Tuesday, June 30, 2009

My First Original Herbal DIY Tutorial - Deodorant

So...this is my first attempt at making my own herbal recipe. I chose deodorant, because really it is my most pressing need at this time (gross, I know). Since the active ingredient in most deodorants is some form of aluminum zirconium, I decided that I needed another option other than spreading a powdery metallic substance in my armpits. However, going without deodorant is definitely NOT an option.
I am really excited about this! So here is what I did...
First, I cleaned out some old deodorant containers...
Then I took the recipe from PassionateHomemaking and used her ingredients, but altered her method. Since I wanted to add some essential oils, I first melted 6 Tbsp. Organic Virgin Coconut Oil in the microwave, then I added in...

Top Note - 30 drops Orange Essential Oil
(Anti-cancer, anti-depressant, anti-inflammatory. Kills bacteria)

Middle Notes - 15 drops Tea Tree & Lavendar Essential Oil
(TT = Anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal. Kills pain)
(L = Cell regenerator. Anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory)

Base Note - 8 drops Patchouli Essential Oil
(Anti-bacterial, anti-viral, anti-fungal. Cell regenerator)

*For more info on blending essential oils, you can visit Cranberry Lane

After that I added in 1/4 baking soda & 1/4 cornstarch, mixed it up, poured it in the containers and popped them in the freezer, so the oils wouldn't have time to separate or evaporate before the mixture solidified.

While they were solidifying themselves, I made some labels to mod podge on when they were finished.
(Bad Picture...I know)

Voila! Healthy, natural, deodorant. I will probably still sweat, but I will smell lovely doing it (I'm also thrilled to see what this does for those nasty little razor bumps)! :)


Sarah said...

Sweat itself doesn't smell bad, you know - only when it reacts with dead skin cells. So as long as you're exfoliating in the shower, you shouldn't need a really powerful deodorant, and this should work superbly! Except sometimes patchouli's a little strong for direct application on the skin, so it might not be good for your razor bumps?

I'm very jealous! I want to do an aromatherapy day sometime - we just pool a bunch of ingredients and recipes and make baskets of gifts and fun things for ourselves.

Megan Gilmore said...

That's why I didn't use much patchouli, and it's diluted with the other ingredients. I'm excited about what the coconut oil will do for my razor bumps....AND! I brought a sample with me today for you to try. I'll drop it off at your house tonight.

Heather & Nathan said...

Very cool.


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