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DIY Organic Deoderant

March 18, 2015

DeoderantThe Nickel Pincher: Make Your Own Organic Deodorant and Skin-Care Products
By Jean Nick

A lot of toxic ingredients lurk in personal-care products, and you can avoid them all by making your own.

Still, you don’t have to buy a ready-made product. Here are a couple of simple recipes that work well.

Deodorant Powder

1 part baking soda
6 parts organic corn starch OR arrowroot powder
A few drops of tea tree oil or your favorite essential oil (optional)

Combine well and store in an airtight glass jar. Dust your underarms sparingly.

Deodorant Cream

This one is good if you shave and tend to get rash.

1 part baking soda
1 part pure shea butter
1 part organic coconut oil
A few drops of tea tree oil or your favorite essential oil (optional)

Heat the shea butter briefly in the microwave or in a double boiler to soften it, then combine it with the other ingredients. Store in a covered glass jar. Apply a tiny bit with your fingertips.

Deodorant Stick

1 part baking soda
2 parts pure shea butter
A few drops of tea tree oil or your favorite essential oil (optional)

As above, heat the shea butter briefly in the microwave or in a double boiler to soften it, then combine it with the other ingredients. Pack your mixture into an empty stick applicator (save and clean out an old one, or buy new ones from a crafting supply store). Apply lightly to underarms.

Lip Balms and Body Lotions

Even though I almost always wear gloves when I work outside, my hands do sometimes get rough or even cracked, especially when it’s wet out or the day is especially long. And my back and legs tend to get dry and itchy, especially in the winter. Pure shea butter works well for dry, cracked hands at night. For larger areas, I prefer using straight organic coconut oil; it is a soft solid below 76 degrees F, but melts in the heat of your hand to become an easily absorbed liquid. When I need a little extra moisture, I’ll make one of the following recipes.

Herbal Hand and Lip Balm

1 cup organic olive or almond oil
½ cup dried organic herbs (I like lavender and rosemary)
2/3 cup grated organic beeswax
A few drops of your favorite essential oil (optional)

Combine the oil and herbs in a double boiler and heat over simmering water for at least 15 minutes. Strain the oil through a coffee filter and return it to the double boiler. Add the grated beeswax and essential oil (if using), stirring until smooth. Pour into jars; the lotion will firm up as it cools. You can skip both the herb-infusion step and the essential oil if you like and make plain almond-beeswax balm, too.

Fancy Body Oil (for moisturizing or massage)

1 cup organic olive oil, almond oil, or coconut oil
A few drops of your favorite essential oil (patchouli and sandlewood, cypress and bergamont, or rose and ylang ylang are great combinations to try)

Combine oils (heat coconut oil over hot water to liquefy) and store in a glass bottle.

Note: For maximum shelf life, oil-based products should be kept in a cool, dark place away from sunshine and heat sources. Mix up only as much as you are likely to use in the next six to 12 months.

Source: rodale.com

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