So, again with the why. I recently read a statistic that said the average woman exposes herself to over 100 chemicals before breakfast. We are amassing a vast cocktail of substances on our bodies and in our homes. I don't believe that it is possible to eliminate them all, but I do want to reduce the amount of harmful toxins by as much as possible. Our skin is our largest organ and many substances applied to the skin are absorbed directly into our bloodstream, so, I decided that would be an area worth working on.
My friends who make their own deodorants (thank you Stacy and Mandy) even assured me that their husbands did not stink...okay I decided to try it...I was WAAAY impressed! It works! I mean, I went out in the garden, worked all around the farm, weeded, helped demolish the barn, etc. I DID NOT STINK! The only down side that I have found is that some people do have a sensitivity to baking soda, this can cause redness or irritation under the arm, weird thing is this only happens to me if I apply immediately after shaving.
The other bonus is that the ingredients in this deodorant are also many of the same used for homemade lotions and salves so I have everything I need on hand to keep on making our natural products!
So, here is how to do it:
· 1 T Beeswax
· 1T Cocoa butter
· 1 T Shea butter
· 1 T Coconut oil
· 2.5 T arrowroot powder
· 1 T clay, (I used bentonite, but Kaolin or french green would be fine also)
· 1/4 t vitamin E oil (2-4 capsules) or 2-3 drops if you have a bottle
· 2 T Baking Soda
· Essential Oils– aprox. 10-25 drops
I use Lavender and Melalueca. The Melalueca is good for its anti-bacterial properties and the Lavender is soothing for sensitive skin.
Method: Use a wide mouth pint mason jar set inside of a sauce pan. Fill the sauce pan with about 1-2 inches of water and set the mason jar inside of it. Then on medium heat melt the ingredients in order (beeswax first, then cocoa butter, shea butter and coconut oil) being careful not to get it too hot as shea butter doesn't like to get too hot. I mix the ingredients while I am melting them together by using a wooden popsicle stick. Once melted add in your dry ingredients and your vitamin E oil. When it is all mixed together it is about the consistency of warm peanut butter. Then put into the container of your choice. It can be used immediately but it does take up to a week to reach its final consistency of firmness. It has a green tint to it but it does not stain my clothing at all!