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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


3 tablespoons SHEA BUTTER
3 tablespoons BAKING SODA
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. :)


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


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!



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!


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!


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


• 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!!!


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).


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.


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!


December 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterShirley @ gfe

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