All-Natural EASY DIY Deodorant That Really Works
Commercially available deodorants are packed with dangerous toxins, cancerogenic substances and endocrine disruptors.
Unfortunately, even hen the label says ALL NATURAL and/or ORGANIC, the product may still contain some controversial ingredients.
The rule is – if you can’t pronounce even one of the ingredients it is most likely unsafe to use it!
Also note that antiperspirants likely contain aluminum, and that aluminum may be absorbed and deposited into your breast tissue and significantly increase your risk of breast cancer!
Fortunately there are safer alternatives, simple and easy to make at home, that really work and do not cost a fortune.
My favorite is to mix some coconut oil with a small amount of baking soda (make sure you use pure sodium bicarbonate!) and add the few drops of essential oils.
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- 2 tablespoons of coconut oil
- A pinch of sodium bicarbonate
- 2-4 teaspoons of arrowroot powder
- Few drops of essential oils. Tea tree or lavender or geranium are some good options
- Mix vigorously in a glass recipient all of the ingredients.
- Add few drops of your favorite essential oils. I normally add a drop of tea tree oil (anti-bacterial, anti-viral) and a drop of lavender or patchouli essential oil for scent.
- Pour it in a glass container with a lid and store at the room temperature (or put it in the fridge if it is too warm). This preparation has a long shelf time – just make sure you don’t touch it with wet fingers.
- To apply: rub a TINY amount in using your fingertips. Allow your skin couple of minutes to absorb in order to avoid the oil stains on your clothes. If it does not work the very first day, be patient – your skin sometimes needs up to a week to adapt.
Remember to avoid citrus essential oils during the summer months as they may cause the dark spots on your skin.
- Always use glass or stainless steel recipients and utensils when using the essential oils as they may interact with plastic and some metals.
- If you have sensitive skin, please note that sodium bicarbonate may cause irritations due to its ph that is different from ph of our skin, so skip it or use even smaller amount of sodium bicarbonate and use more of the arrow root powder and essential oils. Keep essential oils to 2% of the total weight. Always consult an aroma-therapist or your doctor about essential oils usage and safety.
Voilà – that’s really it.
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Carrots & Coffee Sun Tanning Oil Recipe
This sun tanning oil attracts the sunlight and it is quite effective. However, please note that it offers very limited SPF protection and it is best to be used together with the sunscreen. Step 1. Chop up two medium size carrots and add 300ml (two cups) of filtered water. Simmer the carrots for about 30 minutes until they are soft. Step 2. Add 4-5 teaspoons of instant coffee to the pot, stir in and simmer for 10-12 minutes. Step 3. When cooled completely, pour the mixture through the strainer and discard the carrots. Step 4. Add around 150ml of oil(s) to the liquid. Olive oil, hazelnut oil, walnut oil and almond sweet baby oil are all great. You can add of any of these oils or mix them to your liking. Before going out you can also drink some freshly pressed carrot juice to increase the effect 🙂 This Sun Tanning Oil will keep for about 2-3 months. Refrigerate for maximum freshness. Do not use oils that smell rancid.
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- It’s suggested to put a layer of sunscreen under the tanning oil to prevent serious sunburn.
- Make sure you put the sunscreen first. Click here for Natural Quick Sunscreen Recipe. When the sunscreen is fully absorbed by your skin (it takes around 20 minutes) you can apply a thin layer of your home-made sun tanning oil.
- Be careful and watch out closely for signs of sunburn! This oil should not be used for fair skin.
- This Sun Tanning oil is not waterproof, so be sure to reapply after swimming.
- Choose a designated towel you don’t mind staining up.
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Homemade Sunscreen Quick Recipe
Preparation time: 10-15min.
- 60ml (2 ounce) coconut oil or shea butter
- 60ml (2 ounce) of any of these oils (red raspberry seed oil (SPF38-40), carrot seed(SPF38-40), hazelnut oil (low SPF), olive oil (low SPF) or wheat germ oil (SPF20) or combination. Make sure to include red raspberry seed oil for both UVB & UVA protection).
- 60ml (2 ounce) beeswax or alternative (for waterproof protection)
- (Optional) 10 drops of your favorite essential oil (don’t use citrus oils as they can case dark spots!). The lavender essential oil and calendula infused oil can help protect the skin from sunburn. Ylang-ylang oil has relaxing, tropical fragrance and patchouli is good for dry skin.
Combine all ingredients in a glass recipient. Fill a saucepan with some water and turn the heat to medium. Place the glass recipient in the saucepan with water. Mix until completely melted and smooth. Remove from the heat and let it cool.
It is hard to say, without doing lab tests, what level of SPF protection this homemade sunscreen offers, so be prudent always.
For a more predictable and performant sunscreen, especially for sensitive and fair skin, you would need to add 5-20% zinc oxide (non-nano, uncoated, high quality).