Homemade Rosemary and Eucalyptus Deodorant
Deodorants or antiperspirants are one of the essential hygiene products we all need. Most of us have tried several different brands in a bid to find the ideal one that ticks all of our boxes. Am I right?
When we do find that ultimate product we tend to stick to it like glue. At the end of the day, who wants to smell of body odor or have wet perspiration stains on their shirt at the office or in that board meeting?
Deodorants are primarily used for odor control and not for eliminating sweat. Our body odor is caused from the bacterial breakdown of sweat. The ingredients in deodorants are designed to either eliminate or mask the smell caused by the bacteria.
Antiperspirants are designed to prevent our body producing sweat by blocking it and stopping it reach the skin surface. The main active ingredient that has caused increased alarm bells to ring out across the world is aluminium.
This is designed to block the pores so sweat cannot pass through. A much discussed, debated and controversial ingredient, aluminium is in many antiperspirant brands and when mixed with sweat a yellow staining on our clothing is the end result.
For me, I want a totally natural product with a handful of easily recognizable ingredients (not a list of 20+, most of which I have never heard of) that are effective without causing any harmful side effects.
I also favor real fragrances and definitely not synthetic copies and I certainly want to avoid toxins and chemicals. I also want products that do not cost the earth. Sound impossible?
Welcome to my world of homemade beauty, hygiene and fragrance products!
An all round marvel for the skin, its antibacterial and skin softening properties make it an excellent deodorant ingredient fighting off odor and keeping our skin supple and nourished.
The main reason for using beeswax is to give the deodorant substance and be solid. Beeswax may also be useful for helping perspiration problems.
A natural skin softener this also has healing properties so is useful for any shaving bumps or skin tags as a result from shaving.
This will add dryness protection to your deodorant and dries up the nasty perspiration before it hits your clothing where it often leaves unwanted stains. Whilst the clay is effective, it will not work to the same extent that an antiperspirant will which is a very different product and contains a big problem ingredient, aluminium which is harmful and should be avoided! Clay is a beneficial ingredient in many DIY beauty products so will not go to waste once bought. To read all about what clay is used and the different ones available, check out Mountain Rose Herbs for great information on their 5 quality clays available to buy.
Essential Oil Ingredients
A great essential oil perfect for deodorants as it is has antibacterial, antiseptic, antioxidant and astringent properties. Some other great reasons to have it in your cupboard are it helps dandruff, coughs, colds, diarrhea, fluid retention, migraine, muscle aches and pains, sinus problems and is a natural insect repellent. This makes a perfect ingredient to have in a massage oil or lotion.
Blends well with: Basil, Bergamot, Black Pepper, Cedarwood, Cinnamon, Citronella, Eucalyptus, Frankincense, Geranium, Grapefruit, Lavender, Lemon, Mandarin, Marjoram, Niaouli, Oregano, Peppermint, Pine, Ravensara, Tea Tree and Thyme.
This oil has many different properties and makes an excellent addition to a deodorant. In this case it is the antibacterial, antifungal, antiseptic and healing qualities that make it so beneficial to include. Eucalyptus is powerful for treating blisters, burns, chills, colds, coughs, insect bites, skin infections, headaches, fever, and throat infections and for muscular pains. As with rosemary an excellent oil to incorporate into massage oil.
Blends well with: Cedarwood, Chamomile, Cypress, Geranium, Ginger, Grapefruit, Juniper, Lavender, Lemon, Marjoram, Peppermint, Pine, Rosemary, Thyme.
If you wish to substitute the oils or add in a few extra just make sure your total essential oils added are 20 – 25 drops. For example tea tree, lavender, frankincense, bergamot, lemon, ylang ylang or orange are all good additions or alternatives for deodorant or check the lists with rosemary and eucalyptus for alternatives.
- 4 tbsp Coconut Oil
- 1-11/2 tbsp Grated Beeswax (or use beeswax pellets)
- 1 tbsp Shea Butter
- 4 tsp Clay (bentonite is one example to use)
- 10-12 drops Rosemary Essential Oil
- 10-12 drops Eucalyptus Essential Oil
- Old Deodorant container, cleaned and sterilized
- Hand Whisk
- Add the beeswax and coconut oil to your saucepan and begin melting over a low heat, whisking frequently.
- Once melted, add in the shea butter and whisk a few times removing it from the heat.
- Allow this to finish melting and when it is totally liquid, start to sprinkle in the clay whisking as you go until it is all combined and blended.
- Add your rosemary oil whisking it in and then add your eucalyptus whisking this in until fully combined. Sit the pan in a cool water bath for 5 minutes or until the liquid starts to thicken but still a pouring consistency.
- Remove from the water bath and start to spoon your deodorant into your container. Start to fill with the container completely twisted down for maximum product.
- Place it in your freezer 30 minutes or until it hardens and your deodorant is ready!
- Pop on the lid and you are finished!
- During hot weather you may find it starts to melt so pop it in the freezer to harden or leave in the fridge.
- Don’t store in direct sunlight but a cool dark area or cupboard is best for the essential oils and for the shea butter.