Here is a reflection theme for today:
Health is beauty, but what do we do when beauty gets in the way of health?
The cosmetics industry today is all about compromises, and none of it sounds reasonable enough for us to make a choice. It just doesn’t seem fair to be in the position to only choose one between basic daily cosmetics and health. Let’s take, for example, some good deodorants for excessive sweating which we can find in regular stores: everyone knows that antiperspirants and some compounds of the deodorants are bad for our health, even to the extent of causing cancer. So I’m not exaggerating when I say that we basically end up having to choose between a normal social life and cancer. So much for a choice, right?
Fortunately, the DIY trend is kind of hot right now, which gives us more alternatives, so freedom of movement. This means that we have more resources and available information to start providing these goodies ourselves. This is the best way we can make sure what we are using daily is not killing us softly.
So I am going to share with you some DIY recipes to replace standard deodorants with homemade ones. No worries, their efficiency is proven and you’ll have the chance to test it yourself, if you follow some simple steps described below.
There are many ingredients known for their help in the fight against body odor, but there is a special mix I have tested myself, which I hope will help those of you who want to smell pretty and be healthy at the same time. 100% natural, cross my heart and hope to… well, live happily ever after!
What you will need: 3 tablespoons of coconut oil and the same amount of baking soda, 2 of shea butter, 2 of cornstarch and 5 drops of essential oil (it can be any flavor).
How to do it:
Fill a small pot with water and put a small glass jar with the shea butter in it. Keep the pot simmering until the shea butter has melted. Next, take the pot away from the heat and add the baking soda and the cornstarch, mixing all these elements until you have a homogeneous and smooth result. Then all you have to do is to pour in the essential oil and let the composition cool. Voilà! There you have your shiny new, completely safe and efficient homemade deodorant.
How to use it:
After it has cooled down, you will see that the composition is solid. So you can take out a small amount using a tablespoon, rolling the substance to make it more compact and applying it onto your armpits. Then rub the area until the composition is soaked into the sensitive skin. Some choose to use an old deodorant tube as tool to help them apply it, it’s up to you to see which way fits you best. And if you’re thinking about stains on your clothes, there is no need to worry. Still, just to reassure yourself, you could wait 5 minutes after you apply the deodorant in order to put your clothes on, so the skin is completely dry when it gets in touch with the texture of the clothes.
So you see, it’s not so hard to do it yourself. It’s true, it is not so time efficient as going to the store and buying the best skin friendly deodorant you see on the shelf, but this one lasts longer and is incomparably healthier, so it is definitely worth the effort in the long run.
I’m very interested in finding out any alternatives to the “classical” commercial deodorants. Do you have any secret ingredients which you are using? Don’t hesitate to share with us below!