All Natural DIY Deodorant
‘Body odour tackled in a non-toxic way’ is our motto for this recipe. Even if you’re not familiar with some of the mixtures from our book, getting started on this all natural DIY deodorant will be no sweat.
2 tbsp beeswax
2 tbsp shea butter
2 tbsp coconut oil
30 drops of lavender essential oil
8 drops of cypress essential oil
8 drops of lemon essential oil
8 drops of tea tree essential oil
8 drops of sage essential oil (do not use sage essential oil during pregnancy)
Gently heat the beeswax in a double boiler until liquid. Heat the shea butter in a separate pan, then add the coconut oil, stirring gently and being careful not to overheat the mixture. Finally, add the liquid beeswax.
As soon as the ingredients have blended, remove from the heat and stir continuously until the mixture starts to become milky. Once the mixture has cooled down a little, add the essential oils while continuing to stir, and then very quickly pour into a convenient container for easy application and leave to cool.
Beeswax doesn’t block pores and has antibacterial and deeply moisturising benefits. Shea butter has moisturising, anti-inflammatory and wound-healing properties. Coconut oil is nourishing, anti-microbial, antifungal, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory. Lavender, tea tree and sage essential oils are antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal, the latter also being an antiperspirant. Lemon and cypress essential oils are cleansing and astringent, and cypress essential oil is also perspiration-regulating.
Shelf Life: 6–8 months. Store in a cool, dark place.
This is an edited extract from All Natural Beauty by Karin Berndl & Nici Hofer ($34.99) published by Hardie Grant Books and is available in stores nationally.