Healthy skin must be nourished from the inside. Unhealthy, processed food diets result in skin that ages prematurely, lacks vibrancy and can result in blemishes and uneven tone. While we need a diet full of colorful produce, quality proteins, high fiber and hydration, what we put onto our skin matters as well. Skin is our largest organ. Commercial skin care (lotions, washes, cosmetics, toothpaste and deodorant) contains numerous chemicals that can be very unhealthy and are linked with cancers and other diseases. Natural options are available to buy online and in stores, but it can be surprisingly easy to make some of these at home. This recipe is incredibly easy to prepare, is inexpensive and customizable, and, most importantly, it works.
I did not create this recipe. My favorite (and local to me) clothing line, Gaia Conceptions, featured this recipe on their blog. I used lavender and peppermint (as recommended on the blog). The two scents work really well together, and the antibacterial qualities are great in a deodorant.
- ¼ cup baking soda
- ¼ cup arrowroot flour
- ½ cup coconut oil
- 5-10 drops each, Essential Oils of choice
- Mix dry ingredients
- Add coconut oil (warmed to liquid state) and essential oils
I store this in a small mason type jar. When the room is cool, the product is solid. It liquefies quickly once it touches the skin. Using fingers, rub small amount onto skin. I allow a few minutes for oils to soak into skin prior to putting on clothes (although waiting is not necessary). Note: this is a deodorant, not an antiperspirant.
If making your own skin care products is not of interest to you, check out my favorite natural skincare company, Primal Life Organics. They have a “Dirty Pitstick” with similar ingredients to the above recipe.
About the recommended Essential Oils:
Lavender: antibacterial, antiseptic, calming, anti-inflammatory
Peppermint: clean, minty scent with a cooling effect on skin