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DIY Toothpaste & Deodorant (Same Recipe Base!)

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Hey everyone 🙂 A loooong time ago, I wanted to write a review comparing different kinds of deodorant since I wanted to eventually move away from the ones that are filled with aluminum compounds, parabens, triclosan (FDA labeled this as a pesticide) propylene glycol (also known as “non-toxic” anti-freeze, guys!!), and more, many of which can cause skin irritations and allergic reactions, and have potential links to cancer… Not to scare you guys away from reading, but it’s important to be informed what you put on your body, especially since deodorants get absorbed through your skin and goes into your system! There are a whole bunch of lymph nodes that reside in the vicinity of your underarms, and can become inflamed and swollen from the toxic additives that are in your deodorant.

I’ve been following many zero waste vloggers and bloggers, and quite a few of them have switched to more natural, zero waste alternatives for deodorant, such as making their own! The tubes that your deodorant and toothpaste are packaged in are often made from plastic that can’t be recycled, so if you want to make a more conscious decision to produce less waste, you can consider making your own deodorant and toothpaste! I’ve just made my first mini-batch of both deodorant and toothpaste, and wanted to share my experience with you.

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Ingredients:

  • baking soda
  • coconut oil
  • essential oils (for scent) – the brand I use is Calily
  • Stevia (for toothpaste)

Steps:

  1. Mix 1 part baking soda, 1 part coconut oil into a container. **I had done 1/2 cup of each, but I would recommend using less coconut oil since it just sits at the top and doesn’t mix very well!**
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  2. Add an appropriate amount of essential oil (the scent of your choice) to the baking soda/coconut oil mix.
  3. Since I was making both toothpaste and deodorant, I separated them into two containers since I wanted different scents for each.
  4. I added peppermint essential oil into the toothpaste mix, and tea tree oil into the deodorant mix. **I put in about 6 drops in each set, but if you want to add more or less, that’s up to you! I’m not a fan of mixing scents, but if you’re adventurous, go for it ;)**
  5. (So I didn’t have Stevia…BUT I highly recommend you invest in some for your toothpaste)

When I tried using my toothpaste sans Stevia, I have to admit, my mouth just felt really greasy from the coconut oil, and salty from that strong baking soda flavor! If you can handle that overwhelming taste, then there’s no need to get Stevia, but I am going to hold off on using my mix for brushing my teeth until I get some… 🙂

For the deodorant, many bloggers have mentioned that your body will take some time to detox and get used to not having chemicals block your sweat glands from producing sweat, so I’m being patient and waiting for the magic to happen! It’s important to mention that sweat should not smell bad; it is the bacteria that would cause an unpleasant odor, so make sure you wash your underarms thoroughly and pat dry after you shower, before you put on the deodorant! Another important tip is if you’re going to transition to your own DIY deodorant, it’s best to do it during the fall going into winter, or in the spring before the summer, that way it’s still cool enough that you won’t produce much sweat, and your body gets enough time to adjust!

There are some people who say that baking soda can be really irritating for their skin, but so far I’ve been okay (maybe it’s the coconut oil that protects my skin!)

Be sure to create only small batches since there’s really no sure-fire way of keeping out random bacteria from creeping into your products, and you don’t want to create a whole vat of this mix only for it to be unusable–coconut oil ain’t cheap, y’all!

Hope you all enjoyed reading 🙂

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As Seen on TV: Nohbo

I am guilty of watching and keeping up with too many television shows, including Shark Tank, a show where entrepreneurs young and old try to get Sharks to invest in their companies! It’s been eye-opening to see some of the inventions and ideas that people come up with, and how creative some people can be.

Lately, I’ve been more environmentally conscious and have been following Zero Waste Home and other YouTube vloggers who started this sort of lifestyle. I’m not sure I’ll ever get to that level, but I’m certainly an avid recycler and I always carry my trash with me until I find a proper trash can! According to the EPA, Americans produced over 250 million TONS of trash, and recycled and composted 87 tons from this trash (about a 34% recycling rate); and on average, we produce over 4 pounds of waste per day–pretty crazy, huh?

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When I leave for grad school, I’m  hoping to continue my habit of recycling, and maybe even take up composting if my school has composting bins for food waste 😮  We only have one earth to live on, and we should take better care of it. I’ve heard of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch from the documentary called Plastic Paradise, and see too often people in NYC littering in the streets when there are recycling bins on the corner of the block 😦

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So, back to my original reason I wanted to write this post. There was a teenaged boy featured on Shark Tank who created an ingenious invention called Nohbo, which is an eco-friendly shampoo ball. After watching Plastic Paradise, I thought this was a brilliant idea! We all need to wash our hair a couple of times a week at a minimum, so we’ll always need shampoo or some kind of alternative, but with all the plastic the world is producing, where does it all go? Nohbo is great because it is eliminating the plastic bottle packaging by wrapping these single-use shampoo balls in a biodegradable material that can be composted later. It’s available on their website for pre-ordering right now, and I think it’s a step in the right direction for people who want to actively take care of our planet and consciously buy more environmentally friendly products 🙂

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