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Friday, November 25, 2016

Fair Friday-Shea Butter Natural Deodorant Ingredients

Natural Deodorant

Recently I read on Facebook that users of Old Spice deodorant has caused skin rashes in some of its users.

I can relate because I have really sensitive skin.  I have to be very careful about the products that I use.   A few years ago I started to make some small life style changes. I started eating more healthy and looking to switch to natural products for my skin care.

I tried a similar product to this recipe in July. I bought it at a farmer's market in Flower Mound Texas. The vendor was B2B Naturals and their website is

I have to say this product worked much better than any commercial deodorant. It cut order and perspiration much better. I was really amazed since I did not expect it to work so well.

Similar products are available on Amazon, retaining for $10 to $15. At that price I wanted to try and make my own.  If you do get a reaction to this recipe, try cutting the baking soda in half.

Also be careful about the essential oils you use in the recipe and make sure they are essential oils, not synthetic fragrances.  I did two batches, one with peppermint and another that had tea tree and lavender.

Always do a skin patch test before you use the oil in any product.    I will give you a few versions here including one that has no Shea butter.

Shea Butter Deodorant Recipe
3 tablespoons coconut oil
3 tablespoons baking soda
2 tablespoons Shea butter
2 tablespoons arrowroot (optional) or organic cornstarch
15 drops of essential oil ( lavender and tea tree are good choices or try peppermint or sandalwood) Use more or less to taste.

Use a mason jar or glass bowl for this recipe. I used a pint size jar.  Place the coconut oil and Shea butter in the glass jar. Place in a pot of water and heat the water to a low bowl.  Once the butters are melted, remove from the heat and add the baking soda and arrowroot.

Add any essential oils and pour into a glass jar for storage.  It may take several hours to harden and set. You can speed things up by putting in the refrigerator for a bit.

It does not need to be stored in the refrigerator. The coconut oil melts at 76 F so it will be hard in the winter and very soft in the summer. In the winter, you have to work it a bit in your hands before applying.

One last thing, I also sterilize the jar I use to both make and store the finished product. Immerse the jars in boiling water for a few minutes, remove and let dry.

Here is another recipe

Coconut Oil Deodorant

6 tablespoons coconut oil
1/4 cup baking soda
1/4 cup arrowroot or organic cornstarch
essential oils optional

Mix baking soda and arrowroot together in a medium bowl
Mash in coconut oil with a fork until well mixed. Add essential oils if using. Store in a small glass jar.


Chris Wodke
Founder & Manager Team CMT

Chris is a triathlete and long distance runner. She is a three time participant of the Boston Marathon.  In 2012 she finished 2nd at Boston in the Mobility Impaired Division. She was on the course in 2013 when the bombs exploded.

She has appeared three times at the Paratriathlon National Triathlon Sprint Championship. She was the 2012 and 2014 National Champion Paratriathlon Open Division Champion.

In 2014 she was the PC Open Champion at the Duathlon National Championship. She represented Team USA at the Aquathon ITU World Championship in Chicago in 2015 and will represent the US at the World championship in Cozumel in 2016.

 In 2014 she represented  the U.S. as a paratriathlete at the Pan-American Triathlon Championship in Dallas, Texas.  She has won state championships in cycling and triathlon.

She travels around the country raising awareness of CMT.

She is the author of the book, “Running for My Life” that details her experience as a CMT affected athlete.

You may visit her author page at:

Team CMT is a group of athletes and supporters working to raise awareness and to find a cure for CMT. We have 207 members in 38 states. We also have members in Australia, England,Scotland, Canada, Vietnam, Turkey, Finland, Scotland, France, Poland,Iran and Sweden. If you wish to join us visit our web site; or

CMT or Charcot-Marie-Tooth is the most commonly inherited peripheral neuropathy. It affects over 155,000 Americans (as many as MS).  It is a disease of the nerves that control the muscles. It is slowly progressive, causing loss of normal function and or sensation in the lower legs/feet and arms/hands.

Symptoms include; muscle wasting in the lower legs and feet leading to foot drop, poor balance and gait problems Atrophy in the hands causes difficulty with manual dexterity.

Structural foot deformities such as high arches and hammer toes are common.

Poor tolerance for cool or cold temperatures and many people have chronically cold hands and feet.

Additional symptoms may include fatigue, sleep apnea, breathing difficulties and hearing loss.

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