I Will Never Buy Deodorant Ever Again – DIY Essential Oil Deodorant

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I will never ever ever buy deodorant forever. I don’t know about you, but I think T-Swift was thinking of me writing this post when she wrote that song…. Anyways….So you are probably thinking that I run around all day smelly. Like, really smelly, this girl doesn’t buy therefore use deodorant and the masses go running when she walks in their direction kind of smelly. I’m going to put an end to that that nonsense thought of yours right now.

When I found out about the nasty chemicals in my deodorant, I ran to the bathroom and chucked my deodorant in the trash bin from across the room. Here’s why (thanks ewg.org):

FRAGRANCE – The word “fragrance” or “parfum” on the product label represents an undisclosed mixture of various scent chemicals and ingredients used as fragrance dispersants such as diethyl phthalate. Fragrance mixes have been associated with allergies, dermatitis, respiratory distress and potential effects on the reproductive system.

BHT – Cancer, Developmental/reproductive toxicity, Allergies/immunotoxicity, Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs), Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive)

ALUMINUM – Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive)

This is just 3 of the 18 nasty chemicals in my old deodorant. Plus, did you see these studies(here & here) about aluminum toxicity and the possible link to breast cancer? Umm, no thanks…

So I decided to make my own from here on out. Now, there are TONS of recipes on the web. I’ve tried 4-5 recipes and this is by far my favorite! Here you go, the incredible recipe for a homemade, chemical free deodorant. I found the original recipe here, but I’ve modified it a pinch! 🙂

What you need:

1/4 cup coconut oil
1/4 cup baking soda
1/4 cup arrowroot powder or cornstarch (arrowroot is suggested)
A few drops Young Living essential oil of your choice (I would highly suggest purification, citrus fresh & lavender)
Glass container with lid

 

Melt the coconut oil over low heat. (Forgive my icky pans, I have my eye on a new stainless-steel set, if you have suggestions, let me know in the comments below!)

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Once melted, stir in the other ingredients in no particular order except make sure that you add the essential oils last after you have turned off the heat.

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Stir! The first time I did this I squealed with joy over how it immediately looked like deodorant!

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Take an empty glass container (I would suggest glass but you can use an empty plastic deodorant container) and pour in the melted mixture and let it set – 2 minutes or so. You may need a spatula to get all of it out. Once set, use fingers or small spoon to scoop out and apply. It should melt and blend when it comes in contact with your skin!

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VOILA! That’s it! It literally takes 5 minutes from start to finish! The arrowroot powder(or cornstarch) will absorb the moisture and the baking soda will do what it does best, neutralize the odor!

NOTE: Make sure to keep in a cool place lower than 76 degrees. It will melt in a hot car or on a hot summer day. You can keep in refrigerator, but not necessary if your home is below 76 degrees.

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Make sure that you only use Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils! I ONLY recommend Young Living Essential Oils, read more about why here. Remember what goes on your body goes in your body!

TIP: I would highly suggest using Purification Essential Oil! When I run out of deodorant I just put a few drops of purification on and it works great!

This deodorant is cheaper, just as effective and ready in approximately 5 minutes! What’s not to love!

Avoiding nasty chemicals, blocking odors and keeping the body smelling good, is all in a days work for this homemade deodorant hero! The applause is not necessary….he doesn’t do it for the fame, he does it for his love of every body (Hah – I just cracked myself up).
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PS: This deodorant is gym tested & approved, just ask my husband! 😉

Have you ever tried making your own deodorant? If so, did it work for you? Would love to hear from you below!

Take care & talk soon!

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Sources
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YOU Choose What We Giveaway – April Edition

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You need to watch this, it’s only 6 seconds long & it will prepare you for the post!

Okay, now you’re ready!

It’s here. Our first ever, neck-to-neck giveaway showdown! What will we giveaway next? You decide!

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Lavender?

-or-

Thieves?

Vote in the comments below, on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram!

We will tally them up on the 16th and start our giveaway with the oil you chose!

April 2014 Promotions

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This month your order can earn you a classic Young Living favorite, as well as an exotic oil you may have never tried before! During April order 300 PV and earn a free Deep Relief™ roll-on and 5-ml Ravintsara essential oil, as well as a $20 enrollment coupon and an ART® Day Activator!

Reach any of these PV minimums in a single order during April and earn great products and shareable rewards!

300 PV Reward

Retail Value: $162.10
Order 300 PV and receive a free Deep Relief roll-on and 5-ml Ravintsara essential oil, plus a $20 enrollment coupon and ART Day Activator!

Deep Relief: Featuring Wintergreen, Peppermint, Idaho Balsam Fir, Helichrysum, and other essential oils, Deep Relief is a member-favorite blend, loved for its ability to soothe away tension and invigorate the mind. A convenient, mess-free roll-on, Deep Relief can easily be rolled onto the neck, wrists, or anywhere else it is needed.

Ravintsara: Ravintsara is an exotic essential oil with a camphor-like aroma and high eucalyptol content. Held in high regard in Madagascan folk medicine, it can be used to support an overall sense of well-being.

$20 Enrollment Coupon: This transferrable enrollment coupon is an ideal tool for sharing Young Living and bringing new energy to your organization. Look for a discount code on your qualifying 300 PV or 250 PV order invoice, which you may then give to an enrolling member. To redeem the code, the enrolling member must sign up and enter the coupon code at checkout. This unique benefit makes it easier than ever to share Young Living!

ART Day Activator: Light, water-based, and ideal for every skin type, ART Day Activator is an advanced daily moisturizer infused with Sandalwood and Frankincense essential oils to restore the skin. This versatile moisturizer works all day long to rejuvenate skin under sunscreen, makeup, or on its own. Use 2–4 pumps daily on face and neck to give your complexion a smooth, glowing appearance.

250 PV Reward

Retail Value: $85.13
Order 250 PV and receive the free Deep Relief roll-on and Ravintsara essential oil, plus the free $20 enrollment coupon.

190 PV Reward

Retail Value: $65.13
Order 190 PV and receive the free Deep Relief roll-on and Ravintsara essential oil.

Which of these products would you like to get this month? For me, it’s definitely Deep Relief!

Take care & talk soon!

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Homemade DIY Dryer Balls

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So I’m sure you’ve heard that there are tons of nasty chemicals in dryer sheets right? The ‘clean’ smell is in fact a mix of crazy chemicals and when you smell this ‘clean’ scent you need to turn and RUN AS FAST AS YOU CAN IN THE OTHER DIRECTION! Okay, maybe that was a little dramatic….

Here are some yucky ingredients in dryer sheets so you can see for yourself:

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and industry-generated Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) from the 1990s, the following is a list of chemicals in fabric softener products, most in untested combinations. Liquid fabric softeners additionally may contain formaldehyde.
Benzyl acetate: Linked to pancreatic cancer.
Benzyl Alcohol: Upper respiratory tract irritant.
Ethanol: On the EPA’s Hazardous Waste list and can cause central nervous system disorders.
Limonene: Known carcinogen.
A-Terpineol: Can cause respiratory problems, including fatal edema, and central nervous system damage.
Ethyl Acetate: A narcotic on the EPA’s Hazardous Waste list.
Camphor: Causes central nervous system disorders.
Chloroform: Neurotoxic, anesthetic and carcinogenic.
Linalool: A narcotic that causes central nervous system disorders.
Pentane: A chemical known to be harmful if inhaled.

Maybe it isn’t such a drastic idea to run away…quickly…

After learning about this and running to the laundry room to throw my chemical-laden dryer sheets away, I had to find a natural alternative that still made my clothes smell good! After a quick google search I found this DIY tutorial on how to make dryer balls. Besides smelling AMAZING, these dryer balls also reduce my drying time and static! Now, who doesn’t love that?

Here is what you need to make your own chemical-free reusable dryer balls:

  • 100% Wool Yarn (I bought mine at Hobby Lobby)
  • Leg of Panty Hose
  • Scissors
  • 10 Drops of Essential Oil per Dryer Ball (I would highly suggest Lavender, Purification & Citrus Fresh)

The essential oil smell and cleaning properties will last 1-2 months. When the smell runs out, just reapply and you are ready to go!

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To start, wrap the yarn around your fingers 15-25 times.

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Then, start wrapping the yarn in the middle of the oval you just made. Try to do this the same amount of times you did at first. Wrap it tight!

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After awhile, it starts to look like a ball! Make it your desired size. The perfect size is probably softball size.

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Once you are finished with one, repeat the steps until you have the desired amount of dryer balls. A good number is 5.

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Once you have as many as you want, put your dryer balls into the leg of the panty hose. Tie off each of the dryer balls with a piece of non wool yarn so it doesn’t felt. DSC01486 Put through the washer & dryer along with a regular load. If you can, put them in a hot water load of laundry so the felting process takes place quicker!

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This is what it should look like when it’s properly felted.

Be off and do great things (like making toxic-free heavenly smelling laundry!)

Would you make these dryer balls? Let me know what alternatives you use around the house!
Take care & talk soon!

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Stinky Sink?

So last Saturday we walked into our house after an evening out with friends and there was a smell. So we did what any logical people would do, we walked around the house until we found the culprit. It come down to 2 possible culprits, the trash or the sink. To rule out the sink, I would need to freshen it somehow. Then it hit me, my brilliant idea of the year (yes, I don’t have that many 😉 ). I’ve seen those little gel balls with good smelling(but probably chemical laden) properties that you put in your sink and turn on your garbage disposal.
 
So, I grabbed my lemon & orange essential oils as well as one capsule. I’m sure you know where I’m going with this but I’ll keep going for clarity sake. I put 2 drops of each oil in the capsule, started the water in the sink, put the capsule in and hit the garbage disposal. Voila! Instant fresh, citrus bliss!

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What you need:
2-4 Drops of essential oils (get here)
1 Vegetable capsule
Stinky sink (optional)
 
Turns out that the sink wasn’t the culprit….It was the trash after all….and after writing all of this, I think to myself, why didn’t I try to take out the trash first? Surely that would have been easier? Oh well, I’m glad I ‘stumbled’ upon this trick! 🙂
 
What do you use to freshen your sink? Let me know in the comments below!
 
Take care & talk soon!

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Celebrating 20 Years with 20% off – March

Young Living is 20 years old this year & to celebrate they are marking a product down 20% on the 20th of each month! For those that don’t know, as a wholesale member you already get 24% off retail, so their 20th special is really 44% off retail if you are a wholesale member!
 
 
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This month the 20% off promo is Slique™ Tea (25 ct.)!

Retail price is: $25.99
Wholesale price: $19.75
Final discounted price: $15.80

 

Slique Tea is an exotic drink from Young Living that has been formulated with natural ingredients to help support individual weight goals.* This blend is rich in flavonoids, a dietary compound generally associated with helping maintain certain normal, healthy body functions. It also contains polyphenols, which may be useful as part of a guilt-free weight-management regimen when combined with a healthy diet and physical activity. This unique blend is enhanced with 100% pure therapeutic grade Arabian frankincense powder, exclusively sourced from Young Living’s distillery in Salalah, Oman. *This statement has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease.

Remember, this price is only valid on the 20th of March!

Interested in starting your journey to wellness? Learn more about the benefits of becoming a Young Living wholesale member here.

Take care & talk soon!

-The Well

Nurse Your Hangover Naturally

Happy St. Patrick’s Day all! While I’m not one to celebrate in excess I know there are people that do & I don’t want to leave them out! So if that’s how you celebrate, this is for you…tomorrow of course! So bookmark this now and read it tomorrow, you’ll be glad you did!
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Lemon & Grapefruit Essential Oil
Option 1: Add 3-4 drops to bathwater
Option 2: Dilute & apply 1-2 drops to back of neck or over liver
Option 3: Diffuse & sit close

I hope these help! They might even help enough so you don’t have to call in sick tomorrow because we all know it would be a wee bit obvious as to why 😉 Just Kidding!

Take care & talk soon

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March Promotions

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If you’re new to Young Living, there are promos every month for amount of PV (PV is usually 1PV=$1) The reward tiers are normally 190PV, 250PV and 300PV. I don’t know about you, but we LOVE free stuff!

Rewards at 190PV: ($66.78 Value)

  • 15ml Melaleuca Alternifolia essential oil
  • 15 ml Basil essential oil

Rewards at 250PV ($86.78 Value)

  • 15ml Melaleuca Alternifolia essential oil
  • 15 ml Basil essential oil
  • $20 enrollment coupon

Rewards at 300PV ($204.83 Value)

  • 15ml Melaleuca Alternifolia essential oil
  • 15 ml Basil essential oil
  • $20 enrollment coupon
  • ART Beauty Masque eight pack

Melaleuca Alternifolia: Commonly known as tea tree oil, Melaleuca Alternifolia possesses a fresh, herbaceous aroma that energizes the spirit. With its purifying and skin-loving properties, Melaleuca Alternifolia is a favorite in high-end and home spa treatments.

Basil: Basil essential oil is often used in cooking. Use it sparingly in your favorite Italian recipes to infuse them with a rich, spicy aroma. Its ability to refresh the mind and release minor muscle tension makes it an important component of the Raindrop Technique®. Incorporate Basil essential oil into Raindrop treatments, inhale directly to refresh the mind, or dilute and use in restorative massage.

$20 Enrollment Coupon: This transferrable enrollment coupon is an ideal tool for sharing Young Living and bringing new energy to your organization. Look for a discount code on your qualifying 300 or 250 PV order invoice, which you may then give to an enrolling member. To redeem the code, the enrolling member must sign up and enter the coupon code at checkout. This unique benefit makes it easier than ever to share Young Living!

ART Beauty Masque: Suitable for even the most delicate skin, ART Beauty Masques feature soothing botanicals to promote a smooth, radiant complexion. This MaryYoung-signature product contains gentle plant extracts, such as orchid and aloe, and renewing essential oils, including Lavender, Frankincense, Lime, and Copaiba. Before using, cleanse your face with ART Gentle Foaming Cleanser, then carefully apply and enjoy a soothing home spa experience while you relax and let the masque nourish and refine your skin.

We are loving the promos this month! The 300PV reward is one of the most valuable reward bundles Young Living has ever offered! If you have questions, don’t hesitate to get in touch.

If you are new to essential oils click here to learn more.

If you want to learn more about becoming a Young Living member, click here.

*This statement has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

 

Take care & talk soon!

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Grand Opening Giveaway

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What’s more exciting than a giveaway? I don’t know….I really don’t? Do you? Okay, maybe a few things I guess(babies, marriage, puppies)! But I want you to get super excited about this giveaway!This is our Grand Opening Giveaway! We are giving away, -wait for it-, the Essential 7 Oil Collection! This kit comes with 5ml bottles of:

  • Lavender
  • Peppermint
  • Lemon
  • Joy
  • PanAway
  • Peace & Calming
  • Purification

 

To enter, you can do one or all of the following: *PLEASE – make sure you use the entry system above otherwise it won’t count 🙁 *

  • Tweet about the Giveaway
  • Follow us on Twitter
  • Pin the Giveaway Promo Photo
  • Like our Facebook page
  • Comment

You have 5 ways to enter to win! 🙂 Please help spread the word about us and you could be the one lucky winner! Check back often for more giveaways and as always, chat with us below! We LOVE to hear from you! If you have questions, click here.

 

Take care & talk soon!

Love, The Well