Making Your Own Natural Deodorants & Perfumes
We have tried many different purchased natural deodorants which just don't seem to give us the protection that we need so here, we wish to share with you what works for us. But firstly, here are some general tips when making your own smells, deodorants and organic perfumes.
1. Think about using coconut oil as your base for natural deodorant. Coconut oil contains lots of goodness for your skin and body so with this, we turn our deodorant into a wonderfully healing and nourishing product.
2. For helping to keep yourself clean and fresh throughout the day, we find that the right amount of baking soda & starch really helps. Baking soda is a wonderful cleaning ingredient so this is a very important part of any natural deodorant. Try mixing around the quantities to find what works best for you!
3. Using a blend of essential oils is a wonderful way to create your own special fragrance. And there are so many delicious scents out there which will also bring in much healing and nourishment into your body. By using a variety of scents each time, you can create different smelling deodorants with the same base.
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This recipe is adapted from wellnessmama.com
6 tbsp coconut oil
1/4 cup baking soda
1/4 cup arrowroot or corn starch
essential oils of your choosing
Melt the coconut oil in a glass jar (that you will keep for your deodorant) and add the remaining ingredients. Stir thoroughly and then set in the fridge for it to set.
The best part about using this recipe is that you can change the scent every time - just by using different essential oils, brilliant! Wanting more protection? Easy - just up the amount of starch to 1/2 cup or even 3/4 cup. This will help to take your deodorant to a new level.
The firmness of your deodorant will fluctuate with the weather - the hotter the temperature, the less firm your deodorant will be. And that's fine, it'll actually be easier to apply.
A very simple recipe for an oiled based perfume is 1 tbsp carrier oil to 15 - 25 drops of essential oil blend and the idea here is to mix (roughly) 4 parts of carrier oil to 1 part of essential oil blend.
For your carrier oil
You can choose from argan oil, jojoba oil, olive oil, apricot kernel oil or perhaps even a rose hip oil or evening primrose oil.
For your essential oil blend
You can be as simple or as complicated as you wish. Say for example, you love the rose essential oil - you might just add this to you perfume and this is enough.
Also, you can choose to layer your scents so that you create a more complex fragrance (and have lots of fun at the same time!) For these more layered essential oil blends, it is often suggested that you mix a base note, a middle note and a top note.
For those starting out with this, you can simply follow a very rough ratio of 20% base note, 50% middle note and 30% high note. Obviously, some smells will be more intense than others so please just use this as more of a starting out guide - you will likely get to know what you like and what you don't like quite quickly.