Guest post by Kelly of New Leaf Wellness
I’m so excited to share this homemade lavender and tea tree coconut oil stick. It’s a 10-minute DIY that’s all-natural, cost-effective, and can be used so many ways!
Here are some of the ways that I use my coconut oil stick:
- During diaper changes, especially before bedtime (It’s cloth diaper safe!)
- To prevent and treat chapped baby cheeks
- To treat mild rug burns from crawling
- To treat minor rashes and burns
- To soothe dry and itchy skin
- To treat bug bites
- To clear up mild cases of cradle cap
- To moisturize my dry, cracked heels
Of course there are other all-natural moisturizers on the market, but this solid, stick version is so convenient!
Here are some of the benefits of using a coconut oil “stick”:
- You use less balm than store-bought tubes and therefore save money
- Quick, easy, no mess application
- It’s so darn cute!
Plus, if you make your own, you’ll know exactly what’s inside!
Coconut Oil is moisturizing, healing, and has antibacterial qualities. (More info about the benefits of coconut oil here.) Since coconut oil is edible, I feel extra safe about using it on my skin and my little one’s. It’s solid at room temperature and melts above 76 degrees F.
Beeswax is solid at room temperature and makes this DIY into a solid “stick.” It also provides a great barrier against moisture.
Lavender and Tea Tree Essential Oils are mild, calming, and antibacterial essential oils. Since I use this stick on my baby, I use a very mild 0.5% dilution. (That means my coconut oil stick consists of about 0.5% essentials oils and 99.5% coconut oils and beeswax. (For more information, check out lavender essential oil and tea tree oil on WebMD and read this article about the safety of essential oils.)
Most all-natural moisturizing sticks cost $10-14 each (plus shipping). This homemade version only costs a total of $2.56 and it’s bigger! Here’s a detailed cost break-down for numbers junkies, like me.
Detailed Cost Breakdown to DIY
- Organic virgin coconut oil from Trader Joe’s: $5.99 for 16oz jar (2 cups) or 94 cents for what’s used in this recipe
- Organic white beeswax pellets bought online: $11.99 for 16oz (about 4 cups) = 94 cents
- 100% Vitamin E soft gels from Trader Joe’s: $9.99 for 100 softgels or 20 cents
- Organic lavender essential oil from my online store: $13 for 10ml bottle/2 teaspoons/200 drops = 26 cents
- Organic tea tree essential oil from my online store: $11 for 10ml bottle/2 teaspoons/200 drops = 22 cents
- Repurposed, empty deodorant container = FREE
That means I only spent $2.56 to make this coconut oil stick!
I already had all of the necessary materials on-hand, but if you buy them new you can use the leftovers to make so many more all-natural body products! (Like my coconut oil lotions, coconut oil sugar scrubs, and all-natural solid perfumes.)
Homemade Lavender and Tea Tree Coconut Oil Stick
Yields: One 2.5oz Lavender and Tea Tree Coconut Oil Stick
- 1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon organic virgin coconut oil
- 1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon organic white beeswax pellets
- 2, 400 IU soft gels 100% Vitamin E
- Organic essentials oils – I used 4 drops organic tea tree and 4 drops organic lavender, which is about 0.5% dilution
- Empty 2.5 oz container – I reused an old, empty deodorant container that I cleaned with a toothbrush
- Melt coconut oil and beeswax pellets in the microwave or on your stovetop over low heat in a small, nonstick pan.
- Remove from heat and add liquid from Vitamin E soft gels (I poked mine with a safety pin) and essential oils. Stir to combine.
- Let mixture sit until it starts to harden, about two minutes. (This is important because a pure liquid will go straight to the bottom of a reused container and make a huge mess!)
- Use a knife to fill your container and let it cool completely (About 30 minutes).
- Add cap.
I created a cute little label, printed it on regular computer paper, and taped it to my coconut stick with packaging tape. Here’s the free printable, if you want to use it too: Free Coconut Stick Printable Label
Apply to clean, dry skin. If you have more than one child in diapers, I recommend making each child their own coconut oil stick. I also use separate sticks for diaper changes and other body parts, like hands and feet. (An easy way to make multiple sticks is to split this recipe into five, 0.5 oz empty travel-size deodorant containers.)
Store in a cool, dry place and use as needed!
Have you ever made your own bath or body products? Please share in a comment below!
Dr. Kelly McNelis is a psychologist-turned-blogger for New Leaf Wellness. She lives in Pittsburgh, PA with her husband and three young daughters and makes most of her money selling cookbooks. You can connect with Kelly on Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest.