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Monday, 2 February 2015

Home Made Deodorant, Fly Repellant, Iceblocks

According to the weather reports January has been the hottest on record here in New Zealand. I would believe that - today it has been 28 degrees Celsius inside, that's 82.4 Fahrenheit. It's humid too. So fittingly I have a few ideas to go with the heat. Those of you on the other side of the world can just keep it all in mind. I know you won't be interested now, shivering away over there.

Home Made Deodorant

I have finally run out of deodorant, and on my quest for making everything myself, I have been searching for deodorant recipes. 
I found this one at Wellness Mama, and I was impressed by the feedback she had from people who had tried it.
The recipe is simple, and in this heat it is liquid enough to go into a washed, empty roll-on bottle.

6 T coconut oil
1/4 cup (4T) baking soda
1/4 cup (4 T) arrowroot
essential oils ( I used neem and lavender oils)

I think in this instance "T" means teaspoons.

You just mix them together and put into a jar. Rub or roll on a small amount as required.
I have tried it out on this sweltering day and am pleased to say it seems to work. I have asked for family to give their ratings too.

Fly Deterrent
We haven't had a lot of bother with flies until recently as they seem to come with the rain. Today those pesky little sticky ones kept trying to land on me as I worked in the kitchen, but I fixed them! Peppermint oil. Rub a little on, either in some carrier, or straight (which you are probably not supposed to, but I do anyway). It has stopped them bothering me, with the bonus that peppermint oil is invigorating so I've been busy doing things all afternoon.

Passion fruit
A while back I put in a photo of a driftwood trellis that Derek made for our passion fruit plant.

Well look at it now!

Oops, time I mowed the lawn, but it's too darn hot.

We are staring to get passion fruit ready so today I made iceblocks by putting the pulp in the sieve, and getting the juice without the seeds (which Katie doesn't like), by rubbing them with a spoon. She has just tried one and declared it delicious.

 Juice from 6 passion fruit
Crushed up ripe nectarine
1 tablespoon of plain unsweetened yoghurt
a little sugar syrup to sweeten

Mix all together and put into iceblock molds.
So cool for after school.

This was enough to make 4 small iceblocks


  1. I tried a deodorant with coconut oil and found that it left a waxy buildup on my clothes. Now I just do baking soda with some essential oil mixed in. I dip my fingertips in water and then into the container to apply it. It works pretty well for me.
    But now you can't see your lovely driftwood trellis! I've never tasted passion fruit, except in a drink with other fruit juices. Is it tart or sweet?

    1. Hi Cynthia, Did your deodorant have beeswax too? I think that leaves staining. This recipe is strangely non oily, but time will tell.
      Passion fruit are tangy, with a wonderful perfume and full on flavour - the kind that makes your mouth water instantly when you think of them. The vine will die back towards winter, so the trellis will once again be visible. Thanks for your comments.


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