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IMG_4427 with all the talk about chemicals in beauty products, and specifically deodorant, i have been trying to avoid buying traditional products when i can.  the drawback is that a lot of the “natural” products don’t seem to really keep the funk at bay.  in their defense, it takes a lot to keep oneself smelling fresh  when the summer  temperatures rise to over 100 each day.

i have been bookmarking all kids of recipes and tutorials and finally decided to try one out.  i got the recipe from the everything soap blog.

IMG_4429i ended up ordering all of my ingredients from amazon.com, although i think most would be available in a well stocked health food store.  in fact, our regular grocery store had some of the things on their “healthy living” aisle.  the directions say to heat 1.5 Tbs beeswax, 4 Tbs shea butter, 1 Tbs cocoa butter until all ingredients are melted and a you have a clear liquid.

i learned that i DO NOT like the smell of shea butter, but cocoa butter smells yummy.

then you mix in 4 tsp of bentonite clay, 10 drops of tea tree oil, and 10-15 drops of the essential oil of your choice.

IMG_4431after you have that all stirred up, place the cup in a bowl of ice water to thicken slightly.  i did this with my first batch, and ended up with a mess on the inner walls of my cup.  i skipped it the second batch, and i was able to pour it into the container with no problems, but it doesn’t seem like it is cooling quite as evenly.

i bought a 5-pack of empty deodorant applicators on amazon.

IMG_4432the deodorant on the right is the one i cooled before pouring.  you can see it is smoother and more even.  i don’t know if this will matter when using it, or if it is more about aesthetics.

IMG_4433one final note, it looks like i can use this clay for a very thorough facial.  i just might have to try it!

my deodorant has to cool for 24 hours before use, so i will report back on whether my concoction is a success or failure!




About phrogmom

kind of eccentric artsy type raising two boys in texas.
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