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Homemade deodorant with cocoa butter and coconut oil

Finally!

Finally I got rid of all of my store-bought deodorants. 

I make my own body lotions, scrubs and face creams so, I asked myself, why haven’t I made a deodorant yet :)

For years I’ve been using Tom’s because it does not have Aluminum in it which:

has been linked to breast cancer in women and has also been linked to an increased risk of Alzheimer’s disease.

Than I discovered that the main ingredient in Tom’s is propylene glycol. Weirdly enough reading about it I discovered a quote: 

The Material Safety Data Sheet warns users to avoid skin contact with propylene glycol as this strong skin irritant can cause liver abnormalities and kidney damage.

to read more about it check out “related articles” on the bottom of this post

Since that day I barely would use a deodorant but that isn’t working for me. At the same time I’m not willing to pay $7 for an 2.5 oz. of organic deodorant.

So, while still using my old deodorant I’ve looked for homemade deodorants on Internet. I have pinned a few recipes I found. Finally, when the time to make it had come, I looked at all of them. In almost all cases I lacked one or two ingredients.  The easiest recipe made of ingredients I already had in my pantry was from How About Orange. Having that recipe and the one from Angry Chicken blog as a base I came up with something that would, kind of, combine both.

This is what I ended up with:

Ingredients:

2 Tbsp. cocoa butter

2 Tbsp. coconut oil

2 oz. baking soda

1.5 oz arrowroot (or corn starch)

4 capsules vitamin E

10 drops essential oil (your choice)

Directions:

Melt cocoa butter with coconut oil over double bath until combined and there is no cocoa butter pieces remaining and it looks like that:

Wait until the mixture is cool and add baking soda, arrowroot, essential oil. Poke a small hole in vitamines E capsules and squeeze the content to the mixture. Mix it well until everything is well combined.

At this point the mixture won’t be very thick. It will get there, don’t worry. You need to stir it from time to time and, if you inpatient like me, put it in the fridge for 10 minutes.

In my case, after those 10 minutes in the fridge, my mixture got very hard. Definitely it wasn’t a consistency I was hoping for. I let it sit in a room temperature for 10 minutes and after that it got soft again, a little bit too soft. I figured it out that the temperature in my kitchen (as I was baking and cooking at the same time) might be to high for the coconut oil to get thick again. So I moved the jar to my bathroom where the temperature is much lower. That did the trick. My deodorant set perfectly. The consistency is thick-soft. I can use my finger to apply it on the skin without any problems.

To store it I used jar after Fleischmann’s dry yeast (4 oz.). From this recipe I filled that jar to about 3/4.

Not bad!

So far I really like it. It works way better than Tom’s and I use only tiny bit on my skin. It seems like that jar will last for a long long time.

I’ve been using it for a few days now and I have to say that the results are beyond my expectations. It smells nice. It’s safe to use. It’s cheap and fast to make and IT REALLY WORKS!!!


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ewa samples cocoa butter coffee body lotion

Cocoa Butter Coffee body lotion, once again.

Here I am… Again with my coffee body lotion. I love this lotion so much that I think I will never stop making it. The last few times I’ve used cocoa butter with it, and it’s even better that my “only coffee” lotions.

I can’t say I didn’t like my last creation – oatmeal cocoa butter honey milk body lotion. I just didn’t like it as much as my coffee lotion, and it was more time-consuming to make it. 

This one is super easy and fast to make, and it smells heavenly!

Over a double bath melt together:

1/2 cup emulsifying wax (IT CAN NOT BE SUBSTITUTED WITH BEES WAX)

1/2 cup cocoa butter

1/2 cup oil (this time I used only olive oil)

(do not allow the mixture to boil)


brew some coffee

1 1/2 cup for the lotion and

1 cup to enjoy it yourself

When the oil-wax-cocoa butter mixture is melted mix it in a glass jar with 1 1/2 cup of hot coffee. Both liquids need to be hot.

Use a blender to do that if you don’t want to spent the next hour stirring the mixture every 5 minutes. It will cool down and thicken much faster but you will have more to clean. I always mix the lotion in the same jar in which I store it. It’s very convenient for me.

If you choose the way I make it (without blender) you need to stir it every few minutes because the coffee is separating from the rest of the mixture on the bottom of the jar…

…and it looks just like on the picture below:

When the mixture is almost cold you can add essential oils (or fragrance oils). For more coffee smell and caffeine properties you can add coffee essential oil. In my case I added about 15 drops of sweet orange, 15 drops of grapefruit essential oils and 10 drops amber rose fragrance oil (for more sweet smell).

in my lotions I never forget to add some vitamin E. Poke it with a sharp knife and squeeze the liquid out. Use as many as you wish.

Stir it well with a spoon and enjoy:

For those who don’t like coffee or coffee smell or just don’t want to use coffee (for another reason): you can brew 1 1/2 cups of green, mint, peppermint tea or just use plain hot water. In my previous lotions I’ve used fresh squeezed grapefruit juice. It worked great, too.

You can get creative and mix different liquids but do not use more than 1 1/2 cup of that mixture all together. The lotion won’t get creamy and thick enough. I’ve done that before :(

ah… and keep in the fridge!

* since I started making and using lotions with cocoa butter in them I noticed my stretching marks got smaller and almost invisible!!!

Homemade Oatmeal Cocoa Butter Honey Milk Lotion

I got up today and felt like I want to make some granola for snacking later. I started gathering all the ingredients together on the kitchen counter and when I looked at the oatmeal I remembered that I have never posted pictures and recipe for my oatmeal cocoa butter honey milk lotion.

I’m almost out so I couldn’t taka any decent picture with the lotion inside the jar. It lasted for about 3 weeks and there is about one week more left in the jar. You have to know that I use it a few times a day just because I made too much and I don’t want it to go to waste.

With milk and raw honey and nothing to preserve it (not counting keeping it the fridge and a bit of the lemon juice) I know that my lotion wouldn’t be good after 2 months. It is how it works with homemade lotions.

Next time I’m going to use just half of the amount of the ingredients so I don’t have to worry about it going bad.

I love how simple it is to make and how safe it is even for my kiddo who likes to try (means eat) my lotions from time to time.

I don’t mean she eats it like a regular food ;)

Every time she sees me putting it on she wants me to put it on her, too. Of course whenever I put it on her she licks a little bit of it. At least I feel comfortable with her doing so. I wouldn’t if that was a commercially bought lotion.

Now if you interested in the recipe.

Things You’ll Need:

  • 2 tbsp. oatmeal
  • 2 tbsp. citric acid (I used fresh lemon juice)
  • 1 tbsp. honey
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/3 cup almond or hazelnut oil or coconut or olive oil (or mix of few of those)
  • 1 oz. cocoa butter
  • 1 oz. emulsifying wax (CAN NOT BE SUBSTITUTED WITH BEES WAX)
  1. Soak the oatmeal in 1/2 cup of water overnight. Blend in the food processor until smooth.

  2. Heat the milk in a pot. Do not boil. Remove from stove and transfer it to a glass jar.

  3. In different pot, over medium low temperature melt the cocoa butter, wax and honey (over double bath) with the choice of your oil until fully dissolved, stirring continuously. Do not let the mixture reach a boil.

  4. Pour the melted oil mixture slowly into the glass jar with milk and water, stirring constantly until the two mixtures are combined. Add the citric acid. Add blended oatmeal. Stir vigorously with sterilized spoon. The mixture will become more creamy while cooling down. It will take about an hour. Don’t forget to stir the mixture every 5 to 10 minutes with the spoon until completely cold.

  5. Store it in the refrigerator.

If you want when the mixture cools down you can add vitamin E and your choice of essential oils.

Enjoy!

One more think:

all the homemade lotions don’t have strong preserving and anti-bacterial ingredients, so it is very important to avoid the bacteria getting inside the jar where you keep your lotion. I NEVER touch it with my hands/fingers. I always use a clean plastic spoon (which I re-use washing them in dish washer after each use) to scoop out the needed amount of lotion.

Keeping it in a cool, dark place as well stretches the shelf life – I keep mine in the fridge. 

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