This smooth, brightly floral scented deodorant is just lovely. It melts into the skin quickly and beautifully, leaving you ready to tackle your days stink-free. Because it doesn’t contain any wax it melts to a thin liquid when massaged into the skin, meaning it absorbs almost instantly and won’t gum up your clothes.
The majority of this lovely deodorant is cocoa butter (USA / Canada), unscented unrefined shea butter (USA / Canada), and virgin coconut oil. I like the scent of rose and cocoa, but if you don’t I’d definitely recommend choosing an unscented cocoa butter (USA / Canada) instead of the lovey raw stuff.
White white kaolin clay (USA / Canada), baking soda (USA / Canada), and silky smooth arrowroot starch power the deodorant. The clay and starch help manage moisture while the baking soda (USA / Canada) brings all of its deodorizing goodness to the party.
A hint of rose wax pairs with a drop of rose absolute, citrussy litsea cubeba, and intoxicating neroli for a bright, floral based scent that’s downright lovely, but not at all overpowering.
I no longer recommend putting baking soda on your skin; read this for more information.
Rose & Neroli Vegan Deodorant
1 drop rose absolute
3 drops litsea cubeba essential oil
2 drops 3% neroli essential oil dilution
Combine the cocoa butter (USA / Canada), unrefined shea butter (USA / Canada), coconut oil, sweet almond oil (USA / Canada), and rose wax in a small saucepan or double boiler and melt over medium low heat.
Remove from the heat and stir in the clay, baking soda (USA / Canada), starch, and essential oils. Stir away until the mixture thickens into something like peanut butter. Pack it into a tin or tube, rapping your container sharply on the counter to knock out any air bubbles.
Let the deodorant set up—it’ll likely be a day or two before it reaches full hardness.
I find this deodorant to be reasonably firm at room temperature, so I use the back of my nail to shave off a small sliver of deodorant and massage it in.
Because this deodorant doesn’t contain any way this means it’s not a great option if you live somewhere with average temperatures around 40°C (though I did take it to Costa Rica for a month and it was awesome with temperatures around 32°C). For you lucky folks I’d recommend this recipe 🙂