DIY Essential Oil Deodorant

Many deodorants on the market today are full of harsh chemicals that are doing more damage to our bodies than we think. It is possible to find deodorants that are safer for your body, but they tend to be expensive. We’ve created this all-natural recipe for a deodorant that you can feel good about—for your body and your wallet. You can add whatever oils you want to this recipe to make it your own.

And if your armpits have a hard time adjusting to chemical-free deodorant, we’ve included an armpit detox recipe below.

DIY Deodorant

  • Servings: Yield=5 oz.
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:

Instructions:

  1. Melt the beeswax by placing it in a glass measuring cup in a pot of water over medium heat.
  2. Once the beeswax is almost melted, add in the shea butter and coconut oil, and allow it to finish melting.
  3. Remove the mixture from the heat, and stir in the arrowroot powder and baking soda.
  4. Add 20–40 drops of your favorite essential oil or blend, and stir well to combine. (Start with 20 drops, and gradually add more until the deodorant reaches your desired scent.)
  5. Before the mixture solidifies, pour it into the deodorant containers.
  6. Allow the deodorant to cool for several hours or until solid and completely cooled.

Extra Ideas:

Make “his” and “hers” deodorant by splitting the mixture in half and adding manly oils for him and feminine oils for her.

A blend that we tried and loved was 20 drops grapefruit plus 15 drops lemon. Let us know what blends you come up with!

It’s important to remember that sometimes your body can have a hard time making the switch from a conventional deodorant to an all-natural kind. If you use your natural deodorant and your armpits become smelly or you get a rash, you may need to do an armpit detox to clean the chemicals from your skin. Here’s a simple recipe to get your armpits clean!

Armpit Detox

  • Servings: 1
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:

  • 1 Tbsp. (9 g) bentonite clay
  • 2 tsp. (10 ml) apple cider vinegar
  • Water (optional)
  • Aloe vera gel (optional)

Instructions:

  1. In a small bowl, combine the bentonite clay with the apple cider vinegar to form a paste. If it’s not a paste, you can add a small amount of water to give it a spreadable consistency.
  2. Spread the mixture on your armpits, and let it sit for 5–10 minutes.
  3. Wash off the detox with a damp cloth, or rinse off in the shower.
  4. Once you finish removing the paste, if desired, you can apply a small amount of aloe vera gel to soothe the skin.

Like any other detox, make sure to drink lots of water to help your body detox faster.

You may need to do the detox multiple times to get the full effect.

Coconut Oil Face Masks

Sometimes all we need is a relaxing face mask to clear our pores, hydrate our skin, and clear up any acne we have. Coconut oil is a natural antibacterial and antifungal agent, as well as an excellent moisturizer. We’ve created these 3 different masks for you to try out depending on your specific needs. Be careful to keep them out of your eyes, as the essential oils may cause some irritation. Try them all out and pick a favorite!

Acne Mask

  • Servings: 1 mask
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:

  • 1 Tbsp. (12 g) Coconut Oil
  • 2 tsp. (10 ml) raw honey
  • 1/2 tsp. (3 ml) lemon juice
  • 1 drop melaleuca essential oil
  • 1 drop juniper berry essential oil

Instructions:

  1. Combine coconut oil, honey, and lemon juice in a small bowl. Stir until smooth.
  2. Add the essential oils, and stir to combine.
  3. Clean the makeup off your face, and drape a towel around your shoulders to prevent getting the mask on your clothes.
  4. Apply the mask to your face and neck, and allow it to sit for 15–20 minutes before rinsing with warm water.

Cleansing & Brightening Mask

  • Servings: 1 mask
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:

  • 1 Tbsp. (12 g) Coconut Oil
  • 1 tsp. (4 g) baking soda
  • 1 drop lavender essential oil
  • 1 drop melaleuca essential oil

Instructions:

  1. Combine coconut oil and baking soda in a small bowl, forming a thick paste.
  2. Add the essential oils, and stir to combine.
  3. Drape a towel around your shoulders to prevent the mask from getting on your clothes.
  4. Gently apply the mask to your face and neck.
  5. Leave the mask on for 15–20 minutes for the best results, and rinse with warm water.

Hydrating Mask

  • Servings: 1 mask
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:

  • 1/2 ripe banana
  • 1 Tbsp. (12 g) Coconut Oil
  • 1 drop geranium essential oil
  • 1 drop lavender essential oil

Instructions:

  1. Using a food processor or a fork, mash the banana until smooth.
  2. Add the coconut oil and essential oils, and stir to combine.
  3. Wash any makeup off your face, and pat dry with a towel.
  4. Drape a towel over your shoulders to prevent the mask from getting on your clothes.
  5. Apply the mask to your face and neck, and allow the mask to sit for 10–15 minutes before rinsing with warm water.

Skin Clarity Roll-On

This roll-on blend is great for your skin! It cleans the pores while softening the skin. Melaleuca essential oil is great for dermatitis, eczema, and cleansing. Lavender oil is good for dry and sensitive skin, rashes, and stress. Juniper berry is great for acne and dermatitis or eczema. Combined, these oils make up a great remedy for all your facial needs!

Skin Clarity Roll-On

  • Servings: Yield=2 tsp. (10 ml)
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients & Supplies:

Instructions:

  1. Drop the essential oils into the roll-on bottle.
  2. Fill the remainder of the bottle with a carrier oil. We suggest fractionated coconut oil, jojoba oil, or sweet almond oil.
  3. Shake to combine.
  4. To use, roll on the face and neck after removing your makeup for the night. Use your hands to lightly massage into the skin if necessary. You can also apply this blend to treat individual blemishes rather than the entire face, if desired.

Gentle Makeup Remover Pads

These days, you never know what ingredients are in your cosmetic products. Women can spend a lot of money and time trying to find an organic makeup remover, having no idea if it will actually work. No worries—we’ve made one up using the oils you love!

These makeup remover pads are great for your skin! The castile soap serves as a cleansing agent to clean your pores, while the avocado oil softens your skin, and the witch hazel works as a toner to close your pores. The properties of lavender essential oil soothe your skin while helping your body to relax, relieving your mind of stress and anxiety. All around, this is a great product for your skin!

Gentle Makeup Remover Pads

  • Servings: 40–50
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:

  • 1 cup (250 ml) natural spring water
  • 2 tsp. (10 ml) Castile Soap
  • 2 tsp. (10 ml) Witch Hazel
  • 2 tsp. (10 ml) Avocado Oil
  • 20 drops lavender essential oil
  • Cotton pads
  • Pint-sized mason jar

Instructions:

  1. Fill the mason jar 3/4 full with cotton pads.
  2. In a separate dish, combine the water, castile soap, witch hazel, avocado oil, and lavender oil.
  3. Pour the mixture into the mason jar over the pads, allowing it to soak in.
  4. Gently rub the pad over your face to remove the makeup.
  5. Store with the lid closed.

Mint Grapefruit Sugar Scrub

This sugar scrub is a great way to exfoliate and moisturize your skin while enjoying the added benefits of essential oils and coconut oil. Sugar scrubs are especially effective for areas with sensitive skin, such as your face and lips. The added properties of grapefruit and peppermint essential oils give a nice cooling effect, while also helping to relieve stress. If you are looking for a new way to pamper your skin, this scrub is a great place to start!


Mint Grapefruit Sugar Scrub

  • Servings: Yield=4 oz. (125 ml)
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup (100 g) Coconut Oil
  • 1/2 cup (100 g) white sugar
  • Zest of 1 grapefruit
  • 1 Tbsp. (15 ml) grapefruit juice
  • 10 drops peppermint essential oil
  • 25–30 drops grapefruit essential oil
  • 1/4 tsp. (1 ml) beet juice or 1 tsp. (5 ml) raspberry juice (optional for color)
  • 4 oz. Glass Salve Jar

Instructions:

  1. Using a hand mixer, mix the sugar and coconut oil together on low speed until it forms a thick paste.
  2. Add grapefruit zest and juice, essential oils, and beet or raspberry juice (if desired), and mix again on low speed until combined.
  3. Turn the mixer to medium speed, and mix until the scrub is fluffy and well blended.
  4. Fill the glass jar with the sugar scrub, and store in the refrigerator.
  5. To use, take a small amount and gently rub onto the desired location. Rinse off.

Notes:

  • This scrub is better when used in the morning, rather than at night, due to the properties of grapefruit and peppermint and the way they energize and help wake up the mind.
  • Avoid contact with eyes.

Essential Oil Salt Scrub

These cute little salt scrubs make a great gift for anyone in your life that deserves a little extra pampering! Salt scrubs can be very relaxing, and provide great exfoliating benefits to the skin, while soothing the surrounding muscles and tissues. With the recipe below, you can customize the oils you use to fit the needs of the recipient. You can also embellish this scrub with a little citrus zest, dried herbs, or powdered spices to up the wow factor. And speaking of wow—don’t forget to add one of the sweet salt scrub labels pictured below to your jar!

Salt Scrub

  • Servings: Yield=1/2 cup (120 ml)
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients & Supplies:

Instructions:

  1. Apply the label to the side of the 4 oz. salve jar. For instructions on applying vinyl labels, click here.
  2. Once your vinyl label is secure, place the salt scrub ingredients in order into the 4 oz. salve jar, screw the lid on and shake to combine.
  3. Lightly scrub the desired location with the salt for a relaxing and exfoliating experience.

Note:

  • Because salt can irritate wounds, avoid using this scrub near open cuts or sores.

Essential Oil Suggestions:

  • Individual Oils: lavender, lime, lemon, grapefruit, geranium, rose, Roman chamomile, or peppermint.
  • Calming Lavender Lemon: 10 drops each of lavender and lemon
  • Refreshing Lemon Rosemary: 5 drops rosemary, 8–10 drops lemon
  • Invigorating Orange Mint: 5 drops each of orange and peppermint
  • Energizing Grapefruit Mint: 6 drops grapefruit, 4 drops peppermint
  • Relaxing Lavender Chamomile: 5 drops Roman chamomile, 8–10 drops lavender
  • Revitalizing Woodlands: 1–2 drops sandalwood, 5 drops fir, 5 drops cypress
  • Holiday Spice: 5 drops orange, 2 drops each of cassia and clove. Optional addition: 1 drop each of ginger and/or cardamom.

Hand “Santa”tizer

These cute Hand “Santa”tizers are so easy to make, and they work great as gifts for teachers, neighbors, and friends.

Hand Sanitizer

  • Servings: 5 bottles
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients & Supplies:

  • 1/4 cup (60 ml) Witch Hazel or vodka
  • 40–50 drops essential oil (see blend suggestions below)
  • 1 cup (240 ml) aloe vera gel (use aloe vera juice for a spray hand sanitizer)
  • 5 drops Vitamin E Oil
  • Five 2 oz. plastic bottles with treatment pump, disc top, or spray top (see options below)

Instructions:

  1. Add all ingredients in order to a glass bowl or measuring cup, stirring after each addition. Use a funnel to pour the mixture into the bottles.
  2. To use, pump or spray 1–2 times into the palm of your hand. Rub hands together until the liquid evaporates.

Essential Oil Blends:

Melaleuca & Lavender:
30 drops melaleuca
10 drops lavender
Citrus Mint:
20 drops rosemary
16 drops lemon
12 drops peppermint
Holiday Spice:
15 drops orange
10 drops clove
10 drops cassia or 5 drops cinnamon
5 drops eucalyptus
5 drops rosemary
Candy Cane Mist:
25 drops peppermint
10 drops orange
10 drops fir
Peppermint Surprise:
30 drops peppermint
10 drops bergamot,
orange, or ylang ylang
First Snowfall:
25 drops wintergreen
15 drops fir

Extra Idea:

  • If you just want to make a single bottle, follow this recipe: Citrus Mint Hand Sanitizer, and add a total of 15–25 drops essential oil.

Bottle and Vinyl Options:

There are several bottle options you can choose from at aromatools.com. Our favorite involves the treatment pump top. This top works so well at getting just the right amount out each time you use it. Other top options include the disc top and the misting spray top (for a hand sanitizer spray). Most of these bottles work well for this project.

Don’t forget to add a cute vinyl label to the bottle! We now offer 5 vinyl label options (including some normal ones to gift during other seasons!):

Another option is to print your own labels with this blank label sheet.

These are our favorite bottle/vinyl combinations:

Which bottle/vinyl combination do you like best?

Holiday Gift Guide and Refreshing Shampoo

It’s time for holiday gift-giving, and this gift guide includes several ideas for you—one of which we are featuring below!
These gift ideas are not the only reason that you should get your own copy of this guide. Inside you will find a large world map that shows where many popular essential oils come from. This map can be easily displayed in your essential oil class and used to teach your prospective customers about where essential oils are obtained. The gift guide unfolds to reveal this large 11″ × 17″ (28 × 43 cm) chart that can be framed or passed around. Get your free copy here—and feel free to get extras to pass out to your essential oil–loving friends!
As mentioned above, we are highlighting one of the recipes—the Refreshing Rosemary Mint Shampoo—that is found in the gift guide. This shampoo uses peppermint and rosemary essential oils because they are both known to help stimulate hair growth and work well for all hair types. If you prefer a different scent or have different needs, check out Modern Essentials for more essential oil suggestions, and feel free to switch out the oils in this recipe. This shampoo makes a great gift for any of your holistically inclined friends!

Refreshing Peppermint Rosemary Shampoo

  • Servings: Yield=8 oz. (240 ml)
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients & Supplies:

Instructions:

  1. Add all ingredients to the bottle in the order listed above.
  2. Shake until all ingredients are thoroughly mixed.

Soft & Squishy Soap Jellies

Kids love how soft and squishy these soap jellies are! They are perfect for making bathtime and learning about hygiene fun. You may even want to try them out on yourself! They make a great sensory experience for all!

Soap Jellies

  • Servings: 12+
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients & Supplies:

  • 2 Tbsp. unflavored gelatin (about 2–3 small packets)
  • 3/4 cup (180 ml) distilled water
  • 1/2 cup (120 ml) Castile Soap
  • 30 drops essential oil (lavender, melaleuca, lemon, orange, and peppermint are good options)
  • Body-safe soap coloring (optional) (a drop or two of blue tansy essential oil is a natural way to get a nice blue color)
  • 1 tsp. (6 g) salt
  • Silicone mold or small soap mold
  • Small Spray Bottle of alcohol (optional)
  • 16 oz. PET Jar

Instructions:

  1. Place mold on a cutting board or cookie sheet or another flat, movable surface.
  2. Place water in a pan, and sprinkle the gelatin on the water. Allow gelatin to bloom for 5 minutes; then bring the water to a boil to dissolve the gelatin.
  3. Once boiling, remove from heat and add the castile soap, coloring, and essential oils. Stir gently until combined.
  4. Stir in the salt last. (Don’t skip this step! It makes a big difference!)
  5. Pour the mixture into your molds.
  6. You can get rid of air bubbles by spritzing the soap with a little alcohol from a small spray bottle.
  7. Place in the refrigerator until completely hardened.
  8. Store in a PET Jar in a cool, dry location (such as the refrigerator) for up to 1 week.

Essential Oil Spotlight: Neroli

Neroli (Citrus aurantium) essential oil is extracted from flowers of the bitter orange tree. Its scent is somewhat floral with citrus undertones. It smells sweet, delicate, and slightly bitter at the same time.

The orange flower was named after the princess Anne-Marie, countess of Neroli, who used it to perfume her bath water. It is now considered one of the finest perfumery ingredients and is particularly important in eau-de-cologne toilet water. The flowers were once popularly used in bridal bouquets to symbolize innocence and fertility.

Some properties of this oil include antibacterial, antidepressant, anti-infectious, antiparasitic, antiseptic, antispasmodic, antiviral, aphrodisiac, deodorant, sedative, and tonic.

Historically, neroli has been regarded by the Egyptian people for its great attributes of healing the mind, body, and spirit. It brings everything into the focus of one and at the moment.

Today, neroli essential oil is commonly used for anxiety, emotional balance, relaxing, sensitive skin, and stress. It may also support the digestive system and may help inhibit bacterial infections, parasites, and viruses. Other possible uses include insomnia, menopause, PMS, stress-related conditions, and skin conditions.

The body systems affected by neroli essential oil include the digestive system and skin.

Applications of Neroli Essential Oil and Safety Data

Topical Application: Neroli essential oil can be used neat (with no dilution). Apply to reflex points and/or directly on area of concern.
Aromatic Application: Diffuse, or inhale the aroma directly. The aroma of neroli has some powerfully soothing psychological effects. It is calming and relaxing to the body and spirit. It may also help to strengthen and stabilize the emotions and bring relief to seemingly hopeless situations. It encourages confidence, courage, joy, peace, and sensuality.
Internal Application: Neroli essential oil can be taken internally. Try diluting 1 drop of neroli essential oil in 1 tsp. (5 ml) honey or 4 oz. (125 ml) of beverage (such as non-dairy milk). It is not to be used for children under 6 years of age and should be used with caution and in greater dilution for children over 6 years of age.
Safety Note: Consult with a physician before using if pregnant or being treated for a medical condition.

5 Ways to Use Neroli Essential Oil

1. Diffuse
Here are a few great diffuser blends to help you calm down when stressed, anxious, or needing to sleep:

2. Use in a Massage Oil
Neroli essential oil is very calming to the body and mind. When you get feeling too stressed or anxious, try massaging one of these blends into your tense muscles.

Relaxing Massage Blend:
3 drops neroli
3 drops petitgrain
3 drops marjoram
1 drop spikenard
2 Tbsp. (30 ml) carrier oil
Calming
Massage Blend:

6 drops petitgrain
5 drops orange
4 drops neroli
2 Tbsp. (30 ml) carrier oil

Common carrier oils to use for massage include Fractionated Coconut Oil, Coconut Oil, Sweet Almond Oil, or Jojoba Oil.

3. Roll on for quick help in calming down or soothing digestive pains.
Stress and anxiety follow us wherever we go, so making this Stress Relief Roll-on for on-the-go use can help during those difficult times. Neroli is also beneficial for those who suffer from insomnia or sleep issues, as it helps to relax the mind and calm any emotions that prohibit sleep. Try the Sleep Restfully Roll-on when you have restless nights. Aside from its calming and relaxing properties, neroli is also helpful for the digestive system and may help inhibit bacteria, infections, parasites, and viruses. If you are experiencing digestive pains, chronic diarrhea, colic, or intestinal spasms, try rolling the Digestive Support blend on your abdomen.

Stress Relief Roll-on:
3 drops bergamot
2 drops orange
2 drops lavender
2 drops neroli
1 drops lemongrass
2 tsp. (10 ml) carrier oil*
Sleep Restfully Roll-on:
4 drops orange
3 drops cedarwood
3 drops neroli
2 drops Roman chamomile
2 tsp. (10 ml) carrier oil*
Digestive Support Roll-on:
5 drops neroli
4 drops orange
2 drops peppermint
2 tsp. (10 ml) carrier oil*
Add oils to a 10 ml roll-on bottle. Fill the bottle the rest of the way with a carrier oil.

Note: These recipes are formulated for 5–6% dilution in a 10 ml roll-on bottle (perfect for daily use if needed). For a stronger dilution, simply cut the amount of carrier oil in half, or use a 5 ml roll-on bottle.

*Common carrier oils for use in a roll-on bottle include Fractionated Coconut Oil, Sweet Almond Oil, and Jojoba Oil.

4. Add to a Relaxing Bath
Neroli calms and slows the mind and is useful for insomnia, hysteria, and all states of anxiety and depression. Combine one of the following oil blends with 1/4–1/2 cup (60–120 g) epsom salt, and evenly disperse throughout the tub. Alternatively, you can add these essential oil combinations to these bath bombs. These blends can also be used in a diffuser, roll-on, or linen spray.

Calming Peace:
5 drops neroli
3 drops Roman chamomile
2 drops petitgrain
Insomnia & Sleep:
4 drops neroli
2 drops juniper berry
2 drops chamomile
Nervous Tension:
2 drops bergamot
2 drops marjoram
1 drop neroli
2 drops sandalwood

5. Create a Peaceful Atmosphere for Romance or Meditation
The reputed aphrodisiac quality of neroli stems from its ability to calm any nervous apprehension that may be felt before a sexual encounter. Neroli can be a means of overcoming sexual difficulties that rise from anxiety or tension. The traditional use of orange blossom in bridal wreaths arose from this property of neroli, though it has long been forgotten.
Try diffusing this blend or use it in a linen spray:

Peaceful Romance:
5 drops neroli
1 drop sandalwood

Neroli also helps in creating a peaceful atmosphere when it is used in meditation. Diffuse neroli essential oil (or the Peaceful Romance blend above), and rub a drop of the oil over the heart to achieve a calm heart and relaxed mind.

5. Nourish Your Skin
Neroli is beneficial for all skin types, especially if there is dryness, redness, or irritation. Neroli stimulates the regeneration of new cells and the elimination of old ones, improving skin’s elasticity. It is generally helpful for all kinds of skin problems such as thread veins, scarring, and stretch marks. Try using the blend below as a facial cream or skin cream to help nourish your skin.

Improved Skin:
3 drops neroli
2 drops frankincense
2 drops Roman chamomile
1–2 tsp. (4–8 g) Coconut Oil

Sources:
Modern Essentials™: A Contemporary Guide to the Therapeutic Use of Essential Oils, 9th Edition, p. 96.
Healing Oils: 500 Formulas for Aromatherapy by Carol & David Schiller
Aromatherapy: An A–Z by Patricia Davis
Aromatherapy Blends & Remedies by Franzesca Watson