Mindylynns Kitchen

April 8, 2014

Mindy’s Deodorant

Filed under: Food — Mindy M. @ 9:42 am

First off. This stuff works! It is not an antiperspirant. Most of what is on the market right now is antiperspirant that also deodorizes. This is purely a deodorant, or deodorizer. Due to the natural clay and baking soda it does absorb a little moisture but it’s purpose is to neutralize the odor that comes from sweat. And, for this purpose it’s excellent.

This recipe is 100% mine. I kept seeing various recipes calling for similar ingredients, but they all sounded harsh or oily. This is stiff enough to be dispensed in a regular deodorant container (that’s how I’m using it) or you can just keep it in a jar and rub it in like a stiff lotion. My favorite thing about this recipe is how soothing and gentle it is. No mater what I do, if I shave, I get a horrible itchy rash (tmi, sorry). This stuff soothes both the itching and the red bumps due to razor burn. It does absorb into the skin so it’s only effective for 8-12 hours. I love this particular combination of essential oils, as they smell delightful and are very soothing to irritated skin. However, you could use almost any combination of essential oils that you find pleasing, and are safe to use on skin. I do recommend adding the tea tree oil to your mix if possible due to it’s antimicrobial properties. (Tea tree oil, is not recommended for young children and pregnant women)

Salt & clay Deodorant Bar

1/4 cup Coconut oil
1 tbsp bees wax
1.5 tsp lanolin
1 tbsp Bentonite clay
1 tbsp Real Salt (Celtic sea salt, Himalayan pink salt, etc.)
1 tbsp Baking Soda
20-40 drops essential oils (8 tea tree for antimicrobial, 18 lavender soothing and smells good, 15 peppermint compliments the scent of lavender and stops itching…and it’s cooling)
1.5 tbsp lotion (I used Bend goat milk lotion, because it’s free of dangerous chemicals)

In a double boiler* melt the coconut oil, beeswax and lanolin. As soon as they are melted add the salt, clay and baking soda. Remove from heat and allow to cool. I’m always impatient so I remove my bowl from the double boiler set up and put it in a bowl of ice water to chill it, but you can also allow it to cool at room temperature. Stir occasionally so the bottom doesn’t harden while the top stays hot (you wont be able to mix in your final ingredients otherwise). When the mixture is about skin temp, add the lotion and essential oil mix and stir. Pour into your mold. Allow to set. Enjoy. If for whatever reason it is too soft or hard you can at the lowest temperature possible remelt it and add a little more lotion to soften it or a little more beeswax (melted separately) to harden it, but this ratio works pretty well for me.

To reuse an old deodorant dispenser: First twist dial until the plastic level inside is at the very bottom, then pop the bottom off. The twist dial, the stick, level, and the bottom of the deodorant bottle will pop completely off the deodorant container. Look for a seem in the plastic about 1/5 up from the bottom insert the tip of a knife (carefully please) give the knife little twist and the entire bottom should pop off. Wash every part of the bottle really well with hot water, soap and a tooth brush. Dry the container. To fill it, place a couple pieces of packing tape over the top (the part that dispenses/rubs on your armpit) and make sure it has a very good seal. Turn it upside down and it fill it 3/4 way full. Reinsert the bottom (with all of it’s components) and pop it into place. Set/chill it upside down until hard. Remove tape.

*I use a glass bowl over a small pot of simmering water, since I include bentonite clay and a silicone spatula…no metal please.

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