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Sunday
Dec122010

A Sweet Gift For Smelly Friends

My super cool Canadian blogging pal, Kirsten (Miss Dropsie), and I had intended to do a joint post on holiday gifts you can make in the kitchen. Well, I dropped the ball—sorry Kirsten. Today I looked at the calendar and realized how insanely behind I am in more things than posting. So much so that it's stressin' me out. It's no wonder I've been slathering on a bit more of my favorite hippy chick deodorant. Ha! Now wait, there's an idea. If you've got a friend who stresses out this time of year and gets to smelling, well, not so fresh, how about dropping a pot of this homemade deodorant in their stocking! Subtle hint? Innocent gift?

Okay so the recipe for this deodorant is one I shared earlier this year. I cannot rave enough about it! This has been the only deodorant that has worked for me since giving up antiperspirants 15 years ago. I swear by it. Maybe it's the perfect fit for my chemistry, I don't know. It just works. It is a recipe I found over at The Angry Chicken. Here are the ingredients you will need. You can visit The Angry Chicken for the how-to's.

Angry Chicken Deodorant

Ingredients:

3 tablespoons SHEA BUTTER
3 tablespoons BAKING SODA
2 tablespoons CORN STARCH or ARROWROOT STARCH
2 tablespoons COCOA BUTTER (found mine at Whole Foods)
2 VITAMIN E OIL GEL CAPS (puncture and squeeze out the oil)
ESSENTIAL OILS (Amy uses ylang ylang and orange, I used lavender and orange)

You can read my original post for ways to re-use and fill a plastic deodorant stick.

For gift giving, I use little pots. To apply, just roll a bit into a pea-sized ball and rub in. Pretty up the pot by adhering a strip of decorative paper (scrapbooking paper works great).

So there you have it. A gift you can whip up in the kitchen in minutes (my friend Abby can attest to that—thanks Abby!).

If deodorant is a little too personal of a gift, how about Elana's foot balm. Find it at Elana's Pantry. Hello, who turns down a foot rub!!?

And Kirsten, thanks for coming through for both of us. Kirsten has rounded up a few "make in the kitchen" gift ideas. You'll find them posted here.

Reader Comments (5)

This is hysterical. I figured you were too busy with everything else you've been doing this holiday season, so I went ahead and worked out a post. :) I've been trying to find time to work on it since Friday...obviously great minds think alike. :)
http://missdropsie.blogspot.com/2010/12/healthy-home-made-christmas-gift-ideas.html

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Yeah, sorry we didn't sync up :) My bad. Love you!!

-Lexie

December 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKirsten

I LOVE this stuff Lexie! Thank you so much for sharing the recipe and I love the idea to put it in a little decorative pot for gift giving.

I hear ya on the crazy...kind of glad I lost my sense of smell, so I can't smell my body oozing the stress, LOL!

xo,
Heidi

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Yay! I've had a few friends try it and they say they love it, too. So your sniffer is 100% yet? How's the treatment going. We've got to get the nose back in working order. Love ya!

xo
-Lexie

Haha! Lexie, you're a hoot. I love this idea since I'm stressing a bit myself over all that has to be done before the holidays. Taking very deep breaths. Merry Christmas to you!

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Yeah, isn't funny, we race around and then at some point we just throw up our hands and say "whatever!"

Like:

• Santa ran out of gift wrap.
• No one is coming to our house for the holidays so why clean?!
• Christmas dinner? Chipotle will work!

You have a great one, too!!!

xo
Lexie

December 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterNancy @ The Sensitive Pantry

Just a note. I made a similar recipe (not with all the ingredients) and found I reacted to the baking soda! It worked great, but my underarms started itching terribly. Maybe if I try yours, since it's not so heavy on the soda, it might work. I reused an old deodorant stick container (not for gift giving, of course).

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Thanks Amy, Good to know. I wonder how it would work without baking soda? Maybe add a bit more arrowroot powder or cornstarch. Let us know how it works.

Lexie

December 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAmy

Very nice, Lexie! I could give this only to my "crunchy granola" friends though. ;-) And, I'd love to try it for myself! I saw Elana's foot rub recipe, too. Since then I've been trying to find my shea butter ... as soon as I find it I'm getting busy!

Hugs,
Shirley

December 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterShirley @ gfe

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