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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!




Cheap Entertainment for the Whole Family!

A family hike is a great way to enjoy time with your family.

Let’s face it, entertaining a family can be quite an expensive task.  A professional sporting event can cost over $150.00 for a family of four.  Going to the movies can cost upwards of $50 for a family of four if you include snacks (best of luck attending a movie without snacks)!  Below are my family’s top ten inexpensive ways to enjoy each other’s company:

1. A walk outdoors. Take a walk around the block.  Get out and meet your neighbors!  A walk at your local park can be a good thing as well.  Our family tries to see a different park every weekend during the summer.

2. Game Night- Board games are cheap and the entire family can play.  Sitting around the table, competing with one another, really opens it up for discussions about anything.  What happened at school, what’s bothering them, anything comes out.  It’s a non-invasive open communication.  We have great memories from our game nights.  I’ll post some of our favorite games in a later post.  What are some of yours?

3. DVD Movie night – At our house it is Netflix night.  We just love Netflix, it is cheap and they have an astounding selection of movies.  We can always find something for the entire family!

4. Road Trip! – If you are close to a cool destination, pack up the car and drive to it!  Rent a hotel room with a pool and the kids will never forget it!

5. Festivals- If you cannot find a festival near you, then you are really not looking hard enough!  Festivals can be found almost every weekend, and not just during the summer months.

6. Free Events-Our town always has a free event.  Parades, bonfire’s, Sponge Bob’s appearence at the local mall, just to name a few!

7. Museums – When is the last time you took your family to the museum?  What better way for your family to discover history?  Our trips always inspire discussion about our family history.  Our local art museum is free admission for kids every Sunday.

8. Public Library – We are fortunate to have a really good public library system in our town.  This is not only a great way to instill a love of reading in your children, but also responsibility.  Giving your children their own library card gives them a sense of maturity, responsibility and being part of the community at large.

9. Cook a family feast together – We love to cook together as a family.  In the summer, Dad BBQ’s on the grill and plays frisbee or football in the yard with the kids.  In the winter, I bake cookies and my famous pumpkin bread with my daughter.  This is a great way to bond.  The great thing is, that the kids usually eat their dinner the days we cook together!

10.  Start a garden! Last year, my kids and I were exploring our local greenhouses and were inspired by an amazing fairy garden.  We could not afford to make a duplicate fairy garden, but we found affordable solutions.  It was a great family activity that allowed for a learning experience, a bit of whimsy and fun, and has even continued over the winter inside.  (We used containers and brought them in before the frost. )  This will be a later post too!