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Simple Living
True Blue Farmgirl

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Joan
Staten Island NY
USA
1214 Posts

Posted - Mar 16 2012 :  12:20:17 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Just a heads up on deodorants. There is a chemical in all deodorants (aluminum something) that my Gyn said may cause breast cancer. Another thing to worry about (now we can't smell good)..anyway I ran out to buy an all natural deodorant. Robbery! Soooo expensive it's ridiculous. Now we will see if I stink lol, hope not. I will keep you updated.

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jessabelluh
True Blue Farmgirl

349 Posts

Jessica
South Dakota
USA
349 Posts

Posted - Mar 16 2012 :  5:04:00 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
There are also lots of homemade options!

~jess
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MagnoliaWhisper
True Blue Farmgirl

2817 Posts

Heather
Haysville Kansas
USA
2817 Posts

Posted - Mar 16 2012 :  9:13:15 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
We like the crystal one lasts for a long time (sometimes years) so the price disapates with time. and then some people like plain and simple baking soda. VERY cheap.



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Wauka Mountain Mama
True Blue Farmgirl

239 Posts

Fran
Fairburn Ga
USA
239 Posts

Posted - Mar 17 2012 :  08:16:35 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I actually rarely use deodorants. As long I keep my underarms shaved I don't smell...Unless I do yardwork, but who doesn't stink after that?
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Rosemary
True Blue Farmgirl

1820 Posts


Virginia
USA
1820 Posts

Posted - Mar 17 2012 :  08:41:44 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Making your own deodorant is easy and cheap. I've been using my homemade stuff for quite a while now and it's so nice. Of course, cleanliness is key, but if you're interested in DIY, here's my recipe:

2T food-grade baking soda + 2T cornstarch (arrowroot is better, but pricey), mixed thoroughly into 1/4 cup cocoa butter (I get Palmer's in the jar) and another 1/4 cup of food-grade coconut oil. Melt the coconut oil, mix in the cocoa butter, then the blended dry ingredients. If you like, add a few drops of an essential oil like lemongrass or whatever fragrance you like, if it doesn't irritate your skin. Put it in a nice jar and apply it with fingertips after bathing. Easy-peasey!
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Simple Living
True Blue Farmgirl

1214 Posts

Joan
Staten Island NY
USA
1214 Posts

Posted - Mar 17 2012 :  09:35:29 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thnks Mara, sounds almost good to eat lol. Will have to try making it.

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Rosemary
True Blue Farmgirl

1820 Posts


Virginia
USA
1820 Posts

Posted - Mar 17 2012 :  2:54:40 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
LOL -- "for external use only" :)

Do make some, though. You'll really like it.
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Simple Living
True Blue Farmgirl

1214 Posts

Joan
Staten Island NY
USA
1214 Posts

Posted - Mar 18 2012 :  12:24:33 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
You made me LAUGH Mara! That's funny lol

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stourles
Farmgirl at Heart

3 Posts

Stephanie
Orland ME
USA
3 Posts

Posted - Mar 19 2012 :  07:25:27 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
The "aluminum something" you spoke of as a potentially-toxic ingredient in most commercial deodorants is actually "aluminum zirconium trichloroydrex". It clogs the sweat glands and can be absorbed into fatty tissue (such as the breasts) as well as into the brain. I find that the Weleda brand of spray-on deodorants work relatively well, especially the rose and citrus scents. They are all natural, made in Germany, and use essential oils to retard odor-causing bacteria. Aubrey Organics makes a pretty good product, too. I'm a holistic, licensed esthetician & herbalist and wrote a book called, Organic Body Care Recipes, in which you can find several homemade herbal deodorants for body and feet. They work quite well unless you are out exercising heavily. Good luck.
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Originally posted by Simple Living

Just a heads up on deodorants. There is a chemical in all deodorants (aluminum something) that my Gyn said may cause breast cancer. Another thing to worry about (now we can't smell good)..anyway I ran out to buy an all natural deodorant. Robbery! Soooo expensive it's ridiculous. Now we will see if I stink lol, hope not. I will keep you updated.

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Firestone
Farmgirl at Heart

1 Posts

Karen
Firestone CO
USA
1 Posts

Posted - Mar 19 2012 :  12:02:34 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thanks for the deodorant recipe! I am going to try it......Karen
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prayin granny
True Blue Farmgirl

1874 Posts

Linda
Kansas
1874 Posts

Posted - Mar 19 2012 :  11:42:02 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Trying to begin making our own stuff at home! Thanks so much for that recipe!

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texdane
Farmgirl Legend Chapter Leader Chapter Guru

4361 Posts

Nicole
Sandy Hook CT
USA
4361 Posts

Posted - Mar 20 2012 :  10:04:50 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Funny, my hubby and I just had this conversation yesterday. We use a natural one, but I am wanting to try making my own. Watch out: Yesterday I saw a new version of Tom's of Maine, a stronger one than before and it now contains the Aluminum ingredient in it. Gotta read those labels.

Nicole

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Heartbroken farmgirl
True Blue Farmgirl

604 Posts

Annette
rio vista Ca
USA
604 Posts

Posted - Mar 21 2012 :  07:39:47 AM  Show Profile  Send Heartbroken farmgirl a Yahoo! Message  Reply with Quote
I've been using Lush handmade deoderants for years. I love them, and honestly, with no time with 5 kids, and my hubby working 12 hrs a day 7 days a week, to make my own. There are three choices, and around the holidays they sometimes add seasonal ones. They last absolutely forever!!
http://www.lush.com/lushlife/deo.htm

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jill skane
True Blue Farmgirl

665 Posts

jill lillian
stacyville maine
USA
665 Posts

Posted - Mar 21 2012 :  08:06:34 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I have been using Cider Vinager for the last 4 years, my daughter told me about it, I laughed at her but guess who is laughing now, It works!
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sonshine4u
Chapter Guru

1205 Posts

April
New Prague MN
USA
1205 Posts

Posted - Mar 21 2012 :  1:33:42 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Do you put it in a spray bottle and spritz your pits to use? Hey, that rhymes...LOL! It's hard to keep a straight face when you say it.
~April
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I have been using Cider Vinager for the last 4 years, my daughter told me about it, I laughed at her but guess who is laughing now, It works!



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Simple Living
True Blue Farmgirl

1214 Posts

Joan
Staten Island NY
USA
1214 Posts

Posted - Mar 22 2012 :  05:37:45 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I like the idea of the cider vinegar...but does it make you want to eat a salad lol

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JRZFarmgrl
Farmgirl in Training

23 Posts

Denise
Elkhorn Nebraska
USA
23 Posts

Posted - Mar 27 2012 :  08:15:07 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I make my own with coconut oil, baking soda and corn starch. Mix equal parts of all to make a paste--- add essential oil - just a few drops (lavender or tea tree are nice and antibacterial). I usually melt the coconut oil first to make it easier to stir in the the cornstarch and baking soda. I keep it in a jar in the bathroom and use my finger to apply. Works great.

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Sharon Denise
True Blue Farmgirl

211 Posts

Sharon
Temple TX
USA
211 Posts

Posted - Mar 29 2012 :  10:20:45 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I have your book, Stephanie!

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maryk
Farmgirl in Training

30 Posts

Mary
Barrington RI
USA
30 Posts

Posted - Mar 29 2012 :  2:02:25 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I use Tom's of Maine, haven't seen the new one yet. But I think I will try and make my from the recipes here. Thanks girls.
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Rosemary
True Blue Farmgirl

1820 Posts


Virginia
USA
1820 Posts

Posted - Mar 31 2012 :  2:15:34 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
There's a nice bonus to using homemade deodorant like the recipe I posted earlier. After you apply it, rub it into your fingernails. The baking soda helps keep cuticles neat, and the oil nourishes your nails. Just rinse off gritty residue and dry your hands. Sweet!
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wandaj
Farmgirl in Training

38 Posts

Wanda
Buffalo NY
USA
38 Posts

Posted - Apr 03 2012 :  12:57:30 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thanks girls definitely going to try some of these.
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Simple Living
True Blue Farmgirl

1214 Posts

Joan
Staten Island NY
USA
1214 Posts

Posted - Apr 03 2012 :  1:50:24 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Denise your recipe sounds good, but is there any residue or if wearing black clothing, can you see it.

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texdane
Farmgirl Legend Chapter Leader Chapter Guru

4361 Posts

Nicole
Sandy Hook CT
USA
4361 Posts

Posted - Apr 05 2012 :  08:00:17 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hi Girls, I'm looking for the link for the blog I found the recipe on. When I do I will post it here. It was very step-by-step and detailed.

Nicole

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mrsamy
True Blue Farmgirl

167 Posts

Amy
Milwaukee WI
USA
167 Posts

Posted - Apr 19 2012 :  09:12:40 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Be cautious of using cornstarch on your skin. It can be a "food source" for lots of yeasty beasties and other bacteria. I am going to give the recipe a try without the starch.


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garyw965
True Blue Farmgirl

51 Posts

Gary
Hemet CA
USA
51 Posts

Posted - Apr 19 2012 :  10:14:25 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Who doesn't stink after doing yard work or exercising?? Great recipes, can't wait to try them.
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Rosemary
True Blue Farmgirl

1820 Posts


Virginia
USA
1820 Posts

Posted - Apr 23 2012 :  10:47:01 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by mrsamy

Be cautious of using cornstarch on your skin. It can be a "food source" for lots of yeasty beasties and other bacteria. I am going to give the recipe a try without the starch.


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The alternative is expensive: arrowroot powder. I get that corn starch can feed bacteria, but if this is really a problem for anyone, they might want to consider showering more often! (Don't hit me!)

Edited by - Rosemary on Apr 25 2012 12:02:43 PM
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