Recently, my husband ran out of deodorant. We’ve tried lots of different natural ones and he hasn’t really loved any of the ones we’ve chosen. They have all worked, but for various reasons they weren’t his favorite. Plus, if you’re buying a mainstream “natural” brand, chances are it still contains aluminum — which is not something you want to be rubbing on your skin, especially near your lymph nodes (your body detoxes itself by sweating; aluminum stops it and gets absorbed, which some think contributes to breast cancer).
Since I’ve been bitten by the DIY bug lately, I decided to make him a totally natural alternative.
I did not want to use baking soda, because it has such a high pH that many people find it hard on their armpits — they experience peeling or soreness. It makes sense that we don’t really want a high pH item there, because we need to sweat out the junk. Deodorant’s goal is to help you not smell, and to aid the detox — not stop the sweat.
Instead of baking soda, or even arrowroot (another common ingredient), I went with French green clay. I’ve been using it lately in this mask, and it has been working so well to clear up my acne that I thought it would go great in deodorant too! I love the idea of a natural clay deodorant — it detoxes you, naturally!
I also chose coconut oil for its antibacterial properties, shea butter for its nourishing properties, and apricot oil for its sensitive skin and healing properties. For essential oils, I mixed tea tree and eucalyptus. I wish I’d had pine or something more masculine since this was for my husband. For myself, I like to blend orange, lavender, and neroli. You can choose whatever oils you prefer, though! Or you can leave them out entirely for an unscented deodorant. Totally up to you.
This comes together really fast. It is easy to make. And it will stay solid at room temperature because of the shea butter and beeswax. It will become somewhat soft in the summer, though, if it gets really warm. It’s pretty awesome for a fully natural clay deodorant.
I chose to put mine in these empty deodorant containers I bought on Amazon. You could also pour this into a 4-oz. jar, if you prefer. I think it will be easier to use in the containers, but they are plastic. Up to you.
Natural Clay Deodorant
- 2 tbsp. coconut oil
- 1 tbsp. shea butter
- 1 tbsp. apricot oil
- 1 tbsp. beeswax
- 3 tbsp. French green clay
- 15 – 20 drops essential oils
Step 1: In a small saucepan over low heat, combine coconut oil, shea butter, apricot oil, and beeswax.
Step 2: When the oils are completely melted, add the clay, 1 tbsp. at a time, stirring after each addition.
Step 3: Add the essential oils, if you are using them. This is pretty mildly scented; you can use more if you prefer.
Step 4: Pour into your jar or container and let it cool and harden completely. If you want it to go faster, let it sit on the counter for 10 minutes to cool and harden slightly (so it won’t spill so easily) then transfer to the freezer for another 10 minutes.
And you’re done! That was simple. 🙂