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How To Make Scented Homemade Deodorant Powder With Essential Oils

How To Make Scented Homemade Deodorant Powder With Essential Oils

Homemade Deodorant Powder With Essential Oils

I’ve tried a couple homemade deodorant powders here on The Homemade Experiment.  I’ve tried just using Arrowroot Powder as Deodorant which actually works well. I’ve tried a combination of Arrowroot Powder and Baking Soda Deodorant Powder which works really well.

For this recipe I’m taking it one step further and adding in some essential oils.  We’re going beyond works well with this one into the realm of smells good too!

I’m not an essential oil expert, but I do know that depending on what essential oils you add you can get benefits ranging from wonderful scents to anti-microbial effects which can help cut down on the stink!  So depending on what essential oils you use you can make the perfect deodorant powder with this recipe.

Without further ado, here’s how to make homemade deodorant powder with baking soda, arrowroot powder, and essential oils.


homemade deodorant powder

Here’s what you need to keep those pits dry and stench free:

Baking Soda

Arrowroot Powder, Cornstarch, or Potato Starch

Essential Oils (Lavender, Rose, Pine, or whatever you like!)

Step One

homemade deodorant powder add baking soda

Add 1/4 Cup Baking Soda

For this recipe you want to use equal parts baking soda and arrowroot powder.  For my batch I am using 1/4 cup of baking soda.

Baking soda is a fantastic odor absorber, and in this recipe it is what will be keeping your pits from getting stinky.

Step Two

homemade deodorant powder add arrowroot powder

Add 1/4 Cup Arrowroot Powder

Measure out 1/4 cup arrowroot powder.  Arrowroot powder can easily be swapped out for something like cornstarch or even potato starch.

Step Three

homemade deodorant powder add in essential oils

Add 5 – 10 Drops Essential Oil

Next shake in 5-10 drops of your essential oil of choice.  I’ve been on a pine essential oil kick lately so that is what I am using fo mine.

Lavender and rose are a couple of pleasant scents that my wife likes.  Use whatever essential oil you like most, just make sure it doesn’t irritate your skin first before you apply it all up in your pits.

Step Four

homemade deodorant powder with essential oils mix is up

Mix It Up!

That’s it for the ingredients, now mix it all up!  Shake, stir, or knead it doesn’t matter as long as you mix it thoroughly.

You want to make sure that you break up the drops of essential oil as much as possible.  If you don’t it increases the likelihood that the oil will irritate your skin.

Don’t worry though, I’ve never had a skin irritation issue with this recipe, I just worry about you guys ;).

Step Five

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Use it!

Take a liberal pinch of your freshly minted deodorant powder and massage it evenly into your arm pits and you’re good to go!

How Does It Work?

This deodorant powder recipe is the most complicated deodorant powder recipe I’ve made so far.  That being said it’s still incredibly easy to make and only takes a matter of minutes to make.

This homemade deodorant powder recipe is great!  I like it because not only does it work really well, it also smells great too.

I don’t know about you, but whenever I buy something scented from the store I’m never happy with how it smells.  It’s either too strong, too fake smelling, or just gross.  With this recipe I get exactly the scent I want every time, and that makes me one happy man.


Thanks for reading! Let me know how this recipe works for you in the comments!

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How To Make Scented Homemade Deodorant Powder With Essential Oils

homemade deodorant powder

How to make a simple homemade deodorant powder using baking soda, arrowroot powder or cornstarch, and essential oils! It works great and smells even better!

Prep Time 2 minutes
Active Time 3 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes


  • 1/4 cup Baking Soda
  • 1/4 cup Arrowroot/Cornstarch/Potato Starch
  • 5-10 drops Essential Oils


  • Small Bowl
  • Fork


  1. homemade deodorant powder add baking sodaAdd 1/4 baking soda to small bowl.
  2. homemade deodorant powder add arrowroot powderAdd 1/4 cup arrowroot powder.
  3. homemade deodorant powder add in essential oilsSprinkle in 5-10 drops essential oils.
  4. homemade deodorant powder with essential oils mix is upMix well with fork or spoon to break up any clumps.
  5. homemade deodorant powderAll done! Now take a pinch of your new homemade deodorant powder and massage into armpits!

Maggie Dunn

Monday 18th of March 2019

This is a great idea!! We recently purchased a "natural " deodorant that left my husbands pits very red and irritated. I think we will try without essential oils first then perhaps add a citrus, his favorite. Thank you!


Friday 24th of January 2020

Oh man that's a bummer. I hope this recipe worked for your husband!

Frida Ambia

Sunday 18th of November 2018

Hi! I will try it with my Chill Pill essential oil. Thanks!

Lance Shroyer

Wednesday 5th of December 2018

Of course! Thanks for commenting Angie! Chill Pill(Amazon link for anyone reading!) sounds like it would make a great deodorant powder.


Wednesday 7th of November 2018

Good base recipe which allows you to switch up on the essential oils and/or herbs until you find the perfect combination. I added a little bit of corn starch to supplement the arrowroot powder. I usually use lemon essential oil for a really clean fragrance, but today I'm going to use cedarwood to switch things up. Thanks Lance!


Tuesday 11th of April 2017

If you add in a bit of coconut oil you can make it into a substance more like a roll-on deodorant... And by using lavender and some melaleuca you gain the benefit of antifungal, antibacterial and/or antimicrobial properties too (which also help stop the sweaty smell). I was looking for a substitute for cornstarch in my own deodorant recipe, and I thank you for this about arrowroot!


Friday 24th of January 2020

That's a great suggestion, thank you!


Wednesday 15th of February 2017

I am going to try making your homemade deodorant powder. I am new at making my own personal care products and I don't want to spend a lot of money on products that I might not like. I am excited about trying your recipe for deodorant powder!

Thank you for publishing your recipe.


Friday 24th of January 2020

Thank you for taking the time to read the post! Let me know how it worked for you.

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