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Make Your Own Deodorizing Body Powder with Essential Oils

Make Your Own Deodorizing Body Powder with Essential Oils

Body powder is a great way to eliminate body odors. Many people prefer to use a body powder in place of deodorant. But since we would rather not use commercial scents, it’s nice to be able to make our own deodorizing powders with essential oils so we can choose our scents and choose the natural route.

Body powder containersDeodorizing body powders help to do three things:

  1. The powder will help to soak up sweat, which is very helpful in areas where you sweat the most.
  2. With the right essential oils, your powder can help kill off the bacteria that causes the bad odors.
  3. Applied to the right areas, the powder can help prevent certain heat rashes.

Best ingredients

  • Oils: Bergamot FCF, Lavender, Thyme, Juniper Berry, Cypress, Sage, Lemongrass, Neroli, Clary Sage, Peppermint, Sandalwood
  • Powders: Arrowroot, White Clay, Cornstarch, French Green Clay, Rice Flour, Chickpea Flour, Oat Flour, Baking Soda
  • Flowers: Calendula, Chamomile, Lavender, Neem Herb, Rose Petals

Points of interest

  • When making a body powder, avoid using Talcum Powder.
  • liquid-chlorophyll.jpg-500x500Liquid Chlorophyll is a great ingredient to use in any kind of homemade deodorant. It helps deodorize body odors and promotes healing. In particular, it helps destroy the bacteria that causes the bad perspiration odors. You can usually find it in a store. There is also a recipe below if you’d like to make your own.
  • Cinnamon Bark is a great antibacterial oil. As is Cassia. However, they are also hot oils so if you want to use a recipe that contain one of them, try on a small portion of skin first to make sure you can handle it.
  • Unless it is specifically named as a baby powder, do not use any of these recipes on a baby. A baby needs something a little more specialized.
  • For some people, baking soda can be hard on the skin and for others it works great. For example, I get a rash from it but my husband uses it straight. If you are unsure, make a very small amount of the recipe and try it out for a few days. If it does cause you a rash, stop using immediately, carefully wash off the skin, and apply a few drops of lavender or Sandalwood (or both) in a carrier oil like F.C.O.
  • Powder puffThese make great gifts. Get some fun containers at a craft store or online. Ones to think of are bottles with shaker tops, powder boxes with a puff, antique glass powder jars, etc.

Recipes

Always test on a small part of your skin first before using all over your face or body. Please be sure your skin can handle the blend before being covered in it.

Lavender Sunrise Body Powder

  • 1/2 cup Powder Base (Corn starch, White Clay, or Arrowroot)
  • 2 tablespoons finely ground and sifted dried Lavender Flowers
  • 3 drops Lavender oil
  • 5 drops Rose oil
  • 5 drops Orange oil

Put all ingredients through a sieve and mix well. Put in the container of your choice and allow it to sit for at least 24 hours before use. When using, avoid creating a cloud of dust that can be inhaled. (5)

Deodorant Body Powder

  • 1 cup Corn Starch
  • 1 tablespoon Baking Soda
  • 1 teaspoon Liquid Chlorophyll
  • 6 – 10 drops essential oil of choice

Add all ingredients to a large resealable plastic bag, seal it, and massage the mixture until the chlorophyll is thoroughly distributed. Pour into a clean container, preferably one with a shaker top. (9)

Grass clippingsLiquid Chlorophyll

  • Lawn Clippings, cut fine
  • 1 cup Vodka or Witch Hazel

Fill a clean, widemouthed glass jar with grass clippings. Pour the vodka or witch hazel over the clippings. Close lid tightly and set the jar in a cool, dark place for 1 week. Strain the liquid and discard the clippings. Store in glass jar. (2)

Lavender Powder

  • 1 cup Arrowroot Powder
  • 1 cup Cornstarch
  • 1 cup White Clay
  • 1/2 cup Lavender buds, finely powdered
  • 1/2 cup Rose Petals, finely powdered
  • 200 drops Lavender oil

Combine all dry ingredients in a bowl and blend well. Using a mortar and pestle, combine the essential oil drop by drop with 6 – 7 tablespoons of the powder mix until the oil is absorbed. Add the oil mixture to the remaining powder and whisk the mixture slowly (to avoid making too much dust) or shake vigorously in a large container with a tight fitting lid.

Store in an airtight container in a cool, dark place for 3 days before using. Discard after 1 year. (7)

Body powderBaby Powder

  • 1 1/2 cups Arrowroot powder
  • 1/2 cup Baking Soda
  • 1/2 cup Calendula, Chamomile, or Elder flowers, finely powdered
  • 1/2 cup Rice Flour or Cornstarch
  • 20 drops Roman Chamomile, Lavender, or Orange oil

Combine all dry ingredients in a bowl and blend well. Using a mortar and pestle, combine the essential oil drop by drop with 6 – 7 tablespoons of the powder mix until the oil is absorbed. Add the oil mixture to the remaining powder and whisk the mixture slowly (to avoid making too much dust) or shake vigorously in a large container with a tight fitting lid.

Store in an airtight container in a cool, dark place for 3 days before using. Discard after 1 year. (7)

Fresh and Dry All-Day Powder

  • 1/4 cup White Clay
  • 3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons Baking Soda
  • 3/4 cup Cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons Myrrh, powdered
  • 50 drops Orange oil (or Tea Tree for a more medicinal, deodorizing, anti-fungal formula)

Combine all dry ingredients in a bowl and blend well. Using a mortar and pestle, combine the essential oil drop by drop with 6 – 7 tablespoons of the powder mix until the oil is absorbed. Add the oil mixture to the remaining powder and whisk the mixture slowly (to avoid making too much dust) or shake vigorously in a large container with a tight fitting lid.

Store in an airtight container in a cool, dark place for 3 days before using. Discard after 1 year. (7)

White powder in dishScented Rice Flour Powder

  • 1/2 cup Rice Flour (white is preferred)
  • 1/4 cup Cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon Orrisroot powder, optional
  • 3 – 4 drops essential oil of choice

Place the powders in a resealable plastic bag. Add the oils, seal container and shake gently until powder is mixed well. Store in a shaker type container or jar. Makes 8 ounces. (2)

Deodorant Powder

  • 1 cup Cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon Baking Soda
  • 1 teaspoon Liquid Chlorophyll
  • 5 drops essential oil of choice

Place the powders in a resealable plastic bag. Add the oils and liquid chlorophyll, seal container and shake gently until powder is mixed well. Store in a shaker type container or jar. Makes 8 ounces. (2)

Body Powder

  • 1 cup White Clay
  • 2 cups Arrowroot powder or Cornstarch, or a combination of both
  • Lavender or Rose flowers, extremely finely ground
  • 50 drops essential oil of choice

In a large bowl, using a wire whisk, mix all of the powders. Add the essentil oil and mix well. Cover and allow to sit for several hours. Package in containers with airtight lids and allow to sit for 24 hours before using. (10)

A last thought

Body powders are a great way to reduce body odor and to help control your sweat. What do you like to do? What recipe are you going to try first? Tell us how it works for you in the comment section at the bottom of the page. We always love to hear! And check out the tagged section at the end of the article as well. You will find many more possibilities to play with.

Body powder on wooden spoonReferences

  1. The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Essential Oils: The Complete Guide to the Use of Oils in Aromatherapy & Herbalism, by Julia Lawless
  2. Natural Beauty at Home: More than 250 Easy-to-Use Recipes for Body, Bath, and Hair, by Janice Cox
  3. The Encyclopedia of Aromatherapy, by Chrissie Wildwood
  4. The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy, by Valerie Ann Worwood
  5. Aromatherapy: A Complete Guide to the Healing Art, 2nd edition, by Kathi Keville and Mindy Green
  6. Aromatherapy: An A-Z: The Most Comprehensive Guide to Aromatherapy Ever Published, by Patricia Davis
  7. Organic Body Care Recipes: 175 Homeade Herbal Formulas for Glowing Skin & a Vibrant Self, by Stephanie Tourles
  8. Do It Gorgeously: How To Make Less Toxic, Less Expensive, and More Beautiful Products, by Sophie Uliano
  9. Ecobeauty: Scrubs, Rubs, Masks and Bath Bombs for You and Your Friends, by Lauren Cox and Janice Cox
  10. Rosemary Gladstar’s Herbal Recipes for Vibrant Health: 175 Teas, Tonics, Oils, Salves, Tinctures, and Other Natural Remedies for the Entire Family, by Rosemary Gladstar
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