So I'm sharing my favourite deodorant recipe — it even works on "TV sweat" (when I'm live, on-camera talking about the toxics in cosmetics).
And it's fit for the whole family — even winning over some hard-core skeptics — as revealed in the last Queen of Green Coaches program, where 50 families took steps to confront the toxics in their lives.
You already read what happened during Module 1: Waste and Module 2: Food. Module 3: Toxics is often cited as the most difficult for families going "green". It's a real game-changer, yet it consistently yields the biggest changes!
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Families committed to lowering their day-to-day exposure to harmful pollution by:
- Learning how to avoid the Dirty Dozen ingredients in personal care products
- Hosting "make and take" green cleaning workshops
- Disposing of household hazardous waste at a local eco-centre
- Making and gifting homemade laundry soap
- Going grey (no more hair dye)
- Researching non-toxic furniture options (blog to come!)
- Making their child's birthday gift with non-toxic paint and recycled wood
- Switching to cast iron cookware
- Avoiding antibacterial hand soap and scented air fresheners, too
- And changing brands or making their own deodorant...
Don't sweat it deodorant balm recipe
Preparation time: 15 minutes
Yield: about 90 ml
Shelf life: six months
15 ml shea butter (or cocoa butter)
15 ml coconut oil
15 ml baking soda
15 ml cornstarch (or arrowroot powder)
30 ml beeswax, grated
Optional: 2-5 drops of essential oil(s) — lemon, tea tree, lavender, thyme, and myrrh.
*Note: essential oils are powerful, so start with small amounts. And always do a test patch on your skin. If you have sensitive skin or scent sensitivities, don't use essential oils.
Did you know that coconut oil has antiviral, antibacterial, and antifungal properties?
Put about 50 ml of water into a small pot on low heat. Add first five ingredients to a small metal bowl. Create a double boiler by placing the bowl on top of the pot. Stir ingredients until melted. Remove from heat and add essential oils. Stir. Let cool before storing in air-tight container.
Dab a pea-sized amount under each arm. It will melt on contact with your body heat. Everyone's body chemistry is different, so you may find you need to adjust the blend and amount of essential oils that work for you.
Comment on this blog with your "must try" deodorant recipe!
Lindsay Coulter, a fellow Queen of Green