Stand Up and Unite

Recently I decided to watch Netflix’s 13 Reasons Why, based on the book Thirteen Reasons Why  by Jay Asher. I have not read the book so can not compare the two, but the show I have mixed feelings about. The show is drawn out far too long, the book itself is only 288 pages long and is drawn out into 13 hours of television. If you haven’t seen the show or read the book yet, I won’t spoil it for you it is worth the watch. It’s about a girl who commits suicide based on events that all take place within roughly two years of High School. After her death she leaves tapes behind to explain why she ended her life. The tapes are heard by those who she feels impacted her decision to take her own life one afternoon. It switches between current day and the past events while her story is being told. This in my opinion shows how events in life can add up, leaving them to sometimes feeling alone, worthless, and helpless. People may not be aware that they are being cruel or mean, they might find humor in what they say or do to another but to the person who is on the other end of that they are not finding the humor in it one bit. So this got me thinking about bullies and life events, how when we connect with others even on the smallest level we leave our touch. For all of us we must think before we speak!

Schools these days have anti-bullying policies but what is the definition of bully?

Bullying is different from the typical disagreements or conflict that occur between friends or classmates. What’s the difference?

It’s bullying if:

  • The person is being hurt, harmed or humiliated with words or behavior.
  • The behavior is repeated, though it can be a single incident.
  • It is being done intentionally.
  • The person being hurt has a hard time defending themselves from the behavior.
  • The student(s) who are doing it have more power.*

* ”Power” can include such things as being older, being physically bigger or stronger, having more social status, or when a group of students “gang up” on someone.

What Bullying is not…

  • single episodes of social rejection or dislike
  • single episode acts of nastiness or spite
  • random acts of aggression or intimidation
  • mutual arguments, disagreements or fights.

So why am I writing about this?  Suicide, depression, bullying are all close to my heart. I am a friend of someone who took their own life, I have been in a situation that left me feeling pretty sad, others I know have also had some tough experiences and depression well I have seen and felt too. I believe based on my own experiences that it will take a tribe to create healing and to put a stop to bullies, to people feeling so alone when they experience certain things in life! If everyone shares their story and no longer becomes afraid to speak out about their life, just maybe there can be change.

I have always been a very private person but I was once a social butterfly, but airing my dirty laundry has never been my forte. Let me briefly tell you about three experiences, one is my personal experience, one happened to my daughter, and one to my god-daughter. These three are from separate age groups; adult, adolescent, grade school.

I once had a friend or so I thought I had a friend; she opened my eyes to a whole new world. One day she was my “friend” the next day she was lying to me, spreading rumors about me, using social media to continually harass me; you see the thing about a bully over social media is that it’s really difficult to make it stop. The hundreds of emails, the hundreds of fake Facebook profiles they create, and wow does news spread like wildfire…even if it’s nothing but gossip and lies. Waking up day after day for more than a year to emails, Facebook posts, and text messages that just make you want to crawl in a hole and never come out again. Not knowing who you can trust, who is your friend and who is your enemy. Eventually I was able to prove what she had been doing and was able to get a restraining order against her, but that did not stop her from leaving boxes on my door in the middle of the night, creating new fake Facebook identities to continue her social media bullying, or talking. I was blown away that adults act like this! Women turning on women when we are supposed to be uplifting and supporting one another. So like in the tv show, the paranoia you feel is overwhelming, not wanting to log on to Facebook or leave your house because you just might run into that person and what then? Anxiety and depression begin to take control and before you know it, you’re not even sure who you are anymore. You don’t want to be afraid to create new friendships, or join in on connecting with others, social events, or just going to the store but it happens and before you know it. How do you come back? I can’t say what the magic was for me, but I leaned on my family, read a lot of books,  focused on healing, got my privacy settings in order, and above all surrounded myself with love, positivity, encouragement and prayed a whole lot. Eventually over time there was a pause and I was able to breathe again.

Here is another instance, girl and guy date briefly for a few months but when girl wants to break up and end the relationship guy acts out. He was angry and he chose to react by spreading rumors all over school about the girl, one day she has her group of friends and the next all the friends are gone, because they were his friends first for the most part. She could hear whispers in the halls and in class, then the social media chaos began. Again it didn’t matter if you blocked all those people because they just create new profiles and somehow still have friends of friends that help unknowingly manage to get on your page to comment or are able to have others do their commenting for them. Slowly but surely there was no friends left. Like in the movie there were signs something was going on, her moods changed. She would sleep a lot, stopped going outside, and was very withdrawn and quiet, her once A/B grade average fell to D’s and F’s. It took me a week or two to get her to open up about what was going on, when she did tell me I got a restraining order because the boy had also threatened her brother and her in a text message. However, because they all went to the same High School that piece of paper had very little meaning. I met with the school counselor and campus police officer, giving them copies of the restraining order that included that her nor her brother would have contact with offender. That paper was not taken seriously by the school, they allowed the boy to go to their lunch hour when he would ditch his own the hour before. When I gave the school a list of all students that were participating in the rumors and gossip, I was told they can do nothing about it. They offered to segregate my her, to have her eat her lunch in the office. Which made her feel punished rather than supported. It was a very long year for her, who was hurt by the mean things people would say about her and to her, losing all her friends and feeling alone. Eventually things did calm down, my she left the High School and finished her last year online. To this day and it’s years later, when she see’s him on the street or passes by him in the store her heart races, adrenaline pumping, fear and panic set it.

Little kids can be just as cruel with their words. Now let me tell you about a super sweet little girl who had a school bus bully, she was only in first grade. Getting on the bus everyday should be exciting at this age, learning is fun but it wasn’t for her. Everyday she was very unwelcome by a little boy who was continually mean to her. Why did he choose her? I don’t know but he did, day after day she couldn’t understand why he didn’t like her, why he was so cruel. How did the school handle it? He eventually lost his privilege to ride the school bus, no longer able to bully on the bus. But did he stop while he was at school? I don’t know but how can the schools completely stop bullying? My youngest son will tell you he thinks there needs to be a “special” school for bullies, that they need to be separated and reformed. I don’t have all the answers, does anyone truly? No, or this would not be a continued problem.

There are many other times I could tell you about, when one of my son’s was bullied for two school years from the same kid, my son was suspended for 3 days in Kindergarten for standing up for himself after being bullied for nearly an entire school year, or the time that my son was chased for weeks on his way home from a classmate who didn’t even live in our neighborhood, or how my other son was bullied on the school bus daily for a school year, or when someone close to me was bullied in High School by a group of girls who were once her friends and one day decided she didn’t belong in their group any longer so they wrote on the bathroom stalls, calling her mean names and spreading rumors about school that were flat-out lies this went on for months before she eventually quit going to school and became a High School drop out…this one closely resembles the movie closely however she did not take her life; she is an adult now. I can’t help wonder though if some of her relationship issues she faces today are because of how she was treated back then, I know she carries that pain and truthfully is anyone really able to let go? Of course you can forgive those who wronged you, made you cry, run and hide, but even when they aren’t chanting in your ear or posting on-line about you the memories are still there. It can be very damaging!

Together if we all one by one take a stand and unite against bullying no matter what form it’s being done in, then we can make a difference. If you see it happening, don’t turn the other way SAY something, tell someone, it very well could be that the person it’s happening to isn’t in a place to speak up maybe they don’t know how or maybe they too are afraid. If you are being bullied, do your best to find the strength to tell someone and if they don’t listen tell someone else, just keep talking until someone listens. If you’ve been bullied speak up, share about it, you never know it might give someone who needs a little light of hope just what they were searching for at that time.

I bought my youngest son and I t-shirts from Target, I love that they offer this shirt! It is made for both boys and girls. It’s from their Cat & Jack™ line of clothing.

I hope to create awareness, that it can happen at any age! To let others who are being bullied to know they are not alone, to the parents of those being bullied I hope you know that you are not alone.

There are many websites that provide awareness and education. Here are just a few links to some of those pages.

Violence Prevention Works

Stop Bullying

National Centre Against Bullying

The Bully Project

National Bullying Prevention Center

Book:

TH1RTEEN R3ASONS WHY book

 

xoxo,
Faith

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Natural Skin Care

SkinCare ❤️ what is your skincare routine?

Most of us in the past or currently have an arsenal of facial products and have spent an insane amount of money on beauty products trying to keep our skin clear and healthy while fighting the inevitable aging process. One of the most natural and effective ways to cleanse skin is with an oil cleanse. Fact: Oil dissolves oil. One of the most basic principles of chemistry is that “like dissolves like.” An oil cleanse will remove makeup and balance skin, it covers it all and all you need is a washcloth, and oil base and some essential oils.

 
When I first did this I had a breakout, which is normal; it’s your skin detoxing. I personally do this 3-4 times a week. Over cleansing can cause an imbalance in your skin’s natural oil production, causing skin irritations to your skin. I do this in the shower but you can do it at your sink as well. I have found before bed to be best for me. If your skin still needs a little extra care—maybe a toner, moisturizer, or serum—check out Young Living’s ART® line here: Art Skin Care
 
If you would like to learn more about the oil cleansing method check out this site: http://www.theoilcleansingmethod.com/
 
Where to start? Here is a base guide to get you started.

Cleanse Recipe:
 
1. Start with a good cleansing base oil and pour ¼ cup into a clean glass bowl. (you may have to play with this to find the perfect fit for you, using one or two of the base oils)
 
CLEANSING BASE OILS
All Skin Types: Olive, Sunflower, Tamanu
Oily Skin: Jojoba, Grapeseed, Sweet Almond
Dry Skin: Avocado, Apricot Kernel, Argan
 
2. Add 1–3 drops of one or more of the essential oils listed below:
 
ESSENTIAL OILS
All Skin Types: Lavender Oil, Geranium Oil, Frankincense Oil, Clary Sage Oil, Royal Hawaiian™ Sandalwood Oil
Oily Skin: Bergamot Oil, Helichrysum Oil
Dry Skin: Myrrh Oil, Rose Oil
Instructions:
1. Open pores by rinsing your face with warm water.
2. With upward rotations, massage oil mixture all over face for 1–2 minutes.
3. Leave mixture on face for 1 minute.
4. Saturate a clean washcloth with warm water.
5. Place towel on face and leave for 15–30 seconds.
6. Slowly and gently wipe off oil.
 
Repeat steps 5–6 until your face feels clean. Your skin will love an oil cleanse anywhere from twice a day to once a week, depending on how your skin responds.

If you would like to learn more about essentials oils visit me here: Merely Essentials
These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent disease.

Why do we need Supplements and Enzymes?

I have been researching supplements and wanted to share a few things I have found, would love to hear what you use and have found as well. Have you heard about Dr. Jim Bob’s Core 4? What about Young Living’s enzymes products?

Dr Jim Bob’s core 4, he recommends this to all his patients; he says everyone should be taking these and I am going to share with you why.
1. Cod Liver
2. Vitamin D: helps thyroid
3. Probiotics: gut health
4. Greens

Why Cod LIver?
It is one of the best sources of omega 3 fatty acids (EPA and DHA) and contains relatively high amounts of vitamin A and vitamin D. Anti-Inflammatory, helps to balance cholesterol levels, lower risk for cancer, Arthritis, diabetes, boosts fertility (pregnancy: Helps with Growth and Development), improves brain function, depression, Maintain Bone Health, and improving gastric ulcer healing.

OmegaGize³™ combines the power of three core daily supplements-omega 3 fatty acids, vitamin D-3, and CoQ10

Why Vitamin D?
Is important for the regulation of calcium and phosphorus absorption, maintenance of healthy bones and teeth, and is suggested to supply a protective effect against multiple diseases and conditions such as cancer, type 1 diabetes and multiple sclerosis.

Why Probiotics?
Is important for overall digestive health, Probiotics are bacteria that line your digestive tract and support your body’s ability to absorb nutrients and fight infection. Why is gut health important, our digestive systems are the second largest part of our neurological system. Probiotics aid in boosting immune system, preventing UTI, healing inflammatory bowel conditions like IBS, improving digestive function, managing eczema in children, and fighting food-borne illnesses.

Life 9 is Young livings probiotic, it does not contain any ingredients derived from dairy.

(NOTE: most probiotics contain ingredients derived from dairy, if you have an allergy or intolerance to dairy there is important)

Why Greens?
Basicly everyone comes up short on the amount of fruits and vegetables our bodies need, so a greens supplement helps to bridge that gap. Greens supplements are alkaline, and one of their main benefits is their ability to improve your body’s acid-base balance. An unbalanced pH may lead to decreased bone health, excessive cortisol, and slightly impaired thyroid function. All green supplements are not made the same, so be sure to read labels.

YL Multigreens is a nutritious chlorophyll formula designed to boost vitality by working with the glandular, nervous, and circulatory systems.

Consuming enough fruits and vegetables can reduce:
Cardiovascular disease
Various cancers (colon, prostate, breast, cervical, endometrial, gastric, lung, lymphoma, ovarian, pancreatic, thyroid)
High blood cholesterol
High blood pressure
Type 2 diabetes
Obesity
Stroke
Eye disease
Asthma
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
Osteoporosis

In addition, Why are enzymes important to our bodies, what is the difference between them and how do you use them? Lindsay Elmore did a quick video all about it.

https://youtu.be/8zzZxgsuEG0

Why do I need enzymes?
Enzymes are proteins that control the speed of chemical reactions in your body. Without enzymes, these reactions would take place too slowly to keep you alive. Some enzymes, like the ones in your gut, break down large molecules into smaller ones.

Enzymes are so important for digestion.

Enzymes can speed the rate of healing.

Enzymes can help give the body a much needed rest when breaking down foods in the stomach and elsewhere, so the body can continue to give the much needed energy into the area needing for healing and not have to slow down to send energy to the digestive tract.

Enzymes really boost the body when working so hard at getting rid of things it doesn’t need. It also needs support and balancing of the body when doing cleansing.

Here is a chart to help you choose which enzyme supplement is right for you.

If you would like to learn more about Young Living visit me at http://theoilery.net/team-members/faith-2/

 

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

Pink Himalayan Salt DIY’s

I Love Pink Himalayan salt for multiple reasons, but some of my favorite ways to incorporate it into my life is with simple DIY projects to replace a few of our body care products. I wanted to share with you three of my favorite recipes. Bath soak, scrub, and soap but first let’s talk about why I love himalayan salt!

Why Pink Himalayan Salt?

Some of  the benefits of himalayan salt include:

  • Detoxifies the body by balancing systemic pH
  • Improves hydration by providing trace minerals
  • Improves mineral status of the body
  • Reduces muscle cramps by improving minerals and hydration
  • Helps balance blood sugar
  • Supports hormone balance for everyone, no matter what hormonal issues you face
  • Helps balance blood pressure because it provides unrefined, mineral-rich salt in an ionic solution
  • Improves sleep by supporting blood sugar and hormone balance
  • Acts as a powerful antihistamine
  • Supports weight loss by balancing hormones and improving energy
  • Supports thyroid and adrenal function

Pink Himalayan Bath Soak

1 cup Epsom Salt
1 cup pink Himalayan salt (this is the one I use Fine Pink Himalayan Salt)
1 tsp organic unrefined coconut oil
essential oils of choice (optional) 10-12 drops

  1. place himalayan salt in food processor or bullet and grind until powder
  2. add epsom salt and himalayan salt into a bowl and mix well
  3. add coconut oil and essential oils, mix well
  4. store in airtight container

add 1/4 to 1/2 cup to warm bath

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Some Suggested Essential oils

Eucalyptus and Peppermint = sinus clearing

Lavender and Bergamot = Relaxation

Lemon and Rosemary = restful mind

Panaway and Lavender = relaxed muscles

Black Pepper, Marjoram, and Rosemary = sore muscle relief

Lavender and Eucalyptus = unwind

 

Pink Himalayan Scrub 

This one I use as a face scrub twice a week, it is also great as a body scrub. I mix mine in a 4 oz mason jar. You will need:
Pink Himalayan Salt
Organic Unrefined Coconut oil
Essential oils of choice (I use Young Living tea tree and Lavender)

  1. place himalayan salt in food processor or bullet and grind until powder
  2. add coconut oil until you’ve reached a creamy consistency, mix well
  3. add essential oils of choice and mix well.

 

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Pink Himalayan scrub shown here next to lavender honey soap.

 

Pink Himalayan Soap

(this will make 4lbs of soap)
22 oz organic unrefined Coconut oil
6 oz Olive oil
2 oz Apricot oil
2 oz Mango Butter (I get mine here Mango Butter)
4-6 oz Pink Himalayan Salt
12 oz Water
4.6 oz lye (I get mine here Lye)
Essential Oils of Choice
mica (I get mine here nurture soap)

I make this as a Hot Process Soap but you can use this for cold process also. I have added mica to give it a pink color, you can add your favorite color choice. Here is two examples of how I have done it in the past. One I added glitter to the top. (always use skin safe glitter)

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2lbs batch

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4lbs batch

*when making soap make sure that the supplies you are using are only used for soap making* You will need a designated crockpot, mixing bowls, stick blender, spatula, kitchen scale, and molds. **If you have never made Hot or Cold Process soap I highly recommend Youtube, there is a ton of videos available to show you the process, also Soap Queen has some great tutorials as well.

  1. measure your coconut oil, olive oil, apricot oil, and mango butter separately and place them in the crockpot. Turn your crock pot on High and allow them to melt. (I usually measure one at a time using the same bowl and just adding to crock pot after each one is measured)
  2. Measure out your water and lye SEPARATELY (I use a disposable red solo cup for my lye, using a new one each time, I throw away after each use. for water I use a glass bowl that is designated for mixing lye)
  3. While oils and butter is melting I mix my water and lye. This is critical NEVER mix water to Lye ALWAYS mix lye to water. slowly mix in a little of the lye at a time I use my spatula, stirring well but slowly. Your water bowl will become hot. Once mixed allow lye water to sit for 5 – 10 min
    *Safety: wear long sleeves, use gloves, and wear a mask when mixing. The fumes that come from the lye will stop within a minute or so. I use the fan from my overhead microwave above stovetop to aid in pulling the fumes out of the house.
  4. Turn your crockpot to low and slowly add in lye water while mixing with stick blender until a thick trace is achieved. *it will look like pudding*
  5. Put your lid on your crockpot and allow soap to cook for 15 min. After 15 min you will want to check your soap to see it’s progress. Your soap will grow in volume, if it starts to spill out of your crockpot stir like crazy to bring it down. It will start to fold in on itself, if you notice browning around the edges stir soap with your spatula so it will cook evenly. Continually check soap every 15 min to see progress. Once your soap looks like mash potatoes your ready for the next step.
    *To ensure that your soap is ready there is two ways to check it. You can use a pH strip to test the levels. It should be showing below a 10 or you can do a zap test, take a small dab of soap and allow it to cool slightly so you won’t burn your tongue. just dab the soap with your tongue if it zaps you it’s not ready and will need to cook a little longer, if you just taste soap it’s ready.
    NOTE: The amount of time that the soap takes in the Crockpot phase can depend on the size and shape of your Crock Pot. The flatter ones meant for roasts may go a bit quicker because the soap will be spread out thinner on the heated surface. For my standard sized Crockpot, 4lbs takes about 50 min to cook.
  6. Turn crockpot off and Add Himalayan salt and stir well to ensure that it’s fully incorporated into your soap. (you will want to work quickly as soap will start to harden)
  7. Add essential oils of choice (or fragrance) for essential oils depending on the essential oil you are using it may take a whole lot for your soap to retain the essential oils scent. To create a candy cane soap I used spearmint and peppermint, it took 30 drops peppermint and 20 drops spearmint. Be sure to stir in well.
  8. Now time to add mica. when using powder mica I use a shot glass add 1/4 full of olive oil and 1-2 scoops mica, mix well. If you want one solid colored soap you may need to add more. There are many ways to add color. One of the simplest ways is to make a small hole in your soap while it’s still in your crockpot and pour in color, then take your spatula a swirl the color making a fairly random pattern. but you have to work quickly.
  9. Using a large spoon or your spatula, transfer the soap into your mold, tapping the mold down on the counter in between each scoop, so you don’t have air pockets in your soap.
  10. Allow your soap to sit in mold for 24 hours.
  11. After 24 hours you may remove from mold and cut, although I find that in the winter even here in AZ you may need to let it sit for another 48 hours once demolded. to allow for it to completely set.

 

XO
Faith

DIY Winter Wellness

With winter fast approaching I wanted to share with you some of the small easy DIY staples that my family and I use. Hand purifier, rice sock, bath soak, and tea. Not only are these great for home but make a super nice gift basket.

The hand purifier we use daily, it’s simple to make and very convenient to carry in your purse, car, or backpack.  I got my containers, vitamin E, and AloeVera from Amazon, here: On the Go Containers  Aloe Vera Gel  Vitamin E

For the Rice sock, we love this simple little thing, you can tie it off at the end, sew it closed with machine or hand sew it, whichever is easiest for you. When we need heat for aching muscles we throw it in the microwave in 30 second intervals until warm, if we need it cold; toss it in the freezer for 20-30 min.
(note I have not had the rice burn in the microwave but you could add a tsp water to the sock before microwaving to ensure it doesn’t)
What you will need:
Plain Rice
: you can find this typically at Dollar Store or will be cheapest at local retailer. If you need gluten free this is an option: Gluten Free
Sock: I got mine at the local Dollar store, Any sock will work. I prefer to use adult size. Like these: Fun Socks you can also use one of the fuzzy socks.
Bath soak, I love my hot baths in the winter. This bath soak is one of my favorites for winter. I use a mason jar to store them in, but any airtight container will do. I use Young Living oils.
What you will need:

Epsom salts:Epsom Salts
Baking Soda: baking soda
Essential oils: Essential oils information
Wellness tea, I love this not only in the winter but year round. You can use whatever your favorite tea is. I choose organic unfiltered raw honey. I get ours from a local beekeeper…oh it’s delicious and good for you!

what you need:
Tea Variety pack tea

Honey Raw Honey
Cute coffee mug!
Essential Oils

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XOXO,
Faith

Holiday Stickers, Tracking and Planning!

I love the holidays, but because I am a planner I need organization in my life! Every year I try to make the holiday’s go smooth for everyone, which means the more organized and prepared I am the better. In past years I have kept a log on tracking and shipping information in the note pages of my EC, but sometimes that became a mess. So this year I created tracking stickers to help me keep track. Planning is my key to making busy times in life work. Laying out everything that needs to be done, what I want to get done, and of course being financially responsible in the process, it’s easy to over spend on the holidays.

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I had made some simple stickers for bills in the past but found that they weren’t working for me as well as I wanted. So I made some changes! I like to use a large sidebar sticker in my notes section but found I didn’t have enough room, then I tried small stickers in the monthly boxes, but ended up with no room to write the rest of my reminders for the month. So I made these and am using them in the weekly layout then in my monthly I simply write the bill name in the monthly box.

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Last but not least I made some functional but cute stickers for my weekly layouts. I like stickers that are cute but functional.

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I am excited to get to planning all the holiday festivities, Thanksgiving is coming up and will be doing my annual Thanksgiving Run! Then I started thinking why not a Christmas Run also?

If you would like to get some of these stickers too, I do offer them in my Etsy shop. Merely Essentials
(as always it’s just $3 shipping no matter how much you order)

Wishing you a fantastic day!

XOXO,
Faith

All Natural Aluminum Free pit paste

I have been traditional deodorant free for more than a year now. I have been making my own pit paste, a version of primal paste but at the fraction of the cost. My previous recipe used beeswax and baking soda which worked awesome but I couldn’t use it without a little irritation after shaving.

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I Revised my pit paste, recipe below. I removed the beeswax and baking soda. Some found the baking soda too abrasive. This one is made with Shea butter, coconut oil, arrowroot, kaolin clay, and essential oils.

  • Essential Oils: I used lavender for its skin loving and  a Young Living’s blend called purification for the stink elimination.
  • Shea butter will not only heal pits, make them softer, help to keep paste solid but will also soften hair for less frequent shaving.
  • Coconut oil for its awesomeness for skin & is the base for this.
  • Kaolin clay is gentle and amazing for sensitive skin.

Glides on smooth, no staining, lasts all day, aluminum free all natural protection.
all natural deodorant. non-abrasive.

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Ingredients
1/2 cup coconut oil
1/2 cup shea butter
1/2 cup arrowroot
1/2 cup kaolin clay
and essential Oils..I use purification and lavender 12 drops each.

Directions:
1. Melt shea butter in double broiler. (or your can use a mason jar or large measuring glass cup and place in a pan of water)

2. While Shea butter is melting, mix softened coconut oil with powders. (if yours is not soft may need to warm it up a little, but don’t melt it all the way)

3. Once shea butter is melted mix with coconut oil mixture that you have prepared. mix well.

4. Add complete mix to freezer for about 15 min, until edges are solid and center is liquid.

5. Remove from freezer and get out your mixer and add essential oils to mix.

6. Blend all until whipped into a paste. Store in 4 oz glass jar.
Links where I purchased some of my supplies:
Kaolin clay: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001K2HY74/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o01_s01?ie=UTF8&psc=1
Shea Butter: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00RM35FYE/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o01_s02?ie=UTF8&th=1

Arrowroot and coconut oil I purchased at local food store, but you can also find these on amazon.
NOTE: When switching from chemical filled antiperspirants to natural deodorant, you may experience a very sensitive detox period. Some people experience rashes in their armpits and even some pain, though this severe of a reaction is uncommon. If you experience a painful rash due to detoxification, you can use aloe vera gel to help soothe skin during this detox period.

Price Break Down:
Shea Butter 1lb (16oz) @ $8.99  (.56 per oz)
Kaolin Clay 1 Pound @ $9.00 (.56 per oz)
Arrowroot powder 16oz @ $4.49 (.28 per oz)
Coconut Oil 56oz @ $14.98 (.26 per oz)
Lavender EO 15ml @ .9 cents per drop
Purification EO 15ml @  .7 cents per drop

2 oz shea butter = $1.12
2 oz Kaolin clay = $1.12
2 oz arrowroot = $.56
2 oz coconut oil = $.52
12 drops lavender = $1.08
12 drops purification = $.84
TOTAL: $5.24

A little goes a long way, just need a pea size amount. This 4 oz jar will last months for both my husband and I.

Wishing you a great day and thanks for reading!
XOXO
Faith