This natural deodorant recipe is much better for you than any store bought brand that contains harmful ingredients. This is also a good one if you shave and tend to get a rash. 1 part baking soda 1 part pure shea butter 1 part organic coconut oil A few drops of tea tree oil or your favorite essential oil (optional) Heat the shea butter briefly in a double boiler to soften it, then combine it with the other ingredients. Store in a covered glass jar. Apply a tiny bit with your fingertips. Shea butter in a natural deodorant recipe? Shea butter is mainly used in the cosmetics industry for skin and hair related products (lip gloss, skin moisturizer creams and emulsions, and hair conditioners for dry and brittle hair). It is also used by soap makers, typically in small amounts (5-7% of the oils in the recipe), because it has plenty of unsaponifiables. Shea butter is sometimes used as a base for medicinal ointments. Some of the isolated chemical constituents are reported to have anti-inflammatory, emollient and humectant properties. Good reasons to use it in this natural deodorant recipe! Besides that, it works! Have a question for Dr. Joe concerning natural alternatives for everyday products? Send us a message in the live chat.