How to Create a 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.
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 vs. Antiperspirants
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 from producing sweat by blocking it and stopping it from reaching the skin surface. The main active ingredient that has caused increased alarm 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!
Here's a breakdown of the main ingredients in the deodorant recipe below.
- Coconut Oil: An all-around 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.
- Beeswax: The main reason for using beeswax is to give the deodorant substance and be solid. Beeswax may also be useful for helping perspiration problems as well.
- Shea Butter: A natural skin softener, this also has healing properties. So it is useful for any shaving bumps or skin tags as a result from shaving.
- Clay: 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 it 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 five quality clays available to buy.
Essential Oil Ingredients
Here's a breakdown of the two main essential oils in this recipe.
This is a great essential oil that's 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, as well as muscular pains. Much like rosemary, it is an excellent oil to incorporate into massage oil.
Blends well with: Cedarwood, Chamomile, Cypress, Geranium, Ginger, Grapefruit, Juniper, Lavender, Lemon, Marjoram, Peppermint, Pine, Rosemary and Thyme.
Recipe for a Homemade Rosemary and Eucalyptus Deodorant
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. Feel free to check the lists with rosemary and eucalyptus for alternatives.
- 4 tablespoons coconut oil
- 1–1 1/2 tablespoons grated beeswax (or use beeswax pellets)
- 1 tablespoon shea butter
- 4 teaspoon 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 them 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. 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. Then add your eucalyptus, whisking this in until fully combined. Sit the pan in a cool water bath for five minutes or until the liquid starts to thicken but is still a pouring consistency.
- Remove from the water bath and start to spoon your deodorant into your container. Start to fill it 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 it or simply leave it 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.