Deodorant is full of questionable ingredients: aluminum, parabens, propylene glycol and more. The ones that prevent you from sweating and are even worse because sweating is so incredibly important for your body. It’s something that your body needs to do in order to detoxify and regulate temperature.
There are lots of recipes out there for DIY deodorant; this one is a little bit different. My version combines the drying effects of clay with the antibacterial properties of coconut oil and zinc oxide.
I avoided baking soda, which is found in many natural deodorants, because it can be irritating to the skin. I combined coconut oil, shea butter and bentonite clay to soothe the skin instead. I used bentonite clay specifically because it’s detoxifying and absorbent, which is important when you’re using deodorant to stay fresh and dry. Zinc oxide zaps the bacteria that can lead to odor. These good for you ingredients come together to create a soothing, freshening, natural deodorant.
To make sure this formulation worked I tested it out on my best friend and my husband. And both of them gave it two thumbs up for odor protection, texture and smell.
- 4 tbsp organic coconut oil
- 4 tbsp organic shea butter
- 1 tsp grated organic beeswax
- 1/2 tsp zinc oxide powder
- 2 tbsp organic arrowroot powder
- 3 teaspoon bentonite clay
- 5 drops organic chamomile essential oil
Instructions: Melt your oil, butter and beeswax in a double boiler; when all of the solids have liquefied slowly incorporate all of your powdered ingredients. Stir, stir, stir, until all of the powders are evenly mixed. It’s important to add the powdered ingredients slowly to avoid clumps. If it does clump a bit (which is highly likely) don’t worry too much. You’ll still be able to rub the deodorant into your skin and it will apply smoothly.
Store in a tightly capped mason jar and apply with clean fingers or purchase an Empty Deodorant Container for easy application.
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