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Arrowroot Deodorant!


So now I want to sing the praises of Arrowroot. When I attempt to bake and cook without wheat (not that I think all wheat is bad, it’s just that my body is turned off by it…maybe I had too much gmo or sprayed wheat??) I find a number of alternative flours. What with the staple and cheaper rice, rye, barley, oat, corn flours and coconut, tapioca, bean flours and starches, there is a good variety to choose from. I’m now investigating and playing with Arrowroot flour and thinking of making my dried and homegrown peas into flour too.

Naomi gave me this Arrowroot deodorant recipe which I find intriguing. I’m out of the health store variety and want to fill the empty container with my own concoction.

ARROWROOT DEODORANT

Can you think of what you could do in a survival situation with no pit-bar? I can...make a paste of baking soda, wash every half hour... or stay away from everyone (that would be the easiest).

Can you think of what you could do in a survival situation with no pit-bar? I can…make a paste of baking soda, wash every half hour… or stay away from everyone (that would be the easiest-besides who to know who smells worst?).

1/4 cup baking soda ($1.19 for a box)…if you have sensitive pits you can reduce this to half & add more arrowroot.

1/4 cup arrowroot powder ($5.99 for 20 oz.)
¼ cup unrefined coconut oil ($6.00 for 15 oz.)…some recipes call for less baking soda and more of this.
10-15 drops/shakes grapefruit essential oil* ($9.99 for 0.5 oz.)…I think more is better
A tin or jar with lid

In a bowl, stir together dry ingredients, then add oils gradually until you like the consistency, mixing with a fork. Store in a closed container at room temp. (If the mixture seems too soft, try refrigerating it for a bit to firm it up.)

*Grapefruit – appeals to the senses to make you feel good/happy ‘they’ say. I say…whatever smell you like the most or want others to smell on you…

Another recipehttp://www.thankyourbody.com/homemade-deodorant/-using ½ the b.soda

Or another: add 2 more Tb. coconut oil or shea butter.

A single recipe didn't fill the container to the top. Half again the recipe might. I'm thinking that it's about the same volume as a purchased deodorant would have. If that's the case I really get fooled by big containers.

A single recipe didn’t fill the container to the top. Half again the recipe might. I’m thinking that it’s about the same volume as a purchased deodorant would have. If that’s the case I really get fooled by big containers.

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I added just a tiny bit more arrowroot flour to Naomi’s recipe because I was just paranoid that it looked too wet, but it might not have been necessary.

Now a little deodorant and a little exercise…huff…..

…….puff…

…. I like the smell and so far it’s working.

I have lots of Arrowroot flour left over so I am going to find something to cook with it :)

Virgin Coconut oil is a healthy spread so I will not have a problem using it and like to have it on hand. Baking Soda is cheap and handy, but what to do with the grapefruit oil that  is of value…hmmm…

…got any ideas?

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2 Responses to “Arrowroot Deodorant!”

  1. Naomi says:

    I love grapefruit essential oils. It’s apparently good for a lot of things:
    http://www.livestrong.com/article/91378-benefits-grapefruit-essential-oil/
    It’s good for deodorant and for acne and a bunch of other stuff. It has strong antiseptic qualities. A word of caution would be that citric essential oils may cause photosensitivity. …at least that’s what I’ve read.
    And, essential oils should be switched out every once in a while to prevent your body from becoming sensitive to them.
    Thanks for the recipe!
    I can’t wait to hear what you do with your leftover arrowroot powder!

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