For as long as I can remember, I've had an aversion to chemicals. I've blogged about it before, but it just didn't seem healthy to me to consume all of the unnatural food we eat every day (most processed 'food' contains things which aren't even food!) and then slather a bunch of chemicals on to our bodies to top it off. I read somewhere once that the average woman puts about 500 different chemicals on herself each day.
And we wonder why our country has such high cancer counts.
There has been a lot of change in that regard. Companies are trying to create more natural products since people are finally demanding them, but even then not everything they put out is actually good for us. A lot of things are "naturally derived" ... well... come on now, isn't everything naturally derived at one point?? And then it goes to the lab and gets tinkered with and becomes unsafe. I laugh every time I see a label that says "naturally derived ingredients"... and then I make my own.
I've been making my own health and beauty products for as long as I can remember, and I'm committed to sharing them with you as time goes on. There are some things I haven't learned how to make yet (make up, for instance... we're trying mascara this week!) and I can give you great suggestions for buying those items (faerie organics are awesome- click!). If you're ever curious, just ask. I've tried a lot of products, I know what works and what doesn't.
One product that consistently hasn't worked for me is deodorant. I've tried a lot of brands that just failed in massive ways. I'd elaborate, but that would be gross. Tom's of Maine was probably the most disappointing.
In light of that, and having lost so much money (natural deodorant is beyond unnecessarily expensive), it was time to make my own. I thought it would be either a) really complicated or b) really ineffective. Neither assumption was true. Making your own deodorant is SO easy and the recipe I'm sharing is extremely effective. I tried it against a leading store bought brand (men's old spice- Matterhorn) and the natural held up better at the end of the day! Amazing!
|'Best" poured into stick|
11 tbs. ALL NATURAL HAIR OIL (mix should be coconut oil, jojoba and glycerin... if you'd like, you can use a straight coconut oil)
1/2 c. Cornstarch
1/2 c. Baking soda
** if you use the hair oil, only use 10 tbs instead of 11. If you use coconut, go ahead and use more.
Add in ....
10 - 15 drops of lemon essential oil (pay attention to the grade)
10-15 drops of tea tree oil
Good + Better and...
1/2 tbs Kaolin clay (powder)
|"Better" poured into a jar|
Personal preference? I like the tub version better. The stick seems like it would be easier, but you'll still need to rub it in. The recipe works better when stored in glass, and I haven't found any deodorant sticks that come in a glass tube.
Let me tell you what each ingredient does, as well, that may help you decide which level you'd like.
Baking soda: absorbs wetness and traps odors.
Corn starch: absorbs wetness
Oil: provides a base and conditions (my hair oil mix is awesome for this!)
Lemon oil: scent (in this case)
Tea tree oil: naturally kills bacteria, which helps prevent odor in this case
Kaolin clay: absorbs wetness (if you have extremely sensitive skin or don't perspire much, this is the most skip-able ingredient)
|"Better'' post fridge|
I am SO excited about 'la vie' this week! Just wait til you see the super cute sweater I refashioned from John's over-sized lot of discarded goods. I also have a quilt to show you, a yummy recipe and much more (I finally got my supplies for glass etching)!! I hope you have an incredible day (I have a rare day off, so it's time to craft my heart out!) and as always, thanks for reading. Pin It