Grapefruit Lavender Coconut Deodorant

I sweat a lot.  I have always been this way, since I was young, and my Grandmother would always tell me it was good to sweat. It releases the toxins in the body.  Well, I am the girl that after a run when I am stretching I create a small puddle with the sweat dripping off me. So I definitely always need to wear deodorant.  I don't want to be smelling funky...unless it is a new aromatic perfume I created myself from essential oils (which is a good funky not the bad stinky funky).  I have been using natural ingredient based deodorants for a while now since I try not to put chemicals on my body.  However none of them really worked that well.  I found one that worked pretty well, and it smelled good, but things still got funky sometimes after a long sweaty workout, or just a long walk in the hot sun.

I thought that was the best any deodorant was going to get.  Until I saw this recipe by Mind Body Green for a coconut deodorant.  I was intrigued. I wanted to try it!  I am all for trying things like this once.  It was simple, very few ingredients and easy to make.  When I mixed it together, it seriously smelled like dessert.  Because I chose grapefruit and lavender essential oils to scent it, the aroma reminded me of citrus coconut lavender macaroons.

But the question was...would it work?  I think you know the answer because I am sharing the recipe, but it totally worked!  I went on a long, sweaty run, and I had actually applied it the night before and it kept me odor free!  My arm pits actually smelled good.  I was pretty shocked.  I am never going back to my other deodorant now that I have this stuff, it is wonderful!

Grapefruit Lavender Coconut Deodorant
Recipe adapted from Mind Body Green 

1/4 cup raw coconut oil, warmed to liquid
1/8 cup cornstarch
1/8 cup arrowroot powder
10 drops grapefruit essential oil
10 drops lavender essential oil
1 Tbsp baking soda*

In a small bowl, whisk all ingredients together, then pour into an empty deodorant container, or a glass jar (I just set it on my counter, remove about 1/4 tsp with my hands and rub it into my armpits when I want to apply) and set in the fridge until solid (if your home is cool enough, you can store it on the counter, which is what I do and it is soft enough to rub in, but if your house is warmer than about 75F, then you should store it in the fridge (and if you are using a jar, you will have to chip out pieces to use).
*Note, some people are sensitive to baking soda on their skin, if this is you, leave it out.

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I am a vegan girl who loves to make healthier desserts and dishes with lots of veggies. Recipes are meant to be shared, that is why I started blogging!

  1. October 4, 2014 at 14:54

    I substituted arrowroot for the cornstarch and omitted the baking soda. I discovered that when using a homemade deodorant containing baking soda, if I shave my pits in the evening and apply the deodorant in the morning, it eliminates the irritation. I love the smell of the grapefruit and lavender together and this deodorant works great! There was just the right amount for me to fill my repurposed deodorant tube. Thanks for the awesome recipe!

    • October 6, 2014 at 04:27

      You are so welcome, happy you are enjoying it :)!

  2. Maria
    April 27, 2015 at 23:55

    Hi Amy, does this recipe leave oil on your clothing?

    • April 28, 2015 at 00:06

      Not oil, a bit of white if it has not absorbed completely before you put on clothes. I am usually just careful about it. It does soak in though and it washes out if you do happen to get it on the inside of your clothes.

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