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DIY Detoxifying Deodorant
These homemade bentonite clay deodorant bars are simple to make and super effective! They are free of baking soda and coconut oil, as some find those ingredients irritating, but still moisturizing with jojoba oil and cocoa/shea butter. Add essential oils for a unique scent! The bentonite clay helps to absorb toxins for overall wellness.
Homemade Bentonite Clay Deodorant Bars
Store-bought deodorants can contain toxins like aluminum, parabens, triclosan and SLS.* These toxins easily absorb into our skin and wreak havoc on our bodies.
Homemade deodorant is free from these toxins and therefore so much healthier for our overall wellness.
If you have a nursling, I highly recommend making your own deodorant since the dangerous ingredients in store-bought may absorb into your breastmilk - and baby's little hands also make their way into momma's armpits.
The bentonite clay will help detox your armpits and absorb toxins that are leaving your body.
While you can use this deodorant at any time, it's a good idea to use it when you are switching from a store-bought deodorant to get rid of all the toxins in the area.
You'll find that this homemade deodorant is free from baking soda and coconut oil. For some people, these ingredients are irritating and drying. Count me as one of those people!
* (Read more about why store bought deodorant is horrible for us.)
Making Deodorant Bar Designs
When I used to make and sell soap bars, I loved creating designs on my bars using stamps and other items.
If you decide to gift these, your lucky recipient will be impressed anyways but even more impressed if they look pretty, too!
To make a design on your deodorant bar, remove a rubber stamp from the wood and place the stamp design-side up in your mold. Simply pour the mixture into the mold. When it solidifies, pop the bar out of the mold, and gently remove the stamp using your fingernails or a knife.
You can also find acrylic stamps at craft stores that are not attached to a wood piece to make this even easier.
How to Store:
- I choose to store mine in the fridge in a glass container to lessen the residue that I get on my fingers. However, this deodorant bar recipe makes for a fairly solid bar even sitting at room temperature. This will depend on how warm or humid your house gets.
- You can also pour the mixture while it's warm into an old deodorant tube (great way to upcycle!)
Important note: Always use glass, plastic, or wooden utensils, bowls and storage while working with bentonite clay. Contact with metal may cause the bentonite clay to absorb those metal elements and less of the toxins found in your armpits/body.
This deodorant bar recipe was inspired by Simple Life Mom.
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- Mix together the bentonite clay and arrowroot powder in a bowl.
- In a small pot over low heat on the stove, melt together the jojoba oil, cocoa (or shea) butter, and beeswax. As soon as the beeswax is melted, pull from the heat.
- Pour the melted mixture into the bentonite clay and arrowroot powder. Add essential oils if desired.
- Stir, working quickly before the mixture hardens.
- Pour the deodorant bar mixture into molds. Muffin tins or soap molds work great.
- Set the molds aside to let them set until no longer liquid. Then, move to the fridge to completely solidify for 2-3 hours.
- Remove the bars from the molds and store in the fridge in a container.
- For use: Simply the deodorant bar on your armpit like you would a deodorant stick and place back into the fridge.