Baking Soda Free Deodorant Bars with Bentonite Clay

Baking Soda-Free Deodorant Bars

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?

Bentonite Clay!

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 if you’d like a picture tutorial, go check it out and come back 🙂

Baking-Soda Free Deodorant Bars
Baking soda-free, homemade, deodorant bars for those with sensitivities.
Recipe type: Health & Beauty
  1. 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.
  2. Once they've all melted, remove from heat and stir in the remaining ingredients, and mix well.
  3. 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.)



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15 comments on “Baking Soda Free Deodorant Bars with Bentonite Clay

  1. I’m sorry you feel that way! I have to say, that I haven’t experienced the same problem. They often can take a few days to firm up. Try popping the fridge to speed things along. If the consistency doesn’t change, re-melt it and add a tsp more beeswax, and coconut oil to if you want it to be less bentonite. These things are fixable.

  2. Does this recipe work wen using old deodorant bars? Do i need to add more beeswax and does it leave a greasy stain on shirts? Thanks! I am excited to make this tonight!

  3. Hi. Thank you so much for this baking soda free deodorant recipe. I developed rashes and hyper pigmentation from the baking soda deodorant after using it for 2 weeks. I found your recipe and it worked. Although I used double the amount of beeswax to firm it up. I also found out the reason for the rashes on baking soda deodorant is because of the alkaline pH of baking soda. Our skin is usually acidic so I added orange essential oil to my deodorant. It smells great and the rashes healed. The hyper pigmentation also disappeared. The important part is there’s no stink. Thank you. I’m posting the picture of the finished product with credits to you on my Instagram under DameDayne.

  4. I found that a mix of baking soda, peroxide and a bit of original Dawn made into a paste and spread of the arm area ofy shirts removes the stain/oily residue! My pits prefer this recipe and I clean my fingers with a towel after applying then wash them.

  5. Thanks a lot for posting this. I just made mine and will let you know how it turns out. Hopefully I am on to something new and improved. I used tea tree, lavender and vitamin e oil. I used a little more beeswax. I am molding mine in the fridge as I type in a deodorant jar and muffin pan with 1-1/2 molds. I am super excited about this. I am about to do an underarm detox mask so my arm pits can be ready for my natural homemade deodorant in the morning. Wish me luck.

  6. Hi there, just a quick question, if bentonite clay only gets its electric charge property (becomes activated?) shouldn’t the recipe include water? Without water isn’t the clay ‘dead’?

    1. Adding water to the deodorant would cause it to spoil over time. Luckily, sweat is mainly composed of water, and because this is not an antiperspirant, yes, you will still sweat, just hopefully not stink 😉

      1. Hi Carly…I do apologise, because OBVIOUSLY I have missed the words ‘with water’ out! What I meant to ask was, if Bentonite clay is activated (gets its electric charge) in contact with water, shouldn’t the recipe include it? From what I have read the clays need to be mixed with water in order for them to become active. God knows how I didn’t realise what I had wrote!

  7. I recently made this and put it into an old deodorant container. I’m having trouble applying it – It’s so solid that it won’t smooth on to my skin, even when I’m warm? I’ve tried wetting it a little bit to help it spread, but it doesn’t help much. Any suggestions? Thank you!

  8. I followed your bentonite recipe and put it in a deodorant container. I find I still stink but no more rash from baking soda. What would you suggest I try?

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