You probably already know that you skin is your largest organ. But do you stop to think of what you put on your skin and how that is being ingested into your body? The chemicals found in skin cream, deodorant, shampoo, conditioner and toothpaste all impact on our health. My golden rule is if you wouldn't eat it, don't put it on your skin!
I've tried lots of different deodorants to try to find one that actually works. I have to be honest and say that I haven't found much in the shops that I think is worth paying extra money for. So for years I've been using bicarbonate of soda as deodorant. I've really liked this but it sometimes leaves white marks under my arm pits. I was talking to a friend who shared with me her deodorant recipe and now I am thrilled to share it with you!
I use equal parts arrowroot flour (also called tapioca flour and these days it can be found in health food stores and your local supermarket) and bicarbonate of soda. To this I mix in enough melted coconut oil to make it into a smooth paste and a few drops of essential oil. In winter time this will be a firmer deodorant and in summer time this will be more liquid. This is because coconut oil melts at 24 degrees so you'll just need to play with your recipe depending on the season.
This deodorant is actually good for your skin and won't expose you to parabens (these affect your immune system and hormones), aluminium (a known cause of brain degeneration), preservatives and other toxins that your body needs to eliminate.
When it comes to body moisturiser, coconut oil can be your best friend. It gets quite slippery so you won't need too much but it will keep your skin beautifully hydrated.
I haven't found a shampoo that I love, I just keep trying different brands that use natural ingredients and I haven't yet gone down the path of making my own. If you have a recipe for natural shampoo and conditioner that you'd like to share I would love to hear from you!