Two weeks ago I made my first batch of cerate and a deodorant using only natural ingredients. Having tried them for the last week I can assure you that it really works. The cerate is even better than some of those on the market and the deodorant managed the test. I have not been working out with it yet so that challenge stays uncleared. But for everyday life and regular walks it proves itself worthy a place in the bathroom.
So what do you need? This summer I bought stainless steel cookware and utensil at the flea market. They are great to use when making beauty products since it is easy to keep them clean and they stand heat. A kitchen thermometer is also recommended if you use essential oils which are sensitive to heat. And never should be added if the temperature is over 40 degrees Celsius. A scale is also necessary to measure the ingredients. Then of course you need to have some jars and boxes. I prefer to use stainless steel or glass of environmental and health reasons. Plastic containers may release toxic chemicals. And is harder to reuse.
So let us start the production! First you should clean all utensils and cookware with boiling water to make sure no bacteria or other contaminants destroy the products. Be careful though so you do not get burned.
- 62 ml olive oil
- 26 g bee wax
- 10 g shea butter
- 2 g carnauba wax
- Ev. essential oil for taste and fragrance, for example strawberry
Melt the butter and wax with the oil in a bowl over a water-bath on the stove. When all has melted completely take the bowl out of the water-bath. Let it cool while stirring. When the compound reaches 40 degrees Celsius you put in the essential oil if you choose to use it. Pour up in small cases or boxes. I used about 15-20 cases.
Recipe source: Guldet från växterna, Artaromaförlaget
- 50 g cocos butter
- 25 ml jojoba oil
- 5 tablespoons bicarbonate
- 3 tablespoons potato or cornflour
- 0,5 ml essential lavender oil
- Ev. up to 0,5 ml of another essential oil (I used ‘Paradiso’ from CreArome)
Just stir all the ingredients in a dish and make sure the bicarbonate and flour dissolves. You do not want any clots. Keep the deodorant in a 120 ml glass jar. Store it in the fridge if you want to have a harder consistency.
Recipe source: Organic Makers