Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Duties after the 9-5

What a wonderful evening!

It rained a little more today.....and because of it John decided it would be an excellent time to scoop the coop.....when the "fluff" is wet.....

We did manage to have dinner first...then in old clothes he filled buckets with "chicken soup" and I dumped them into the lick tub.....it took a while. Then he hosed the coop out. When it's dry...we'll reline it with fresh hay. And you might have guessed by now...ours is on a slab.... but it's just fine if you keep enough hay in there for the hens to scratch...

We both smell "mighty fine" about now. Or to paraphrase a post from a year ago on here.....when a fan said her child would say "Smells like money to me..." ...

(sorry for probably not getting that exactly right...)

Will mix the soup into the compost this week.....and to think people pay big bucks for this stuff....

How's your week going?

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Homemade deodorant

Another batch of homemade, natural deodorant made.

This time, scented with lavender essential oils...just a slight fragrance.

Made enough to last way into the fall if not longer....for pennies!

Here's how you do it:

1/4 c baking soda
1/4 c cornstarch
5 tablespoons (more or less) of coconut oil solids.

Mix the dry together. Then start blending in the coconut oil until you have a very thick paste. You may or may not use all of the coconut oil solids... I usually start with 4 tlb and then add in a little more if I need to. Once blended, add a few drops of essential oils and blend and smell....if you want it more scented add a few more...

If you are in a warmer climate, refrigerate for a while to help solidify.

To use, load up a spent deodorant container OR just store in a resealable container and put it on with your fingers the way grandma did... Don't use much! You don't need it.

NOTE: When you first start using this it will work for 6-8 hours depending on your activity level. It takes appx 8-12 weeks for your body to get accustom to this .... after that you'll never go back to the store for deodorant.

Cost? Pennies! And...you'll be using less toxic chemicals on your skin....