Desert Island Deo! (A Miraculous Recipe For Your Armpits.)

I never thought I’d say this, but deodorant was one of the best Christmas presents I received in recent memory. Yep, deo. And, not just any deo, but the homemade kind. It sounds hippy-dippy but it actually works. And smells like coconuts. And makes me feel content about the state of my armpits.

I guess I’ve questioned the store-bought kind and its long list of ingredients ever since I started wearing it. I could never find a viable alternative, until…

Baking Soda + Arrowroot

Drass! She’s been singing this deo’s praises for a while now and kindly whipped up a big batch during the holidays and gifted jars to friends. Does she think her friends stink? Nah. I think it’s just the opposite. She wanted us to try something that works for her and doesn’t contain any of the controversial ingredients (aluminum and parabens) that store-bought anti-perspirants and deodorants contain. So, thanks to Drass, I’m re-gifting this deo to you.

Coming Together

I’ve tested this deo on long hikes, hilly runs and sweaty yoga. It really works! Turns out you can make it in a matter of minutes with three completely natural ingredients. The coconut oil that binds the recipe has anti-bacterial qualities, moisturizes the skin and smells ever-so-faintly of the tropics. Technically, it is edible. Maybe it’s your answer for the one item you’d bring with you to that remote desert island? Yes! You would smell so good and feel satiated waiting for that rescue boat to arrive.

Somewhere in Haiti. Courtesy of Sister Hazel.

Desert Island Deo

Makes about 1/2 cup


6 tablespoons coconut oil (solid state)
1/4 cup baking soda
1/4 cup arrowroot powder (I found Bob’s Red Mill brand at Whole Foods. You can use cornstarch instead, but arrowroot is preferable.)


  1. In a medium sized bowl combine baking soda & arrowroot powder.
  2. Add coconut oil and blend with a spoon until it maintains a firm but pliable texture. It should be about the same consistency as store-bought deodorant. If it is too wet, add more arrowroot powder to thicken.
  3. Scoop into a small container with lid. Apply a dime-sized amount with your fingers to your underarm area and rub in. (This may seem a little intimate at first, but I promise it feels good to give your pits a little morning massage.)

Morning Routine


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