Teacher Momma's Deodorant Recipe
A few days ago, my friend, The Resourceful Mamma asked me to blog about my natural deodorant recipe. First I want to tell you why I began making my own. Around....oh, 7 years ago, I got an email from my mother-in-law (she's the sweetest thing since gummy bears) stating some facts about Antiperspirant Deodorants in a baaaad way! Breast Cancer is hereditary among the women and men in my family, so when I saw "may be a link to Breast Cancer" among other things, I pumped my breaks and started doing more research. This article has some good info on my findings!
How did I come up with the recipe? Well, honestly it was trial and error. When we first stopped using Antiperspirant deodorants, we were using Toms of Maine, which isn't bad, but did a horrible job keeping the "funk" at bay (just keepin' it real). When I was younger, I remember my mom putting baking soda on my armpits when we ran out of deodorant (it made a mess but it worked), so I thought "baking soda is a natural product, so we could just use that"! And we did, until we all starting getting rashes! The baking soda by itself was just too much for us (some people can handle it). I needed something that would help soothe us in the process, and I'm in love with coconut oil, so I decided to add some and see how that worked....in the process, I added some of my all time favorite essential oil just to make it smell nice and......guys, it was magical! This is how I do it
First I place the coconut oil in the plastic container and microwave it for 15 seconds
All of it may not be melted, but that's OK
Just give it a stir to help the rest melt
Now, add the baking soda and mix until it's well
incorporated and paste like consistency
Go ahead, add your essential oil...My fav is Lavender
But, you can use whatever you like.....Mix well
Take the sticker off the old deodorant container.
I had a hard time, but a little warm soapy water helped a bunch....See
Now, take the top off and open up a baggie.
Place the baggies bottom inside the deodorant top...
Aaaaaah Ha, it's an instant mold!
Unscrew this part all the way off and clean out with
warm soapy water.
Spoon your coconut oil/baking soda/essential oil mixture
into the mold
Grab that screw part and gently place it on top...press very
lightly, making sure not to spill it over (like I did hee-hee)
Gently bring the sides of the baggie up....careful, don't lift it out!
Place in the freezer on a flat surface for at least 3 hours
(I like to leave mine overnight, but it doesn't take all that)
Gently wiggle the bag out of the mold, peel the baggie away from
the deodorant....Ladies and Gentlemen....we have made deodorant!
Now for the real magic...Place the deodorant with the screw side down
(like it came out) into the deodorant container and
screw it down. You may notice some deodorant overlapping the sides making it tough to screw on, No worries. take your spoon and scrape at the overlapping parts to make it even (you will perfect it over time) and continue to screw it down...you also may have to give it a little push.
Place the top on it and keep in the refrigerator or else it will melt (coconut oil is easily melted by room temps)
Lastly, add a personal touch! It can be given as a gift or you can personalize one for each person in the family! (kids can do their own)
P.S. Some people are sensitive to Baking Soda, please take note of how your skin is reacting to this recipe. If a rash should occur, then try adding less baking soda.
If you give this recipe a try, come back and share your experience!
_________________________________________________ Peaches & Cream Crepes
If this doesn't make your mouth water, you may want to check you pulse ;)
I absolutely loved tuna when I was a meat eater, but now that I'm a vegetarian there certainly things I won't eat and that includes tuna. Last week my mother-in-law made some really good selling tuna. She served it with saltine Ritz crackers & grapes....yeah, mmmmmmmm, that's what I was thinking too. Some of us in this big 'ole world are vegetarians but, would still like to tickle our taste buds with familiar yumminess (is that a real word?). Make this recipe and your once tuna - loving family will think you're a "Master Mind". Enjoy
You will need
3 cans Garbanzo Beans (drained & mashed)
2 tablespoons Mayo (light)
1 tablespoon Spicy Brown Mustard
1/4 cup chopped Green Onion
Salt & Pepper (to taste)
1/4 cup chopped Celery
1/4 cup chopped Red Onion
Lets get busy!!
Drain Garbanzo Beans, place in a medium sized bowl and mash well (a lil' lumpiness is good). Add all of the other ingredients (omit some if you like) and mix well. It will even smell like real tuna!
- For a bit of fun, try adding some died green apple & 2 tbs. of raisins to the veggie tuna and spoon into some whole grain pita pockets.
- Prepare the day before you serve for max flavor!
- Add 1 cup of cut (in half) grapes and top with whole gran Goldfish crackers (the kids love this one)
Let me know how you like it!......How does your family "Veggie Tuna"