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Why would you want to make your own deodorant, you ask? Here are a few good reasons:
1. You ran out of the store bought variety and need an easy replacement.
2. It is inexpensive, even with the optional ingredients.
3. You propably have at least some of these ingredients on hand.
4. You can make your own custom scent and it smells amazing.
5. Reduce your waste- you don’t need to use all the plastic and packaging traditional deodorant comes with.
6. It is so easy to make. Anyone can do it with minimal effort.
7. DIY beauty products are fun to make.
8. DIY beauty products make great gifts. However, I would not give a friend deodorant by itself or they may develop a complex!
Because estrogen can promote the growth of breast cancer cells, some scientists have suggested that the aluminum-based compounds in antiperspirants may contribute to the development of breast cancer (3). In addition, it has been suggested that aluminum may have direct activity in breast tissue (4).
Better safe than sorry, right?
Convinced? Here is my favorite recipe for spray-on deodorant with links to my top picks for the ingredients on Amazon for convenience:
Put the ingredients in the spray bottle and shake well. Enjoy!
*Warning* Do not apply directly after shaving or you will may experience some stinging.
Will this deodorant last all day?
I occasionally re-apply it after a strenuous workout or on very hot days. Everyone is different, and if you are concerned you might want to try keeping a small travel sized bottle, like this one, in your purse or bag.
What types of essential oils work best?
Go crazy, my friend. Try one or a combination of the following scents: peppermint, spearmint, rose, lavender, lemon, lime, tea tree oil, eucalyptus, rosemary, orange, grapefruit, thieves and many, many more.
Is this recipe safe?
You control the ingredients so it is more likely to be ‘safe’ than anything you buy commercially, and you can do a spot test on one small patch of skin first to determine if your skin my react negatively to any of the ingredients.
How do I apply it?
You can spritz a few sprays under your arms and anywhere else that needs de-odorizing. It makes a great facial toner as well.
If you try the recipe, feel free to brag about your success in the comments below. I would love to hear about new scent combinations you come up with!
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Why you should D.I.Y and the benefits of using a body scrub
I spent ten minutes staring at a container of body scrub in a discount retail store that shall remain nameless trying to figure out why it was 16 dollars for 8 ounces. It was not a name brand. It was tiny. The ingredients did not list gold, frankincense, or myrrh.
I knew that I could whip up something for much less and have fun doing it (and so can you!).
This is one of my favorite DIY recipes because it is so quick and easy and the possibilities in terms of scents and ingredients is almost limitless.
The following recipes will reinvigorate your skin and make you smell delicious! Body and facial scrubs remove dead skins cells and moisturize dry skin .
The ingredients are things you may already have at home and are very inexpensive compared to many commercial products. The recipes below can be used on your face and your body.
When making your own scrubs, there are a few basic ingredients you want to have. The first thing you need is a container. I prefer something short and wide because scrubs are hard to get out of a taller container in the shower without a spoon .You can repurpose old scrub containers , use a simple Tupperware container or a mason jar. I have also found beautiful glass containers at my local thrift stores for under a dollar.
The next thing you will want to select is an exfoliant. I have used and enjoyed table salt, finely ground sea salt, ground Epsom salt, oatmeal (ground in a food processor or blender), ground coffee, white sugar and brown sugar. My personal favorite exfoliant is brown sugar because it smells great and does not require any extra preparation.
The next thing you need is an oil. There are many choices available including olive oil, vegetable oil, coconut oil , grapeseed oil, and sweet almond oil. It is really up to you if you want to use what you already have or if you want to make a trip to your local health food store or order something more exotic online.
I personally favor olive, grape seed, and coconut oil because they are very inexpensive and are available at the grocery store I do almost all of my shopping at. The basic ratio for your exfoliants and oils is about ¼ cup oil per cup of exfoliant. You want the exfoliant to be saturated but you don’t want extra oil.
The last thing you may (which is completely optional but makes your scrub positively luxurious) is a fragrance and extra additives. I use about 20 drops of essential oil (any will do, but I like lavender, lemon, eucalyptus, or peppermint) per 2 cups of exfoliant. When adding your fragrance, less is more. Try a few drops and add more if you desire.
You can buy essential oils inexpensively online or at a health food store and you can use them for homemade cleaning and beauty products (including almost all of the DIY recipes on this website). If you are new to essential oils you can pick just one fragrance or buy a small sample sized started kit. Other options include vanilla essence (imitation is fine), cocoa powder, or the juice of one lemon or lime.
Extra additives include
dried herbs such as lavender or mint, food dyes, or even cocoa butter and shea
butter for extra moisture.
Substitutions are not
only acceptable but encouraged! Don’t be afraid to experiment with different
oils and exfoliants or scents. I have not yet made a batch that was
Your scrubs can be as
complicated or as simple as you like. The recipes I have experimented with
below are frugal and simple so that you don’t need to waste a lot of money or
You can also consider
giving these scrubs as gifts. Simply put them in a mason jar with a ribbon. If
you are feeling creative you can make your own beautiful labels or gift tags.
Brown Sugar and
Vanilla Cake Scrub
2/3 cup oil of your choice
2 cups brown sugar
5 drops of vanilla extract
⅔ cup coconut oil
2 cups sugar
1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
A jar or container
⅔ cup Olive oil
2 cups table salt
The juice of one lemon or 1 tablespoon preserved lemon juice
⅔ cup grapeseed oil
2 cups ground Epsom salt or sea salt
20 drops peppermint essential
Simply mix the ingredients together with spoon. Easy, right? The trick with these recipes is to make sure you don’t add too much oil. If you do, simply add more exfoliant . The ideal texture is similar to beach sand.
Please be aware that if you use these in the
shower or bath the surface might get a little oil on it and become slippery. Be
I would love to hear about any scent combinations you came up with in the comments. Enjoy!
It does not get much simpler than two ingredients.
The following recipe is fun to make, will save you money, and can help you avoid putting potentially harmful chemicals on your skin (check out the Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep Cosmetic Database for more information).
This powder can be worn on top of your makeup or as a light powder foundation.
I personally like how it smells a bit sweet and do not add any essential oil but there is a lot of room for experimentation and customization.
4 Tablespoons cornstarch or arrowroot powder
3 Tablespoons cocoa powder (If your complexion is darker, start with 5-6 tablespoons)
5 drops essential oil of your choice for fragrance (optional)
Blend the ingredients together.
Test the mixture to see if it is right for your skin tone by rubbing a bit on the inside of your wrist.
If it is not dark enough, add a tablespoon more cocoa powder at a time and retest.
A Few Tips
Arrowroot powder can be substituted for cornstarch. Nutmeg or cinnamon can be substituted for cocoa powder.
You can apply this with your fingers or a makeup brush.
If you want to put this mixture in an old compact for extra portability you can add 5 drops of olive, almond, or jojoba oil. If you need more, add a few drops at a time until you get the texture you want.
Please feel free to share your experiences with the recipe below in the comments.
I am really not exaggerating when I say I love these bars.
I use them instead of a commercial facial moisturizer and lotion, to get rid of dry elbows and feet, and to moisturize the ends of my hair.
They are extremely easy to make and make great gifts.
You can also play around with additives such as cocoa powder, vanilla, lavender buds, coffee beans, etc to customize the scent and add variety.
-Coconut Oil, or any carrier oil (grapeseed oil, almond oil, etc. )
– Shea Butter or Cocoa Butter
-20 drops essential oil or 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa (Completely optional. I love the way they smell without any additional scents)
– Muffin Tin, Ice cube tray or soap mold
To determine how much of each ingredient you will need to fill your muffin tin or soap mold with water.
Then, pour that water into a measuring glass.
Divide the amount you just measured by three and this will be the amount per ingredient.
Heat the beeswax in a double boiler. If you don’t have a double boiler, use a pan of boiling water with a mason jar set inside of it (place your ingredients in the mason jar and the lid under the jar).
Add the beeswax first.
After your beeswax has melted, add the other ingredients.
Heat until all oils are liquid.
Then, simply pour into your mold/muffin tin.
Be careful with the hot oils!
I did not use any sort of liner and was able to easily pry my lotion bars out with a spoon after they had cooled.
Let the bars sit overnight or put them in the refrigerator for a few hours.
You can store them in a plastic bag, tupperware, etc.