Recipe Mama

Bath Sprinkles November 15, 2008

Filed under: Bath & Beauty — obsidian @ 1:50 pm

A mild alternative to bath salts, but just as fun! Great for kids

Grind a cup full of rolled oats into a coarse powder. Add 1 cup of powdered/grated natural soap, a couple of drops of food colouring if you would like colour, 6 drops of lavender essential oil and 2 tablespoons lavender flowers to this if you wish. To use, sprinkle a small amount into the bath.

When using colourings in the bath, be cautious with the amount of colouring used so that you do not stain the skin or the bathtub.


Oaty Bath Bag

Filed under: Bath & Beauty — obsidian @ 1:48 pm

(Oatmeal is said to have a soothing effect on the skin)

Add a handful of rolled oats and up to 6 drops lavender essential oil to an old stocking/sock/muslin bag/hankie with elastic band etc. and allow to soften in the bath. Once the oats are soft, you can use the bag as a wash cloth.


Home Made Deodorant November 13, 2008

Filed under: Bath & Beauty — obsidian @ 12:01 am

Technically speaking a deodorant works on killing or preventing bacteria growth on the skin, which causes the smell. An antiperspirant stops or limits the actual amount of swear you secrete.

Apparently the bacteria do not like a salty or acid environment, which is why crystal mineral deodorants and baking soda based ones work well. The alcohol in deodorant also makes the area disliked by bacteria. Antibacterial deodorants work by killing the bacteria. Adding a scent to a deodorant can help mask any odour that does form.

Adding to Existing Deodorants
You can buy spray on unscented deodorant from, into which you can add essential oils or other ingredients to scent it.

I’ve found eucalyptus oil to be the most effective, but not the most pleasant scent. A mixture of lavender, ylang ylang and rose geranium is quite strong and smells nice.

You will need to shake the bottle before spraying, or you can buy water soluable lavender oil and mix the other essential oils into this, which will disperse the oils through the water based deodorant.

Making your own
(I haven’t tried any of these myself – but they looked interesting)

Witchhazel Deodorant
A teaspoon or so of zinc oxide powder
About half a cup of witchhazel
A few drops of lavender, tea tree and geranium essential oils
Mix together and either apply with a cotton ball, or pour into a spray bottle.

Oil Based Deodorant
3 tablespoons of almond oil
3 drops of lavender oil
3 drops of rosemary oil
3 drops of lemongrass oil
1 tablespoon of beeswax
Heat the beeswax and the almond oil on a low heat until the beeswax is liquid. Take it off the heat and stir in the essential oils. Pour into a warm jar (sit the jar on on a wood board or several layers of newspaper to absorb the heat), and allow to cool. Tho use this, scoop out a small amount and rub it under the arms, where needed.

From Burke’s backyard

Alcohol Deodorant
Dab plain alcohol on with a cotton ball (Youb could add essential oils to scent this)

Cream Deodorant
15g cocoa butter
15g beeswax
1 Tbsp glycerine
1 Tbsp rosewater
Gently melt the cocoa butter and beeswax in a double boiler (or metal bowl over a saucepan of water on low heat) until liquid. Remove from heat, and stir in the glycerine, rosewater and several drops of your choice of essential oils. (calendula, coriander, eucalyptus, lavender, lemon, rosemary, sage, or thyme). Pour into a jar, and allow to cool. Rub a little on the under arms as needed.


Stick Deodorant
115g cornstarch
60g baking soda
30mls liquid chorophyll
60mls vodka
60mls distilled water
225g beeswax
10-15 drops of honeysuckle, rose, coriander or essential oil of your choice.
Gently melt the beeswax in a double boiler (or metal bowl over a saucepan of water on low heat) until liquid. Remove from heat. Add all the other ingredients together (except chorophyll and essential oils) and add this to the wax, mixing well. As the mixture cools and thickens, add the clorophyll and essential oils. Pour into something to use as a mold*. Let harden. Remove from molds. Store in a tightly closed container away from heat to avoid shrinkage.


Herbal Deodorant Powder
2 parts powdered sandalwood
1 part powdered white oak bark
1 part powdered lovage root
grind herbs in a blender/food processor to form a very fine powder. Pour this into a clean pan and lightly toast (to set resins and scents). Make muslin draw-string bags, or use a square of fine fabric gathered into a pouch and tied at the top. Fill the bags/pouches with the powdered herbs –
Pat them under your arms or on feet to use.


Radish Deodorant
Juice 2 dozen radishes, add 1/4 teaspoon of glycerin to this juice and pour into a squirt bottle and keep refrigerated. Use as desired.


Herbal Stick Deodorant
1 1/2 tbspn beeswax
1/2 tbspn cocoa butter
1 tablespoon coconut oil
15 drops white thyme essential oil
15 drops rosemary essential oil
25 drops lavender essential oil
3 drops castor oil
Gently melt the beeswax in a double boiler (or metal bowl over a saucepan of water on a low heat), add the cocoa butter, and when it has melted, remove from the heat and stir in the oils. Pour into molds* and leave to cool and set.

Baking Soda Rub on Deodorant
Sprinkle a light covering of baking soda onto a damp washcloth. Pat on your underarms. OR rub baking soda into armpit. Don’t rinse off.

Herbal tea Infusion Deodorant
make a very strong herbal tea of lovage, sage or other herb, bottle and use this with a cotton ball as a deodorant.

Basic Deodorant Powder
1/2 cup baking soda
1/2 cup corn flour
a few drops essential oils such as lavender or cinnamon, (cedar and sage for men)
Add ingredients in a glass jar and shake well. Sprinkle onto a damp washcloth and pat it under the arms. Do not rinse off.


Basic Liquid Deodorant
1/4 cup witch hazel
1/4 cup aloe vera gel
1/4 cup and mineral water
1 teaspoon glycerin
a few drops antibacterial essential oils such as lavender, or tea tree.
Mix together all the ingredients in a spray bottle. Shake to blend, and spray on as needed.


Liquid Deodorant
30-60mls alcohol (vodka)
6 drops of rose essential oil
4 drops of sandalwood essential oil
30-60mls water
Mix together and use a cotton ball to apply or pour into spray bottle.


Deodorant Powder
225g arrowroot
60g white clay
30g cornstarch
30g baking soda
5 drops rose essential oil
4 drops sandalwood essential oil.
Mix together and rub on armpits (can use after the above liquid has been applied)


Unscented Liquid Deodorant
4 teaspoons alum
2 teaspoons baking soda
225ml rubbing alcohol
Combine ingredients and pour into a spray bottle. Use as needed.


225ml purified water
225ml rubbing alcohol
2 tablespoons alum
3 tablespoons rose water
Mix ingredients together and pour into a spray bottle.

* Stick Deodorant Molds
Use an empty push up stick deodorant container (cleaned), old or new lip balm wind up containers etc. Such as: