Homemade anti-fungal cream

Homemade AntiFungal Cream

I’ve had some success making my own anti-fungal creams. This recipe is easy to make and you can use it daily — my husband has been using it for a year now and it’s his favorite cream for that nether territory where men seem to get uncomfortable.

He takes it with him when he travels too, but one time at the airport in Mexico, the young woman at security wanted to know what it was — My husband’s Spanish is ok, but he didn’t know how to say this — “aahh, anti-fungal cream??” — so he motioned trying to describe that it is a cream for the skin — she took it away and threw it in the trash. And it was only a small amount, the less 4 oz, and in a see-thru plastic container. He was bummed — I was too.

Here is the recipe for homemade anti-fungal cream with beeswax. Research shows that beeswax and olive oil inhibit the growth of Staphylococcus aureus and Candida albicans (bacteria and yeast). Shea butter is anti-inflammatory.  Tea tree essential oil is anti-fungal, anti-bacterial and anti-viral. The almond oil has omega fatty acids and is an emollient.

If you do not like the smell of tea tree oil, try my anti-fungal cream with essential oil of bitter orange which seems to knock down the tea tree oil odor somewhat.

DIY Anti-Fungal Cream

1/4 cup olive oil
1/4 cup avocado oil (or olive oil if you can’t get avocado oil)
1/4 cup beeswax
1/4 cup shea butter (choose a creamy smooth one, do not use the grainy ones)


1. Measure the shea butter, beeswax, avocado oil, and olive oil in a mason glass jar — the type you use for canning.
2. Place the glass in a saucepan filled with water.
3. Heat over the stove until the butter melts.
4. Remove from the heat, add the tea tree oil.
5. Stir occasionally for the first 15 minutes or put the lid on tight and shake it occassionally for the first 15 minutes until it just begins to solidify. Then put it in the refrigerator to solidfy completely. Once it is solid, take it out and keep it at room temperature as you use it. No need to keep in the refrigerator. This should keep the shea butter from becoming grainy.

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Homemade anti-fungal cream #2
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  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • ¼ cup avocado oil
  • ¼ cup beeswax
  • ¼ cup shea butter
  • 20 drops tea tree essential oil
  1. Measure the shea butter, beeswax, avocado oil, and olive oil in a mason glass jar -- the type you use for canning.
  2. Place the glass in a saucepan filled with water.
  3. Heat over the stove until the butter melts.
  4. Remove from the heat, add the tea tree oil.
  5. Stir occassionally the first 15 minutes or put the lid on tight and shake it occassionally the first15 minutes until is begins to solidify. Then refrigerate until solid.
  6. Take out of the fridge and keep at room temp as you use it.


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  • disqus_LrLfSv18my

    Can you put coconut oil instead of avocado oil?

    • http://www.deilataylor.com/ deila

      yes, you may use coconut oil instead of avocado oil. You may also use almond oil or olive oil instead of the avocado oil. Coconut oil is a little more solid in cold temps, so the final product may be a little thicker, but would melt on your skin just fine.

  • katheaus

    Of the two creams mentioned, with and without beeswax, which do you like most and why? Is there a benefit to adding beeswax beyond the solidity it adds to the mix?

    • http://www.deilataylor.com/ deila

      I use both — and they work equally well. My husband likes the second one and uses it daily to prevent anything that can be classified as jock itch. He says it works better than anything he has bought. And daily use has been fine.

      The beeswax has anti- inflammatory properties so that is a plus. http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-supplements/ingredientmono-305-BEESWAX.aspx?activeIngredientId=305&activeIngredientName=BEESWAX

      Everyone is different so whatever works best is the best one. Oils can be substituted as needed or wanted

      I think the first one often feels less oily.

      Let me know how it works for you.

  • Summer

    I have a terrible time in the summer with sensitive skin and what my grandmother always referred to as “prickly heat.” Over the years, I have tried everything commercially available. One of my friends started using essential oils and I discovered Tea Tree Oil. Soon after that I found a Tea Tree Oil soap for my son’s acne. His dermatologist wanted to know what I did. I told him about the soap and he took my son off all of his prescription acne medications and told us to just use the soap. When I found this recipe for a Tea Tree Oil anti-fungal cream, I couldn’t wait to try it. I am very please to tell you that after a few days, the “prickly heat” that plagued me every summer for years is gone.

    • http://www.deilataylor.com/ deila

      Thanks for the positive feedback. I’m glad it started working that quickly. I know we couldn’t live without it. I will have to try the tea tree oil soap for my son!

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  • Laure


    Thank you for the recipe! I just did it as I have an athlete’s foot :( I was surprised how fast it thickened (I changed some things, I used cera bellina, neem oil and black cumin seed oil I hope it’s ok!)
    Can you tell me how fast you got results?
    Thank you!

    • http://deilataylor.com admin

      As long as you include the tea tree oil, it should work fine. My husband uses this cream, and he sees results within days. He is so paranoid about getting the fungus back that he uses the cream daily — it acts as a preventative as well. I have also made the cream with bitter orange essential oil which has anti-fungal properties. http://www.deilataylor.com/diy-daily-anti-fungal-cream/

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  • al


    I have an idea to make a Rosacea cream with,

    Shea butter 55%
    Tea tree oil 1%
    Zinc Oxide 40%
    Zinc Pyrithione 4%

    It could double as a sunscreen if the transparency / consistency works, but primarily I’d want to leave it on while I sleep to get rid of Rosacea. Any thoughts? Maybe it’s too strong?

    • http://www.deilataylor.com/ deila

      I would certainly give it a try — in fact I would like to try that out as well. What is your source for the zinc oxide and zinc pyrithione? I dont think I would use the tea tree oil, as I dont believe the rosacea has any link to fungal problems. And it might be too strong with the tea tree oil. Too much tea tree oil can cause irritation of the skin. how about lavendar essential oil?

  • Petra

    Thank you for sharing your knowledge and expertise in this field. More and more people are wanting to go back to the good natural stuff to put onto their skins. I just wanted to ask if one could also instead of shaking it or mixing with a fork, just whisking it with an electrical mixer?

    • http://www.deilataylor.com/ deila

      You can wisk it for sure — but you don’t need an electric mixer, it doesn’t need to be mixed vigorously — just stirring as it cools is good. I have even let it cool with no mixing and it works fine. The beeswax makes cleaning an electric mixer kind of messy, and I’m always for less mess! I have also found that putting it in the fridge and letting it cool down without mixing is good. That seems to keep the shea butter from getting grainy (which can happen depending on the shea)

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