Time: 20 mins
Yields: 1 tube (85 ml)
Having tried all sorts of natural deodorants, including crystal deodorants (remember those), and being quite fussy when it comes to deodorants, I decided to create my own.
This solid deodorant is completely natural, including the environmental friendly cardboard tube it comes in, which you can order from Go Native. It contains no aluminium or other synthetic ingredients. Likewise, it contains no baking soda, which can be irritating to some skins (like mine) and other harsh ingredients. Instead, I focussed on using only natural ingredients that are effective, yet mild on the skin.
To absorb sweat, I used a combination of tapioca starch and bentonite clay. Bentonite clay is a highly absorbent natural clay (see this article about the properties of clays), and it will keep you feeling dry and clean.
Shea butter helps with the glide, but it is also moisturising and easily absorbed into the skin. This helps leave the absorbing clay and starch on the surface of the skin to do its work, without creating a messy paste.
Avocado is also well absorbed into the skin, but it also contains beneficial nutrients and vitamins, to help keep your skin healthy and nourished.
Beeswax is what makes this deodorant solid and at these proportions will deliver just the right amount of deodorant to your skin. Not too much and not to little!
And lastly I used a special blend of essential oils to keep you feeling fresh:
- Lemon myrtle: like tea tree, it is anti-bacterial, killing off those smelly bacteria, but unlike tea tree, it has a pleasant fresh lemon scent!
- Rosemary: has also antiseptic properties, helping to keep your skin healthy
- Lime: is refreshing but is also deodorising and cleansing
- Spearmint: not only refreshingly cool, but it will also help soothe skin. Great for sensitive, irritating skins (especially from shaving!)
All the ingredients, including the essential oils, are available from Pure Nature.
ONE: Weigh out your avocado oil, beeswax, and shea butter in a small pot. I use my pot straight on the stove, but if you prefer you can use a double boiler or bain marie method. Heat on the lowest setting on your stove until all the beeswax and shea butter has melted.
TWO: Stir in the tapioca starch and bentonite clay and mix briskly using a whisk.
THREE: Add the essential oils, and mix.
FOUR: Pour the mixture into the tube. If the mixture has started to set, just pop it back on the stove for a moment until it becomes fluid again.
Once you’ve filled the tube, let it set and cool down completely before putting the lid on. This will prevent condensation forming on the inside of the lid.
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Natural solid deodorant
- 30 g beeswax
- 20 g shea butter
- 30 g avocado oil
- 20 g tapioca starch
- 15 g bentonite clay
- 25 drops lemon myrtle essential oil
- 15 drops rosemary essential oil
- 15 drops lime essential oil
- 5 drops spearmint essential oil
- Melt the beeswax, shea butter and avocado oil in a small pot on the lowest setting on your stove.
- Using a whisk, mix in the tapioca starch and bentonite clay.
- Add the essential oils.
- If the mixture has started to set, gently heat it on the stove again until fluid.
- Pour the mixture into the tube. Let it cool down completely before putting the lid on.