So I've been VERY anxious to find a non-toxic deodorant. The more items I replace in my kitchen/bathroom/medicine cabinet/LIFE, the more items I want to change. And so far most changes have been pretty easy, so this was next.
Whether the so-called "studies" are conclusive or not, the thought that the chemicals in deodorants could possibly cause breast cancer freaks me out. I won't be posting any links here, you can do your own googling for that information, but don't forget to question the validity of the studies and conclusions and who is being paid to make those claims. I don't care if I'm being a worry wort or not, if I can keep unnecessary chemicals out of my body, I will!
So first I tried this crystal thing from my health store...erm...no thanks? Didn't do a darn thing. I was very smelly by the end of that day. And sad to say, Tom's wasn't any better. (And I'm glad I started trying these out in the winter when I don't even sweat that much--cuz this would be a bad experiment in the summer!)
What really amazes me is how easy it is to make things that for years we just assumed we had to buy. Who decided that anyway??
The good news is that homemade deodorant is super easy to make!
I came across a homemade deodorant recipe from the Wellness Mama, and it seemed pretty easy. I've been collecting ingredients over the past few weeks to make my own homemade cosmetics, lotions, lip balms, etc., so I had everything I needed to try it out.
Hmm, what to put it in? I didn't like the idea of applying a paste with my fingers, and I didn't want to use it like a bar of soap either, so I washed out my old deodorant container. As it turned out, washing out the container was the hardest part of this entire venture!
Here's the recipe I kinda sorta used: http://wellnessmama.com/4901/deodorant-bar-recipe/
So if you've read my blog before, you know I'm not so great with following instructions. It's much more fun to experiment!
I got out the ingredients and a simple glass cereal bowl. I just eye-balled the amounts. I melted my coconut oil, cocoa butter, and a tiny bit of beeswax in the microwave--30 seconds at a time. I sprinkled in the dry ingredients a bit at a time and stirred as I went to test out the consistency. I didn't measure, and I just made a small bit to start out with to see if I liked it, since I didn't want to end up wasting any of my o-so-precious ingredients.
I used a bit of peppermint oil for scent (I'll probably even leave that out next time, since a scent is not really even necessary for me.).
After I mixed it up, I set it in the fridge to cool it off and check out how thick the texture was. It ended up a bit too dry, so I melted it again and added a dab more coconut oil. After it cooled back off again it was perfect! (Don't be afraid to go back and forth with it until you get the consistency you want.)
So here are my observations:
Yay! Try it!!! :)
Baby steps! Every day I'm challenging myself to upgrade my life, and therefore my health, by removing or replacing at least one household or beauty product, food, habit, etc. Try it!
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