Sorry guys, I slacked off for a while and although I kept reminding myself to write I still failed. It’s astonishing how chemo reduced my concentration and I haven’t really been able to do things like write and read (I just started on a book and stopped 1/10 of the way!!!).
I have been writing about food recipes on this blog. A major aspect that changed in my life is my use of less-processed products in order to reduce my body’s intake of harmful chemicals and substances. I feel like me having cancer is a wakeup call to tell me that I should revert to the very basics. I must admit, before I became ill, I was a fan of personal care products filled with chemicals such as antiperspirants, lotions, soaps, to home cleaning products such as all purpose cleaners and other cleaning detergents.
Today I present to you the first thing I switched to – Basic Homemade Deodorant.
Now, you might think – “I smell good with my current deodorant, why would I bother going through all the trouble of making this?” I thought the same before I had cancer. I used to be quite an active guy, like a lot of guys at the gym I sweated a lot and relied the use of good smelling deodorants and sprayed it all over myself in the changing room… well… I declare that the spraying part is over.
The primary ingredients used in commercial antiperspirants and deodorants include aluminium, parabens, propylene glycol, which are linked breast cancer and increased risk of Alzheimer’s disease (source).
Check your deodorant’s label – sometimes they even disguise the ugly fact that they use these ingredients by using synonyms so that you get misled into thinking that they don’t. So do yourself a favour and start using natural stuff.
The below recipe is from around the internet and I experimented around with it.
Prep time – 30 min max
- Organic cold pressed coconut oil (I used this brand [note affiliated link] – excellent flavour and very reasonably priced)
- Baking Soda (I used this [note affiliated link])
Just measure equal parts. Mash/mix all of the above to make a paste. Add a few drops of essential oil(s) of your choice. I used tea tree oil for its antibacterial properties.
Depending on the climate, the coconut oil may need to be melted down as it liquifies at 24C/76F. If so, heat water in a pan and double boil coconut oil over it and let it melt a bit and mix! After mixing, pour into a temperature safe container and put it in the fridge for an hour.
You can stop here and use it as a deodorant bar under normal room temperature. Or, read on…
I took the deodorant bar and further blitzed it in the food processor in order for it to become fluffy and made easier to apply.
I need to emphasize that this is the most basic recipe I have worked with; there are ways you can make it different and personal such as adding shea butter and other oils to it.
Easy right? Try it out and let me know what you think.