It’s a few years now since I realised that, however clean and organic our diet, our bodies are still bombarded with toxins left, right and centre… in the water we drink, the air we breathe, the products we clean our homes with, plus the body care and cosmetic products we use : Shampoos, body wash, face and body cream etc are quickly absorbed through the skin, and many of them contain a terrifying array of chemical ingredients.
Deodorant is one of the worst, with ingredients such as aluminium that have been linked to Alzheimers, and parabens linked to breast cancer. Although scientists are still arguing as to whether or not these claims are significant, they are only the tip of the iceberg - many substances that are tested and said to be harmless in small amounts are then mixed with many others from all the other products, in a chemical cocktail about whose effects we have no idea. So I like to stick to the following premise -
if I wouldn’t put it IN my body, I shouldn’t put it ON my body.
But none of us want to be sweaty and smelly, so what can we do?
Well, it’s actually pretty easy to make your own deodorant from natural ingredients, in about 5 minutes – it’s pleasant to use, won’t harm your health, and lasts for months.
Here's what you need
- 1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
- 1/4 cup baking soda
- 1/8 cup cornstarch or cornflour
- 1/8 cup arrowroot powder (or more baking soda)
- Essential oils of choice (optional)
Melt the coconut oil in a bowl over a pan of hot water
Mix the powders together and then add them to the oil, mixing well.
Add in ten drops of essential oil. Lavender is a good choice as it’s antibacterial, smells nice, and is safe to use on skin. If you want to use other oils – check first that they are safe to use direct on skin. It also works without essential oils.
Pour your mix into a clean glass jar – a wide, shallow jar works best (so you can get your fingers into it), and pop in the fridge for about 15 minutes to set.
If your home is at a temperature at which coconut oil is liquid at room temperature (+25 C), you'll need to store it in the refrigerator.
Otherwise you can then keep it in the bathroom.
How to use
Scrape a small amount out on your finger and rub into your underarm area – it will melt against the warm skin and spread easily.
I've found that one batch of deodorant lasts me several months.
This is not an antiperspirant (which prevents you sweating and thus stops your body shedding toxins through sweat), but does absorb moisture.
PS : You will also find that eating a high raw diet with a lot of fresh veg and salad, and drinking enough water, means less sweat and less odour generally.
Have a sweet smelling Spring!
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