When you are making the switch from conventional personal care items, like you find at your grocery or big box store, to more natural personal care items, I think deodorant is by far the one that people are the most nervous about. No one wants to be worried about their body odor as they go about their daily business and once you have found a deodorant that works for you it's scary to switch. Plus there is some sort of weird preconceived notion that your deodorant has to have a bunch of chemicals in it to actual work and this simple is not the case. If you have a natural deodorant with the right ingredients in it, it will be just as effective as one you buy at the store. The recipe I am sharing today is for a Lavender, Sage & Tea Tree deodorant. The Lavender is for scent as well as it soothes skin. The Tea Tree will help with body odor by taking care of the bacteria that causes it and the Sage will help with odor and perspiration. We will also be using Arrowroot Powder and Kaolin Clay in this recipe for their odor & moisture absorbing properties along with Vitamin E Oil for it's antimicrobial and skin nourishing properties. The base of the bar is made from Beeswax, which is what binds the bar together, Shea Butter and Coconut Oil which allow the bar to glide easily across the skin while forming a barrier to prevent chafing.
For this recipe you will need:
Add your Coconut Oil, Beeswax and Shea Butter to your melting pot and heat on low heat until completely melted(a double boiler may also be used).
Once completely melted add in your Arrowroot Powder and Kaolin Clay along with your Vitamin E oil.
Next add in your Lavender, Tea Tree & Sage essential oils. Stir to combine.
Now pour your mixture into your silicone mold. This recipe will make 3 approximately 2oz deodorant bars and I typically go through at least 1 bar a month.
Let your bars cool completely before removing from the mold. Store in a cool dry location.
Here are a few additional essential oil combinations that work well in deodorant bars:
Lavender, Sage & Orange
Rosemary & Mint
Lavender & Rose
Eucalyptus & Lemongrass
Cedarwood & Juniper
Bergamot & Lime
Cedarwood & Orange
Sandalwood & Bergamot
If you give this recipe a try, leave a comment and let me know how you liked it or leave a comment with any questions you have:)
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