Kerry's recipe for a natural deodorant

kezza’s diy natural deodorant…it works


  • 2 1/2 tbsp unrefined coconut oil
  • 2 1/2 tbsp unrefined shea butter
  • 1/4 cup arrowroot starch/flour
  • 1 1/2 tbsp baking soda
  • 6 drops lavender essential oil
  • 6 drops grapefruit essential oil
  • 1 drop tea tree essential oil (optional)*


  1. Place coconut oil and shea butter in a glass bowl or jar and place the bowl/jar inside a medium saucepan.
  2. Add water to the saucepan (enough to surround bowl/jar but not to overflow it) and bring to a boil.
  3. As water is heating up, ensure to stir coconut oil and shea butter and continue to do so until it melts.
  4. Once melted, add arrowroot starch, baking soda and essential oils.
  5. Place in a tin or jar and allow to cool at room temp or in the fridge (will harden faster in the fridge) until it’s reached a solid state.
  6. Cover with lid until use.

How to use:

  1. Wet underarms slightly (optional)
  2. Spoon out a a tiny amount with a wooden scoop or with your fingers applying directly to underarms
  3. I find one application in the morning keeps me smelling nice. For hotter days, workouts or if you’re particularly sweaty, feel free to reapply as needed.

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*Certain people are sensitive to tea tree oil so be sure to test your skin with a drop before adding to the mixture. It is not necessary to include but tea tree is antibacterial and it is the bacteria in your underarms that leads to smell so it is a nice addition if you are not sensitive.

Kerry Wood