It’s the first Thursday of the month, so today I’m tackling my One Green Thing for February. This month I’ll be taking on a DIY project. But first, I’ll talk about my pledge to do some gardening research last month.
So, how did my efforts to read up on gardening and come up with a good plan for my 2013 garden go? In short, they didn’t. Oh, I went to the library. I took out a bunch of books. I put those books on my desk, filled with good intentions. And then the books sat there. And sat there. And sat there. I didn’t even crack a single one before I got the email from the library letting me know that they were due shortly. At that point, I realized there was no way I was getting through them, and I declared defeat. Sometimes, you just have to concede your failure and move on.This month, however, I am once again buoyed by optimism. And buoyed by that optimism, I have decided to try making my own deodorant.
I try to avoid using traditional antiperspirants, because I’m concerned about the ingredients they contain. In particular, I am worried about phthalates and other chemicals in artificial fragrance, and about parabens. I would prefer not to use a product that’s strongly-scented and that contains a number of chemicals with long names that I can’t pronounce.
For a few years I’ve been on the hunt for a good natural alternative to commercial antiperspirants, and I’ve mostly come up empty. I’ll find something that works, but usually after a few weeks its effectiveness seems to diminish, and I find myself back at square one. It recently occurred to me that I wash my face with honey, and I wash my hair with baking soda and apple cider vinegar. So why not try one of the many recipes floating around the internet for homemade deodorant? If it doesn’t work, it’s still cheaper than most natural options, and I’m no worse off than I am now. If it does work, I’m saving money, and ensuring that I know exactly what I’m slathering on my underarms.
The fact that I’m trying this project during the winter does give me something of an advantage, and perhaps makes the test a little bit unfair. But the truth is that the natural deodorants don’t work for me at this time of year, so I don’t think the seasonal impact will be too high.
At the end of the month I’ll let you know how it went. In the meantime, if you’ve ever tried making your own deodorant, I’d love to hear from you. Any tips, ideas or suggestions are very welcome! Also, if you’d like to get in on the act and take on One Green Thing of your own, I’d love to hear about it. Feel free to grab the button from this post if you’re blogging about it, and spread the enviro-love.