This was one of those projects that I wanted to try but didn’t have the nerve to test it while working. It became Reason #459 Why I Love Maternity Leave! If it was going to turn me into a stinker, no one would know.
I got the recipe from Making It: Radical Home Ec for a Post-Consumer World. Their previous book was so good that I didn’t even wait for the library to get a copy of Making It–I bought it as soon as it came out. It has tons of projects that I want to try, and I’ll share them with you as I go.
Are you surprised to see that there are only four ingredients? I used beeswax, almond oil (olive oil is good too), lavender and tea tree essential oils. (Learn about the premium essential oils I recommend.) Oh, and an old Tom’s of Maine container to put it in.
Since this recipe is copyrighted as part of their book, I don’t feel comfortable sharing the exact proportions–but I am OK with showing you how easy it is to make!
Pour the oil and beeswax into a heatproof measuring cup.
Heat gently in a double boiler (cheater’s version shown below) until the beeswax melts.
Remove from heat and add essential oils. Tea tree and lavender are antiseptic, and I used a bit more lavender because I like the smell better.
Voila! It holds its shape, and the turny-wheel-thingy at the bottom cranks it up and down. (I figured the liquid would melt down into the mechanism and render it unusable.) The consistency is a little different than conventional deodorants, since it’s made with oil.
Oh, and the stink factor? The brutally honest six-year-old promises that Mama doesn’t smell. Hooray!