Friday, May 2, 2014

Homemade deodorant

I believe I got this recipe originally from Wellness Mama but its a pretty common concoction on the net. Its a super simple 3 ingredient deodorant. I've been using it for almost a year now but wanted to wait until it got warm again to really state my opinion. I had put my first few batches in an old Tom's Deodorant container but today I found out that it melts really fast on your skin when kept at room temperature above about 75 Fahrenheit. I did learn this the hard way by the way!  So from now on in the warmer months I will be using it out of a different container. Now as far as keeping you dry and odor free it does pretty well, more so with the odor. Even on really hot days I experienced no odor at all....well maybe a little but that was just the yummy coconut scent! You will still sweat however because there is no disease/cancer causing chemicals in it that prevent the sweat from excreting. This I believe is a fair trade!

Simply mix:
6 TBS Coconut oil, melted or at least very soft
1/4 cup corn starch
1/4 cup baking soda

Its very easy to transfer this into the old deodorant container. 

So this will be my summer container. A shallow dish with a lid. 
Please let me know if you have any questions or how you like this recipe. 

Spicy peanut sauce

I just love spicy peanut sauce but it took me a while to complete the perfect recipe for me.
I start with fresh ground organic roasted peanuts to make the butter. I add a bit of Himalayan salt and coconut oil. This to me I think makes a big difference in taste and nutrition. Have you ever looked to see whats in your peanut butter? I cant stand store bought 'butter anymore.

To make the sauce simply combine:

1 cup fresh peanut butter, room temp
1 tsp toasted sesame oil
1/2 tsp Braggs Liquid Aminos note: you can use soy sauce if your not worried about the sodium but if you are using store bought 'butter you might want to cut it back
1/2 cup canned coconut milk
1 tb nutritional yeast
1 tsp cayenne pepper
1/2 tsp ginger powder
1/2 tsp turmeric
1/2 tsp curry powder
1/2 tsp garlic powder or finely chopped fresh if you prefer

Absolutely delish! Please let me know how you like it.