Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Homemade Deodorants

Homemade deodorants! Why didn’t I think of this sooner! They are inexpensive, have no harsh chemicals and seem to work.

Deodorants work by neutralizing the smell of the perspiration. Deodorants are more healthful because they don’t interfere with perspiration, a natural cooling process. Here are a few simple recipes, which are fun to make because they can customize with your favorite scents.

Baking Soda: Baking soda works wonders because it neutralizes the odor of sweat. Just sprinkle a light covering of baking soda onto a damp washcloth. Pat on. Don’t rinse.

• Basic Deodorant Powder: 1/2 cup baking soda, 1/2 cup cornstarch, a few drops essential oils such as lavender. Place the ingredients in a glass jar. Shake to blend. Sprinkle a light covering of the powder on a damp washcloth. Pat on. Do not rinse. Or use a powder puff.

• Basic Liquid Deoderant:1/4 cup each witch hazel extract, aloe vera gel, and mineral water, 1 teaspoon vegetable glycerin, a few drops antibacterial essential oils such as lavender or tea tree oil (optional). Combine the ingredients in a spray bottle. Shake to blend. Makes 3/4 cup with an indefinite shelf life.

Right now I’m trying the Basic powder recipe and so far, so good!

Have you ever made homemade deodorant? Do you have a recipe you would like to share?

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