Simple body product recipes

Plastic free- Natural Deodorant Recipe

I have been meaning to attempt an all natural deodorant for a long time. I found a great company that sells cardboard push up tubes for balms that I have been meaning to try out for different products. My goal is to find the perfect plastic-free container for all of my products.

Many crafters have attempted to pour their deodorant into used toilet paper tubes which seems like a good idea but what I have been reading is that they are a bit flimsy and may leak. The containers that I am going to try are sturdy and thick walled. They also come with good instructions. Here is the container I chose for today’s project.

I like to weigh out all of my ingredients. Especially the first few times I make something. I have chosen not to use baking soda as I don’t want any irritants on my skin and I am a sensitive girl with a family of sensitive skinned people.

Here is a simple yet effective recipe weighed out in grams:

  • 22 grams beeswax beads to hold your deodorants shape
  • 16 grams mango butter, but you can use shea butter or cocoa butter instead.
  • 60 grams solid coconut oil, I used virgin coconut oil because I had some I wanted to use up
  • 16 grams of Bentonite clay-absorbs toxins
  • 4 grams of Arrowroot powder- to absorb moisture
  • approximately 2 grams of essential oils of your choice-I used Rosemary and Peppermint because I love the fresh scent and both have strong antibacterial properties

Weigh out all of your ingredients and melt your beeswax and solid coconut oil in a double boiler.

Add your mango butter ( or shea butter/cocoa butter) after the beeswax and coconut oil are completely melted, stir in your essential oils and then thoroughly stir in your clay and arrowroot powder. I bought the arrowroot powder when I lived in Calgary, but I am pretty sure you can buy it from any local natural food store. I had the bentonite clay from a long time ago as well. It was from Aquarius Aromatherapy online supply company in BC. They also carry Arrowroot powder, I just looked it up.

I have read that you should use only a glass container and a wooden spoon to mix up your bentonite clay but in this case, I didn’t have a wooden spoon on hand.

I carefully filled up my large cardboard push up tube. I also had an empty plastic container that was sent to me as a free sample, so I thought I would fill it to compare the two types of containers.

The instructions for the eco-tubes said to make sure the push-up disc is seated snuggly with the wax side up and to pour at 140 degrees Fahrenheit or lower. It also said to pour the first 10 %  and then to wait until it is semi set up and then pour the rest. It was also recommended to fill up in stages to prevent air holes.

I waited until the ingredients cooled down- probably too much- as I was worried that it would leak out of the bottom- but it faired very well.  No leaks! I spooned in the rest and gave the tubes a nice hard thwack on the table to make sure there were no air bubbles. I had enough left over to spoon it into one more little sampler and one small round cardboard container as well.

I noticed my hands are very soft after cleaning up the kitchen and utensils, so that is a good sign that my deodorant will be gentle on my pits. The clay makes your deodorant quite dark coloured- but I like it. It looks like mother nature would approve. Especially the ones in a cardboard push up eco-tubes! I popped them in the freezer to set them up nicely. It rolls on smoothly and my armpits have never smelled lovelier. This is a fairly soft recipe so next time I am going to add a bit more beeswax and will use only arrowroot powder to make a white stick.

I don’t’ really care about the colour, as I am not one to wear white silk outfits… they don’t look good with salsa stains on them anyways!


Click on the link below for ordering eco packaging.

Want to feel like the coolest soap maker/crafter on the block? Listen to this song while you are making your natural deodorant. Because you are the coolest chick on the block if you make your own deodorant.  We just went to see this band live at The Queens in Nanaimo. My ears are still ringing but boy it was worth it.

The Pack AD- Yes I know.





Stalking the Wild Asparagus

For all you wildcrafters out there-



I adore my field guide titled, Stalking the Wild Asparagus, by Euell Gibbons. It was published in 1962 and then reprinted fifteen times according to the first page of this amazing little book. It reads like a memoir, which is why I adore it.

Here are some tantalizing tidbits from this book. In the chapter titled, Supermarket of the Swamps is the instructions on how to collect pollen from cattails to use as a nutritious supplement in your pancakes and muffins. Euell also goes on to explain in great detail how to use all portions of this plant.

There are chapters on using Elderberries to make wine –  a recipe from his “drinking uncle” and how to use the berries to make a nice jam. I have fond memories of picking elderberries with a friend on Gabriola. Usually we had little kids running around our ankles eating blackberries until…

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Dear Soapy Maven Goddess · Market Maniac

Dear Soapy Maven Goddess

what you really should make is….

Dear Soapy Maven Goddess:

Do you ever get mad when you are at a farmer’s market showing your wares and some stranger will come up to you and tell you what you really should make instead of what you have been doing? In the meantime, all THEY are doing is wandering through a farmer’s market looking at stuff and eating 5000 calorie cinnamon buns dripping with icing while we entrepreneurs are most likely- besides working at other jobs are also creating lovely art or craft on the side to help pay our bills. It just makes me fume that people feel the need to advise a crafter on what else they should be doing in their non-existent spare time. What should I do? Is there anything I can say to make them realize that unwanted advice is not a virtue?


A Fuming Artisan

Dear FA:

Yes, I do know what you are talking about. I have encountered this phenomenon too many times to mention. And while I almost always am gracious and thank people for their kind suggestions, sometimes I do want to pop them one, right in the kisser. Especially when the encounter goes something like this- ” Excuse me, but what kinds of soaps do you have? I will take about five minutes explaining the forty or so different kinds of soaps that I made in between growing a vegetable garden and cooking all my families meals from scratch and working another job, while always coming up with something new and exciting.  They often overlook the vast array of wares that has taken me years to perfect- and they almost always say with pouty lips, “OH you don’t’ make such and such? ” It is certainly frustrating. But I think it is just a way that those non-creative types have at getting back at us. They are trying to annoy crafters by wasting our precious time and not really wanting to buy something from us because they are saving up for their cinnamon bun/chocolate scone addiction.

It is certainly something to fume about. The only advice I can give you dear Fuming Artisan is to shake it off.  Maybe have a secret sign with another artisan, like pretend something just bit you in the bottom—slap your behind and scream ahhhh! alerting your fellow crafter across the way of what is occurring so that they are ready for this annoying person. Then maybe they can put up a be back in a few minutes sign while they come over to talk. Now you can share a scone and laugh together, while this annoying person passes on by. They are probably on their way to the cinnamon bun vendor to ask them why they don’t make carrot cake.

Love always,

The Soapy Maven Goddess.

cinnamon bun at Blenz on Denman

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