I like to blog about the random things i am proud of: Namely new recipes and things that bring out my inner hippie.
I stopped using mainstream, store-bought deodorant, probably soon after High School with the birth of my oldest son. I remember getting a few samples in my cheerleader days, but since then I have been on a quest to find the best Non-Antiperspirant on the market. I learned the dangers of Aluminum early on, and have steered clear of Aluminum pots,vaccinations, and ESPECIALLY ANTI-PERSPIRANT ever since. I am not interested in putting toxic compounds near my lymph nodes and precious breast tissue on a daily basis. Nor am i interested in preventing my body from carrying out its NORMAL processes: namely sweating and menstruation.
That's not to say I haven't struggled a bit with a good dose of BO. Ask my husband. In the summertime, he would walk in the door and let me know he smelled some 'funk'. Upon attending a mom group in the city, I learned about "zinc drink", a bizarre liquid that when taken over a couple of weeks, will prevent body odor that is more 'internal'. Not to be mistaken with a normal 'cleansing period', where your body, (now freely allowed to sweat out toxins) will probably release a few....and it may take a few months.
Anyhoo, I love ordering deodorant from http://www.oyinhandmade.com/ on a strong referral from my sister-in-law. She introduced me to "funk butter" a few years ago. But when ordered in the summer, the little tin cans they some in get warm and the consistency of the product changes....Then, I went to the new store called, "LUSH" and they used to have a similar product....and have since discontinued it. Since then, I have been experimenting with deodorant on my own. Most recently, I will get a lemon-y smelling shea butter bar from Lush, add in the coconut oil and baking soda, maybe a bit of olive oil and/or Trader Joe's Lavender oil, then VOILA. A mixture of Homemade Goodness, suitable for underarm use. It made enough to last a long time AND give a jar to a friend.
Next, I will probably just get pure shea butter from a different and less expensive source and add my own essential oil..... I will let you know how i smell.