It's a new year, and time to make some much needed changes. I don't like making resolutions I know are going to be broken, like losing 10 pounds by March or giving up my solitaire addiction. Instead, I look for small steps I can take that will bring long-term change. Being someone who not only cares about the environment, but also about people, I want to align my spending habits with my convictions, supporting ecologically responsible practices, fair trade and companies that offer great working conditions to their employees. I'm tired of reading long, unpronounceable lists of chemical ingredients in the stuff I put on my skin. It's the biggest organ of the body, right? And while I'm pretty careful about what I put INTO my body, I've always been a slave to cute packaging, never giving ingredients a second thought.
So I'm going green for beauty in 2010. If it isn't homemade or organic, with an ingredient list that makes sense, it's not going into my bathroom cupboards. I'm kind of worried about what I'm going to do for hair conditioner, as I absolutely love what I'm currently using, but I'm sure there's an alternative out there. And I'm enjoying the process of researching companies, ingredients and formulations, which appeals to my nerdy side. Of course, because wasting things is wrong, I'll use up most of my current supply before I go on that organic shopping spree.
Well, everything except deodorant. To borrow a phrase from The Angry Chicken, "no, I'm not a dirty hippie." I'm just tired of having my clothes get sticky with that residue that won't come out even after a good washing, and I hate the sickly sweet smells that manufacturers are putting in their products. Who really wants their armpits to smell like peach ice cream? Not to mention the fact that anything antiperspirant contains aluminum...
I discovered some really interesting options out in cyberland, but they're also really expensive. Fifteen dollars for some of the "organic" deodorants, and no guarantee that they smell any better than department store brands. Plus, I have a horror of patchouli and lavender, both scents that feature heavily in the organic options. So today, with the help of my soap-making mother, who has a stock of aromatherapy and coconut oil, we made pots of homemade deodorant.
I'll test it out this week to see how well it works, but so far, I'm pleased with the scent and impressed at the cost. A couple drops of oil, some baking soda, cornstarch and coconut oil in a recycled tin...probably less than $1 in supplies!