If you are making the effort to lead a zero waste lifestyle, one area in your routine that can present a challenge is your period. Menstruation presents more than a few inconveniences in daily life, and going green is surely one of them.
Reimagining your grooming, beauty, and self care routines for a zero waste world can seem daunting. From the detective-level research on packaging to second-guessing mixed reviews on a product’s effectivity – it can be easy to assume a zero waste bathroom is unattainable. Let’s take it one step at a time and tackle your zero-waste lotion options.
I like a good exfoliating body wash as much as the next guy. You can find a million different body washes and scrubs at the store. Unfortunately, a lot of these options are loaded with chemicals as well as tiny plastic microbeads that perform the task of exfoliation. I’m not super into washing chunks of plastic down the drain every time I hop in the shower. Ever since I found out those lovely bits of scrubbing’ stuff were actually plastic I have been on the look out for a good homemade body scrub alternative.
Since it seems like you can clean pretty much anything with baking soda. I decided I would put it to the test and making my very own homemade body scrub with baking soda and essential oils.
I’ve tried a couple homemade deodorant powders here on The Homemade Experiment. I’ve tried just using Arrowroot Powder as Deodorant which actually works well. I’ve tried a combination of Arrowroot Powder and Baking Soda Deodorant Powder which works really well.
For this recipe I’m taking it one step further and adding in some essential oils. We’re going beyond works well with this one into the realm of smells good too!
I’m not an essential oil expert, but I do know that depending on what essential oils you add you can get benefits ranging from wonderful scents to anti-microbial effects which can help cut down on the stink! So depending on what essential oils you use you can make the perfect deodorant powder with this recipe.
Without further ado, here’s how to make homemade deodorant powder with baking soda, arrowroot powder, and essential oils.
Previously I’ve made homemade deodorant powder using a combination of cornstarch and baking soda. It’s a pretty simple recipe to be sure, but I wanted to see if it even needs to be that complicated. I wanted to see if you really need both ingredients to make an effective deodorant powder.
I decided to try using starch and baking soda individually for several days each to find out either one can be used as effective homemade deodorant powder.