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Even though I love the convenience of store-bought deodorants, the fuss about their safety has left a lingering question in my mind. Should I continue using them or switch to a more natural alternative? To test their efficiency, I decided to try my hand at making natural homemade deodorant complete with sweet orange and melissa essential oil. The result is a refreshing deodorant with a lasting freshness that you’ll love! I promise.
Table of Contents
- Are DIY Deodorants Worth the Effort
- How Does Sweet Orange Kaolin Deodorant Work
- Switching to Natural Deodorant? What to Expect
- DIY Refreshing Sweet Orange Kaolin Deodorant Recipe
- Shelf Life and Storage
Are DIY Deodorants Worth the Effort
Making your own deodorant might seem like a time-consuming process, and you might ask yourself, “Do I really want to go through all that trouble? Are the DIY deodorants even worth it?” Even though there is no one-size-fits-all answer when it comes to natural deodorants, my experience tells me that the benefits are undeniable.
First and foremost, you can control the ingredients and reduce your exposure to synthetic ingredients. Secondly, your deodorant is more eco-friendly. Last, of all, you’ll smell great, plus the process is fun and rewarding!
How Does Sweet Orange Kaolin Deodorant Work
If you are ready to ditch your conventional deodorant in favour of a natural alternative, you are probably wondering how it works. When we sweat, our armpits become moist and warm, creating an ideal environment for bacteria responsible for producing compounds that contribute to body odour. To soothe the skin, minimise odour and keep armpits smelling fresh, I have incorporated:
- Beeswax to add a frame to the formula.
- Cocoa butter keeps the skin soft, smooth and moisturised.
- Shea butter with antibacterial effects to regulate bacteria.
- Arrowroot to help absorb excess moisture.
- Kaolin clay will not only help to keep your armpits dry. It also draws out oil, lifts impurities from the skin, and helps preserve deodorant.
- Sweet orange, melissa and Amyris sandalwood essential oils smell great and deodorise.
Switching to Natural Deodorant? What to Expect
Now that you are familiar with how sweet orange deodorant works and perhaps even ready to switch, here’s are a few points to keep in mind:
- Natural deodorants don’t stop you from sweating. They simply help to minimise the odour we associate with sweating.
- Natural deodorants don’t last 24 hours. You may need to reapply them during the day, especially if you work out during the day or just sweat a lot.
- You might need to try a few deodorants before finding one that works for you.
- Switching to natural deodorant may help you combat deodorant rash, often caused by synthetic ingredients used in artificial fragrances.
- It may take a few weeks for your body to get used to natural deodorants.
Now that you are familiar with how natural deodorants work, what to expect, and are willing to give them a go, you’ll find the recipe below.
DIY Refreshing Sweet Orange Kaolin Deodorant Recipe
DIY Refreshing Sweet Orange Kaolin Deodorant RecipeDifficulty: Beginner Formulator
Ditch your conventional deodorant in favour of a more natural refreshing sweet orange kaolin deodorant with a lasting freshness that you’ll love!
- Phase A
60.07g refined cocoa butter
15.00g shea butter
- Phase B
4.00g kaolin clay
4.00g arrowroot powder
- Phase C
1.00g vitamin E
- Bring 2-3 cm of water to a simmer over low heat in a small saucepan.
- Weigh beeswax, cocoa butter, shea butter, annatto seeds infused sunflower oil, and vanilla-infused peach kernel oil (phase A ingredients) into a heat-resistant beaker and place it in the hot water bath.
- Allow all ingredients to melt through. Once liquefied, remove the beaker from the hot water bath, and dry it off.
- Let the mixture cool down while stirring continually to avoid graininess.
- Once the mixture starts thickening, gradually add kaolin clay and arrowroot powder breaking any clumps up to achieve a smooth consistency.
- Blend in vitamin E and essential oils.
- Now pour the mix into a deodorant mould of your choice, tapping the bottom to release any air bubbles.
- Let deodorant set for 12hrs at least, preferably overnight, allowing it to firm up nicely. Apply to clean, dry underarms in 2-3 upward and downward sweeps.
- As always, carry out a skin patch test first before incorporating homemade deodorant into your skincare regimen. Although it may be well-tolerated by most, some people may be sensitive or even allergic to the ingredients included in it. Apply a small amount of the product onto a clear patch of skin, somewhere you can leave it alone for 24-48 hours (like the inner wrist). If your skin turns red, itchy, or you experience any irritations, discontinue using the product.
Shelf Life and Storage
Deodorants are anhydrous products that will keep well for six to twelve months if stored well. Keep them away from direct sunlight in a dry, cool room or a draw. If your deodorant change colour, smell or texture, dispose of it and prepare a new batch.
Please remember that swapping the ingredients in the formula will alter the final product. Consider how the ingredient you switch will affect the final product’s texture and smell when making changes.
Beeswax: You can replace beeswax with candelilla or carnauba wax if you prefer working with vegan ingredients.
Butter: There is numerous butter on the market you can choose from. You can swap cocoa butter with murumuru butter if you like and shea with mango butter or other soft butter.
Infused vanilla peach kernel oil adds depth to the formula. You can replace it with vanilla oleoresin and peach kernel oil or skip it altogether and use peach kernel or other lightweight oil instead.
Annatto seeds infused oil adds an orange shade to the deodorant. But you can replace it with other plant oils like sweet almond oil, sunflower, safflower oil or argan oil if you are not bothered about colour that much.
Kaolin clay is one of the most popular clays in cosmetic products as it is well tolerated by all skin types. You can substitute it with Brazilian clay, which comes in a variety of shades.
Arrowroot powder: lightweight and nourishing, arrowroot adds a silky feel to the deodorant and helps to absorb sweat from the skin. You can replace it with talc or cornstarch.
Essential oils: Before swapping essential oils, be aware some can cause sensitisation. You can learn more about the safe use of fragrance ingredients by visiting https://ifrafragrance.org.
Deodorant vs Antiperspirant: What’s the difference?
Although the terms deodorant and antiperspirant are often used interchangeably, there is a world of difference between the two. While antiperspirants aim to prevent sweating by temporarily clogging sweat glands, deodorants, on the other hand, help minimise the odour and keep your armpits smelling fresh by using odour-neutralising ingredients like essential oil and botanicals.
What does kaolin clay do in deodorant?
Kaolin clay is often used in natural deodorants because it absorbs moisture, keeping your armpits dry. In addition, it also draws out oil, lifts impurities from the skin, and helps preserve deodorant.
Are you looking for more ways to add sweet orange to your skincare? Check out the recipes below!