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The deodorant we’ve been waiting for has finally arrived.
No toxins. Works amazingly well. Keeps sweating to a minimum.
The best part? You know every ingredient!
Before I can give you the good news, you know I have to break your heart just a little bit.
Some of these, as per usual, are quite disappointing.
First of all, who knew there were SO many types of deodorant?
Take a look at what you’re putting on your skin, your largest organ, every day, sometimes multiple times per day.
Keep in mind that this is how ewg.org scores products:
What are you wearing? What are you letting your teens wear? How are we setting up their (and our) future health?
Do you see yours? I did!
There are more Toms of Maine listed as “3”
The Arm & Hammer deodorant is a great example of a company we can trust for one product and not another. This is a big reason I work so hard on this blog. Because I personally have been confused by this–it’s a lot to sort through–and I want to share the good stuff with you!
AXE–I teach middle school. I have basically tasted this in the air it hangs so heavily there by the lockers between classes. I’m not surprised to see it listed as something we need to beware of putting on our growing children.
Now that we see where greed has gotten the consumer, let’s decide instead of anger, we will fight back with taking our business elsewhere.
To the companies that make our DIY ingredients. To the few deodorant brands listed as safe choices. I’ve personally never used the brands, so you’re pioneering each that you try, but feel free if you don’t find yourself the DIY type!
If you’d like to try them, here are those listed in the “safe zone”: ewg.org’s Safe Deodorant’s List
For me, I like having ingredients on hand so I when I run out, I just take a few minutes to throw another batch together. No running to the store or ordering online. No waiting or making due. It’s such a luxury!
Also, I use these ingredients so often I rarely have to buy anything to make a product. When I notice my supply of baking soda, washing soda, castile, witch hazel, etc. getting low, I just buy in bulk. Money saved on all fronts.
In the words of the brilliant Michael Scott, ” Win, win, win.” 🙂
What you’ll need:
Double boiler or one empty small pot inside of a larger pot with water inside the large one. I don’t have a double boiler, and this works for me every time.
Glass bowl–we have this set and it has served us well
You need the glass and wooden spoon because the Bentonite Clay loses strength when it comes in contact with metal. Bentonite clay absorbs odors, toxins, and pulls heavy metals from your body, so we want it to do everything it’s intended to do!
1 TBS Bentonite Clay
5 TBS Arrowroot powder
8-10 drops Essential Oils (I used 3 drops Lavender, 3 drops Bergamot, 3 drops Tea Tree Oil)
1.) Melt beeswax and coconut oil in double boiler stirring often with the wooden spoon until melted clear
2.) Take off heat and stir in shea butter until melted completely
3.) In the separate glass bowl, add bentonite clay and arrowroot powder; stir together with a wooden spoon until incorporated
4.) Add the liquid to the bentonite clay/arrowroot mixture and stir with the wooden spoon until smooth looking like the picture below. For some reason this is photographing lighter than it looks in real life. It’s actually more gray.
5.) Add essential oils and transfer into 4 oz. jelly jar with the wooden spoon
You can put the lid on after it’s cooled a bit and transfer it to the refrigerator to let it set up faster if you’d like.
Once you’re ready to use this, pull some out with the tips of your fingers to apply under your arms making sure you’ve covered the area well. I like to hold it to my skin for a moment to let it melt a bit first for easier application.
Also, make sure you’ve rubbed it in until it’s mostly disappeared. Be careful with your shirt if you get dressed right after to avoid getting the light gray on your clothing.
This deodorant lasts from 5:30a.m. until I go to bed that night.
Teaching all day. Chasing after kids and cleaning the house. Standing over a hot stove. Bathing ornery children. It just flat out works.
I hope you like it as much as I do. I hope it can be an answer to your wishes for a deodorant you can trust that actually works!
****Update and addition!
Clinical Strength Coconut Oil Deodorant
1/4 C Baking Soda
4 TBS Organic Coconut Oil
1 TBS Organic Shea Butter
12 drops Tea Tree Essential Oil
1.) Mix baking soda and arrowroot powder
2.) Melt coconut oil and shea butter. Add in to the baking soda and arrowroot powder mixture
3.) Add in essential oils and stir until incorporated
It will be runny. It will solidify eventually, but to speed up the process, feel free to put it in the refrigerator for about a half an hour.
Apply with fingers after showering.