Homemade Deodorant

•3 tablespoons baking soda
•3 tablespoons Arrowroot powder
•3 tablespoons extra-virgin coconut oil, heated just enough to become fairly liquid
•7 drops Tea Tree oil

1. Whisk the baking soda and Arrowroot powder together in a bowl until lump-free.
2. Add the coconut oil and tea tree oil. Stir with a spoon until incorporated, then whisk it until smooth. Add additional coconut oil or dry ingredients of equal measure as necessary to achieve your desired consistency.
3. Pour into an empty deodorant tube and refrigerate until solid.

This may be stored at room temperature. If you made the mixture very thin, you will have to keep it in the icebox if you want to apply it as a solid.

Homemade Soap

•Rubber Gloves
•Digital Scale
•Candle Thermometer
•Hand Mixer
•Soap Mold (We used an old shoebox lined with cling wrap.)
•Cling Wrap
•Soap Cutter

•320 grams lye
•400 grams cool water
•450 grams coconut oil
•1810 grams lard

***Always use gloves, mask, goggles, and long sleeves when using lye.
Anything that has contained lye must never be used for food purposes again.
If lye comes in contact with your skin, pour white vinegar on the spot. Vinegar will stop the burn.***

1. Slowly pour lye into cool water while stirring. This should be done outside or in a well ventilated area inside. Let mixture sit as it cools to between 110-125 degrees F.
2. Melt lard and coconut oil on low heat on stove.
3. When lard mixture is melted, let cool to between 110-125 degrees F.
4. When temperatures of each mixture are the same, slowly pour lye mixture into the lard mixture. Add your essential oil.
5. Blend with a mixer until liquid begins to “trace.” Trace is when you allow the liquid to drip, and you can see a trail of where it dripped. (About 30 minutes)
6. Pour soap into a mold and wrap in towel. Place in cool, dry area to cure for 24 hours.
7. Cut into desired-size bars.
8. Place bars on a cooling rack in a cool, dry area and allow to cure for 3-6 weeks. The longer you allow the bars to cure, the harder your soap will be.

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