deodorant and butter confessions

So sorry I have been absent lately.

Excuse, excuse, yadda-yadda, blah, blah blah…

It’s been busy around here, m-kay?

Anyhoo…I made two things this morning that I’ve been meaning to make for awhile now. The first one is homemade deodorant.

Weird, right?

Well, I have to confess that I don’t use antiperspirant. The first reason is because the number one ingredient in antiperspirant is aluminum, which has been linked to breast cancer. Regardless if it really does cause it or not, it’s just one more artificial thing to dump into my body each day. So I choose to skip it.

(don’t panic, people…I do use deodorant)

The second reason I only use natural deodorant is because I sweat AND stink through the toughest of tough antiperspirants, like Secret Platinum! And the roll-on crystal stuff I’ve been using for several years at least keeps the stank away.

I recently came across a recipe for making your own deodorant using coconut oil. So I thought I’d try it today. It was super easy to make:

2 T. organic unrefined coconut oil
2 T. corn starch or arrowroot powder
2 T. baking soda
a few drops of your favorite essential oil

Mix this all together and you get a paste that looks like this.

Stick it in the fridge and let it firm up a bit. Then just rub a bit in your pits each day, and there you go.

No more stank.
The natural (and cheap) way.

I just put some on and lemme tell ya…I smell like the beach. I’ll let you know later if it really works and if I like it.

The second thing I need to confess is that…well…I don’t like the butter that’s sold in Uganda. It’s more like a margarine called Blue Band. And if you know me, you know I am

It’s terrible for you…I don’t care what your doctor says.

Also, if you know my family, you know that we loooove butter.

Us and Paula Deen, right?

(hey…don’t judge…I buy the organic kind, okaaay?) 

Anyway, since we’re leaving for Uganda in THREE WEEKS (ahhh!!), and since I’m not a fan of Blue Band, and since I love the yummy milk over there, I thought it would come in handy if I could just make my own butter from cream and salt.

But I have to do it the old fashioned way, with a jar and marbles, instead of a mixer. I highly doubt our rented house comes with a mixer.

I had Addy (who is home with strep) grab me 5 marbles and I grabbed my good ol’ Mason jar.

(don’t worry…I washed them)

I poured in a half pint of cream.

And then 1/4 teaspoon of salt.

And then we shook it.

And took turns shaking it.

And then Joseph broke it.

Of course he broke it. He has super-human strength for a boy of only 4 years. He’s so strong he could throw me over his shoulders and carry me up the stairs.

Have you seen the dude’s muscles?

Anyway…where was I?

Oh yes. The broken jar.

So, I had to transfer all the marbles and cream into a new jar and continue shaking. It thickened up pretty quickly.

When I dumped it into a bowl, there was some watery milk still hanging out. I have since learned that this is buttermilk. Who knew!

So, I poured off the buttermilk and started squishing the butter into a big wad, to squish out all the excess buttermilk. Apparently it stays fresher longer if you get rid of all of that.

And then I poured some cold water over it to be sure I got all the buttermilk off, and then poured out the water.

And voila!

This is what I got. And it really is yellow, people!

And the taste?

It’s divine.

(as you can see from sneaky little hands trying to lick the excess butter off the plate)

When I’m in Uganda, I think I’ll need to use a whole pint or maybe even a quart of cream. A half pint only made enough butter to fill the ramekin.

And that would never be enough.

And speaking of Uganda, we are almost all set to go!

The boys’ passports finally arrived.

We’re all up-to-snuff on our shots.

And we’re headed to the doctor today to get the rest of our anti-malarial meds (and to get rapid strep tests).

And the fundraising?

I’ll save that for another post in the near future.

But for now let’s just say…

that we are

Rachel Goode @ Heirs with Christ - May 3, 2012 - 1:16 pm

I may attempt to be Suzie Homemaker like you and make butter! So impressed!

Dena - May 3, 2012 - 5:59 pm

Oh my word! I am impressed beyond . . . anything! Totally cool and amazing (the butter . . . not the strep).

Amber - May 3, 2012 - 8:07 pm

You are getting DANGEROUSLY close to homemade laundry detergent. Just sayin’….

Naomi - May 3, 2012 - 8:53 pm

Okay so I have made my own butter but never deodorant before and I am like you girlfriend…… not been using aluminum stuff (pronounced Al-you-min-yum :) ) for the last seven years and since I have been living in NC and not the UK where most of us don’t sweat, I have noticed a little pong!! (Hope you didn’t notice when we met!! LOL) And not wanting to get the reputation for being a stinky european (and you know what I mean being since you lived in Germany) I am going to try your recipe out!!! So I’ll let you know how it goes. Only question I have, does it get on your clothes?

Thanks for sharing!

KerI D. - May 4, 2012 - 7:57 am

Just wanted to say a quick “Thank You” for posting the deodorant recipe! I’ve been telling my best friend that I would make her some for a while since the store bought kind doesn’t work for her. But I kept putting off looking for the recipe I saw a long time ago. Then I read your blog and got it done! Jut wondering If you have to leave it in the fridge all the time, or just for it to set?
By the way, I put it in an old deodorant “canister”, hoping it will work the same!

Colleen - May 4, 2012 - 11:20 am

Hey Kerl – so glad this was useful! :) if coconut oil is above 72 degrees, it starts to get melty. So if you want it nice and solid, so that it doesn’t leak out of your container, then I would keep it in the fridge. I just keep mine in a small bowl on my bathroom counter and it’s the perfect consistency for smearing with your fingers. Ew. TMI? :)

Colleen - May 4, 2012 - 11:25 am

I didn’t notice any ponging in Atlanta, Naoimi, so do not fret. :) I’ve only used it for a few days, but I haven’t noticed it getting on my clothes. It absorbs pretty quickly. Arrowroot powder is less irritating than corn starch and you can add Shea butter to the recipe, too. That’ll cut down even further on any irritation. I’m gonna go get me some good smellin’ essential oil to add to it. Also, I love the way you say aluminum.

Carmen - May 7, 2012 - 10:04 pm

Use the buttermilk to make buttermilk syrup or buttermilk pancakes. Delicious!

Anna - May 12, 2012 - 9:50 pm

I can’t believe it is getting this close!!! Your going to Uganda!!! YAY!! It’s going to be so awesome!!! :)

Also, (just a random fact in case you need it) I don’t wear antiperspirant either. The more I know you virtually the more I think we need to hang in real life. ;)

missy @ it's almost naptime - May 15, 2012 - 9:19 pm

oh my gosh, I so want to make some butter now. Like, right now. And I don’t even love butter.

beck - June 3, 2012 - 3:38 pm

I’m totally going to make the deodorant.

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