DIY Clay Deodorant
A simple DIY recipe for making your own deodorant. This recipe uses the benefits of clay instead of baking soda, as it is less irritating for the delicate underarm.
This recipe makes one small pot of deodorant which will last you ages! I have reused an empty lush pot that I had lying around, but you could use an old jar or tin. All you need to do is grab a small amount of the paste and rub into your armpit. It may be quite hard at first but it will soon warm up and melt into your skin.
Clay, such as bentonite, work wonderfully to absorb sweat and odors. In addition, the clay adds a detoxifying element to the deodorant as it pulls out toxins and heavy metals present in the underarm area.
When mixing the clay into the melted oils below ensure that you do not use a metal spoon as this can disrupt the beneficial properties of clay. Try and use a clean wooden spoon or a spatula that you would use for baking. A wooden chopstick can work too!
You can use any combination of essential oils that you like. I have selected these due to their antibacterial and detoxifying properties. If you are pregnant or breastfeeding you may choose to omit these all together. The deodorant will still work just as effectively.
1 Tbsp Coconut Oil
1 Tbsp Shea Butter
1 1/2 Tbsp Beeswax
10 drops Vitamin E
1 Tbsp Clay (I used Kaolin but you could also use or bentonite clay)
15 Drops Lavender Essential Oil
15 Drops Tea Tree Essential Oil
- Melt beeswax, shea butter and coconut oil in a glass jug or bowl placed over simmering water.
- Once all three ingredients are completely melted, remove them from the heat to cool (but not solidify).
- Add vitamin E, clay and essential oils to the melted oils and beeswax.
- Mix well and carefully pour into a washed container or jar.
How to use:
Take a small amount with your fingertips and rub into your armpits.