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Natural deodorant does not need to be hard to make. If you're looking for an alternative to commercial deodorants, you're in the right place. Zinc Ricinoleate is a natural deodorant ingredient that effectively neutralizes odor-causing bacteria without blocking sweat glands.  Try this recipe in your own deodorant style Try this recipe to set you on the path to personal freedom


  • 10-15 drops of essential oil (such as lavender or tea tree)


  1. Melt the coconut oil, shea butter, zinc ricinoleate and triethyls citrate in a double boiler.
  2. Remove from heat.  Add the baking soda and cornstarch and stir well.
  3. Allow to cool slightly add the essential oil.
  4. Pour the mixture into a deodorant container and let it cool and solidify.

Makes 60gm of paste for a pot for summer or a 50gm deodorant bar for winter.  If you wish, add 2gm beeswax during the melting process to make it firm enough for a bar in summer if it gets very hot where you are.

** Unrefined shea butter may be used if desired.
* Organic coconut oil may be swapped if desired

By Kerry Pearson 6 comment


comments (6)

  • Kerry Pearson

    Hi Maria,
    Try substituting it with arrowroot powder. Totally leaving it out will affect the powder/oil balance.

  • Maria

    Can I leave out the bicarbonate?

  • Kerry Pearson

    Hi Kirra,
    It would be worth a trial. I found it took a while to set up so am not sure if it will leak into the tube too much while it sets. It might be worth getting it into the fridge to hasten the process.

  • Kirra

    Kerry, can this be used in the cardboard tubes?

  • Kerry

    Try some arrowroot powder. It is not as good but hopefully does the job for you.

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