Some D.O. for our B.O.

Growing up, I never knew there was a difference between antiperspirant and deodorant. I knew I always owned antiperspirant, but I pretty much thought that they were interchangeable. I never took the time to learn about it. Crazy, I know.

It wasn’t until the last year, living in Hawaii, that I learned the difference. My husband kept buying deodorant and crying out in frustration upon realization when he got home.

“Why does it matter?” I asked
“Cuz, I hate sweating at work.”

So, I got curious. One allows you to sweat, one stops the sweating?

First of all: why do humans sweat?

The number one reason? Temperature regulation. Sweating is our body’s way of keeping all the important stuff cool. Just like car engines overheat, humans can, too.

Added benefit of sweating: body shedding toxins. Our skin is our largest organ, and, in turn, one of the easiest ways to rid of toxins inside the body.

Million dollar question: why does some sweat smell? Your body has two types of sweat glands, one that’s all over your body (eccrine), and these keep you cool, the other is only found in your underarms and crotch region (apocrine). The apocrine sweat glands have added proteins which are bonded to odorant molecules. When they’re bonded, they don’t stink. However, we have bacteria living on our skin, and they like to eat the protein in the sweat from those regions. In order to do so, they must separate the protein and the odorant molecule. End result: stink.

If you know me personally, you know how I feel about the kinds of birth control that halt women’s cycles altogether. I can’t believe that they’re at all good for our bodies. Well, I thought about halting sweating in our underarms and then it occurred to me that that’s probably not such a good idea either.

Commercial brands of antiperspirants often include parabens and aluminum.

Parabens are preservatives and are not included in all major brands of antiperspirant and deodorant, but they are in some. Parabens have been shown to mimic estrogen-like activity in cells. Estrogen promotes the growth of cells in our breast tissue.

Aluminum is a metal used in almost all major brands of antiperspirant and deodorant and causes the sweat glands to temporarily plug. The toxins have nowhere to go, and move on into our lymph nodes near the breast/armpit. This metal also mimics estrogen. As said above, estrogen promotes cell growth of breast tissue.

While there have been some studies done to decide whether or not these ingredients are causing breast cancer, there hasn’t been quite the right amount of proof yet, hence, the FDA still allows such ingredients in our products.

A potential for cancer of any sort is enough to make me do the reading and determine the risk for my loved ones and me. I decided that it’s not worth the risk. So! I made our deodorant!

You will need:
3 tbsp Coconut oil
2 tbsp Shea butter
2 tbsp Arrowroot powder
1tsp Jojoba/avocado (optional)
12 drops Lemongrass essential oil (find it here)
12 drops Peppermint essential oil (find it here)
Empty deodorant container (my recipe fills one of these here!)

I purchase all organic ingredients via amazon!

I heat the coconut oil, shea butter, and jojoba/avocado together in a glass jar in boiling water (because I don’t own a double boiler). Please be sure to not put cold glass in boiling water! Heat the glass gradually.

Once the mixture is melted, I pull the container out and add the arrowroot and essential oils. Don’t add your essential oils while you’re heating. It reduces their potency and effectiveness.

Then I pour into my empty deodorant stick and plop them in the freezer.

Once they have cooled to solid, I refrigerate mine. I live in Hawaii with no air conditioning, so it’s probably not necessary that you refrigerate yours unless you do, too. (:

Coconut oil, Shea butter, and jojoba or avocado are all oils that carry nutrients that are very good for your skin. Shea butter also allows a more solid stick.

I use arrowroot powder in place of corn starch or baking soda. It’s similar in use and texture, but kinder on your skin. Also, baking soda and corn starch have been known to cause discoloration of skin.

Why lemongrass? It helps with excessive sweating. It will not stop you from sweating.

Why peppermint? It’s cooling. It’ll help your body cool and reduce sweating.

I’ve been using this recipe for almost two weeks and I’m in love. I smell good! And if I can make the switch with no AC in a tropical climate, you can do it!

If you insist on an antiperspirant style, replace one tablespoon of Shea with beeswax. It creates a coat, much like commercial brands. However, it won’t last as long, so be realistic.

Give yourself a few weeks to get used to your new deodorant. Chances are, your underarms might be a little moody. When applying, you only need 1-3 swipes. No need to use a ton, it works!

Some of my ingredients above are doTERRA essential oils. These oils are certified therapeutic grade, meaning they’re okay to use topically and they’re not mixed with any synthetics. If you’re purchasing your oils elsewhere be sure to research and know all about what you’re using.

If you’re interested in learning more about doTERRA or enrolling, please feel free to contact me.

Candace
Candacedoterra1@gmail.com

Read more about the cancer argument:
http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/factsheet/Risk

Where I added to my sweat knowledge:
http://www.npr.org/blogs/krulwich/2012/07/08/156375998/weekend-special-guess-what-sweat-is-not-smelly-so-why-do-i-smell

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Sugar Scrub

I get asked for my recipe for my sugar scrub on Facebook at least 3 times a day! So, I thought you’d like to read it here with a couple of different suggestions on how to cater to your own skin!

First, there are soooo many different carrier oils you can use in this scrub.

Almond
Apricot
Avacado
Castor
Grapeseed
Hemp
Jojoba
Olive

Off the top of my head, these are just a few that have become really popular in the alternative health world. It’s important to do your research about each oil to really know what skin types they’re best for, but I can tell you that almost all of these oils are very rich in vitamin e, a vitamin incredibly good for skin, hair, and nails.

My personal favorite is jojoba. I love how it makes my skin feel, and my hair is growing faster than ever. Avacado is known to be really helpful with eczema and dermatitis skin types. Grapeseed is known for being helpful with aging skin. And almond and apricot are for those with very sensitive and delicate skin types.

Next, let’s talk essential oils.

If you’re a person struggling with acne, you’re already thinking I’m crazy for wanting you to put the above oils on your skin. Now I’m talking about more!? Fun fact, oil cuts oil better than water and soap do, and, washing your face with different, healthy oils, can actually regulate your skin. See, soap completely strips your skin of all oils. Sounds like a good idea, but it’s a lot like antibacterial soap killing the good bacteria. Your skin needs oil, that’s why it makes it in the first place. And trust me. As someone who has struggled with acne treatment her whole life, this is actually working.

Frankincense and melaleuca (tea tree oil) are both really good to add to your sugar scrub. Frankincense is known to help scarring, melaleuca is helpful with bacteria. Both of these oils are noted for giving skin a really healthy, beautiful glow.
Lavender is really great to add if you have trouble with hormonal cysts on your skin. It’s a calming oil, and it can help soothe the skin.
Peppermint. Burrrr. This oil is really good for helping cool you off in the shower! But it’s great for acne because it brings down inflammation!

Now, some of you don’t have acne. So what about you? Which oils should you invest in?

Well, you’re probably my other half of friends that struggle with stretch marks, wrinkles, or loose skin. Those are signs of a beautiful life, but ones we tend to not be fond of.

Any of your citrus oils help with skin elasticity and restoring firmness. Grapefruit, lemon, lime, and orange. Fun fact: they also curb appetite. Feel free to shower before breakfast and your soap can help regulate appetite! However, citrus oils are known to increase skin vulnerability in sun. Use accordingly.
Myrrh is also a really great essential oil for smoothing wrinkles and frankincense is wonderful for fading stretch marks and other scarring.

My last little bit on helping you understand the ingredients is the importance of organic. Use organic ingredients in your soap. It will make an incredible difference for your skin, and your health. Your body knows how to use these ingredients.

Sugar scrub
1/2 pint glass mason jar (never put essential oils in plastic or any other synthetic container)
1/4 organic coconut oil
1/2 cup shredded Castile soap (here! or buy a scent if you plan on using it alone!)
1 cup organic sugar (Sebastian and I prefer finely ground sugar. I also use light or dark brown. Gives my skin healthy color).
2 tbsp organic jojoba oil
15-30 drops essential oil

These measurements can very from 1/3 a cup to 1/4 cup, depending on how oily my coconut oil is, how dry my sugar is, etc. really, you’ll be safe by eyeballing your measurements!

If you’re wanting to buy some essential oils to add to your sugar scrub, doTERRA is a wonderful place to purchase from.

Visit my website: Here!

Or, if you’re interested in becoming a member and maximizing your rewards, email me: candacedoterra1@gmail.com

Enjoy! Use this scrub on your whole body! Even your face!! You’ll feel like you need to scrub with soap, but don’t! There’s soap in your sugar scrub, and the oily feeling will subside. Let your skin soak up the nutrients.

Lastly! Be ever so careful in the shower. Oil can cause it to become slick, and glass mason jars can make a scary mess. Be smart, and be careful.

Candace

Rodents, and spiders, and pests oh my!

In my parents home, there’s this back room in our basement. It’s where the heater for the house is, but my parents also stored the dry cereal and canned foods, among a few keep sakes in there. Growing up, it was the spookiest room in the whole house. You know that fear that grips you in most other kids’ basements? Our basement was nice, so it was allll concentrated in that room. The worst part of it for me was all the mouse traps. For good reason, they surrounded the dry cereal. However, for me there was this horrid anxiety of opening the door to find a dead mouse in the trap mixed with finding an empty trap, because that meant I had to play Operation to get the box out. It was game over if a spider made its web attach to the box.

Spring has sprung, especially for my family and friends in central Illinois, and that means it’s time to start planting our gardens. I’ve learned a lot about pest control here in Hawaii, where the bugs are year round and they don’t die, rather, they grow bigger. Since I had the chance to really specialize my pest control, I thought you would want in on the secret!

Mice is a big concern for Midwesterners. Surrounded by fields of corn and soybeans, sometimes mice get a little lost and find themselves in our pantries. Who can blame them? But there was always that unsettling feeling when you heard the trap let loose on the poor, unsuspecting fellow. Now I have a nice alternative for you that will help ward off mice without the yucky after effect of the traps, let alone the unsafe atmosphere for those with tiny fingers.

Peppermint essential oil has lots of incredible uses. It brings down fevers, acts as an anti-inflammatory, helps with headaches and migraines of epic proportions. It’s also antibacterial and when you clean with it, it gives you some nice energy and motivation to keep going! A little help to get you through spring cleaning! Wait, there’s more wonderful things about peppermint! Mice don’t like it!

Take some cotton balls, put a few drops of peppermint essential oil on them, and place them about your home, particularly in areas of concern, or areas you feel uncomfortable having a mouse trap and a dead mouse! Pantries and kitchen cupboards especially (:

Guess what other pests don’t like peppermint?

Ants
Aphids
Beetles
Caterpillars
Flies
Moths
And SPIDERS!

Where can you buy this incredible oil? Here!

Ants are a tricky little bunch. I have a special spray for those buggars in Hawaii. I get an 8 oz glass spray bottle (glass is important, essential oils break down the compounds of plastic and release chemicals into the solution). In the solution I mix:
15 drops of peppermint,
10 drops of wild orange, and
5-7 drops of cinnamon, depending on their stubbornness.
Add 1/2 tablespoon of Castile soap (Dr. Bronners unscented)
Fill with water!

This blend is perfectly safe to spray around your doors, windows, and sugar canisters, because each ingredient is completely edible! These oils are warm oils, so using them where babies crawl should be cautioned, but once the solution dries you’re golden! BONUS: flies hate peppermint too, so they’ll keep away from your windows and doors on their way in. Add about 10 drops of lavender for extra effect.

Lastly, I want to address garden pests! Yes, there is a natural solution for pesticides and insecticides, and your oils are safe to ingest in small amounts so spraying your fruits and veggies with it until they’re mature is a-okay! However, it is always recommended you wash your fresh produce before consumption (:

Aphids (peppermint and white fir), beetles (peppermint and thyme), caterpillars (peppermint), flies (lavender and peppermint), gnats (patchouli), slugs/snails (patchouli and white fir), spiders (peppermint), and weevils (patchouli).

Here, I have them all. So I use all of those oils!

12-16 oz glass spray bottle
20 drops of peppermint
15 drops patchouli
10 drops white fir
10 drops lavender
5 drops of thyme
1 tablespoon Castile soap (I love dr. Bronners!!!)
Fill with water

There are lots of other oils you can use for outdoor use and ridding yourself of pests, or even preventing them! Mosquito blends, termites, and even warding off mildew and fungi from your garden! The world of essential oils and their uses is vast and it’s a fun one to learn about!

If you’re interested in using these oils, purchasing blends, or wanting to sign up with doTERRA today and get the best rewards on essential oils, feel free to contact me:

Candacedoterra1@gmail.com

Or purchase oils at retail:
here!