When I posted my recipe for All-Natural Deodorant with Tea-Tree, some of you told me that because you have sensitivities to baking soda, you aren’t able to use deodorant that contains it, without developing a rash. Well guess what? I WAS LISTENING! Since then, I’ve been experimenting with baking soda-free deodorant, and have come up with a solution just for you: Baking soda free deodorant bars with bentonite clay! I couldn’t discriminate! No-one wants to be stinky, or be stuck using a toxic alternative!
What’s the secret to my success, you might ask?
What the heck is bentonite clay, you might ask?
Bentonite clay, also referred to as Montmorillonite, is a type of healing clay. It is formed from volcanic ash, usually in the presence of water. Healing clay has been used by humans for hundreds, if not thousands, of years for it’s internal and external healing and detoxification properties.
What makes this clay truly unique, is it’s ability to produce an electric charge when mixed with water! It’s said, that during this electrical charge, the clay can draw out toxins when applied either on the surface skin or taken orally.
Bentonite clay is usually named after the town where it is found, for example, the bentonite clay that I use is called Redmond Clay, named after the small town in Utah.
Here’s a few (of the many) uses for Bentonite Clay
- Externally, it can be used to treat burns and wounds, bee sings, acne and insect bites, making it the perfect ingredient to have on hand this summer!
- This clay is ideal for face masks because of the detoxing affect it has on the skin. It can remove excess oils and toxins, shrink your pores, tone and deep clean.
- Taken orally, it can help aid in detoxification, and help to combat upset stomachs, vomiting and diarrhea.
- Taken orally, it can also provide minerals for your body.
- You can enjoy a detox bath, by adding a 1/4 of bentonite clay.
- Soothe diaper rash, by making a mask for your baby’s but
- Add it to homemade deodorant in place of baking soda for those with sensitivities!
I’d heard about using bentonite clay in baking soda-free deodorant before, so I decided to put it the test. Using my original deodorant recipe as a guide, I was able to incorporate bentonite clay in place of baking soda, and guess what?! It works! I really love the result and would gladly use it in place of my current, homemade deodorant.
The process is the same as this original recipe, so it you’d like a picture tutorial, go check it out and come back
- Melt the coconut oil, shea butter and bee's wax in a glass jar. To do this, sit the jar in a pan of simmering water--this will create a double-boiler affect. I use the same jar everytime I make deodorant because it's very hard to clean the jar after this process.
- Once they've all melted, remove from heat and stir in the remaining ingredients, and mix well.
- Pour into silicone, muffin molds, and let set for 24 hours. To speed up this process, you can pop the molds into the fridge. (This is how you get Deo-bars, but you can also pour the mixture into an old deodorant container for easier application.)