Monday, 8 October 2012
Healthy homemade deodorant
Most deodorants you can buy contain anitperspirants. They close the pores under your arms so you do not
sweat so much.
But these pores are designed to sweat out the toxins the lymph nodes transport there.
I never felt comfortable using antiperspirants, especially after reading various studies linking them to breast cancer.
So when I came across a recipe for a homemade deodorant in a Dutch magazine I was very keen to try it out.
It is really simple to make, and it smells delicious.
I don't know yet how well it will work, but I will do some field tests in the African heat and let you know :-).
If it works, it will go on my homemade christmas gift list. So far, the salty almonds are the only thing on there. I am feeling
quite proud of myself anyway, maybe for once it will not be a last minute rush to get presents this christmas...
Here is what you need for the deodorant:
1/4 cup of cornstarch
1/4 cup of baking powder
5 tablespoons of coconut oil
10 drops of tea tree oil (if you start itching when using the tea tree oil leave it out, some people react allergic)
about 15 drops of another essential oil of which you like the smell (not necessary, this is just if you would like to not smell of tea tree :-) )
Mix the baking powder and the corn starch:
Add the coconut oil. In our climate it is pretty liquid and quite easy to mix in. If yours is solid, gently heat it up until soft:
Add the essential oil and mix well:
Fill it up into a container. If you don't live in a very hot country, you should be able to leave it in your cupboard. I use my
fingers to put it on:
Have a great start to the week!
An update (thanks Erica :-) ): I have been using the homemade deodorant now for over a month and it has been VERY hot here in Namibia. It works wonderfully and I can fully recommend it!
Lots of love,
Ps: I am linking to One Project closer and to these lovely parties.