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Plant Therapy Essentials: Bergamot Body Powder DIY

Body powder — Perfect for the hot summer heat, freshening up post workout, or whenever you’re feeling just a little sticky and icky from sweat or humidity. If you haven’t tried it, you don’t know what you’re missing!

This body powder is made with arrowroot powder and cornstarch. Both ingredients help absorb moisture and reduce the daily friction that causes rashes, chafing, and irritation.

If you want to feel a little fresher any time of the day, a simple pinch of this powder is a great way to touch up and reduce shine from excess moisture. Plus, it will leave you wonderfully scented with the amazing combination of Bergamot and Patchouli.

Bergamot Body Powder

Plant Therapy Body Powder

What you’ll need:

  • ½ cup arrowroot powder
  • ¼ cup cornstarch
  • 2 tbsp baking powder
  • 30 drops Bergamot
  • 5 drops Patchouli

What you’ll do:

Mix together the arrowroot powder, cornstarch, and baking powder. Next, add in the Bergamot, whisking after every few drops. Continue to do this when adding Patchouli. Store in an airtight container and use as needed.

There are lots of great ways to put this body powder to work! Not only can you use it directly on your skin to help with moisture, but it can add a little freshness to all kinds of smelly things in your life. Think gym bags, laundry baskets, bedding, and shoes. Really, you can sprinkle it on anything that needs a little odor control! So easy to make, and even easier to use!

Please note: Plant Therapy’s Bergamot Essential Oil is Bergapten free, which means it is not phototoxic and safe to use in the sun.

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61 thoughts on “Plant Therapy Essentials: Bergamot Body Powder DIY”

  1. This sounds so AMAZING! Definitely will have to find some aarow Root! I LOVE LOVE LOVE Patchouli & Bergamot together so this right up my alley!

  2. I just need to triple check cause this sounds so wrong to me. Is this really safe? Are you essentially getting beat application of the oils? Sorry if it seems like a redundant question.

      1. We suggest using arrowroot powder because it is great at absorbing moisture and is very gentle on the skin. But if you do not want to buy it and don’t mind a slight recipe adjustment, then you absolutely can increase the amount of cornstarch used in place of arrowroot.

    1. Devyn, we appreciate the question and it’s not redundant at all! We make sure each recipe we present has a safe amount of essential oils and try them ourselves personally before suggesting them. If there is something about this recipe that seems particularly unsafe for you, please don’t hesitate to contact our aromatherapists for more specific information at [email protected]. 🙂

  3. Bergamot is extremely phototoxic. I saw no warning of that. Did I miss it? What if someone uses another brand? And although the oils are dispersed in the powder, that is still not diluted.

    1. Susan, this post does state: “Please note: Plant Therapy’s Bergamot Essential Oil is Bergapten free, which means it is not phototoxic and safe to use in the sun.” However, we would recommend added caution if using Bergamot from another company.
      The powder used in this recipe are known as oil absorbents meaning they pick up and retain the essential oils. For this recipe to be safe for use for topical application we suggest keeping the dilution rate low (less than 0.6%), mixing the products well to ensure there are no clumps left behind, and using skin safe essential oils. After completely mixing the ingredients together, you can run the dry ingredients through a sifter to ensure that the essential oils are thoroughly dispersed throughout the recipe. At this point the body powder is safe for topical application.

  4. Definitely something I need to try with the high temps and humidity this week. Have everything I need for the DIY today! Thanks Plant Therapy!

  5. Can I respectfully inquire about what is diluting the essential oils? I didn’t think powders properly dispersed them? I’m guessing I was wrong as you guys are very strict (in a good way) on safety. So I’d like to know for my own benefit. 🙂

    1. The products used in this recipe are known as oil absorbents meaning they pick up and retain the essential oils. For this recipe to be safe for use for topical application we suggest keeping the dilution rate low (less than 0.6%), mixing the products well to ensure there are no clumps left behind, and using skin safe essential oils. After completely mixing the ingredients together I like to run the dry ingredients through a sifter to ensure that the essential oils are thoroughly dispersed throughout the recipe. At this point the body powder is safe for topical application.

    1. Great question, Becky! The Bergamot we sell is Bergapten Free, which means it is not phototoxic. However, it is a great idea to add a caution for anyone using Bergamot from another retailer, who may carry phototoxic Bergamot. Thank you for your concern!

    1. Thanks for sharing, Roseann! Luckily, our Bergamot is Bergapten Free, which makes it safe for the sun and free from phototoxicty concerns. 🙂

    1. It is supposed to be baking soda, however, either will work. Baking powder is baking soda and cream of tartar mixed, which has it’s on beneficial skin properties. 🙂

  6. This scent combination is fantastic (bergamot is my favorite EO) so I can’t wait to try this. I need some arrowroot powder!

  7. this is great, but I wonder if you combine the powder components with oils recommended for oily hair (in a previous blog post) if you could make a dry shampoo? I’m about to have surgery and will not be allowed to shower for several weeks. will wash hair in the sink as needed but a dry shampoo would be helpful between times.

    1. Erin, that is a great idea! I think it’s definitely something to try. Please just note that you would want to be sure you are diluting to .5% or less and that you do not use Essential Oils one week before, or one week after surgery.

    2. I just saw your question – I just had surgery on Aug 23, and I wanted to make a dry shampoo also.
      I found this recipe on the OneEssentialCommunity blog. I’ve been using it for about a week, and it works great. There are variations on the blog for various hair colors. I made mine for dark brown hair with reddish undertones.

      Mix the following together and store in a 8 oz glass jar:
      3 tablespoons of rice flour
      3 tablespoons arrowroot powder
      2 tablespoons colloidal oatmeal
      1 tablespoon kaolin clay (or Moroccan red clay for redheads)
      1 tablespoon baking soda
      1 tablespoon cacao powder (omit for blondes)
      10 drops peppermint essential oil
      10 drops rosemary essential oil

      I’m not sure if that’s a safe dilution for the essential oils. I should compare with the ratio in the PT Bergamot powder recipe.

  8. Any particular benefit to using these specific oils? Are their more masculine oils that would be a good alternative?

    1. These oils have deodorizing benefits. However, you can certainly switch up the oils to something that is better suited to you. Patchouli and Tea Tree would be my recommendation for something more masculine.

  9. Thank you for the recipe! I was just wondering the other day if you could mix EO with baby powder. I think I might try this with a more feminine blend like Bouquet, Worry Free, or Self Manifestation. Or maybe InvigorAid or Energy for a morning boost. Lots of possibilities.

    1. That’s so true – endless possibilities! Your ideas sound wonderful ~ have fun experimenting and finding your favorite body powder blend!

  10. Just what I need at this time. I will definitely be trying this all natural powder. With begamot and patchouli being my recent favorites the scent will be wonderful.

    1. You can swap it for the essential oil of your choice. I might go with something like Cedarwood Atlas or even Sandalwood.

  11. This sounds awesome! No carrier oil needed? Just the powders are enough to dilute the oils and make them safe to put on the skin?

    1. I have bought Jean Nate body powder for decades-that is, until they discontinued it!! This sounds like a way that I may be able to create my own version. Is anyone here familiar with that fragrance? If so, I would appreciate any suggestions for oils that might help to recreate the fresh, citrusy smell that I loved. It seemed to have a little “spice” in it, also.

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