Friday, 22 November 2013

Homemade cream deodorant

I'm a big fan of natural products and I refuse to use aluminium, parabens, EDTA etc on my skin. I find most organic deodorants don't survive my active job and lifestyle so after looking at various recipes on the internet I developed my own recipe.
 
You will need:
  • 2 tbsp. (organic) shea butter
  • a dash of organic carrier oil (I used Boabab Oil and now have lovely moisturised arm pits!)
  • 1/4 tsp. citric acid (the kind you buy in the baking section at the supermarket
  • 1/4 cup of bicarbonate of soda
  • 1/4 cup of (organic non GMO) cornstarch
  • Essential oil of your choice

 
 
You're supposed to melt the shea butter in a bain marie but I just nuke the shea butter in the microwave until its liquid
 
Add the bicarb and cornstarch and stir well to mix
 
add the citric acid (this is going to act as the "preservative" - its my own idea, none of the sites I've seen mention it but I reckon a little bit of natural preservative is probably a good thing)
 
add the oil to get a nice creamy consistency - you want this to have the consistency of thick body butter so that you can rub it into your arm pits.
 
add the essential oil according to how strong you want it to smell. I used spearmint this time but I usually use lemongrass. A lot of the internet recipes advise tea tree oil for its antibacterial properties but I leave it out and the deodorant still does its job.
 

 
 
When its at the consistency you desire, spoon it into a sealable container
 
It will have a grainy texture from the bicarbonate of soda - this is normal. The bicarb is what kills the bad smells.
 
Just remember this is a DEODORANT and NOT a anti-perspirant . You will still sweat but the bicarb and cornstarch will kill any funky smells.

Sunday, 17 November 2013

Easy Christmas Wreath

 
I have a confession to make: I'm mad about wreaths for my door... and seeing that it's almost Christmas I thought I'd make a Christmas Wreath.
 
My mother had one like this when I was a child, made by one of my aunts. Of course it got old and faded and she may even have chucked it out but it obviously made a big impression on me.
 

Its ridiculously easy to make. I haven't even bothered to take step by step photos. (actually I wasn't sure it was going to work out so I didn't bother).

I raided my scrap bag so it cost me nothing to make. It took about 45 mins, the longest part being the stuffing of the tubes.

So...

Instructions:
you will need:
green, red and white scraps of fabric 4" by 35".
cotton
polyester toy stuffing

Method:
  1. Sew a tube, leaving the one end open for turning. I've allowed 1/2" seam allowances
  2. Repeat for all 3 colours of fabric
  3. Turn right side out.
  4. Stuff the tube lightly with polyester toy filling.
  5. Slip stitch the end of the tubes
  6. Pin the three tubes together at one end
  7. Plait the tubes
  8. Join the ends of the tubes with hand stitching, matching the colours - i.e. stitching the ends of the white tubes together, the green together and the red together
  9. And there you have it!