Natural deodorant (that totally works)

My simple 3-ingredient lemongrass coconut deodorant recipe I posted last summer is still going strong. Using it is a pleasure. A little goes a long way, it last for months and still keeps doing it's odour-free magic. It's insanely economical and totally natural. But, I get bored using the same thing all the time....so time for a remix.

Natural deodorants are popping up everywhere; specifically 'cream' styles. I like to use a stick style, but I'm open to options and I keep my eye on them. Routine Cream (made in Canada in beautiful little jars)...and Black Chicken 'Axilla' from Australia. I haven't tried any, but they totally inspire me to to diy them (especially after seeing their super simple ingredients list).

After after 4 versions, I got one I liked....a lot. Here's how it went down.

Version 1: Very greasy. Not good.

Version 2: Too dry. Attempting to compensate for version #1, the cream just crumpled out of my pits and onto the floor.

Version 3: Better.....

Version 4: Best. Nice texture, goes on easily while still having enough of the dry ingredients to do their thing.

Natural deodorant cream recipe

Yield: 100 grams
p.s. please get a scale if you don't have one....they are inexpensive and you'll use it constantly if you diy these kinds of things

Ingredients

Wet stuff
15 grams coconut oil
4 grams beeswax
3 grams shea butter
3 grams cocoa butter
5 grams sweet almond oil (or another nice oil like olive or jojoba)

Dry stuff
35 grams baking soda
15 grams arrowroot powder
10 grams corn starch
10 grams kaolin clay

  • 0-10 drops essential oil (depending on your smell preference. Avoid peppermint and other strong/irritating oils as they can sting. Vetiver is nice. For me, lemongrass or lime and vanilla.
  • 2 drops grapefruit seed extract (optional-but has antibacterial and antimicrobial properties).

Instructions

1. gently heat (just enough to liquify) wet ingredients in a saucepan.
2. measure dry ingredients in another bowl.
3. add gently heated oils to dry ingredients.
3. mix.
4. add optional essential oils and optional grapefruit seed extract.
5. store in a small container with a lid.
6. to use, scoop out a pea-size amount with your finger and massage into skin.
Enjoy it very much. 

Update: I've noticed this gets a little 'firm' in the winter months (more like rock solid) if you live somewhere chilly, like me. If you anticipate this, instead of a little pot, try putting this into a stick deodorant container (I reuse an old one) or try adding a little more almond oil when you first make it and it will stay softer even in the cold...but not too much or it will be greasy.   

Glycerin-free vitamin C serum

Sorry for the infrequent posts everyone. I've been busy with home renos, gardening and a new job. But I've been working on a ton of personal care diy that I want to share over the coming months. I've researched, tried, modified and used as much homemade products as I handle (I even got Craig to try some too). My standards are strict. I want something that benefits my skin. I want it easy to make and be made with natural ingredients.

Today, Vitamin C serum. (tomorrow the world!)

One of the products I'm using every day...and seeing results from using (it's been 6 weeks) is topical vitamin C. In the past, I purchased one from Paula's Choice Skincare which was quite nice but quite expensive at $48 for 0.67oz! But it got me hooked on the power of vitamin C.
To specifically target signs of aging on your face, topical vitamin C is best. In fact, applying vitamin C to the skin can be 20 times more effective than taking it orally. 

Glycerin-free because most diy recipes you'll find have it. I made my first batch with it and was super annoyed. Glycerin is fine and moisturizing, but it sits on top of the skin and stays sticky! It just never absorbs. Plain water & C is an option, but it's a little boring and hard to apply, being watery.

The best way I've found to make it is using aloe vera gel. I got the idea is from Gorgeously Green.

Tips
  • for best results the concentration of Vitamin C should be around 10-20%
  • a tiny bit of stinging is normal
  • make a fresh batch once a week: after mixing with water, the vitamin C will oxidize over time and not be effective
  • store in a dropper bottle or small spray bottle for ease of application
  • store away from heat and light-best in the fridge if it's convenient or a dark drawer in the bathroom
  • Maximum results achieved after 6 months of use, keep using to maintain results

Yield: enough for 1 face/neck area for 1 week

Ingredients
  • 1/2 tsp vitamin C powder (I bought at a health food store: it should be a powder and have no added ingredients-just straight vitamin C)
  • 2 tsp water (used distilled if you have it, room temperature boiled water seems to do the trick-that's what I use)
  • 3 tsp aloe vera gel (look for a good quality one without colours and additives)

Instructions

Dissolve the vitamin C powder in the water. Mix it well, some dissolve faster than others. There should not be any white bits floating around. But if you've mixed for a while and it's still a little granular, that's ok. Add the aloe vera gel and mix again. Pour it into your bottle, ideally a glass bottle with a dropper (I've reused a cosmetic one and lately, one that held stevia drops). If there are any un-dissoved bits of C, they'll dissolve as the mix sits. Just be sure to shake well before using.

This recipe makes a concentration of 10% Vit C.  I started off a little too strong thinking 'go big or go home'. But my skin needed time to adjust (it tingled/itched like crazy). So, I lowered the Vit C. I use 10%. I know pH is important, but I haven't checked mine. It seems to do something to my skin though. Results I've noticed after 6 weeks of use: fresher looking, smoother skin, less flakiness.

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