Solid, natural deodorant bars offer an eco-friendly, gentle way to keep you smelling fresh. But what goes into making them? Of course, they’re full of fresh ingredients, but do you know how they turn everyday ingredients into bars of deodorising goodness? You deo now!
How it’s Made: Aromaco
Aromaco solid deodorant is a packaging-free alternative to roll on deodorant. But did you know it is made using the hot pour technique just like Lush soaps? You do now.
First, super-absorbent and antibacterial sodium bicarbonate is mixed with hot water and propylene glycol - this gives it a silky texture and helps to deliver ingredients to the skin. When this is all blended together sodium stearate is added to help set the soap after it has cooled. While it does, witch hazel is poured into the mixture for its drying, cooling effects on skin.
Now it’s time to add antibacterial chamomile vinegar. This creates a mild reaction in the mixture because the alkali nature of the sodium bicarbonate balances the acidic vinegar to create a product the works in balance with your body’s natural functions while gently controlling bacteria growth.
Finally, the patchouli fragrance is added while the mixture is still warm. It is then poured through muslin into moulds to set.
How It’s Made: T’eo
Making T’eo solid deodorant bar is no easy feat, and it can take up to eight people to make a 100 kg batch.\
First, a fragrance made up of deodorising tea tree, lemon, juniperberry and lemongrass oils is mixed with moisturising apricot kernel oil and freshly blended green grapes. This is then poured into a blender with the rest of the ingredients, including super-absorbent magnesium carbonate. Once this process is complete the clock is on and Compounders (the experts who make the products) have to quickly prepare the moulds with decorative cornflower petals and pour and press the mixture into them so they can set.
This is a job for the whole team - and the entire powders department is called onto the floor to individually hand press each deodorant bar. It is a race against the clock - they have two hours before the mixture dries.
The fresh T’eo deodorant bars are then left overnight in their moulds to set, before they are hand dipped in blue wax on one side to make them easier to grip and use.
Within 3 hours the new T’eo deodorant bars are ready to be packed, shipped and deodorise pits all over the world.