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May 30, 2014
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Natural Homemade Deodorant

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Homemade deodorant…yes you heard me right.  But before you walk away from your computer and contemplate how hard it would be to keep from breathing in through your nose during a conversation next time you run into me, or before you give me this look…

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…hear me out.  I have tried lots of natural deodorants that you can buy at Whole Foods, PCC, Trader Joe’s, etc.  They just don’t do the trick.  I feel gross…I smell bad…and I just say forget it I will take my chances with my health so I don’t send people running and screaming when I walk into a room.  Well now I was pretty much home bound since I had just had my new little one and running around with an infant is hard enough but when you add a 4 and a 2 year old to the equation you just give up on having a life outside of your home for a few months.  So I decided to experiment with things I would be too scared to try when I have to be seen (and smelled) in public.  One of these things was deodorant and I was very pleasantly surprised!  Being that my mom and my sister were the only two people I was seeing I texted them both (because let’s face it, this is the modern world, we text, we don’t call) and asked if I smell.  My mom, being un-phased and used to these types of texts from me, said she never smelled anything.  My sister, after some giggles, said she wasn’t trying to smell me but that when we ran the next day she would take a sniff and see.  Well yes on a busy road before we parted ways to our separate homes she took a sniff…and then went in for another, exclaiming “you smell like flowers”!  So yes even after a good sweaty workout you will still smell like flowers lol!  Be warned that when you first transition to natural deodorant you may sweat a bit more the first week or so.  I did not experience this but my husband did.  However he now says he stays much dryer than with the store brand.

As for storing the deodorant; you can use old deodorant sticks (or buy empty ones on amazon for pretty cheap) or you can stick it in a bowl.  If you place it in a bowl you will need to use your fingers or a towel to rub on the deodorant.  I like to feel like I am still using regular deodorant so I use sticks.  The tricky thing about the sticks is that they will melt.  I didn’t believe it when I read this and told myself mine would be different and better, but I do not possess the magic I like to pretend I do, so when I went to put in on way too much came on.  So I put it in the fridge.  Once you get past how odd it is to go into your fridge for you deodorant it is not bad at all.  The consistency is perfect when kept in the fridge, like Secret deodorant.  Oh and no deodorant streaks on your clothes with this stuff!

My measurements are a bit odd because I wanted it to make two full sticks.  My first round made about 1.5 sticks which was an awkward amount.  A stick should last you about 4 months based off how my stick seems to be progressing after a month of use.

How nice it is to be able to see such natural and simple ingredients when you use your deodorant.

How nice it is to be able to see such natural and simple ingredients when you look at your deodorant.

 

Makes 2 sticks of deodorant

4 Tbsp + 1 ½ tsp Coconut Oil

3 Tbsp Shea Butter

4 1/2 tsp Beeswax

4 Tbsp + 1 ½ tsp Baking Soda

3 Tbsp Arrowroot Powder or Cornstarch

Lemon Essential Oil and/or Geranium Essential Oil, to scent that you like*

5-10 drops Tea Tree Essential Oil**

1)      Place first three ingredients in a glass bowl above a pot of water (make shift double boiler) and let the ingredients melt as you stir them together.

2)      Once it has all melted together remove from heat and add the baking soda and arrowroot powder.  Stir together.

3)      Let cool, but not harden and add essential oils until you reach a scent you like.  I added about 20 drops lemon essential oil and 15 drops geranium essential oil.  The smell is a bit strong; I will probably do 10 and 5 next time. (Let us know if you find a ration that you like!)

4)      Place it in a jar and let cool and harden before using.

5)      If you want to place in a deodorant stick let cool until it is a pudding consistency, stirring occasionally, then place into the stick.

6)      Put the stick into the refrigerator to speed up the hardening process.  It does not need to stay in the refrigerator after it is hardened.  (You can let it harden on its own, it will just take longer)

*Why do I say to use Lemon and Geranium Essential Oils?  Must you use those and not others?  Must you use essential oils at all?

You do not need to use essential oils.  Your deodorant can still work without them; they will mainly just provide a pleasant smell.  However, both Lemon and Geranium Essential Oils are known for their ability to dissipate odor.  They also smell very nice.  You do not need to use both together to eliminate odor.  However I am a very paranoid person and do not want any chance of smelling…which means…double the power, I will use both odor eliminating essential oils!  The Geranium is much stronger smelling than the Lemon, so despite my efforts I really only smell the Geranium.   And even at the end of a long day chasing kids wearing this deodorant I can still smell the geranium so if you ever have problems with odor or have very active days I do strongly suggest using at least the geranium.  But again you do not need to use these essential oils.  You could use peppermint for a nice refreshing smell, or sweet orange and feel like you are in paradise all day, and you can even combo up essential oils to make your deodorant unique!

**You also want me to use Tea Tree Essential Oil?  Now that beautiful smelling deodorant I made smells a bit funky!

You do not need to use Tea Tree Essential Oil.  Why do I?  It is a natural antibacterial and will help kill off bacteria that may be hiding in your armpits, causing extra odor!  Again I am paranoid and will do what I can to make sure my family doesn’t smell when using our natural deodorantsJ!  Also the smell for me went back to just smelling like Geranium Essential Oil and the Tea Tree Essential Oil was undetectable.

Resources:

http://just-making-noise.blogspot.com/2013/03/homemade-natural-deodorant-that-works.html

http://chocolateandzucchini.com/recipes/other-recipes/homemade-natural-deodorant-travel-friendly-recipe/

http://wellnessmama.com/1523/how-to-make-natural-deodorant/

May 17, 2014
by Trying Mommy
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Homemade Sunscreen

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That time of year is back of barbequing with family, spending days at the park and beach, and of sunburns. My kids and I have highly resistant skin to sunburns. I could spend the whole day at the beach in the sun with no sunscreen. My husband laughs because I will come in looking beet red and he just winces, but then after a nice shower and a little shut eye, we wake up to find me with a beautiful tan, no red. With such results it is hard to get myself to put on sunscreen with who knows what in it on my skin when I know I will be fine without it. However I am rapidly approaching 30 and I need to start taking care of my skin if I don’t want to look 80 when I am 60.   My husband can sunburn…and I also don’t want to risk skin cancer on anyone in my family. So I looked for a new solution to the mini debate I have with myself every morning on whether we will be in the sun enough that day to warrant sunscreen. With this homemade sunscreen I no longer hesitate and just immediately put it on the kids to start our day when it is sunny out.

I made this in the morning before going to the zoo for the day. My poor husband; I get grand ideas that I want to use one of the recipes I have found and run and start making it. Luckily this was a quick and easy recipe to make so it did not slow us down. In fact we were going with my parents and my sister, brother-in-law and nephew and with three kids, one barely 6 weeks, and me making our sunscreen that morning we were still the first to be ready to leave. When we got to the zoo my husband and I quickly rubbed it all over our faces and exposed skin as my dad made jokes about our “mayo” sunscreen and if I could put some on his sandwich for him; don’t tempt me, dad ;). After letting it sit on our skin for 15 minutes and neither of us reacting to it we started lathering the kids. The ultimate compliment was when my sister tossed aside her sunscreen and asked to use mine on her son. She is very picky on what she will use on her son and is not afraid to say she wants to research something before using it.   So for her to just go for it shows how much she trusts what I am making!

We have now been using the sunscreen since that zoo day and I cannot be happier or say better things about it. It moisturizes, protects from the sun, and protects from insects if you add the right essential oils, and it is as safe as it gets for your skin! I know I say this time and time again in my posts but we absorb more through our skin than we think so it is so important we are careful what products we put on it. Oh and you can save so much money as well making this; this makes a lot and it goes a long way!

Natural Homemade Sunscreen

Makes about 16 oz of sunscreen

½ cup Sweet Almond Oil

¼ cup Coconut Oil

¼ cup Beeswax

2 Tbsp Mango Butter (Shea Butter if you do not have Mango)

1 tsp Vitamin E Oil*

3 Tbsp Pure Aloe Vera*

2 Tbsp non nano Zinc Oxide (SPF)

10 drops Lavender Essential Oil*

10 drops Peppermint Essential Oil* (bug repellent)

1)      Place your first 6 ingredients in a bowl over a pan filled with water (or use a double boiler)

2)      Let it all melt together as you stir from time to time and then remove from the heat.

3)      Now when you are working with the non nano Zinc Oxide it would be best to wear gloves and be careful not to inhale it, I worked with mine outside. (I am not a biologist, biology was probably one of my worst subjects in school, but I read some people suggest to wear gloves and/or a mask, but all the research I read about the stuff says as long as you use non nano it is safe to work with as it will be too big to absorb through the skin)

4)      Mix in the Zinc Oxide stirring very well.

5)      Add your essential oils if choose to use them.

6)      You can leave it out to harden a bit into a lotion solution, or you can place it in the fridge to speed up the process.

*The Vitamin E Oil and Pure Aloe Vera are both optional; they give a bit more sun protection for your skin. You can use whatever essential oils you would like, or none, I chose these two because they are smells bugs hate so I decided to add a little protection from them. Just be sure to not use any citrus essential oils as that could subject you to sunburn.

I chose Mango Butter over Shea Butter due to research that suggested it might be better at repelling the sun. Both are great at moisturizing which can help prevent sunburn and both are good on sunburned skin which I again take as a good sunburn preventative.

With 2 tablespoons of Zinc Oxide this is approximately SPF 20. More can be added to make it greater.

Not necessarily water proof. This is great for an everyday sunscreen when you and your kids are out in the sun but if you are going to the beach for a day of sun bathing, sand playing and swimming I would suggest buying sunscreen, or having a regular re-application regiment. Use the money you save from making your own for the majority of the time and buy the safer brands for your skin. My favorites are Badger, Kiss My Face (they have a great spray which makes applying much easier on active kids), Babyganics, and Burt’s Bees.

Resources:

http://wellnessmama.com/2558/natural-homemade-sunscreen-recipe/

http://www.kidzworld.com/article/26959-how-to-make-homemade-sunscreen

 

May 7, 2014
by Trying Mommy
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Natural Homemade Lip Balm

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This week is Teacher Appreciation week so to any teachers out there reading this, thank you so much for the amazing work you do! It takes a very special, wonderful person to give so much of themselves to better other people’s children! Thank you! And May 11th is Mother’s Day so Happy Mother’s Day to all of the mothers, soon-to-be mothers, and women that hope to one day be a mother!

My daughter wanted to make something for her teacher this year and now that she is four I am more comfortable with her helping with the more advanced recipes that take using the stovetop. So we decided on lip balm. Originally my daughter wanted to color the lip balm pink and make it more of a gloss, but as our multiple attempts to color it failed we decided to thicken it with a bit more beeswax and make a refreshing lip balm! My daughter and I had so much fun doing this recipe and I know that the special people she made it for will be so excited to try it! And to add a little bit more fun I picked up some tins from our local craft store and she picked out some stickers/decals and she decorated the tins as well, which she took great pride in and was very particular to make sure she used the right colors and designs for the proper people (I know I am giving away a gift a certain someone is going to get if they read this, my daughter knows owls are her favoriteJ)!

The recipe I have laid out here is using the best of the best to make the best moisturizer and healer for your lips but much of it can be eliminated if you don’t have all the ingredients and are on a time crunch, or just don’t need that ingredients benefits. So I am first going to give the recipe I use, and explain why I use some of the ingredients. I will then give a quick easy recipe that you can easily find the ingredients for at your local grocery store and craft store and make it in time for Mother’s Day.

This recipe took me an hour and a half to make with my daughter. Now I did have to take it a little slower as my little actress likes to stop for story and dance breaks J. Also you can definitely take off a half hour of that time if you are not adding the Calendula Petals (anti-inflammatory and promotes healing, great for chapped lips). I was also playing with color.

On a side note.  As you are using this on your lips please spring for the more expensive, better essential oil brands.  I use doTerra when making products I am using on myself or my kids.  Some brands use additives and fillers to save money.  If you can just talk to an employee they should guide you to the best ones and use the rule of thumb that if a brand is much cheaper than all the others there is probably a reason.

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Natural Homemade Lip Balm (advanced)

Makes about 10 sticks or 5 tins of lip balm

2 Tbsp Sweet Almond Oil

1 Tbsp Coconut Oil

1 tsp dried Calendula Petals* (Optional – promotes healing)

2 Tbsp Beeswax

1 Tbsp Mango Butter (or Shea Butter)(I use Mango Butter as it provides a bit more sun protection)

½ tsp Aloe Vera* (Optional)

¼ tsp Vitamin E Oil* (Optional)

5 drops Tea Tree Essential Oil (Optional – natural antiseptic)

5-10 drops Peppermint Essential Oil (and/or any other essential oil(s) you enjoy) (Optional)

 

1)      Place the first three ingredients in a double broiler, or a glass bowl over a pot. Simmer for 30 minutes to let the Calendula Petals absorb into the oil. (If you are not using the Calendula Petals skip to step 4)

2)      Place all other ingredients, minus essential oils, in a separate bowl.

3)      When the 30 minutes are up use a strainer and pour oil into the bowl with all the other ingredients, straining out the petals.

4)      Place the new bowl back over your pot and melt it all together.

5)      Once melted and combined remove from heat and add your essential oils.

6)      Mix well and pour into tins/containers. (I tried using a dropper but the inside got clogged up. Using a funnel was easier but you have to make sure not to over fill.) Work fast when pouring into containers and if it starts to harden just place back over heat until it is heated again and then begin pouring again. I had to reheat mine three times my first time.

*Calendula Petals are great for healing so if you have chapped or winter damaged lips this is a great addition. Aloe Vera is great for rejuvenating and soothing chapped lips. Vitamin E Oil has wonderful healing properties for skin and can work as a natural preservative. All of these are optional. I live in the world where more is more, lol, so I use all. You can pick and choose based on what you have in your home. If you take Vitamin E liquid pills you can poke a hole in one and drain it into the ingredients so you don’t have to buy another thing to clutter your cabinets.

Natural Homemade Lip Balm (beginner)

3 Tbsp Coconut Oil (any grocery store)

2 Tbsp Beeswax (check candle making aisle in your local craft store, I buy mine on Amazon)

1 Tbsp Shea Butter (check local health food/vitamin stores, I buy mine on Amazon)

½ tsp Vitamin E Oil (Optional – you can get this at Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods, etc.)

10-15 drops total of Essential Oils (Optional – Whole Foods, health food stores)

Follow same cooking procedures as above!

I love these lip balms, but I would still love to make a gloss. I have a few more methods I am going to try for coloring and when I finally succeed I will share, but for now enjoy some refreshing lip balm that will make your lips feel great. For me I feel the same as I do when I use Burt’s Bees, but instead of spending $3-4 a stick I am spending less than a dollar and less than two dollars for a tin!  Enjoy!

Resources:

http://foodformyfamily.com/manic-organic/homemade-lip-balm-and-lip-gloss-for-your-valentine

http://thenerdyfarmwife.com/how-to-create-custom-lip-balms/

http://wellnessmama.com/5837/natural-tinted-lip-balm-recipe/