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Natural Deodorant Paste

Natural Deodorant Paste

Many commercial deodorants contain aluminium and chemical fragrances, along with plenty of other nasties that I am not comfortable putting anywhere near my body.  Worse than roll-on commercial deodorants is the aerosol variety; the mist that you inhale goes directly into your mouth, airways and lungs, where it is readily absorbed by your body.

I can only imagine how much toxic crap my body absorbed in my high school PE locker rooms, where Impulse was sprayed liberally by me and 40 other teenage girls… Not good at all. As well as being toxic, commercial deodorants can be expensive!!

So I created this natural deodorant recipe and have been using it since 2015. I must say that I, along with hundreds (even thousands) of others, all agree it’s pretty damn good! Having a thermal appliance makes it easy to create, and a little goes a very long way so you’ll save bucket loads of money too!

To help prevent any irritation, be sure never to apply after hair removal (especially shaving or waxing), when skin is broken and compromised. Or, try either of these versions (Sensitive Deodorant Paste or Carb-Free Deodorant Paste). This handy blog post will you give you lots of tips when transitioning to natural deodorant too! Warning: You will still sweat. That’s a normal, human, bodily behaviour. But, you won’t smell. Trust me, this works!

NATURAL DEODORANT PASTE

Makes: 250 g | 8.8 oz Prep time: < 10 min.

Ingredients  

65 g | 2.3 oz shea butter

65 g | 2.3 oz coconut oil (the type that solidifies)

10 g | 0.4 oz beeswax

70 g | 2.5 oz sodium bicarbonate (bicarb)

40 g | 1.4 oz arrowroot flour (or cornflour)

40 drops of essential oils

My choice of essential oils…

My favourite essential oils in this recipe are patchouli, tea tree and lemongrass, but don’t be limited by my suggestions. Use oils that fit your budget, or those that you already have in your collection. Read here for more information.

Method

1. Add shea butter, coconut oil and beeswax to a glass bowl and heat until completely melted. (Double boiler method– place bowl on a pot of gently simmering water and stir frequently; Microwave method– heat in short bursts on low, stopping and stirring frequently). Remove from heat.

2. Add remaining ingredients and mix until combined.

3. Transfer into container of choice.

4. Place into the fridge or freezer to set (this will reduce the chance of graininess developing over time).

Thermal Appliance Method

1. Add shea butter, coconut oil and beeswax to thermal appliance bowl and melt: 4-5 minutes | approx. 70˚C (158˚F) | low speed. Extend time if required, until ingredients have completely melted.

2. Add remaining ingredients and mix for 5-10 seconds on low/medium speed. Scrape down sides and repeat if required, until ingredients are combined.

3. Transfer into container of choice.

4. Place into the fridge or freezer to set (this will reduce the chance of graininess developing over time).

To Use

Scoop a small amount of balm (the size of your fingernail is plenty) and rub gently onto clean armpits.

Recipe Notes

For an extra kick, substitute the arrowroot powder for bentonite clay – a simple straight swap. Sometimes deodorant paste just doesn’t cut the mustard for everyone all of the time and this little hack might just do the trick!

Krissy Ballinger

Krissy Ballinger

Author, Advocate & Founder

Krissy wants to see a world where people make conscious, educated decisions that honour both humans and habitat. With a background in education and health promotion, she devotes her time to passionately increase awareness on common and avoidable toxins, in everyday items like washing powder and deodorant, and to educate individuals on how they can easily reduce their daily exposure, through simple and realistic do-it-yourself ideas and recipes.

Krissy has sold over 40,000 copies of her natural DIY recipe books, including her award-winning book, Naturally Inspired - Simple DIY Recipes for Body Care and Cleaning, and her newly-released kids book, Make & Play - Natural DIY Recipes for Kids. She offers honest and gentle guidance, education and 100+ natural DIY recipes on her website The Inspired Little Pot.

 

Washing Powder 

Washing Powder 

The chemicals, fillers, fragrances, etc., in many mainstream washing powders are not what you want sticking to your clothes and touching your body all day. Nor are they the kind of thing we want washing into our waterways.

It takes about 5 minutes to get over the fact your clothes will smell less like a vanilla bean cross frangipani tree cross musk stick, and more like, ah, clothes.

There are so many reasons that I love using this washing powder recipe: the natural ingredients are superstars in the land of cleaning and washing, with grime-fighting, water-softening, stain-removing capabilities; one batch makes over 100 loads so the average person who does 5x loads a week will only need to make washing powder every 5-6 months; you’re washing machine is less likely to get slimy and gunky (only the companies who make fabric softener will tell you to use it. Washing machine manufacturers and repairmen will tell you it’s horrible stuff).

You’re convinced to give a whirl now, right?

Washing Powder

Makes: 3.3 kg | 7.3 lb Prep time: < 5 min.

Ingredients

 4 cups | 1040 g | 2.3 lb sodium carbonate (washing soda)

4 cups | 880 g | 1.9 lb borax

3 cups | 840 g | 1.9 lb fine salt

3 cups | 420 g | 14.8 oz fine soap powder (see recipe notes)

½ cup | 140 g | 4.9 oz sodium bicarbonate (bicarb)

2-3 drops of essential oils (optional, per use)

My choice of essential oils…

My favourite essential oils in this recipe are lemon and eucalyptus, but don’t be limited by my suggestions. Use oils that fit your budget, or those that you already have in your collection. Read here for more information.

Method

1. Add all ingredients to a large bucket and mix until combined.

2. Transfer into container of choice.

To Use

If you’re using essential oils, add drops to 1 tablespoon of washing powder and add directly to washing machine (best added to designated compartment). Wash on your usual setting; warm water is only marginally more effective than cold. If you have a particularly large or heavily soiled load, use 2 tablespoons of powder. Check out my Fabric Softener recipe too.

Want to ditch the borax?

While I am comfortable using natural borax for cleaning applications (check out this blog post), you might prefer to avoid it. If so, just leave it out – simple. I don’t notice much of a difference in cleaning results.

Recipe Notes

I recommend sourcing the purest laundry soap you can find – check the ingredients panels and watch for fragrance especially. I use pure coconut soap powder, or castile soap powder. If you are buying soap in a block, make sure it is milled to a very fine consistency.

Less is more. Don’t go adding too much of this powder to your wash as it won’t make a difference. Occasionally you may need to spot treat stains, or soak clothing, but you would have to do that with regular commercial powders too.

If your machine can only take liquid, check out my Liquid Laundry Detergent recipe.

I trust that you will make the decision on whether this formula is suitable for your washing machine. I cannot take any responsibility if your washing machine doesn’t agree with this recipe.

Krissy Ballinger

Krissy Ballinger

Author, Advocate & Founder

Krissy wants to see a world where people make conscious, educated decisions that honour both humans and habitat. With a background in education and health promotion, she devotes her time to passionately increase awareness on common and avoidable toxins, in everyday items like washing powder and deodorant, and to educate individuals on how they can easily reduce their daily exposure, through simple and realistic do-it-yourself ideas and recipes.

Krissy has sold over 40,000 copies of her natural DIY recipe books, including her award-winning book, Naturally Inspired - Simple DIY Recipes for Body Care and Cleaning, and her newly-released kids book, Make & Play - Natural DIY Recipes for Kids. She offers honest and gentle guidance, education and 100+ natural DIY recipes on her website The Inspired Little Pot.

 

Coconut & Lime Scrub

Coconut & Lime Scrub

Scrubs are so simple to make and great for beginner DIY-ers! I bet you have most, if not all, of the ingredients in your pantry right now. This Coconut & Lime Scrub recipe is so versatile, feel free to use whatever citrus fruit you have, substituting the lime for lemon, grapefruit, orange etc. I have made the move away from commercial gifts (where possible) and will often make a scrub like this, package it in a pretty jar, and gift it to someone I love.

Coconut & Lime Scrub

Makes: 170 g | 6 oz Prep time: < 5 min.

Ingredients 

125 g | 4.4 oz sugar

30 g | 1.1 oz coconut oil (the type that solidifies)

10 g | 0.4 oz coconut (desiccated)

1 lime – zest only (finely chopped and dehydrated)

10 drops of essential oils

My choice of essential oils…

My favourite essential oil in this recipe is lime, but don’t be limited by my suggestions. Use oils that fit your budget, or those that you already have in your collection. Read here for more information.

Method

1. Add all ingredients to a bowl and mix until combined.

2. Transfer into container of choice.

To Use

Use in shower on wet skin and massage gently over entire body. Rinse with warm water.

Krissy Ballinger

Krissy Ballinger

Author, Advocate & Founder

Krissy wants to see a world where people make conscious, educated decisions that honour both humans and habitat. With a background in education and health promotion, she devotes her time to passionately increase awareness on common and avoidable toxins, in everyday items like washing powder and deodorant, and to educate individuals on how they can easily reduce their daily exposure, through simple and realistic do-it-yourself ideas and recipes.

Krissy has sold over 40,000 copies of her natural DIY recipe books, including her award-winning book, Naturally Inspired - Simple DIY Recipes for Body Care and Cleaning, and her newly-released kids book, Make & Play - Natural DIY Recipes for Kids. She offers honest and gentle guidance, education and 100+ natural DIY recipes on her website The Inspired Little Pot.

 

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