DIY Natural Deodorant (Zero Waste)

DIY Natural Zero Waste Deodorant Recipe – 3 Ingredients!

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As someone who naturally perspires under my arms, I was sick of slathering store-bought, chemical deodorants under my armpits, only to smell even worse!

I’ve been making my own natural deodorant for over a decade with these 3 basic ingredients.

For me, this has been the most effective deodorant I’ve ever used, but you’ll have to try it for yourself to see if it’s a fit for you.

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How to Make DIY Natural Zero Waste Deodorant

What You’ll Need

DIY Natural Zero Waste Deodorant
Natural DIY Deodorant (ingredients + materials)


  • 1 tsp Bicarb Soda (or Baking Soda)
  • 1 tsp Arrowroot Powder
  • Liquid Coconut Oil*
  • OPTIONAL: 1 – 2 drops of Essential Oil (to scent)

*Variation – you can use solid coconut oil, but you’ll need to melt it in the sun or a bowl of hot water first to become a liquid.


  • Small bowl
  • Teaspoon
  • Small jar/ container (to store your deodorant in)

Hot Tip! – Op shops are a great place to find cute little jars like the one pictured above.

There is a methodical reason behind each of the deodorant ingredients, which are all natural and vegan:

🌿 BICARB – Raises the pH levels under your armpits to help fight bacteria and BO (body odour)
🌿 ARROWROOT – Absorbs the sweat and moisture
🌿 COCONUT OIL – A creamy carrier oil, which blends all of the ingredients to create a paste
🌿 ESSENTIAL OIL – Adds a nice scent


DIY Natural Zero Waste Deodorant (mix bicarb soda & arrowroot)
STEP 1 – Mix bicarb and arrowroot

STEP 1 – Mix Bicarb & Arrowroot

Add 1 teaspoon of Bicarb Soda and 1 teaspoon of Arrowroot Power into a small bowl and mix them together.

DIY Natural Zero Waste Deodorant (add coconut oil)
STEP 2 – Slowly add coconut oil

STEP 2 – Add Coconut Oil

Next, add a small amount of coconut oil to the powder and mix. Keep adding a few more drops of coconut oil at a time until it’s the consistency of a nice, smooth paste.

DIY Natural Zero Waste Deodorant (add essential oil)
STEP 3 – Add Essential Oil

STEP 3 – Add Essential Oil (Optional)

If you want to create a nice, scented deodorant, you can add 1 – 2 drops of any Essential Oil you choose.

I often use Peppermint, which adds a strong smell without having to use too much essential oil.

DIY Natural Zero Waste Deodorant (store in a small jar)
STEP 4 – Store in a small jar

STEP 4 – Store in a Small Jar or Container

Lastly, you simply spoon your freshly made DIY natural deodorant into a small jar or container for storage.

DIY Natural Deodorant for Sensitive Skin

Some people find that the bicarb soda can irritate their skin, particularly after shaving.

To make a sensitive version of this DIY natural deodorant recipe, simply use LESS bicarb soda and MORE arrowroot powder until you find what works best for you.

Sensitive DIY Deodorant Recipe (example):

  • 1/2 teaspoon Bicarb Soda
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Arrowroot Powder
  • Liquid Coconut Oil (mix through small amounts until it becomes a paste)
  • 1 -2 drops of Essential Oil (optional)
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DIY Natural Deodorant FAQs

Using Natural Deodorant Paste

Natural DIY Zero Waste Deodorant (paste)
DIY Natural Deodorant Paste

The easiest way to use DIY natural deodorant paste is to put a bit on your finger and then rub it under your armpits. The coconut oil helps to smooth the paste over your skin.

If you feel like it’s a bit thick under your arms and you’re worried about getting it on your clothing, you can dab your skin with a damp washcloth to get rid of any excess.

What if Your Natural Deodorant Goes Hard?

Natural DIY Zero Waste Deodorant (resoftening with coconut oil)
Resoftening the natural deodorant with coconut oil

Over time, as the natural deodorant is sitting in its jar or container, the powders tend to settle on the bottom, with more of the coconut oil floating to the top.

You’ll find that as you start to use your zero waste deodorant paste, it can tend to get a bit harder as you work your way through the jar. This is because you end up using more of the coconut oil unless you’ve been mixing it regularly.

There are two easy ways to keep your DIY natural deodorant soft so that it doesn’t lose its ‘paste’ consistency.

How to keep your deodorant paste soft:

  1. If it goes hard, add a few more drops of coconut oil and mix with a teaspoon handle
  2. OR mix the deodorant regularly with your finger so that the oil doesn’t settle on the top

How Long Will This DIY Natural Deodorant Last?

The longevity of the DIY natural deodorant will vary from person to person, depending on how much they use each day.

For me, this recipe lasts around 2 weeks, using a small amount under each armpit, both morning and night.

I’ve made up batches of this natural deodorant recipe and had it sitting in jars for months without it ever going off. This is particularly handy if you’re busy and like to do things ahead of time, or if you’re travelling.

TIP! – If you’re packing your DIY Natural Deodorant into luggage or a toiletry bag for travel, be aware that the coconut oil can get all around the lid of the jar.

It helps to store your little deodorant jar in a waterproof bag or a slightly larger container to protect your other travel items.

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