When I was in junior high everyone wore these rayon button down shirts from Express. I had one and loved it to death! There was just one big problem. If you sweat, and I mean even one drop, it was very obvious. Like pit stains all day long.

That was just the beginning. I spent the next decade and a half trying not to sweat.

I used Secret, of course, but also tried way harsher antiperspirants. I remember it was prescription grade and you had to apply it every other night (it was that strong!). And did I mention it burned?! It hurt so bad. But I would have done anything to stop sweating.

This continued all through my adolescence, and into my 20s. When I was in my early 30s I started to learn about skin care products and how dangerous they can be. Loaded with chemicals? Cancer causing? In my blood stream?

At the time, deodorant stood out to me the most. I had been abusing it for years! I started trying “natural deodorants”. And can I just say…awful. It was one sticky, wet, weird, non-working mess after another. I gave up. I went back to my conventional deodorant but felt a lot of guilt about it.

One day as I was scanning the internet for a homemade lotion recipe I stumbled on a natural deodorant that I could make myself. At this point I had already been playing around in my kitchen making healthy concoctions from hand cream to chapstick to tinctures and herbal remedies. I decided to give it a try. And I fell in love.

Of course I was skeptical. I had been through MANY deodorants and had many failures. But I was SO hopeful with this one. A few days in and I was hooked. It worked. It smelled like suntan lotion and I loved the ingredients! Today I am sharing it with you…Enjoy!

Have you ever tried natural deodorant?

Natural Deodorant Recipe

Ingredients
4 tbl shea butter
2 tbl cocoa butter
4 tbl coconut oil
1 tbl castor oil
3 tbl baking soda
2 tbl bentonite clay
3 1/2 tbl arrowroot powder
5 drops tea tree EO
5 drops lavender EO
7 drops neroli EO
7 drops orange EO

Directions
1. In a 2-cup Pyrex container (or glass jar), melt the shea butter, and cocoa butter with the castor and coconut oils. You can do this in a double boiler on the stove.
2. Stir in the baking soda, bentonite clay, and arrowroot powder. Make sure it’s all mixed in on the bottom.
3. Wait until the mixture is cool enough for you to put a finger in it comfortably, or it’s under 120 degrees Fahrenheit. Add your essential oils.

* In summer months or warmer climates you may wish to add a tablespoon or so of beeswax pellets to the mix. You can melt them in with the butters.