I’ve turned into quite the hippie in recent years. I kind of hate that word (hippie) because I feel it has negative connotations that I would not want to associate with certain important issues about which I feel passionately (e.g., home birth, organic/local food, etc.). However, on this particular topic, I must concede that it’s just full-out hippie. Making your own deodorant? You crazy hippie, you!
Kidding aside, I see all kinds of benefits in making your own beauty care products. The most important, to me, is reducing the number of nasty chemicals and toxins you are exposed to daily. This has seriously been on my mind in the last few months, and I have changed my makeup to be as toxin-free as possible (big plug for Coastal Classic Creations, here, who scored the lowest for toxicity on the Skin Deep cosmetic safety database), along with using more natural shampoo and conditioner, and yes, even experimenting with homemade deodorant!
I recently found two great links with recipes for homemade deodorants:
Photos by Angry Chicken
I also found another tute from Viva Woman. This one is a simpler recipe but involved making a fresh paste each day by adding water to a mostly baking powder mix. Maybe a bit messier but requires less prep time.
Photo by Viva Woman
What I’ve been experimenting with is just having a little jar of baking soda in my bathroom, and wetting a cotton make-up pad, sprinkling a couple pinches of baking soda on that, then applying that to the underarm. Works well, and has so far kept me smelling pretty neutral. I haven’t tried tea tree oil yet (though I intend to), but I did try mixing some grapefruit seed extract/oil in with the baking soda. But I wouldn’t recommend that since I seem to have had a bit of a reaction to it! It appears GSE has to be diluted to be used externally, and perhaps mixing a couple drops in with my baking soda didn’t dilute it enough. I also read on the package: “do not use if pregnant” which gave me the creeps a bit. (I mean, what the heck is in that stuff anyway?) Anyway, I get the sense (from reading up about it a bit) that tea tree oil is a bit safer on the skin, even in concentrated forms. Clearly I’ve got some experimenting left to do!