Natural and Effective Deodorant

Natural and Effective Deodorant

I remember the days when the only options I had for a natural deodorant, was Tom’s of Maine. I loved that it was free of aluminum, and antiperspirants, but man it did not keep me smelling fresh! There is now a much bigger market for chemical free beauty products, so finding a store-bought natural deodorant can be found much more easily than before. At a price that is. If you are like me, and your family is on a tight budget, then spending $15 on a stick of deodorant just isn’t in the cards. Thankfully, I started making a very simple version of natural deodorant about 9 years ago, but I have since perfected my own recipe! Staying away from aluminum in my beauty products, and in the kitchen keeps my mind at ease as aluminum has been linked to Alzheimer’s by various studies. I also prefer not to have  antiperspirants in my deodorant, as limiting our bodies ability to detox can be dangerous. Sweat can be a good thing!

That being said, I have found great success with this recipe, and I have never had a complaint about having unwanted body odor:). Feel free to increase the amount of baking soda as this is the main ingredient that will prevent odor. Just keep in mind that the more you use, there is  a chance that you can develop a rash. I have found the called for amount of baking soda to be very effective, but if you struggle with body odor, try to increase in small amounts. Enjoy!


6 Tablespoons Ivory Shea Butter

3 Tbs Unrefined Coconut Oil

6 Tbs Beeswax

1/4 Cup Arrowroot Powder

1/4 Tsp Vitamin E

1-2 2-4 Tbs Baking Soda

1-15 Drops Essential Oil of Choice

3 Empty Deodorant Containers


In a double boiler, or large bowl fitted over a pot of water, add shea butter, coconut oil, beeswax, and vitamin E. Bring pot of water to boil, and reduce at a simmer. Stir the ingredients occasionally until completely melted. Add arrowroot powder, baking soda, and essential oil of choice. Stir with a whisk until well combined, and all lumps are removed. The mixture should be smooth. Carefully, pour the mixture equally between 3 deodorant containers. Allow to cool overnight. Use as desired.


Abby Butterfield


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