DIY ✼ How to Bespoke Your Body Powders

I believe it’s pretty apparent now that the use of talcum powder needs to go. It doesn’t deserve a place in your toxin-free house when you can easily, and may I add cheaply, do it yourself at home. A few brave people have sued Johnson & Johnson, a family run company based out of my home state New Jersey, of causing ovarian cancer and WON! It was reported on Bloomberg and many other well-known publication sources.

You’ll want to use arrowroot powder as the main constituant of any body powder. A few popular uses for body powders would be for feet, scalp and eyes (in the form of eyeshadow). Below, I’ll show you how to use essential oils in DIY recipes for dry shampoos and foot powders.

⚠︎ Health & Safety Tip: Start small, go steady. Always start something with a bit of caution, and use the smallest dose possible. Keep steady with anything to see real results. The strong quality of CPTG essential oils make them very potent and should be rotated often to prevent irritation and sensitivity. This is for topical and internal usage. ⚠︎

∞ Dry Shampoo ∞

Dry shampoos are definitely having a moment these days, and for good reason. It’s a total time savor for busy people. It’s pretty obvious to understand why many want to skip the hair washing. It takes more time and more money since those lovely organic shampoos like Rahua or Josh Rosebrook cost a pretty penny. I’m not suggesting “don’t wash your hair” I’m suggesting using dry shampoos for those busy moments when washing your hair is not an option. Added bonus, it brings lift and body to limp locks while soaking up excess moisture and sebum.

Dear Crissy has the right idea by adding bentonite clay into her DIY recipe. Want something more unique? Try this herbal dry shampoo powder by Mountain Rose herbs blog that incorporated herbal powders like rose and lavender into their recipe. Looking to get a deeper clean, then add baking soda to your recipe like they did here at The Glowing Fridge. Or better yet, you can turn that dry shampoo into a liquid spray like they did at DIY Insanity by adding certain fluids like alcohol or witch hazel water to a dry shampoo recipe.

Essential Oils for Scalp & Hair:
Rosemary, cypress, melaleuca and clary sage

Recipe:
Organic arrowroot powder, organic cornstarch powder, baking soda, bentonite clay, pure organic cacao powder (specifically for brunettes), essential oil combination of your choice. Adjust cacao powder to meet your true brown. Rosemary & Cypress are known to promote hair growth. Melaleuca & Clary Sage are known to maintain a healthy scalp.

 

∞ Foot Powder ∞

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No one likes that damp feeling in their toes from either extreme weather or heavy humidity. It just feels, uncomfortable. Hong Kong and Singapore are particularly humid places where you just need to wear enclosed shoes sometimes. Singapore has amazing reservoirs and parks that you should really consider wearing sneakers. Hong Kong is a city metropolis with high humidity just like Singapore, and for some odd reason, you can definitely feel the dampness in your feet. Foot powders keep your feet dry, and when you enhance it with CPTG essential oils, you’re now adding some therapeutic benefits to it. Therapeutic means that it can have a more health beneficial effect to the body. The feet are well-known for harboring the largest pores on the body, making it useful to apply essential oils and having an effect throughout the systems and organs of the body. It’s one of the reasons why special anointing oils where placed on the feet during biblical times. In general essential oil practice, massaging them on the feet is one of the best ways to deliver these therapeutic compounds directly into the blood stream.

Essential Oils for Feet:
Peppermint, melaleuca, oregano

Recipe:
Again, use the 50:50 ratio of cornstarch and arrowroot powders, then add your choice of essential oils. Melaleuca and oregano are known for their anti-fungal powers, with oregano being the strongest of the two. Oregano is a strong essential oil that should be used in steady low amounts to see results for more serious cases such as foot fungus or athlete’s foot. Peppermint can help to cool the heat of oregano, however also used in low amounts since it can cause sensitivity with prolonged use.

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Melaleuca, AKA Tea Tree, is great for skin of scalp and feet.
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1 Product ◊ 3 Uses ◊ How to Multitask Your Deodorant using Essential Oils

We use it everyday, and maybe unbeknownst to us, we can also make it a beneficial health product that smells amazing and is easy to make. If you have these products already at home, why not? In my other blog Nat’s Food Corner, I mentioned ways you can use extra virgin coconut oil for eating and other uses. Why not make a custom deodorant which is beneficial to your needs if you may need to buy a simple one anyway? The video below makes it super easy!

📺  Dr. Josh Axe and Food as Medicine have created a brilliant DIY video above 📺

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∞ 1. Odor Fighting Deodorant ∞

Bergamot: Considered a spicy citrus with floral notes. It’s quite a unique smelling citrus that has a very soap-like aroma. Perfect for subduing odor.

Juniper Berry: Aromatic notes of wood while remaining clean and even spicy, it works beautifully with bergamot’s clean citrus aroma.

Benefits: Both cleanse the body by working on those water elements in the body. Bergamot is a citrus which contains a high water content, while juniper berry tonifies the kidneys and stimulates the lymphatic system.

∞ 2. Detoxifying Deodorant ∞

Geranium: A burst of roses comes to mind when you first take a whiff of geranium essential oil. For good reason since it’s high in the chemical compound geraniol, or C10H18O to be exact, which is the main constituent of rose essential oil, but much less the price.

Cilantro: Growing up in an Ecuadorian household, the fresh herbal scent of cilantro always permeated the air in my home. But as an essential oil, it has a sweetness to it. Most certainly a pungent aroma if you’ve ever added it to your pipping hot soups.

Benefits: Geranium works at tonifying our largest detox organ, the colon, while also boosting liver function. Cilantro works at gently detoxifying heavy metals lurking from our polluted world. Yes, all this from just your deodorant!

∞ 3. Lymphatic Draining Deodorant ∞

Juniper Berry: Juniper’s balsamic aroma can lean towards a masculine aroma, but it’s freshness keeps it from going to manly. Great for anyone who wants to keep it neutral when it comes to deodorant scents. 

Sweet Fennel: Licorice however has a sort of grown up sweetness to it which is why many like to use this to bring out the sweetness of other scents, such as juniper berry. This essential oil helps to balance out juniper’s masculinity into the more feminine. 

Benefits: This Yin Yang duo works nicely at stimulating the lymphatic system which is responsible for draining toxins out of the body. Combine these two together and use it before a workout to boost it’s effects on the lymph system, this includes even just walking for 30 minutes a day.

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Nail & Cuticle Care with Essential Oils

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Diamond dust file, glass file, Tweezerman nail tools, personal cuticle oil blend

Nail salons are well-known to harbor hazardous chemicals in the air that can negatively affect your health in ways you may not even realize. Not to mention that many of those chemicals are directly applied to the skin and go straight to the blood stream like nail polish remover. Depending on your genetic makeup (otherwise known as epigenetics), those chemicals can turn on or turn off genetic propensities you may be susceptible to. Either way, those chemicals are not good for your health and there are much better alternatives which you can even make at home yourself and bring them with you on your next mani/pedi appointment.

Polish Remover
Yes, you absolutely can remove nail polish with oils. There are products in the market now that use organic soybean oil and essential oils to safely remove nail polish. This is fantastic since the conventional polish removers contain carcinogenic ingredients such as acetone and formaldehyde. Those are fumes that can engulf an entire room and when entered in the blood stream, can linger in tissue and fat cells.

Cuticle Oil
Melaleuca essential oil is great for disinfecting cuts. Clipping and trimming cuticles can result in minor cuts that can easily become swollen if harmful bacteria or harsh chemicals enter through the wound. Melaleuca helps to cool the heat of inflammation that a wound may produce.

Lavender essential oil is great for calming and soothing inflamed skin. And just like melaleuca essential oil, is also disinfects minor cuts and burns.

Cedarwood essential oil helps skin to recover more quickly which is really helpful on the hands and fingers since we do so much with them. It’s always best to let wounds air dry naturally, but if a wound on our fingers hasn’t healed, it can easily open again the more we use our hands. Cedarwood is great for this purpose and is always included in my cuticle oil.

Grapeseed oil is a carrier oil that is very helpful for cuticle care and will blend beautifully with the essential oils above.

Hand Cream
Frankincense essential oil is wonderful for beautifying skin, and you know what they say, age shows in the hands. With continuous use, it’s helpful at removing dark spots for younger looking hands. If you make the hand cream yourself, you can easily use it everyday and you’ll know exactly what’s in your product since you’ve made it.

Myrrh essential oil works super well with frankincense essential oil and creates a wonderful balance for skin.

Shea butter is a moisture rich base for making a hand cream yourself. Add the essential oils above during the cool down phase and bottle it up in a glass container preferably. If you have any small empty or recycled glass bottles, use them!

Beeswax helps to make your hand cream more solid than fluid. It also seals moisture on the skin.

Skin & Nail Fungus
Oregano essential oil is the oil to turn to if you want to tackle fungus hard. Melaleuca is a gentle fungus fighter, while oregano is much stronger. For that reason, you must dilute CPTG oregano essential oil three times more than melaleuca to prevent skin sensitization.