Let’s imagine Cypress essential oil is a person . . .
It likes to exercise, dance, move around, and just generally get sweaty! Movement makes Cypress feel alive and full of joy.
But Cypress also likes to smell good. So of course it uses natural deodorant.
Cypress has high standards, though. It doesn’t put anything under its arms that’s too sticky, too greasy, full of unnatural ingredients, or just plain doesn’t work! Deodorant should help you smell good and feel good. And of course it should support your health at the same time.
There are a lot of natural deodorant options at Cypress’s local health food store, but not too many of them meet Cypress’s standards. Fortunately, Cypress is creative. It knows how to make natural deodorant sticks.
You can make natural deodorant sticks yourself, too! This recipe is made with ingredients that reduce germs, create a sweet scent, and support health. You’ll need four 1 oz deodorant tubes.
Warm & Woodsy Natural Deodorant Stick
- 1 oz (28 g) beeswax (Cera alba)
- 3 oz (90 ml) jojoba (Simmondsia chinensis)
- 20 drops Cypress essential oil (Cupressus sempervirens)
- 4 drops Patchouli essential oil (Pogostemon cablin)
- 16 drops Black Spruce essential oil (Picea mariana)
- Set up the “Stovetop Melting Method” by placing a Pyrex measuring cup in a soup pot that’s ¼ full of gently boiling water.
- Put the beeswax in the Pyrex and let it melt.
- Add the jojoba and melt.
- Remove the blend from heat and add the essential oils, stirring gently.
- Pour the blend into four 1 oz (30 ml) deodorant tubes and let it solidify. (It should only take about 15 minutes, then you can use it under your arms!
The combination of beeswax and jojoba create a firm salve that smooths under your arms easily.
This blend also includes essential oils that are so great at reducing germs, I sometimes use them in natural cleaning blends. (I love the versatility that Aromatherapy offers us . . . we can use the same essential oils for both natural cleaning and body care.)
In Aromatherapy for Healing the Spirit, author (and my friend!) Gabriel Mojay even mentioned that Cypress has an “astringent nature that helps to reduce perspiration.” Great for natural deodorant sticks!
Patchouli is another essential oil known for its use in natural deodorants. This blend only includes 1 drop of Patchouli per oz (30 ml) of deodorant, so its aroma doesn’t come through as strongly as the conifers—Cypress and Black Spruce. Instead, it offers a deep, sweet “background” that gives the conifer oils more depth. If you aren’t a fan of Patchouli at all, you can use Vetiver instead (Vetiveria zizanoides). It works great!
Since this is a natural deodorant stick, you may have to reapply it once or twice throughout the day. Fortunately, the deodorant tubes and solid nature of the stick make it convenient to carry in your bag. It’s helpful to use after a workout when you don’t have time to jump into the shower until later.