Sustainable Sunday #2

I know I have only managed one Sustainable Sunday post on an actual Sunday but the past few weeks have been chaotic. But with that I have not forgotten my zero waste goals! Last weekend was Diner en Blanc, which some of you may have seen on my Instagram, which I managed to pull off completely zero waste, including my outfit. Food carried in a picnic hamper with linen bags and glass containers, reusable cutlery and glasses, and of course cloth napkins and tablecloths. And the outfit you ask? Opshop dress, lace slip made by my wonderful mother and shoes borrowed by my lovely friend Robbie (keep an eye out, upcoming profile on this stunner of a woman).


This weekend just pasted I decided to take some time off and spend it with my family at the beach. Sometimes you’ve got to just stop and take a breather.

Anyway, on to the next zero waste option! Let’s talk about deodorants. We all rely heavily on an effective deodorant that keeps us feeling fresh all day but what’s in those deodorants isn’t so pretty. Aluminium is the active ingredient in most standard deodorants, this is a chemical people! It has also been linked to cancer and alzheimers. Where in the case that our skin absorbs 60% of everything we put onto it, we have to be careful. So it got me thinking, why would I put anything on my skin that I wouldn’t eat or ingest?

In comes my 2nd zero waste product, homemade deodorant that actually works! Yes I can hear a lot of you moan, “I’ve tried natural deodorants they don’t work!” Well I’m here to challenge you to make this one and see how you go. I’ve been using it for a while now and yes while you do still sweat, you won’t smell. I know bold claim. Give it a go!

Here’s the recipe

6 Tablespoons Coconut oil

¼ cup baking soda

¼ Cup Cornflour

Essential oils – I used Lavender and Dewberry

Sift together the baking soda and corn flour, then add the coconut oil and 20-30 drops of essential oils. Mix well. Pour into a jar or old stick deodorant container and pop into the fridge to set. I like to keep mine in the fridge during the day and take it out at night so it is soft enough to scoop out in the morning. Just use finger tips to apply. Easy as!

Sometimes life is busy and you may not have time to make these recipes that I share so I want to be able to share brought alternatives to make life that little easier.

My sister has just introduced me to crystal deodorant made from mineral salts and she does have a bad word to say about it! I am still trying to source it down here in the Waikato but it is available at Ceres Organics in Auckland. It’s about $14 and lasts a full year, no nasties and re-useable container.

I’d love to hear if you have any favourite natural deodorants that you use and swear by. One thing that works for someone might not work for everyone.

Next week, the wonderful world of Castile Soap

Happy Sustainable Sunday!