As this gorgeous balmy summer continues I want to share with you my handmade natural deodorant recipe. I have been making my own deodorant for several years now and find it works really well for me. I say ‘me’ because we are all different and some people find natural deodorant isn’t strong enough. Bad odour is produced by bad bacteria so if your bacteria is a little funky then you may need more than what homemade deodorant can deliver. In the meantime you can also work on improving your healthy bacteria by regularly consuming fermented foods such as sauerkraut and yogurt, and fermented drinks like kombucha and kefir.

Handmade Rose & Aloe Vera Deodorant | HOMEGROWN KITCHEN

Handmade deodorant is not an antiperspirant so you still sweat and in the heat of summer it may need to be applied several times during the day. However, when it comes to odour it really works for me compared to some other natural deodorants I have used. It is made from a handful of ingredients found in my kitchen pantry and bathroom cupboards. Baking soda is well-known as a natural deodorant, however, it can be a little abrasive and irritate skin. In this recipe I have mixed baking soda with soothing ingredients such as tapioca starch and aloe vera to make a smooth paste that is easy to apply. Give it a go and let me know what you think!

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Handmade Rose & Aloe Vera Deodorant | HOMEGROWN KITCHEN

Handmade Natural Deodorant

I love the subtle feminine rose scent of this deodorant. However, you can also replace the rose essential oil and rose water with orange or lemon essential oil and orange blossom water. For extra anti-bacterial protection add 6 drops of good quality tea tree oil (bad odour is created by bad bacteria).


  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1 tablespoon baking soda
  • 2 tablespoons tapioca starch / arrowroot
  • 1 teaspoon aloe vera gel
  • 1 teaspoon rose water
  • 6 drops rose essential oil


  • Soften the coconut oil in a bowl sitting in warm water. Don't melt, just soften enough to be able to mix in the other ingredients. (In summer this step can be skipped if your coconut oil is already soft.) Add the remaining ingredients and mix well. Spoon into 1 - 2 small jars. Keep in a cool place (i.e. bathroom cupboard) and use within 6 months. To apply simply use your finger to rub a small amount, about 1/8 teaspoon, under each arm.


TEST SKIN FIRST: As with any topical application always test a small amount to make sure it doesn’t cause a reaction – this is particularly important if you have sensitive skin. Apply a small amount to the inside of your arm, if after 12 hours there is no noticeable reaction then use as above.

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  1. Hi!! Will these be in Nelson? Thanks!

    1. Hi Andrina, the Nelson workshop is already full. I can let you know if a place comes available. It is on Tuesday 16th February 🙂

  2. Wow that’s embarrassing I totally didn’t see the cities at first! I see them now sorry about that, yes if any spaces come up would love to go. Thanks so much!

  3. Love this ? Homemade deodorant is the best! I find it works so well too!!! ? There’s something so comforting about homemade beauty products in that you know exactly what is being absorbed by your skin ? No nasties!

    1. I tried a few different combos and find this is the best combo for me. So great to be able to go natural and smell fresh as a daisy!

  4. Have you tried this with cornstarch? or another kind of starch? I have everything except the arrowroot/tapioca starch at home 🙂 Thanks for sharing!!

    1. Hi Sera, I haven’t but I can’t see why it wouldn’t work as they are very similar in texture. I would go ahead with the corn starch if that is what you have on hand. Good luck 🙂

  5. where does one buy aloe vera gel ( I do have a plant, would that work?) and rose water here in Auckland? thanks

    1. Hi Yvonne, aloe vera gel from your plant is perfect, just squeeze out the required amount. Rose water can be purchased at med food stores it is a lightly scented water that is often used in sweet foods. It can also be used to spritz on your face as a hydrating toner – my favourite!

  6. novice toiletry maker says:

    I am just preparing to make my first batch of Rose & Aloe Vera deodorant, but I am unsure if I need a liquid coconut oil or solid in a jar? Can you advise?

    1. HI, you need soft coconut oil but not liquid. If your coconut oil is really hard then soften the quantity in a small bowl sitting in a larger bowl filled with hot tap water. You don’t want it to be melted as it can end up making the deodorant greasy. Good luck Novice Toiletry Maker (love it)!

      1. novice toiletry maker says:

        Thank you

  7. Hi Nicola
    I am getting ready to embark on making this after trying it from a friend. Can I substitute the rose essential oil with Lavender essential oil? If so, same quantity as rose essential oil?

    1. Hi Margaret, yes the same quantity will be fine or you can go by smell, if you think it needs a few more drops it is up to you.

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