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Natural Deodorant




I have spent the better part of the last few years looking for an effective natural deodorant and I have tried many with some relative success and some disappointing results. In my research I have come across a lot of DIY recipes but I wanted something that would be suitable for my specific needs. Most of the recipes I came across contained ingredients like baking soda and beeswax which my sensitive skin doesn't deal with too well. For longer than I care to admit I like with many other things have procrastinated with making a deodorant, you know how it is when you make every excuse to yourself not to get on and do something which in actuality is really quite simple. As I was feeling inspired I decided to grab the proverbial bull by its horns and get on with the task of making a deodorant that would be all natural using mainly plant or plant derived ingredients, be effective and non irritating to my sensitive skin. Honestly as a recovering science lab rat I really don't know what I was scared of and how I had left it so long to make this, it was super easy to make and the end result felt and smelt gorgeous. 

The idea of a natural deodorant is to aid the body in the removal of toxins via sweat while keeping us smelling fresh and odour free. An antiperspirant works by introducing certain ingredients into your skin thereby blocking your sweat glands, this stops us from sweating which means the toxins are not released from the body.

I am currently still researching and tweaking things to make the deodorant the best it can be, but at present the recipe below will be my go to for a while. If you do try this, it would be lovely to hear your thoughts on the result and how it has worked for you.



~E xx

DIY Deodorant


INGREDIENTS

1 heaped Tbsp extra virgin coconut oil
1 Tbsp shea butter
1 and 1/2 Tbsp arrowroot powder
1Tbsp unrefined cocoa butter (Optional)
1 Tbsp Candelilla wax (A plant based wax)
1 tsp vitamin E oil or oil from one capsule
30 drops of lemon essential oil (This can be any essential oils of choice although the ones with antibacterial properties are usually best)
25 drops of grapefruit essential oil


METHOD

In a small glass bowl place the butters and coconut oil as well as the candelilla wax

Place the bowl into a water bath / double boiler or bain marie (A pan with water brought to the boil to gently melt the wax and butters without burning or charring the active ingredients)

As the mixture melts, stir it to ensure the wax melts and you achieve a smooth liquid consistency.

Remove the glass bowl from the water bath and set aside to cool a little

Add in the chosen essential oils followed by vitamin e (optional)

Finally add in your arrowroot powder and stir the mixture until all the powder is absorbed.

Transfer the still warm mixture to a small container or jar and allow it to cool and become solid

Your deodorant is now ready to use!, you only need a little bit as it goes a long way, it should absorb into your skin on application and not be too oily. Your pits will thank you.


DIY plant based deodorant



DIY plant based deodorant




Coffee Body Scrub

The temperature outside here in the UK is continues to drop making for some very cold days. With the weather and central heating wreaking havoc on my skin coupled with a little indulgence over the festive period, my body was in need of some TLC. I decided to whip up one of my favourite go to body scrubs, it contains the simplest of ingredients (all edible not that you should!) and is so easy to make.
The main ingredient coffee provides a host of benefits to the skin and body as it contains antioxidant properties. Coffee helps to boost circulation and in turn tightens and plumps up the skin, the sugar helps to exfoliate off dead skin and the sweet almond oil is a great moisturiser that isn't too oily on the skin and is absorbed fairly quickly. All these ingredients combined with a lovely scent of vanilla essential oil or vanilla extract if preferred produce what is a really lovely all over body scrub that is excellent on the skin as well as providing aromatherapy in the shower / bath that helps uplift the mood making you feel great especially on these long cold January days.





INGREDIENTS

7 Tbsps Coffee grounds
3 Tbsps Organic fairtrade brown sugar (or sugar of choice)
2 Tbsps Sweet almond oil
Vanilla essential oil or vanilla extract




METHOD

Firstly mix the dry ingredients
Add the sweet almond oil and 3 drops of vanilla essential oil / Vanilla extract
Thoroughly mix all the ingredients until the oil has been absorbed evenly.
transfer the mixture into a glass jar
Run a nice shower or bath, grab a scoop and get scrubbing! your body and skin will thank you.
Luxuriate,

~E xx

Home made coffee body scrub




Cosy Knits

The weather here has been cold and blustery and with very little sunlight coming through in the daytime, it makes you want to stay indoors with a nice warm fire snuggled underneath a warm fluffy blanket. Luckily I was able to do this today and also took some inspiration to complete some crochet projects I have been working on. I managed to finish off two cowl / infinity scarves and a slouchy beanie hat that is lovely and warm. I love the colours too! greys, cream and taupe a nice palette that reminiscent of warmth and cosiness even when out and about in the unforgiving elements. I love seasonal crafting at this time of year as it gives a sense of wholesomeness and you get to make and share one of a kind unique items handmade by you.







knits ~ by moi!
wool used ~ merino, alpaca and bamboo




Friday Face Time

It's Friday and there has been very little sunlight today, the blustery wind is ice cold reminding us that indeed winter is upon us. With the harsh winter cold weather outside and the equally as harsh central heating indoors, my facial skin has been protesting. Both extremes have left my face with some dry patches this in turn lead me to trying out a simple recipe for a facial moisturiser, it was time to pencil in some quality face time and nourish my face. My requirements for a facial cream were straightforward it had to be of course moisturising, nourishing, toning and be made with very simple natural organic ingredients that I may already have in my kitchen cupboards. It had to be easy to make and most importantly actually work. I was quite happy with the results I achieved both in the simplicity of the cream and being able to soothe my dry skin.


INGREDIENTS

1 heaped tbsp of extra virgin organic coconut oil
1 tsp of manuka honey (with an activity (UMF) level of 10+ or higher)
Half a cup or about 3 and a half tbsps of sweet almond oil
6 drops of essential oil of choice (optional, check personal suitability first. I used lemon oil for a lovely fresh uplifting citrus scent.)
 3 drops or one capsule of Vitamin E oil (optional)



METHOD

In a non metallic mixing bowl add the coconut oil and manuka honey and whisk with a handheld electric whisk until smooth.
 Stop whisking and add the sweet almond oil followed by essential oil of choice if you opt for it as well as the vitamin E oil.
Whisk the mixture thoroughly until it is really smooth and creamy.
Scoop the resulting cream into to a small container with a lid, mine was around 250ml when finished.
store in the fridge or a cool dry place and use as required.




Luxuriate...

~ E xx








Super Simple Lip Scrub

Well what can I say?!, the weather and decreasing temperatures are already wreaking havoc on my skin. This is the time of year when people have their chapsticks and lip balms at the ready for those dry and cracked lips that we sometimes get. I thought of a way I could make a lip scrub using items that I already had in my kitchen cupboard.

 I am a great believer of "If it is good enough to eat then it is definitely good enough to go on my skin". I also like to keep things really simple when it comes to body care, less is definitely more. This lip scrub only took me less than five minutes to make, I also made a little bit too much for my little tin so I ended up using the little bit left over to exfoliate my hands and lets just say my hands were thanking me for the treat as it left them so soft! but hand care is a topic I'll save for a later post perhaps. I am yet to use it on my lips and saving it for the morning but I am sure judging by my hands it will work a treat. Recipe below


INGREDIENTS

One tablespoon of extra virgin coconut oil 
One teaspoon of honey (Preferably raw honey although I used regular honey as I wanted to use it up)
One tablespoon of organic raw fair trade brown sugar.
Half a teaspoon of extra virgin olive oil (Optional)
Two drops of lemon essential oil (Optional)


METHOD

In a bowl place coconut oil (solid when cool at room temperature,but melts when warmed), Honey and brown sugar. Mix the ingredients with a non metallic spoon until all the sugar is mixed into the coconut oil. Voilà! you now have a lip scrub that you can use on your lips, I went a bit further and added some olive oil for more moisture and conditioning and you can add the lemon oil to this before adding it to the mix in the bowl. 

I loved the resulting scrub as it is all natural, the honey provides moisture, the coconut and olive oils provide conditioning and the sugar helps get rid of pesky dry and dead skin. All this serves to keep lips flake and chap free for the autumn / winter season.





Keep It Simple Sweeties! K.I.S.S

xx



Tuesday Treat









I try to set some time aside on Tuesdays which I have nicknamed Treat-day to basically treat myself. Today is the first official day of Autumn and with that in mind the change in the season seems to evoke in me a need to wrap up warm and moisturise my skin. I like to keep it really simple when it comes to skin care as I really do believe that less is more. I recently made some body scrub with only three ingredients pink Himalayan salt which contains a host of trace minerals beneficial for body and mind, sweet almond oil and a citrus essential oil. It felt and smelled delicious and definitely got my skin ready for fall, sometimes a little bit of self love goes a long way in making you feel amazing.