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Your Armpits smelling like tropical flowers, Yes please! DIY.

When I started using coconut oil as an occasional deep conditioner for my hair, I also found quite a few sources saying it could be used as a natural deodorant. Nearly all skincare products or beauty products that are typically made with toxic and harmful ingredients can be made using coconut oil. Coconut oil deodorant is just another one to add to the list.

Disclosing today in OiB my personal experience in DIY homemade Deodorant.

So, you know me? I gave it a try, and it worked… kind of. It had to be reapplied later in the day, and didn’t work well in the heat of tropical climat or through a heavy workout. Coconut oil itself was not enought. I desperately wanted another solution, so when I ran out of deodorant over a month ago, I finally made my own.

Choosing Your Essential Oils

You can use whatever blend of essential oils you like in the recipe below, and I suggest putting at least one oil into your mix with antiseptic/antibacterial properties. Here are some natural antibacterial essential oils for you to consider:

lemongrass
lavender
tea tree
rosemary
lemon

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Fresh and organically grown lemongrass | www.organicisbeautiful.com

The trick to tinkering with essential oils is knowing their strength. Lemon and lemongrass oils, for example, are very naturally strong. Just a few drops will do the trick in this DIY deodorant recipe, I personally used Tea-tree essential oil.

My advice when getting used to essential oils is to start small. Add a few drops, mix, smell, repeat. You can always add more, but you can’t take away.

DIY Deodorant Recipe

  • Materials & Supplies
  1. Small, wide-mouth glass jar. You need to be able to get your fingers in there, because you apply this with your fingers.
  2. Spoon
  3. 1/4 cup baking soda – Baking soda absorbs moisture, which helps keep you dry.
  4. 10-15 drops essential oil of your choice – See the section above. If you don’t want to tinker, start with 5-8 drops of lavender, depending on how strong you want the scent to be.

 

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    Lavender | OrganicIsBeautiful
  • Directions

Simple. You can basically make this DIY deodorant right in your jelly jar. Spoon in the baking soda, add your essential oil, and mix it up well. Voila!

How to Apply Your DIY Deodorant

It’s best to apply this right out of the shower. Give the jar a good shake before opening, then dip clean, dry fingers in, and pat the deodorant onto your pits. I do this over the sink, because it’s a little bit messier than applying stick deodorant. Pat – don’t rub – until the powder is no longer visible on your pits, and you’re good to go.

Thank you for stopping by,

Amanda ♥

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The (surprising) Beauty Benefits of Rice & Green Tea Powders

In this article, I will tackle the eternal question: what are the secret skincare recipes that make Asian woman have an ageless skin? Answer: Rice and green tea powders.

What they have in common? Antioxidant properties.

Rice is not just rice.

A bit of history.

Cosmetics powders are not new to the market.

In the 17th century, powder originated as an answer to a practical need in the days when bathing was less frequent, but it quickly became an expressive luxury.

It’s been used in Asian culture for over hundreds of years.

Japan flag OrganicIsBeautifulIn Japan, white rice powder has been used since the 16th century by Japanese Geishas.

In the heart of Japanese Geisha culture, rice powder purposely theatrically opaque, more translucent to whiten uniformly women’s complexions.

 

French flag OrganicIsBeautifulIn  France: A white face paint also characteristics of Marie Antoinette toiletries routine in the 17th Versailles. It was fashionable to have a very pale complexion. This highlighted that a person was rich enough not to have to work outside in the outside fields.

 

 

Indonesia flag OrganicIsBeautifulIn ancient Indonesia (and others SEA countries), rice powder was added to water to create a form of paste. The field workers who worked all day under the hot tropical sun used to apply it as a UV protector.

Properties.

Antioxidants are the magical nutrients and enzymes responsible for fighting against the negative effects of UV radiation, giving us younger-looking skin, and preventing a number of life-threatening maladies.

Some of us are have a more sensitive skin, it usually this type of skin that is prone to early age effects: wrinkles and dark spots around the eyes.

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Using incorrect or/and harmful skin care product can only accelerate this process. Many cosmetics are comedogenic, it means that they are high in greasy ingredients and tend to clog pores especially by the formation of blackheads. So, if like me a few years ago, you have a oily/acne type of skin, it is highly recommended to use makeup and skin care products clearly labeled noncomedogenic.

Rice or oat starches (flour) are excellent in their raw, natural state for use in poultices, masques and gentle exfoliation of the skin. Examiner Blog
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How to use it?

Powder cleanser is as easy to use as a liquid cleanser. Just wet your face and palms, pour about 1/2 a teaspoon on your hands and rub them together to activate the powerful enzymes and antioxidants.

Usages

In the cosmetics market, rice powder is used to add a polishing effect to the face. It helps to leave a transparent yet silky touch on the face. It can be used as facial masks, added to mineral veils and makeups. In Kuala Lumpur, I found it sold as a rice water format and applied as a skin tonic or body moisturizers.

Mixed with aloe Vera, it can be a very good healing lotion after a day at the beach under the sun.

What about Green tea? Read below

Green tea

Green tea, like many fruits and nuts, contains lot of polyphenols. Polyphenols have been studied for their antioxidant potential with promising results. In our case, EGCG is the predominant antioxidant in most forms of green tea.

EGCG has been shown to be 25 to 100 times more potent than vitamins C and E in terms of antioxidant activity. NCBI
Green Tea | OrganicIsBeautiful
Green Tea | OrganicIsBeautiful

Properties.

Vitamin K is important for the production of certain proteins that maintain healthy skin cells renewal and it may be a factor in skin problems like acne.

Then damp the tea bag over your eyes for 10-15 minutes. The tannin tea bags have been proven to reduce swelling (baggy under eyes) and discoloration (dark circles).

How to use it?

An bags under your eyes? Use eye compress! Quite often, these are signals of sleep deprivation, improper diet, or some other slowly accumulating beauty-impacting issue:

  • Put your used tea bag in the fridge or let it cool down for a half hour.
  • Freeze freshly brewed green tea as ice cubes and use them as a toner.

Green tea acts as a great soother, reduce redness. Its calming properties can help mitigate any discomfort if you have any psoriasis and rosacea, accompanied by inflammation.

In your weekly facial mask? Simple. NBT explained how you can combine the two powders into water or lemon juice!

  • Mix well 3 tablespoons of cool green tea solution with 3-4 table spoons of rice flour.
  • Add 1 teaspoon of lemon juice to it to form a smooth and spreadable paste, but not runny. You can always mix more tea if the paste is too thick.
  • Apply the pack over your face and keep it there for about 20 minutes before rinsing with cool water.
  • Apply your favorite moisturizer.

Usages

Like most other antioxidants, green tea polyphenols are oxidized and lose their activity when exposed to air. Whether commercial green tea creams retain the activity is unclear and may vary widely from product to product. It is always best to buy green tea and rice powder 100% natural and organic.

Reference

Amanda 😉

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