Saturday, December 5, 2015

Homemade perfume and deodorant

Saturday, December 5, 2015

Read these recipes in Mother Earth Living that I thought were good to pass on.  How to make your own perfume and deodorant!

1/4 cup natural alcohol (vodka or witch hazel)
1/4 cup distilled or boiled water
2-3 drops each of desired essential oils
Just mix together and put in dispensing bottle.  I prefer always using glass.

Possible scents to add:
Floral-rose, frangipani, jasmine, violet, lilac
Spicy-cinnamon, ginger, clove, allspice
Woody-pine, cedar, sandalwood
Fruity-lemon, orange, peach, coconut
Herbal-lavender, chamomile, sage
Exotic-herbal musk, ylang ylang, vanilla

You can also use the same idea for a room spritzer.  My favorite is geranium, lavender, and eucalyptus.  I put 10 drops each in a spray bottle filled with water and spritz liberally.

Deodorant Cream or Powder
The concern with any antiperspirant is that they block sweat.  Sweat is your body’s way of cooling itself and ridding itself of toxins.  Natural deodorants exclude aluminum which may be linked to Alzheimer’s, respiratory disorders and breast cancer.

By sticking with a homemade deodorant, you are allowing your body to sweat and remove the toxins.

For a cream:
1/4 cup vegetable shortening
1 tablespoon cornstarch
2 teaspoon baking soda
Blend together and put in a clean container.  Rub a small amount under your arms.  If you prefer a powder, omit the vegetable shortening.  If you like fragrance, add an essential oil like lavender, tea tree, lemon, eucalyptus, peppermint or pine known for their antibacterial or antifungal properties.

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