Sweet Sunrise Mash- Guest Post

Deborah, a dear family friend, (sent a previous delicious rice recipe post) and I love exchanging recipes and talking health/nutrition/disease prevention.  Deborah is an amazingly strong, talented, hilarious woman, beautiful inside and out, and breast cancer survivor. In 1995 she had … Continue reading

Coconut Crunch Granola

I wish I could attach the smell that is roaring through my house right now. This Coconut Crunch Granola…. …takes me directly here: Cheers to a granola that takes you to the islands. Ingredients: 2 cups of old fashion rolled … Continue reading

Homemade Deodorant Recipe (Only 4 ingredients!)

A recipe that deserves its own post.

(Reference “sweat it out” post for reasons why to make your own deodorant).



Homemade Deodorant Recipe (from squidoo.com)…Aluminum-free deodorant that actually works!

  • Total Time: 10 minutes

This recipe is easy to make, inexpensive and works just as good (or better than) commercial brands and it doesn’t stain your clothes! You’ll just have to make your own batch to see how heavenly the scent of coconut oil is when mixed with spicy essential oils.


  • 1/3 cup coconut oil (solid state)
  • 1/4 cup baking soda (aluminum-free)
  • 1/4 cup arrowroot powder
  • essential oils (optional)


Mix the baking soda and arrowroot powder in a glass bowl.

Add the coconut oil (do not warm or melt it) and use a fork or pastry blender to thoroughly blend it into the dry ingredients.

Add 5-10 drops of your favorite essential oils and blend completely. (this step is optional, but lovely – my personal favorite combo is clove with a little sweet orange and cinnamon!)

Add more coconut oil or arrowroot powder/baking soda if needed until the texture is about the same consistency as commercial deodorant.

Scoop the mixture into a small jar or container and store at room temperature. (Refrigeration may be required during summer months and warmer weather because the coconut oil will melt at 76 degrees.)

To apply, use your fingers to scoop out a pea-size amount of the deodorant and massage it into your armpits daily or as needed. Allow a minute or two for the deodorant to set before getting dressed.

*Remember, this is deodorant, not antiperspirant. It will not stop you from sweating, but you won’t smell bad!

Aromatic Essential Oil Combinations

Try these essential oil aroma combinations in your homemade deodorant.

  • Cinnamon – Clove – Sweet Orange (my personal favorite!)
  • Tea Tree – Peppermint
  • Lemon – Sweet Orange – Lime
  • Lavender – Lemongrass
  • Thyme – Oregano – Rosemary
  • Thyme – Rosemary – Cinnamon
  • Lavender – Lemon – Lemongrass – Sweet Orange