Homemade Deodorant Powder That Works

I adapted this recipe from the book Organic Body Care Recipes by Stephanie Tourles, substituting arrowroot for corn starch and adding zeolite powder. I can’t say enough about this powder! The thyme and rosemary have wonderful antimicrobial properties, and the baking soda helps contain the body odor. It offers a nice “earthy” scent easily appreciated by both men and women.

Homemade Deodorant Powder


  • 1 1/2 c. arrowroot (an edible starch derived from the roots of the West Indian plant known as arrowroot)
  • 1 c. baking soda
  • 1/4 c. thyme, finely powdered
  • 1/4 c. calcium bentonite clay
  • 1 tbsp. zeolite powder
  • 100 drops rosemary essential oil
  • 50 drops thyme essential oil

Combine all but the essential oils in food processor or large bowl. Whisk by hand or blend in food processor for 15 seconds. Slowly add essential oils to 7 tablespoons of the powder mix by using mortar and pestle. Add oil mixture to remaining powder and whirl in food processor for 15 seconds. Allow the mixture to sit for 3 days to allow the oils to permeate the powder. Place in small jar or shaker jar for individual use.

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  1. Maribeth says

    This is great, Andrea! I will have to try this! Personally, I hate being smelly…Tom’s of Maine doesn’t always work for me. What a great idea! I know some people never use deoderant – unless they have to give a rare presentation or speech, and then they just throws the deoderant away. But this – this you could use without worry. Tahnk you for sharing!

  2. says

    I’m constantly trying different recipes for deodorant it seems. My main problem is that they’re so grainy under my armpits that they rub against my skin so much it hurts. Is this very grainy like that?

  3. Monique says

    Great post! I recently made my own deodorant for the 1st time and fortunately it worked like a charm! No irritation & controlled any odor! Now I just have to convince my hubby & son to use it :)

  4. Anonymous says

    when someone needs to remove toxins from their body, or is actively trying to “detox”, will they sometimes have a stronger body odor? My 9 year old girl seems to have a problem with this and I wonder if it might have to do with previous toxin exposure?

  5. says

    I’m REALLY struggling with finding a natural deoderant that works. I am highly sensitive to baking soda (but so far that is the only thing that controls wetness and odor) I’ve tried many other recipes and it’s almost worse than using nothing at all. The commercial natural salt spray stuff works against odor, but I get so wet that I break out in a rash. I’m about ready to throw in the towel (I’ve been doing different things for about 6 weeks now and frankly, I’m embarrassed to go out in public) I sure wish SOMEONE could suggest a recipe or something to help me out. I can’t imagine I’m the only one suffering with all this. And yes, I do take a magnesium supplement and also have magnesium lotion I’m using. I eat a mostly Paleo diet too.

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