Homemade Deodorant Recipe That Actually Works!

Sooo . . . I haven’t worn deodorant in over two months.  We’ll start with that . . .

One of my hobbies for a few years has been to make natural health and beauty products to minimize chemicals being used on the body. At one point, I tried to rid myself of using ANYTHING that had chemicals in it because I was on a 100% natural/organic kick, but I’ve grown to accept that this small part of my life is not an all or nothing thing. For example, I will always TRY to use products that have a minimal chemical impact, but I am ok with dousing myself in my favorite perfume while using homemade dry shampoo that day.

I’ve worn deodorant/antiperspirant for as long as I can remember. I was never one of those girls who just “didn’t sweat”.  I’ve tried lots of natural deodorant as well as the strongest available regular ones.  None of them actually worked but then again I’m not sure what working meant?  No smell?  No sweat?  Both?  … Either or seemed impossible and I pretty much accepted that if I sweat without body odor, then that’s what working is for me.

One day mindlessly scrolling through pinterest, I found a simple recipe for deodorant using ingredients I already had, so I whipped up a batch and started using it right away.

RECIPE #1 

  • I made it too thick with the baking soda.  So much so that it irritated my skin  after daily use for a week.
  • You sweat a lot the first week, but then it magically subsides.  Almost as if chemical deodorant MAKES you sweat more so you need it more. I know this is true when people stop using shampoo after a while, their oil glands stop producing so much oil.  Hmmm
  • I made such a tiny amount and it lasted a long time.
  • I enjoyed the smell of the coconut oil and essential oil blend I put in.

Once I ran out, I decided to keep giving it a try but doing a little more research about the right combinations.  I got so excited to make it again until I realized I ran out of baking soda.  I made the executive decision to make it WITHOUT it hoping that would ease the irritation a bit.

RECIPE #2

  • NO,  just no . . .
  • Baking soda is DEFINITELY needed in the product.  It actually does prevent odor like it says and I am sorry to everyone who graced my presence for those 2 days.
  • Too oily and gets on clothing

I wasn’t giving up so I got a hold of some baking soda and finally found the right formula!

RECIPE #3

  • Blend is smooth enough to not cause irritation but still pasty enough to stay on and not stain clothes
  • Keeps odor in check the whole day (even through hikes!)
  • Still mild sweating but I wont be able to escape that.
  • Packaged up in a cute container would be great as gifts for friends that won’t be offended!
  • IM IN!  I’m going to keep using this and see how it works out long term

 

LavenderTeaTreeDeoderant

This little project fueled my creative fire to experiment with more stuff.  I even made a container of baby wipes/make-up remover wipes which seem to be a hit!

 

 

 

being positive, and other BS we’re fed . . .

Yesterday, an old co-worker turned dear friend of mine contacted me out of the blue with a simple work related question. A few texts later we exchanged the answers to “How have you been?” in which mine was a quick reference to the crazy roller coaster ride I’ve been on lately.

Her reply surprised me because it wasn’t anything that was in agreeing about how life is crazy, or fucked up or anything about keeping tabs on who is suffering more.  It simply stated that she hoped the ride was joyous and blissful because I deserved it, especially knowing where we both came from trying to plant our roots in our careers and ourselves just 2 short years ago.

At that moment, it was exactly what I needed to hear.  The hours that followed this sweet message consisted of me being inadvertently called out for worrying too much and not being able to live and enjoy the present moment from more than one person. Of course, there was more to the story, especially dealing with the craziness of the last few months but this day in particular left me feeling like a really shitty human being and the worst part was I couldn’t find a damn thing to truly justify it because I agreed.  It felt like I got slapped in the face with the reality of what I looked like to the people closest to me and how I really didn’t enjoy what that was.

It got me thinking . . .

Did it really have to be this way?

Is it true that this ride CAN be joyous and blissful all the time?

And more importantly . . .

Am I in control of it?

I think a real issue that has stayed with me for as long as I can remember is that I tend to be very black and white with most things that I do.  Its all or nothing, good or bad, diet or binge.  I guess that is to be expected from a former young wannabe bodybuilder, but that stage of my life has passed leaving me with that last little bit of these life lessons to conquer.

I use this mentality when my judgement gets crossed.  Someone telling me I am too negative or worrysome (even if its me) immediately throws me into this tale spin of me trying to be positive and happy 100% of the time like one of those creepy people (you know at least one) that justifies EVERYTHING as a universal lesson which leaves them no room to take personal responsibility for anything.  When that fails, I get “negative”, pissed off and want to punch everyone that tells me to “live in the moment” far into the future . . . just because.

What I have come to believe is we are not MEANT to be positive 100% of the time. The situations in our lives that get us mad or angry or sad are just a part of it, just like death is a part of life. Furthermore, things are not MEANT to always go your way either.  This is a huge indicator of life putting you on a better path and allowing you to have different feelings, emotions and THINGS that will ultimately keep propelling you forward or backward or whatever is in store for you . . . unless you’re boring and have completely settled on a mundane life.

We are MEANT to feel like shitty human beings sometimes and it’ll takes more than a pep-talk or a specified amount of time to change your perspective. It’s all unique to you and what you’re going through.

And so is how you choose to strive . . .

You could strive to be 60% positive most of the time.

70/30?

50/50?

As long as you can embrace that its ok to feel the way you feel.

That is if you LEARN TO GROW AND LET IT GO.

Which is obviously what I need help with the most, but for now it is a pretty freeing realization even if I end up being wrong or changing my mind down the road.  Maybe feeling terrible is a key to not more often?

But for now . . .

  • Strive for being on the other side of dark most of the time (see above)
  • Enjoy the ride when its good, but embrace with curiosity and kindness when its bad (you don’t have to PRETEND its good when its bad even if the whole thing is for your own positive good in the end)
  • Be amazed that you get to experience all of it