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DIY Deodorant Naturally

Did you read what is in your deodorant, lately?  Seriously, do it! Here is what was in mine and I have been fighting a rash for several years now:

Active Ingredient/Active Moiety
Ingredient Name Basis of Strength Strength
Aluminum Zirconium Trichlorohydrex Gly (Aluminum Zirconium Trichlorohydrex Gly) Aluminum Zirconium Trichlorohydrex Gly 0.15 g in 1 g

wpid-20151101_155421.jpgFor a decade now I have wanted to get away from chemical deodorants, but I feel I stink and never had time to make my own deodorant. Well, if I can make my own this easily, trust me, you can too!   And I’d pick this deodorant application over higher risk of cancer and clogged ducts any day.  If you are planning to sweat a lot during the day, I recommend taking some of this in a small travel-size jar or container with you where you go – gym, work, etc., and you can re-apply.  But, the statement that natural deodorants make you stink is simply not true.

wpid-20151103_204753.jpgI want to credit these two blogs because I used the recipes I found here & here as a base and then modified for what worked for me.  I did several different iterations and am planning to do one without baking soda next (I will update when I do).  As far as adding essential oils, if you want to, the sky is the limit on which ones you can add. Whatever you do, remember, add what you want to smell like all day because the scents will be with you all day.  It is divine when you pick some scents you love and the ones that are known to fight odors.  NOTE: When you apply it, apply small amounts, because both of these melt on contact with your skin.  Be careful slipping clothes over your head, but these leave less marks than regular deo.

wpid-20151109_184801.jpgSo, let’s get started.  You will need the following:

  • Virgin or Pure Coconut Oil (It is clumpy and hard) and you can get this at a health food store, online at amazon, or at a grocery store.
  • Organic shea butter- get the pure, organic blend (for recipe #1),
  • Organic Arrowroot Starch (you can get it at all health food stores)
  • Baking Soda (run of the mill arm and hammer will do- if you want to eliminate it, stay tuned for a different recipe)
  • Pure Essential oils of your choice from Young Living (get them discounted from me, here)
  • I chose Lavender, Lemon and Tea Tree for my first one, and it smelled good and keeps the stink away.  I hear Bergamot is an amazing oil for the skin and I am planning to order it.  If you have a rash or something else you are combating, you can add in purification or Melrose too.  I had a skin rash from deodorant and have a rash oil mix I use with Melrose, Purification, and Cypress, and that stuff is amazing too!  Get your essential oils here at 24% off, and so many freebies through me!
  • For the second one, I used the following essential oils: Melrose, Lavender, Cypress, Lemon, and Tea Tree.
  • For the third recipe (soon to be posted), you may need raw natural honey as well in place of the baking soda, so stay tuned.

wpid-20151102_203550.jpgRecipe 1:  Use a mason jar, put in 2 tbs of Coconut Oil, 3 tbs spoons of arrowroot, 2 or less tablespoons of baking soda, and my favorite- 2 tbs scented or unscented shea butter.   Mix the coconut oil and shea butter together and melt in the mason jar.  I didn’t have a mason jar at the time, so used a small Corning(c) bowl. I placed the bowl over light heat and it melted.  Then I stirred in the baking soda and arrowroot, and stirred and kept over heat until the clumps disappeared.  I added lemon essential oil (3 drops), tea tree (3 drops), and 5 drops of lavender while it was still melted and stirred it.kept this stored in a cool place overnight, and voila! In the morning, had homemade deodorant.  I apply it with a stick and with small amounts only. Keep in mind that you can get empty deodorant cases at amazon.com, and can fill them, and let them cool too.  For summer months, you can store in a cooler or fridge.

wpid-20151108_185822.jpgRecipe 2: This time I had a mason jar on hand, and tried a different recipe, without shea butter.  I used 1/3 cups of coconut oil, 1/3 cups for arrowroot and only 1 Tbsp of baking soda.  This time I inserted the entire mason jar with lid off into boiling water, and let it melt.  I stirred it all together with the following essential oils: 5 drops lavender, 3 drops tea tree, 3 drops melrose, 2 drops lemon, and 3 drops of Cypress.  It smelled so good.  I let it set overnight, and used it the next morning. This mixture was amazing too!  I used it twice already, and it works great.  Again, bring a travel jar or two with you when you travel and keep it at work or in your gym bag if you think you will need it after a rigorous workout.

small sample jar for travel
small sample jar for travel
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This is what it looks like; use a stick for application

Recipe 3:  Recipe testing complete.  Check out my new post on it.  

  • Pure Coconut Oil – 2 tbsp
  • Arrowroot (get it here) – 1 tsp
  • Shea butter (scented is better, but I used unscented)- 1 tablespoon
  • Beeswax pellets – 1 1/2 tbsp (buy your beeswax here)
  • Almond Oil (optional) – 1 tsp
  • Vitamin E- use the capsule if possible or 1 tsp
  • Essential Oils from Young Living – Lavender (8 drops),  Tea Tree (4 drops), Patchouli (very fragrant so only use 2-3 drops), and Purification (4 drops)   You can do any variations of oils depending on ailments, dry skin, rash, fungus, etc.   Get your oils here by using my links, and you get a 24% discount by becoming a member.

Melt the Coconut Oil, Shea Butter, and Beeswax on the stove.  I just melt it into a measuring cup for easier pouring, over low heat, stirring often.  Once melted, add in almond oil and vitamin E and arrowroot.  Stir, and remove from heat.  Add in the essential oils to your liking, and pour into a deodorant casing (be careful that it does not holes on the sides or it will fall through, OR into a jar, or container.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

*Disclaimer:  These statements are not FDA approved.  The statements made here are my own and not attributed to young living.  The experiences are real, and my own.  I received no compensation for this or other posts on essential oils.  I am a distributor of these products because I believe in them.

**If you want pure essential oils for this and other great things, don’t forget to read all my posts on Essential Oils, and get started on the starter kit.  It is a life-changing journey.

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Fairlife Milk and Magic Bullet Giveaway #BelieveInBetter

IMG_9612I had the opportunity* to attend an amazing event sponsored by FAIR LIFE this past weekend.  FairLife is a milk product with 50% more protein, 50% less sugar, and more calcium than dairy milk.  While introducing this product, we experienced a “different” kind of yoga class at The River Yoga Studio in downtown Denver, and then introduced to a wonderful new, healthier milk product called Fair Life.  We received samples of this product, along with other milk protein products, and yes, a Magic Bullet blender so that we could make all the yummy smoothie recipes we tried at this event.  I have to say this milk is so yummy, and so healthy, and less sugar than regular chocolate milk.  It is lactose free, and has 50% more IMG_9611protein and calcium than real milk.  I loved it!  And now, you can try out FairLife milk too!  They are available at most stores already – Albertson’s, King Sooper’s, and later this week:  Super Walmart and Target Stores too!  You can try out several recipe options with the Fair Life milk and fruit and vegetables by using your magic bullet to make tasty, healthy smoothies that even the most picky kid will love!  Enter to win a magic bullet of your very own right here at Get Clued In (Retails for $70 PLUS at most major retailers).  This particular magic bullet in black, has an extra attachment to crush ice, and IMG_9620bonus to go mugs that have lids with straws, so you can take your smoothie or milkshake on the go.  You can also check out all our fun partner yoga moves below.  Warning: do not try them at home without a good partner who knows what they are doing, a spotter, and some FairLife nearby. 🙂

Magic Bullet GIVEAWAY, ends 3/31, 10 pm MDT; Click Here to enter to win – make sure to do the mandatory entries and good luck!

UPDATE:  Contest is over – winner has been chosen and entries have been verified.  THANK YOU ALL for entering!  Remember to try out #Fairlife.  I think I am addicted to chocolate.    Drum roll please…. the winner is:

CONGRATULATIONS Eileen W.   Please check your E-mail.

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*Disclaimer: I received free products (pictured here) for learning about FairLife and sharing my experience.  All of the opinions expressed here are my own.

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Endurance House – Westminster, Colorado

Endurance House- 136 and I-25
Endurance House- 136 and I-25

Endurance House is an athletic store with products for the marathoner and the triathlete, or in my case, the basic runner.  The store has a concept of more than just selling athletic goods and apparel, but supporting events, and the athlete.  This weekend is their grand opening so if you haven’t headed out there already, try to do so.  Their grand-opening events are listed here.  Located at the Orchard shopping center across from Wal-mart at I-25 and 136th, this shop is a gem.  We went there today to check out their store, their concept, and to get some Newtons.  I cannot wait to try these shoes out!

My new Newtons!
My new Newtons!

The best experience for me was the staff.  They are so helpful, very friendly, and committed to the customer.  My representative spent upwards of 30 minutes with me as I ran on the treadmill, discovered the perfect shoe for me, and as I waffled in the decision-making proMomma and her new running shoescess.  The store has biking, and running accessories, and the staff is knowledgeable, and devoted to helping you buy the right items based on individual needs.  They know the market, and they know the sport.  I highly recommend Endurance House, and I thank 3W races for introducing me to them.  Go check out their newest Westminster, Colorado, location for some great deals this weekend!

 

*Please note: this is not a paid post, nor was I asked to do a review of the store.  I won free Newton running shoes at an event sponsored by 3W races.  My husband raced in the event.  I wrote this review on my own and all opinions are my own.  I had a positive experience at the Endurance House, Westminster, Colorado, and wanted to share this positive experience with my readers.

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Les Mills Body Pump Review

Les Mills Body Pump

All I can say is… Yowsers!  I attended Body Pump class over lunch at 24-hr fitness and all I can say is, WOW! I laughed, I cried, and then I cried some more. What a tough class but clearly one that is gonna make me tough.  I really want that cool curvy line between my triceps and biceps but that may take a lot of effort.  Body Pump is all about strength and endurance and involves weight lifting in an aerobic setting. There’s a lot of equipment and it’s fast paced but I left there with my arms twitching. So much so that I couldn’t hold my iPhone in my right arm driving back to the office without it shaking.

I would recommend body pump but start with the philosophy of LESS IS MORE. This means start with lighter weights and work your way up. Pump it up and get fit in 2011!  

Also if you like this review, check out my review on Zumba.  It’s the new craze in aerobic fitness classes.  Share your favorite exercise classes, and/or tips and suggestions with the GetCluedIn readers as well!


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Zumba- I went, I danced, I felt it the next day…

photocredit: daily-newswire

Zumba is the new craze in group exercise classes.  There are lots of instructional videos out there too!  So, if you want to try it at home first, don’t fret.  I attended Zumba at my gym.  I have a membership there and Zumba is taught at least once a day.  It appeared to be a well-attended class but the day I went, all in attendance at this particular class were women.  It was women of all ages, backgrounds, and body types.  Zumba attracts a wide variety of people – it’s not just for the fit or the overweight or for a particular person.  It is, simply put,a fast- paced aerobic class.  It’s not the class for you if you want to do strength, core, and weights.  It is all moves (sometimes quite fast), and dancing.  At one point, I had no idea what was going on so I just started dancing latin-style and it worked!   Yes, it is Latin-inspired dance and exercise after all.  This particular instructor uses the same moves and dance songs on the particular day she does the teaching so the people in there who have been coming for months knew all the moves.  That’s the thing about this class, if you attend, latch on to someone who has been there more than once.  If you are a beginner, get behind (not in front of or next to) someone who has done the moves and the “routine” before.  Repetition is the key to success in Zumba.  Like step aerobics or other aerobics classes or pilates and yoga, repetition is the key to doing the move when you’re supposed to. 

This is a fast paced class so like aerobics, you will learn one move and finally get it – well, too late!  The rest of the class has moved on.  So, try to stay close to someone who knows them and if not anything else, you will have a good time.  From a workout perspective, it did not provide me with what I needed.  I am used to intense cardio.  When I run I can get my heart rate to 180+ and while dancing at Zumba I did get to 149 at one point but for me, Zumba was just fun – it was just dancing and laughing and enjoying yourself and the music.  It was letting go too.  In a group class of all women, you can do some sexy moves and just have fun.  I had a blast and remembered what it was like to dance again. I would definitely recommend it at least once  and if you can do it with a friend, it can be even more fun.  Who knows, you may do well at Zumba and keep coming back for more.   Say it with me- “ZUMBA!”

Share your Zumba, group exercise, or fitness experiences with Get Clued In and our audience here.

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