Since I’m trying to eliminate dairy from my diet, I needed to find a good replacement for butter, and I don’t really want to use too much vegetable oil, if I can help it. So, I was bought a jar of Trader Joe’s Coconut Oil this week and have started trying it. It was delicious in rice! And we tried it to cook pancakes this morning, and it worked really well too! Here are some health benefits I found:
Along my journey towards a simpler, healthier lifestyle, I started coming across articles about health and beauty products that weren’t so healthy for you! So many of them have added chemicals, like aluminum in deodorants, for example.
A few months back, I started making my own laundry detergent to avoid the extra chemicals (and save some cash). Last month, I started making my own deodorant. It’s so easy and it really does work! I wanted to test it for a while before I shared the recipe, to make sure it worked, thus the delay in posting this. But, I assure you, it does work and has no hidden chemicals or unnatural elements! And it’s cheaper than buying an all-natural deodorant in the store.
Note, however, that this is NOT an antiperspirant; it’s simply a deodorant. God gave us sweat glands as a built-in mechanism to cool us down and release toxins from our bodies, so I’m not a big fan of antiperspirants, unless you have over-productive sweat glands, of course.
- 1/3 c. organic coconut oil (I used Spectrum brand)
- 1/4 c. all-natural baking soda (I used Arm & Hammer)
- 1/4 c. all-natural cornstarch (I used Cream 100% Pure brand)
- 30 drops lavender essential oil (natural anti-fungal)
- 30 drop tea tree essential oil (natural anti-bacterial)
Cream all the ingredients together in your mixer and store in a jar. It works best if you store it in a cool, dark place (like under your bathroom counter) so the oil doesn’t melt. I simply use my finger and rub about 1/4 tsp. under each arm in the morning (you could clean out an old deodorant stick and refill it if you don’t want to use your hands). It lasts all day and smells great!
Do you have a favorite natural beauty product recipe you’d like to share? I’d love to hear from you in the comments below.