Natural stick deodorant

This was my first deodorant made by myself. I can call it a successful experience that will be for sure repeated.
Long time ago when deo sticks didn't exist and soap and water was the only solution, I have learned about sodium bicarbonate as an option. Using just sodium bicarbonate helped keeping me fresh on hot days but wearing it was a mess for the clothes and not at all comfortable due to its grainy structure. When creamy deo sticks made their way to the marked, sodium bicarbonate was way obsolete. But later, when deo sticks revealed all their side effects due to all chemicals used, a question mark was raised.
As always... when you have to do a step backward to keep your health in good shape, you go back to basics. Sodium bicarbonate has proved its qualities but, to overpass its down sides, a combination with other natural ingredients could have been the solution. I then decided to go this way. Creamy from the butters, solid from the bee wax, scented from the essential oils. That's my combination for a perfect deo stick.
I used it now for some months already and I am very happy with the results.
There is however something that I would change next time and that is related to consistency. I would put half of the bee wax quantity as I find the texture a bit too solid. Other than this, I wouldn't change anything to this recipe.
If you want to be purist, you can even keep the alum powder out. I had some and I wanted to use it, otherwise it won't make any big difference.

  • 50g bee wax (for a soft creamy texture, use only half of this quantity)
  • 50g cocoa butter
  • 50g shea butter
  • 2 teaspoons bentonite clay
  • 1 teaspoon vitamin E
  • 17g alum powder (optional)
  • 15 drops tea tree essential oil
  • 15 drops lavender essential oil
  • 15g sodium bicarbonate

  1. Melt the bee wax and the butters together and mix.
  2. Add essential oil and vitamin E and mix.
  3. Add bentonite clay and sodium bicarbonate and mix. You'll have to be quick because if the composition gets cooled it solidifies.
  4. Pour the composition into special deo stick containers. Mine are filled in upside down, check the instructions of yours.
  5. Let them cool and that's it. They'll keep you for a long time so there is no need to repeat this process so often.


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