2 Natural Home made Deodorant Recipes for Sensitive Skin

Natural deodorant

Here are 2 natural homemade deodorant recipes to try at home. This deodorant is very gentle on your skin

Recipe 1

12 tablespoons of coconut oil

12 tablespoons of shea butter

8 tablespoons of diatomaceous earth

8 tablespoons of arrowroot powder

10 drops of vitamin E oil

Recipe 2

12 tablespoons of coconut oil

12 tablespoons of beeswax

12 tablespoons of arrowroot powder

4 tablespoons of cornstarch

2 teaspoons of honey.

Method

With reference to the chosen recipe, melt the thick oils such as the bees wax, coconut oil and shear butter on low heat over the stove. Mix them thoroughly until an even mixture is formed. Allow the mixture to cool down then add the powders such as the arrowroot powder, cornstarch or   the 

diatomaceous earth , then add the honey,  and mix thoroughly. Leave the mixture to solidify and it is ready to use.

Homemade Deodorants

Homemade Deodorants

Below are some homemade deodorant recipes that are suited for different seasons. It is well known that certain scents and certain textures of deodorants work best in certain seasons than others. 

Summer / Spring deodorant Recipes

Summer and spring are the seasons of fresh air, sunshine, and warmth. That’s why cooling, refreshing and tangy scents are the best for these seasons when it comes to deodorants.

Summer / Spring deodorant Recipe 1

2 tablespoons of coconut oil

1 tablespoon beeswax

1 tablespoon arrowroot powder

1 tablespoon bentonite clay

10 drops tea tree essential oil

Procedure

Melt the coconut oil and beeswax on the stove, and mix the clay and arrowroot powder in a bowl. Combine the oil and beeswax with the powder, and then add the essential oil. This is a cooling, freshly scented deodorant that is not too drying nor too moisturizing and is great for preventing acne on the body.

Summer / Spring Deodorant Recipe 2

2 tablespoons of coconut oil

1 tablespoon beeswax

2 tablespoons baking soda

2 drops lemon oil

8 drops sweet orange oil

Procedure

Melt the coconut oil and beeswax on the stove, and then add the baking soda.

Follow with the essential oils, and mix thoroughly. This will give you a sweet and sour citrus scented deodorant that will freshen you up on warm days.

Winter / Fall Deodorant Recipes

For winter and fall, warm, cozy and spicy scents are the best to make you feel comforted and relaxed.

Winter / Fall Deodorant Recipe 1

2 tablespoons of coconut oil

2 tablespoons of cocoa butter

2 tablespoons of baking soda

1 tablespoon arrowroot powder

5 drops sandalwood oil

5 drops cinnamon oil

Procedure

Mix the coconut oil and cocoa butter before adding the baking soda and arrowroot powder. Follow with the essential oils, and blend thoroughly. This creamy deodorant has a spicy, musky scent that is great for men and women to use in the winter or fall.

Winter / Fall Deodorant Recipe 2:

2 tablespoons of cocoa butter

2 tablespoons of shea butter

3 tablespoons baking soda

10 drops of vanilla oil.

Procedure

Blend the emollient butter before adding the baking soda and vanilla oil. This is another great unisex deodorant with a comforting vanilla scent that is sure to make you feel good in the chillier months.

Winter / Fall Deodorant Recipe 3

4 tablespoons coconut oil

3 tablespoons baking soda

5 drops clove oil

Procedure

Simply blend the coconut oil, baking soda and essential oil to create a musky, spicy deodorant that is ideal for fall and winter. This creamy deodorant is also a great moisturizer for dry underarms.

About soap making (part 1)

soap

Soap is the salt of a fatty acid. This salt is the product of the combination of an acid and alkali and it is different from the type of salt we eat.

The acid used in soap making is known as fatty acid, while the alkali is generally sodium hydroxide or caustic soda. 

Saponification is the process of making soap, when the fatty acid is mixed with the alkali it produces a tablet of salt and glycerine which is the soap.

How soap cleanses

When soap combines with water it acts as a surfactant, The surfactant has water soluble and oil soluble parts. Due to this property, soap molecules can surround grease or dirt particles and bring them into the water to be washed away.

Why you should make your own soap

Glycerine is a bye product of soap making and it’s function is to soothe and clean without irritation.

Commercially made soap are made in a cost effective way, making this type of soaps able to clean but hash on the hand and skin because it lacks glycerine.

Making your own soap helps to regularise the soap making ingredients to your advantage.

Soap making ingredients

Basic materials used for soap making are fat and sodium hydroxide (caustic soda) with the addition of essential oils and fragrances to personalize your soap.

Fat can be animal or  plant fat. Fat of cow, goat, buffalo is ok. Suitable fat from plants include the various types of cooking oil such as 

Olive oil, palm oil, coconut oil, avocado oil, sher butter, sunflower oil etc.

Colouring ingredients include;

Cocoa powder,

Cinnamon,

Bentonite clay

Turmeric

Curry powder

Paprika

Fragrance ingredients include;

Cinnamon

Lavender

Peppermint

Orange

Rosemary

Other ingredients for health benefit includes

Oats

Coffee grounds

Pumice

Olive stone

Apricot stone 

Lavender

Nettle

 and many more.

To add moisturizer to soap you can add glycerine. Some glycerine is already produced in the saponification process.

Beeswax is an ingredient to to harden the soap, salt can also be added to hasten it.

Borax and sugar are added to give the soap bubbles.

Types of soap

Novelty soaps: 

These soaps are made for children. They are mild on the children’s skin.

Perfumed soaps: 

Strong scented soaps

Guest soap:

As the name implies, they are small sized soaps used in hotels, motels, guest houses by guests in the bathroom. They can be taken home by the guests.

Beauty soaps:

These soaps are special soaps that beautify the skin by removing wrinkles, spots, makes the skin clearer and so on.

Medicated soaps:

These soaps are designed to treat all kinds of skin infections, such as acne, pimples, prickly heat, eczema and so on.

Translucent soaps:

These are soaps containing glycerine. These types of soaps are very gentle on the skin.

Transparent soaps:

A special type of soap that feels better against your skin when compared to other soaps.

Liquid soaps

As the name implies, these types of soap come in liquid form. As with solid bar soaps, some are suitable for bathing, others for washing clothes and others for washing dishes.

How to make hand sanitizer

Hand sanitizer

The worldwide covid 19 spread brought about the relevance of hand sanitizers. Since our hands easily come in contact with germs and viruses including coronaviruses, hand sanitizers became necessary to purify our hands and reduce the spread of this deadly virus.

Hand sanitizers are available in supermarkets and stores. It’s also easy to make. This article will focus on how to make hand sanitizers for yourself.

Items needed to make hand sanitizer.

Isopropyl Alcohol ( up to 99% volume).

Aloe Vera Gel.

Lemon juice.

Method of making your own hand sanitizer

The world health organization recommends at least 60% of the hand sanitizer should be alcohol. Alcohol is the main ingredient that kills the germs, aloe vera prevents the alcohol from drying out too quickly and the lemon juice acts as a sort of fragrance.

Mixing two parts of Isopropyl alcohol to one part of aloe vera gel plus 10 drops of lemon juice will give you hand sanitizer.

Some doctors also recommend 3 parts of alcohol to one part of aloe vera gel.

Availability

Isopropyl alcohol and aloe vera gel is readily available in local stores around you. You can easily buy a lemon fruit from a fruit store and extract its juice.

You can also process aloe vera leaves and extract its gel. Just wash the leaves, peel its outer leaf skin and blend the inner contents to liquify the gel.