Bentonite clay deodorants was the first kind I’ve tried making when I started making my own products about 3 years ago.
Bentonite clay has really strong absorbing properties so it’s great for keeping you dry. When in contact with water, its amazing absorption properties are much higher and stronger, so it works well at drawing impurities away from the skin. It also has a high pH (9) which might be effective at killing some odour causing bacteria.
When paired with a good blend of odour-neutralising essential oils like tea tree, geranium and lavender, this becomes a pretty good deodorant!
1 tablespoon mango or shea butter (60%)
1 tablespoon corn starch or arrowroot powder (26%)
1 teaspoon bentonite clay (5%)
half teaspoon coconut oil (8%)
3 drops tea tree, 3 drops lavender, 3 drops geranium essential oils (1% total)
Combine all of the ingredients and place in a container - it's as easy as that!
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Ps. if you’re thinking I’m crazy using metal with bentonite clay, I’ve done some research, and the possible interference of bentonite clay with metal might be possible when water is present, which is not the case here 🙂 I might do a dedicated post all about this amazing clay, as well as how it compares with others: let me know if you’re interested.