Julia's Favorite Shea Butter Deo Recipe

Natural Shea Butter Deodorant

In my pursuit of healthy armpits, I finally stumbled upon a natural homemade deodorant recipe that works. What I like most about it is that it takes 5 minutes to make and only requires 3 ingredients.

I did find in the process that pure baking soda works pretty well. Some people get a rash from baking soda, so test this on a small area of skin first.

Shea Butter Deodorant Ingredients

I've kept this recipe very simple. It's been developed with experimentation over the years. Follow this ratio in whichever quantity you choose.

  • 1 part baking soda (you can add a little more if you prefer your deo to be more solid)

  • 1 part shea butter

  • 1 part coconut oil

  • Essential oils (optional) I like camomile or sandalwood. Lavender and tea tree are naturally antibacterial and are popular choices with family and friends.

Shea Butter Deodorant Instructions

  1. Melt shea butter and coconut oil in a double boiler over medium heat until barely melted or combine oils in a quart size glass mason jar with a lid and place this in a small saucepan of water until melted. This will save your bowl and you can designate this jar for these type of projects and not even need to wash it out.

  2. Remove from heat and add baking soda.

  3. Mix well.

  4. Add essential oils and pour into a glass container for storage. Your mixture will become creamy once cooled.

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Julia Forest

Julia Forest is an international yoga teacher, women’s health advocate, writer and closet artist who is passionate about health, environmentalism and yoga. She feels most at home wherever she rolls out her mat and finds inner peace and connection from a daily meditation practice. She created the Yoga Leadership and Permaculture Program, the first yoga teacher training program that combines yoga, mindfulness, permaculture and leadership to transform lives and communities.

With more than a decade of teaching experience, Julia believes that yoga comes alive when practiced in every moment. She shares wholeheartedly the many blessings that yoga has brought to her life. Her passion for yoga, social change, connection and community has lead her to share holistic yoga teachings in many countries around the globe.