I tweaked my deodorant recipe to the one I published last week and it seems to have cleared up the discoloration and irritation. It works just as well, too. Same great smell, same great odor fighting. I sweat a little more, but that’s to be expected with less baking soda to soak it up. No stains on my clothes from the oil. No complaints. I’ll keep you updated.
My husband wondered why I went to all the trouble of making my own deodorant and washing my hair with baking soda instead of shampoo. I am trying to go mostly chemical free. I still have some face potions and lotions that I like and want to finish using, but once those are gone I’m not going to buy them again.
I’m going to maybe start making my own soap from scratch one of these days. As it is I use glycerin soap (until I run out of soap base). I need to get a book on soap making and see what all the different ingredients do for your skin, that should help me decide what type of soap I want to make. Last time I was at the used bookstore they had one, if it’s still there, I’ll snap it up.
I’m not sure if I’m going to switch to natural toothpaste or not yet, but I know that it can be made with just baking soda and water to make paste, and a little peppermint oil to make it taste/smell better. I’ll give it a try and we’ll see. I do have sensitive teeth though and that makes it tricky. The baking soda is less abrasive than any toothpaste, but I’m not sure how that will play into keeping my teeth from being sensitive. This is one area where I may have to just suck it up and use a commercial toothpaste for sensitive teeth. I’ll need to do some research first.
One of the things I’ve found with natural products and recipes is that there is a lot of crud science out there. Things like homeopathic medicine and the like can creep into an otherwise sound recipe and cause havoc. The problem is that it’s difficult to suss out the real from the junk. There is no scientific evidence for much of what’s tossed around in the natural products arena. Essential oils curing anything, oil pulling, aromatherapy, it’s all hearsay and anecdotes. Much of it isn’t harmful (though some can be), but it’s not effective either. Make sure you are checking reputable resources and using your common sense. None of the recipes I put on this blog claim to cure anything or do anything but replace chemical-laden products with natural ones. I have found them effective and cheap, but you may not find them as useful. None of these can cure disease or anything like that. I’m exploring, just like you.