Lately I have been intensely interested in the ingredients found in my everyday beauty supplies after coming across a glossary of toxins most commonly found in beauty products.
Let's see, I use shampoo, conditioner, body soap, body lotion, tooth paste, facial soap, deodorant and make-up probably every single day of my life... could it really be that these products are slowly poisoning me?
I pulled every product I own off my shelves and examined the ingredients of each one. As I cross referenced back to the glossary, you could almost hear the alarm bells going off in my head.
Dear lord, the synthetic world is a scary place. I couldn't even pronounce all of the endless ingredients in my beloved $26 Frederic Fekkai shampoo.
What's worse is that wasn't even the worst of it. Deodorants contain hormone-disrupting parabens linked to cancer! Oh and antiperspirants prevent sweating by blocking your pores with aluminum. Studies have proven that aluminum can mimic estrogen and identified as a neurotoxin at high levels.
I rub that sh** in my armpits everyday!! Sometimes two to three times a day depending on the weather and my gym schedule!!!
I don't want cancer or Alzheimers! This is enough to get me interested in a more natural alternative.
I made a small batch of coconut oil deodorant and tried it at the gym. I had a crazy upperbody strength training workout, and overall the deodorant held up pretty well. It was only at the end that I noticed a slight hint of B.O, which was to be expected with the intensity of the workout.
So here is my Coconut oil deodorant recipe:
What You Need:
- 3 Tbs. Coconut Oil
- 3 Tbs. Baking Soda
- 2 Tbs. Shea Butter
- 2 T Cornstarch
- 5-10 drops of your favourite essential oils (I used Ylang Ylang for some and Tea Tree Oil for others)
- A cupcake pan (mine is for mini cupcakes)
- A clean pickle jar or mason jar
I reused a clean old salsa jar to combine all of the first 3 ingredients. I then placed the jar into a saucepan of hot water to melt the oils and mix in the baking soda well. The good thing about using an old jar, is that I don't have to worry about washing it out. I actually keep reusing this particular jar just for this deodorant mixture.
Once the oils and baking soda are well mixed, take the jar out of the hot water and add in the cornstarch. Mix well.
Pour the mixture into a cupcake pan. At this point you can add the essential oils to each one and give a little stir. I wish I hadn't actually used the plastic liner. There is no need for this step, and I could have saved the environment one nasty plastic wrap at a time. I now know better.
Place the pan in the fridge until the whole thing cools to solid pucks.
Pop them out of the pan and there you have it!
Next time I am going to pour the mixture into an old deodorant stick, I just didn't have an empty one on hand.
I'll keep you posted on how well this holds up to a crazy cardio sesh.