I love simple green smoothies, and today I have to admit one of their posts had really hit home for me. I’ve tried every natural deodorant out there in an effort to avoid the harmful ingredients in commercial brands (i.e. aluminum). So far, every one has failed. You see, I sweat a lot. I sweat so much I prefer to call it “glistening”, like a horse. So, after 4 hours of glistening (yes, even indoors) I’ve sweated my natural-schmatural deodorant off. All the way off. And I get a little smelly 😦
So, when I read the testimonial for this homemade deodorant from another girl who has had the same experience with natural deodorants and who lives in Florida (I live in New Orleans) I had to try it….and she is right. It’s amazing. See for yourself:
1/2 c. baking soda
1/2 c. arrowroot powder
5 tbs unrefined coconut oil
20 drops of grapefruit essential oil
1. Mix baking soda and arrowroot together—I used my craigslist-score Kitchenaid Mixer.
2. Next add the oils and mix well.
3. Pour into clean jar.
“Use a popsicle stick to get the deodorant out of the container and make sure you use enough under your arms to keep you “sure” all day long.
It does take a little bit to get used to the application process, but it’s worth it. Not to mention the money I save and the chemicals I avoid, like aluminum. Although, there’s no solid evidence that aluminum-based compunds lead to cancer and Alzheimer’s disease, there are correlations. And to me, that’s reason enough to ditch it.
The less chemicals I put in and around my body, the better chance I have to be doing cartwheels around the grandkids someday.
Simple living takes baby steps. I am trying to get there. Trying to simplify. Trying to reduce my risk of cancer and live a longer, healthier life. And if I can lead by example, then a healthy family is pretty much in the bag, right?”