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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.

 

Hot Yoga Beginner – What To Expect

I recently wrote about some of the reasons I love hot yoga.  If you are considering taking your first class, here are some tips to help you know what to expect.

Hot Yoga Beginner – What To Expect

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What to Wear: i wear yoga capri pants and a tank top.  Others wear sweatpants and a t-shirt.  I tend to adjust my clothes more if they are baggy so I prefer to have tighter clothing so I can concentrate on poses rather than my clothes.

What to Bring:  You definitely need a yoga mat.  I have a yoga mat towel that I lay on top of my mat but you can use a regular towel too. It will help absorb the sweat so you aren’t slipping and sliding on your mat when you sweat on it. Whatever kind of towel you use, I definitely recommend using one. If you forget your towel, chances are you will only forget once. And I always bring a hand towel to blot the sweat off my face.

Before class:  Drink plenty of water during the day before class.  You will sweat a lot and if you aren’t properly hydrated you may feel dizzy.  Many bring a bottle of water to class and take sips in between poses.  I got dizzy my first time because I didn’t hydrate enough but that rarely happens now as I make sure to hydrate properly.

Also, it’s best not to eat at least an hour before class.  Having a full belly will slow you down and you may feel uncomfortable.

What if I get tired: If at any point in the class you feel nauseous, dizzy, faint or just too tired to go on just sit in child’s pose. It is very common in every class I’ve taken to see students in child’s pose at some point.  There actually has not been one class I’ve taken that someone DIDN’T go into child’s pose to rest.

The main goal for your first class should be to just stay in the room for the duration of the class. Even if you sit in child’s pose or cross legged the whole time, it’s fine – it’s totally fine. The instructor won’t get mad and no one around you will care.

But if you have to leave the room, by all means, pay attention to your body and do what you feel is right.  Just get up and quietly walk out, take a breather or go to the washroom and come right back in.  No one will remember or care for that matter, I swear.

I have a friend that started coming to class with me and his first time he left the room 3 times. I was proud of him for continually coming back to the mat.  Now he doesn’t leave the room until class is over.

What if I don’t know the poses: When I first started going to hot yoga, one of my concerns was that I didn’t know all the poses.  The good news is that you do not have to know all the poses.  If I am ever unsure of how to do a pose I just look around the room and watch what others are doing.  Every single person is a beginner at some point. The only way to improve your practice is to practice.

Occasionally the teacher will come around and adjust my pose if I am not doing it to it’s full potential and I really appreciate the assistance.  I find that when the teacher is adjusting a student it’s because they sense that the student is taking it very seriously and will welcome the assistance. It’s not intended to shame or make you feel bad at all.  The teachers objective is to help you grow your practice safely.

Whether you do 20 poses or 1 pose, your practice is your practice.  There is no expectation of you by anyone else.  You set your intention when you enter the room.  People are there for different reasons.  Some for the work out, some for the stretch, some for the mental clarity, some just need a good sweat (it’s very detoxifying), etc.

Class:  When I arrived for my first hot yoga class I made sure to show up early so I could get a spot that I felt most comfortable with.  I was new so I felt self conscious and wanted to be in the back. As the students shuffled in I noticed ALL shapes, sizes and ages were there and ready to sweat.

The yoga room is a somewhat sacred place.  We take off our shoes before entering and once inside speak in a whisper if at all because others are taking these first few quiet minutes to relax and slow down.  Also, if you have your phone with you, make sure it’s on silent.

In my classes, the teacher enters and starts with warm up stretches called Sun Salutations. You will ramp up slowly to more challenging poses and work up a great sweat. After some time the temperature in the room will start to slowly get cooler and towards the end of class you will do work on the floor.

At the end of class, your last pose will be Shavasana (corpse pose).  Pronounced shah-VAHS-anna.  This pose is one of the most important. It allows the body to regroup and process the information it has just received from your yoga practice. Stay in this pose as long as you need.

If you have any questions, feel free to leave a comment below.

Namaste

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