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Orange Infused Clay Deodorant Recipe

Improved no baking soda soothing recipe for sensitive skin. Goes on clear but if you can’t hang with the grey color, you can use white kaolin clay or arrowroot.

Basic clay deodorant
2T beeswax (antimicrobial, stiffening agent)
1T shea butter (moisturizer, prevents razor burn)
1T orange infused oil (or other oil or more shea / coconut oil)
3T coconut oil (antimicrobial, moisturizer)
4tsp bentonite clay (antimicrobial, antifungal, deodorizer, moisture absorbent)
20-25ish drops total essential oil (optional… tea tree is especially antimicrobial but use sparingly 3-6 drops)

Melt your beeswax, shea and coconut oil in a bain-marie made of ceramic (double boiler). When melted, remove from heat. Stir in orange infused oil, clay and essential oils with plastic or wooden spoon. Pour into non-metal mold.

When finding a good scent, it can help to think about top, middle and bottom notes. Because tea tree is a rather overpowering top note I used orange oil as another top note to balance it out, a hint of lavender in the middle (3-4drops), and lots of ylang ylang as a bottom note (12-15+ drops? it was all a blur). It seriously is the best smelling deodorant I have ever worn. Although ylang-y smells great and has nice properties, I am unsure if it is a sustainable crop after a little internet research…. will report back. The flowers are neat tho.

I used jojoba oil infused with orange peels aged 1month but you can use any oil infusion (chammomile next sounds good) or omit.

A word on bentonite clay:
Although it contains aluminum, this form is both naturally occurring and harmless.The controversial artificially produced aluminum compound in commercial deodorant is an entirely different beast. Do not allow the clay to touch metal because it will react with it and change its properties. Bentonite is also breatheable and will no clog your pores. This stuff is amazing actually and has so many uses.

Also… coconut oil melts at 76 degrees so.. even with adding double or triple the amount of beeswax to the recipe be wary of melting in warm weather. I use less wax and a closed pomade type container for summer and a recycled stick container for winter.

Save $$. Save erf. Save boobies (from cancer).

Putting a bow on your oils makes it that much more special.

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