This DIY Deodorant Is All Natural and Takes Just 5 Minutes to Make at Home

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Google “is deodorant bad for you” and you’ll get a slew of conflicting answers. While some believe the aluminum in antiperspirants can cause breast cancer or Alzheimer’s, studies also show that your skin acts as a barrier, keeping any chemicals from entering your body.

Although it may be completely safe to use antiperspirant deodorants with aluminum, many people prefer to go the all-natural route. Unfortunately, many all-natural deodorants on the market today just don’t get the job done. Luckily, acquiring an all-natural deodorant (that actually works!) is easier than you thought — and all it takes is a little DIY magic.

What you’ll need:

  • ¼ cup baking soda
  • ¼ cup arrowroot powder
  • 6 to 8 tablespoons coconut oil
  • Your favorite essential oil, optional

Steps: Combine the baking soda and arrowroot powder in a bowl and mix well. Add in the coconut oil until well combined and smooth. If you’d like your deodorant to be scented, feel free to add your own essential oil to the mix. Start with 10 or so drops and add more if necessary. Some great scents are eucalyptus and lavender. Once combined, scoop your deodorant into a jar and seal.

Notes: You can store your deodorant in your bathroom, but if you live in a warmer climate or your home is on the warmer side, you may notice your mixture will get liquidy. This is fine, and the deodorant will solidify again in a cooler temperature. Feel free to keep your deodorant in your fridge! Happy hot days are ahead.