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For this first attempt at an all natural deodorant, I mimicked making lotion bars.
Step One: Measure out Beeswax and Olive Oil. In this recipe, I did 1:1 Beeswax: Olive Oil. Melt the mixture in the microwave. It took approximately 4 minutes to melt the beeswax thoroughly.
Step Two: Add the Powders. I added approximately 2 teaspoons of Tapioca Starch Powder and 1 teaspoon of Sodium Bicarbonate to 3 oz. of melted wax and oil. The powders mixed in easily with a chopstick.
I wasn’t sure what consistency this pseudo-deodorant would be. I decided to be safe and use a mold, rather than a traditional deodorant push tube. A push tube won’t easily push when the product is mush. This project was an experiment so spending $1.50 on a push tube seemed frivolous. This frugality ends up being a bad choice.
To balance out single cavity molds that are prone to tipping, you can balance them in a spare mug, vase (the square one in the photo is particularly handy) or just shove them in a bowl full of rice.
I added the Ylang Ylang and Frankincense at the last possible second to ensure minimal heat degradation of the essential oils. I used a 1% Ylang Ylang and 1% Frankincense. It smells strong. It’s not entirely horrible but also not as pleasant or alluring as I envisioned.
I did not fill the entire mold up. Sometimes, too-full molds can be difficult to release. The final product appears a milky smooth balm. It feels soft and squishy.
Check back tomorrow for a report on unmolding and the first week of use.