As part of my plan to reduce the chemical assault on my body, I’m starting with anti-perspirant.
I normally use Sure, which has a terrifying 35 items on its ingredients list, but since ttc I’ve been wary of using it.
I also have a Biosen stick, which I bought because it’s aluminum-free, but on closer inspection it still contains 26 ingredients, one of which is Triclosan. Triclosan has been in the media recently – it’s an antibactieral agent that has been found to impair heart and muscle strength significantly in animals. Nice.
And I also have a Pit Rok spray, which I thought was pretty natural and full of things that wouldn’t harm you. It contains a more moderate 10 ingredients, but this still includes sodium benzoate and 2-Bromo-2-nitropropane-1,3-diol, which (as you just imagine with a name like that) is a controversial ingredient suspected of releasing formaldehyde and causing liver toxicity.
So what’s a girl to do??
I’m going to make my own!
After a bit of research, I found a very simple recipe over at wellness mama.
I gathered together my ingredients:
And melted them in a pyrex jug stood in a saucepan of very hot water.
Then after lots of stirring I poured the lot into a ramekin (I must acquire some better glass containers for future experiments) and popped it in the fridge for about 15 minutes.
I didn’t make too much, so my actual quantities were:
2 teaspoons of coconut oil
1 teaspoon of baking powder
1 teaspoon of shea butter
10 drops each of tea tree and geranium rose
Here’s the finished product:
I have to say I’m not too sure about the smell. I think it might be better without the geranium rose. Or the tea tree. Or both.
And I’m not too sure how I’m going to use it. I think it might have been better in a mould of some sort, so I could use it like a stick.
However, this is all new to me and you have to learn as you go, so I’ll post an update after I’ve used it for a while.
And boy it feels good to chuck the other stuff in the bin 🙂