I often say to my patients and friends, if you wouldn’t put it in your body you shouldn’t put it on your body.
We live in an ever more toxic environment; much of our exposure to environmental toxins can not be completely controlled.
However, we can control what we choose to put in and on our body.
Hygiene products, like body washes, shampoo, conditioner, and deodorant can be a huge source of endocrine-disrupting chemicals.
Of course, most people want to feel and smell clean and are afraid that stepping away from their favorite store brand may leave them sticky and stinky. Unfortunately, many “natural or organic” deodorants leave you smelling worse than you did without them. Since I work in close proximity with my patients, I needed to find a way to smell good (at least not bad) and honor my mantra of “only put on your body what you would put in your body.”
Fortunately there are many helpful resources to find ways to make really good products to use in your daily body and household maintenance with substances you probably have in your kitchen pantry.
Following are a few that I have found helpful:
The last batch of homemade deodorant I made has received rave reviews:
I followed the recipe from http://www.passionatehomemaking.com/2013/01/homemade-all-natural-deodorant.html and added some delicious essential oils for their therapeutic benefits as well as divine scents. With just three basic ingredients this recipe is quick and easy.
6-8 Tbsp Coconut oil (solid state)
1/4 cup baking soda
1/4 cup arrowroot powder or cornstarch (arrowroot is preferred over cornstarch, but cornstarch can be substituted if that is what you have)
I added about 10 drops of frankincense and lime essential oils to this and everyone who has tried it has loved it.
You can also add a bit of vanilla from your cupboard or any other yummy scents that come from pure essential oils.
For more information about safe body and household products, and to see if your products withstand the test of reducing your toxic load check out:
The Environmental Working Group: http://www.ewg.org/
Skin Deep: http://www.ewg.org/skindeep/
Washington Toxics Coalition: http://watoxics.org/
Be the change you want to see. Yes we should have policies that protect us from corporations dumping toxins into our food, body products and our environment. We can work towards that, while taking care of ourselves.