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I am using a jasmine green tea, because I love jasmine....
In a heat-proof bowl over a pan of simmering water, melt the coconut oil and beeswax. I literally chopped up a beeswax candle for this. Use what you have!
Once the coconut oil has started melting, add the tea.
Steep the tea in the oils over medium-low heat until it becomes fragrant. This will take several hours.....
Keep an eye on the water level in your pot! You do not want the pot to boil dry.
While we are waiting.... Green tea has long been known to be anti-bacterial; studies have shown it's efficacy as a mouthwash. It is also believed to be very good for the skin when used topically.
Tea tree oil is both anti-microbial and antiseptic, so it inhibits the stink-making stuff in your armpits.
Baking soda and arrowroot (you can substitute cornstarch if you have no access to arrowroot) are really good at absorbing both dampness and smell, making this a very effective deodorant!
Strain the oils into another heat-proof bowl, keeping it over the hot water. Use the back of a spoon to squeeze as much of the oil out of the tea leaves as possible.
Add the tea tree oil, baking soda and arrowroot. Stir until there are no lumps and you are left with a smooth paste.
See? Smooth paste!
Get ready to fill your empty deodorant stick. I've got mine on a paper towel on a plate because it can get messy.
Pour the paste into the stick, using a spoon as necessary to scrape the bowl. You can also pour it into a small jar or tin and use your fingers to apply.
If you've never used a natural deodorant before, you may go through an adjustment phase where you can smell... Odd. I smelled like rice for two weeks. But it's worth it, believe me! Enjoy!