Friday, June 21, 2013

hippie pit



There are probably a dozen reasons why I choose to stay away from commercial deodorants/antiperspirants..the aluminum likely being number one for me. It really is in pretty much every single commercial deodorant/antiperspirant regardless of brand or form. If you google the health risks of using products that contain aluminum..grab your hot tea mug and glasses because you will come up with a lot of reading. There is controversy about the sources of credibility of the health risk claims and so on..there will always be controversy and I am not making any such claims in this post. I am simply stating that I proceed with caution when it comes to putting anything on my skin..especially when there is plausible concern. A couple of years ago I started working on some natural deodorants, one I referred to fondly as Hippie Pit. I never did market Hippie Pit. The main reason being, it was just too easy for me. So instead I have handed out this concept to everyone and everyone that inquires! Deodorants are probably up there with one of the most simplest things to create. If you want to give a small sample a try, here's a simple DIY formula:
  • 1 tablespoon arrowroot powder  (helps absorb perspiration)
  • 1 tablespoon of aluminum-free baking soda (blocks odor and prevents bacteria growth)
  • 1/2 tablespoon of melted coconut oil to moisten
  • 5 drops of lavender essential oil (because I have a thing for lavender)
- if it's too moist add a bit more arrowroot, if it's too dry add a bit more coconut oil until you get the consistency you like. You can substitute or add corn starch if you'd like (GMO free..if you can find it) or you can skip the baking soda if that is too harsh for your skin and just use arrowroot powder. You can also use a combination of shea butter and coconut oil or use only melted shea...you can also add another essential oil of your choice instead of lavender - like citrus oils, rosemary and ginger..or skip them all and make it completely unscented. And if you decide you love it and want to make an entire container full, you may want to add a little vitamin e oil to help extend the shelf life. You can keep it in a container with a lid and apply it on with your finger, rubbing it in completely or you can put it in a deodorant type stick and rub it on that way. It's that easy.
Hippie Pit
 If you'd like to see how much you're saving by making this yourself  - here are some links to some natural deodorants, a couple I have personally tried but am a faithful Hippie Pit fan now :-)

Rose of Sharon's Deodorant Stick

Bubble & Bee's Organic Deodorant

 your skin is your largest organ...be good to it

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