Simple Deodorant


Living a sustainable, and thus self-sufficient, life is incredibly important to me. I’ve found that it goes hand in hand with living simply. And so I wanted to share our deodorant recipe. I’ve shared it on an older blog but since this blog is a keeper, it’s time to revisit. I’m telling ya, it’s as simple as it gets and you know how much I like simple.


One part coconut oil
One part baking soda
A touch of lime essential oil (optional- gives it that key lime pie smell)


Simply melt the coconut oil just enough so that it’s a liquid. Blend it with your baking soda. Pour it in your containers and voila!

At room temperature it is a thick paste. What I do to bypass that and keep it a solid, so it still rolls on like regular deodorant, is keep it in the refrigerator. I pull it out just five minutes before use, apply and put it back in. I’ve been using it successfully for months now. There will be more bath and body recipes coming, as I really enjoy using natural ingredients and reaping the benefits. Plus, it’s just not as much fun if you don’t share. Cheers!


17 thoughts on “Simple Deodorant

  1. Jenny says:

    I have been trying to find a natural form of deodorant for about a year now. And actually, I have tried your recipe here and it definitely works! However, I don’t like how oily it is. I have to put it on before I put my clothes on, and wait a few minutes before I get dressed so it doesn’t get it on my clothes. I do not refrigerate it, though. Does refrigerating it help with that? Great post!

    • Aubrey says:

      I haven’t had that problem. My suggestion would be to try out the refrigeration of it but also maybe vary the measurements. Mine isn’t oily, but what I do is sometimes add more baking soda than oil so as to balance out the oil, but not so much that it’s dry.

  2. Tori says:

    Yes yes yes! Thanks for this recipe! So it keeps you smelling nice for most of the day? I’ve had issues with “natural” deodorants like Tom’s that left me smelling worse. And do you use left over deodorant containers or buy them somewhere? Great post:) Keep the bath and body recipes coming!

    Much love,

    • Aubrey says:

      It does keep me smelling nice all day. I was so surprised by that, to be honest. For the containers I reused old Toms deodorant containers. ^_^

  3. Whit B Nimble says:

    Key lime pits?! Sign me up. Seriously, I love coconut oil and I use it for multiple things. I just paid $7 for a stick of all natural deo in Flagstaff. I like it, but I could save by making my own. Aubrey for the win! xo

    • Aubrey says:

      You and I both! Coconut oil is used in a lot of things I make, except my food. I just adore its versatility. I hear ya – before I made my own I had switched to ‘natural’ deodorants and was so disappointed in the price and they just weren’t doing the trick for me.

  4. Holly says:

    I can’t believe how easy it is! And love that it is just two or three simple ingredients. I don’t even know how to pronounce the ingredients in the Secret deodorant I use, let alone know what they are and where they come from. Where do you get the deodorant containers to put it in?

    • Aubrey says:

      I hear ya. Now I skip anything I don’t know how to pronounce or don’t know what it is. For the containers I reused old Toms deodorant containers.

  5. Cristina says:

    I love this idea! I’ve found that so many deodorants out there are far too flowery/perfume based. I’m excited to try this out!

    The Rambling Fangirl

  6. Natalie says:

    So simple. I’ve known for ages about using baking soda as a deodorant but never thought to mix it. Curious to know what kind of container you use so you can roll on the lime goodness. Thanks nat x

  7. Faith says:

    Nice! I don’t use deodorant that much but these would be nice for those days that I feel like I need it. Especially now that it’s getting colder and I’m always transition to hot cold hot cold. I’m slowly trying to transition everything I use to having less ingredients (and being less chemically weird too…) I still need to make my own laundry detergent and the hardest… toothpaste! I just need to look up some recipes and try them out.

    • Aubrey says:

      Oh then you might just like my detergent recipe, which I plan to share this week. I’ve been making laundry detergent for over a year and love the recipe. I wasn’t liking a lot of the ones I found online, so I made my own based on what I read.

  8. McKenzie says:

    thank you! I have been looking for a good recipe. Do you find that it also works as a good anti-perspirant too? Or just as a deoderant? Keep ‘em coming :)

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