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I remember the first time I turned a deodorant roll and tried to read the ingredients, only to find a bunch of “ols” “ens” and “ans” and other strange words which I didn’t have any idea what it meant…
But one thing I knew: when you don’t know the meaning, its because it wasn't meant for you to know. If it was good and natural ingredients, then these would be simple and easy to understand.
Even if we don’t fully understand how harmful these ingredients can be, we can all agree that words such as POLYETHILENE GLYCOL or PROPYLPARABEN can not bring any good news, and in fact they don’t. These ingredients are typically harmful to us and known to be related to cancer.
You may be wondering if they are harmful then why are these ingredients used? Cosmetic industry don’t run tests on their products on 20 years basis and since there are no immediate reactions and it smells and looks good they are good enough to be sold.
Fortunately, the market already has natural deodorants options without these toxic ingredients and, very importantly, produced without animal testing (like this).
Personally, after trying a variety of natural and homemade deodorants, I realized that I could easily make these at home using natural and affordable items. I will share with you my favorite recipe for a homemade deodorant which consists of only 3 ingredients, it’s easy to prepare and I can take with me everywhere:
- Coconut Oil - 2 espresso cup
- Baking soda - 1 espresso cups
- Maize starch - 1 espresso cup
Melt the coconut oil In a glass bowl by simmering in water. As soon as it’s melted, take it out of heating and add the other 2 ingredients and mix softly. Take the mixture to the freezer to solidify faster and to ensure that the ingredients don’t separate. When its frozen, pass it to the fridge. As soon as the mixture is solid, it’s ready to use!
The coconut oil hydrates your skin, and the baking soda and Maize starch absorb the sweat and body odors.
In addition to that, I keep a note on my smartphone with the name of the ingredients to avoid when I eventually need to buy cosmetic. If I see one of these ingredients I immediately leave it.
Tip: the ingredients in cosmetic are per order of quantity. First ingredients are in higher quantities, last ingredients in less quantities.
Can you guess what is the first ingredient you should always find when reading the cosmetic ingredients? That’s right: Water!
Challenge: Reuse your waste glass jars for home made cosmetic during one year and check how much plastic you can avoid with this little step! You’ll never go back.
To finish, I would like to share with you the note I keep in my smartphone with the ingredients to avoid when buying cosmetic: