Disclosure: I received this product free in exchange for an unbiased review.
Every now and then I like to try doing something different. I might like to bake something new, but baking ends up going to my thighs, unfortunately. I might even make something new or write a book. This time, I decided that I would make homemade tea tree oil deodorant. Why not? Sometimes the homemade way is the better way, right?
So the reason this venture came about is I got to try Apothecary Extracts Tea Tree Oil, which is a product on Amazon. I have never used an essential oil before. I mean, I know they are in stuff that I’ve used, but I’ve never purchased one by itself. You’ve used essential oils too, ya know. Essential oils are used for a variety of purposes such as cleaning, massaging, freshening the air, and baking, just to name a few things. Love the smell of lavender? It’s an essential oil. Sandalwood? It’s an essential oil. Vanilla? I think so, too.
Tea Tree oil, like I got to review, is a really, really versatile essential oil. It can be used for a variety of purposes such as removing lice, getting rid of dandruff, fighting ringworm, and even making toothpaste. It is a kind of natural antiseptic. People use it for all kind of stuff, really. It has a mediciney smell to it. I mean, you can tell it is an antiseptic just by the smell of it.
It’s amazing that one product like this can be used for so many purposes. I got an ebook when I ordered this product and it has 50 uses for tea tree oil. I learned that tea tree oil is an anti-fungal, anti-viral, and anti-bacterial. Wow, right? I flipped through and decided that the first thing I would try is deodorant.
The next thing I’m going to try is to kill mold in my bathroom. Scratch that last sentence I already used it on the mold and mildew in my bathroom and it totally works. I put some on a q-tip and applied it directly to the mold and mildew. I like to imagine the individual mold spots dying a terrible, horrible death. Like dramatically screaming and crying and everything. Snotty nosed crying, not regular crying. The crying where you kind of make a hiccupingish sound. I picture entire villages of mold and mildew reduced to one or two that escaped my hurried cotton swab. Like I said, maybe one or two tiny spots of mold might have escaped my tea tree rampage. Then, they finally surrender to their loneliness, and show up a little more so I can dab them with tea tree oil next time to finish them off. That’s pretty gratifying.
So yeah. I did make the tea tree oil deodorant. I got the recipe out of the free ebook that came with the Apothecary Extracts Tea Tree Oil. Here’s the recipe:
Tea Tree Oil Deodorant
12 drops Apothecary Extracts Tea Tree Oil
½ cup baking soda
5 tbsp. coconut oil (extra virgin if you can find it)
¼ cup arrowroot powder (or cornstarch)
Empty deodorant container or metal tub with a lid
1. Mix the baking soda and arrowroot power (or cornstarch) together (I had cornstarch…cause who has arrowroot powder on hand amiright??).
2. Melt the coconut oil in the microwave for about 30-35 seconds until it’s all melted. You don’t want any white clumps here. That means that the coconut oil is not all the way melted. Be careful! The oil is melted, so don’t burn yourself.
3. Add the tea tree oil to the coconut oil and stir.
4. Pour the melted coconut oil and tea tree oil into the powdered mixture. Stir well. Make sure you don’t have any clumps.
5. You end up with a nice, smooth batch of deodorant. Pour it into your deodorant container. I used one that I had on hand. I just cleaned out the container, rolled it down all the way to the bottom, and filled it up in my kitchen sink. You can also buy them on Amazon. Once it sets up, it works just like deodorant. You roll it up to use it. It’s super cool!
6. Place it in the refrigerator to set up. When you want to use it, take it out of the refrigerator and let it warm up a bit or you won’t be able to turn the dial at the bottom of the deodorant. I am keeping mine in the bathroom like regular deodorant.
You won’t believe how EASY it is to make your own deodorant. And here’s the thing: it actually works. It worked for me. I used it today! I put my homemade deodorant under one armpit and store bought kind another the other and they were both odor free at the end of the day. That’s WITH me going out to recess with my kids today. I actually think I would like to try some variations of this recipe with other essential oil fragrances. I like that the tea tree oil is an anti-septic and all that stuff, but I would love to try halving the tea tree oil and using a few drops of some other fragrance like lavender- which I love. Maybe try getting several different essential oils and mixing up my own scent even. I don’t know. I’m feeling incredibly creative suddenly.
Have you had any experience with tea tree oil? I’d love to hear what you’ve used it or other essential oils for!
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