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While fall is technically right around the corner, the sweat under my armpits says otherwise. It’s still hot and sunny in many parts of the country right now, and when you spend much of the day outside working, sweaty armpits are just a fact of life. Smelly armpits, though? Deodorant will take care of that, and yes, you can make it yourself.

More and more people are turning to natural deodorant alternatives rather than the store-bought kind, which often contains antiperspirant. That’s because aluminum, the active ingredient in antiperspirant, has been linked to cancer and Alzheimer’s in certain studies. Though there’s no definitive proof on the matter, many folks would rather play it safe than sorry. Also, there’s something to be said for allowing your body to sweat normally, rather than clogging your sweat glands with antiperspirant.

But if you choose to use natural deodorant, you’ll run into another issue: Do any of them actually work?! Compared to commercial deodorant and antiperspirant, many natural deodorants are a lot milder. The good news is that, once you wean yourself off of antiperspirants, you’ll likely experience a natural reduction in sweat and odor as your body adjusts.

That’s where DIY deodorant comes in. DIY deodorant is an excellent way to naturally control body odor without clogging your sweat glands. The great thing about making your own deodorant is that you can tweak the recipe to suit your own unique needs. Everyone’s body chemistry is different, so what effectively counteracts someone else’s natural funk may not work to squash yours. With DIY, you can be sure to figure out something that actually works – and it’s not as intimidating as you might think.

For deodorant, you’ll want to use ingredients that are anti-fungal and anti-microbial, as well as ingredients that absorb sweat and odor. Baking soda and cornstarch are two common ingredients, as are essential oils like tea tree oil or lavender oil. If you have sensitive skin, you can reduce the amount of baking soda.

And with that, here’s a basic deodorant recipe to get you started!

Ingredients:

3 Tablespoons baking soda – you can adjust to 2 tablespoons if it’s too much, but then you should increase the arrowroot by one tablespoon
5 tablespoons arrowroot powder – you can substitute this with cornstarch if necessary
6 tablespoons shea butter
30-60 drops essential oil (tea tree or lavender)
1 empty deodorant container or 4 oz jar

First, mix the baking soda and arrowroot/cornstarch in a deep bowl. The whip in the shea butter until it resembles crumbly dough. Add the essential oil next. Whip using a hand mixer until smooth. Transfer to a jar. Apply to underarms as needed.

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5 Little Life Hacks to Change Your World

Do you want to improve your life and become a better person? Of course, who wouldn’t? However, you might not know the best ways to change that are likely to have the maximum impact on your happiness and well-being. The five following life hacks are little, but applying them can enhance your energy, mood, and outlook.

Get up early

If you don’t usually get up early, you’re missing something special. Rise before everyone else, and you’ll experience a sense of peace and calm that’s not present the rest of the day. Also, you’ll get a head start. Early rising gives you the chance to ease into the morning and allow the night’s cobwebs to lift gently. Instead of rushing into everyday tasks, you can create a wise, positive intention to carry forth and set your mind as you wish. You can also begin chores sooner than you would if you got up later, and so complete them earlier, or be more productive.

Stop trying to be understood

Your happiness will increase if you cease wanting others to understand you. Seriously, you might not recognize how much time you spend fretting over whether others ‘get’ you, but it’s probably a lot. Just imagine how much less complicated life would be if you no longer cared if people had a good grasp on what you were thinking and feeling.

The good news is, it’s up to you. You can decide to drop worrying about how people’s perception of you might not match your innermost feelings and just enjoy being you.

Listen to your intuition

How often have you smacked your forehead in disbelief because you didn’t listen to the warning voice in your head and made a mistake? There’s no point saying “I knew that was going to happen” but not taking notice of your intuition the next time it speaks. From now on, respect your inner wisdom, whether it arises from a gut feeling or thought. As a result, you’ll have fewer problems.

Take a break

You live in a busy world where productivity pays, sometimes anyway. For this reason, you fill your days with activity, imagining doing so will be rewarding. Even if you’re only watching the TV or cleaning the kitchen cupboard, you’re doing something. Nonetheless, your activities often don’t make you happy because you’re stressed.

As cheesy as it sounds, stopping to smell the roses really will improve your well-being. When you slow down and do less, your anxiety decreases. You breathe a sigh of relief since pressure lifts.

Get rid of clutter

Declutter your home and your life will follow suit. You’ll think more clearly and be smarter and more positive when you don’t face mounds of junk each day. Walk from room to room, noticing where mess accumulates and consider how to accommodate it better – not by filling a box you never empty, but by putting it away in the right places.

First, though, you might have to create the “right places.” Hang hooks where items that can be hung are piled. Put goods that don’t need to live where they are back where they came from, and add storage containers where they are needed. Plus, schedule time in which to rehouse items that wind up in the wrong places, because, let’s face it, they still will occasionally.

These five little life hacks have the power to transform your well-being, but you have to do them rather than only reading about them. Add them to your routine behaviors until they become habits, and your life will improve.


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