Category Archives: DIY

DIY Deodorant Stick

Here’s a recipe from the doTerra blog that I am trying this week for DIY Deodorant Stick. I’ll share some pictures later of my expeiernce. Remember that Geranium and/or Lemongrass essential oils with a teaspoon of fractionated coconut oil work also and Lemongrass actually should help prevent perspiration and is a good  EO for the lymph nodes, an added  benefit. Depending on if you like a stick deodorant or liquid one, you will find a recipe below that should do the trick.

DIY: Deodorant Stick recipe from doTerra blog:

Traditional deodorant is made with chemicals and artificial fragrances that can irritate your skin. As a healthy alternative to commercial deodorantsmake your own! Making your own deodorant is inexpensive, effective, natural, and great for your body and the environment.

For another great deodorant recipe, check out this essential oil deodorant.

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What You Need:

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¼ cup aluminum free baking soda
¼ cup arrowroot (can substitute with cornstarch)
3-5 tablespoons coconut oil
15 drops desired essential oil (see recommendations below)
1 empty deodorant container (you can also purchase one here)

Recommended essential oils: Lemon, Melaleuca, Lavender, On Guard, Lime, Geranium, Lemongrass, Purify, and Thyme.

Editor’s Note: If you live in a warm climate, add one ounce of melted shea or cocoa butter to recipe.


1. Combine baking soda, arrowroot, and essential oil into bowl.

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3. Press firmly into an empty deodorant container and let sit until the coconut oil solidifies.

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4. You’re done! Simply apply as needed.

dōTERRA essential oils can be purchased online, or from any of our Independent Product Consultants. 

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DIY Hand Sanitizers

Hand Sanitizers and Cleaners:

I brought up my five children in Bolivia, Mexico and Peru during thirteen years on a budget working for small Humanitarian organizations. Most of those years are what I call the BHS years – yep “Before Hand Sanitizer” years. I took a washcloth in a plastic bag out to the villages and packed extra water for rinsing. I was always washing my babies hands, taking their fingers out of their mouths, and administering parasite meds every six months along with a stool sample to the lab each year. I learned a lot of tricks of the trade during my five years in Bolivia with four children ages 7-1 when we arrived and  five children 11-1 (yes I was brave enough to have a baby in a clinic in Bolivia back then) when we left. Hand sanitizers appeared in 1988, but weren’t an instant hit and didn’t really sell well at first – and they certainly were not sold in Bolivia in 1988 when we arrived. They have also come a long way from being over 60% alcohol and flammable to “going green”.  By the time we went to Peru in 1997 hand sanitizers were popular in the USA, but at first we had to take it with us and have friends bring it down. But soon it was popular and found in local pharmacies.

Today, we can find natural organic brands mostly in Health Stores or make it ourselves. Using natural products and essential oils, in my opinion is healthy and avoids diseased from harmful chemicals. When I go on humanitarian expeditions I still advice participants to remember to wash their hands frequently with soap and water and at least rinse them before using hand sanitizers when working in the dirt, touching garbage etc. Shaking hands can also trransfer unwanted germs and we all need to be careful before eating. I found a great DIY recipe at :

DIY Dry Shampoo (with essential oils)

I love DO IT YOURSELF projects. Some of my endeavors have turned out quite well, but others have been flops. I am willing to share both.

Shampoos and Conditioners

What is the problem with commercial shampoos and conditioners we use on our hair – POISONS – Yes indeed. Chemicals that can harm our bodies and ruin our health and we are using these products day in and day out. Watch for labels containing such ingredients as sulfates:ammonium laureth sulfate, sodium lauryl sulfate, and sodium laureth sulfate. Be aware of methylchloroisothiazolinone and methylisothiazolinone. And scary to me are the other neurological cancer causing toxins. My two sisters were diagnosed with cancer in 2012 and 2013. About four years ago I started checking labels and buying my shampoo at Health food stores and places like Dave’s in SLC. In 2013 I started using the natural shampoo and conditioner from doTerra. It is great and a bottle lasts me more than two months – but I have thin, mid-length hair so everyone uses different amounts. You don’t really need to shampoo everyday – in fact sometimes your hair needs a rest! You can save time and money using a dry powder several times during the week. Here’s a DIY dry recipe to use between shampooing:

For light hair:

Mix 2 cup arrowroot powder, 4 drops Peppermint essential oil, 4 drops Lavender essential oil, and 4 drops Rosemary essential oil in a food processor and store in a glass jar.
For dark hair: Add  4 tablespoons cocoa powder in the mix. Then just brush it into your hair with a make-up brush or other small brush, applying to the roots and oily spots.

You can also try substituting the Rosemary for Melaleuca also. Find what you like

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DIY Dry Shampoo {with essential oils}

  • 2 TB arrowroot
  • 2 TB cornstarch
  • 2 TB rice flour
  • 2 TB cocoa powder (for dark hair only)
  • optional: 6-10 drops essential oil (I used lemon.)
  1. Whisk together all dry ingredients.
  2. Add essential oil and stir well.
  3. Store in a glass container.
  4. To use, “paint” shampoo onto your roots using a foundation brush.*
  5. Use your fingers to rub the shampoo into your scalp.
  6. Use a natural bristled brush to lightly brush your hair from roots to ends.
  7. Style hair as usual.
  8. Do something productive with all that time you just saved!