If you’re finding that sodium bicarbonate (bicarb) is irritating your underarms, please don’t give up on natural deodorants! You could either try my Sensitive Deodorant Paste, Spray Deodorant or this bicarb-free version. I also have a blog with tips on transitioning to natural deodorant. Or, if you really can’t be bothered with DIY today, try a small scoop of coconut oil (the type the solidifies) and a few drops of tea tree essential oil.

 
 

Makes: 270 g | 9.5 oz Prep time: < 10 min.

 

INGREDIENTS 

75 g | 2.6 oz shea butter

75 g | 2.6 oz coconut oil

10g | 0.4 oz beeswax pellets

110g | 3.9 oz arrowroot flour (or cornflour)

40 drops of essential oils

 

My choice of essential oils…

My favourite essential oils in this recipe are lavender, tea tree and patchouli, but don’t be limited by my suggestions. Use oils that fit your budget, or those that you already have in your collection. Read here for more information.

 

METHOD
  1. Add shea butter, coconut oil and beeswax to a glass bowl and heat until completely melted. (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).
  2. Add remaining ingredients and mix until combined.
  3. Transfer into container of choice.
  4. Place into the fridge or freezer to set (this will reduce the chance of graininess developing over time).

 

THERMAL APPLIANCE METHOD
  1. Add shea butter, coconut oil and beeswax to thermal appliance bowl and melt: 4-5 minutes | approx. 70˚C (158˚F) | low speed. Extend time if required, until ingredients have completely melted.
  2. Add remaining ingredients and mix for 5-10 seconds on low/medium speed. Scrape down sides and repeat if required, until ingredients are combined.
  3. Transfer into container of choice.
  4. Place into the fridge or freezer to set (this will reduce the chance of graininess developing over time).

 

TO USE

Scoop a small amount of balm (the size of your fingernail is plenty) and rub gently onto clean armpits.

 

RECIPE NOTES
  • For an extra kick, substitute the arrowroot powder for bentonite clay – a simple straight swap. Sometimes deodorant paste just doesn’t cut the mustard for everyone all of the time and this little hack might just do the trick!
  • I strongly suggest you check out the blog posts under “Recommended Reading“.

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