Hi Everyone! This is Evy here. :)
I've always been interested in healthy eating & living, and as a Science teacher, I get asked tons of weird questions daily and love to share what I have learned (and continue to learn!).
Three years ago, I read a book called "Never Be Sick Again" by Raymond Francis. It's a book that has made a significant impact on my life. Sadly, yes, I've been sick again since reading the book, but I don't exactly follow everything it says either (oops!). I love the simplicity of the book's premise: there are only 2 reasons cells (and thus we) get sick: deficiency and toxicity. Deficiency comes about when we don't consume enough nutrients (Do you eat enough fruits and vegetables daily? Is there enough variety? I know I'm still guilty of not eating enough "colours"!). Toxicity comes not only from the food we eat (think about all the pesticides!), but also from our new cars, furniture, and household items. The book began with the story of how the author was once severely allergic to many things... including the smell of ink from a newly printed book. That really made me think. If that smell could make someone so sick, it can't be good for me, can it?
Anyhoo, there is my very long introduction to this blog post. The book mentioned how many toxic chemicals are in deodorants, so making a homemade deodorant was suddenly on top of my to-do list. Kin has been using this for more than two years now, and he loves it! I love the fresh scent of coconut. Sexier than those body sprays! ;)
This amazing recipe came from Clotilde's Chocolate & Zucchini Blog. I've made some minor adaptations to make it easier to make and use. And if you don't mind getting some beewax and essential oil, you can make a temperature-stable and thus travel-friendly version!
Coconutty Natural Deodorant
Prep Time: 10 min; Ready in: The next day (overnight refrigeration needed)
This lasts one person 2-3 months.
2 tablespoons baking soda
2 tablespoons starch of your choice (we've always used corn starch, but you can use arrowroot powder, potato starch, or tapioca)
3 tablespoons (35 grams) organic virgin coconut oil, softened (available now at most food stores, including Costco)
1. In a small bowl, combine (2 tbs) baking soda and (2 tbs) starch.
2. Add the (3 tbs) coconut oil. Stir until smooth and creamy.
3. Use plastic wrap to line a separate small bowl. Pour the creamy mixture into the plastic wrap. Gather and twist the plastic wrap at the top. Kin likes to shape his like an oval soap.
4. Keep the wrapped creamy mixture in the small bowl to refrigerate overnight or until hardened. Voila!
5. Rub it on as you would with a normal deodorant. Keep in an airtight container in the fridge to maintain its shape. Alternatively, keep at room temperature and use it like a lotion.