Monday, July 18, 2011

Make your own deodorant at home

I haven't worn anti-perspirant for at least a couple of years, mainly because of all the health concerns that comes with wearning an anti-perspirant. Just do a quick search on The Environmental Working Group's Skin Deep Cosmetic Database and learn more about the dangerous ingredients used in the severely under-regulated cosmetic industry.

My old brand's label shamefully reads: "Ask doctor before use if you have kidney disease." I don't think one should have to consult a medical professional on their deodorant/anti-perspirant choices. Besides, your body was designed to sweat out toxins; why block a main outlet for the toxins to exit your body? I don't like the idea of using chemicals to get my body to stop sweating.

Since I've shunned anti-perspirants, my only option has been deodorant, which only masks the stink. I've been using a great brand, Kiss My Face - Peaceful Patchouli, for at least a year now and have been very happy with it. However, I love homemade recipes for common cosmetic products. I came across a great one from my friend's blog: Homemade Dutch Apple Pie. Since it's going to be in the 90s all week here, I thought it'd be a good time to try out this recipe.

Here's my take on it:

1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon baking soda
1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon corn starch
5 tablespoons coconut oil, liquified
10-15 drops essential oil (I used lavender and orange)

Mix baking soda and corn starch in a bowl. Add coconut oil and combine, then add your essential oil. Press into an old deodorant container. To use, hold against skin and allow for the mixture to soften a bit before applying. It's recommended that you also use your hand to spread it around your entire pit.

**UPDATE** I wasn't unable to get my mixture to set properly into a deororant container, so I scooped it out and put it in a glass jar. I took about 1/2 teaspoon out with my fingers and spread it around. It was in the upper 80s here yesterday with very high humidity (felt like 99 degrees out!) and this stuff held up very well.

What's your favorite homemade cosmetic recipe?