Another sorta-meta-approach: “All Roads Lead To The Pits: Homemade Deodorant”, Crunchy Betty (2010-09)
Sources for the first and simplest classic recipe, which may be found all over the interverse, and looks like the basis to many a deodorant sold by Etsy people, people on market-stalls, other indie etailers, etc.:
- “Homemade Natural Deodorant,” Passionate Homemaking, 2008-03: seems to be the main oldest gospel source.
This is the most basic recipe: coconut oil, baking soda / bicarbonate of soda, arrowroot or cornstarch powder (and optional useful bactericidal fungicidal essential oil, e.g. tea tree).
The blog is one that’s full of sensible stuff; I am an avowed atheist but happy to reference, link, and support blogs of a religious persuasion if (as here) they also encourage being a good person and support old-fashioned practical stuff, common sense, and generally say and do the kinds of things my granny would have done.
(OK, originally posted a year ago. But still.) This came to my attention through a link via another link on a discussion board. It’s nice. No, it’s excellent. Well-written, wise, witty, to the point, and true. I agree with everything here, even though my own buying and deploying decisions have differed.
“Oh no! Who Put ‘Sad’ and ‘Guilt’ In My Lotion?“ Stuff I Put On Myself (2012-10-09)
[...] I get questions about this stuff all the time… variations of which chemicals to avoid, how to avoid animal testing, how to find natural products, blah blah blah. People really want to pick the right thing, so it does what they need AND doesn’t cause them guilt and/or anxiety about poisoning/abusing themselves or animals or the whole planet.
I am going to preface this by saying that my feelings on these topics aren’t going to be popular. That’s fine! We can all think different things and still be pals!
I’ve read a lot about cosmetic industry standards, terminology and what you have to do to be allowed to use certain terminology, and I am married to a chemical engineer who will always spend 45 minutes explaining the minutia of any little question you ask about chemicals, and also will go all Mr. Wizard on you and lay it down if you slip up and say some buzzword that is essentially bullshit marketing. Dude can even tell you what’s in the tanker truck by looking at the little number on the back.
Unfortunately, much like with everything else in the world, it is sobering and depressing to actually know what’s up.
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Article by Denise Winterman, BBC News (2013-12-03). Excerpts follow below. They may sound familiar. They certainly sounded familiar to me; while we’ve all seen quite enough regular trolling, and trolling of all shapes and sizes and shades—including the good, virtuous, angrily sincere—this is a different, darker side that I’d never thought of. It does make me wonder, though, how far cyber self-harm extends. The BBC item below refers specifically to teenagers and teen issues.
But those of us who spend a lot of time online see these issues frequently and not only in teens. These issues continue into later life: adults, too, may be emotionally damaged, scarred, suffer low self-esteem. Especially, all too often, women. Continue reading
[...] announcement by China’s Food & Drug Administration that from June 2014, China plans to remove its mandatory animal test requirements for domestically manufactured cosmetic products. For the first time ever, Chinese companies producing “non-special use cosmetics” such as shampoo or perfume will have the option to substantiate product safety using existing safety data for raw ingredients, or European Union-validated non-animal tests instead of having to submit product samples to the government for testing on rabbits, mice and rats.
“China to phase out mandatory cosmetics animal testing“
Human Society International, 2013-11-07
- Be Cruelty-Free
- The Be Cruelty-Free original pledge:
“I believe that animals shouldn’t suffer and die to test cosmetics or their ingredients. All cosmetics should be cruelty-free, and I support an end to animal testing for cosmetics and on the sale of new cosmetics that have been tested on animals.”
- The HSI Welcomes the EU Sales Ban on Animal-Tested Cosmetics as Major Moral Milestone (2013-03-11)
- (and other posts here on The Praise of Folly on cruelty-free-ness and the Be Cruelty-Free campaign)
To celebrate, here is three minutes’ worth of happy bouncing “binking” bunny, accompanied by appropriate uplifting triumphant music:
And a classic happy bunny-themed Christmas message from the RSPCA:
WHAT IT IS AND HOW AND WHY ONE MIGHT WISH TO USE IT
A rich heavy dense moisturiser. At room temperature, somewhere between stiffly-whipped cream, wax, and solid. Melts at human body temperature. To use, scoop out a small quantity and melt, using human body parts. My own preference is for using two fingertips, but let your imagination run riot, alongside that of significant other(s); NB, like all oily things, don’t mix with latex things like condoms.
Depending on variety, smells slightly nutty.
Once melted, can be patted and pressed into skin (ex. lips, eye area) or smoothed around larger expanses (ex. limbs).
Moisturises. Can, depending on various other factors, be a good and soothing thing on certain skin conditions that involve skin desiccation and rawness. Good for moisture retention. May have added benefits, at least on the antioxidant level, c/o the vitamin content. May offer some slight SPF, but not enough to be any use to those of us of the gingery flammable persuasion.
For more on attributes and benefits, see for a good start:
‘Sold in China’ Could Take on New Meaning in Campaign to End Cosmetics Animal Testing
–Mark Jones, Huffington Post 2013-07-15
Be Cruelty-Free: the global campaign, Humane Society International
PETA, eat your monoglot America-centric aggressive imperialist hat: here’s how the intelligent, courteous, civilized, constructive grown-ups do it.
Beauty blogs are full of “hauls.” They turn up on MakeupAlley: for make-up, skin care, hair products, etc. They turn up as regular posts all over the internet.
I hate hauls.
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