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How I Made My Own All Natural Deodorant…and You Can Too!

With all of my research into natural alternatives, I have really had my eyes opened to all of the chemicals that are added to items that are not necessary, resulting in allergens or worst! Did you know that some common ingredients in skin care have been linked as carcinogens? The more I research, the more I am motivated to find and make my own solutions.

My lastest success story began as a rash that would not go away on both of my armpits. I have used the same brand of deodorant for years and it worked well enough. It wasn’t perfect, but I had the most success with it, so I stuck with it. I also reapplied numerous times throughout the day to feel protected. I noticed a small rash on both armpits that did not go away and started to research deodorants.

I created a deodorant for me and my husband. We have both been using this for over a month now and my husband actually likes it! That is a big deal because he isn’t one to hold back opinions or suggestions. My son, who is a lot like his dad, also likes this deodorant! He even came in and handed me his old tube and asked when I was going to make him his own. What an endorsement! As for me, I LOVE THIS STUFF! I hope that wasn’t too loud, but seriously, this is the best deodorant I have ever used!
I only apply it in the morning. I have not had to reapply numerous times throughout the day. I have checked myself and have never needed to reapply! My rash is also gone! This is simple to make, smells wonderful and does what it’s supposed to. That’s a winner in my book.

One note…this is a deodorant, not an antiperspirant. Our bodies are designed to sweat. Keeping them from doing so is not the best move. You can research this for yourself, but as a woman that shaves and then applies deodorant to that area, it seems that you are just opening the door to clogged pores, ducts, allergic reactions or worst.

There are various essential oils you can use, that not only add a wonderful scent, but also give it anti-bacterial properties. Odor is caused by bacteria. Here are some suggestions: Lavender, patchouli, peppermint, clove, eucalyptus, tea tree oil, cinnamon, sweet orange, just to name a few. The key here is to buy high quality, all-natural essential oils. I highly recommend Mountain Rose Herbs as they grow only organic, pure essential oils resulting in the best end product. I have included a link after the ingredient list below. I used lavender and tea tree essential oils in our deodorants – more lavender in mine with a little tea tree oil, and vice versa for my husband’s.

I just reused our old deodorant tubes after thoroughly scrubbing them out, putting them in the dishwasher and letting them dry. You can also purchase tubes for deodorant here. If you don’t mind applying a pea-sized amount to your underarms with your fingers,  you could store your deodorant in a glass jar with a lid.

Are you ready to get started? Here is the ingredient list:

Make your own Deodorant from all natural ingredients!

Make your own Deodorant from all natural ingredients!

Baking soda – 1/4 Cup

Arrow Root Powder – 1/4 Cup

Coconut Oil – 2 Tablespoons

Vitamin E Oil – A couple drops

Essential oil(s) of your choosing – 20 drops total or a combination thereof
(I recommend certified organic essential oils from Mountain Rose Herbs. Their quality is superb, and yes, the below link is an affiliate link.)

The Dry Ingredients for making your own deodorant.

The Dry Ingredients for making your own deodorant.

Making-your-own-deodorant

First add your baking soda and arrow root powder. Next,add the Vit E oil and essential oils to the dry ingredients. Now you will add the coconut oil. When you first scoop out the coconut oil, it will be a solid at room temperature. The best way to get coconut oil to melt is over a hot water bath. I put water in a pan, heated it and placed the bowl over the top. Coconut oil has a very low melting temp, so it quickly liquifies, as you can see here.

DIY Deodorant Making Directions

DIY Deodorant Making Directions

These measurements are all a starting point. I added more powder and baking soda as my original mixture was much too soft. You want your finished product to be about the consistency of playdough. The next time I make up a batch, I am going to add a bit more Baking soda and arrow root powder as mine did get a bit soft when it reached about 80 degrees last week. I simply popped it in the refrigerator and it hardened right up. I know I wouldn’t want to do this during the winter!

Finished-product-Deodorant-

Once you’ve filled the containers, place them in the fridge to solidify. I left mine in over night, but they should be fine within a couple of hours. When you are first going to use them, you may need to run some hot water over the outside and lightly bang it on the sides so you are able to twist it up. After that, you are good to go.

I still had the little cap so I pushed it on top to make it look official.

I still had the little cap so I pushed it on top to make it look official.

One more note, I do not store mine in the bathroom. As I mentioned, coconut oil has a very low melting temperature and a hot, steamy room is not conducive to this deodorant. I simply place mine in the linen closet.

Please let me know what you think and thanks for reading this! Zen on, baby!




Quick update

Just wanted to check in and say that I made a great lotion today! I will post pics and recipe later in week. My first attempt at lotion was a success!

I also made a dandruff shampoo that, upon first impressions, I am liking. Again, recipe and post in coming week!

Have a fabulous Sunday, everyone! I hope the sun is shining in your area. Mine is gorgeous. I’m not going to let this beautiful day go to waste. Get your zen on, people!

DIY Natural Eye Makeup Remover

I wanted to share this recipe I have been using for a simple, very effective makeup remover. This all natural recipe puts you in control of the ingredients that you put on your body. Take control and say “Sayonara to chemicals!” This is very quick and easy to make and I just reused my old makeup remover container! Recycling at its best.

Are you intrigued now? You know you are. Well, let’s get started!

First, gather your ingredients:

Choose your container.

Equal Parts: Witch Hazel

Jojoba Oil, or (oil of your choice)

FilteredWater

Thoroughly clean and dry your container. Add each ingredient to your container. You will notice that they will separate. Water and oil don’t mix, right?

Before using, agitate to mix thoroughly. Put some on a cotton ball and apply gently to your eye area. You will be removing tough makeup and moisturizing your delicate eye area at the same time. This important step happens without harsh chemicals and carcinogens. How can you go wrong?

Here is a pic of the finished product before and after agitation.

Simple, 3 ingredient all-natural eye makeup remover.

Simple, 3 ingredient all-natural eye makeup remover.

 

Make your own all natural, effective eye makeup remover with 3 simple ingredients!

Make your own all natural, effective eye makeup remover with 3 simple ingredients!

 

Enjoy and let me know what you think! Zen on!

DIY Green Laundry Detergent Recipe

I have been researching and creating various all natural products lately in an effort to eliminate chemicals and gain control over what my family is exposed to.  I have been using this recipe for laundry detergent and am very impressed. I can’t say enough great things about this detergent! It has 3 ingredients. It is VERY cost effective. You only use 1 Tablespoon per load. It cleans incredibly well and gets out stains too. Win, win, win!

You can get the supplies at your local grocery or department store. If you don’t need the ingredients tomorrow, you can purchase the ingredients on the internet. Click the links below to gather your supplies.

1 – 4lb 12 oz box of Borax

1 – 55 oz box of Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda

1 – 4 lb box of Arm & Hammer Baking Soda

3 – bars of Fels-Naptha Soap

You will also need a container to store it in with a lid and a dedicated Tablespoon to measure it out.

DIY-Laundry-Detergent

Grate your 3 bars of Fels-Naptha. Don’t let the rather strong scent of the bars discourage you. Your laundry will not smell like this soap. When I first made mine, it came out looking like cheese curls. Next time, I am going to grate it on a finer setting. Once the bars are grated, you will just need to add the other ingredients and mix well!

I recommend using 1 level Tbsp per load. I have used more than that and noticed that the ingredients did not dissolve completely. Every time since that I have used only 1 Tbsp, I did not have any problems with left over residue, so that is what I recommend.

Try it and let me know what you think! Thank you for checking this out and keep Going Green Zen!

Top Five Tips For Successfully Starting Seeds Inside

So the sun is starting to shine and has overcome its shyness of late. That can only mean one thing…Spring is Here! What better way to prepare for the upcoming warmth of summer than to plant something, right?

Here are five helpful tips to ensure success when starting seeds. It’s not exactly rocket science, but can be disappointing if all your hard work comes to a screeching halt. By following these tips, you should have a healthy, successful, Zen experience and turn your thumbs a beautiful jade color!

  1. Keep in mind the space you have to add plants to. You might want to plant corn, but if you only have containers to fill, you might want to grow tomatoes or flowers instead! Fill your space accordingly. In this instance, the late, great Bob Ross’ words of wisdom, “It’s your world. You can plant a tree if you want to.” does NOT ring true!
  2. Realize that while the seedlings start out small, they do grow bigger. Sometimes overnight! You need to give yourself enough space from the beginning of the process all the way to the day you are putting that precious cargo into the fully-prepared garden bed.
  3. Great Ways to Re-purpose your Lego Advent Calendar Trays

    Keep those seedlings protected! Do you have small children? Pets? Limited space? I came up with a great solution this year. Not only did I re-purpose some trays to come up with the best seed trays ever, I also made my own little greenhouse for the seeds as they grow that would keep them completely protected from our mischievous cat. Score 1 for me! These are the inside trays from our Lego advent Calendar. How cool is that? They are deeper allowing me to use an actual peat cup, Seed-Traysnot the little Jiffy peat pellets. This will allow me to only plant seeds once and then put directly in the ground, so less shock to the seedlings and enough height for stability. The next part was my stroke of genius.I bought a clear tote that fit the plants. While the lid is not clear – I could not find one that had a clear lid, I discovered that both of my trays fit perfectly on the tray lid – (I measured prior to purchasing the tray.) By flipping the bin upside down, I created my own really large greenhouse! This is perfect for those plants that take off and shoot up and outgrown the overpriced greenhouses that they sell and only give about 2 inches maximum room. The real genius moment for me was that it was sturdy enough that my cat could even lay on top of it and not dent the bin, thus not damaging the plants. I must say, I am very impressed with this. I might have to drill some holes into the bottom to give enough air, but we’ll bridge that gap when we get there.DIY Seed Greenhouse

  4. Now that you have the seeds purchased, taking care to choose according to your space and light and zone, you are ready to plant. Check the packages and notate if any need to be prepped the night before. My pinto beans need to be soaked for 24 hours before sowing the seeds. Fill the containers all the way to the top with soil, soil-level-tips
  5. LABELS!!!!  This is so incredibly important and easily overlooked. Those of you that are only planting one type of seed, you can skip this step. The rest of us, keep reading! Get some labels. I prefer two types. Plant-Tag-Tips-for-Growing-I am pretty particular on this next step, but it is well worth it and you will thank yourself for it when you are planting in 4-8 weeks. The large labels, that can be purchased here, are for the main information. I add name of plant from seed packet. If I have two types of tomatoes or peppers, I get more specific. Next is spacing and row information. Last is maturity date. You need to know when to harvest your crop! Again, if you are planting flowers, you can skip the maturity date. Here is how my tags look. The skinny sticks then get less info because they are mainly to keep your seeds straight. I prefer the white plastic as they are easier to read and when I use a permanent sharpie marker, they don’t fade in the sun. They can also be cleaned and reused each year!

Plant-Tag-Tips

Stay tuned for my step-by-step guide to prepping your garden beds. Happy Spring, Everyone! Now, go plant something!