We have all heard the health concerns of applying chemicals to our largest organ; the skin. In an effort to remove as many of these toxins from our daily routine and home I have been experimenting with making my own bath and body and cleaning products with simple, good old fashioned ingredients and have been amazed with the results. I will share what I have found to work as well as any resources I use.
Well, I do believe it is time to share the coveted homemade deodorant recipe I have been raving about. It is a simple recipe and all the ingredients can be found at either your local grocery store or health food store. First, a little history; I am not a big sweat-er, but in all my years of using both conventional and natural deodorants (including the salt crystal), nothing keeps the odor away like the homemade stuff I am about to share. I did use the Angry Chicken recipe with great success a while back, but after a few weeks I began to develope a rash (an allergy perhaps). Now, without further adieu, the recipe:
4 TBSP organic coconut oil
(refined has no scent + unrefined has a lovely natural coconut scent)
1/4 cup aluminum free baking soda
1/4 cup arrowroot flour
essential oil or scent oil suitable for use on the body
Over very low heat place all ingredients in a small sauce pan and blend. It will look as though it will never blend, but soon enough it will blend into a pourable liquid. At this point you can add your scents mixing well.
Pour into container and let set in refrigerator (I keep mine in the bathroom counter)
One batch will fit perfectly into a 125ml mason jar
I use the back of my thumb nail to scrape it out and it melts at your body temperature so it spreads easily and evenly.
I have found it can sting a bit if applied right after shaving, but I may just be sensitive.
Essential Oils – Mountain Rose Herbs and local health store
Jars – Home Hardware
Tins – Here, also available at Mountain Rose Herbs, but were out of stock when I needed them
Who says hippies have to be stinky?!
go gently + be wonderful