This week I'm dabbling in...You guessed it... DEODORANT! Stupid title gave it away lol
Now, I haven't made deodorant in a few years and I couldn't find my old recipe, so I had to start from scratch. It's always been hard for me to find a deodorant that worked. I remember back when I was little my grandmother would tell me I needed to go freshen up and would make me scrub my pits with baking soda. It's funny because I passed that delightful gene right on down to my son and I tell him the same thing. Over the years I did manage to find a deodorant that was worked for me and it lasted a good decade or so. But you know how your body chemistry changes over the years right? Well I think my body stopped liking that deodorant, so I decided now's the time to go back to making my own. The ingredients I used are pictured above...baking soda, tapioca starch, coconut oil, mango butter, and candlilla wax. Why did I choose these ingredients. Coconut oil has antibacterial properties. Mango butter makes your skin nice and soft. Tapioca starch helps cut the greasiness and gives it a silky feel. Baking soda helps fight odors and candelilla wax holds everything together and makes the deodorant nice and firm.
Here's how the deodorant came out. I'm testing it out today and so far the consistency as far as the glide goes is just right, but I added some bentonite clay to it and it made it a little gritty. My intent was to use Kaolin Clay , which is a little smoother, but I didn't feel like looking for it. I know.. that's lazy but whatever, it was late at night.. It's also a bit oily for my preference so I'm going to change up a few things and give it another go
I haven't been here in a while. My 9-5 has been really stressful lately, like to the point where I'm wondering if it's even worth it. But I have plans, so I've got to grit my teeth and bear it.
My mind has been in a fog for the past 2 months and so for me to cope with the stress I have been doing a lot of crafting. That has been my happy place.
Here are a few items that I've made: wreaths, a flower tea light, a table, a gairy garden, and i pained a glass for a candle (not finished yet).
I've missed you guys and truly hope you don't feel abandoned. I'm still here and I just ordered a bunch of soap supplies. There's some new things in store for Elle's Elations.
Oh and we're back at the West Point Town of Highland Farmer's Market this year. Here are some pics from Sunday's market
We even got a chance to do some Yoga
Which do you prefer?
Being squeaky clean
I've tried a plethora of handmade soap from other soapmakers and each one was different. Some had lots of lather, but left my skin squeaky clean to the point where my skin felt irritated. Others had luxurious ingredients and nice lather but I didn't feel clean enough and had to wash with a different soap afterwards.
Did you know that certain oils determine the type of leather you in a soap?
Coconut oil produces extra large bubbles but it's also very cleansing so too much coconut oil will strip your skin of its natural oils and leave you feeling very dry
Castor oil gives you a nice creamy lather with teeny tiny bubbles too much castor oil will leave you with a slimy soap that dissolves quickly
There are other oils such as sunflower oil and safflower oil produce big bubbles they go rancid faster which means they have a short shelf life and can go bad fast.
Another interesting thing that can affect lather is the type water you have. Some people have hard water while others have soft water. So what's the difference? Hard water is untreated and contains dissolved minerals such as calcium and magnesium, which can lead to reduced lather. Soft water is treated and is only left with sodium, which is why it may have a saltier taste.
Soap-making is a delicate science in a search to find the balance between lather and cleanliness. Everyone wants the best of both worlds
Hello and welcome to my blog. My name is Tarrin. Soapmaking has been my passion since 2008. I'm also a member of the Handcrafted Soap & Cosmetics Guild as well as a Certified Soapmaker. Here you can follow me on my journey of my handcrafted soap and body product business. Hope you enjoy this blog as much as I enjoy writing it!