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Natural Homemade Deodorant – Safe and Very Effective

Natural Homemade Deodorant – Safe and Very Effective

homemade natural deodorant diy beauty odor control organic homeopathicAfter 3 years, I figured it was about time that I share my recipe for the homemade natural deodorant I use. Minimum of 3 ingredients, 4 if you use essential oil for scent. I only just recently started tracking how long each batch has lasted me and the last time I made one was November 20th, 2014 and I finally ran out March 5th, 2015. Three and a half months of natural, chemical free, moisturizing deodorant for less than a dollar per batch. So, I only spend less than 5 bucks a YEAR on deodorant!! And, the ingredients can be used for other things so there is no waste.

I had to wait until I ran out to write this so I could get photos of me making it. If I missed my window, I would’ve had to wait another 3 months or so. I’ve been wanting to share this for a very long time.

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Here is my personal testimonial from the past 3 years:

I’ve been using this for about 3 years now and not once, I repeat, NOT ONCE have I had any body odor and never been the stinky kid in class. It’s not like I don’t test it either because I do vigorous exercise, bike ride, take hot yoga and have a physically demanding job. Oh, and I live in the beautifully hot state of Arizona. When I first started using it, I would sneak a sniff once in awhile to make sure it was working and now because I’ve never been stinky, I just trust it. I think that’s a pretty good testimonial. 

TIPS:

  1. Start with melted coconut oil. It’s so much easier to blend everything together thoroughly.
  2. Put the ingredients in your mixing bowl in this order: coconut oil, baking soda, arrowroot starch then essential oils if using. If you were to put the coconut oil after the powders, it would create an unnecessarily messier situation. Trust me.
  3. Once everything is mixed, pour the liquid mixture into your container of choice. Use a container that has a lid and one that you can easily scoop a tiny bit of deodorant out with your finger.
  4. To use: just scoop approximately the amount of a pea with your finger and rub into your pit until any granules melt. Repeat on the other side.
  5. I usually use 3 fingers to rub it in. It doesn’t bother me to get it on my fingers because
    1. it’s so silky smooth
    2. it covers more space quicker
    3. its just coconut oi and natural ingredients. Nothing a quick wipe of a towel won’t fix. I’d much rather have to wipe my finger than use harmful chemicals.
  6. As long as I rub it into my pit thoroughly and any granules that might be there melt, it never ever ever leaves a deodorant stain on my clothes. You know how regular deodorant over time leaves a white stain on the pits of your shirts and is difficult to wash out? Imagine how penetrating all those chemical are right on your skin.
  7. I advise using a 1/4 cup LESS one (1) Tablespoon of baking soda. I find that this is the perfect amount to prevent any skin irritation, especially after shaving. Since doing this, my skin hasn’t been irritated once, even after shaving.
  8. Lastly, put the liquid mixture in the fridge for about an hour to allow the coconut oil to solidify a bit. If it’s rock hard, don’t worry because it will end up being paste-like once it’s been sitting in your bathroom at room temperature. Once it’s softened up a little from sitting at room temperature, I take a fork to scrape the surface and ‘chunk it up’ so I can scoop it with my finger tip.

homemade natural deodorant diy beauty odor control organic homeopathicI started using homemade natural deodorant specifically because of the link between Alzheimer’s and store bought deodorant. My grandmother Shirley (I miss her so much) died of Alzheimer’s and I try to do whatever I can to prevent it if possible. Not to mention the other links like breast cancer.

Less chemicals, more life 🙂

Natural Homemade Deodorant - Easy and Effective
 
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Recipe type: Homemade, Natural, Beauty, Deodorant
Ingredients
  • 5 tablespoons of coconut oil, melted
  • ¼ cup LESS 1 Tablespoon of baking soda
  • ¼ cup PLUS 1 teaspoon of arrowroot starch
  • 3 - 5 drops of your favorite essential oil (start with 3 drops, stir in and then add a drop at a time to get the desired scent strength)
Instructions
  1. In a bowl combine all ingredients in this order: melted coconut oil, baking soda, arrowroot starch, essential oil.
  2. Using a fork, mix until everything is combined well.
  3. Place liquidity mixture into a small container with a lid and place in the fridge for a couple of hours until it solidifies. It will turn paste-like once it sits in your bathroom at room temperature.

 

10-Minute Almond Butter Deliciousness Cookie – Paleo, GF

10-Minute Almond Butter Deliciousness Cookie 

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My good friend Tracy, who is gluten sensitive, came over to visit me today and I told her she was going to help me test a new gluten-free cookie. She even took notes lol. I ended up having to include “DELICIOUSNESS” in the title of these because that’s all she could say when she tasted them.

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I was initially skeptical about this recipe mainly because the 1 1/2 teaspoons of baking soda and only 2 tablespoons of coconut flour had me scratching my head. How the heck are these going to turn out cookie-ish? Let me tell you, this recipe is PERFECT!

6 ingredients and 15 minutes later and we had delicious paleo, gluten-free COOKIES!

They turned out so soft and chewy and had so much DELICIOUSNESS in them. We were so excited at how these turned out you would’ve thought we found big foot or something. These were SO good, not to mention easy! Hands down the best paleo, gluten-free cookie I’ve ever made.

I’ve made a couple of batches with both creamy almond butter and chunky almond butter and both came out great. The different brands actually had different consistencies. One was thicker and one was more runny but both turned out delicious.

{ I always choose organics whenever available }

10-Minute Almond Butter Deliciousness Cookie - Paleo, GF
 
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10-Minute Almond Butter Deliciousness Cookie - Paleo, GF
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Recipe type: Paleo, Gluten-Free
Ingredients
  • 1 cup almond butter
  • ⅓ cup raw honey
  • 1 large egg
  • 1½ tsp baking soda
  • 2 tbsp coconut flour
  • Optional: ¼ sliced almonds. You can use any nut or even chocolate chips if you want.
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven 350 degrees.
  2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or use a non-stick cooking sheet.
  3. In a medium bowl put almond butter, raw honey, egg and baking soda. Mix everything until combined.
  4. Add 1 tablespoon of the coconut flour and mix well.
  5. Add the other tablespoon of coconut flour and mix well.
  6. Stir in almonds (optional of course).
  7. Drop tablespoon size rounds onto your baking sheet. Flatten the mounds a bit. They will spread a lot so don't place them too close together.
  8. Bake for 10 minutes.
  9. Let sit for 5 or 10 minutes before removing from cookie sheet to let them firm up a little.
  10. Yields: 10 - 15 cookies. I made mine pretty big and I got 10 from the batch.
  11. Lastly, eat and write me a thank you note.