Simple Natural Homemade Vegan Deodorant


This Natural Homemade Vegan Deodorant recipe is simple and easy to make, and it utilizes all-natural ingredients that are gentle on the skin. It is free of harsh chemicals and aluminum, making it a great alternative for those who are looking for a more natural option. The key ingredient in this recipe is coconut oil, which has antimicrobial properties that help to keep odor-causing bacteria at bay. The addition of baking soda and cornstarch helps to absorb moisture, leaving you feeling fresh and dry all day long. With a few simple ingredients and a bit of time, you can make your very own homemade vegan deodorant that is both effective and gentle on the skin.


This Natural Homemade Vegan Deodorant recipe is an effective and easy-to-make alternative to store-bought deodorants. After trying various natural deodorants and developing an allergy to one of them, I decided to create my own recipe. This deodorant is perfect for those who are looking for a simple, vegan, and natural solution to controlling body odor. The ingredients used are common pantry staples and this recipe is perfect for those who are looking for a long-lasting deodorant that works all day, even during intense workouts. I hope you enjoy this Natural Homemade Vegan Deodorant recipe as much as I do!

How to apply Natural Homemade Vegan Deodorant

Using a clean spoon or popsicle stick, scoop out a small amount of the paste and apply it to your underarm. Allow it to warm up for about 10 seconds before spreading it evenly over the area. In colder temperatures, try not to force the paste, as it can irritate sensitive skin. I personally prefer to use my finger to apply the deodorant, but make sure to wash your hands before and after the application.

Why is coconut oil an ideal ingredient for homemade deodorant?

Not only does it possess potent antifungal, antibacterial, and anti-yeast properties, but it’s also extremely hydrating. This makes coconut oil the perfect foundation for a natural and effective deodorant.

How to adjust the recipe if you are sensitive to baking soda?

If you are sensitive to baking soda, you can reduce the amount used in this recipe. Experiment with smaller amounts to find the right balance for you. You can also try using a higher-quality brand of baking soda, such as Bob’s Red Mill, which may be less likely to cause irritation. While baking soda is an important ingredient in this recipe, it may not be necessary for everyone. Keep in mind that the effectiveness of the deodorant may be reduced without it.

Which essential oils are best for Natural Homemade Vegan Deodorant?

To add an extra layer of odor-fighting protection and a pleasant fragrance, consider using essential oils with antibacterial properties in your deodorant recipe. Some popular options include lavender, tea tree, peppermint, grapefruit, rosemary, orange, and cedarwood. For those with sensitive skin, clary sage essential oil is a great choice as it helps soothe razor burn and rashes.

Do I need to detox my armpits before using this natural homemade vegan deodorant?

It is not necessary, but some people may experience an adjustment period when switching to a natural deodorant. During this time, there may be an increase in odor. However, give it some time, typically it takes around a month for your body to fully adjust to the natural deodorant.

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Natural Homemade Deodorant – Vegan and it actually works!

I have tried pretty much every natural deodorant out there. Many of them just didn’t leave me smelling fresh (or worse left me smelling worse than if I didn’t wear deodorant at all)! I finally found one that worked for me–Schmidt’s natural deodorant stick with charcoal. After using it for about 3 months, I started to develop an allergy to it and was no longer able to use it.
That’s when my quest for a homemade deodorant began! This recipe is the only one I’ve found that works all day long ,lasts through sweaty workouts, and keeps the dreaded stinky pit smell at bay.
The ingredients are simple, vegan and might just be in your pantry already!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Cuisine: Natural Remedy
Keyword: Home Made Natural Deodorant, Natural Home Made Vegan Deodorant, Natural Vegan Deodorant, Plant Based Deodorant


  • 1/2 cup Arrowroot powder (or cornstarch)
  • 1/2 cup Baking soda (use 1/4 cup, if you are sensitive to it)
  • 5-7 tbsp Coconut oil
  • 15-20 drops Antibacterial essential oils – your scent of choice 🙂


  • Add all ingredients to a bowl and mix well together. If you have a kitchen-aid mixer that can be used, but I just mix this using a regular tablespoon. The consistency of this DIY deodorant changes depending on the weather. I tend to use more coconut oil in the winter and a little less in the summer. Check on the consistency of your deodorant as you are mixing, and add more oil as needed. You want this to be a thick paste that spreads easily.

How do I use homemade deodorant from a jar?

  • Using a clean spoon or popsicle stick, remove a small amount of the paste and place it on your armpit. Leave it for about 10 seconds to warm up, then spread around the under-arm area. If the weather is cold and you try to force the paste to spread, you can end up irritating the sensitive under-arm skin. I just use my finger to dig out the deodorant and haven’t had any issues, but I always wash my hands before and after application

Why should you use coconut oil in deodorant?

  • Coconut oil helps kill fungi, yeast and bacteria and it’s also very moisturizing. This makes coconut oil the perfect base for a natural deodorant.

What if I’m sensitive to baking soda?

  • You can adjust the recipe to have less baking soda in it. I have used less baking soda and found it still works great! Using less may help with the sensitivity. Also, choosing a higher-end brand of baking soda (such as Bob’s Red Mill) may help too. I haven’t tried this recipe without baking soda, so not sure if it would work quite as well.

Which essential oils can be used in homemade natural deodorant?

  • Any essential oil with antibacterial properties can be used in natural deodorant. Some of my favourites include:
    -Lavender oil
    -Tea Tree oil
    -Peppermint oil
    -Grapefruit oil
    -Rosemary oil
    -Orange oil
    -Cedarwood oil
    -Clary sage essential oil is great for those sensitive armpits that are prone to razer burn and rashes

Will I have to detox my armpits before using natural deodorant?

  • You can switch to natural deodorant at any time. However, most people notice an increase in smell when making the switch. Be patient, it can take up to a month for your body to get used to the new natural deodorant


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4 thoughts on “Simple Natural Homemade Vegan Deodorant

  1. Sara Boake says:

    5 stars
    Love this recipe! So simple and natural. For mine, I used 1/4 cup baking soda. Because I have sensitive skin, I would use even a little less even next time. For essential oils, I used a blend of Frankincense, Rose, Ylang Ylang, Cedar and added some Sodalite Crystals to the bottom for a fun decoration! Next time I’ll try lavender and eucalyptus 💜 🐰🌱🥰

    • spicyveganfood says:

      Awesome so happy you liked it! 💕 It’s very easy to customize this recipe and add your fav essential oils!

  2. Lucis H. says:

    4 stars
    Worked pretty well! No rashes like I have gotten from other natural recipes I have tried. In the winter months it lasts a lot longer. Summer months a little more difficult to stay smelling nice. But this is one of the best homemade deodorant recipes I have tried. So thank you very much for sharing

    • spicyveganfood says:

      Thank you for the feedback, and I agree in the summer months it’s a little more difficult to have a homemade deodorant that can withstand the heat!

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