There’s nothing wrong with saving money. In fact, it can be quite addictive. However, making homemade products and finding alternatives to using can bring lots of enjoyment and feeling of accomplishment.
If you create these products as a family project, it also brings your family closer and gives both you and the children a sense of self-reliance. It can also stir interest in exploring options or learning more about how things work.
If you’re like me, you don’t want to have to shop at small boutiques that carry exotic ingredients or shop online to find specific ingredients. If you’re going to create your personal products, you want to use ingredients that are easy to access and inexpensive.
You also shouldn’t have to spend more time making a DIY product than it takes to make supper. (Omitting the take out option)
As noted before, in order to catch my eye, a product must be easy to make and this one is. If you live close to a liquor store, it’s even easier.
You’ll use Everclear or another type of high proof grain ethyl alcohol, such as vodka works.
I actually used the isoprophyl alcohol (91% alcohol) that you can find on your local drugstore shelf. But if you can find the ethyl alcohol, use that one.
Will it stop odor?
It works for me, and most people find they never have a stinky problem once they use it. It’s simple, relatively inexpensive and won’t put chemicals on your body that you can absorb through the skin.
I spray it after a shower in the morning and spray it once again after taking a shower at night.
It won’t burn if you don’t have any abrasions under your arm or small nicks. I’ve used it after shaving, and the slight burn is no different than other deodorants. Men normally don’t have this problem.
The alcohol kills the bacteria. Eventually, the bacteria regroup and multiply, so you have to use it daily or for some people twice a day.
Allspice is sweet and spicy, while also antibacterial. Calendula calms inflammation, so it can help with stinging, just as lavender does, but lavender has antibacterial properties. Lemongrass helps slow excessive perspiration. Peppermint, jasmine, sandlalwoood and many other essential oils will work. Make sure you use 100 percent pure oils.
Antiperspirants stop that process, and that can affect your entire body and change your pH, which affects your immune system. The alcohol zaps the bacteria that create the odor, while still allowing you to sweat.
Some people use an antiperspirant just on days where they know they’ll be nervous, such as during a presentation. Others use underarm shields to prevent any sweat from appearing on outer clothing, but use the deodorant to eliminate odor.
That doesn’t mean that spilling it directly on specific types of fabric won’t do harm and I can’t speak to the potential for discoloration if you use essential oils since you’d have to check each one.
However, some recent research suggested that frequent external use of rubbing alcohol—isopropyl alcohol—may have adverse side effects.
Read labels of products you have on your shelves; you’ll often find common ingredients disguised with chemical names. One night my spouse awoke with back spasms.
While the Capsacin rub was on the shelf, it was empty. I read the ingredients and threw some chili’s from our garden, a few aspirin—acetylsalicylic acid—and some lotion because the rest were inactive ingredients, in the blender. It worked just as well but cost pennies.
Calleigh is passionate about inspiring others to a healthy living and encourages to re-discover their lifestyle. Her keen interest in health shines through in her written work on DIY skin care, beauty tips, healthy and active lifestyles.
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