Homemade deodorant & body scrub info
**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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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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