How to Make Deodorant Out of Bentonite Clay
Bentonite clay has a lot of uses around the homestead, from controlling pests to providing nutrients to the soil in your garden. You can also use it to ease the symptoms of skin ailments, as a source of minerals that the body needs as well as as an antacid. Bentonite clay is also a very excellent and effective base for homemade deodorant recipes. Take a look at the example below, and see how you can make your own deodorant using this fantastic natural resource.
2 tablespoons of bentonite clay
6 tablespoons of corn starch
1 cup of coconut oil
20-40 drops of your favorite essential oils
2 empty plastic deodorant containers
The first step is to decide what essential oils you want to use for your deodorant. Keep in mind that these not only produce the aroma that you are looking for, but they also have their own unique medicinal properties as well. The amount of oil you use will depend on which one it is as well as the desired potency that you are looking for.
The next step is to prepare the empty deodorant canisters by cleaning and rinsing them out with soapy water and a toothbrush. You may also want to rinse it with some vinegar or baking soda and water in order to eliminate the remaining fragrance left over from the original product. Turn the containers upside down and let them dry while you prepare the batch of deodorant.
Mixing the Ingredients
You want to melt the coconut oil so that it becomes a liquid. The best way to do this is by placing it in a double boiler or using a toaster oven. You can also microwave the oil, but you run the risk of cooking it instead of allowing it to melt. Microwaving may also kill off some of the nutrients that are found in the oil, whereas standard heating will generally keep the quality of the product intact. Remember that the aim is to melt the oil, not to cook it. Use the lowest possible heat setting and be patient as the coconut oil liquefies in order to prevent it from boiling or scorching.
Once the oil has turned into liquid, pour it into a bowl. Slowly stir in the clay and corn starch, and keep stirring until the mixture reaches a uniform consistency. If you pour everything in at once, you run the risk of having lumps form, just like when making gravy. This can interfere with the quality of the finished product as parts of the deodorant will have greater concentrations of starch and clay than others. Add the essential oils into the mixture and stir to blend them together as well.
Forming the Deodorant
Carefully pour the liquid into each deodorant container until it nearly reaches the top. Do not put the covers on just yet. Place the containers in the refrigerator and secure them so they don’t tip over and cause the liquid to spill out. Let them rest in the refrigerator for at least four hours or until the liquid solidifies and retains its shape. You can also let the containers rest overnight to ensure that the material has solidified all the way through.
Once finished, remove from the refrigerator and allow the deodorant to slowly warm to room temperature. Place the lids on the containers and store them in a cool, dry place until you’re ready to use them. Try this recipe out for yourself, and see how bentonite clay can help to soothe skin and produce a long-lasting deodorant compared to many other homemade options.