Whip Up an Effective, Safe, Aluminum-Free Deodorant With 5 Simple Ingredients

Last Update: December 9, 2022

We created the Health Hacks on a Budget video course series to make it as easy as possible for everyone to save time and money while living a healthy life. In this series, we share simple recipes, easy tips, and educational information to help you and your family thrive.

Are you over those stains antiperspirants leave on the underarms of shirt sleeves? Aluminum is the culprit, and guess what? Not only does it ruin shirts, but it’s also a known neurotoxin, meaning it can have adverse affects on your brain. Not cool.

Ditch aluminum-laden antiperspirant deodorants for this alternative. We’ve got a safe and effective DIY deodorant recipe with natural ingredients all available at Thrive Market for 25 to 50 percent less than supermarket prices:


3 tablespoons coconut oil
2 tablespoons shea butter
2 tablespoons arrowroot flour
3 tablespoons baking soda
20 drops essential oil


Watch the video to see how easy it is to make this all-natural deodorant! Simply melt coconut oil and shea butter over a double boiler, add arrowroot flour and baking soda, and stir. Pour the mixture into an old recycled deodorant container and let cool. If you don’t have one, a small jar with a lid works too—once cooled and solidified, just swipe some with your fingers and apply directly to underarms.

Who would have ever thought deodorant could be so exciting? But even if you’re not that interested in trying this experiment, we’ve got you covered with tons of options for natural deodorants. By choosing only the safest ingredients, you’ll smell good and be well.

This is one video in a series that’s free for all Thrive Gives recipients. See the rest of the videos here. Applying for a free membership through our Giving program is easy—just click here.

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