17.7.08

Making stuff

Most of you are probably already bored of them, but I am so amused that I can't stop talking about them. I'm referring, of course, to the homemade deodorant and a new homemade cousin: the insect repellent. My inbox is just being flooded with requests for the recipes.
What can I say? Can I deny my audience what they demand?

Homemade Deodorant (originally published here)

3 Tablespoons shea butter
3 Tablespoons baking soda
2 Tablespoons corn starch
2 Tablespoons cocoa butter
2 vitamin E oil gel caps (puncture and squeeze out the oil)
Essential Oil (I used Eucalyptus and Rosemary)


Melt the ingredients together (except the oils) in the microwave for 30 seconds. Give it a good stir, add oils, transfer to a 4 oz jar (mini-mason jars are perfect) and cool in the fridge for about an hour.

Genius. That's all I will say about it. Now it doesn't keep you dry, but it keeps the smell OUT. And it's cancer free. Oh and I get all my making-stuff stuff here. They're awfully nice people and their oils are ridiculously inexpensive. AND they have all the fun clear containers. Also ridiculously inexpensive.

Homemade Insect Repellent

8 oz Vegetable Oil (or other vessel oil, such as Jojoba or Almond)
30 drops Eucalyptus Essential Oil
30 drops Rosemary Essential Oil
10 drops Tea Tree Oil
1 tbsp Pure Vanilla Extract


Measure and pour ingredients into a squeezy bottle. Give it a good shake and apply to pressure points such as inside or wrists, back of knees etc. Line the inside of your sun hat and reapply every 2 hours. Very baby safe, just don't drink it.

Oh and this is what I'll look like in 30 years:
If things go well.

2 comments:

Monia said...

I am glad you posted how you made the deodorant. I am going to try it.

ABraveTonedTimidGirl said...

that's not going to be you! That'll be spinster stephanie. Wool? Could it be anyone else. I do need to start wearing my headscarf now, so I learn how to tie it.