oils that you use. I just learned about them last year and have been purchasing the Doterra brand and find it very expensive. Do you have other suggestions?

    Thanks for Sharing Your Journey
    Kim Brandon

    • Hi, Kim! So glad you found us and have been enjoying our videos! I still cry every time I watch the Christmas video :)! I am so glad to hear that you are enjoying RVing – you don’t have to be fulltimers to enjoy the lifestyle and appreciate the beauty! Best wishes to you in your travels, and I will email you directly about the essential oils info. Thanks for stopping by!

  2. Good afternoon, Jen! So you have created a monster! A good, fun kinda monster.

    I am going all in with the essential oils and DIY items. Question, I made the deodorant above and haven’t gotten any applicators yet. Any suggestions on trying to smear the dry crumbles? I end up with an armpit of white clumps. I’m not using much, any suggestions? Or is that to be expected? Have a great rest of your day!

    • Hi, Shirley! I am cracking up thinking about white clumped armpits!!! I am so excited for you on this journey, and I am happy to help in any way. I will be honest with you, the deodorant is not the easiest switch, but once you are used to it, you will enjoy it and really start to see long-term benefits. You can apply with your fingers, but it will be much easier once you have the applicators. In the meantime, I would try two things: #1. when you apply it, hold it in place on your armpit for 10-15 seconds to let your body temp warm the coconut oil., #2. you can also try adding a little more coconut oil to the mix, and if that doesn’t work, try adding extra arrowroot. The coconut oil itself is finicky when it comes to cooler winter temperatures – it becomes much harder; so experiment a little with the ratio to see what will work best for you. Try suggestion number 1 first though, because that might do the trick for you. Just a note of caution on the essential oils, please make sure you are using pure ones, otherwise, you may be adding pesticides, alcohol, solvents, etc. to the mix; which will defeat the purpose. Best wishes to you, and let me know how it works out! Feel free to email me too –

  3. Hi Jen and Chris!

    Just wanted to let you know that I recently found you on Youtube and have been thoroughly enjoying ALL of your videos. Like you, I have an autoimmune disease and am searching for alternative treatments besides the traditional prescription route. I have started making the necessary dietary changes and am planning to make additional changes including your wonderful recipe for deodorant. I can’t wait to try it!

    Thanks for all you do. Keep up the good work and keep those videos coming. (FYI – I really enjoy seeing you two reading the Bible.) God bless.

  4. I just found your youtube channel and I love it!

    I am interested in learning what brand of essential oils you use and what other life changes you have made to be more healthful. I am a 1 year cancer survivor and have had to look hard at what products/food I have been incorporating into my life.

    Thanks in advance,
    Lisa Greenleaf

    • Hi, Lisa! Thank you so much for reaching out to me – and for the kind words! 🙂 I am so glad that you are recognizing and working through the lifestyle changes to support your wellness – such a big change, I know, but so worth it! Well done! I think this page will help you to get started: As for essential oils, I used just about every brand possible before choosing Young Living for their seed to seal promise, and because they are the world leader in essential oils. Young Living has been a real game changer, because they are a one-stop shop for changing out all of the chemicals in your home (cleaning products, personal care, even make-up). If you are interested, I have a free introductory course “Essential Oils Made Simple” that you can get here: Hope that helps, and please feel free to ask any questions. Email me anytime, I love chatting about wellness. Have a great day! -Jen

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