Sunday, January 24, 2016

DIY Chemical Free Deodorant

Hey hey hey and happy Sunday.  This continues to be a busy season for me (and my poor blog has often suffered!) as I finished grad school but now am both training for my new job and studying for boards.  In addition, I am helping to run two businesses: our farm and my oils business.  And I have a crawler-soon-to-be-walker.  Oy vey!

God doesn't let busy seasons go void though.  I appreciate the lessons he teaches me through them...the beauty in the chaos.  I have been learning exciting and revolutionary items in regards to my health and this past month, and I am looking forward to sharing in posts in this next week!

One thing that has been so important to me in the chaos of life is to stay chemical free in my home.  It certainly can be a challenging task, especially for the pocketbook.  But it is also so rewarding to know you are keeping products safe for your whole family in your home.  I started on this journey two years ago when I started having all my autoimmune symptoms.  Also, a couple years ago a co-worker had opened my eyes to how my own deodorant and routine beauty products could be adding to my already existent toxic load for my body.  In an effort to help cleanse my body, I gradually started switching to chemical free deodorant, detergent, cleaning products, shampoos and toothpaste.  Having started with Young Living oils 2 years ago, that has drastically helped me stay chemical free. I'm on the journey, and I live learning other chemical-free, DIY recipes from others!

There was one challenge: deodorant!  Look, I am not one of those girls walking around that never gets smelly.  I used to rarely sweat but over the last couple of years noticed myself sweating more.  I wanted to get a new deodorant because I had read and heard how harmful the aluminum and parabens are in deodorant (we are already exposed to aluminum through vaccines, soil, water, canned food, and other environmental exposures).  Rather than let this creep into my sweat pores, I wanted to find a product that worked better.  I had switched to "all-natural" deodorant (ex. trader joes, toms) only to find them not very effective and still a little rough-around-the-edges when it came to ingredients.  I started using Purification oil by Young Living, but didn't like applying it by itself all the time because it can stain the armpit and was not as soothing or young lasting.  So I started making my own deodorant!

My recipe below smells great, lasts a long time, can sit out on your counter at room temperature, and it is very affordable with simple ingredients!  I used Young Living oils for mine, but you can use whatever other brands you prefer for your deodorant.  Give it a try, and let me know what you think!  Please click here if you are interested in purchasing the oils through my Young Living site!

DIY Chemical Free Deodorant

1/4 cup arrowroot or tapioca starch (I used tapioca)
2 tbsp aluminum free baking soda
2 1/2 tbsp organic cold-pressed, unrefined coconut oil
5-6 drops purification oil
5-6 drops lavender oil 
2 drops melaluca or tea tree oil
2 drops Vitamin E oil
2 1/2 tbsp shea butter, unrefined

Mix all the ingredients together in glass jar.  Will form thick and spreadable paste.  May refrigerate right away to cool or set out on counter at room temperature.



Blessings,

Lindsay

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