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.
For this recipe, I omitted both baking soda and coconut oil so it won’t irritate sensitive skin. I also used a fun new unisex scent combo that not only smells great, but also helps to fight odors. The addition of aloe vera oil also makes a soothing addition. It is naturally antibacterial like coconut oil and helps to promote skin health.
Additionally, neem oil and palmarosa essential oil also help to naturally fight odor causing bacteria while lime essential oil is used for it’s fresh, purifying scent! This natural deodorant recipe is also vegan.
Palmarosa + Lime Natural Deodorant Recipe
7 oz. arrowroot powder
3 oz. magnesium hydroxide
1 oz. bentonite clay
3 oz. refined + deodorized cocoa butter
.5 oz. neem oil
.25 oz. refined shea butter
1.65 oz. aloe vera oil
1/4 teaspoon candelilla wax
.1 oz. lime essential oil
.05 oz. palmarosa essential oil
You’ll need a digital scale to weigh all of the ingredients for my natural deodorant recipe, except for the candelilla wax. You will need a measuring spoon to measure out the wax.
To make my palmarosa + lime natural deodorant recipe, begin by weighing out the shea butter and cocoa butter into a glass Pyrex measuring cup. Measure out the candelilla wax and add it to your container. Melt these ingredients either in the microwave at 40-50% power – higher temps can cause your butters to become grainy – or in a double boiler.
Once melted, 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 aloe vera oil. (You do need aloe vera OIL not aloe vera gel. They are not the same thing.) Stir these oils into the melted butters and wax. If needed, you can gently heat the deodorant mixture again then mix well to combine. (Yes, neem oil is stinky! But I promise you won’t smell it at all in the final product!)
Allow the mixture to cool slightly then weigh out the essential oils and stir into the liquid ingredients.
Now weigh out the dry ingredients for this natural deodorant recipe – the arrowroot powder, bentonite clay, and magnesium hydroxide. Combine in a glass container and mix well with a non-metal utensil until the dry ingredients are thoroughly combined.
Slowly pour the dry the ingredients into the liquid ingredients mixing as you go. Stir until both are thoroughly combined with one another. completely into one another.
Now carefully pour – or spoon depending on the thickness of the deodorant – into your containers. Tap your deodorant tubes to release any air bubbles once filled, then top with additional product if needed.
My palmarosa + lime natural deodorant recipe will yield five 2.65 oz. deodorant tubes. I used silver deodorant tubes with domed caps as well as white deodorant tubes with flat caps from SKS Bottle & Packaging for this project.
Allow your deodorants to fully set up – 24 to 48 hours – then they’re ready for use!
Simply label your natural deodorants as desired for personal use. Alternately, if you are making these to sell, be sure to label your containers 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.
Prefer to make a cream deodorant in jars? You can find my Natural Lavender Cream Deodorant Recipe with Bentonite Clay here. Alternately if you don’t want to make your own natural deodorant you can shop from among some great sellers on Etsy here.
If you’re looking for more natural homemade beauty and skin care recipes, you may also want to check out the book, All Natural Beauty: Organic & Homemade Beauty Products! Written by Karin Berndl and Nici Hofer, this book contains over 40 natural homemade beauty recipes and products to make at home! All of the traditional homemade beauty recipes in this book are free of things like paraffins, synthetic colors, and Triclosan – and they can be made at a fraction of the cost of store-bought products.
Some of the homemade beauty and skin care recipes found within All Natural Beauty include a nourishing lip balm recipe to soften lips, a chickpea and turmeric face mask recipe for glowing skin, a varicose vein body butter recipe as well as natural shampoo, make-up remover, and toner recipes and more. Additionally there are also tips on how to package your products so you can gift the homemade beauty products you create. You can learn more or buy this book here.
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