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.

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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 both the arrowroot powder, French green clay and magnesium hydroxide. Mix well with 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.

Natural Handmade Under Eye Anti-Wrinkle Cream

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Natural Handmade Anti-Wrinkle Under Eye Cream

It’s finally here! My new and all natural anti-wrinkle cream. This product is carefully crafted for those of us who are “maturing” in body but not in mind in order to help minimize the natural effects of aging and improve the overall condition of sensitive under eye skin so we look the way we feel! Based on my own under eye skin issues of occasional dry patches, puffiness, thinning skin and wrinkles that are starting to become visible in my late thirties, I formulated this natural under eye anti-aging cream with a combination of rich, skin conditioning oils and botanicals known for their anti-aging, anti-inflammatory, moisturizing and rejuvenating properties.

My handmade under eye cream also contains 100% pure rosewood essential oil which has been documented to aid in a multitude of skin conditions including eczema, psoriasis, acne, dry and oily skin, elasticity, and wrinkles. It also contains high percentages of olive squalane – commonly referred to as a “Face Lift in a Bottle” – botanical extracts of calendula, marshmallow, aloe, horsetail and irish moss, kokum butter, shea butter, cocoa butter, hemp seed oil, evening primrose oil, argan oil, camelina oil, jojoba oil, fractionated coconut oil, grape seed oil and vitamin E oil.

There are no preservatives, no parabens, no artificial fragrances and no artificial colors. It is suitable for all skin types, even those with sensitive skin. And my Vitamin E oil is even sourced from certified GMO free sources.

You can purchase this product now from Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen.

Homemade Natural Rhassoul Clay Mask Recipe

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Home Spa DIY - Natural Rhassoul Red Clay Face Mask Recipe - Perfect Homemade Beauty Gift for Mother's Day, Bridesmaids Gifts, or Stocking Stuffers - Free Printable Labels for Gifting

I created this natural Rhassoul clay mask recipe especially for those with maturing, dry and even sensitive skin. I use red Rhassoul clay as it’s suitable for all skin types. Mineral rich, cleansing and detoxifying, Rhassoul clay helps to rebalance dry flaky or mature skin, improve texture and elasticity and can help those suffering from eczema or psoriasis. It can also help to reduce those under eye bags. I combined the clay with botanical ingredients and natural essential oils as well as soothing colloidal oatmeal for the perfect mask for just about everyone.

Home Spa DIY - Natural Rhassoul Red Clay Face Mask Recipe - Perfect Homemade Gift for Mother's Day, Bridesmaids Gifts, or Stocking Stuffers

Natural Rhassoul Red Clay Mask Recipe

© Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen

Ingredients:

2 oz. red rhassoul clay
1 Tablespoon lavender blossoms
1 Tablespoon chamomile flowers
1 Tablespoon calendula petals
1 Tablespoon colloidal oatmeal
12 drops bergamot essential oil
12 drops lavender essential oil
12 drops frankincense essential oil

Directions:

Using a digital kitchen scale, weigh out 2 oz. of clay into a container. Then measure out 1 Tablespoon each of the lavender, chamomile and calendula flowers and place into a food processor or coffee grinder. Grind into a powder and add to the clay. Measure out the colloidal oatmeal and add to the clay as well. Using a dropper or pipette, add twenty drops each of the bergamot, lavender and frankincense essential oils. Mix well with a fork, then place into an air tight container.

Home Spa DIY - Natural Rhassoul Red Clay Face Mask Recipe - Perfect Homemade Gift for Mother's Day, Bridesmaids Gifts, or Stocking Stuffers

To use, simply mix two Tablespoons of clay with one Tablespoon of water, milk, green tea or aloe vera juice. Apply to face and allow to sit for 10 to 15 minutes. Finally using a damp washcloth gently remove the mask and pat dry.

Home Spa DIY - Natural Rhassoul Red Clay Face Mask Recipe - Perfect Homemade Gift for Mother's Day, Bridesmaids Gifts, or Stocking Stuffers

To gift, simply print out the recipe and labels here and apply to your containers of choice. I bought these fun little jars from JoAnn Crafts for a dollar each. I think they would be perfect inside of a gift basket as a Mother’s Day gift with other natural homemade bath and beauty products. Or tuck them inside your beauty conscious girl’s stocking as a Christmas gift. Alternately, they’d also be perfect tucked into a spa gift basket as bridesmaids gifts.

Looking for more printable diy projects? You can find them here on Soap Deli News blog. Also be sure to follow me on Pinterest for more great bath & beauty recipes and diy craft projects.

50 DIY Lavender Bath and Body Recipes

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Love lavender? It won’t be long until lavender is in bloom! Whether you grow your own lavender or purchase it, here are some great ideas for DIY lavender bath and body projects you can use lavender buds and organic lavender essential oil for!
50 DIY Lavender Bath and Body Recipes
Photo Credit: Image from © Lime Lane Photography
Need to purchase lavender? I highly recommend buying bulk lavender buds and organic lavender essential oil from Mountain Rose Herbs.

Natural Mosquito Repellent Recipes and Other Ways to Deter Biting Insects

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I was outside listening to my boyfriend play the guitar on Sunday and kept getting bitten. It was enough remind me that it’s mosquito season even though I’m not outdoors that often anymore. So I thought it fitting to share a natural bug repellent recipe that I found on Wellness Mama blog.
End of Time Bugspray, $6 from Good 4 You
There are a handful of widely recognized essential oils that possess properties that naturally repel biting insects. These oils include: cedarwood, lavender, lemon, patchouli, neem, peppermint, rosemary, basil, thyme, citronella, lemongrass, pennyroyal, tea tree oil, geranium, catnip, and eucalyptus. While the recipe from Wellness Mama doesn’t include all of these ingredients, you can use any combination of essential oils you like based on availability or scent preference. Her bug spray calls for including an essential oil blend, boiled water, and witch hazel though you can also make a repellent using an essential oil blend and a carrier oil such as olive oil, sweet almond oil, jojoba oil or even rice bran oil which I like because it’s light but effective.
 
Wellness Mama Essential Oil Bug Spray
Ingredients:
  • Essential oils: choose from Citronella, Clove, Lemongrass, Rosemary, Tea Tree, Cajeput, Eucalyptus, Cedar, Catnip, Lavender, Mint  (Natural, organic essential oils available from Mountain Rose Herbs.)
  • Natural Witch Hazel
  • Distilled or boiled Water
  • Vegetable glycerin (optional)
Instructions:
  1. Fill spray bottle (I used 8 ounce) 1/2 full with distilled or boiled water
  2. Add witch hazel to fill almost to the top
  3. Add 1/2 tsp vegetable glycerin if using
  4. Add 30-50 drops of essential oils to desired scent. The more oils you use, the stronger the spray will be. My personal favorite mix is: Rosemary, Clove, Cajeput, Lavender, Cinnamon and Eucalyptus… it works great and smells good too!
Be sure to visit Wellness Mama for other terrific recipe ideas including how to make bug repellent from fresh or dried herbs, a super strong insect repelling recipe, and other simple insect repelling ideas. There’s also an article for making your own natural homemade sunscreen!
Natural Patchouli Soap, $5 from Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen
If you’re not a fan of spray on insect repellents, you may want to try a handmade soap that contains essential oils known for repelling biting insects. While soap is a wash off product, my brother always takes a bar of my Lemon Mint Soap with him camping as it contains lemongrass and peppermint and claims it works great for keeping biting insects at bay. (You can buy natural essential oils from Mountain Rose Herbs.) You can also find a simple handmilled soap recipe for Bug Away Handmilled Soap on Soap Deli News if you prefer to make your own.
No More Bugz Organic Insect Repelling Balm – Travel Size, $3.95 from Green Girls Market
If you plan to be outdoors on a patio or garden area often, there are plants you can grow that naturally repel insects as well. These cultivated plants include: citronella grass, catnip, rosemary, peppermint, marigolds, lemon balm, garlic clove, eucalyptus, tea tree and lavender. Naturally having an herb garden that contains these plants by your favorite outdoor spot will mean fewer biting insects.
 
If you’re looking to harvest wild plant varieties, you can rub vanilla leaf on your skin to deter mosquitoes. This also works with mugwort, sagebrush, wormwood, wild bergamot, sweetfern and pineapple weed. Note that the applications will only last up to one to hours and will then need to be reapplied. Looking to buy natural, organic essential oils for your own bug repellant? Be sure to check out the quality selection of organic essential oils from Mountain Rose Herbs.

What’s your favorite way to repel biting insects and mosquitoes?