The ever-resourceful Barbara sent me more information about using natural deodorants, which I’ve employed today. At noon, we’ll see how the stench level is. I used a base of rock salt crystal, then put on the deod, finally applying a light layer of cornstarch. Between the salt, grapefruit, ginger and cornstarch, I’m starting to feel like I should be baking something in my pits. Barbara mentioned there’s a detox period when coming off regular deodorant… unclogging pores, getting the nasties out, and apparently eating refined sugars play a large part, too. She recommends taking nightly epsom salt baths to help with the detox process – I took one last night and slept like a baby afterward. She’s a continual fount of information, that Barb. 🙂
Even better news, though – it looks like a bunch of people have successfully made their own deodorants at home! On the cheap! Check out this fabulous post from Simple Mom: Homemade natural deodorant. More thanks to NoPinkHere for the link! [EDIT: That stuff is fantastic! It’s completely natural, I made it myself – for cheap – and it’s more effective than any commercial deodorant I’ve ever used. A+, seriously. What do you have to lose but nasty chemicals on your skin?]
This would eliminate the minor hassles of a three-layer deodorant process, and sounds like it’s effective, too. One cup of her concoction lasted her 9 months – that’s a heck of a lot more time than I get out of a stick of regular deodorant.
Why am I so concerned with this, you might wonder. Here is a snippet from her post that summarizes:
“The simple fact that my skin absorbs what I put on it is one reason to be cognizant and careful about any personal product — but antiperspirant has a few more. Last December I learned that antiperspirants (not deodorants) have aluminum as an active ingredient. This list gives me pause:
1. Aluminum may impact breast cancer risks.
2. Antiperspirants block sweat glands. Is that a good idea?
3. Aluminum mimics estrogen. (technical term: “hormone disruptor”)
4. Aluminum is linked to Alzheimer’s.
For more factual information and citations for this dismal list, see Analyzing Aluminum in Antiperspirants: Hazard or Hoax?”
Watching my mom slide into what I can only imagine is either early-onset dementia or Alzheimer’s is somewhat terrifying. I don’t want that to be me. I barely ever cook with aluminum anymore and use a stainless steel water container… when I can tolerate drinking water.
These folks are all about the “baby step journey,” too – I feel like I’ve found a new, awesome tribe of people finding their way back to a less chemical- and additive-laden existence. Go team! I’m really excited to pick up this book at some point, Homesteading, which is reviewed here: Proverbsthirtyonewoman.com. [EDIT: Lisa got me this book as a gift, and it’s wonderful!]
As I was sniffing around Simple Mom, I also found a great source of good oils for less – always a good thing, too. I picked up some cocout oil recently to experiment with, and keep hearing better and better things about it. They also have good olive oil of varying grades. This relates to something sounding absolutely counter-intuitive, but I’m going to try it anyhow – using oils as facial cleaners.
There’s a metric plethora of good all-natural health and personal care ideas here: Green & Frugal Living
It would be possible to spend all day for a year doing nothing but reading up on how people are making their lives more natural, so I’ve got a lot of catching up to do. I’m happy to have so many resources as guides, though, as I keep stepping along the path.
Someday, when I’m not working on Christmas presents, I’ll post something about sewing again – promise. But in the meanwhile, diversity is good, right?
[EDIT: It’s after 2pm, and things still smell just fine. Yay! Still excited to try the coconut oil version, though.]