Plastic Free July - Day 13 - Personal Hygiene

It can be really fun to have a go at making your own personal hygiene products. As well as being better for us, avoiding lots of chemical nasties, this is also a great way to avoid the accumulation of throwaway plastic bottles and tubs containing lotions and creams etc.

Blogs like Wellness Mama or a search on Google will bring up numerous recipes to experiment with and try for yourself. It is worth considering the minimum products you really can't do without, and then product by product, try and replace them with plastic-free alternatives. This can take time, and some trial and error.

I have many friends who swear by coconut oil for use as a moisturizer. Coconut oil is now widely available, has many uses, is inexpensive and can be bought in glass jars. Some friends and I tried making our own body butter using the following recipe. It was a bit oily for me, but you may like it ....

1 cup organic raw shea butter (solid),
1/2 cup coconut oil (solid),
1/2 cup olive oil or almond oil (liquid)
Melt shea butter and coconut oil on top of a double boiler, remove from heat and add olive oil. Allow to cool for at least 30 minutes in a freezer or until oil starts to solidify and then whip up in a free standing mixer. Add essential oil if required and store in a jar at room temperature.

One real win for me in this area has been home-made deodorant, and I definitely recommend giving this a try. My husband and I had long been looking for an alternative to regular deodorant; him because of sensitive skin which reacts to deodorant, and me because I had heard of the risks of aluminium in deodorant and links to breast cancer and Alzheimers. We had experimented with a few recipes. I have to say the deodorant bar from Lush worked pretty well for me, but this recipe has been the best one yet - and I haven't looked back. It's the Coconut Oil Home Made Deodorant from Wellness Mama. I have found, after a short adjustment period, I sweat less when using this. A tub lasts ages, and it is so simple to make. Why not give it a try?

6 tablespoons coconut oil,
1/4 cup (4 tablespoons) baking soda (bicarbonate of soda),
1/4 cup (4 tablespoons) of arrowroot,
and essential oils.
Mix the baking soda and arrowroot together in a medium sized bowl. Mash in the coconut oil with a fork until well mixed. Add essential oils if desired. Store in a small glass jar and rub on to underarms as required.

What products could you try making yourself?

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