Look what came by Fed Ex today… my unsweetened shredded coconut and my Coconut Oil. Both are from Tropical Traditions. I use Coconut Oil in everything from cooking, coffee, oil pulls, deodorant and toothpaste! I am going to use the shredded coconut to make coconut milk that will go in my shampoo recipe. It can also be used in smoothies, recipes or drink alone.
While I was waiting for all the ingredients to get here for the Natural Homemade Shampoo (from Wellness Mama), I found a shampoo at the store that doesn’t have sodium chloride, sulfates. parabens or gluten.
I tried the “no poo” shampoo way for a month and just couldn’t take it anymore. My hair felt heavy and oily. The article says it can take up to 2 months but I caved after one. This shampoo is working well so far until I can get my recipe together from Wellness Mama. I am not adding the Vitamin E capsules since they are optional. I’ll try it for a while and let you know how it goes! 🙂
The home made deodorant has been trial and error for me. I started out with Coconut Oil, Baking Soda, Cornstarch and Lavender Essential Oil because I had those on hand. It did not work well because it irritated my armpits and made them itch. I did a bit of research and some folks seemed to think it was the baking soda that caused the irritation while others said it was the cornstarch. So I bought Arrowroot powder( to replace the corn starch) and Shea Butter through Amazon and made one with equal parts of coconut oil and shea butter and added some arrow root powder to thicken it. I used an essential oil for fragrance. I realized on Day 1 that it was not going to work! It smelled good but offered zero deodorizing ! Oops! lol. (woeful glance to my long suffering family who puts up with me). So I hoped it was the corn starch and not the baking soda causing the irritation. I reworked my batch to add in baking soda. Voila! 🙂 Problem solved. I am very relieved. I also got this deodorant recipe from Wellness Mama!
Today I did a dry scalp treatment for my daughter Katherine that is from The Mother Huddle that is 4 tablespoons coconut oil, 2 -3 drops Tea Tree Oil and 3-4 drops of Rosemary Essential Oil.
I worked it into her scalp with her hair dry. She got a nice head massage that she enjoyed! She kept it in for 20 minutes and then went to take her shower as normal.
She was happy with the results after being not so happy about the coconut oil running down her forehead (she kept bending her head down to look at her Ipod).
Next day: Had to edit this post to add that apparently there is Coconut Sugar!! *oh my gosh* “Coconut palm trees are the natural source of this sugar. Traditional sugar farmers collect the nectar of the blossoms from these sustainably grown trees,
and carefully craft a caramel-like crystal sugar. Perfect as a 1:1 cane sugar replacement “
Check it out here —> Navitas Naturals Coconut Palm Sugar
My thanks to my daughter Heather “Jeanie” Carlock for sharing this on FB!! 🙂
Well that’s enough out of me for now! More later as my adventures with coconut oil and coconut continue.
Have a happy day 🙂