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Our own k23 skincare makes a fab-smelling, sweat-stopping, Earth-saving deodorant/antiperspirant with shea butter, French cosmetic clay, and a host of ridiculously good-smelling essential oils. A steal at $15.95, it's redolent of an enchanted valley and makes you feel like raising your hand all day long, even when you don't know the answer.
But it's dead easy to make a perfectly serviceable product yourself with stuff you probably already have on hand. So, BEHOLD- my recipe for a super-easy deodorant:
A SAUCE PAN
A MIXING BOWL
SOMETHING TO STIR WITH (I like cocktail swizzles, but use what you've got.)
ALUMINUM-FREE BAKING SODA
ESSENTIAL OILS in a scent you like (something like this would give you a fresh scent with great antibacterial action)
1. Melt some coconut oil in a double-broiler
2. Pour it into a jar and add enough baking soda to make a paste
3. Add a couple drops of essential oils if you like
4. The end.
Oh, you thought cosmetic formulation should be a touch more complex? Okay- here are longer directions for you, but really you are just fine doing the above. This isn't rocket surgery.
To Make, Complicated:
1. Make a double broiler (or bain marie, if you're feeling French and/or fancy) by putting your mixing bowl atop a sauce pan that you have filled halfway with some water.
2. Bring the water to a boil and as you do so, scoop out some coconut oil into the bowl. Eyeball it- you're talking maybe five tablespoons, depending on the size of your jar.
3. Heat the coconut oil until it is just liquified. (Coconut oil is solid at room temperature. If it's a hot day and you happen to be starting with liquified coconut oil then you may skip this whole melting step.)
4. Pour liquified coconut oil into your jar and add approximately 1/2 cup of baking soda to the jar. Mix well.
5. Add 5-10 drops of essential oils of your choosing if you are inclined.
Optional, 6: If you are a sensitive sort or if you have just had hair removal, the baking soda may sting a bit. If this is you, try substituting part cornstarch for part of your baking soda.
Et voila, you're done and you smell darned fine.
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