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Chemical-Free Deodorant

Unlike many commercially-made antiperspirants, my homemade deodorant recipe contains no cancer-causing chemicals or aluminum, which has also been linked to Alzheimers.  My husband and I have been using this deodorant for years and feel good knowing that we’re using a recipe we can trust.

At first, it can take time for your skin to adjust.  Many people go through a detox period, after so many years of using chemicals.  Making sure you have optimal magnesium levels and doing clay packs on your underarms can help.

If you’ve made my lotion bars or lip balm, then you already have most of the ingredients on hand to make this deodorant.  You won’t need shea butter for this recipe, though.

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Create a double boiler by placing a small metal or glass bowl over a pot of water.  I like to use my 4 cup Pyrex measuring cup for this, so it’s actually surrounded by the hot water.
  2. Blend arrowroot powder and baking soda (optional) in a dish.  Set aside.
  3. In the double boiler over medium-low heat, melt the beeswax and coconut oil, stirring frequently.
  4. Remove the double boiler from heat. Add the arrowroot mixture to the melted beeswax and blend well.
  5. Add essential oils, adjusting as needed for your liking.  Blend thoroughly.
  6. Pour into desired containers and place in refrigerator or freezer to set.

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Lotion Bars & Lip Balms

Homemade lotion bars are a great alternative to chemical-containing lotions on the market.  This recipe works wonderfully as a lip balm, too.  I’ve had people tell me that it’s the only thing that works for their eczema, rosacea, baby’s diaper rash cream, or cracked, bleeding lips!

Ingredients:

I like to use equal parts beeswax and shea butter, then about 1.5 parts coconut oil.  Adjust the ratios to make it how you like.  If you want to make a whipped body butter, increase the oil content and whip with your stand mixer until light and fluffy.

Instructions:

  1. Melt everything gently using a double boiler and stir frequently.
  2. Remove from heat, then add essential oils of your choice.  I use about 30 drops for one batch.  (If I want to do different scents, I will add the oils to the molds about half way through adding the mixture, stir, then finish filling.)
  3. Pour into the molds or containers.
  4. Let them cool on the counter or refrigerator.

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A few notes:

  • These lotion bars work wonderfully as diaper cream OR natural sunscreen!  Just add a little non-nano zinc oxide and some extra oil (experiment with different kinds – like jojoba oil) when you’re melting everything so that it’s more spreadable.

If you want a more “whipped” lotion, you can try adjusting the ratios.  Try increasing the coconut oil or add some olive oil.  Then whip it up just like you would make whipped cream!

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