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Thursday, December 12, 2013

homemade deodorant roller balls


If you are a regular reader here, or a good friend of mine, you probably already know I make my own deodorant these days. It's been pretty reliable for me. I also quite like the scent of raw coconut oil, the scent-untouched kind, and I feel it wears well on the skin. It lends a little sweetness without making me smell of coconut all day. However, not everyone likes that. And sometimes, a little extra punch of fragrance can be lovely. So, make your own deodorant scent.


You can mix in essential oils to your deodorant base when you make the stuff. That works. But sometimes I like no fragrance, and sometimes I want to mix it up. I don't like to be chained to one thing all the time. Depending on the essential oils you use, too, you can achieve a yummy body odor with their antibacterial and antifungal properties, not just masking but helping to further neutralize the inevitable sweat that happens. It's like adding a jet pack to your original deodorant.

Basically, I just mix up roller ball bottles with essential oils. To a 10 ml glass roller, add 40-50 drops of pure essential oils and then top up the bottle with fractionated coconut oil. This makes about a 20-25% dilution. You can use another oil as a carrier, too, but f.c.o. absorbs quickly into the skin with minimal residue, which I prefer. Let the oils sit and synergize for at least a couple of hours, preferably a day. To apply, sweep the roller in your armpits before rubbing in a little homemade deodorant. Slip a roller ball in your purse before going out in case you need any freshening up.

There are many essential oils that are great. As you can see, I am not a strict loyalist. The three brands below -- Wyndmere, Native American Nutritionals, and Now -- I have found all to be reliable, with NAN being of a very high quality. To learn more on blending essential oils into your own fragrance, if you don't want to mix up just a single essence in a roller ball, this should get you started.
Also, this article at Essential Health Magazine provides some helpful deodorant blend recipes.


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