This was the recipe that changed everything. After reading "There's Lead In Your Lipstick" by Gillian Deacon, I went through my bathroom and looked at all the ingredients I would never want to accidently ingest, so why was I putting it on my skin?
Its the simplest concept. Our skin, our largest organ, is porous and absorbs everything we put on it, so the chemicals we use aren't only getting washed down into our water systems, but they are also getting absorbed into our bodies.
Deodorant was the first product that I tried out, and soon enough, I was making all my products by hand. What I learned about my switch was easy; give your body time to adjust, figure out what works with your body type, and approach any problems holistically.
Switching from products with a ton of chemicals in them to only pure ingredients can be a challenge. It might take awhile for your body to regulate itsself, and for you to get into the swing of things. Trying out different essential oils and carrier oils may take some time but it's definitely worth it, financially and physically.
Lastly, these products use simple ingredients; overall health needs to be examined if they aren't working for you. Clean living will reflect on your skin and through your natural bodily functions. Its important to use a holistic approach, meaning you are looking after your body in all aspects, staying hydrated, eating clean, exercising regularily and getting enough sleep. Be good to your body, and listen to what its telling you.
For more information about the beneficial properties of these ingredients, check out your pantry basics. This can also be made without the coconut oil, if you are interested in a powder to apply with a brush. I store my deodorant in a glass jar, and whether it is solidified or liquid, I apply it with my hands after I have showered.
Easy enough, just get a small bowl and mix all your ingredients together. Adjust the scent by increasing or reducing the amount of essential oils you put in. I specifically chose Lavender and Tea Tree for their anti-septic properties but feel free to use whatever scent you'd like, or leave it plain without any essential oils.
Due to the coconut oil, liquidification of the product is normal. You can still use it in this state, but shake it up and be mindful of how much you use. A little goes a long way!