Place the shea butter, beeswax and coconut oil in a heatproof container or jar.
Set the jar down into a saucepan containing a few inches of water.
Heat the pan over medium-low heat until everything is completely melted.
Remove from heat.
Stir in the baking soda, arrowroot powder and essential oils.
Stir frequently while cooling to ensure a creamy texture.
Spoon the finished deodorant in a jar.
This recipe almost fills a 4 oz jar.
Shelf life is around 9 months to 1 year. Keep out of direct sunlight and store in a cool dry area.
If your deodorant turns out too hard for your preference, melt it again and add a teaspoon or two of a liquid oil, such as jojoba, sunflower, sweet almond, etc.
If the deodorant is too soft, try melting it and adding a pinch more beeswax.
Make sure to stir, stir, stir, especially in the first 5 to 10 minutes that the deodorant is cooling. This is what gives it a creamier texture.
If your deodorant develops graininess over time, that’s likely from the shea butter. To fix, melt the batch of deodorant until entirely melted and no lumps remain. Stir well as it cools. You may need to add a few more drops of essential oil in case some of the scent evaporates during reheating.
Remember that homemade deodorants help with odor protection, but they don’t act as antiperspirants. You will still sweat when using homemade deodorant.