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Homemade Anti-Perspirant Deodorant - All Natural | Yinmom, Yangmom

Confession… and a DIY

The black bar, for old time's sake.

The black bar, for old time’s sake.

It’s yet another confession-time here at YMYM!

I’m stinky.  Sometimes very stinky.  And, since I work from home, I don’t need to shower first-thing.  Some days I’m sitting here working, stinking this whole house out, and I comfort myself by pretending that I’m having a contest to see how stinky I can get.  Only, it’s just me here, so I’m competing with myself, therefore, I am the winner.

I use natural deodorant, and for most people, that induces a lot of giggling.  Because everyone knows that natural deodorant doesn’t work for shit.
Homemade Anti-Perspirant Deodorant - All Natural | Yinmom, Yangmom

I’ve tried a bunch of brands over the years, and found a semi-decent one, Kiss My Face in Peaceful Patchouli (the other scents don’t work).  This only works if you’re blind to the fact that it actually kind of smells like BO, only friendlier BO. Also, it’s very wet.  It’s cold.  It’s a roll-on.  On a cold Connecticut morning, the thought of being cold and wet is not-preferable.

This morning, I realized in desperation that I’m out of Peace Patchouli!  I don’t plan on showering for at least 5 more hours.  So unless I take action, it’s going to get scary in here.

I Googled, and came across a recipe for homemade deodorant.  However, I couldn’t make it, because my sexy beefcake of a husband, (who is also quite inconsiderate, hello!?) tightened up the jar of coconut oil so much that I couldn’t OPEN IT.  Ugh!

Luckily, I had some of the body butter, which I made for presents last week (click here to see that post).  So all I did was add baking soda and corn starch (or arrow root powder) to it.  The results are pretty impressive!

Just to let you know, this formula is weird, it’s a cream, and most American’s aren’t used to rubbing cream on their armpits, so it’s a bit different, but it works.  And the best part, it works at keeping you dry too (which, Kiss My Face does not do!).  YES!

The essential oils smell lovely, and dissipate as the day wears on, so you don’t smell like deodorant.  The baking soda absorbs the stench, and the cornstarch absorbs wetness.  The nice oils keep your gorgeous, lady (or not) pits from looking bumpy from shaving.  After a busy day working and chasing for a highly-active 3 year-old, without a shower, I am stink-free and loving life.

The full natural antiperspirant deodorant recipe is below.  You’re welcome, I love your stinky butts!

XOXO,
Mere

Homemade, All Natural Anti-perspirant Deodorant
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Recipe type: Personal Care
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Serves: 2.5-3 cups
 
Makes 2½ to 3 cups of goodness, which is kind of a lot. Basically it’s three 12 oz mason jars, or 4½ 8-ounce jars. My suggestion would be to just make the big batch. You’ll be glad you did, because it’s easier to whip up when it’s a lot, and because you’re the type to appreciate this kind of thing, you’ll either use it up yourself, or give it away for gifts. Omit the dry ingredients for a lovely body butter.
Ingredients
  • 1 cup shea butter
  • ½ cup coconut oil
  • ½ cup almond oil
  • Essential Oils (I used Lavender, Frankincense and Lime)
  • 1 cup Baking Soda
  • ½ cup Corn Starch or Arrowroot Powder
Instructions
  1. Melt the shea butter and coconut oil in the top of a double boiler. Remove from heat and let cool for 30 minutes.
  2. Stir in almond oil and essential oils (just a few drops of each, it’s easier to add more than take away).
  3. Place oil mixture in freezer for 20 minutes.
  4. When the oils are partially solid, they’ll look like yellowish goo, whip it up with a mixer until it’s got a buttery consistency. It’ll get very white and pretty, and you’ll be tempted to eat it, but don’t.
  5. Stir in your baking soda and corn starch or arrowroot powder until it’s mixed throughout. (If you omit this step, you’ve got body butter.)
  6. Throw the mixture into jars, and apply daily!

 

 

Homemade DIY Body Butter - Yin Mom, Yang Mom

DIY Homemade Body Butter

Homemade DIY Body Butter - Yin Mom, Yang Mom

I saw this recipe last year for homemade body butter, and it’s so beautifully photographed on this blog, that I just couldn’t wait to do it. My plan was for this to be a 2011 project, and since plans were meant to be procrastinated-on, here I am one year later, finally getting around to it!

The recipe calls for “100% Pure Unrefined Organic Raw Shea Butter“. But, since I made this on a whim the other day, I didn’t have time to wait for the delivery of “100% Pure Unrefined Organic Raw SHEA BUTTER”, so I went to the health food store and bought a container or regular old shea butter, and lo and behold, it worked fabulously!

Homemade DIY Body Butter - Yin Mom, Yang Mom

I didn’t have a double boiler, so I just put two pots together. Make sure to skew them a bit so the steam can escape.

It ran me about $75 dollars for the supplies and the jars, but I ended up with 9 little jars, so for 9 presents, $75 isn’t so bad! Plus, I bought WAY more almond oil, coconut oil and essential oils than are needed for the recipe, so I have leftovers to use on myself :)

Here is the recipe, found on Rawmazing.com.

DIY Homemade Body Butter
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Makes 2½ to 3 cups whipped butter.
Ingredients
  • 1 cup Organic, raw (I used regular, and it was fine) shea butter
  • ½ cup coconut oil
  • ½ cup almond oil
  • Several drops of your favorite essential oils. I chose Lavender, Frankincense and Lime
Instructions
  1. Melt shea butter and coconut oil in the top of a double boiler. Remove from heat and let cool for 30 minutes.
  2. Stir in almond oil and essential oils of your choosing.*
  3. Place oil mixture in freezer or outside to chill for 20 minutes.
  4. Whip until a butter-like consistency is achieved.
  5. Place in clean, glass jar and enjoy! A little goes a long way.
  6. *Not all essential oils are skin friendly or child friendly. Please do your research before adding.
  7. Tips:
  8. You can use what ever oils you wish, just make sure you keep the ratio 75% solid to 25% liquid.
  9. The chilling step is crucial. If you don’t chill it properly, it won’t whip or stay whipped. About 20 minutes in the freezer usually does the trick for this batch. Make sure you scrape down the sides before mixing.
  10. Since this recipe does not contain any water, it will not mould. You should keep in a cool place but it does not have to be refrigerated.
  11. I do not know the exact shelf life but I know it will keep at least a few months, plus.
  12. The body butter melts as it goes on and gets a little oily but absorbs beautifully, quickly and leaves your skin very soft.

 

This stuff feels amazing on your skin, and really gave me a boost on a cold, rainy Connecticut day. It’s also a really nice texture for a nice back rub with your favorite back rub provider.

I made cute little labels, which you can print for your own gift-making awesomeness!

Homemade DIY Body Butter - Yin Mom, Yang Mom

There’s one which lists the fragrance, if you choose to use the same oils I did, and a generic one in case you want to experiment with your own combinations.

DOWNLOAD BODY BUTTER LABEL WITH NO FRAGRANCE INFO

DOWNLOAD BODY BUTTER LABEL WITH FRAGRANCE INFO

DIY Homemade Body Butter - Yin Mom, Yang Mom

Homemade DIY Body Butter - Yin Mom, Yang Mom

Here’s a link to the type of jars I bought, which I found at my grocery store (Stop and Shop): http://www.amazon.com/Ball-Quilted-Jelly-Canning-Case/dp/B000VTSYA8

Happy holidays, enjoy your gift giving and receiving!!!

xoxo, Mere

 

A Little Extra Thoughtful Gift Giving

Yesterday we had a kid birthday party to go to.  I was expecting to run to the toy store at the last minute (like I usually do) to pick up Legos, or some such age-related plastic, which, after a busy week trying to juggle full-time work with school conferences, 3 days of early dismissals and 2 days of missed daycare due to a vacationing  provider, paired with being down 1 vehicle , I wasn’t exactly experiencing that thoughtful, generous feeling.

Brooke came to me, and showed me a Play Doh heart she’d made for the birthday guy.  Sweet, but not exactly socially acceptable as a birthday gift.  I told her we can give him that, but we should also get a toy.

She says she wants to find one of her toys that’s “boy-ly” (boyish?) to give him, ie: a regift.

I must have really been wiped out, because I found myself saying “Brooke, in this society that we’ve found ourselves living in, it’s generally expected that we buy something new for someone’s birthday”.

Then I stepped outside of myself for a minute, and slapped the realization back into my brain, that my daughter is offering to give him something of hers which she treasured (if only for a day or so), which is thoughtful, and isn’t that real point of gift giving?  And my kinder, gentler, liberal, non-consumerist spirit kicked in to gear, and I actually got excited for the kid birthday party!

She picked out this cute little alligator, which could be considered boyly, and was only played with once or twice, and in excellent shape.

Next up was the issue of wrapping paper.

One thing that presents a continual challenge throughout my adulthood, is gift wrapping.

I’m sure it will come as no surprise to anyone that my sister Allie is a serious, gift wrapping champ.  Her gifts are impeccable.  There is usually some element of surprise, such as your name spelled out in tiny little stamped letters in gold ink on some stark white, heavy stock, with perfectly rustic twine or some shit tied into some kind of weird but amazing bow shape that you’ve never seen before, pulling it all together, perfectly. There is never more than 3 pieces of tape involved.  It’s special, beautiful, thoughtful, and therefore feeds my self consciousness efficiently!

Well, not anymore, because I love myself, and my sister loves me too, so what’s the fuss? And, last year, a good friend taught me something that has forever cured my wrapping related self loathing (thank you, Cindy).  Hand painted gift wrap!  Here’s what’s so great about it:

1. You don’t have to wrap the present perfectly with this paper.  It’s made by kids, therefore it’s crinkled, sloppy, and sometimes a little ripped.  THAT’S THE CHARM!

2. You can make it the day of the party, which keeps the kids occupied, so that they’re busy, instead of asking you 25 times if it’s time to go to the party yet.

3. It’s special, because it’s hand made. So, if you don’t have appropriately themed paper, it’s OK!

All we had on-hand, yesterday was this cheap tissue paper from the dollar store.  Add some white paint and it’s a work of art!  Plus, I had a chance to sit at the table with my beautiful daughter and teach her how to make a five pointed star.  There are few things I love more than sitting down at the table with a cutie pie and some paint, and in this over-scheduled world, when there’s an opportunity to bond like this, it’s just the nicest feeling!

So the moral of this story is that you don’t have to be perfectly neat to be cool, thoughtful and memorable.  If your inner self is a little sloppy, embrace it!  If your inner self is perfectly neat, embrace that too!

Either way, when you get creative, you end up with something extra special that feels good to share with someone you care about.

xoxo, Mere

 

For more inspiration, here are a few more cool examples of kid-make-able wrapping paper for you and your little ones!

Pom Pom Wrapping Paper – Housing A Forest

Wrap it up | In Stitches – A Subtle Revelry

Lego Print Wrapping Paper – Mamalibrarian

DIY Wrapping Paper Tutorial - Sugar Bee Crafts

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Progress!

After wrapping up two big projects, I actually had some time yesterday to devote to my own marketing initiatives, and I’m so happy I did!

I revisited my original website layout, which is currently just in Photoshop.  The next step will be converting it to an HTML template.  I am pretty excited about this, here’s a preview!

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Also, after several failed attempts at getting the correct size from the stamp maker, they finally got it right, so here’s a very rough attempt at my business card:

Stampy!

I am ordering some slate-gray paper from Paper Source, and plan on trying out some bright orange/yellow inks.  I’m very excited about this.  For years I ordered full-color business cards from places with cheap paper.  There’s just something so much nicer about a really nice, hard, textured business card.

Here’s the blog that inspired this idea: KMG Branding + Design

I’m so excited to keep moving with these ideas, and I’m collaborating with another career mama to launch a networking event for entrepreneurial mamas. This is also very exciting, I love an excuse to get together with smart people and drink wine!

Have a lovely, wintry day!

xoxo, Mere