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Today I needed to buy some deodorant, but I don't use the stuff with Aluminum in it, and I decided it would be nice to just use Rose water and Powder.
Well, the rose water at the co-op was not homemade TRUE rosewater, it was water with pure essential oil of rose added to it.

Ok, so I figured I could handle that!

I took some alcohol (vodka, actually),
about 1-2 oz and
added 6 drops of rose oil,
then 4 drops of sandalwood
then another 1-2 oz of plain water

It smells like HEAVEN!!!!

I am in love and it was so easy!
Now I will just spray that under my arms and cover lightly with my homemade powder, which is a little clay, baking soda, corn starch, and arrowroot powder with 6 drops Rose and 4 drops sandalwood!

I will smell pretty, I will save money, and I will not be putting aluminim on my skin every day!
ICK!

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Sounds like a nice idea! I've been trying some of the more natural deodorants from our co-op (no antiperspirants) and still end up very stinky after about 5 hours. This morning I used the deodorant, but then also put some tea tree oil on my fingertip and rubbed it over the deodorant on my armpits, about one drop per armpit. Now we're at the end of the day, and the pits still smell fine. I know I need something like the deodorant as a spreader type base for the tea tree oil. It looks like "propylene glycol" is the transparent spreadable base in most of these deodorants.
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lala, what a cute and empowering post! You made me smile and think at the same time, thanks.

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oh thanks!
I just hope someone else tries it besides me!
It is so easy and cheap compared to the natural deodorents!


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I'm going to try this, thanks for posting!

~namaste~

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LaLa I left you a message in Healthy Home thinking your post had been over there.
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supersalve.com has an awesome baby cream with lavender and zinc, I use it under my arms and it is greathttp://www.supersalve.com
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HI I love to make homemade deodorant! I got tired of paying over $8. for a bottle of my favorite stuff so I made my own! I use rose petal infused witch hazel, lemon juice, a couple drops of glycerin, essential oil of rosemary, sage, tea tree, lavender, & lemon. Then I add a few drops of st. joan's wort oil & arnica oil. I also like to add a couple teaspoons of my cleavers tincture in vodka base as a lymph cleanser. It is so YUMMY!So rejuvenating & aromatic! I like to use it in a spray bottle & apply powder afterwards. I like homemade powder, but I haven't got the ratio of ingredientsclay/cornstarch to my liking ! Any suggestions!? Thanks! Laura
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That sounds GREAT!

For powder I do a 12 oz container with aprox the following:

8 oz arrowroot
2 oz white clay
1 oz cornstarch
1 oz baking soda
5 drops rose essential oil
4 drops sandalwood essential oil.

I love love love it!
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Hi LaLa, Thank you for the powder recipe! I'm looking forward to trying it! So many great ideas here! I'm glad I found ya's! L
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Is there any way I can smell like nothing? Could I just do the powder w/o the essential oils?
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Lala,
cool recipee, thanks. Do you know of something natural for bug repelent for the baby?
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hmmm...I don't know of any bug repellent for a baby, but Chanley would! She moderates the garden forum. You could pm her
Or check her site (beantreesoap or beantreesoaps one of those! lol)
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Hello,
You might like the natural bug repellant from Burt's bees, it's safe for children and pets. IT's made from a combination of natural oils. It smells nice too! I've had success with it. Hope this helps.
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LaLa and others,

Where do you get your ingredients? Like clay, essential oils, etc. I bought a fabulous deodourant from LUSH but it's expensive and I don't see why I couldn't make it myself. I like it because it's solid. Any ideas?

Oh, and I'd be willing to trade someone for smelly stuff in exchange for quilts or fleece hats.
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Slightly OT:

These recipes are great!

Since dd's birth I have had to be very careful in the underarm department. I smelled like a truck driver at the end of the day if I didn't keep on top of it. In fact, sometimes I got out of the shower and my underarms still smelled.

I just had laser hair removal done on my underarms -- I can't believe it but I don't even need deodarant anymore! I'll try some of these recipes anyway. They sound so beautiful!
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I'm getting bored with my recipe...anyone else?
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I was so impressed with how effective just plain rubbing alcohol works! So I have been using that instead of my recipe. I did break down & add some eucalyptus, & tea tree essential oils to the alcohol cause I love the aromatic feel of it.
I finally got some arrowroot powder so I will be making the powder in the next few days and filling the ceramic shaker I have.
I LOVE making my own stuff and saving so much money! I also made some of that salt/sugar scrub with oil infused St Joan's wort, chickweed and rose glycerin- (very inexpensive at an Indian mkt.) and use that to scrub & rehydrate my skin. It is luscious & lovely.
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bumping for summertime funk!
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LaLa and others,

Where do you get your ingredients? Like clay, essential oils, etc.

please do tell... am VERY interesyted, as i live in the south(hot!!!) in a small area where health food stores are few and far between....

l, <>< wife to my sweetie, proud mama to 3 cubs, 2 who clw & 1 that i i ep for . baby was evicted early by induction due to severe pre-e/hellp syndrome
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If you use a powder, try adding ground lavendar flowers to it. Put your powder along with a healthy pinch of lavendar flowers in your herb grinder (you can use a coffee grinder dedicated for grinding herbs, not coffee) and grind it up. Adds a nice scent.
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Originally posted by LaLa
bumping for summertime funk!
:LOL
Thank you! :LOL I'm going to try this!
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Off the top of my head I can think of sage. Sage tea is used to dry up breastmilk so I guess the essential oil is probably is best avoided when nursing. The only other caution I really know about EO is clary sage shouldn't be used if you have uterine fibroid tumors. The books I have don't have info on Bf cautions.

Mama Lori, thanks for the powdered lavender idea. I have a bunch of blossoms that need to be used up!
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I have a lot of trouble with underarm funk and i've been using rubbing alcohol with some lavendar eo added to it.
WORKS GREAT And its sooo cheap
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I, too, have some major funk issues. . . but never considered using anything other than store-bought deodorant because I figured it would be "too weak":

So I'm definitely going to give some of these a try! I did read in Super Baby Food (in her "tips" section) that plain baking soda worked well. . . but that just seemed too. . . well. . . plain for me!

Thanks ladies!

Monica, mom to Lilly (7) and Carter (4) and rainbow baby Elsa (11/27/10).
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(baking soda) That's what i've been using for the past few years now and it does work well.....for about 4 hrs. then i stink again. With the rubbing alcohol and lavender i only have to use it once a day.
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I have ordered items from
http://www.wildroots.com

they have herbs, clays etc and nice quality, good prices.

For essential oils, you can order from them too. I never have, though. I get my oils wholesale from LavenderLane.com , which is nice, and some from my local co-op

Also I like www.beantreesoap.com (you have to email about the oils and herbs cause they aren't on the site, but she has good prices)

and www.fromnaturewithlove.com is a fun site!
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So many funky mamas... so little time. :LOL

BTW, thanks for the info on Sage! I'm getting more and more into natural remedies/herbs... I'd hate to use something and inadvertantly dry up my milk.
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Thanks for sharing your recipes, I can't wait to try some out. I've been using lavendar deodorant by /j/a/s/o/n/ and I like the smell. But...it does nothing for wetness. I was wondering if any of these homemade recipes keep you dry? Thanks!
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