DIY coconut lime deodorant

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DIY coconut lime deodorant

Update: since it’s original publication in 2012, this is THE most popular recipe on my site, and I’ve heard from women (and men!) around the world saying that this is the natural deodorant that works for them.  Give it a try!

I’ve been so curious about this project.  Who is going to be brave enough to try it … and who will just think I’m crazy?

Well dear readers, I am only crazy in an effort to bring YOU natural, healthy solutions to common problems.

And clearly underarm stinkiness is a common problem!

But first, why isn’t my store-bought deodorant, or *gasp* anti-perspirant, good enough?

Have you looked at the ingredients list on your stick of deodorant?

Active Ingredients:Aluminum Zirconium Tetrachlorohydrex GLY (17.8% W/W).Inactive Ingredients:Cyclopentasiloxane; PPG-14 Butyl Ether; Stearyl Alcohol; Hydrogenated Castor Oil; PEG-8 Distearate; Fragrance (Parfum); Talc; Corn (Zea Mays) Starch; Vegetable Oil (Olus); Glyceryl Oleate; Propylene Glycol; BHT; t-Butyl Hydroquinone; Citric Acid .

Them’s chemicals, ’nuff said.

OK let’s look a little more closely.  Here’s the full analysis of this deodorant on the EWG site.

Aluminum is found in most anti-perspirants to physically block sweat from leaving your pores.  It absorbs into your skin cells, causing them to take on more water and swell, thereby blocking the sweat glands – read how it works here.  But isn’t sweating how our body releases toxins?  Yes.  This is why aluminum in anti-perspirants is so controversial.  Speculation is everywhere across the internet about whether it causes breast cancer or Alzheimers or a variety of other  conditions … but the truth is, we just don’t know yet.

Fragrance the big mystery ingredient which could contain anything from safe essential oils (which it probably doesn’t, because they’re expensive) to toxic, carcinogenic chemicals.  Companies are allowed to hide all of these ingredients in their proprietary fragrance.  It’s just a big question mark what you’re getting with this!

Stearyl Alcohol is drying and a potential skin irritant.

Talc is questionable because of risk of contamination with asbestos.

BHT is classified by EWG as causing cancer, endocrine disruption and potential reproductive toxicity.  Awesome!

Plus a slew of other questionable ingredients you can find in the full analysis link above.  And this deodorant only ranks a 5 on the EWG scale of toxicity!

Fortunately, there is a better and more natural alternative.

Anti-perspirant stops you from sweating.  We can’t make this at home, and we might not even want to (if you believe it’s good to sweat out toxins!)

What we can do is make a natural deodorant which inhibits bacterial growth so you smell sweet all day long.  Hooray!

This deodorant is simple and it works for me.  Variations of this recipe are all over the internet, but after a lot of experimentation, this is the blend that I love and use regularly.

homemade deodorant ingredients

This lovely, tropical-smelling homemade deodorant contains 4 ingredients:

  • Coconut oil.  Coconut oil is moisturizing and has a natural antibacterial effect.
  • Arrow Root Powder.  Silky smooth for a nice texture.  I prefer Arrowroot powder to cornstarch, because cornstarch may encourage yeast growth? Not good.  Stick with Arrowroot.
  • Baking Soda.  Absorbs odors (you know how Grandma kept a box in the fridge to make it smell nice … same idea in your underarms!)
  • Essential Oils.  Antibacterial again, and odor-busting.  I use lime essential oil for a tropical fragrance!

Coconut Lime Deodorant

  • 2 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 tbsp baking soda ((aka sodium bicarbonate))
  • 3 tbsp arrowroot powder
  • 5 drops lime essential oil (or your preferred essential oil)
  1. Just mix it all together and put into a container.  If you want easier mixing, melt the coconut oil first and then let harden before using.

  2. Always always always label the container!

  3. To use, scoop out a little bit (maybe 1/4 tsp) on your finger, press against your underarm for a few seconds to soften, then rub in. Repeat on the other side.

  4. My little secret: the top of my deodorant did not look this good at first. So, I melted it down with a hairdryer for a few seconds, then smoothed it with a knife. Yes, I admit it. Pretty beauty products are more fun though!

Troubleshooting:

Coconut oil melts at very low temps, so if you live in a hot climate, you might want to store this in the fridge. Or add a bit of beeswax to hold it together.

Baking soda can irritate some people’s skin. If you want more odor-fighting, increase the amount of baking soda. For a gentler deodorant, decrease the baking soda, or leave it out altogether.

Don’t like coconut lime? Use a different essential oil like tea tree or lavender.

Lime essential oil makes your skin extra sensitive to sunlight. Since you use deodorant under your arms, it shouldn’t be a problem!

Effective deodorant seems to be a very personal thing, so change the ratio of baking soda and arrowroot powder until you find what works for you!

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  1. I gave up antiperspirant years ago and just use fresh lime. Just slice off a piece of lime and rub it in your armpits. Works the best. No staining of clothes. Although I will add, stings a second right after I shave my armpits.

  2. Interesting 🙂 I used to make my own deodorant, however my sister got me some Lavilin a couple years ago, and I’ve been too lazy since. Will try your recipe at some point!

  3. How do I get the fragrance to smell strong? My kids won’t use it because it doesn’t have a fragrance coming through?

  4. Love this deodorant! I used cornstarch because I didn’t have arrowroot and it has been fine. I also didn’t have lime essential oil and so I used lavender instead…amazing scent! I do hot yoga so this deodorant has been put to the test for about a year now (when I made my first batch). Thank you Amanda for such great recipes!

    1. Well, I tried and was disappointed that I am one of the ones that this deodorant didn’t work out for. I believe it was effective, but I sweat A LOT and it DID stain. Treating the stains each time are going to be more trouble than continuing my search for a “perfect” deodorant. I’m glad for those of you who have success!

  5. Great!, I use Coconut oil for a number of other beauty treatments, but have never thought of using it as a natural deodorant! I bet it leaves your underarms super nourished! Can’t wait, thanks :).

  6. Hey! Thanks for the great recipe! I love the sound of the tropics in my armpits…mmmm. I usually make this same recipe except with tea tree oil. If there’s no tea tree, it doesn’t work for me! Probably cause tea tree is so good at being anti-everything bad (except maybe irritation) and it makes my deodorant smell kind of herby and medicinal and super fresh. Hope everyone has a good time and good result making this stuff! Take care 🙂

  7. I started using this deodorant several months ago and absolutely love it! However, after applying it on my underarms after shaving, I developed a horrible rash and my skin turned brown. After Googling the problem, I believe it was the baking soda. So I eliminated it and just use a mixture of Coconut Oil and Tea Tree Essential Oil. Now that summer is here, I’m finding the deodorant isn’t as effective for my skin without the baking soda. Does anyone have any suggestions on how to keep the recipe, which I love, and help with the mild odor, minus the baking soda?

  8. Hi, Amanda. I am just now reading this post, all these years later. 🙂 I have a question. I have heard, but don’t know how much truth there is to it (thus the reason that I am asking you.), that those with high cholesterol issues should avoid coconut oil. Is there any truth to that? Are there effects from coconut oil that can interact with cholesterol levels? I ask because I would love to try this recipe but hesitate to give it to my husband who is currently on high blood pressure medication. Thanks for your time and your response.

  9. Hi, Amanda. I am just now reading this post, all these years later. 🙂 I have a question. I have heard, but don’t know how much truth there is to it (thus the reason that I am asking you.), that those with high cholesterol issues should avoid coconut oil. Is there any truth to that? Are there effects from coconut oil that can interact with cholesterol levels? Thanks for your time and your response.

  10. This recipe is amazing! Thank you!
    It’s working so well that I completely stopped using commercially made deodorants.

  11. I love this DIY things, but I am affraid it won’t work on me and my body. 🙁 not just this, but other DIY things.

    1. You won’t know until you try. Ever since, I have begun the DIY lifestyle, I have tried several recipes for deodorant. At times, I have had to tweak it. Sometimes, they worked and other times they didn’t. Sometimes, I got a rash, had to stop using it and go back to my old until it healed. If I may make a suggestion, it would be to get a Dollar Tree deodorant, scrape the deodorant out and wash the container well. Try this, but have your usual deodorant handy to see if it works for you. Or try it on a day that you are staying home and do things to make your sweat like jumping jacks or something. Then you will be able to see how it works for you. If it doesn’t work out, no harm done. You can possibly use it for staying at home use only. I hope this helps.

  12. I made this in a small jar last night, I melted the coconut oil by putting boiling water in a pan and standing the jar in it.

    UK peeps: coconut oil can be bought from Amazon.co.uk and Goodness Direct. You can get odour free if you don’t like the smell…

    Essential Oils Direct do a deodorant essential oil blend that smells great and works well, i mix it with a crystal deodorant spray. Tried 6 drops of it with this recipe, but not tried it yet.

    Oddly enough the coconut oil did not harden while I had the lid on the jar, (wish it stayed liquid like that when baking muffins, tsk.)

    Thanks for this simple recipe, hope it works for me 🙂

  13. I have been using something similar for almost a year, and before that I used an alaun stone, I could never go back to the store-bought kind, what I wanted to share with you is a real concern, regarding your mention of breast cancer; my brother is a gynecologist in a highly respected German hospital, his boss once showed him a study done there about breast cancer and why it almost always appears (the tumor) in the upper quadrant of the chest, close to the armpit. Yes, the article intensely related the incidence of cancer with the chemical ingredients of deodorant. He said that they can’t make this information public, that bigger interests are at play.
    And since I am at this subject about gynecology, my brother and even his boss sometimes recommend their pacients to use coconut oil as a lubricant or healing agent in mild imbralances, praising its antifungal and other great properties. he made me so proud when I heard that.

  14. Just to add on the comment about natural deodorants – Lavilin is a really good option. It’s aluminum-free and paraben-free. Great reputation in the market as well, lots of great press. Website is: http://www.lavilin.com

  15. Hi! Just wanted to let you know I stumbled upon your blog and made this deodorant about a month ago. It really DOES work! 🙂 Thank you so much for sharing the recipe!

  16. I just made some of this according to your recipe, except, I took out 1/2 tsp. of the arrow root and added 1/2 tsp. of bentonite clay. I put it in the fridge and went back to look at it after 30 min, it’s solid and smells great.

  17. Ah, Interesting… been making my own (powdered) version using Bicarb with Tea Tree & Lavender oils. Hadn’t considered adding Coconut oil to the equation! However, I DO have a small jar of coconut oil right next to it that I use on my dry fluffy hair – The answer’s been staring me in the face every morning!
    Thanks for sharing.
    Barney

  18. the baking soda and lime is key… I just wonder if it would attract insects more due to the coconut oil. I have noticed when I use organic coconut oil as a leave in hair moisturizer/de-frizzer those little pests like me a lot.

  19. Luv, luv, luv this natural deodorant recipe. I have been using it for a couple of months now and have not had any skin irritations which I did after purchasing expensive natural deodorants and trying other recipes that I found online. Thank you Amanda for this wonderful recipe.

  20. Thanks for the information! I am sitting in my bed with honey spread over my face!!
    I wanted to share with you a deodorant I have been using for the last 2 months. I am very surprised it works so effectively. I discovered it by mistake. It is lemon juice. Of course it does not smell as pretty as your recipe or provide the moisture, but if you are ever in a hurry or out of your deodorant, pure lemon juice works wonders. It allows you to sweat, but with no odor. I simply cut a lemon and either mix with a little water or apply the lemon juice directly.

  21. I have a 7 year old daughter that came home with body odor so I started looking for something natural for her young growing body. That’s when I came across your recipe and I’m really excited to give it a try for her and me, a beast feeding mother. Since we live where its hot, and body odor becomes an issue for me sometimes, how much more do we increase the baking soda? Also, what is another tasty smelling EO I can use that’s a good antibacterial besides the ones listed? I don’t care for tea tree or lavender. I would like to use the lime, it sounds like a delicious scent, but I developed phytophotodermatitis from the limes I used for my daughters limeade stand.

    1. Jessica, there are lots of oils to choose from. Grapefruit essential oil really smells close to a fresh-cut fruit. You could also try lemon or orange, pine or cedar…check them out.

      http://www.vitacost.com/productResults.aspx?.x=16&Ns=P_SoldQuantity%7c1&showAll=true&.y=11&previousText=aromatherapy+essential+oils&Ntt=aromatherapy+essential+oils&ntk=products&pgSz=100

  22. I’ve been using organic limes as deodorant and it has been working great! I also put coconut oil all over after showering including my armpits and the lime does not sting even after shaving.

    1. Good idea! I’ve heard about using fresh lemon as a deodorant, and this is along the same lines…

  23. I’ve been making my own deodorant for awhile…can’t wait to try this version. Thanks for sharing. I have a comment about baking soda… it contains aluminum….unless you buy aluminum free which is possible and I do.

  24. I made this deodorant a few months ago and just love it 🙂 I put grapefruit essential oil in with the lime essential oil and loveee the smells together. I have experienced no stains on my clothes or any irritations and i have very sensitive skin.I also get quite stinky and sweaty and have found it to be much better than any strong deodorant i used to buy. I am almost out and about to make a new batch up so thought i would give my feedback on it……FANTASTIC 🙂 x

  25. I am making my second batch of this deodorant because I love it – I have a terrible time finding deodorants that don’t burn my skin so when I tried this and saw how mild it was I was thrilled! And it works so well! The first time I tried it I stayed home just in case it didnt keep me “fresh”! But I needed not have worried because I smelled great all day! Thanx for sharing this info

  26. Can you use refined coconut oil for this or does it have to be unrefined. The store I went to only had refined :/

    1. Hi Jamie, either refined or unrefined would be fine in this recipe. (For eating, I prefer unrefined though.)

  27. I don’t have the money to be spending on essential oils unfortunately :/
    Do you think fresh lime juice would hurt? Or any fresh citrus juice for that matter?

    1. I just started using this and I’m hooked! No essential oils needed (unless you dislike the smell of coconut oil). I think my husband is getting tired of me holding my armpit up to his face and asking him, “do you smell anything?!”

      My skin is sensitive to essential oils so I left it out all together. Maybe in the future I’ll add jasmine oil or something.

    2. Hi – if you don’t have essential oils, just leave them out. I wouldn’t add fresh lime juice, that might go mouldy or not blend in well.

  28. I was getting bored with the essential oil scents I was using so I put a few sprays of my favorite perfume in it instead. It worked perfectly!

  29. Hi there Amanda, I tried the recipe, using cornflour as it is known here in the UK, instead of the arrowroot powder and for about a week it did actually work, I smelt fresh all day, but then now it seems to be not working, plus it leaves white marks on my armpits. It’s like the mixture sinks into the creases in my armpits, causing me to not want to show my armpits and at the moment it’s quite warm here in the UK, so I really would like to find a solution quick.
    Please help if you can, thank you.

    1. HI Rain, as I said in my video, I don’t recommend using cornflour/cornstarch because some people have irritations from it. So I’m not sure what to suggest other than try again with arrowroot powder (which you can buy in the baking aisle or health food shop).

  30. I got the recipe from my not-so-natural sister. I live in South Florida and am outside sweating a lot so I was a skeptic. I used it and was outside all day. No odor! And I sweat a lot! I don’t mind the sweating but not fond of any odor. Her recipe uses tea tree oil so that is what I use. It is amazing. I will never go back to commercial deodarants.

    1. The arrowroot provides the body of the deodorant (so it becomes creamy instead of oily) and is also gentle and soothing to the skin.

  31. I am concerned about preventing that sticky feeling…does this keep you dry as well as smelling nice? That’s what I like about regular antiperspirants – I feel dry all day and don’t feel gross and sticky. Will this do the same thing?

    1. Hi Sarah, as a deodorant it does NOT stop you from sweating. It just prevents the odor. So you would have to try it yourself to see if it works for you. I don’t feel ‘gross and sticky’ using it, but I guess that is a personal feeling 🙂

  32. Where did you get that cute little container? I’ve been looking for one like that to store my homemade deo in. And I look forward to adding lime to my next batch :o)

  33. If you have to store it in the fridge, what happens if you sweat a lot? I sweat ALL THE TIME and am picturing coconut oil staining my clothes. Looks like someone else posted a similar concern, but got no response. Any input from other heavy sweaters who have tried this?

    1. Hi Sarah, I haven’t had any problem with the coconut oil staining my clothes – you don’t apply very much, so it’s not like there’s solid coconut oil under your arms waiting to melt. However it doesn’t stop you from sweating, just smelling.

      1. Thanks, Amanda. I tend to be very liberal when applying deodorant, because I sweat so much! I will have to just try this out and see how it goes. Thanks so much for the reply.

      2. In my case i sweat like alot but i dont smell anything. Unlike when i used to use a store brand deodorant i would seat and on top stink so bad, im just glad this mix works for me.

      3. I’m quite the profuse sweater myself but not stinky and I work outside. I’ve been using this for a few days now and love it! I increased the baking soda due to the profuse sweating and surprisingly it has not hurt my overly sensitive skin!

  34. The lime should be OK under the armpit. Unless you are sunbathing and purposely exposing your armpit.

  35. Sounds amazing, but be careful, lime essential oil is phototoxic and could possibly create quite a burn in the sun! If you can find lime eo that has been steam distilled, it is not phototoxic. Most all lime eo is cold pressed, so be aware!

  36. Im in love with with deodorant. I added some rosemary essential oil and a drop of tea tree.
    Also, I found it super easy to blend via a double boiler.
    Thank you!

  37. I used just straight coconut oil and it worked very well as a deodorant, even in a hot climate. After my shower I rub coconut oil all over my body, including my underarms. It takes a few minutes to sink in but then your whole body is soft and sweet smelling for the rest of the day.

    1. I have been using a similar recipe and it has stained several of my shirts, However, it does work very well at keeping the stink off. I am a fairly large guy who sweats a lot and I have worked out, mowed the lawn and sustained a whole day without any complaints from a house full of women concerning BO. My advice is to keep it in the fridge in a small container (about 2″ x 2″ or smaller) and shake it out in a solid state and apply it like a rollon. That way you can control where it goes. Then let it soak in the skin a few minutes before putting on your shirt.

    2. I know this post is old but for those reading it now: If you get it on your clothes, I tend to get it on the front of my shirts from cooking or what ever, you can rub dish soap on the spot and let it sit a minute before throwing it in the wash. I also use straight coconut oil because the baking soda does irritate my skin. I keep coconut oil in a mason jar in my bath labeled “lotion” and my whole family uses it to smear all over their bodies, that includes my teen daughters.

    1. Arrowroot is a thickening agent. It’s an alternative to corn starch. You can use it in stir fry and soups to thicken them up (which is why you find it with the spices at the grocery store).

  38. Instead of coconut oil, I use a mix of shea butter, jojoba oil, and food grade vegetable glycerin. In the summer I did a mix of tea tree, eucalyptus, and lemongrass oils, but the tea tree was very irritating. So for the winter, I have switched to the more holiday-scented clove, peppermint, and eucalyptus. It’s pretty awesome.

  39. What’s the difference of arrowroot from baking soda? I want to know. Thanks!
    Ps. The one I make works well for us here in the Philippines. Since we have a lot of extra virgin coconut oil..cold pressed, I mix it with baking soda and corn starch. Then I put it back in my empty deodorant t stick container.

    1. Hi Maria,

      Arrowroot powder is a lot like corn starch. The reason I use Arrowroot is because I read that corn starch can sometimes result in topical yeast infections or irritations in some people … so arrowroot powder is a good replacement. If the cornstarch is working for you though, no need to change!

      1. I was using corn starch in mine, and it was fine, then I read about the yeast deal and thought I would try the arrowroot. Now I have an itchy rash under my arms. No bueno. Switching back to the cornstarch. Both work great for getting rid of odor though. This is a great recipe! And just an FYI, I actually found an article that recommended cornstarch to treat topical yeast infection, so I think you really just have to do what works best for you. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Intertrigo

  40. I’m so glad I found this! I recently bought a “natural” deodorant (wasn’t as natural as I would have hoped) and I started searching on Amazon for an alternative earlier. I was on Pinterest and just accidentally came across this. I definitely will be trying this out. Going to follow you on FB now, looks like you got lots of great stuff to offer. 🙂

  41. I’ve been using this recipe for about a month now and it’s far and away the best deodorant I’ve ever used. It doesn’t turn smelly at all after a day unlike store-bought deodorants I’ve bought. Also stays completely solid with a bit of beeswax. I’m a college-aged guy and this works great for me as a natural alternative. Thanks!

      1. Victor, I’m with Krista…would love to know how much beeswax you used to keep this deodorant solid. Anyone else try that?

  42. Hello, I like in the UK and would really like to know where you found this jard of extra virgin coconut oil? Really want to try this recipe, thanks for sharing! Really inspiring website full of good ideas 🙂

    1. You can buy coconut oil in Holland & Barrett (although it’s not cheap), for a less expensive option try ordering in bulk from Aromantic.co.uk.

  43. I made this, and I love it so far! The only thing that sucks is that it’s summer, and it’s melting. Otherwise, it’s amazing! Thank you so very much for this recipe/tutorial! You have helped me in my quest to maximize self sufficiency and planet friendly 🙂

    1. Glad you’re loving it! I’ve kept mine in the fridge this summer to keep it solid … but will work on tweaking the recipe to make it more stable in the heat!

    2. I live in Kansas, and in the summer it is quite hot. I started using this as a powder without the coconut oil. works wonderful for my husband and I. I just keep it in an old sugar bowl with a lid and a powder puff. We just powder up after our showers. I work outside most of the time as we have a small homestead, with gardens and animals to care for. It holds up to the worst of days. Hope this helps those who don’t want to mess with the gooey stuff. Also I have noticed that not using the coconut oil eliminates the oily underarm stains in our shirts. The arrowroot powder also helps to absorb moisture.

    3. angela, make it and put it into really small jars with screw on lids. It is easy to just pop it in an icebox and use it when needed. Great fro travel or just keep it in your purse for emergencies.

  44. Hi,
    My husband and I have been using your recipe for a few weeks and love it – will probably never go back. We don’t live in a hot climate, but are having trouble keeping it solid. Any idea on how much beeswax to add? Or anything else?
    Thanks!

    1. Mine has been living in the fridge for the last month. It is its summer house !
      I guess it will stay there until September. The only difficulty is that the kitchen is far from the bathroom but I apply it between the shower and breakfast 🙂

  45. Where would I get arrowroot powder? (Assuming I don’t just grind up some cookies 🙂 j/k)

    1. I can buy Arrowroot powder in the baking section of my grocery store here in the UK. You might also look in the baking section at a health food store. You could also order it online here.

  46. Just made your recipe!
    It was as easy as it seemed and the result looks good too (thanks for the hairdryer tip!).
    Now let’s see if it fulfills its promiss against bad smells 🙂
    This is my first homemade cosmetic product, I am so proud, thanks Amanda !

    Just one additional question : how long does it last? Considering the products included, I am tempted to thing “quite long” but it does not give a clear clue does it? 😉

    1. Hi Maure! This recipe should last at least a year (probably more!) since it’s all oil-based.

      Give it a try for 2 weeks before deciding if you like it or not. Some people find their bodies needs time to ‘adjust’ to a new deodorant after using the commercial-strength stuff for so long. Hope it works as well for you as it has for me!

      1. After 2 weeks usage, I can now testify that this recipe totally works for me!
        I must admit I was sckeptical because I tried many natural deodorants before and it never worked. Even the worst chemical products of the market are not always efficient. But this is perfect! And we can make it smell just what we want it to smell.
        I have already convinced 4 girls to make it as well 🙂

  47. Do you ever find this gets powdery or cakey? I made something similar once, though it included aloe vera gel and I can’t remember the quantities, and it didn’t seem smooth after I applied it. Sometimes it was fine, but other times it flaked off. Do you think it was the AVG?

    I really want to make this work, because I hate conventional deodorant and the BS/arrowroot/coconut oil is by far the most popular recipe online.

    1. Hi Nicola, I haven’t tried using AVG in a deodorant before but this recipe I use is really creamy/smooth (although it goes solid in the UK temps, so you have to melt it against your skin slightly when using). Let me know how it works if you try it!

      1. Thanks for the reply. Thinking on this more, I think it might be the baking soda that caused problems. Quite some time after I tried this recipe I used baking soda to exfoliate and it left my face really red, so it could just be that the baking soda doesn’t agree with my skin. I’ve since found a baking soda-free recipe online, so I think I’ll try that first and then come back to this if it doesn’t work.

  48. I created one awhile ago and put it in an old deodorant container. The application was fine, but as it dried, it would flake off my armpits and onto whatever i was wearing.

    What is the consistency of yours and how much do you put on your armpits?

    1. Hi Sommer, What did you make it from? This one never flakes (at least for me) because it is oil-based, so it never totally dries out. Just rubs in like lotion.

      It’s solid at room temp, so I scoop out a bit (maybe 1/8-1/4 tsp) onto my finger, then hold it against my skin for a couple of seconds to melt, and then rub it in.

      Anyone else had problems with flaking??

    1. Coconut oil is great because it’s solid at room temperature. I think other oils would stay liquid, so the powder would separate and would also be more oily on the skin. Plus, coconut oil has some antibacterial properties not found in other oils.

      1. Hi Amanda,
        wrote this because Im worried about my daughter.She sweat too much and smells terrible after a while, even her clothes smells badly too. I tried using sage and rosemary added to baking soda and cornstarch, yes it works on the odor but it darkens her underarm and stains her clothes too. So is this recipe of yours darkens the armpit ? Thank you and God bless

    2. If you don;t like coconut oil you can use shea-butter also, I don’t arrow root and wanted to make it right away so I used cornstarch and it is working fine. Hope this is helpful.

      1. I’m hoping to make some tonight! I also have no arrowroot on hand so will substitute also… should be Fun!!

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