This post is for the handful of people who messaged me asking for the coconut oil beauty products recipes. If you aren’t interested in those then go on, GIT. Unless you’re interested in the intimate details of my armpits. Now, there’s a party!
Seriously, get out of here if you don’t want the recipes. There is literally nothing for you to see here. Mostly because I’ve been too busy to make a pretty blog post with pictures and well-written recipes. So, a) I’m sorry it’s taken me so long to get these to you, ladies (and the two dudes who are too embarrassed to publicly admit they want to learn more about sugar scrubs and body soufflés) and b) I’m sorry I don’t have pictures and step-by-step instructions. I have fifteen minutes of free time to write and upload this post. Therefore, you will get links, pictures from the links and some of my substitutions for the recipes. And you will like it.
If these don’t work, just come over and we’ll have a little product-making party in my kitchen. Unless you’re a serial killer, in which case no thank you, SIR.
Remember, what you put on your skin is absorbed into your bloodstream. You want it to be edible. Here we go…….
Use Crunchy Betty’s toothpaste recipe except use xylitol (2 tsp) instead of stevia. And DEFINITELY use the vegetable glycerin. My xylitol is super coarse – I might try to run it through my coffee grinder (yes, after washing the coffee grinds out) next time just to get a smoother consistency. Got it? Dang! That was easy.
1 teaspoon coconut oil
1 teaspoon almond oil
½ teaspoon grated beeswax
Melt it all in the microwave (when I say things like this, I’m assuming you know to put it in a microwave-safe container). Stir. Add in some essential oils if you want. I use lemon eucalyptus. Or peppermint. Or sometimes ylang ylang and tangerine. It all depends.
Are you ready? Pour into a small, clean container and let it cool completely. Now slather that stuff on your lips and GRIN.
Ginger Lemon Scrub!
Use this fabulous scrub recipe. I use a ginger paste instead of chunks of ginger. I still infuse the oil, but I only strain half of the ginger out. Why? Because it’s easier, more ginger-y and I just can’t seem to follow a recipe without changing something. Use it on your whole body. Even your face…if you aren’t too freaked out by oil on your face. Clearly, I’m not. It’s especially fantastic for chapped lips. Probably not as awesome on sunburns. See, I’m looking out for you. YOU’RE WELCOME.
This is So. Unbelievably. Easy. Take a wad of coconut oil. What? You need measurements? FINE. How about four tablespoons of coconut oil? Add a couple teaspoons of vegetable glycerin. Smoosh it around with a spoon until it’s all mixed together to a consistency you like. The amount of glycerin depends on the weather. If it’s hot, you’ll need less because the coconut oil will already be soft. Now, for the hard part – add in your favorite essential oil (or mixture of oils). The hard part is deciding which ones to use.
BOOM. You, my friend, are now the proud owner of a super awesome body moisturizer. Use it wisely.
This is the toughest recipe, if only because people’s armpits vary drastically. Seriously, start talking about armpits more with your friends – you will be AMAZED by what does or does not irritate their armpit. Do some research and try different variants of recipes to find what works for you.
Trust me; you do not want angry armpits.
Here’s the deal. I’m a sweaty girl. And I work out a lot. But I’m also perfectly capable of sweating like crazy just sitting at my desk. I like to think of it as a SKILL. I have mad sweating skills. You need to know that this recipe is NOT an antiperspirant. You will still sweat. You just (hopefully) won’t stink. Also, the coconut oil can stain your shirt. So rub it in people. Show your armpits some love and caress them with the following fabulous recipe.
Again, it’s a Crunchy Betty recipe for homemade deodorant. Except (of course!) I swap out a tablespoon of coconut oil for beeswax so I can pour it into an old stick deodorant applicator. This is solely so I can look somewhat normal at the gym (ha!). I also substitute half a tablespoon of coconut oil for calendula-infused cream (from the local natural foods store) to soothe those pits.
Tip: arrowroot powder is supposedly less irritating than cornstarch. Read Crunchy Betty’s whole line of deodorant posts and decide what’s best for you. As for essential oils? I use different ones every time. So far, I think the mix of tea tree, lavender and eucalyptus was the most effective AND smelled sort of cedar-y which Toby loved. What he didn’t love? Sniffing my pits every night for weeks to test for efficacy.
Now, go forth and get crazy in the kitchen! I want to hear how it goes. And share any recipes you’ve tried and loved!