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DIY Natural Deodorant Recipe with Shea Butter & Coconut Oil

Bid farewell to harmful chemicals found in conventional deodorants with this easy-to-make homemade alternative. Crafted from nourishing ingredients like coconut oil, baking soda, and optional essential oils, this recipe offers a wholesome alternative for your underarm care regimen.

Thanks to Wellness Mama for this recipe – you can find the original article here:

I tried it yesterday and it really works wonders. Essential oils on their own I find are only effective for a few hours, but the corn starch really helps to knock out underarm odour while allowing the body to detoxify in it’s usual way. See the page on detoxifying through the skin for more information on this.

I added patchouli and orange oil to the mix, as well as cacao butter – see the ‘alternative’ section below for details.

Preparation Time: 20 minutes


  • 2 tablespoons of shea butter
  • 3 tablespoons of coconut oil
  • 3 tablespoons of baking soda
  • 2 tablespoons of arrowroot powder (or organic cornstarch, optional)
  • Essential oils (optional)


  1. Begin by placing the shea butter and coconut oil into a quart-sized mason jar.
  2. Set the mason jar in a small saucepan of water and gently heat over low heat until the shea butter and coconut oil are just melted.
  1. Remove from heat and stir in the baking soda and arrowroot powder if using.
  2. Mix thoroughly until well combined.
  3. Optionally, add essential oils for fragrance, then pour the mixture into a glass container for storage. No need for refrigeration.
  4. For convenience, you can allow the mixture to cool and transfer it into an old deodorant stick for easier application, bearing in mind that it may soften in warmer temperatures.


  • Allow several hours for the deodorant to fully solidify. You can expedite this process by briefly chilling it in the fridge.
  • Embrace the natural essence of this DIY deodorant while keeping your body free from harmful chemicals.


One lady commented that she used cacao butter instead of coconut butter to make it firmer. I substituted 1/3 of the coconut oil for cacao and it worked really well. The smell of cacao butter is quite strong, so I would add either organic vanilla essence for perfume, or if you are using essential oil, go for something that would match cacao, such as orange or lemon.

For further recipes for both inside and outside your body please check the Recipes section below.

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