This Sensitive Deodorant Paste recipe was born shortly after I discovered that a few  people were reacting to my regular homemade deodorant paste, and then after waxing one day, I discovered that I did too…

I played around with my original recipe and worked out that bicarb was mainly to blame, added some lavender essential oil to soothe, and got some lovely ladies to be  guinea pigs… Now, I am satisfied.

So here it is, my natural sensitive deodorant paste – I hope you love it! Remember to be kind to the homemade process and appreciate the magic in creating your own beauty products.


Makes: 240 g Prep time: < 10 min.


• 75 g shea butter
• 65 g coconut oil (the type that solidifies)
• 15 g beeswax
• 60 g arrowroot flour (or cornflour)
• 25 g sodium bicarbonate (bicarb)
• 40 drops of essential oils


My favourite essential oils in this recipe are patchouli, tea tree and lavender, but don’t be limited by my suggestions. Use oils that fit your budget, or those that you already have in your collection. Read here for more information.


1. Add shea butter, coconut oil and beeswax to a glass bowl and heat until completely melted. (Double boiler method– place bowl on a pot of gently simmering water and stir frequently; Microwave method– heat in short bursts on low, stopping and stirring frequently). Remove from heat.
2. Add remaining ingredients and mix until combined.
3. Transfer into container of choice.
4. Place into the fridge or freezer to set (this will reduce the chance of graininess developing over time).

To Use

Scoop a small amount of balm (the size of your fingernail is plenty) and rub gently onto clean armpits.

Recipe Notes

For an extra kick, substitute the arrowroot powder for bentonite clay – a simple straight swap. Sometimes deodorant paste just doesn’t cut the mustard for everyone all of the time and this little hack might just do the trick!

Krissy Ballinger

Krissy Ballinger


Krissy wants to see a world where people make conscious choices that honour both humans and habitat. It is her mission to gently guide people towards this beautiful way of life. With a background in education and health promotion, she devotes her time to increasing awareness on common and avoidable toxins, as well as educating individuals on simple ways they can adjust their lifestyles to better serve themselves, and the planet. Natural DIY is Krissy’s speciality, and she has sold over 80,000 copies of her recipe books, including her latest book, The Lifestyle Edit, the award-winning, Naturally Inspired - Simple DIY Recipes for Body Care and Cleaning, and her kids book, Make & Play - Natural DIY Recipes for Kids.

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