I tried that Burt's Bees spray stuff for awhile, meh, it was ok. It smelled good, but I think it stained my shirts. Sure I used Tom's, the crystal stick, the scented salty water spray, and of course my favorite- nothing.
The only problem with a "natural" deodorant, or none, is obviously, the smell. I guess the pit stains too. But I don't want to rub a stick in my pits and, well my BO rarely offends me. But as I was once told "Deodorant isn't for you, it's for other people." (thanks for reminding me of that story Ash)
Now I know for a fact I'm not the only one who smells my own stinky pits, and then tries to get someone else to smell it too. And then you keep smelling, for what reason, I don't know. Freaks.
So what to do? I decided to make my own. I found this recipe/directions and it seemed like the one for me.
Not a Secret Homemade Deodorant
1-1/2 Tbsp grated beeswax or beeswax beads
4 Tbsp coconut oil
1 Tbsp shea butter
4 tsp clay (bentonite or other)
20-25 drops essential oil (tea tree, rosemary, lavender, lemon, bergamot, or a mixture of any listed)
Empty, clean, sterilized deodorant container
Melt the beeswax and coconut oil on very low heat, whisking often. Once melted, add in the shea butter and whisk a few times, then remove from the heat and continue melting. After that’s melted and you have a liquid, sprinkle in the clay and continue to whisk well until everything is combined. Drop in the essential oil, whisking still. Place the pan into a cool water bath, and leave for 5 minutes or until it just begins to set up. Spoon the mixture into your deodorant container and place it in the freezer for 20-30 minutes (or until completely hard). If, for some reason, it starts to get too soft on a hot day, just put it back in the freezer for a while.
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The bentonite clay I used is green, oops. But it doesn't leave green marks I promise. I do believe the clay comes in white. Bentonite clay is also good to make a facial mask to pull out blackheads, just mix with apple cider vinegar, I also add a few drops of patchouli because it's super good for your skin. Do that weekly and you WILL see a difference in your pores. Maybe more info on this later.
Well I got the supplies and carried around the directions for at least a month. Till one day my friend Melissa called me up and said, let's make deodorant next week. We set a date and finally did it.
I get most of my supplies from http://www.mountainroseherbs.com/ and my essential oils are Young Living (I'm a distributor so I get those directly, p.s. contact me if you want to know more about those. I'm going to do a blog about them soon). I saved an old deodorant tube, apparently for this purpose.
|deodorant is complete, the recipe filled the tube perfectly|
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UPDATE! It's best if you keep this in the refrigerator, otherwise it gets a bit gooey and seriously leaves green shtuff in your pits, also I think I'm going to apply 2x daily. Once in the morning and once in the afternoon. Have you ever rubbed cold deodorant in your pits? Feels kinda good.