I do my deodorant myself for quite a while now, as you can see from this article. My boyfriend really likes the spray version and still uses it each and every day. We refined the recipe throughout the last year, that’s why I updated the article today. Now on to my deodorant cream. I wanted an alternative which takes care of my skin and leaves my armpits dry. Of course I did a bit of research and it didn’t take me long to decide on what I wanted to do. I tested the deodorant cream for a week now and I’m very happy with it. It works great!
For a small jar you need:
- 2 tablespoons coconut oil
- 1,5 teaspoons baking soda
- 1 teaspoon salt
The preparation is as easy as it could be. Just toss everything in a small bowl and mix it with a fork. Transfer it to your jar and you’re done!
If you don’t like the consistency, you can grind the baking soda and salt in a mortar first. Of course, you can also add a few drops of essential oil to your deodorant, but I like it pure.
The deodorant cream will last for a long time. After one week of using it, you can’t see anything missing. For application you just use your fingers. Always wash your hands before applying it- that way you keep bacteria out of your deodorant cream 😉
Fasting on waste
Now on to the topic of fasting on waste. To be honest, I never tried fasting before. So this is quite new to me as well. I stopped buying packaged fruits and vegetables quite a while ago which is actually quite easy- especially when buying organic food. At the beginning of this year I started to read a lot about zero waste and this was actually the reason to try fasting on waste. I mean, why not? The worst thing that could possibly happen, is that you fail.
In my hometown Augsburg it is actually quite easy. Especially when you are living as close to the city center as we do. The market is a great place to shop unpackaged, regional and seasonal vegetables and fruits. In addition we have a really nice bulk store. Here is what I take with me for shopping:
When I go shopping, I always take my reusable vegetable bags with me. I made them myself using a broken laundry net. For dry ingredients like pasta, lentils or tea I always take some jars with me. The big bag is for bread and rolls which I only buy when I don’t have time to make them myself. In addition, it can be useful to take some boxes with you, if you want to buy cheese or meat. Last but not least you need a basket, a big bag or a rucksack to store everything you buy.
My conclusion until now is that this is great fun! I neither need more time for shopping nor do I spend more than before. The ritual of going grocery shopping changes. You have to think ahead and plan what to take with you, but that’s all. I’m really amazed by how helpful people are. I could even convince one of our local butchers of putting the meat in my own box 🙂 I think I will stick to this way of living even when Lent is over. It makes me happy and I always get really positive feedback. Always remember that it is not about perfection, but about making better choices. Try it yourself and just start with my super nice zero waste deodorant cream!