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Monday, November 3, 2014

Making My Own: Deodorant & Lip Balm

Yesterday I realized I was almost out of deodorant. I have intended on making some lip balms for a couple months, but it's really easy to put that off, especially when you found one floating around somewhere so you're able to put your Hubs off because now he's happy he has one again. No, just me?

The Hubs has always, always carried around a tube of lip balm in his pocket. He goes through them like candy & has always been very particular about them. I had to buy just the right kind when he ran out. So when I made some earlier this year, he was skeptical. But this lip balm snob was quickly sold on my homemade stuff! I use peppermint oil which has a nice cooling effect. You can use any kind of oil you like - citrus, lavender, Thieves, etc.

So today I decided to turn my kitchen into a body products lab. I love, really love, my homemade stuff, but boy howdy, I'm glad I don't have to do this very often. The clean up is not a blast. Try to use as few utensils as possible! & get yourself something that is very good at scrubbing. If you have a teenager, this is a really good disciplinary tool. For reals.

Here is my old post about my homemade deodorant. I'm so glad I don't use the toxic stuff anymore. & this stuff really does work. I'll go work out & sweat like crazy, & my pits don't stink! Seriously. Do know that if you switch from regular deodorant, or especially antiperspirant, it will take at least a couple of weeks for your pits to detox. Winter is the best time to do this! Also, if you find that this irritates your skin (which apparently happens to some), it is likely the baking soda - try making it without, or with more arrowroot in place of the baking soda.

Here is the recipe for the lip balms I make. This recipe can make about 14 tubes of lip balm if you're good at not spilling! They make for great stocking stuffers! I need to find some cute labels for them.

Also, these are very cost-effective! Not only do you cut the chemicals by replacing with homemade, but you save money too. AND - I do indeed find these homemade versions superior to their counterparts. Just saying.

Where I get my supplies:

  • I ordered the lip balm tubes from Bulk Apothecary
  • You can get beeswax at some local farmers markets (the one at the Pearl Brewery has some available), Bulk Apothecary, or other places online - just try to make sure it's a high quality beeswax for making body products (not just candle-quality). You can get it in pellets, which is easy for measuring out by the tablespoon, or you can order ounce-sized bars, which is easier for measuring out ounces.
  • I buy my shea butter, arrowroot powder, & almond oil at either a health food store or in the health food section of some grocery stores.
  • I buy my coconut oil from Costco - it's a massive tub for about $13.
  • Obviously I use Young Living essential oils for my products. I do not recommend buying oils from a health foods store to use in body products, as they are quickly absorbed into the skin & their contents are questionable.

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