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Natural Options for Personal Care Products
For those of us who have embraced this way of living and eating, it starts to seem counterintuitive to slather our bodies with chemical cocktails every day. Unfortunately, most conventional deodorants, shampoos, lotions, and other personal care products are filled with chemicals and artificial ingredients that can negatively affect our skin and our health. (Check out the health rating of your favorite products at the Cosmetics Database)
The need for many of these products often disappears when you start eating a healthy diet and getting regular exercise. Acne often vanishes, so special facial washes and medications aren’t necessary. Dry skin and eczema go away so lotions are no longer needed.
Even for those of us who no longer need all the scented, chemical products, we still need the basics. If you’ve tried the “natural” options for many conventional products, you likely realized that they are (a) much more expensive and (b) often don’t work as well.
Just as meals made at home are healthier and taste better, most personal care products can easily be made at home and homemade versions are more effective (and cheaper) than natural store bought options.
When I started looking at more natural options for personal care products, the first one I attempted was deodorant. The conventional versions all contain aluminum, which has been linked to Alzheimer’s and breast cancer. Sure, there are plenty of natural options in stores, but they don’t work! (Believe me, as a woman who has been pregnant 4 times and worked out through each pregnancy… I tried them all!)
After many failed attempts at a good homemade version, I finally found one that works! Even better, it is super easy to make and anyone who eats Paleo probably already has the ingredients on hand.
Homemade Deodorant Ingredients:
- 6 Tablespoons of Coconut Oil
- 1/4 cup Baking Soda (without Aluminum)
- 1/4 cup arrowroot or cornstarch (actually optional, but helps absorb wetness)
- Essential oils (optional)
Note: If you don’t have the ingredients, they are all available here.
How To Make Homemade Deodorant:
- Make sure coconut oil is warm enough to be somewhat soft.
- Mix baking soda and arrowroot in a small bowl.
- Add coconut oil and mix with a small spoon or spatula until very well incorporated.
- Add essential oils if desired.
- Store in a small glass jar and apply a small amount with finger tips daily.
Does it Work?
As someone who used to use Secret Clinical Strength, my opinion is that this homemade option works better. It is not an antiperspirant, but it does seem to reduce wetness, and I’ve noticed I’m sweating less, the longer I use it.
If you aren’t in to making your own toiletries, just use plain baking soda or plain coconut oil, as both of those work pretty well by themselves. If you’d prefer a thicker and even more moisturizing option that can even be put in an old deodorant tube, check out that recipe here.
What do you think? Are homemade products a good Paleo alternative or will you stick with your favorite conventional versions?