Tired of your deodorant? Yes, the kind that’s loaded with harmful chemicals and heavy metals. Try an all-natural DIY solution thanks to Julie from Free People. These bars are all-natural, easily customizable, highly portable, and most importantly leave the underarms feeling great. Plus they’re full of healthy ingredients, such as bacteria-fighting tea tree oil, moisturizing shea butter, toxin-zapping bentonite clay, and odor-fighting baking soda. Whip up a bar or two for yourself, and let us know what you think!
Bentonite clay can irritate sensitive skin. If you’ve never used it before, do a patch test on the inside of your arm by mixing a dab of clay with a few drops of water and applying. If it doesn’t irritate your skin, you should be good to go! If you’re sensitive to bentonite clay, try substituting arrowroot powder. You can also pour this into a recycled deodorant container. Simply allow the oil and clay mixture to cool until it’s soft, but not completely liquefied, then pour into a clean, dry plastic deodorant container and allow to cool completely.
- 4 tbsp shea butter
- 1.5 tbsp beeswax
- 1 tbsp cocoa butter
- 2 tbsp bentonite clay
- 1 tbsp baking soda
- 10-20 drops tea tree oil
- 10 drops lavender essential oil (or other favorite oil)
- Soap mold
- Glass bowl or jar (microwave/heat safe)
- Combine the shea butter, beeswax, and cocoa butter in the glass bowl or jar.
- To melt it down, you can either place it in the microwave for 1-3 minutes or, if using a jar, create a double boiler on the stove top by nesting the jar in a pot that has been partially filled with water.
- Heat until oils are melted and fully dissolved.
- Add the tea tree oil and your essential oil of choice and mix.
- In a separate dish, mix together the baking soda and bentonite clay, then pour into the oil mixture and stir until combined.
- Pour the liquid into the soap mold.
- Allow to cool completely before popping it out of the mold.
- Store in a cool, dark place. This shouldn’t melt too easily, but it does get soft in higher temperatures.