Thursday, October 11, 2018

diy mango & bergamot deodorant without baking soda

mango & bergamot deodorant by Stella Crown
Sweating is one of our body’s natural way of ridding toxins. It is good to sweat, but it is also necessary using a deodorant for our armpits 💨👀To be more precise, having an initial cleanse is actually pretty important and then you have to use a deodorant directly. You cannot expect your deodorant to work, if you don’t use soap and water firstly.

I will not be kind in this post. By all means, I find the situation in busses, trains and gyms desperately tragic (as we are only few who care about our personal hygiene). That’s why I decided to write about the necessity of using a deodorant and give you a formula to make it easily and quickly at home.
And the reason I induce you to DIY is because the common deodorants of the market are not always effective and usually contain lots of toxic ingredients. On the other hand, the recipes that I looked over, around the web,  they all contain bicarbonate soda which is irritating to our skin. I highly don’t recommend it as bicarbonate soda is not a component that can be used daily directly on the skin and for long time and unfortunately many people discover this the hard way, as I did a few years ago.

Today's recipe does not provide 24-hour protection nor makes the product antiperspirant. However, it fulfills the requiredents and you can change it to your needs while you can always enrich it with more active ingredients. I could say that the protection it provides lasts for an average of 6 hours; that means you just have to reapply the deodorant, whenever you feel that you don’t like your smell.

We want to sweat, but we don’t like to stink 😷

Mango & Bergamot Deodorant without Baking Soda
recipe for ~50 g | 1.7 oz

6 g | 0.21 oz beeswax
5 g | 0.18 oz cocoa butter
22 g | 0.78 oz mango butter
10 g | 0.35 oz kaolin clay
4 g | 0.14 oz arrowroot powder
1 g | 0.04 oz vitamin E
9 drops bisabolol
25 drops bergamot BIO essential oil
10 drops palmarosa essential oil
8 drops lavender essential oil
  • Before you start making your deodorant, sanitise tools, containers, work surface and definitely wear gloves.
  • Pour in a beaker the beeswax and the cocoa butter and melt with the method of bain marie (hot water bath). Remove the beaker from heat and add the mango butter. Stir thoroughly until the mixture is homogenised. Pour now the kaolin clay, the arrowroot butter while you stir with a coffee mixer. Add the vitamin E, the bisabolol and the essential oils. Stir again thoroughly. Pour the mixture into container and let set.
  • This deodorant remains solid even in the warm summer season, which is very useful for me, living in a country like Greece.

About the ingredients: 

Beeswax has antimicrobial properties and in combination with cocoa butter, they create a protective hydro-lipidic film on the skin, while mango butter is a powerful antioxidant agent that also deeply hydrates the skin.

Kaolin clay has the ability of absorbing moisture and retaining it like a sponge and detoxifies by removing toxins and impurities from the skin while the arrowroot powder is also an absorbent and cleansing agent which leaves the skin clean, soft and silky.
Bisabolol derives from chamomile and we have talked extensively in the past, here. Using bisabolol in our deodorant we get antibacterial and antifungal properties and in combination with vitamin E, we have a product that provides antioxidant and anti-inflammatory action.

Bergamot, palmarosa and lavender are widely considered as antibacterial and antiseptic essential oils.