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Homemade Natural Anti-perspirant Deodorant Recipe that REALLY works!


aluminum-free-deodorant-recipe-homemakerchic-comA couple years ago I posted a recipe for a homemade deodorant recipe. That recipe has become very popular and I have had many comments from readers saying how much they loved it. But I have also gotten responses from a few people saying that it caused them some irritation. I really did love this recipe because it worked on me, and kept the stink away. The crummy part is that it caused me irritation too. I was pregnant at the time I posted that blog and I figured maybe sensitive pregnancy skin was possibly the reason, but when it still irriated my skin after pregnancy I knew I needed to rework the recipe. In the interim I got insanely busy with a toddler, and becoming a doula, that I never got around to it. avaandersondeodorantI also came across a natural deodorant product that I absolutely loved from Ava Anderson, but at $14 a tube I knew I could come up with something that worked equally as well and cost less! So when I ran out of my last tube of super expensive fancy pants deodorant I knew it was time to go back to the drawing board and finally figure out a recipe that worked but didn’t cause irritation.

So recently when my buddies at SKS Bottle asked if I was working on any new projects I told them I could use some deodorant tubes to try out a new recipe. They sent me samples of every single tube they sell, and there are a lot! They have such an awesome selection. I used three different ones for this project.

So for my new recipe I was looking for a few things…

  1. A solid deodorant that could be used in a tube.
  2. Would be able to combat odor but not cause irriation.
  3. Have some measure of sweat control.
  4. I wanted it to smell great.

homemade-deodorant-sample-tubesAfter a few different formulations I finally came up with an amazing recipe that had all of those things! Using some of these super adorable sample size deodorant tubes from SKS I sent out samples to my friends to try. Among the test group was a fightfighter, a marathon runner, a friend who said her stink/sweat was unrivaled, and yours truly (plus some others). Almost everyone was dubious that a natural homemade deodorant would actually work, but we were so pleasantly surprised at how amazing this stuff is!

homemade-deodorant-natural-cardboard-tubesI am not one of those girls who can accidentally forget deodorant and still smell like flowers. I NEED deodorant. Its not cute if I forget. I’m not the heaviest sweater but I do want to smell good. The scent is a happy and mild blend of spearmint and vanilla that has just the right amount of sweetness without being overpowering. It is nice for men or women. The texture is firm enough to hold up in a tube, but soft enough to glide on smoothly. The odor control is fantastic as is the sweat control! I have also noticed I don’t have staining on my clothes when I do sweat. Overall I am SOOO much more happy with this than any other storebought brand I have purchased. Normally by around 7pm my deodorant starts to work reeeeally hard, and I can tell I may need to refresh. But I could wear this stuff for two days without smelling. I honestly couldn’t believe it. And the best part for me… zero irritation. Even when I applied immediately after shaving. I have finally found my miracle deodorant recipe!

Full disclosure: I did have one tester who has very sensitive skin and has struggled with skin irritation in the past with natural deodorant. She did experience irritation with this formulation, and a pesky rash on her underarms. I guess you can’t win em all. If you have this reaction I would recommend leaving out the baking soda completely and adding additional arrow root. (Please let me know if you try this route as I would like to know if it helps!)

A little bit about the ingredients, and how I changed them this time: I have added beeswax to help the mixture set up to a firm consistency. I added arrow root and shea butter to help condition the underarms. I lessened the amount of baking soda considerably, to help reduce irritation.

This recipe made about 10.7 ounces – enough for me to fill 3 x 2oz cardboard tubes, 6 x .35 sample tubes, and 1 x 2.6oz white plastic tube. 


  • ¼ cup beeswax
  • 11 tablespoons non-gmo cornstarch
  • 3 tablespoons baking soda (any brand will do – all baking soda is aluminum free!)
  • 7 tablespoons arrow root powder
  • 3 tablespoons non-gmo powdered sugar
  • 3 tablespoons shea butter
  • 10 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 8 drops vitamin E oil
  • 60-70 drops vanilla essential oil
  • 8-10 drops spearmint oil
  • 8-10 drops tea tree oil


In a double boiler, melt together the beeswax, shea butter, and all of the oils. You can do this in a large pyrex measuring cup placed in a bowl of boiling hot water. Keep a kettle of hot water on the stove to replace the water as it begins to cool. (You can also microwave it at this point in the process if the wax is taking too long to melt. Microwave in 30 second intervals, stirring in between. But don’t microwave once you add the dry ingredients, because it can sort of cook it and cause it to get weird.)

In a separate bowl, sift together all the dry ingredients. Once the oils and wax are melted, stir in the powdered ingredients about ¼ cup at a time, using a small wire whisk. Be sure the bowl stays very hot while you’re doing this as the mixture can thicken up and become hard to stir if it cools. You want it to be about the texture of soft toothpaste.

how-to-make-your-own-natural-deodorantIf you’ve used a pyrex cup, then you can now just pour directly from the cup into the tubes. Again, making sure the mixture is very hot so it pours nicely and fluidly. Pour quickly and precisely into the tubes trying not to spill down the sides. (FYI I like to work on a silicon mat for easy cleanup.) Scrape the bowl in between fillings and stir to make sure you don’t have any bits that have hardened. You want the mixture to stay smooth and velvety so it pours nicely. Do not over fill the tubes. After filling each tube, you can gently tap the tube on the counter to work out any air bubbles. Then allow them to set for several hours to cool and harden before using. Do not put them in the fridge as this can cause them to crack.

homemade-deodorant-recipe-aluminum-freeI made up some nice kraft labels on the computer and printed them out so they would have a polished look. I really love how they turned out! The cardboard tubes are my favorite look, but they do get a little hard to push the deodorant out once you get down to the bottom. I just stick a mascara tube in the bottom to push it up. The white plastic tubes look a little more simple but they work great! Easy to twist up, and easy to apply. They also have some more manly looking tubes if you wanted to make some of these as a gift for a man. I love the assortment of tubes SKS has to choose from! Happy deodorant making friends. Definitely let me know if you try it and how it works for you!

Hot/Cold Rice bags – A group craft project

DIY-rice-bag-tutorial-how-to-homemakechic.comIn my last post I talked about the recent ladies retreat we had for my church. And being the Crafty McCrafterson that I am, I ended up being elected Craft monger for the retreat. I wanted to come up with a few crafts that would be fun to do, easy to prepare in bulk, and something that would be useful and appreciated by the women. Who wants to make lame crafts that just end up being thrown away or junking up your house, or that everyone has 1000 of already? Seriously, if I see one more bible verse bookmark or wwjd bead bracelet I’m going to hurl.

So I came up with 3 practical and fun craft projects for the girls, one of which I will be sharing with you today. (I’ll be sharing the others in the next few weeks.)

The hot/cold rice bags are simple to make, relatively inexpensive, and super useful! Even your hubby will be able to use this one! You can heat them up in the microwave for a few minutes, or freeze them overnight for a nice cold pack. It works both ways.


4-compartment-rice-heating-bagI had seen rice bags like this that had 4 compartments. This makes it so the rice doesn’t all pool to one spot, which I liked but I knew that wouldn’t work for our purposes since the bags would have needed to be filled with rice in small amounts in between sewing on the machine and then there would be nothing left for the crafters to do.

So I made a modified version with two long compartments. This allowed the rice to be divided into sections, and give the bag some structure and  flexibility at the same time. I’m pretty happy with the finished result.IMG_3623

You will need:

  • Flannel Fabric – I made 30 of these which ended up being about 6 yards of fabric. You could easily adjust for your needs. I chose several different colors and patterns to suit the styles of different ladies.
  • Each piece of fabric will need to be 40″ long x 6″ wide (these will be folded in half lengthwise). Or alternatively you could make them 20″ long x 12″ wide (folding in half widthwise). The finished bags should be around 19″x5″ +/- depending on your seam allowance.
  • Thread
  • Scissors
  • Sewing Needles

Here’s what you do:

DIY-rice-bag1. Start by cutting out your fabric strips. Iron the fabric so its nice and smooth, then fold in half rights sides together, lengthwise and press the fold down flat. 

how-to-make-a-rice-heating-bag2. Sew a straight line down each side. You can do whatever size seam allowance you like. It really doesn’t matter as long as its even on both sides. Be sure to backstitch. Snip off the corners at the bottom, being careful not to cut into your stitching.

DIY-rice-bag-sewing-tutorial3. Flip your bag right side out and press the seams nice and flat. Fold the opening in 1/2 inch and press flat. (This will make a really clean seam opening for the crafters so all that is left to do is fill with rice and stitch closed.)

hot-cold-rice-bags-DIY-tutorial4. Fold the back in half lengthwise and press the fold flat. This will create a guide for your middle stitch.

how-to-sew-your-own-rice-bag5. Using either a complimentary or contrasting fabric color, stitch a straight line right down the middle of the bag.

This will create your two rice compartments. double-compartment-rice-bag-DIYAt this point your bags are complete and ready for the crafters. 

To set up the craft station for your group you will need the following:


  • instructions-how-to-make-rice-bagsComplete pre-sewn bags for all the crafters
  • Bowls for the rice (I had 4 bowls, since there were other crafts going on and the girls were going through each station in small groups).
  • Measuring cups for the girls to measure the rice
  • Funnels (you’ll want funnels wide enough for the rice to flow freely. I ended up making paper cones for the girls using card stock and tape.)
  • Rice – 2.5 lbs per bag (I needed 75lbs of rice. I found huge bags at Costco for dirt cheap.)
  • Various Essential Oils – Optional (if you use different oils you may want to designate a specific bowl for each flavor. I didn’t do this and the scents started to blend by the end of the evening.)
  • easy-sewing-running-stitch-example-drawingInstructions for the girls (I framed mine so it was easy to see). I also included a sewing diagram for those who do not know how to sew. I used a simple running stitch for the example.
  • A sample rice bag so they can see the finished product. I used a contrasting thread on my example bag so it would be easy to see how I stitched it


fill-rice-bags-with-rice1. Fill the bowl with 2.5 cups of rice.

2. If desired add 5-6 drops of essential oil to the rice and mix throughly. 

3. Using the cone, fill each side with half of the rice.

closing-rice-bag-with-simple-stitch4. Using the needle and thread provided, hand-stitch the top of the bag closed.

5. Use at home by heating in the microwave, or chilling in the freezer. Apply to the back, neck or shoulders for relief of minor aches and pains. 

The girls had a great time making these bags and I was really happy with how everything turned out! Why not try this at your next group event, craft party or ladies retreat?

Apple Cider Vinegar Cold Remedy

Homemaker Chic:

This time of year the weather in Florida changes more often than I change Luke’s diaper. We can go from 42 degrees to 80 in a matter of 1 day, and then back again, and reverse. It takes a toll on our nasal passages and unfortunately Luke and I have both come down with sore throats and sniffles. Luke get’s to rely on good ol’ fashioned breastmilk to make him feel better but Mommy relies on this tried and true remedy. I thought it was worth revisiting in case any of you are feeling crummy too. Here’s to feeling better fast!

Originally posted on Homemaker Chic:

natural-cold-remedyWell I’m sick. Boo! I almost never get sick, and here I am sick as a dog for the fourth time since Luke was born (4 months ago). Now before you say my immune system is probably down due to lack of sleep I have to say that God blessed me with one of those fabled, magical, unicorn babies who has slept through the night since birth! I figure He decided to throw me a bone after all I went through. I digress.

I guess its probably just one of the joys of the postpartum phase where my body is unrecognizable and nothing works the way it used to, including my immune system.

Since I’m breastfeeding I was leary to take any over the counter medications lest I negatively affect my milk supply. So I got to thinking and googling and came up with this super awesome get-better-soon-elixer.


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How becoming a mom changed all my plans…



Recently I was joking with a friend who is planning to start trying for a baby soon. I joked about the fact that my son is still sleeping in our bed at 6 months old, something I swore I’d never do. In fact the list of things I said I would or wouldn’t do [but have now completely changed my mind about] has grown considerably long.

For example I swore I would never nurse my baby to sleep, give him a pacifier, or any plastic toys. I was NOT going to co-sleep, and I was positive I wouldn’t give my baby anything but breastmilk until 12 months. It didn’t take long for me to learn that as much preparation as I had done, training for being a mom can only be done ON THE JOB.

 I may only be a mom of 6 months, but I’ve learned a few things in my short career.

1) When you are pregnant, or planning to be pregnant, or thinking about your goals as a parent- read all the books, do all the research and make a plan BUT be ready to change that plan to meet the specific needs of your baby, and your family.

2) Do NOT allow yourself to feel guilty when your plans change. So what if you let your baby watch a little TV from time to time so you can go to the bathroom? Oh dear God, you fed your precious little one NON-organic baby food?! Gasp!!  Yes try everything you can to be the best, most wholesome, crunchy mom you can be, but sometimes we just have to stay afloat! Do what you can to get through today and tomorrow you can give being a supermom another shot.

3) Don’t accept judgment from others for doing what you think is best. This is coming from a former Col. Judgy McJudgerton herself. Before I had a baby of my own I thought I knew what everyone should be doing with their kids and I enjoyed sharing my opinions with everyone. I apologize if you were ever personally on the other side of this. Now that I’m a mom I’ve learned that you never know someone else’s circumstances and personal journey might be. So let’s stick together moms! Don’t judge each other, and when someone else judges you just ignore it and be confident in your own choices. If you’re reading Homemaker Chic, then chances are you’re a bright, educated woman who does her research and wants to give her child all the best in life. You’re a good mom! Don’t let anyone (including well meaning family members or girls in your mom’s group) to bring you down!

Can I get an Amen?

So what about you? What are you doing differently as a mom that you never thought you’d do?

Super Easy Kitchen Drawer Makeover

Well if you’re planning to buy a house ever let me just give you one little piece of advice. Whatever amount of work you think you have to do to get it looking the way you want, multiply that by 100 and you will be closer to reality. We are very quickly realizing how many projects there are to do here! Its just crazy. Its not even that the house is in bad shape, its just that the people who lived here before us did not share our taste or desire for precision and excellence in decor.

But I’ve been chiseling away at projects one at a time and one super cheap and easy upgrade took place in the kitchen. I’m not in love with our cabinets but we can’t afford to remodel the kitchen right now so I had to find a way to spruce things up. For under $20 I was able to give my cabinets and drawers a much need update and it didn’t take long at all.


I found this dazzling Turquoise Chevron contact paper on Amazon for a great price and got free shipping with prime. Ohhh how I love prime! It took about three rolls to do all the cabinets and drawers in my medium sized kitchen. Don’t you just love the color and pattern? And its such an improvement on what was there before. It just adds such a cheery feel to the kitchen! I can’t resist Chevron.

Please do yourself a favor and take the extra time to put contact paper in neatly. Measure the pieces properly, account for little cutouts and spaces and make sure your pieces fit. Don’t just slap them in and hope for the best. A few extra minutes of time here will really make the project look finished and professional, and your corners will not peel up as easily with extended use.

Here’s a couple tricks for getting your paper down without bubbles.

1) Peel back about an inch of the backing and press down just a small strip of the paper all the way to the farthest edge in your drawer or cabinet.

2) The paper will be curved from being rolled up. Lay it down in the direction of the curve in the paper. This will make it easier to go down.

3) Use a straight edge like a ruler or a paint stirrer (or just your fingers will work) to firmly press the paper down on one side as you gently pull the backing away from the paper on the other side. Work slowly and smoothly. If you accidentally get any bubbles just peel back to the bubble and smooth it out.

With a little effort you can have lovely liners that totally add color and fun to your kitchen! (or bathroom, or book shelves….)

Inspiring Blogger Award


I just love getting blogging awards. It means I can write on my business card… “Award Winning Blogger.” That makes my mother proud. I especially love getting awards that have really pretty icons because they put the CHIC in Homemaker Chic! Is it bad that I only like to accept the ones with cute icons? Judge all you want but a girl’s gotta keep things looking cute up in here! :)

So the Very Inspiring Blogger Award was bestowed upon me by the adorable blog Run, Runner Girl, Run! She has a great writing style and if you read her blog you might learn a thing or two about living a healthy lifestyle. Be sure to check her out!

So part of being awarded means I have to do two things…

Thing #1) List 7 things about yourself.

1- My husband Adam proposed to me after only knowing me for 3 months and we were married 3 months later. :) I ask him all the time what I did to get him to marry me so quickly but his answer is different every time. It varies between “having a really nice booty” to “being really sweet” to “cooking amazing food.” I’ll take it all. I have no idea how I knew he was the one either really, I think we both just got amazingly blessed!

2- I was homeschooled from 3rd grade through graduation. I absolutely loved it. No I’m not anti-social, yes I went to prom, no I’m not a total weirdo, and yes- resoundingly yes – I will homeschool my own children if and when God ever sees fit to give me any. 

3- I have a not so slight obsession with cheese, particularly of the goat variety. Its like xanax for me. When I’m feeling down, a little bit of goat cheese will make everything better. 

4- I’m drinking a Dos Equis and listening to the sound of onions sizzling on the stove as I type.

5- I’m working on my degree in counseling. My dream is to become a Homemaking Coach. I would love to direct ladies on how to become better women, homemakers, mothers and wives. 

6- I talk to my mother for at least an hour every day.

7- Adam and I are in the process of getting certified to adopt. Hopefully we will be able to finally start our family in the next year!

Thing #2) Nominate 15 other bloggers. Hmm, I don’t think I have time for that. How about 5? 

Nurse on the Run

Gluten Free Zen

Le Zoe Musings

Dinner with Aura


Thanks for reading folks! You’re what makes writing this blog so meaningful and rewarding for me.