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Natural Homemade Deodorant: It really works

May 21, 2013 • Paige

There are a lot of reasons to stop using commercial deodorant and antiperspirant.  Here is a place to start reading, if this is the first you’ve heard:  http://www.globalhealingcenter.com/natural-health/aluminum-and-breast-cancer/

Let’s face it: Everybody sweats and there is nothing that any of us can do to stop it, but we CAN easily control body odor with natural homemade remedies.  Body odor is caused by bacteria, not by sweat, so the key is to use an antibacterial deodorant that doesn’t irritate your skin.  I’ve tried several natural commercial products, and none of them worked for me, so now I make my own.  I’ve been making moisturizer from coconut oil for a long time, so why not?

Making your own natural deodorant is incredibly easy, but it may take a little trial-and-error to find what works best with your body.  Write down what you put into your deodorant so that you can make it again without having to guess.  The first time you try this, make a small amount so it is easier to adjust it.

There is no “the best recipe”.  Most are based on baking soda with arrowroot powder, corn starch, or salt and a little essential oil in a base of virgin coconut oil.

natural deodorant

A note about the ingredients:  Use the good stuff whenever you can because it makes a world of difference.

Virgin coconut oil is naturally antibacterial, so it makes a great base.  Some people just use straight coconut oil and stop there, but I live in Louisiana so I need something more powerful.

Tea Tree oil is my preferred essential oil due to its antibacterial properties, but you can use whatever you like.  Sweet orange and lavender essential oils are also popular.  Word to the wise: Don’t use peppermint oil.

Get Started:

Choose your ingredients, and mix them in equal parts:

Baking soda +  corn starch

or

Baking soda  + arrowroot powder

    or

Baking soda  +  salt*
(Salt was awful for me, but others swear by it)

Add just enough coconut oil to form a thick paste, about the consistency of commercial deodorant.  Add a few drops of essential oil and thoroughly mix everything together.   Be careful not to add too much essential oil, as some of them can burn the skin.

For every 1 cup of natural deodorant, I can only add about 3 drops of essential oil or my skin will develop a hot red rash that is not fun.  I’ve seen a lot of recipes contain 10 drops of this, 15 drops of that, so it’s possible that I’m more sensitive than the average person.  Better safe than sorry!  You can always add more later.

Store your deodorant in a wide-mouth container that you can easily get your fingers into, and keep it in a cool place.  Coconut oil melts at 76 degrees, so consider keeping it in the refrigerator in the summer time.

To apply, rub a little bit of deodorant onto your fingers and spread it under your arms – pretty simple.

This stuff really works.  If you’re nervous, try it on a weekend.  That’s best if you don’t know what is going to work for you anyway.  I was very nervous at the idea of ditching my Ultra Maximum Strength antiperspirant for an entire work day, but it has been 85 degrees in Shreveport, Louisiana for the last week and I’ve been doing just fine the whole time!   I’m sure I’ll use the commercial stuff from time to time but I’m not soaking myself in aluminum every day any more.

Troubleshooting help:

If your arm pits develop a red rash, or start burning, you likely have too much baking soda or too much essential oil.    Dilute it with some more coconut oil, and/or more arrowroot or cornstarch, and adjust until you’re comfortable.   This is why you start with a small batch.  You also might get irritated skin if you apply deodorant too soon after shaving, but that happens with commercial brands, too.

At the end of all this…  If you still feel like you need the commercial products, don’t sweat it. (har har)  There are so many other ways to simplify and make healthier choices.  The sky is the limit!

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How to Cook Brown Rice by Moxie Gusto

May 28, 2012 • Paige

The myth that eating healthy is expensive – is false!

Simple, nutritious and low-fat food is actually some of the cheapest food out there. Brown Rice and dry beans are about $1.50 per pound.  A pound of dry beans cooks up about six cups of beans, equal to five cans.

Brown rice is packed with nutrition, and cheap. It goes well with practically anything and I think brown rice tastes a lot better than white rice.  I make big batches and keep it in the fridge for quick meals.

Learning to cook brown rice is easy.  You just need the patience to leave it alone and resist temptation to lift the lid and stir it.  For me, this was not easy!

Cooking Brown Rice

Brown Rice Method one:

  • Pour 2 cups of water in a medium sauce pan, heat to boiling.
  • Measure and rinse 1 cup of uncooked brown rice, add it to the water.
  • Stir and cover with a lid.
  • Turn heat down to low, and set a timer for 45 minutes.
  • Remove from heat, uncover.
  • Drain off any excess liquid and fluff with a fork.

Do not lift the lid, not even once until 45 Minutes are up!


Brown Rice Method two:

Pre-soaking brown rice cuts the cooking time in half!

  • Measure and thoroughly rinse 1 cup of uncooked brown rice.
  • Soak the rice in a bowl of cool water for two hours, then drain.
  • Pour 2 cups of water in a medium sauce pan and heat to boiling
  • Drain the soaked rice and add it to the boiling water.
  • Stir and cover with a lid.
  • Turn the heat down to low, set a timer for 20 minutes.
  • Remove from heat, uncover.
  • Drain any excess liquid and fluff with a fork.

Do not lift the lid, not even once until 20 minutes are up!


If you’re not sure how to use brown rice, here are some recipes to get you started:

Southern Brown Rice Recipes @ AllRecipes.com

Recipe: Lentils, Brown Rice, and Carmelized Onions

Here is an explanation of some of the benefits of  brown rice.

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Blissfully Simple Laundry. Yes…. Laundry. by Moxie Gusto

May 14, 2012 • Paige

The next time you do laundry, don’t use any detergent.  When the washer agitates, you will see suds.  Wash without detergent again, and you will still see suds. Your clothes are full of detergent, and every interior surface of your washing machine is coated with detergent, too.

I haven’t used any detergent in about a year and I’m never going back.  The benefits are pretty amazing.

If you’re not up for going detergent-free, try cutting the amount of product you use in half. I promise: you’re not going to notice a difference except that you buy a lot less detergent.

You don’t need fabric softener, either.  Add a quarter cup of white vinegar in the rinse cycle instead of softener. Vinegar aids in rinsing out the detergent and reduces static quite a lot.  It kills odors really well.  I used a ‘Downy ball’ for the vinegar so I wouldn’t have to catch the rinse cycle. Easy and efficient!

Now, all I use in my laundry is white vinegar.  I add ½ to 1 full cup of white vinegar at the beginning in place of detergent.   My clothes are clean and soft, and smell like clean clothes.  Vinegar even does the job on my athlete teenager’s sports uniform.  I was really skeptical there, but I swear by “just vinegar” now.

After ditching laundry products and other perfumed products,  I discovered an unexpected benefit:

Now, when I go out in public I can smell everything.  The perfumes and chemicals in detergents and other products hang around a person like a cloud of fumes. I didn’t realize I had such dulled senses until I quit all that stuff!   As far as I’m concerned, white vinegar is the holy grail of household chores.

Why So Simple? by Moxie Gusto

March 12, 2012 • Paige

What does all of this ‘Simple Living’ stuff have to do with being a “super hero”, “extreme altruist” or whatever the current catch-phrase?  NothingEverything.

Thoreau said, “As you simplify your life, the laws of the universe will be simpler; solitude will not be solitude, poverty will not be poverty, nor weakness weakness.”

Generally speaking, Americans’ lives are cluttered with distractions and centered on “wants”.  Simplicity helps us gain a very fine understanding of what our “needs” really are. It is not so much about having fewer possessions; it is an approach to life and an attitude that guides our actions with clarity and purpose.

Simplicity is about separating “needs” from the “wants”, focusing on things that really matter and eliminating everything else. I can tell you from experience that this process involves a lot of letting go. When you live with simplicity in mind, you are less likely to get caught up in distractions and drama; it becomes easier to see the heart of a situation, conversation, or problem.

For me, living simply is a daily effort that touches every part of my life.  My kitchen has very few gadgets, yet I cook quite a lot.  It’s amazing how many gadgets can be replaced with a fork and a little muscle power.  The gear I use is fairly simple, as well. I’ve got a sturdy pair of boots, a very bright flashlight, a cell phone, and a first aid kit. The basics are covered and I can focus on using my eyes-and-ears.

Choosing to live simply can take almost any form, yet the intent is often the same: a pursuit of finer understanding and sharper focus, better efficiency in all actions.

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Honey, You’re Beautiful by Moxie Gusto

January 30, 2012 • Paige

In addition to being useful as medicine, honey is also a wonderful natural moisturizer for your skin. It is a humectant, which means it attracts and holds moisture. Honey is a common ingredient in cosmetics and beauty products for this, and many other reasons.

I make my own all-purpose moisturizer from coconut oil and honey. I use plain, refined coconut oil from the baking aisle of the grocery store (LouAnn brand), but you could spend more on unrefined, virgin, and organic varieties in the health food stores. I am happy with the cheaper stuff that I can also use to make really good popcorn and baked goods.

My moisturizer is about 90% coconut oil, 10% honey, and sometimes a few drops of olive oil.  You’ll have to experiment to find what you like.  It’s great on your face and hands, and even softens elbows and feet. Since it’s entirely edible, it’s also really good on dry, cracked lips.  I love it because it’s  simple, earthy, inexpensive, and my bathroom is not cluttered with bottle after bottle of ‘product’ – just one little jar!

Honey never spoils, and coconut oil is slow to oxidize, which makes it resistant to rancidity.  No more throwing away expensive products that have gone rancid!  Note: if your beauty products smell like old crayons, they are rancid and you need to toss them out.  Coconut oil has a melting point of 76F, so it will be solid in the winter and liquid in the summer. Just be aware of that so you don’t slosh it everywhere when you open the container in warm months. I know this and still make a mess every now and then.

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Cleaning Products Made Simple by Moxie Gusto

October 19, 2011 • Paige

Is the area under your kitchen sink cluttered with ten different kinds of cleaning products?  You really don’t need them. Besides, they cost too much and they’re almost all toxic.  Having a “non-toxic” house (or close to it) is pretty easy. Just stop using commercial cleaners.  You already have simple stuff that works just as well.

All you need is hot water, white vinegar, and baking soda or salt. I clean my stove with plain hot water, which takes less effort than it used to with harsh commercial products.  Commercial cleaners irritate my skin and they have a nasty chemical “stink” to them.  Even when I’ve been lazy and there is stuck-on food from last weekend’s cook-a-thon, it all comes off with hot water.  Sometimes I might scour with a little table salt or baking soda, too. The same thing works to clean floors, counters, walls, etc.  Put a 50/50 mix of water and white vinegar in a spray bottle and you have a natural germ killer and deodorizer spray.  There won’t be a vinegar smell when it dries.

  • Glass cleaner: Water and a clean, dry cloth.
    If you’re really old school, water and newspaper.
  • Floors:  A gallon of hot water with a cup of white vinegar.
  • Kitchen & bathroom: baking soda for scouring, vinegar & water spray, plain hot water
  • Toilet: straight white vinegar and a scrub brush
  • Soap residue and water spots: straight white vinegar

Sponges and scrub pads tend to get germy and stinky after a while, so I don’t buy them. I just cut up discarded t-shirts. I have all the cleaning rags I’ll ever need without spending a dime. The best part is that I can toss them in with the laundry.

Stay tuned… Next, I’ll share my super simple laundry secret.

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