Tuesday, January 12, 2010
Each year, I seem to be getting farther and farther down this "natural living" road. It's not really a path I ever consciously set out on, but sort of stumbled onto. Every time I go a step further and find some success, I go one step more. Suddenly, I look back and I'm not really sure how I got here. But here I am.
This time, I've been tackling deodorant. Years ago, Mark informed me that I needed to stop using antiperspirants. And like all things I've formed an opinion on, I can't really remember why - hmm something about aluminum - so go look it up. HA!
Of course, I balked at the thought of switching from my fragrant, wonderful deodorant (with antiperspirant), in favor of some junky imitation deodorant with no sweat-fighting ability...and then I scoured the store for an antiperspirant-free deodorant - which at that time was really hard to find.
But, honestly, those deodorants were just NOT that great at their job, and the "natural" ones - were WORSE. They certainly didn't last as long, and I was always slightly leery I might suddenly find myself smelling like a guy's locker room. I even kept a secret "stash" of the real thing (i.e. antiperspirant) in my purse for emergencies. I know...I'm all kinds of messed up, just love me in my quirkiness
The idea of possible making my own...never entered my mind. And then I read this, and this, and this, and...well you get the idea. Suddenly, it didn't seem like such big deal. Especially when I found an easy recipe with ingredients I already had in the house: Baking soda, corn starch, and coconut oil.
So I made it. And it works great!!! It lasts an entire day and night (no reapplying before bed or anything), and it's just as good as any antiperspirant - but with none of the chemicals. I absolutely love this stuff and am so happy I finally found an easy and CHEAP solution that actually works.