Natural DIY Deodorant
- 1/2 cup organic unscented shea butter (I use Alaffia brand)
- 1/2 cup organic coconut oil (Nutiva is my favorite)
- 1/2 cup arrowroot powder (also listed as starch or flour)
- 1 Tablespoon baking soda (pure baking soda should be aluminum free)
- 15-20 drops therapeutic grade lavender essential oil (I use Young Living)
Fill a small-medium sauce pan with water and place over medium heat. Place shea butter and coconut oil in a mason jar. Put mason jar in sauce pan filled with water. As the water starts to heat up, the shea butter and coconut oil will melt. Once melted remove from heat and add arrowroot powder, baking soda, and lavender oil. Mix very well until all powder is evenly distributed in the shea butter, coconut oil mixture. Pour mixture into the storage container you will be using and place in refrigerator until mixture becomes firm.
Notes: You do not have to use a mason jar for melting your shea butter and coconut oil, but it will save you from endlessly scrubbing your sauce pan. I use an immersion blender to mix my deodorant and I find it gives it a nice smooth texture. You can keep your deodorant stored in the refrigerator if you like, but I keep mine stored at room temperature. I like to let my deodorant set for a few minutes after applying and before putting on clothes, to prevent oil from transferring onto my clothes. Should an oil spot show up on your clothes, apply dish soap to cut the oil, before washing.