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Homemade Deodorant Recipe

Over the years I have tried many different types of natural deodorants. I have been using my coconut oil deo now for years but I wanted one without oil as sometimes if I use too much it can stain my clothes. This one uses candelilla wax for any vegans who want an alternative to beeswax. I think local beeswax is more sustainable than candelilla wax so if I am buying candelilla wax, I make sure it has been ethically sourced. Same goes for shea butter.

Lemon myrtle essential oil is the secret ingredient here. It is widely used in deodorant recipes because of its anti bacterial, anti microbial, anti fungal and antiseptic properties.


1/2 cup refined shea butter (unrefined can have a strong smell)

1/4 cup tapioca flour/starch (absorbs better than arrowroot powder)

2 tsp candelilla wax (used to set the mixture)

20 drops lemon myrtle essential oil

Start by placing the shea butter and wax into a double boiler (a heat proof bowl over a pot of water)

Let the mixture melt on a medium heat. The wax will take longer than the shea butter to melt.