When I was pregnant with my first baby I knew that I was in for it. All of a sudden I was concerned about things I had never thought about before. Organic food, the chemicals in body products, whether or not I should use disposable diapers, it was enough to make my head spin. But, after I had her, and I started nursing, one of my biggest concerns was deodorant.
I always used a regular deodorant and antiperspirant. I had heard about aluminum dangers before, but whenever I looked at ingredient labels, aluminum was always on the list. I decided to write it off and hope for the best (this was my prior life – before I turned into a complete freak when it comes to food and everything green).
When I started nursing my daughter, I all of a sudden had a huge fear of wearing deodorant. I didn’t want her to put her hand in my armpit and then stick it in her mouth, and I was concerned about the proximity of it from where she was nursing. I didn’t want the chemicals to be near her, and then I realized I didn’t want them near me either.
For a time I just stopped wearing deodorant. If I smelled, no one mentioned it, so I will pretend that I didn’t! Of course, during those first months I wasn’t getting out all that often and was not so concerned about needing deodorant. However, there did come a time when I figured wearing deodorant would be a good idea again! And back I went to the grocery store looking for something natural. I ended up, again, not finding anything that I was happy with. Instead I came home and started to research.
What I found was that you can make your own deodorant, so that is what I did!
1/4 cup coconut oil
1 Tablespoon grated beeswax
1/2 teaspoon Vitamin E oil
4-6 drops tea tree oil (or other essential oil)
3 Tablespoons corn starch (or arrowroot powder)
3 Tablespoons baking soda
Melt coconut oil, beeswax, Vitamin E oil, tea tree oil in a double boiler. Add corn starch and baking soda until combined. Let cool and then spoon into an old deodorant container *or* put in a glass jar and store in fridge if your house is warm.
Do you make any of your own beauty products? Are you concerned about chemical exposure in deodorant or other hygiene items?