Over the years I have tried many deodorants. I used to, many years ago, just purchase the major named deodorants at the local stores because I wasn’t aware of the health dangers. Now I am very leery of the antiperspirants that include aluminum and other toxic chemicals/scents, etc. You are most likely here because you have similar concerns as well so I will not get into that and if you want more information google is your friend 😀
Initially, I started buying these “all natural” deodorants that I found in specialty health food stores or online. I found that either 1) They would work for a short period of time and then I would start developing an odor or 2) They would burn and leave an icky rash behind. So I started playing around with recipes at home.
I’ve been using the following now for at least a year successfully. I have no irritation and no weird smells. I am very happy with this formula. I was using a gray clay and switched to white because the gray was leaving weird marks on my skin (I wear tank tops a lot as I live in S Florida) and this was not appealing lol. Since the temperature is warm, even inside of my house, (I keep my a/c around 76-78) the deodorant will easily melt if I apply it straight from the jar/deodorant container so I wipe a bit on my palm then rub on each armpit directly from there. Way easier. You can also use a jar if you do not have a deodorant tube. You can buy them online (referral link: https://amzn.to/2D7gpx2 ) or clean out an old one you have. Hot water & soap should do the trick – just be sure to dry it well before you re-use it. I have also heard of people storing their deodorant in the refrigerator to keep it more solid.
Feel free to use your own essential oils of choice. I don’t like much scent so if I do use essential oils I use them sparingly. If you like to have more scent then just add more in your recipe.
Depending upon how much you want to make use a different measurer keeping the same #s
Clay (use food grade)
Baking Soda (if you have a sensitivity to baking soda try using only arrowroot powder. Personally doing half and half has no caused me any issues at all)
Cocoa wafers or butter
To make about 2 containers here’s my recipe with instructions.
I melt the following in a double boiler (you can also use a large mason jar inside a pan of hot water – be careful no water splashes into your mix)
2/3 Cup Coconut oil
a splash of Olive oil
1/3 Cup beeswax pellets
8-10 cocoa butter wafers (optional)
Once the mixture is fully melted I add:
2/3 Cup Clay
1/6 Cup Baking Soda
1/6 Cup Arrowroot Powder
At the end, I add essential oils if preferred. I use scents I like & with this recipe recommend about 50 drops. More or less to your preference.
I then pour into jars, deodorant containers or any other container you may have clean & available. If you want it to set quicker just put it in the refrigerator or freezer for a bit!
Good luck & happy mixing!!!
P.S. If you try this recipe out please comment and let me know how it works for you!
Here’s what mine looks like!
(With white clay – leaves NO marks!!)
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