If you’ve been looking for a natural deodorant that combats moisture as well as stink, this is your deodorant. Made with a great blend of smooth powders designed to keep you dry and smelling pretty, it comes together in a flash and works like a charm.


The majority of the deodorant is a blend of white white kaolin clay, arrowroot starch, and silk powder. Kaolin clay is a smooth, mild clay that naturally absorbs moisture. Arrowroot starch is silky smooth and absorbent, and silk is a fantastic moisture management powerhouse. If it’s too humid, it attracts and absorbs moisture, and if it’s too dry it releases moisture. Cool, eh?


Allantoin helps aid healing on the off chance you’ve got a razor nick, and benzoin gum powder helps kill germs and brings a soft vanilla-cinnamon scent to the deodorant.


The deodorizing powder of this concoction comes from trusty ol’ baking soda (USA / Canada). I used 2 tsp, and that amount works for me, but it might not for you. I’d recommend starting with the recipe as written, and adding an extra half teaspoon or so as needed after wearing.


I added a few drops of rosehip oil and some doTerra wild orange essential oil to finish things up. Rosehip oil is a drying oil, so while it helps weigh the powder down, it won’t slick up your pits at all.


The doTerra wild orange essential oil was a gift from Heather, who wanted to give me a chance to play around with some doTerra product. The wild orange essential oil smells fantastic—it’s the juiciest citrus essential oil I’ve ever worked with. Yum. If you don’t have it on hand, mandarin, sweet orange, or blood orange essential oils would all be good alternatives.

Now all that’s left is a quick buzz in your DIY coffee grinder and you’re done! Enjoy 🙂

Sweet Orange Powdered Deodorant

1 tbsp white kaolin clay
1 tbsp arrowroot starch
1 tsp silk powder
1/2 tsp allantoin (USA / Canada)
1/2 tsp benzoin gum powder
2 tsp baking soda (USA / Canada)

5 drops rosehip oil
7 drops wild orange essential oil

Combine everything in your DIY coffee grinder and blend to combine. You may have to blend in batches depending on the size of your grinder.

Transfer the mixture to a sifter jar or powder bottle. To use, dust the powder under your arms.

I usually wouldn’t include citrus essential oils in a body recipe, but armpits don’t tend to see a lot of sun, so I figured it would be ok here. If you’re planning on sunning your pits, I’d recommend choosing a different essential oil or you might torch your armpits, and that would be sad 🙁


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