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Natural Deodorant DIY that 100% Works

Natural Deodorant DIY that 100% Works

This natural deodorant recipe is my absolute favourite. It is largely modelled on a recipe from Inspired Little Pot, and her claim that it works is completely justified. Even in the hottest weather, it's never failed me. 

This recipe makes about 250 grams which will keep you going for awhile. Use a pea sized amount each morning and night under each arm. All the ingredients can be found at places like Biome Eco Stores.


  • 65g coconut oil (pantry item/market/supermarket)
  • 65g shea butter
  • 10g beeswax pellets
  • 40g arrowroot flour (pantry item/market/supermarket)
  • 70g sodium bicarbonate (bicarb)
  • 25 drops of patchouli essential oil
  • 15 drops of tea tree essential oil


Add coconut oil, shea butter and beeswax to a glass bowl and heat until completely melted. (If you have an induction stove, turn it on at setting 2). 

Double boiler method – place bowl on a pot of gently simmering water and stir frequently.

Microwave method – heat in short bursts on low, stopping and stirring frequently.

Add arrowroot flour, sodium bicarbonate, and essential oils and whisk until well combined and no lumps remain.

Pour into a jar or container.


Using clean fingers or a paddle, scoop a fingernail-sized amount of balm and apply to each armpit, gently rubbing in. Store away from direct sunlight.


When you shave or wax, you damage the delicate skin under your arms, creating little nicks. So, it is best to shave/wax the night before, and by morning, you shouldn’t feel a sting when you apply deodorant. If you do, next time wait a little longer.

There are days when I know I am going to be busy, hot and on-the-go, and on those days, I boost my deodorant with Melaleuca (Tea Tree). First, scoop out a little paste, smear it on your two index fingers, then drop the essential oil onto one, rubbing both fingers together and applying to your pits.

Inspired Little Pot have heaps of really easy diy recipes - all of which do exactly what they are supposed to do. Chrissy from The Inspired Little Pot is a regular presenter on Studio 10 and you can see her making many of her recipes on her website. 

Krissy's comment

I am a bit of an all-or-nothing girl, so when I made the transition to natural deodorant around 3 years ago, I went cold-turkey. I applied some deodorant that morning, played a hard and fast game of netball, and was so pleased to learn that my deodorant worked! I shared my recipe with quite a few friends and the testimonies are a little bit ego-inflating!

If you find that you’re starting to develop a rash from natural deodorant, it could be the sodium bicarbonate. I can only advise that you stop for a while and try again when the rash has subsided, or switch to one of my low-carb or carb-free recipes.

Image: Unsplash - Logan Nolan | Studio 10

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