Beautiful nourishing Calendula Flowers, dried and organic from Mountain Rose Herbs
I love my current, new favorite deodorant recipe! It is very floral, and it grows stronger in scent as the days pass, becoming sweeter and more beautiful (as it “ripens” in the bottle). It is fragrant, but dissipates to a pleasing light scent, which actually lasts all day; So it does not obnoxiously, overpower and have that horrible perfume odor. My current favorite! AND, it actually works: summer days, all day long, I’m good to go. (By the way, nothing in this would prevent using it as a light fragrance/body spray, if you wish!)
My Summer Whimsy Deodorant
1/4 C Calendula Hydrosol or Calendula water (Or you can use your favorite, if you wish; I made my own calendula water concentrate, so it is nice and fragrant. Alternatively, add some Calendula ESSENTIAL oil, which is a rare find , but, if you have it, awesome.)
1/4 C good-quality Witch Hazel
1 tsp Vodka, preferably organic, if available (see note)
10d Jasmine Essential Oil
8d Bergamot Essential Oil
5d Geranium-Rose Essential Oil
4d Lavender Essential Oil
3d Black Pepper Essential Oil
2d Lemon Essential Oil
Combine Witchypoo, Calendula water, vodka and benzoin.
Add essential oils, drop by drop, swirling after each oil.
Shake well before using. Can be used right away.
I use about 4 sprays per underarm most days and winter; summer or humid days, I go 6.
* Please store your handmade products in glass bottles, especially when using essential oils.
**Always know your ingredients: Check for sensitivity, for example, or do not use products which will cause you an allergic reaction. Some oils should not be used by pregnant women, for example — Use responsibly.
*Note on Vodka: Square One organic Vodka is what I use to render various formulas. I have seen this at only a few regular liquor stores, but it is stocked at BevMo stores, if you have one near you. It may be elsewhere, too.
Also — again — keep in mind that many alcohols are made with grain, and, just like many vinegars, the grain is not listed. Corn is a big one, as well as wheat. So, if you have an allergy to or a sensitivity to any grain at all, please take the time to find out what type of grain is the base for your vinegars, flavorings/extracts, tinctures and alcohols. Many people think have allergic reactions to food and think it is a vegetable or other item in their food and the culprit is actually the vinegar. The Square One is made from rye, for example, so it would be unsuitable for those with a wheat allergy; however, it may be worth a taste test, as everyone has sensitivities and allergies to varying degrees.
The Spectrum, organic, white, for example, lists rye and corn in their ingredients, which is rare, but definitely welcome.
You can make your own floral waters, using organic, fresh flowers by steeping (petals only) for a few hours in hot water, or with good-quality dried organic flowers.
Dried Rose Petals, MRH
For longer storage, I freeze and use as needed — very convenient!
Dried Calendula Flowers
Calendula water concentrate, frozen
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