I have been making our own deodorant for about 4 years now. It’s back from the days when our youngest boy was a baby & reacting to so, so many different foods, that we ended up on a strict Paleo diet for about 18 months. Many of the blogs with Paleo recipes also had natural healthcare recipes, & DIY deodorant is a popular one as it’s just so easy & works!


Over the years I have adjusted the basic coconut oil, baking soda & cornstarch recipe to one both Matt & I are happy with. I always found the basic recipe a little dry & crumbly (the the chunks of deodorant would ALWAYS fall in some embarrassing place, melt & I wouldn’t notice till I was out!) & I found the cornstarch a little scratchy.
Replacing the cornstarch with arrowroot helped make it a bit smoother, but then discovering that adding Bentonite clay not only made it velvety soft & easier to apply, but that it also added the benefits of making it a detoxifying mix too! It’s also odourless & non-staining, which are always a bonus for a deodorant.

Here is a little of what Wellness Mama says about Bentonite Clay:

Bentonite clay carries a strong negative charge which bonds to the positive charge in many toxins. When it comes in contact with a toxin, chemical or heavy metal, the clay will absorb the toxin and release it’s minerals for the body to use. Bentonite also helps get oxygen to cells as it pulls excess hydrogen and allows the cells to replace it with oxygen instead.

Since discovering Young Living oils, then we have added the Purification blend to the mix, as it is great at eating smells. I know some people use it neat as a deodorant, but I have sensitive skin & it stung me a little like that. Matt really likes the scent of Purification & in this recipe, it works great for him, despite being a big, hot, sweaty man thing!
Personally at certain times of my monthly cycle I can get a bit whiffy, no matter what I use or how many times I wash. It’s not every month & as my cycles are gently settling down with the several essential oils I use to help support my hormonal system, then it’s becoming less often…….but I was still searching for a magic ingredient to help at those times. A friend said that Patchouli oil, really helped her & she had struggled for years with smelly underarms. So I gave it a try in the last batch I made, & sure enough I have not had any issues so far. Plus I do love that musky Patchouli scent! It’s often described as the scent of the 60’s, & it wouldn’t be the first time I was called a hippy!
For more information about essential oils & a basic guide on how to use the oils in the Young Living Premium Starter Kit, check out several of my other posts here.


I get most of my healthcare ingredients, jars & bottles from The Soap Kitchen. They have loads of choices, quick shipping (or I collect when I’m in the area, as they are based just over the border in Bideford) & they have FAB customer service.

DIY all-natural detoxifying deodorant recipe

  • 5 tablespoons organic virgin coconut oil- a natural antibacterial
  • 3 tablespoons baking soda- neutralises pH & body odour
  • 3 tablespoons arrowroot or organic cornstarch- absorbs perspiration
  • 2 tablespoons bentonite clay- also helps absorb perspiration & pulls toxins from the skin.
  • Young Living Patchouli essential oil- I think I added about 15 drops, but add to your own scent preference, or any other oils you would like. My husband likes the Purification blend, for it’s amazing odour zapping skills!

I add all the ingredients to a bowl & mash with a fork. My coconut oil was really cold & solid, so I was struggling a bit & left the bowl out in the sun for a few minutes to soften it. In winter I have mashed it by hand to use my body temperature to help soften it too.
As I was making 2 different scented batches, then I added the essential oils once I had split the mix in half.
I split this between 4 small jars, between 60 & 120ml big.

To use we just scoop out a pea sized blob & rub under our arms………& go off on our happy ways smelling delightful all day!