Wild Violet & Frankincense Natural Homemade Deodorant: Springtime Body Care Recipe
Wild violets have been popping up everywhere here, so I made some violet infused oil a few weeks ago. Combine this with the fact that the natural deodorant I made with western red cedar I foraged from the forest ran out a couple weeks ago, and it’s time for a brand new handmade deodorant recipe! I’m using violet infused oil and frankincense powder for this new recipe.
I think you’ll love the fact that the antimicrobial properties of the frankincense combine perfectly with the soothing skin loving properties of the violets for a perfect herbal combination for your natural deodorant!
I love foraging herbs, and wild violets are just perfect right now. Besides being readily available, violets have some incredible skin and body health properties.
But before we get into the recipe:
Are you wondering why you should make your own deodorant? You can find the scoop on commercial (even “natural”) deodorants in this article: Antiperspirants and Deodorants: Should You Be Worried?
About Frankincense and Why It’s Good for Your Skin and Health
The reason I chose frankincense as a perfect accompaniment to the wild violets is because frankincense is fabulous for promoting skin health and even soothing wrinkles. Not that being anti-wrinkle is important in the case of deodorant, but just thought I’d share. ;-)
Like the wild violets I’ll discuss in a moment, frankincense has lymphatic herbal properties, meaning it helps move sluggish lymph from your system. Since deodorant is applied in the same area as your lymph nodes there, it does double duty as a wonderful antimicrobial for odor causing bacteria in the pit area as well as contributing to whole body health.
About Wild Violets and Why They are Good for Your Skin
Wild violets, or any species of viola, if wild violets are not available to forage in your area, are excellent for the health of your skin. They contain high levels of minerals, as well as mucilage, which gives this deodorant a softening and soothing quality other natural deodorant recipes don’t have.
Violets are also exceptionally beneficial for your breast health. I’ve heard of herbalists using it to help break down cystic lumps in breast tissue, so using it right next to the breasts in your deodorant can only be a good thing.
In addition to all this, violets are also excellent lymphatics, helping to move that lymph along in your body. Keeping lymph moving aids the body’s natural detoxification process, keeping your body a happy place.
NOTE: Other herbs with skin conditioning and lymphatic qualities you could substitute for the violets are dandelion, calendula, and chickweed.
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Recipe for Violet and Frankincense Natural Deodorant
This recipe is similar to my other deodorant recipes in that it contains no coconut oil. I happen to be one of the people who experiences allergic reactions to coconut oil applied topically. My skin gets super itchy, rashy, and even dries out. So coconut oil is not the miracle oil it’s touted as being for everyone, unfortunately. And this just proves how different we all are.
Ingredients for Violet Natural Deodorant
1 tbsp wild violet infused olive oil (You can see the easy directions for making an herb infused oil in this link.)
2 tbsp Shea Butter
2 tbsp Cocoa Butter
2 tbsp baking soda
3 tbsp Arrowroot powder
1/2 tbsp finely ground Frankincense resin powder
NOTE: The frankincense powder gives the deodorant a bit of an “exfoliating” feel, so you can leave it out if you like. Also, if you don’t filter out the little leaves and bits, you’ll get those rising to the top in your deodorant too. Those are the brown speckles you see on mine. This doesn’t bother me, but if it’s important to you, it’s just fine to leave out the frankincense powder.
How to Make Frankincense Powder
To make frankincense powder, you’ll need some tears, or resin from the Boswellia tree. You can find frankincense tears at Starwest Botanicals. I like to buy mine organic because the purity is more assured.
Directions for Making Violet & Frankincense Deodorant
Making your own deodorant is SO easy. It’s fast, simple, and the basic ingredients are easy to find—maybe in your kitchen right now! Once you start making your own deodorant, you’ll never go back to the toxic commercial deodorants.
Step 1) Melt your butters together
I use a mason jar in a pan for a makeshift double boiler to melt my butters. Place your butters in the Mason jar, then add water (about an inch or two) to the pan. Set on low heat, and allow the butters to melt.
Step 2) Mix in Your Powders
Now it’s time to remove the melted butters from the heat source. Add in your arrowroot powder, frankincense powder (if using), and baking soda. Stir really well, into all is combined.
Step 3) Stir in Essential Oils and Pour into Your Container
Once you’ve added your powders, now it’s time to add the essential oils. Stir these in well, then pour your deodorant into your chosen container.
I like using a four ounce Mason jelly jar, because it’s the perfect size for this recipe. Any four ounce jar will work just fine, though.
Step 4) Set Til Hardened and Enjoy!
I place my container in the freezer for about an hour or so. The reason I use the freezer is that it takes deodorant a very long time to set up, and the freezer speeds up the process. Also, I get a firmer product by cooling my deodorant this way.
How to Use Your Natural Deodorant
Just take a pea-sized amount for each armpit and rub gently in. That’s it! Before putting your clothes on, let it absorb into your skin. You’ll be amazed by how well this works!
Final Thoughts on Violet & Frankincense Natural Homemade Deodorant
I think this recipe for natural deodorant is my favorite one yet! I’ve tried natural spray deodorants, other recipes, and this is one of the best. I’m really excited about using lymphatic herbs in my deodorant, and I don’t know why I didn’t think of it before!
I hope you’ll give this a try and lose those toxic chemicals! Do you make your own deodorant? I’d love to know your versions and favorites!
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