5-Ingredient DIY Shea Butter Deodorant (With or Without Baking Soda)

Torera George
by Torera George
5 Materials
2 Hours

I’ve noticed this recent trend of people moving slowly away from regular deodorants because they contain aluminum and other elements that can actually be harmful to your skin. I’ve decided to jump on this bandwagon by making my very own DIY shea butter deodorant.

I have been using this homemade deodorant for two months now. It works pretty well but when it’s boiling hot outside, it could be less effective, depending on how much you sweat.

Nevertheless, I feel this DIY deodorant is a great alternative, and I’m going to show you how you can easily make it.

Tools and materials:

  • Shea butter - 2 tablespoons
  • Coconut oil - 1 teaspoon
  • Corn flour or arrowroot powder - 3 tablespoons
  • Baking soda or magnesium hydroxide - ½ a teaspoon
  • Essential oils (lemongrass or lavender work well) - 10 drops

Disclaimer - Be aware of any allergies that you may have before applying this to your skin. I have also listed alternative ingredients to baking soda and cornflour.

Melting the shea butter and coconut oil

1. Melt the shea butter & coconut oil

Measure out the shea butter and coconut oil. Then, put your microwave-friendly jar in the microwave in short bursts of 3-5 seconds until they have completely melted. 

Homemade deodorant recipe

2. Add dry ingredients

Add your cornflour and baking soda to the mix (once it’s cooled off a little). Start with the cornflour and mix everything until it’s dissolved. Next, add ½ a teaspoon of baking soda.  

Adding drops of essential oils

3. Add essential oils

Once the mixture has cooled down completely, add 10 drops of your favorite essential oils.

Don’t go overboard with this, as essential oils are very aromatic. I like using lemongrass, grapefruit, or lavender, but feel free to use any oil you prefer. 

How to make deodorant

Then, mix it all up!

Pouring the DIY deodorant into a container

4. Store the mixture

Grab a clean container and pour the contents inside. I used a cute little tin, but you can use anything you have. Leave the mixture to settle and harden. 

Tip: Pop the container in the fridge to speed up the process. 

DIY shea butter deodorant in a tin

DIY shea butter deodorant

How to use the DIY shea butter deodorant

DIY shea butter deodorant tutorial

Here’s the finished product. Your very own DIY shea butter deodorant. A tiny smear of this concoction really goes a long way!

How to use the DIY shea butter deodorant

As you can see in the image above, I really take a small amount for each armpit. I rub it evenly along the whole area to make sure everything is distributed.

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial on how to make deodorant free from harmful chemicals. Good luck! 

Suggested materials:
  • Shea butter - 2 tablespoons
  • Coconut oil - 1 teaspoon
  • Corn flour or arrowroot powder - 3 tablespoons
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  • Julie Julie on Dec 18, 2021

    Add 20% zinc oxide powder by weight. , cosmetic grade. Tkb cosmetics has it and probably Amazon. It is the stuff in diaper rash cream that kills bacteria that cause odor. A small dab lasts me a few days. Works for foot odor, jock itch and crotch odors.