BO Balm

☆ January 16, 2012

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Such a hippie. I know. But, if you hate spending cash for deodorant that is filled with synthetics, aluminum (or is “all natural” and does not work), and comes in disproportionate amounts of plastic packaging, read on!

I’ve been making and using this for a year and it’s incredible.  It works better than regular deodorant, in my experience, even during extreme activity and stress, like an ambulance call.  And it’s so easy to make.

I use a slight variation of Angry Chicken’s recipe.  I have followed her recipe precisely and it’s fantastic but somewhat soft and needs to be applied with the fingertips.  No biggie, but using a stick is faster and easier.  My ratio alterations are noted below, and I use jojoba oil instead of Vitamin E oil because it’s what I have around.

Shea butter in a stainless measuring cup, in which I make the entire concoction:

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I hold it near the edge of my woodstove to melt the butters ~ you can use a burner on the stove as well, but I would hold it over the heat rather than setting it on the burner ~ you want to warm it, not cook it.

Adding cocoa butter:

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For a firmer BO balm that works as a stick, I use 3 parts baking soda + cornstarch to 5 parts shea + cocoa butters rather than 5 to 5 as in the original recipe.  I do keep the same ratios of shea butter to cocoa butter and baking soda to cornstarch as the original recipe.  The cornstarch is important; the final mixture will be a bit grainy if you leave it out.

Baking soda + cornstarch:

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Stirring the baking soda + cornstarch into the melted butters:

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This is also where I add jojoba oil ~ I used about 1/2 teaspoon; I started with 2 ounces of shea butter and measured all other ingredients against that starting point ~ and essential oil for scent.

I have always used organic sweet orange essential oil and find it so lovely, especially combined with the slight chocolately scent of the cocoa butter.  The smell is nice alone but doesn’t dominate or “get in the way” on days I wear fragrance.

My mix goes into a deodorant stick thing I saved ~ this was an all natural brand that didn’t do its job whatsoever.  I just rolled the original deodorant all the way up and threw it away, saving the container which I can reuse to infinity.

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The melted mixture poured all the way to the brim! It cools and hardens in a matter of hours. It can be hard to roll up at first, but a quick run under hot water or a second near the woodstove softens the edges ever so slightly and it rolls up easily from there.

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Simple! Cheap! And you smell nice all the time!
I get the ingredients from Mountain Rose Herbs.
Original recipe: Angry Chicken’s homemade deodorant.

UPDATE: if reusing commercial deodorant tubes, do check for holes in the base before pouring your liquid mix in! If you’re looking for an appropriate tube to use, try HERE. I’ve not purchased from this site but it looks like the tube I used and there doesn’t appear to be a minimum order.

Comments

85 Responses to “BO Balm”

  1. cakeburnette
    January 16th, 2012 @ 11:22 am

    Wow…not concerned at all about normal deodorant issues, but the ability to make my own personal scents is intriguing! I do have one question…this is just a deodorant, not an anti-perspirant, right? Not having an anti-perspirant in the summer in GA might not be such a fun thing….

  2. Mareike
    January 16th, 2012 @ 11:41 am

    Ummm, sweating is a good thing, especially when it’s hot. It’s a body cooling mechanism. Antiperspirants aren’t a great idea.

  3. Jennifer
    January 16th, 2012 @ 11:51 am

    Sounds awesome! I’m experimenting with making my own beauty products from natural ingredients and I’d love to try it. The only thing is, for the past couple of years cocoa butter has been making me break out in tiny, pimple-like bumps (mostly on my legs) and shea butter flat out gives me an itchy red rash of tiny bumps -initially wherever I put it, and then all over. I’ve had to start reading labels and avoiding products that contain either or both. What could I use, instead?

  4. shreve
    January 16th, 2012 @ 12:06 pm

    J ~ oy! mango butter, maybe? i’ve been wanting to try it….

  5. hello haha narf
    January 16th, 2012 @ 12:12 pm

    i am intrigued. thanks for posting your recipe.

  6. Stacey
    January 16th, 2012 @ 12:15 pm

    As a member of a community with corn allergies, one of our biggest pet peeves can be when we get sensitive enough to have to resort to more “natural” deodorants like mineral rocks etc. Even then, finding one without corn-derived vitamin e or something is nigh impossible for those members are are truly sensitive. So I’m sharing this to see if anyone has any luck doing something similar but substituting potato or arrow root starch for the corn starch. Thanks!

  7. Ingrid R
    January 16th, 2012 @ 12:24 pm

    Awesome recipe, but so little time to do it.
    How about putting some up for sale in your shop.
    That would be so cool!

  8. Patr
    January 16th, 2012 @ 12:48 pm

    So Timely!!! I have been using Tom’s of Maine for 15+ years and loved it until I started going through menopause this year. And now, it will not hold up to my hot flashes. I switched to Burts Bees but dislike the licorice smell.

    I’m headed to my local herb/health store after work to get the ingredients.

  9. shreve
    January 16th, 2012 @ 12:52 pm

    S ~ try it! substitutions for cornstarch should work just fine. I’d go for arrowroot…

    I ~ hmmmmmmmm………

  10. Lissa
    January 16th, 2012 @ 1:17 pm

    My husband actually just uses straight baking soda. He puts the power in his hand and then rubs it in his arm pits. I was suprised how well it works!

  11. Maggie
    January 16th, 2012 @ 1:42 pm

    Awesome! I use Kiss My Face roll-on deodorant, which I find works quite well, but this looks awesome! I’ll definitely give it a try.

  12. FG-Elaine
    January 16th, 2012 @ 2:09 pm

    I agree with Ingrid – how about making some and selling it in the shop. I don’t have the time or the energy to get all this done, but it sounds wonderful.

  13. Janet in Cambridge
    January 16th, 2012 @ 2:44 pm

    I’m going to try this one!! Thanks for sharing.

  14. Colleen G
    January 16th, 2012 @ 2:50 pm

    I too have been messing around with homemade beauty products for my face and hair and truth be told I haven’t been very successful. I will definitely give this a whirl. I better go place another Mountain Rose Herb order!

  15. mlaiuppa
    January 16th, 2012 @ 2:59 pm

    I’m OK with the salt crystal I’m using. But I don’t get the change in proportions. Wouldn’t reducing the powder make it more liquidy, not more solid?

    I have switched to a solid shampoo soap that I like. For no other reason than I was tired of paying high prices for liquid shampoo that is mostly water and foam producing and I seem to go through the stuff so often. So I bought some solid shampoo soaps. Really like them. They’re supposed to be so good you don’t need conditioner, but I notice I still do. Eventually I hope to stop using that too. Or I’ll find myself a conditioning bar too.

    This past week I experimented with homemade mayonnaise and ketchup. Two batches of ketchup. Made shrimp cocktail sauce with one.

  16. julie
    January 16th, 2012 @ 3:15 pm

    Hi, I am pretty dumb at math. Can you post the measurements per ingredient…I do not get the 3 parts to 5 parts to 2 oz description.

  17. karen mathis
    January 16th, 2012 @ 3:16 pm

    Love the idea of you making it and selling it. I would buy some too.

  18. shreve
    January 16th, 2012 @ 3:17 pm

    M ~ no. the butters are solid at room temp, and using more makes the final version stiffer; more powder makes it looser, more like a cream.

    J ~ To use angry chicken’s recipe, but with the changes I make, it would be 3 T shea butter, 2 T cocoa butter, 2 T baking soda, 1 T cornstarch, 1/4-1/2 t. jojoba oil.

  19. Daniela
    January 16th, 2012 @ 5:08 pm

    Hi Shreve,
    what a great recipe, thank you for sharing it. Do you have to store the deodorant in the fridge? Our room temperature is about 20°C, and in summer it can get up near 30°C, so I was wondering about melting butter :-)
    Daniela

  20. Stephanie
    January 16th, 2012 @ 5:19 pm

    That’s really close to the recipe I use too. Isn’t homemade so much better? If you can do that you can make your own soap easy. I think that’s rather fun myself.

  21. Melissa b
    January 16th, 2012 @ 5:38 pm

    I have been using this since you talked about it last time, but I now have a 1.5 year old and since I weaned her i smell worse. Sorry, tmi, but I do think it sucks and I have no idea why this happens. Thinking to add lemon juice to my next batch for extra germ killing?

  22. shreve
    January 16th, 2012 @ 5:45 pm

    D ~ I’m afraid I don’t know Cº and am too lazy to look it up BUT would suggest keeping this in the fridge if the climate is hot. It melts at body temp, so no problem at 75F but when it’s up to 90F I’d say fridge it!

    M ~ Coconut oil is antibacterial too, I believe… maybe 1/3 shea, 1/3 cocoa, 1/3 coconut?

  23. pam
    January 16th, 2012 @ 5:50 pm

    I can only say that, once again, YOU ARE the most amazing, creative, fun person I know!!

    Maybe I’ve just lived in cities too long to remember to invent or create!

    get me out of here! :-)

    thank you for making me smile and be in awe of another human being.

  24. Lesley
    January 16th, 2012 @ 5:53 pm

    I applaud and admire everyone who uses alternatives to anti-antiperspirants and commercial deodorants.

    Here is what has worked for me for ten years. Crystal deodorant. It’s inexpensive, lasts for years and is available at most health food stores. You wet the stone under the tap and rub your armpits with it. You will still sweat but you will not have any odor whatsoever. You will also not have a yellow stain on your clothes when you do sweat.

    The body sweats for a reason. I object mostly to the pungent smell of BO and crystals completely eliminate the odor. They do not prevent you from sweating, but I’m not interested in preventing my body from doing what it needs to do naturally on a hot day.

  25. Heatherface
    January 16th, 2012 @ 5:55 pm

    I have no problem with the stuff I buy at the market, but I might give this a shot just to try it out. The price of deoderant recently went up a little, so it’ll be nice to know I have a DIY option if it ends up getting even more expensive or if I develop an allergy.

  26. Amy
    January 16th, 2012 @ 6:22 pm

    I, too, would definitely buy this if you sold it in your shop!

  27. Melissa b
    January 16th, 2012 @ 6:33 pm

    Thanks! I have coconut oil, I’ll investigate, try, and let you know!

  28. Alyssa
    January 16th, 2012 @ 7:14 pm

    Definitely interested in trying this. However, I sweat A LOT. And I work in an office environment, so I can’t get away with pit stains. I wear black a lot, but I can’t do it all the time! I drink a lot of water and try to wear only cotton, but it doesn’t matter. I guarantee no matter how cold it is, I’m going to sweat. Maybe I should go to a doctor for it. But I don’t really sweat anywhere else (no sweaty palms) so I don’t know what’s up.

    It’s worth giving this a shot when I get a chance. Also, for those saying sell it in the shop, I’d totally buy it.

  29. Anita Lowery
    January 16th, 2012 @ 7:49 pm

    Thanks for posting this I will have to give it a try. I have tried making goat milk soap so deodorant shouldn’t be to difficult.

  30. Kyrie
    January 16th, 2012 @ 7:56 pm

    Last spring I followed your directions precisely for making substitutes for commercial shampoo & conditioner, and guess what? All my hair dried up & broke off, and I got weeping sores all over my head. I AM NOT TAKING ANY MORE BEAUTY ADVICE FROM SOMEONE WHO LIES AROUND ON COWS.

  31. Rose
    January 16th, 2012 @ 8:34 pm

    Shreve,

    Have you tried making your own laundry detergent? I recently did that and loved it.

  32. Lesley
    January 16th, 2012 @ 9:28 pm

    Kyrie needs a pill. Maybe not a home made one, though? LOL.

  33. blueksy
    January 16th, 2012 @ 10:04 pm

    Just like Lissa’s husband, I use straight baking soda, and have for more than 35 years. Speaking of inexpensive and off the corporate grid! You have to be careful not to use too much, though, as it can irritate if piled on. Beside, you only need a sparse finger tip-full.

  34. Laney
    January 16th, 2012 @ 10:08 pm

    Kyrie… then why are you still here?

    Shreve,
    I, too, would buy some to try if you listed it in your shop. My husband reacts horribly to commercial deodorants and this sounds like something that may just work great for him :)

  35. The M Half
    January 16th, 2012 @ 10:39 pm

    I’d buy it from your shop, for sure!

  36. shreve
    January 16th, 2012 @ 10:40 pm

    K ~ I’ve never made shampoo or conditioner… nor posted about it. must have been somewhere else…. ???

    R ~ no! how? do tell!

  37. Lucky
    January 16th, 2012 @ 11:06 pm

    how about tapioca starch instead of corn starch? it works great in pies & gravy, why not BO balm :) cheap too at my local chinese gtocer, although maybe organic would be better….

  38. shreve
    January 16th, 2012 @ 11:13 pm

    L ~ it’s kind of gummy though…. it wouldn’t be my first choice. but who knows, try it!

  39. Diane McNelly
    January 16th, 2012 @ 11:50 pm

    Shreve, have you ever used unrefined shea butter instead of the white refined? Unrefined has more of the desirable components, and is not bleached and filtered to within an inch of its life. If you’d like to try some, email me and I’ll send a bit out. I buy it in 50 lb. increments. :-D

  40. shreve
    January 17th, 2012 @ 12:01 am

    D ~ yes! I’ve been hunting for that. can you share your source for everyone interested?

  41. Kyrie
    January 17th, 2012 @ 12:17 am

    Shreve –
    The Skin Skinny / January 2011 / no-poo

    Laney -
    Why am I here? Like this is a beauty blog??
    I am here for the FARM ANIMALS.

  42. Jenny
    January 17th, 2012 @ 12:47 am

    How many essential oil drops would you recommend to put in for a non-overpowering scent?

  43. shreve
    January 17th, 2012 @ 12:57 am

    K ~ I don’t have shampoo/conditioner recipes in that post. I mentioned no poo in the comments but gave no info on specifics or even ingredients. There are about a zillion websites with no poo instructions, I have no idea which version you chose to follow.

    J ~ eight to ten? depends on the flavor – I used eight to ten drops of orange for a 3 oz batch, probably would be a similar amount for lavender but would be way less (half?) for a scent like clove or even jasmine.

  44. harmanica
    January 17th, 2012 @ 7:09 am

    As a person who is allergic to many “natural” products (which stinks when you want to be good to your self and environment), I too have found the crystal to be a godsend. I do miss the slight “scent” to mask when it does break down though. This looks interesting and I may give it a try, thanks for posting.

    @ Kyrie- A word of caution – treat all things you might take as “advice” as an art form, not a science. As each person is an individual, it is likely your body’s response will also differ from time to time. I am sincerely sorry for your experience having had a similar one with my deodorant experiences. Please don’t blame the advice “source” as she only said what worked for HER. Treat all things on the web with caution, from recipes to writing. Again, sorry for your hard lesson.

  45. Cait
    January 17th, 2012 @ 7:18 am

    I would totally buy this from you!!!

  46. Scotty
    January 17th, 2012 @ 8:46 am

    to make sure it works you can just use it under one arm. that way you can always check to see what you would have smelled like.

  47. Nancey
    January 17th, 2012 @ 11:55 am

    I really think I’d like to try this, my Husband would love it, he hates store bought anything. I have the woodstove, I can get the ingredients. I think I shall try. Thanks for posting this. Looks wonderful! got any ideas for shampoo (just kidding).

  48. Kyrie
    January 17th, 2012 @ 2:42 pm

    Shreve-weasel -
    You’d think I was threatening to sue you. Jeesh.
    The “zillion websites with no-poo instructions” all say exactly the same thing:
    1 T. baking soda to a cup of water to wash;
    1 T. apple cider vinegar to a cup of water to condition. Not only that, you did go on at length about your yearly hair routine, and you did give ingredients in that you had a link to the Angry Chicken site. To say you have “no idea” what recipe I used is disengenuous.
    I’m sure it was just the Fukushima wastewater that I showered in that was the problem.

  49. Kyrie
    January 17th, 2012 @ 2:47 pm

    d i s I n g e n u o u s, excuse me.

  50. Penny in Co
    January 17th, 2012 @ 4:00 pm

    @Kyrie
    I find you pretty funny. You have what’s called a CHOICE. No one told you that you had to take ANY recipe and USE it…yet you did that on your own, it didn’t work and now you blame the “messenger”, so to speak. Not to mention you are rude about it. If it didn’t work, that should be a lesson to you. Don’t be so ready to try something without a gentle test with a teeny amount to see if it will work for YOU. Jeesh.

  51. Laura Young
    January 17th, 2012 @ 6:40 pm

    Thanks for posting this recipe! I don’t know when I could make it, but if you put it up for sale in your shop, I’d buy one to at least try it- or rather, have my husband try it, since he it’s very sensitive to the various chemicals in commercial brands. There is only one brand he can use right now, and he is constantly worried that shops will stop carrying it or the company will go out of business. All of the “all-natural” brands he’s tried made him break out, and he was not happy with the mineral salt rock.

    I may need to make this unscented for him… I’m not kidding, his pits are that touchy!

  52. Lesley
    January 17th, 2012 @ 6:41 pm

    Kyrie,

    1. Calling someone as lovely and gracious as Shreve a weasel is begging to be banned.

    2. Apple cider vinegar is a benign substance. People consume it diluted in sauces and salad dressings and even straight. It is used in many commercial products, including shampoos, like one I have in my bathroom. Vinegar, overall, is wonderful stuff.

    3. The Internet is a free country. Change the channel if you’re unhappy.

    4. I wouldn’t let you near my farm animals (if I had any).

    5. If you are miserable and need company, you won’t find it here.

  53. Rose
    January 17th, 2012 @ 9:29 pm

    I found the Laundry detergent recipe at

    http://frugallygreen.blogspot.com/2008/05/how-to-make-your-own-laundry-soap.html.

    It’s so simple, and I have been using it for awhile. Four Ingredients: Borax, Washing Soda, a bar of soap and water. (you can always add oils for fragrance if you would like, I had an almond/shea butter bar of soap and I like the smell. My first batch I used Fels Naptha soap and it smelled fresh and clean.

    Happy trails!

  54. harmanica
    January 17th, 2012 @ 9:44 pm

    Rose- What amount do you put in a full load, assuming a normal 40 gal. capacity washer?
    Any idea if I can use it in my HE machine? (with only a 14 foot dug well, we’ve had to be very water conscious) I’d love to make my own laundry soap if I can.

  55. Karen
    January 17th, 2012 @ 9:54 pm

    Shreve, I love that you’re such a hippie!!!

  56. Jackie
    January 18th, 2012 @ 1:08 am

    Did you measure by weight or volume? It makes a difference with most concoctions.

  57. Dana
    January 18th, 2012 @ 5:29 am

    @Rose..where do you find the washing soda at? I have looked because I was interested in making my own laundry soap and saw the same recipe. I have heard that you don’t need nearly the amount of soap with that recipe and that it will last a long long time, but I can not find washing soda (or just don’t know what it looks like or where to look).

  58. Marie
    January 18th, 2012 @ 11:37 am

    I’ve been using a spray bottle of alcohol for years, yes, even in hot and humid southern summers. No problems. Better yet, no white, waxy stains in the armpits of my tighter shirts. Economical and healthy (no stopped pores/glands).

  59. Kyrie
    January 18th, 2012 @ 1:51 pm

    The hissing, the spitting, oh my!

    “Weasel” is an adjective people often find “amusing.” If not, then just “silly.” Anger here stems from fear that a truth is being exposed; in this case a small truth: most people take a long time to outgrow the 6-year-old child who’s afraid of being blamed.

    What I did was find an idea in an unlikely place and try it. It didn’t work for me, and I said so. I didn’t blame anyone, and I wasn’t rude – unless cow-napper is an insult I’m unaware of.

    What I expected was a response like this:
    “OMG! That’s terrible! I am so surprised at your bad experience because no-poo works so well for me: cheap, easy, and my hair looks gorgeous. I guess if I can have gluten intolerance other people can have no-poo intolerance! Thanks for the info. Very interesting!”

    And to that I say, “You’re welcome.”

  60. Penny in Co
    January 18th, 2012 @ 5:36 pm

    @Kyrie
    The reason people reacted was because of your delivery. You WERE rude. If those are your attempts at humor, good luck on the internet (or anywhere else).

  61. Laurie
    January 18th, 2012 @ 7:18 pm

    HA HA HA – YOU GUYS ARE FUNNY!
    Thanks Shreve for all the tips and advice!
    Everybody leave Kyrie alone! She is awesome and I love how she keeps coming back and chiming in!

  62. Lesley
    January 18th, 2012 @ 7:50 pm

    Dana, baking soda and washing soda are pretty much the same thing. I buy large containers of baking soda at the local Home Hardware store as these are economical. You can also try Borax or Arm and Hammer’s washing soda.

    I used a gentle laundry soap + white vinegar + baking soda to wash laundry. I also add white vinegar to the rinse cycle as it acts as a fabric softener.

    If you want a fast dry, throw two cloth tennis balls in the dryer…they work wonders and won’t damage the cloth like some of those pointy plastic dryer balls do. (I find this works wonders when I dry my down coats.)

  63. Dana
    January 19th, 2012 @ 10:16 am

    @Lesley I am going to try this. With three kids, a husband, and me, I feel like I am always buying laundry soap! Thanks for the tennis ball tip too. I am going to try that too…. wonder if my lab will give up a ball or too….knowing my luck he will try and open the dryer to get them out!

  64. Sherri
    January 19th, 2012 @ 1:11 pm

    Kyrie

    I can see no mention of shampoo in this blog???

    http://honeyrockdawn.com/2011/01/

  65. Deanna
    January 20th, 2012 @ 6:22 am

    K is starting to sound like a T as in Troll

  66. Kyrie
    January 20th, 2012 @ 2:21 pm

    YAY, Laurie!! Thank you!

    Sherri – It’s in the comments. You have to click the title for them to appear. I believe the Angry Chicken link was a tweet.

    Penny in Co – I was graphic & rowdy so the note of caution might stand out. Rude? How so? There are reasons other than corporate greed that commercial shampoos and conditioners exist, and reasons why cosmetologists need a license.

  67. Leorale
    January 25th, 2012 @ 11:38 pm

    I thought Kyrie was being lighthearted and funny, but I can also see how others might find her rude. Sounds like a culture difference to me!

  68. Autumn
    January 29th, 2012 @ 4:22 pm

    Made this on Saturday and used it for Hot Yoga. Works so wonderfully. Years ago I heard news on the evils of deodorant and tried natural stuff from the local health store. It didn’t work at all. My armpits were sticky and stinky. I gave it up and stuck with my traditional Secret brand. Though the old case of Secret is now housing my homemade kind. Pouring it in the old case worked wonderful and it hardened pretty quickly with a bit of help from the fridge. I wonder how/if it will stain white shirts. Will see!

    The home brewed kind= awesome. I am so pleased you posted this up. I’m inspired and plan to try making my own soaps next.

    Do share more “green” tips and hints.

  69. shreve
    January 29th, 2012 @ 6:08 pm

    A ~ thrilled to hear it!

  70. Anna (twelve22)
    February 1st, 2012 @ 7:33 pm

    I used your measurements to make some deodorant this weekend, and the results have been working sooo well! I’m glad I finally bought the ‘ingredients’ after thinking about it for so long!

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    February 1st, 2012 @ 8:07 pm

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  72. JC
    February 15th, 2012 @ 4:07 pm

    Please keep sharing all these tips– they are awesome. It’s up to us to investigate and decide whether to try- I’m so happy I did- I love your skin regimen- changed my life. Thanks again Shreve for thinking of us enough to share. I’d never have time to look up and figure it all out without your guidance.

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  75. Maria
    April 3rd, 2012 @ 5:24 pm

    I have always had problems with deodorant. Mostly because I think antiperspirants clogs my pores and break me out. Ive tried no deo.and then one of my guy friends suggested a old spice deo. because it didnt have antiperspirant and its helped but I most definitely do liek smelling like a boy and find it awkward when my bf sees put on my boy deo. So my question would be… has anyone who’s tried this concoction had any break outs or problems with oils in it? im very tempted because Its natural and I could smell like a girl rather than a boy lol.

  76. Emily
    April 14th, 2012 @ 1:10 pm

    Thanks so much for sharing your tips with us, Shreve! I’ve been using this deodorant and am loving it!

  77. Erika
    August 8th, 2012 @ 2:02 pm

    Just found your blog and tried out your deodorant recipe. Both are totally awesome! One question on the deodorant – do you ever notice staining on your shirts? I am noticing some darkening and am wondering if maybe I used too much oil? Just wondering if anyone else had that issue. Can’t wait to keep reading!

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  79. Alex I.A.
    September 16th, 2012 @ 6:18 pm

    And for make-up, check this out!
    http://wellnessmama.com/4948/homemade-makeup-recipes/
    Shreve, I love your natural solutions. Just knowing they’re out there, even when I don’t use them, makes me feel hopeful that I’m not forced to be a slave to the store, I have options.

  80. Aubrey Grigsby
    November 18th, 2012 @ 1:24 am

    Skin Moisturizers like shea butter and jojoba oil are great since they are natural. ;

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  81. Melissa b
    March 6th, 2013 @ 5:13 pm

    I’m not sure you’ll see this, but I love the sweet orange scent too. Its been fone for a long time. The last batch of deodorant I made either had too much or I am now sensitive to it. Too much sweet orange can cause an awful itchy rash… :( Time to throw out this batch and make a new one with less essential or none.

  82. Melissa b
    March 6th, 2013 @ 5:13 pm

    Fine, not fone!

  83. Melissa b
    March 6th, 2013 @ 5:17 pm

    And a little coconut oil totally is amazing in it.

  84. Xena
    April 24th, 2013 @ 5:19 am

    For my own “homemade” natural deodorant I wanted something as simple as possible. Having to cook up a batch of various thing, most of which I don’t already have in my home, seemed like too much trouble.

    Without my aerosol deodorant (which I no longer use)I could smell myself even shortly after bathing. I recently starting rubbing apple cider vinegar under my arms twice a day and it gets rid of the odor unless I wait too long to use it. Then it comes back. During my last bath I rubbed some honey under my arms and let it sit a minute before I scrubbed it off and so far it seems like it makes it take longer for the odor to come back.

    I’ve been trying various no poo methods and have am still working on getting good ingredients and amounts of them for my hair. I think I have the opposite problem most no poo people have. I always see them say how greasy their hair gets. Mine is very dry and never gets greasy. For my last wash I put a bunch of olive oil on my hair and scalp and let it sit for an hour and then washed with 16 ounces of water with 1 tablespoon of baking soda mixed in and rinsed using an 8 ounce squeeze bottle with half an ounce of honey, an ounce of apple cider vinegar, and filled it with warm water.

  85. Hippie Adventures: Homemade Deodorant | aniccata
    October 9th, 2013 @ 4:02 pm

    [...] time I’m going to try a different recipe, probably one that involves melting and pouring, like this one or this one. This entry was posted in and life, hippie adventures and tagged hippie, Life, [...]

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