DIY Shenanigans: Making Natural Deodorant

Last week, I wrote about beginning my journey of going natural and no longer using conventional deodorant.  I showed a method of detox to assist in the transition.  I have concluded the detox and I must say that the detox clay, for me was pretty effective.  If you have done the detox, I would like to know of your experience.🙂

Natural deodorant sold in stores are pretty expensive…more so than commercial deodorants. In some cases, it could be less effective even after detoxing.  I’ve decided that before I start spending money on these, I will make my own and put that to the test.

After doing research both on various websites and Youtube, I find that the basic recipe is the same all around…

I knew off the bat that I will not like this for I do not like the grainy feel of the Baking Soda combined with the oiliness of the Coconut Oil. I needed something that makes a better binder for these ingredients…so I’ve included…

This is optional…you don’t have to add these to the basic recipe. The basic is fine on its own. I do, however, recommend adding at least the Vitamin E to the basic recipe.


Along with the essential oils of choice and Vitamin E Oil, I feel that the Shea and Cocoa butter blended well with the Coconut Oil, and will prevent the oil to be runny.  Also, the Baking Soda will dissolve into the butter.  Plus the skin care and healing benefits of Shea and Cocoa butter is a bonus.

To put this all together…

You will need equal parts

  • Baking Soda
  • Arrowroot Powder
  • Coconut Oil (Solidified form is best…)
  • Shea Butter (softened, not melted)
  • Cocoa Butter (completely melted)
4-5 drops Tea Tree Oil
6 Vitamin E Capsules or 10-12 drops of 100% Vitamin E Oil (I prefer the capsules because I was raised on popping them and extracting the oil from it)
10-15 drops of Essential Oil of choice (totally optional)
  1. Start with completely melting the Cocoa Butter in either a double boiler or in the microwave in a non-metallic bowl (I prefer the double boiler).
  2. In a non-metallic mixing bowl, beat the softened Shea Butter until fluffy.
  3. Add the melted Cocoa Butter and Coconut Oil to the Shea Butter and blend well.
  4. Add the Arrowroot Powder, Baking Soda, Vitamin E, Tea Tree and Essential Oils and continue mixing until all is completely blended and you don’t feel much graininess in the mixture.

Place the mixture in a small container. You can either keep in the refrigerator or at room temperature. I’ve made quite a bit so before I added the Essential Oils I put some in a container for my mom (she had already gone natural).  She has tried it for a few days and is quite satisfied…she has experienced no odor or sweating.

…And there you have it! This should last a while for the basic recipe is good for at least 10 months according to my research.
I will start using this tomorrow for a week and in my next DIY segment I will give you an update 🙂.
Until next time,