DIY Deodorant


Deodorant and I have always been worst enemies. I had the hardest time in my teens finding a deodorant that actually did the job. I finally found the deodorant that did the trick, but then after being diagnosed with Hashimoto’s Disease, I found out that there’s a ton of really bad chemicals and toxins that are in your normal deodorants. Seriously people. Look it up. Cancer causing chemicals.

Anyways – let me just step down from that soapbox – ah, I can breathe much better down here. Ok, well, deodorant and I have been butting heads for awhile now. I went from one deodorant to another. Then after landing on an all natural deodorant that I liked, I broke out in a horrible rash. Folks – a rash in your armpit is really no fun. Turns out your armpits need to detox from the chemicals that are in the cheap deodorants. Crazy, right?

Well, after a painstaking week or so. I finally got past the really awful rash and landed on a deodorant that did the trick. Only problem, it was expensive. Like crazy expensive.

In the process of paying down debts and DIY-ing everything in sight – I came across a Pinterest recipe that I thought would work well. So, I’ve taken this recipe and adapted it to become my own. 

Here’s what you’ll need:

3 Tablespoons Shea Butter
2 Tablespoons Coconut Oil
2 Tablespoons Arrowroot Powder
2 Tablespoons Baking Soda
Essential Oils (I used lavender and cedarwood)
Glass Jar


  1. Add Shea butter and coconut oil to your glass jar and heat it up in the microwave. (A double broiler would be better – but I don’t have one and didn’t feel like making my own. So, a microwave will do just fine!)

  2. Once you’ve melted down the Shea butter and coconut oil, add arrowroot powder and baking soda to your jar. Stir well.

  3. Lastly, add your essential oils. The strength of the smell depends on the amount of essential oils that you use. I used about 10 drops of each oil to the jar to create a mild smelling deodorant. But, it’s all personal preference.

Apply a pea sized amount to each armpit. The heat from your body will absorb the oils and leave your pits smelling fresh and wonderful.

I haven’t had any issues is this deodorant leaving an oily residue on my clothes, but to be safe wait a few minutes for the deodorant to dry and absorb into the skin before you put on your outfit for the day.

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Happy sweating!