Homemade deodorant & body scrub info

559437_371625826284197_856960097_nINSPIRED BY THIS POST!! All it took was 1 person to ask if I’d sell mine, and the rest is history 🙂

**For those new to my homemade deodorant, here’s a pretty extensive thread with my recipe, Q & A, FAQ’s, and testimonials. I’ll always gladly share this recipe with anyone interested (it resides in my “Stuff We Make” photo album), but know that not everyone has the time, energy or desire to gather all the ingredients and make their own, so this offer is for that crowd! Recipe: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=537190792963232&set=a.494009763948002.128085.397517646930548&type=3&theater

**So, what’s the cost? I want to put this 1st so you don’t get all excited and then realize it’s out of your budget- I hate it when that happens! I’m asking $8  per 4 oz glass jar  (Ball or Kerr Mason jar, made in USA!), there are no frills, no fluff, just a plain Mason jar, a label with ingredients, and the Frequently Asked Questions. Flat rate shipping for 1 jar comes to $6.65, anywhere in the continental US, BUT I can also ship up to 4 in that same flat rate envelope-so buy multiples, it’s a good deal 🙂 Of course, if you have a friend or 2 in your area who is also interested, want to stock up & be set for a year, or give some as gifts, ordering more than 1 jar is a great idea and shipping won’t be a whole lot more for several jars vs. one.  Several of you have told me you’re fine sending me a check, and then me sending this out to you immediately. Otherwise, I have a PayPal account so if that interests you let me know & I’ll give you the details to pay that way. Send an email to me at ecofriendlymamausa@gmail.com to place your order.

Some frequently asked questions:

*Won’t this stain my clothing? No. Men & women who don’t shave their armpits may have to spend a few extra seconds making sure it’s rubbed in well, but just like any deodorant, it quickly absorbs into your skin.

*How do I apply it? Just rub a little dab on with your fingers. Or if you prefer you could transfer it from this glass jar into an empty deodorant stick (but it has to stay in the fridge). I prefer glass over plastic, and don’t mind applying it with my fingers. The natural stick deodorants I’ve used contain beeswax & other stabilizers to keep them from melting when warming up. These leave my pits waxy & greasy feeling, and definitely can stain clothing.

*Do I need to refrigerate it? No. But be aware that coconut oils melting point is 75 degrees. Once it reaches this temp it will liquefy & ingredients can settle out. You can find somewhere cooler in your house to store it, refrigerate it, or shake it up & apply it with fingers or a small brush. It’s an absolutely perfect consistency around 72 degrees, but the quality of the product doesn’t change whether it’s a bit firmer, or runnier…

Purpose of the ingredients:

Coconut Oil: Coconut oil is antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal so it’s a perfect ingredient for deodorant. I use organic, unrefined, cold-pressed, extra virgin coconut oil which means more nutrients are left in it to benefit your skin.

Arrowroot powder & cornstarch: both help absorb moisture. I use Bob’s Redmill Arrowroot powder, it’s not organic, but non-GMO. I use organic (non-GMO) cornstarch which I purchase at my food co-op through Frontier.

Baking Soda: helps keep bacteria from growing. I purchase Bob’s Redmill.

Tea tree oil: has antibacterial, antifungal, antiseptic properties.

Scent options at this time: Lavender (organic), orange (organic), lemongrass (organic, not safe during pregnancy, fine during breastfeeding), peppermint (organic), rose geranium, patchouli, cedarwood, or a combo of your choice, or unscented of course (my fave is orange, lavender & a couple drops of peppermint).

**Some with sensitive skin can have issues with baking soda. My original recipe left it out, but I felt it wasn’t working as well as I’d like- I felt it worked MUCH better with baking soda in it. If you know that you have very sensitive skin, I can definitely leave out the baking soda, or cut the amount in 1/2 (there’s 1/5 TBSP per jar). Also, I make extra strength with 2-3 times as much baking soda, for those who need something stronger, and don’t have sensitive skin ($.50-$.75 extra/jar, no breaks on multiples).

So, send me a message if interested, and we’ll take it from there!

  

 OATMEAL & SUGAR BODY SCRUB:

 Ingredients: organic coconut oil, organic oats, organic raw turbinado sugar, and your choice of scents: organic orange (my personal favorite), lavender, rose geranium, peppermint, unscented, or a combo of your choice! It’s a wonderful exfoliator & moisturizer, and you’ll have no need for any lotion when you get out of the tub. I LOVE the stuff. This is slightly cheaper to make, I’ll sell it for $6 per 4 oz jar, shipping will still be $5 total to any location in the continental US, although purchasing multiple jars will save a little money, as I can use a flat rate box 🙂

Here is the thread with all the info on the body scrub: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=627514937264150&set=a.494009763948002.128085.397517646930548&type=3&theater.

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42 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Sue
    Jan 16, 2014 @ 17:34:32

    Do you ship to Canada?

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    • ecofriendlymamausa
      Jan 16, 2014 @ 22:30:05

      I do, however it’s ~4 times much as it is in the US. For example, the $5 in the US flat rate envelope, which can ship 1-4 jars of deodorant, is $20 to send to Canada. Still, that isn’t a terrible deal, it brings the jars to $12 each for a 4 oz jar which lasts 4-6 months. But not many people are willing to pay that much for shipping…

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  4. Emily
    Feb 22, 2014 @ 14:28:23

    I would love to order! Just not to sure how:)

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  5. Rosi
    Feb 22, 2014 @ 15:24:25

    I will like to try a sample of your deodorant how much to ship to florida ?
    Thanks
    Rosi Moreno

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  6. ecofriendlymamausa
    Feb 22, 2014 @ 15:26:30

    I’m going to start sharing reviews I receive here, I get so much fabulous feedback, time to start consolidating it! “As a deodorant, it works far better than my regular (mass-market brand) deodorant I’d been using all my life. As an anti-perspirant, maybe not quite as good, but pretty close. That could just be because I don’t shave my armpits. I sometimes feel like I wonder if I’m getting sweat stains, but every time I check I’m not (and there is no smell at all). It’s just a little different feeling to get used to. I notice it more when I’m freshly showered – the few hours right afterward. The rest of the day and on days I don’t shower, I don’t notice it. Maybe just the clean body adapting to it? No stains on clothing (no white marks to have to deal with anymore!!) either. I really like the lavender scent, and I like the unscented, too. I’ve been putting it through various tests – like going to a party in a tight-fitting sweater, shoveling snow in a parka for an hour, etc (it passed all). I’m in Cleveland and it’s super cold out, so I haven’t been able to do a workout in the heat with it, but honestly, my whole body sweats when I go for a run, and I’d always shower afterward, so it doesn’t matter how that result turns out. So I’m a convert! Thanks for making it!”

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  7. Alexis Statum
    Feb 22, 2014 @ 16:47:53

    Very interested in ordering some deodorant!

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  8. ecofriendlymamausa
    Feb 28, 2014 @ 13:40:08

    From Breanna: “I wanted to tell you that the deodorant came in yesterday! That was so quick! I love the deodorant. I am actually shocked because I haven’t ever found anything that truly works. This is so amazing. I’m so glad I ordered this! Thank you so much!””

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  9. ecofriendlymamausa
    Feb 28, 2014 @ 13:40:25

    From Autumn: “I LOVE the deo!! It smells so good and actually works! I was so happy when I got home from work yesterday at had NO smell, just a slight coconutty fragrance (which smells fantastic!) thank you!!!!”

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  10. Willie Mitchell
    Feb 28, 2014 @ 13:48:40

    Is it a subtle enough scent for a manly man to use it. My son is looking for a natural deodorant. He works outside a lot and therefore gets sweaty. I’m excited because I want to try it for myself.

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  11. ecofriendlymamausa
    Mar 02, 2014 @ 13:01:54

    From Angelica: “I used the deodorant for the first time today and I absolutely LOVE it! I have tried countless “natural” deodorants and none of them have ever worked. I was starting to think that I had to choose between using something with aluminum or not being so fresh. I’m so ecstatic that I have finally found something that works! Also, the fact that you share the recipe is pretty awesome. I’m looking forward to trying the scrub.”

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  12. ecofriendlymamausa
    Mar 03, 2014 @ 20:22:24

    From Christy: ” I am beyond thrilled with my deodorant! It wasn’t working as well as I thought it should, then finally it dawned on me- if I slather on more of the nasty chemical stuff if its not working how I want, maybe I should just apply more! That was all it took! I LOVE your deodorant:) I am also in love with your oatmeal sugar coconut oil scrub!! I use it to wash my face and my completion has never looked better!! Can you please tell me the sizes you sell it in? Can’t wait to order more!!
    Thanks for all the you do!:)”

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  13. ecofriendlymamausa
    Mar 19, 2014 @ 19:36:20

    From Sarah: “Can I just say I LOVE your deodorant!!! It works so well and the scent combination I chose it fantastic. I seriously can’t wait to put it on :0) I made my husband try it this morning and I’m hoping it works well for him too. He has the most trouble with natural deodorant. I’m not sure if it’s his natural oils or what but fingers crossed! I would highly recommend it. Just wanted to share!”

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  14. ecofriendlymamausa
    Mar 26, 2014 @ 18:56:13

    I’ve received SO many fabulous reviews on my homemade deodorant, but none more so than this. Here’s the initial email I received: ” I have something called hyper hydrosis and i sweat really really heavily… Nothing I’ve tried has worked and i still continuously sweat. It’s highly embarrassing and nothing seems to take away the odor either… I’ve had people tell me that it smells like i put stuff on just to cover the smell (so embarrassing to explain my problem to others it brings me to tears)… Do you think this homemade stuff might be a good solution?”

    I sent her a couple samples last week & heard from her yesterday (accompanied by a photo of her dry underarm): “This is unheard of… I’ve normally sweat through at least one shirt by now… This is the driest I’ve ever been…” She updated again at the end of the day to say she did sweat a little & will try reapplying mid day, which some do but most don’t need to. She’s seen a huge improvement. YAYYYY! People worry about giving me TMI all the time, and that’s really not a concern on my part! I LOVE helping people discover the power that TRULY natural products can have!! This made my day!!

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  16. ecofriendlymamausa
    Mar 30, 2014 @ 12:59:00

    Excellent review by Anne of Two Crows for Joy: http://www.crowings.com/2014/03/26/does-homemade-deodorant-work/

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  17. ecofriendlymamausa
    Mar 30, 2014 @ 12:59:43

    AND, a fabulous review by Dawn of Raising Natural Kids: http://naturalkids.wordpress.com/2014/02/22/combatting-body-odor-naturally/

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  18. ecofriendlymamausa
    Apr 05, 2014 @ 18:24:08

    From Laura: “Hi Jess! I finally made my own deodorant and it works great! We just brought the kids to Orlando for the week and I was a little worried but I was pleasantly surprised how well it worked. I tried every “natural” brand out there and this is by far the best deodorant. Thanks so much for everything you do and for sharing all your insight! Another note: when I first started using it it worked great the first 2 weeks then I noticed it wasn’t working as well and I was smelling really bad. I was about to give up then I read an article about armpit detox and it said that once you switch to a natural product you armpit almost needs to detox from the commercial stuff. After a few weeks it was back to working great again and has been for months. Glad I stuck with it!!”

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  19. ecofriendlymamausa
    May 01, 2014 @ 18:31:19

    From Nicole: “I love your deodorant. Even convinced my skeptical husband to start using it 😉 “

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  20. ecofriendlymamausa
    May 01, 2014 @ 18:32:20

    From Vanessa: “OMG! Ordered 6 of you deodorants and all five people tried it & LOVE it! I cannot thank you enough for making a product that is safe and effective! I had my doubts like anyone might but if you are thinking of trying it DO IT! You will not be disappointed! Thanks!”

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  21. ecofriendlymamausa
    May 05, 2014 @ 12:45:19

    From Sheina: “Hi Jess… I tried the deodorant and I LOVE it. I feel so clean all the time and even though I do sweat a little there is absolutely NO smell and also no residue. Love it. Thank you for such an awesome product!”

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  22. ecofriendlymamausa
    Jun 05, 2014 @ 18:15:30

    From Alicia: “Got my deo today, it arrived safe and sound! Thanks again! Also, I have been meaning to let you know, I have tried a few other natural deodorants, including Poofy, and yours is my favorite. I love my other Poofy products, and I think hers would be good for an average sweater, but for me, yours is best. Even the regular strength kept me fresher, and the extra strength is amazing! Just thought you should know.”

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  23. ecofriendlymamausa
    Jun 10, 2014 @ 18:09:10

    “Just had to share I tried your recipe for homemade deodorant and put it through the test for 2 weeks. I am so happy with the results. I have always been an antiperspirant kind of gal and have been searching for a natural alternative for about a year I’ve tried salt sticks, organic brands. Nothing has worked as well as your recipe. Thanks so much for sharing.”

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  25. ecofriendlymamausa
    Jun 23, 2014 @ 18:06:31

    From Jessie: “Oh my gosh I LOVE my deodorant!! THANK YOU!!! I put it on right when I got it today. I mowed the grass, raked up what seed like a million pine cones and moved a tractor tire out of the way and still felt dry and fresh! I don’t know why I waited so long!”

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  26. ecofriendlymamausa
    Jun 26, 2014 @ 12:35:56

    From Tara: “Wanted to let you know we love your deodorant! We are new to the transition from toxic deodorants, and the first one we used was a no bueno! My husband was ready throw in the towel and go back to the bad stuff. He agreed to try yours and he’s loving it, as am I! So glad to find something that works and is actually healthy for us. Thanks so much!!!”

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  27. Michelle Hallinan
    Jun 30, 2014 @ 05:58:15

    Hi,

    I’d love to try a jar of your deodorant for $7 + $5 shipping. How & where should I payment? I live in CA.

    Thank you!
    Michelle

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  28. ecofriendlymamausa
    Jun 30, 2014 @ 22:12:56

    From Melissa: “So I hate writing reviews. It’s awkward and then I feel like if I make the review too soon, the product stops working or craps out on me. I bought your deodorant about 2 months ago and have been using that ever since. After a month I threw out all my chemical deodorants and haven’t turned back. I got the orange one and love it. I smell like an orange sugar cookie! I just worked in the garden for over 45min it 80* temps, sweating like a pig but I smell fabulous. You can’t get any better than this stuff.”

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  29. ecofriendlymamausa
    Jul 01, 2014 @ 16:38:25

    From Michael: “My girlfriend purchased a couple of jars from you and we have used them over the last couple of months. They work wonderfully and don’t leave stains!”

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  30. ecofriendlymamausa
    Jul 29, 2014 @ 12:58:04

    From Lauralee: “I love it! It’s works so much better than anything I’ve ever tried, and I love that it’s natural. That’s why I want to stock up! Please don’t stop making it!”

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