Lavender Bergamot Deodorant Recipe with French Green Clay

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Whether you prefer a stick or a cream deodorant, this versatile lavender bergamot deodorant recipe with French green clay offers some of the best wetness and odor protection yet! And it’s completely 100% natural.

Natural Deodorant Recipe with French Green Clay! Whether you prefer a stick or a cream deodorant, this versatile lavender bergamot deodorant recipe with French green clay offers some of the best wetness and odor protection yet! And it's completely 100% natural. #deodorant #diy #health #wellness #skincare #recipe #natural #beauty #lifestyle

I’ve accumulated quite the stash of lifestyle and beauty tips over the past several decades. Like retinol will clear up your hormonal acne at any age and flossing can not only prevent a receding gum line, but also stop it in its tracks. But I’ve also learned that antiperspirant will, over time, make you both sweat and stink more.

Why Should I Switch to a Natural Deodorant?

Our bodies evolved to sweat. It’s what sets us apart from other mammals. Sweating keeps our bodies from overheating. As a result, we are able to work harder and longer. Antiperspirants run counteractive to this. Aluminum-based ingredients block our sweat glands to prevent this very necessary and vital function. In turn it traps odor causing bacteria from exiting our bodies – odor that the antiperspirant then masks. This can lead to some pretty negative side effects and cause worsening odor over time. (Which is why you now need a clinical strength antiperspirant but didn’t when you were younger.)

When you then also compound this with the other potentially harmful ingredients found in some brands of antiperspirants. These ingredients include triclosan which can disrupt hormones and environmental estrogen like BHT and parabens. And over time it’s possible that these ingredients can lead to health problems.

While there’s no definitive research that can state absolutely that these ingredients – which are used well outside of moderation – do cause health problems as components of antiperspirants, there’s also no research that proves it doesn’t. And as time passes and we learn more about how the products we use can affect our bodies, it may be time to err on the side of caution.

Having personally made the switch from an antiperspirant to using my own homemade deodorant recipe over a year ago, I can say I will never go back. Not only do I stink less now than I did when I used antiperspirants, I also sweat less. And as someone who suffers from fibromyalgia, I also FEEL better the majority of the time.

However, because I am who I am, whenever I run out of my current batch of deodorant I come up with an entirely new recipe. Because, hey. Why not? Life’s short. Mix it up. Yada yada yada. Doesn’t matter. What this means for you, is every few months I throw out a new natural deodorant recipe for you to try. So there you go.

About My Lavender Bergamot Deodorant Recipe

My latest and greatest is a lavender bergamot deodorant recipe. It contains my staple ingredients like arrowroot powder and magnesium hydroxide, but omits coconut oil which has a tendency to clog pores due to its high non-comedogenic rating.

As a twist, I also included French green clay in my lavender bergamot deodorant recipe. And instead of my usual candelilla or carnauba wax, I used beeswax instead. The bonus? This recipe works as a cream deodorant in a jar or as a stick deodorant in a tube.

Why Do You Use French Green Clay?

French green clay, sometimes also called sea clay, is made up of micro molecules that are able to “drink” oils, impurities and even toxic substances from your skin. (Kind of like activated charcoal but without the mess.) Commonly used to fight and prevent acne in addition to routine weekly face masks, this light green clay is naturally rich in minerals and is valued for its toning properties.

Even more interesting is that French green clay obtains its light green color from naturally occurring iron oxide and decomposed plant material – the same life cycle that the earth uses to regenerate herself. In turn, its soft texture and elemental composition lends itself well to a variety of skin care preparations.

While it’s a common misconception that all French green clay comes from France (it does not) I specifically used the French green clay sold by Mountain Rose Herbs. Their untreated French green clay is specifically quarry mined from naturally occurring deposits in France and makes a lovely addition to this natural deodorant recipe.

Natural Deodorant Recipe with French Green Clay! Whether you prefer a stick or a cream deodorant, this versatile lavender bergamot deodorant recipe with French green clay offers some of the best wetness and odor protection yet! And it's completely 100% natural. #deodorant #diy #health #wellness #skincare #recipe #natural #beauty #lifestyle

Lavender Bergamot Deodorant Recipe

© Rebecca Dawn Dillon

Ingredients:

6 oz. arrowroot powder
3 oz. magnesium hydroxide
1 oz. French green clay
2 oz. cocoa butter
2 oz. baobab oil
.5 oz. 100% neem oil
.5 oz. refined shea butter
1/2 teaspoon beeswax pastilles
.1 oz. lavender essential oil
.05 oz. bergamot essential oil

Instructions:

You’ll need a digital scale to weigh all of the ingredients for my lavender bergamot deodorant recipe, except for the beeswax pastilles. You will need a teaspoon measuring spoon to measure out the wax.

To make my lavender bergamot deodorant recipe with French green clay, begin by weighing out the cocoa butter and shea  butter into a large glass Pyrex measuring cup or glass bowl.

Next, measure out a level teaspoon of the beeswax pastilles and add it to your container. Melt these ingredients either in a microwave at 30% power or a double boiler until melted.

Once melted, weigh out the baobab oil and neem oil. Stir these oils into the melted butters and wax. (If needed, you can gently heat the deodorant mixture again then mix well to combine.)

While the lavender bergamot deodorant mixture is still hot, weigh out and stir in the arrowroot powder, French green clay and magnesium hydroxide. Mix well to combine.

Then follow with the essential oils, weighing out the amounts first, then stir them into the deodorant mixture until thoroughly incorporated.

Finally, pour your lavender bergamot deodorant into your desired containers of choice. I used 4 oz. paperboard containers for mine.

These eco-friendly paperboard jars are renewable, recyclable, compostable, and biodegradable. They also have an oil resistant paper barrier so they work well with products such as lip balms, salves, deodorants and even body butters. You can purchase these eco-friendly jars in bulk from SKS Bottle & Packaging here. Another alternative is to pour these into empty deodorant tubes.

Allow your deodorant to cool and solidify, then cap and label as desired for personal use or gifting.

If you’d like to recreate my lavender bergamot deodorant recipe to sell, then you’ll need to follow good manufacturing practices (GMP) when making your product. You’ll find that the book, Good Manufacturing Practices for Soap and Cosmetic Handcrafters by Marie Gale, is a valuable resource if you’re just getting started making your own homemade soaps, skin care products and cosmetics.

In addition to GMP, you’ll also need to follow FDA guidelines for labeling your products. If you’re unsure about the rules and regulations regarding labeling cosmetics, the book, Soap and Cosmetic Labeling: How to Follow the Rules and Regs Explained in Plain English by Marie Gale, spells out everything you need to know to legally label your handcrafted products.

This manuka oil deodorant recipe is a great choice for anyone wanting to switch to a natural, non-irritating deodorant. Made with antifungal and antibacterial manuka essential oil and detoxifying, mineral rich sea clay, this natural manuka oil deodorant fights body odor without synthetic or controversy ingredients and offers a fresh, uni-sex scent perfect for summer.

More Natural Deodorant Recipes

If you enjoyed my lavender bergamot deodorant recipe, then you may also enjoy my other natural deodorant recipes as well.

For even more great bath, body and skin care recipes be sure to check out my boards on Pinterest. You can also follow me via your favorite social media platforms including G+TumblrFacebookTwitterBlog Lovin’, and Instagram. Or subscribe to Soap Deli News via email for future updates, DIY projects and recipes.

This article is not intended to provide diagnosis, treatment or medical advice and is provided for informational purposes only. Information on products mentioned are based on my own personal experience and have not been evaluated by the FDA. Please consult a physician prior to making any changes that may impact your health.

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Natural Deodorant – Making the Switch for your Health

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For those of you who follow my blog regularly, you know that a while back I switched to an all natural deodorant for good. After two months of sticking with it I was 100% convinced of the health benefits. Not only was I able to ditch the negative effects caused by using an aluminum based antiperspirant, but I was also able to increase my magnesium intake through a simple everyday habit – putting on deodorant.

Natural Deodorant Recipe - Making the Switch for Your Health! Learn how to make a natural magnesium cream deodorant recipe that not only fights odor causing bacteria, but is gentle on skin. And it also helps to increase the level of magnesium in your body to help with everyday aches and pains.

In the past I’d tried natural deodorants from commercial companies that just didn’t work for me. I’d also tried making my own deodorant with baking soda. That was quite the fiasco. Not only did it break me out in a painful rash under my arms, but it turned me off from natural deodorant for quite some time. Then one day I read about swapping the baking soda out with magnesium hydroxide. That’s when I fell in love.

My love affair with natural deodorant only grew after that. I started creating new natural deodorant recipes every time I’d run out of the previous batch. I also started experimenting with a variety of ingredients I’d never used in a deodorant prior. You’ll find that all of my new deodorant recipes reflect this change. They also all now contain a combination of clay, arrowroot powder, magnesium hydroxide powder and a combination of plant based waxes, butters and oils. (They’re vegan too!)

If you’re thinking of making the switch, it is important to realize that you will sweat when wearing natural deodorant. It’s definitely not the same as slapping on an antiperspirant. However, your body honestly needs to sweat. The plus side to my natural deodorant recipes however, is that you do stay dry longer than if you were wearing nothing at all. And, well. You won’t stink.

My most recent natural deodorant recipe is for a natural magnesium cream deodorant. I created this natural deodorant recipe specifically for The Nourished Life blog. My natural magnesium cream deodorant recipe not only fights odor causing bacteria, but it’s gentle on skin and helps to increase the level of magnesium in your body to help with everyday aches and pains. (I mean, I kind of feel like we could all use that from time to time, especially as we age.)

My palmarosa + lime natural deodorant recipe with aloe vera oil is probably my favorite DIY deodorant to date. While it's similar to other natural deodorants I've created in the past, I changed a few key components within this new natural deodorant recipe.

So be sure to hop over to The Nourished Life blog here to check out my most recent natural cream deodorant recipe. Then be sure to check out some of my other natural deodorant recipes right here on Soap Deli News blog!

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Natural Lavender Cream Deodorant Recipe with Bentonite Clay

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This lavender cream deodorant recipe with bentonite clay won’t irritate sensitive skin. Plus three other ways to use this product for other skin care needs!

This natural lavender cream deodorant recipe is free of irritating baking soda and contains only natural ingredients like arrowroot powder, magnesium hydroxide and bacteria fighting neem oil. In addition, it can be used for other skin care issues. In addition to using this lavender cream deodorant under your arms to fight odor, also try it on your feet to keep them from sweating and stinking in hot shoes, on your face solo or underneath makeup to keep your face shine free and fight acne, or you can even use it as an acne fighting face mask! How's that for a four-in-one product?

My natural lavender cream deodorant recipe is free of irritating baking soda and contains only natural ingredients like arrowroot powder, magnesium hydroxide and bacteria fighting neem oil. In addition, it can be used for other skin care issues. In addition to using this lavender cream deodorant under your arms to fight odor, also try it on your feet to keep them from sweating and stinking in hot shoes, on your face solo or underneath makeup to keep your face shine free and fight acne, or you can even use it as an acne fighting face mask! How’s that for a four-in-one product?

While my cream deodorant recipe has a light lavender scent, don’t feel boxed by my choice of essential oil. If you don’t like lavender, or if you’re looking for a masculine fragrance, you can substitute the lavender essential oil in my cream deodorant recipe with another essential oil of your choice like cedarwood, fir needle, rosemary or even patchouli! You’ll find my lavender cream deodorant recipe below. (And this one is by far my very favorite deodorant recipe ever!)

This natural lavender cream deodorant recipe is free of irritating baking soda and contains only natural ingredients like arrowroot powder, magnesium hydroxide and bacteria fighting neem oil. In addition, it can be used for other skin care issues. In addition to using this lavender cream deodorant under your arms to fight odor, also try it on your feet to keep them from sweating and stinking in hot shoes, on your face solo or underneath makeup to keep your face shine free and fight acne, or you can even use it as an acne fighting face mask! How's that for a four-in-one product?

Natural Lavender Cream Deodorant Recipe

© Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen

Ingredients:

1 oz. fractionated coconut oil
.5 oz. refined shea butter
.3 oz. neem oil
.05 oz. emulsifying wax
1.75 oz. arrowroot powder
.5 oz. bentonite clay
.5 oz. magnesium hydroxide
3 mL lavender essential oil
1 mL tea tree essential oil

Instructions:

You’ll want to note beforehand that this product, like many all natural products, is very temperature sensitive. It is the consistency of a cream that feels kind of like Play-doh and takes a minimum of 2-3 days to fully set up. It’s best kept in a temperature controlled setting. If you live in a cooler area you may find that my cream deodorant is a little thicker, especially in the winter.  If you live in a warmer area, it may be thinner. In this case, I’d advise adding a small amount more of emulsifying wax or arrowroot powder. If it’s too thick, add a small amount more of fractionated coconut oil.

You’ll need a digital scale to weigh all of the ingredients, except for the essential oils which are measured out using graduated transfer pipettes.

To make my lavender cream deodorant recipe, you’ll begin by weighing out the shea butter and emulsifying wax into a glass Pyrex measuring cup. Melt either in the microwave at 50% power – higher temps can cause your shea butter to become grainy – or in a double boiler.

Now weigh out the neem oil – you’ll need to use 100% neem oil for this recipe, not one that’s been diluted so it stays in a liquid state at lower temperatures – and the fractionated coconut oil. Stir into the melted shea butter and emulsifying wax. If needed, gently heat again then mix well to combine.

Using graduated transfer pipettes, measure out the lavender and tea tree essential oils and stir into the melted ingredients. You’ll want to use a new pipette for each essential oil in order to avoid cross contamination.

Now weigh out the arrowroot powder, bentonite clay, and magnesium hydroxide into a glass container. Mix well with a non-metal utensil until the powders are thoroughly combined.

Slowly pour the powder mixture into the melted wet ingredients mixing as you go until both wet and dry ingredients are mixed completely into one another.

Pour your cream deodorant into a 4 oz. glass salve jar or similar – I used the glass jars from Container and Packaging for this project – and screw on the lid.

This natural lavender cream deodorant recipe is free of irritating baking soda and contains only natural ingredients like arrowroot powder, magnesium hydroxide and bacteria fighting neem oil. In addition, it can be used for other skin care issues. In addition to using this lavender cream deodorant under your arms to fight odor, also try it on your feet to keep them from sweating and stinking in hot shoes, on your face solo or underneath makeup to keep your face shine free and fight acne, or you can even use it as an acne fighting face mask! How's that for a four-in-one product?

Allow your cream deodorant to thicken and set up fully. In most cases this will take about two days. However, in warmer climates it can take three. Mix once or twice a day until it fully sets up. The final deodorant will feel pillowy when you touch it and if you were to scoop all of it out of the jar, it would feel a lot like Play-doh, except it starts to thin out to a lotion like consistency when handled due to your body temperature.

I have not found that the refrigerator speeds up the process as the deodorant will go back to it’s previous state once it goes back to room temperature. You’ll want to keep the extra heat from where you melted the shea butter and emulsifying wax to help the arrowroot powder work as a thickener. Should you use an unrefined shea butter or find that after two days your deodorant hasn’t fully thickened, simply stir in two teaspoons of arrowroot powder.

Once your lavender cream deodorant is ready, simply scoop out a small amount and rub onto your armpits. It should melt nicely into your skin and won’t leave your skin feeling sticky or greasy. Yay!

To use on your feet, simply massage a small amount onto the bottoms your feet – and your toenails if they’re prone to fungus – prior to applying socks and/or shoes.

To mattify your face, keep your complexion shine free and to help prevent acne breakouts, massage a tiny pea sized amount of deodorant onto your face after your moisturizer and under makeup. Concentrate the deodorant cream in areas that are most prone to oil. For me, that’s my T-zone.

Or, to use as a face mask, scoop out a generous amount of deodorant and apply to clean skin in the same way you would a regular clay mask. Once dry, gently rinse off then follow with your favorite toner and moisturizer.

My natural lavender deodorant cream recipe makes enough deodorant to fill one 4 oz. jar. For best results, use within six months. If you are shipping your product and it melts, simply stir then pop it in the refrigerator until it thickens back up. Stir again and use as normal.

If you are making my lavender cream deodorant to sell, you’ll need to label your jar(s) appropriately to meet state and federal laws. If you’re unsure about the rules and regulations regarding labeling cosmetics, I highly recommend the book, Soap and Cosmetic Labeling: How to Follow the Rules and Regs Explained in Plain English, by Marie Gale. You may also want to consider a natural preservative.

Don’t have time to make your own cream deodorant? Try one of these baking soda free cream deodorants from one of these amazing sellers on Etsy.

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