I have been meaning to attempt an all natural deodorant for a long time. I found a great company that sells cardboard push up tubes for balms that I have been meaning to try out for different products. My goal is to find the perfect plastic-free container for all of my products.
Many crafters have attempted to pour their deodorant into used toilet paper tubes which seems like a good idea but what I have been reading is that they are a bit flimsy and may leak. The containers that I am going to try are sturdy and thick walled. They also come with good instructions. Here is the container I chose for today’s project.
I like to weigh out all of my ingredients. Especially the first few times I make something. I have chosen not to use baking soda as I don’t want any irritants on my skin and I am a sensitive girl with a family of sensitive skinned people.
Here is a simple yet effective recipe weighed out in grams:
- 22 grams beeswax beads to hold your deodorants shape
- 16 grams mango butter, but you can use shea butter or cocoa butter instead.
- 60 grams solid coconut oil, I used virgin coconut oil because I had some I wanted to use up
- 16 grams of Bentonite clay-absorbs toxins
- 4 grams of Arrowroot powder- to absorb moisture
- approximately 2 grams of essential oils of your choice-I used Rosemary and Peppermint because I love the fresh scent and both have strong antibacterial properties
Weigh out all of your ingredients and melt your beeswax and solid coconut oil in a double boiler.
Add your mango butter ( or shea butter/cocoa butter) after the beeswax and coconut oil are completely melted, stir in your essential oils and then thoroughly stir in your clay and arrowroot powder. I bought the arrowroot powder when I lived in Calgary, but I am pretty sure you can buy it from any local natural food store. I had the bentonite clay from a long time ago as well. It was from Aquarius Aromatherapy online supply company in BC. They also carry Arrowroot powder, I just looked it up.
I have read that you should use only a glass container and a wooden spoon to mix up your bentonite clay but in this case, I didn’t have a wooden spoon on hand.
I carefully filled up my large cardboard push up tube. I also had an empty plastic container that was sent to me as a free sample, so I thought I would fill it to compare the two types of containers.
The instructions for the eco-tubes said to make sure the push-up disc is seated snuggly with the wax side up and to pour at 140 degrees Fahrenheit or lower. It also said to pour the first 10 % and then to wait until it is semi set up and then pour the rest. It was also recommended to fill up in stages to prevent air holes.
I waited until the ingredients cooled down- probably too much- as I was worried that it would leak out of the bottom- but it faired very well. No leaks! I spooned in the rest and gave the tubes a nice hard thwack on the table to make sure there were no air bubbles. I had enough left over to spoon it into one more little sampler and one small round cardboard container as well.
I noticed my hands are very soft after cleaning up the kitchen and utensils, so that is a good sign that my deodorant will be gentle on my pits. The clay makes your deodorant quite dark coloured- but I like it. It looks like mother nature would approve. Especially the ones in a cardboard push up eco-tubes! I popped them in the freezer to set them up nicely. It rolls on smoothly and my armpits have never smelled lovelier. This is a fairly soft recipe so next time I am going to add a bit more beeswax and will use only arrowroot powder to make a white stick.
I don’t’ really care about the colour, as I am not one to wear white silk outfits… they don’t look good with salsa stains on them anyways!
Click on the link below for ordering eco packaging.
Want to feel like the coolest soap maker/crafter on the block? Listen to this song while you are making your natural deodorant. Because you are the coolest chick on the block if you make your own deodorant. We just went to see this band live at The Queens in Nanaimo. My ears are still ringing but boy it was worth it.
The Pack AD- Yes I know.