Monday, February 25, 2013

Homemade Natural Deodorant

Yeeeears ago, I was a *huge* LUSH fanatic.
I had stockpiles of bath bombs, ever-present blocks of Rock Star and Coalface soaps, the occasional "treat" container of Cupcake mask... But of all of the LUSH products, there was one in particular that I could NOT be without... Aromacreme deodorant.
I LOVED how it smelled, I loved the natural, aluminum-free, paraben-free aspect, the texture... and it worked great, too.
Until it was discontinued.
It's been about 3 years since then, and I still miss it -- I can conjure up the olfactory recall of its heady, ylang ylang and cassie flower scent, just by thinking about it.
Sadly, I don't anticipate its return any time soon, so I figured I would try to make my own -- if not the scent, then at for least the creamy, natural texture.

Initially, I tried a recipe which consisted of three ingredients: baking soda, coconut oil, and cornstarch. I added a few drops of lemon & lavender essential oils, because... well... I can't imagine using ANYTHING unscented. It's just not in my nature.
 So, as for the resulting product, I didn't really care for it. Its effectiveness wore off quickly, it "burned" my armpits (Aromacreme did too, but I loved the scent so much that I didn't care), and the coconut oil stained my clothes.

Months later, I found a different recipe on one of my favorite DIY/Natural Beauty blogs -- you can read the full article here:

I based my recipe on Crunchy Betty's:
  • 1-1/2 Tbsp beeswax pastilles/pellets
  • 4 Tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 Tbsp unrefined shea butter
  • 4 tsp clay bentonite clay (I used Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay)
  • 20-25 drops essential oil (I used lemon, lemongrass, lavender, and a smidge of tea tree)
  • Deo container (a recycled store-bought deodorant container, an empty twist-up/push-up tube, or an airtight container)

 In a double-boiler (I place a large pyrex measuring cup inside a saucepan of water), melt the beeswax and coconut oil. Once melted, add the shea butter and stir until melted/incorporated, then immediately remove from heat (shea butter can become grainy if heated too long). Whisk in bentonite clay and essential oils until well-combined. Set mixture aside to cool for a few minutes, until it begins to set. Spoon the mixture into desired deodorant container, and place in the freezer until solidified (half an hour).

End result: I've been using/test-driving this version of natural deodorant for the past 2-3 weeks, and I LOVE it! There was a slight burning initially, but just for the first day or 2, and I haven't experienced it since. The bentonite clay seems to work wonderfully, and I haven't noticed any oiliness/staining, as with the first recipe I tried.

I think I've found a winner... if only I could duplicate the scent of Aromacreme.
I'll be working on that soon.

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