Do you cringe when you look at the ingredients list on your deodorant bottle? Do you even know what some of those ingredients are? Even the most “natural” deodorants sometimes have ingredients whose names I cannot pronounce. This recipe has just 8 ingredients, and I found them all at my food co-op. (The plastic deodorant tubes are available at Amazon.)

I have a growing collection of essential oils and have been looking for ways to use them. Last week I made homemade lip balm with peppermint oil, and was pleased with the results. I was surprised at how simple it was to make. This deodorant recipe is also quick and simple to make. Not very messy either! I had it cleaned up in no time.

I will be curious to see how well this version holds up. One critique of homemade deodorants is that they get too soft at room temperature. After viewing many different versions of the basic formula I improvised from what I found by using coconut butter (instead of coconut oil) and adding beeswax. They should help keep it in solid form. I also use a little more essential oil than you will find in other recipes. The tea tree oil is an antimicrobial and lavender adds a nice scent. You can, of course, experiment with your own favorite oils. (To make a more “manly” deodorant use only the tea tree oil, and omit the lavender.)

4 Tablespoons organic shea butter
5 Tablespoons organic coconut butter (manna)
1 Tablespoon organic coconut oil
2 Tablespoons organic beeswax

6 Tablespoons organic, aluminum free baking soda
4 Tablespoons organic arrowroot powder
20 – 30 drops organic tea tree oil
20 – 30 drops organic lavender oil


1. Put a pot with about 3 – 4 inches of water in it on the stove and bring to a simmer. While the water is heating, find a heat-proof bowl that you will be able to set on top of the pot to create a double boiler.

2. Put the first four ingredients in the bowl and set over the simmering water. When the ingredients have mostly melted give them a good stir to blend them together.


3. Turn the burner off, but leave the bowl over the hot water. Add the rest of the ingredients to the bowl and stir to combine well. Make sure the baking soda and the arrowroot powder dissolve into the liquid.

4. Now remove the bowl from on top of the pot and wipe the bottom of the bowl dry with a towel. (This will keep any water from dripping into your deodorant tubes. Let the mixture begin to cool, until it begins to thicken.

5. Pour the thickened mixture into three deodorant tubes. As they begin to solidify you may be able to pour a little more of the mixture on top. (Or simply put any remaining into a small container and store in the fridge. You can melt this down later to “refill” one of your tubes.)

6. Let the deodorant tubes solidify for several hours. I put them in the fridge to harden. You can keep them in the fridge so they stay very solid, or keep them at room temperature, but they will be a bit softer than what you may be accustomed to.

7. Enjoy your chemical free, organic deodorant!