Happy Friday, everyone! It’s been a busy couple of weeks and if you follow me on Instagram, you know that I hit a couple of setbacks with my shop. We had ordered all the ingredients, packaging, and labels for my body butter, only to find out that summertime is NOT a friend of homemade body butter. I sent some samples out to friends and it arrived melted and/or soupy…so, far from the whipped body butter it was supposed to be. I literally wanted to throw in the towel because we’re tapping into savings to get this up and running – I felt defeated. Thankfully I have such a great support network that I didn’t stay in a funk for too long. So…I quickly began working on the next couple of products to be available. The body butters will be in the Etsy shop this September or when the weather gets cool enough to ship them. For those who follow me on Instagram, I apologize for repeating some of this information.
For the last five or six years, I’ve been making my own deodorant and love it, but within the last few months, I have come across people who have a sensitivity to baking soda. Some people break out in a rash or it is too drying for their skin – even with the raw coconut oil. The problem that I ran across with this specific deodorant is that it would melt in the warmer months, making it a messy challenge to apply. So, I began experimenting with a spray deodorant – tested out different ratios of oils and created a safe and effective deodorant that was baking soda free!
I hear a lot of people complain about deodorants not lasting or that they sweat too much. The thing that many people forget is that antiperspirants aren’t healthy. Sweating is the body’s way of releasing toxins – sweating is a good thing. Another problem with the commercial deodorants (and sure, you’ll smell good and stay dry) is that they’re LOADED with harmful toxins/chemicals. So, not only are you not allowing your body to release toxins, you’re also applying more to be absorbed. Remember, skin is the largest organ. The top five that you want to stay far away from are:
- Propylene Glycol
All of the above have been linked to cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, several other health issues and can be a hormone disrupter. I’m honestly amazed that these commercial deodorants are still on the market…or that people still use them on a daily basis. You won’t find any of the above ingredients in my spray deodorant – just two ingredients – all natural, safe, and non-toxic.
Witch hazel has natural skin healing, anti-microbial and anti-bacterial properties – making it a safe and effective deodorant. Tea tree oil (one of my favorite options to add into the deodorant) also has anti-microbial properties which helps to destroy the bacteria that causes body odor…same goes for lavender and lemon essential oils.
For those who prefer fractionated coconut oil as opposed to alcohol-free witch hazel, I have that option available. The deodorant is packaged in a 1oz amber glass spray bottle – larger sizes (2oz, 4oz) will be available soon.
Another product that I’ve just listed in my Etsy shop, is an all natural perfume using just organic sweet almond oil and essential oils of your choice. I used to wear perfume growing up (and in my early 20’s), not realizing the harm I was doing. They were the cause of most of my headaches/migraines AND they were loaded with ingredients that I couldn’t pronounce. Did you know that, on average, 14 secret chemicals can be found in fragrance products?! And that’s not including the already lengthy ingredient list. Click HERE to learn more about toxic perfumes.
Two ingredients. That is all that you’ll find in my little roll-on perfume. It may not last all day long like the commercial perfumes, but that is only because I do NOT add any synthetics – just high quality essential oils and organic sweet almond oil. They provide a subtle fragrance and can be applied as needed. For those who are not a fan of almond oil, I can make them with fractionated coconut oil. Like the deodorant, you have a list of oils to choose from and I will gladly make a blend, too.
In the next week or two, I will have some specialty scents available for headache relief, anxiety, depression and grounding. So, please stay tuned!
Thanks for stopping by!
Hi Mandy! I have a question about your deodorant. In your blog post you mentioned your favorite combination. Is that the “deodorant blend” scent in your shop? I want to order the one you like best. I really appreciate this post because I really had no idea how toxic the deodorant I am using now is! Thanks!
Hi, friend!! Yes, the lavender-lemon-tea tree is a favorite of mine! For Josh, I make a blend using cedarwood and another woodsy blend that I really like, too. Are you a fan of tea tree oil? It’s so upsetting to see all of those harmful ingredients in things that people use every day. Thanks, again, for being such a huge support! ❤️
Hello Mandy (I’ve been trying to use various accounts to be able to leave a comment so this might just work) You are so busy I’m really in awe as to how committed and simply awesome you are! I’ve stopped using perfumes many years ago and only use pure rose water. So terrible about your butter hiccup stay strong you will get there eventually! I thoroughly enjoyed reading all this information! (i’ve never been on etsy to be honest will have to check it out) Have a great week ahead x
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You are so sweet, Petra! Thank you for reading and leaving such an encouraging comment. I don’t use perfume either, but every now and then I enjoy a nice subtle fragrance – just depends on my mood…but I tend to stick with lavender or something woodsy. Oh, goodness! Etsy is addicting! Ha! I could browse for hours – so many wonderful products! I hope you’re having a wonderful weekend ❤
I’m so sorry to take so long to finally comment on this post…I’m completely chaotic and forgetful. Anyways, I am in love with the lavender-vanilla perfurme…omg, 2 of my favorite scents! Going to order some today! I can’t wait! I stopped wearing perfume as well after learning how dangerous they are. Oh and as you know, I absolutely love your spray deodorant and I agree, that sweating is healthy. I just hate to sweat under my armpits, lol! It feels gross and I sweat SO easily in the summer, so it definitely is a personal issue for me. I don’t leave the house everyday though, so it’s not something I wear all the time and I do use a vegan brand that is aluminum-free and not completely filled with garbage.
Ok, off to order your perfume. So glad you have this shop!
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Awwwww! Please, no sorries at all! I am SO behind in blog reading and comments…things have been so busy and well, life with a toddler definitely keeps you on your toes and wipes you out! I just finished making your perfume…THANK YOU SO MUCH!!! I’ll ship it out in the morning. I’m right there with you as far as sweaty pits! Ha! I have two different deodorants in my bathroom, one that I can use every day and the other is a heavier blend for when we go out on long hikes or for working out. I’m trying to get the other blend ready for my shop this fall – I can’t ship it out now with the crazy heat. Darn! Oh, I swear by Native American Nutritionals essential oils – I trust them and they’re super high quality…literally THE best I’ve used and I’ve tried them all! ❤
Oh and where do you get your oils from? Just curious! I have thought about ordering a few oils before and trust your opinion and I can’t remember if you’ve told me before or not. 🙂