It's been almost a year since I stopped using commercial deodorant. You're all going "yuck" now with cringing noses. Well, if you take a look at the back of your deodorant bottle I'm fairly certain you, like myself, wouldn't know the meaning of half the ingredients, nor know how to pronounce them. Now, why do you think that is?
The cosmetic industry is notoriously poorly regulated, which means these industry giants can just pretty much put anything they want into their products without having to answer to anyone. And let’s face it – their choices aren’t about your safety, it’s about their bottom line. - Tracy Raftl, The Love Vitamin
To most people the general idea of the skin seems to be that it is a thick, plastic layer resistant to whatever we smudge on it. In fact, about 60% of what goes on your body actually gets absorbed by the skin. We're talking a cocktail of estrogen mimickers and carcinogens. Applying these substances straight to your skin is in some ways worse than if you would actually eat them, as my house-guru Tracy Raftl explains "because it doesn’t have to get past the body guards that are your digestive system and liver". Instead these toxins go straight into your blood stream. So ponder you would walk past the deodorant-shelves next time you're at the supermarket. What are the benefits of making your own deodorant?
- it's simple, cheap and eco-friendly!
- you have full awareness of what you put on your skin (and it's all edible!)
- it doesn't block or prevent your body's natural cleaning process
To make your own deodorant you will need equal parts of (I usually go for 1tbsp):
- Coconut Oil
- Baking Soda
- Xanthan gum (or any thickener, such as corn flour/potato starch)
- 5-10 drops essential oil (opt.)
Instructions: Combine the dry ingredients together before mixing it up with the coconut oil. If the oil is rock hard, you can microwave if for a few seconds to make it softer. Note that you do not want it completely melted, it will change the consistency of the deodorant. You want it to be sort of a paste. If you are adding essential oil, now is the time to stir that in. Finally, put the mixture in an air tight, clean container and put a lid on it.Done! Simply smudge it on to your (washed) arm pit.
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