This is an effective, long lasting and moisturising deodorant, which won’t stain your clothes. I tried many different formulations, both solid and liquid before arriving at this recipe. Keep in mind that this is a deodorant, not an anti-perspirant- it won’t stop you sweating but it will control the odour which comes along with it.
- The neem oil and the sage and tea-tree essential oils have antiseptic, anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. The neem oil has a rather pungent smell; it’s not unpleasant and can be masked by your choice of essential oils. The sage and tea-tree essential oils are active ingredients that help with controlling body odour but I always add an essential oil primarily for fragrance. Rose geranium, lavender or lemongrass are a few of my favorites.
- Bicarb of soda and bentonite clay work to neutralise odours. The bentonite clay also draws out toxins and binds metal ions, which is why you should never use metal utensils for this recipe. You don’t want to deplete the effectiveness of the bentonite before it gets near your skin.
- Arrowroot is absorbent and will help with moisture control.
- The shea and cocoa butters and vitamin E are moisturising and facilitate easy application of the deodorant to your skin.
- Zinc oxide is used in barrier creams to treat and/or prevent skin irritations such as nappy rash; it has soothing and healing properties and works to neutralise odours.
- Coconut oil needs a post all of its own because it has so many fantastic qualities but it’s antibacterial and antifungal properties make it a great choice here.
- Probiotics are widely used for digestive complaints but you can also use them topically; the principal remains the same you’re adding good bacteria back to your body to help balance your body flora.
- A preservative for this deodorant isn’t required because there is no water in the formulation.
While it’s highly unlikely that you will develop a rash or skin irritation from using this deodorant, if you do I would discontinue using it. Personally, I haven’t had any issues and neither have those who have tested it for me. However, some people are quite sensitive to bicarb of soda. This formulation contains 5%, which is extremely low compared with other recipes I have come across, but a small percentage of people may be still be affected. You could try replacing the bicarb of soda with arrowroot.
There is talk of a temporary detox phase that your body goes through when you move from commercial to ‘natural’ deodorants but I haven’t experienced it. You may find it takes a week or so of use before it appears to start working.
If you find the deodorant a bit too soft you can always increase the proportion of beeswax.
Sift the dry ingredients (plastic sifter only) or stir well to minimise lumps, melt the butters and neem oil. I use a simple water bath (put a heat safe container in a pan of water).
You need to work quickly once the dry and liquid ingredients are mixed together, although if it sets before you’ve filled your containers you can put it back into your water bath for a minute or so to re-melt it. Silly me I was concentrating on getting my containers filled and I forgot to take a photo of the ingredients after they were combined to show you!
The cute little containers and many of the ingredients I used came from Aussie Soap Supplies, but you can find similar containers on Amazon.com and the ingredients are linked* to appropriate supplies also available on Amazon.com (if you don’t live in Australia). Bicarb of soda and arrowroot are available at your local supermarket.
Ann’s Effective Moisturising Deodorant
Ingredients % gms
Beeswax 14 21gm
Coconut oil (solid) 14 21gm
Cocoa butter 11 16.5gm
Shea butter 11 16.5gm
Neem oil 14 21gm
Arrowroot 16 24gm
Bentonite clay 6 9gm
Zinc oxide 4.5 6.75gm
Bicarb of soda 5 7.5gm
Vitamin E 2 3gm
Probiotic capsules – 1-2
Sage essential oil 0.5 10 drops
Tea tree essential oil 0.5 10 drops
Essential oil (your choice) 0.5 10 drops
Remember not to use metal utensils with bentonite clay.
- Mix all dry ingredients together including the probiotic powder (open the capsules to release)
- Combine and melt beeswax, coconut oil, cocoa butter, neem oil and shea butter. I use a water bath. Cool a little.
- Add vitamin E and essential oils to the liquid mix
- Working quickly, pour the oils into the dry ingredients, mix well
- Pour into containers
If the mixture starts to solidify place it back in the water bath briefly to re-melt.
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