I’m a multitasker…
A check-my-email-while-brushing-my-teeth, cook-dinner-while-catching-up-on-Downton-Abbey type of gal.
Which is why when I finally bit the bullet and made a homemade deodorant, I decided to take it beyond all-natural and add a detoxifying ingredient – bentonite clay – which actually pulls toxins from the skin. It’s the anti-antiperspirant.
Bentonite clay carries a strong negative charge which bonds to the positive charge in many toxins. When it comes in contact with a toxin, chemical or heavy metal, the clay will absorb the toxin and release it’s minerals for the body to use. Bentonite also helps get oxygen to cells as it pulls excess hydrogen and allows the cells to replace it with oxygen instead.
Furthermore, bentonite clay has a very fine velvet-like texture, is odorless and non-staining, which are all important qualities for a deodorant. Clays also quickly and easily absorb moisture.
So let’s get to it!
- 5 tablespoons or 4 oz (organic virgin) coconut oil: a great natural antibacterial. (Click here to purchase coconut oil.) If you notice the deodorant is at all flaky on the skin, you may add more coconut oil as needed.
- 4 tablespoons baking soda: neutralizes pH and body odor. (Click here to purchase aluminum-free baking soda.)
- 3 tablespoons arrowroot or organic cornstarch: absorbs perspiration. (Click here to purchase arrowroot.)
- 2 tablespoons bentonite clay: adds extra wetness protection by whisking away sweat, and pulls toxins from skin. (Click here to purchase bentonite clay.)
- 5 drops tea tree oil (optional but highly suggested): a potent antibacterial. (Click here to purchase tea tree oil.)
I put all of the ingredients in a mixing bowl in the above order. Since coconut oil is solid at room temperature, it needs some heat to be able to mix it easily. I decided to use body heat! With clean hands, I kneaded and mixed everything together into a smooth paste, and then transfered it to a small glass jar (I used these spice jars). Yes, my hands were covered in the deodorant, but it washes off easily and this was a quick and easy method to get everything to mix evenly.
The paste thickens considerably after cooling to room temp. To apply, simply rub your finger on the top of the paste to warm it a little, and scoop out a small amount to rub on your underarm. The paste will “melt” (as coconut oil does) right into your skin and absorb rather quickly.
The tea tree oil was a tad overpowering while I was mixing everything, but when applied to the underarms, had just the right amount of scent. Rosemary, bergamot, and lemon essential oils also have antibacterial properties and so could be used in conjunction with or instead of tea tree oil.
Now, to answer the most important question of all: after using the deodorant for a week, I am happy to report that it has been working wonderfully! While it does not keep me dry (it’s not an antiperspirant, of course), it does keep me odor free, which is all I am asking. Well, odor-free and non-toxic.
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