Monday, June 18, 2012

How to Make Easy, Homemade, Natural Deodorant

Easy, Natural, Homemade Deodorant

 For a long time, I'd tried to get away from using commercial antiperspirants and deodorants, because for one, they are full of aluminum, which may cause cancer, Alzheimer's, and other health problems; and two, recent studies have shown the presence of  parabens in 99% of breast cancer patients. That's enough to scare anyone off of using toxic substances in such a sensitive area!

In my quest for a natural alternative, I tried numerous natural, store-bought products, such as Tom's of Maine, The Body Shoppe, Trader Joe's, and crystal deodorant stones. None worked great, and two of them gave me bad rashes! 

Then I tried a homemade version using coconut oil, but it tended to stain my shirts (although admittedly I may have used too much oil.) I had read that Dr. Mercola simply used baking soda, but I dismissed that idea, thinking surely that would not be strong enough for me!  Well, when  a friend mentioned that she, too, used baking soda with no problems, I decided to try it for myself! Lo and behold, it worked! Amazing! Whoever would have thought that something so simple and easy (not to mention cheap!) could work so well! 

Easy, Homemade, Natural Deodorant

 All you need is baking soda, a dish, and a makeup brush (a flat mineral foundation brush works great.) The one-ingredient version is simply baking soda! For a nicely scented version, you can add the essential oil of your choice. My favorite happens to be orange, so that is the one I use. Just shake several drops into the bowl of baking soda, and stir.  

That's it! It couldn't be simpler or more frugal! If you have sensitive skin, you may want to wait a while after shaving to apply. Also, some people may be more sensitive to baking soda, and might want to try arrowroot powder instead, as a gentler substitute. Enjoy!

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Monday, June 11, 2012

Lovely Lilla Rose You-Pins

I just had to share these lovely photos of my friend Stephanie, using Lilla Rose You-Pins!  Aren't  they simply gorgeous???  You can enter to win an elegant set of You-Pins for yourself this week at Pure Modesty! They are great for your summer "messy bun!"

You-Pins are also available for purchase at Lilla Rose in eleven beautiful styles!

Antique-Style You-Pins

Etched Daisies You-Pins

Copper Rose You-Pins

Princess Crown You-Pins