Rebranding?

Hey everyone!

I am rebranding to broaden up the scope of my reach. I am still going to focus on nature and all things nature, but I also want to write more things like my previous post. I want to put my essays out there whenever I am inspired to write out my feelings.

With all of this, though, I am going to need your help. I want to hear about topics you want me to look into or want me to talk about on here. The topics don’t always have to be about nature and the environment, but they can be about anything.

I want to be able to make this blog about everyday life with a focus on the environment and what we can do to help it. I also want to dedicate some space to talk about mental health, since that’s something I personally deal with and know people who deal with it, too.

So, that’s pretty much this entire blog post…let me know in the comments or to my email latinatreehugger@gmail.com with any post suggestions!

Until next time,

Dani

To all of my women bosses…

This blog post is dedicated to all of the women bosses I’ve had a chance to work with in my life.

First of all, thank you. Thank you for believing in me in a way that I did not believe in myself at the time.

Generally, I am a very confident and determined person, but sometimes my anxieties and fears get the best of me. For the longest time, I was persuing the wrong career path and was feeling extremely defeated. During this time, I took up a retail job at H&M where the manager, a women, took a chance on me and my “fashionable” mind. I worked this job for a short period of time, but never during this time did I feel belittled or like my voice could not be heard. My opinion, and the opinion of my coworkers, always mattered. She was a great leader.

After I left this job, I moved on to becoming a writing assistant and switched my major to Environmental Studies. While being at this part-time job, I applied for a summer internship with the Latino Heritage Internship Program after my best friend sent it to me. The internship would be in Everglades National Park. I never thought I would even get an interview…I had failed so many times before in my engineering career that I didn’t think anyone could see past my low GPA. Turns out, I never put my GPA in my resume and never got asked about it during my phone interview. I think what gave me a higher change during this interview is my passion. The passion I feel towards being able to educate anyone who wants to hear about ways we can make people care about the earth and our environment.

Weeks later I heard back from the LHIP contact letting me know I had gotten the job. I could not have been more excited. It was in something kind of different, education, but something I had been doing for some time. My writing assistant job was basically teaching kids how to write, so I could do this, right?

Yes, I could do it. And I did. Thanks to the two incredible, intelligent, kind-hearted women who gave me the chance to prove to them and myself that I could do it. I never once felt belittled or like I could not speak up. It was quite the opposite. They made me feel so welcomed and at home. Our team, though it had some men in it, was mainly women. All women who have and continue to inspire to be better. This internship taught me that no matter your background or how long it took, my goals could always be accomplished as long as I am passionate about it. I remember vividly during my last-day presentation that I couldn’t even express everything I wanted to because I started getting choked up. I knew I was going to miss the entire team and the little family we created during the summer. I will always be grateful and thankful. Thanks to my two incredible bosses, I validated that women can do anything and everything, even when the room is full of white men. I will forever be grateful for them and for the chance they took on me.

My second internship came not long after this one ended, where I was recommended to another Girl Boss in the administrative branch of the Everglades. She was in need of an intern who could do a lot of things: reception, help other employees, and anything else that needed to be helped with. At first, I didn’t think I had the time or the emotional energy to do it, but she did everything she could to make the job work with my busy school schedule. She got me a laptop so I can work from home. She let me come in late some days because I had class in the mornings. Everyone in the office always told me: If you ever need anything from her, she will find the solution. Everyone made her seem like THE woman to talk to. And she was. I will always be grateful to her. For always boosting my ego and telling me how valuable I was to the office. I will always be grateful for the other women I was able to work with, who also helped build my confidence and made me feel more validated. They helped me understand that even though I have my insecurities, I am a hard worker and intelligent (sometimes I forget that I am).

That internship led to another internship. Working with giant snakes, nonetheless. On Fridays, while at the administrative internship, I would help out some invasive reptile scientists with some work. And one Friday, I was asked if I wanted to work with them. I had never in my life been interested in snakes, but I learned early on to take any opportunities that are offered to me. I started working for them in May. My boss was another Girl Boss. She created the Ultimate Girl Gang, plus Austin. Not once during my time at this job did I ever get comments about me being a girl. Not once. She taught me to stop caring about what I think people are thinking. To stop limiting myself because of my gender. I know sometimes the gender limitation is a real thing, but I had been creating it for a while in my own head. They all taught me to do what I love no matter what. I will always be grateful for the opportunity that she gave me. That they all gave me. She took a chance on a girl who had never worked with reptiles or anything like it. I didn’t have research experience besides what I did in my classes and she still took the chance on me. I will always, always, always be grateful to the team. As I write this, I have tears in my eyes. Not sad, sad tears, just “I miss you guys” tears. I have never loved driving an hour to work more than I did with this group. Everyone welcomed me and everyone boosted each other up. We all worked hard all of the time. Some days were harder than others…it’s not easy getting pooped on by snakes every day, but I always went home feeling accomplished.

All of the jobs in this national park, thanks to these incredible boss women, I have the job I have now. Not the same Girl Boss energy, but still grateful for the job I have. I get sexist comments almost every week from civilians and sometimes I don’t feel the most welcome, but I am still grateful that because all of the women before gave me a chance, I have a chance now.

Thank you to my H&M manager, Allyson, Yvette, Jackie, Jill, and Charlotte for believing in me.

Giving Amazon up…

I think this is the hardest thing I have ever had to give up. Do you know how convenient Amazon is? Incredibly convenient…you get the lowest prices and two-day shipping? There’s Prime Now, where you can get emergency things delivered in maximum of 8 hours! How much more do you want?

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Well…let me tell you something. Amazon is extremely wasteful. Not just because they send something like an eyeliner in a box where you could fix two 8×11 papers….but because even if you buy “waste-free” or “eco-friendly” items, they still come in plastic packaging or there’s plastic bubble wrap wrapped around it. Recently, for some insane reason, this crazy packaging has been happening. I have ordered some makeup items that I can’t find in stores and both items, a mascara and an eyeliner, came in these giant boxes… Have they ran out of reasonably sized boxes/packages? I honestly don’t know, but I think it’s time.

It’s time to quit Amazon.

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Sure, you can recycle the box since it’s cardboard, but it’s so wasteful when you’re ordering normal sized things and receive them in these giant boxes. You also can’t recycle the plastic bubble wrap.

Tons of big stores like Target, Walmart, Michael’s, and more offer online ordering and in-store pickup. You can leave them a note in the instructions not to package it in anything so you can bring your own reusable bag and put your things in it. They send you an email when your order is ready and you can just swing by, spend 5-10 minutes waiting, and you’re out the door.

If it’s something you need urgently your best alternative is just to go to the store. Going to the store can ensure that you buy the items with less or no packaging. You can also reduce the amount of waste that you’re producing just by purchasing the things on Amazon. I have been trying so hard to stay away from Amazon and so far it’s been working. I have been going into stores more often and I have been getting back into my thrifting habits. The other day I got two 100% recycled glasses for $1 each. I would not have been able to find those super cute, recycled, vintage-looking cups for my makeup brushes on Amazon, or at least not for a dollar each.

With the holidays coming up and all of the Cyber Monday/Black Friday sales coming up, I know it’s hard to refrain from using Amazon. I know it’s hard, but try to limit the amount of things you purchase from them and maybe try to group your purchases to only one package instead of 10 different ones. If you are going to buy from them, then please recycle your cardboard boxes. At least this way you will be limiting the amount of damage that you might be doing to the environment.

CBS News Canada did a story on how online shopping increases your carbon footprint and they shared this graph. They wrote: Faster shipping completely changes what’s needed to get your order to you, and that drastically increases the carbon emissions generated in the process — the MIT study found online shopping with rush delivery was less environmentally friendly than going to the store. They do state that in store shopping will increase carbon emissions more than if you just order the thing with REGULAR shipping.

The argument for online shopping versus in store shopping is actually really interesting. Various sources say that UPS, for example, and other delivery carriers have been working towards more eco-friendly cars and that since they are on a single route delivering to multiple stops, they have less emissions than if each individual person were to go out individually in their, possibly, not-so-eco-friendly cars. That kind of makes sense to me, too. So, I think it just depends on how much online shopping you do and how much in person shopping you do. This blog started with me telling you not to shop on Amazon anymore, because their packaging is awful, but now I don’t know. I do know that you should try to group your purchases into the same packaging, but maybe it isn’t too terrible.

What do you think?

#PlasticFreeJuly: Days 6-10?

Honestly, I was going to write a blog post for everyday of this month, buuuuut….I already do a lot of things to reduce my plastic waste so I think I’ve hit a wall.

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I can still maybe give some tips and ways that I have kept up with my reduction of plastic waste like having a reusable bag always in my car, that way if I have a random and unplanned trip to the grocery store, like today, I will already have a reusable bag with me.

The other thing I love to talk about is TerraCycle. Sometimes you just can’t replace something in your life or it is just easier for you to buy that one toothpaste at the grocery and maybe cheaper. When this happens, you might want to recycle it, but sadly your local recycling program won’t recycle it. Like mine?

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I’ve been using Tom’s of Maine toothpaste, just because David’s (the beloved one in the Zero Waste Community) can only be bought online and it is a little pricier, too. I love the toothpaste, it is fluoride free and makes my teeth feel really, really clean. It is also reasonably priced and can be bought at Target (the love of my life). I am going to harass anyone I know to give me their deodorant bottles, toothbrushes, toothpaste bottles, mouthwash bottles, and the other accepted items so that I can send it out to be recycled.

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If people won’t do it themselves, I will gladly help them recycle and maybe also convince them to use more environmentally friendly or sustainable in their everyday life. I have slowly made everyone around me use a reusable bottle, which I am so proud of, but then something like my mom going grocery shopping and bringing home a gazillion plastic bags happens and I feel a little discouraged. BUT, it’s okay. I am trying my hardest and I can tell that some people around me are changing their wasteful ways, too.

ANYWAYS, I was feeling a little ranty and in the mood to type something, even though it was kind of empty. If you are in Miami and want to recycle any of the items in the picture above, please, please, please let me know! I will pick them up from you or meet you somewhere. I just want to recycle them and prevent them from going to the landfill!

Until next time,

Dani

#PlasticFreeJuly: Day 5

Let me just begin by saying: Sorry to my Target.

I did something that now seems a little crazy, but….I took a basket home. One of their shopping baskets home. I didn’t want to use a plastic bag and I didn’t have my reusable ones. I didn’t just want to buy a new one and I didn’t want to carry the things I had bought in my hands. So we just put everything back in the basket after paying and took it to my car. It was terrible, but I did prevent myself from using at least 3 plastic bags.

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Now it’s just staring at me while I write this blog post…

In other news, I’ve successfully gotten rid of 1/3 of my closet (clothes and shoes), which for me is a great step in the right direction. I know it doesn’t really have to with plastic, but it does have to do with being less wasteful. I’m trying to reduce the amount of “fast fashion” pieces that I own, and stick with more basic pieces that could last a while. I have found some really good basic pieces in Target and thrift stores before, like jeans, jumpsuits, and dresses that will help me limit the amount of trendy fashion that I take part in.

SO now I have a Target basket, but I also have three paper bags filled with clothes to donate. I think that’s definitely a win. I definitely have a long way to go in terms of my closet, but I’m making progress.

I also, very aggressively, stopped my best friend from using a plastic straw at the restaurant we went to. I have to try and help those around me stop their bad plastic habits. And I did. Very aggressively.

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I think on Day 6, today I’m going to just stay at home or try and go to my local bulk/zero waste store, Verde Market. It has been extremely rainy, but I will try to get out there and challenge myself to not use any plastic.

Are you taking part in the challenge? If yes, what have you been doing?

 

Until next time,

Dani

 

Days 3 and 4 of #PlasticFreeJuly

I want to say Happy Fourth of July, but I’m not sure if I’m feeling extremely patriotic. BUT that’s beside the point.

For some reason, this challenge has inspired me to go back to DIYing everything instead of ordering it off of Amazon and making more trash. I’ve been trying to find some zero waste skincare since my new job has required me to sweat almost all day. I forget every day when I come home to wash my face and don’t think I have the proper skincare products anyways for my type of skin.

I’ve always liked rosewater toners since they help balance the face’s pH and helps reduce excess oils, which I produce plenty of. Toners are meant to help remove the rest of the bad things on your face after you’ve exfoliated and cleansed it. It’s supposed to help bring back your face’s pH back to normal. All of the sprays that I’ve used previously or found online are packaged in plastic bottles, which are most likely not recyclable and I really wouldn’t know what to try to use it for.

I have one bottle currently that I can definitely use though, which inspired me to find a recipe online. I say recipe, but it’s really just a methodology on how to make my own rose water that will be good for my skin. So I found one. This one by Going Zero Waste. I went out and got myself some red roses, for decoration and for this recipe. I found myself some witch hazel, which I had never used before, but apparently is really good for cleansing your face.

IMG-1086I put around 6-7 roses-worth of rose petals in a small pot and filled it with filtered water from my fridge. Remember that this is going on your face, so if your tap water isn’t the best, make sure to use filtered water. I set it to simmer on low and covered it with a lid. And left it there to do its thing, for around 30 minutes, checking in on it every so often. You will notice the color of the petals changing and the water’s color changing, too. I poured the water into a sangria bottle we had laying around at home and mixed equal parts witch hazel and rose water. I waited until it had cooled down a little bit and put it in the fridge to cool. Everywhere that I’ve read recommends keeping your rosewater toners and such in the fridges to keep them cool and help maintain their benefits.

The next thing I worked on were cotton rounds. I have been dying to buy some anywhere so I can stop using my towels for cleaning my makeup off. I finally found a good alternative to makeup remover, the Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm. It came as a sample in some sort of birthday thing at some point months ago and I still have at least half of it left. It’s a little bit pricier, but it seems to last a surprisingly long time. I do have to disclaim that I don’t wear a full face of makeup, I just wear eye making most of the time, but it seems to do an incredible job of removing that without insane amounts of rubbing or the need for wipes after.

The second thing I’ve found that helps me reduce my waste when it comes to skin care are Makeup Eraser towels. Ulta sells a cheaper alternative, but they are incredible. They have to sides: one to remove makeup and the other to exfoliate. You can use them for months and years and wash them when they get too dirty in the laundry. It’s incredible and I highly recommend it.

Anyways, I decided that it was time to make my own cotton rounds so I could use themIMG-1089 with my new rosewater toner and any other skincare items that I might need to use on my face. I went out to Goodwill, the color of the week was yellow. I looked at the $1 T-Shirt men’s section to find any with the yellow tags that were 100% cotton. I found at least 6 of them and only paid $0.50 for each. I can make so many rounds with just one shirt. I made variations of two pieces, three, and four pieces. I definitely recommend three or four pieces and this way it’ll hold more of the liquid inside. It was fairly easy to get back into the swing of sewing with my mom’s sewing machine. Even the imperfect ones are still useful, so none of them will go to waste.

I am pretty proud of the two things I was able to make today that will help me reduce both my plastic waste and my general waste. If you have any questions about anything in this blog post, comment below or get in touch with me.

Until next time,

Dani

#PlasticFreeJuly: Day 2

Yes, you read that right…day 2. I kind of forgot about this challenge and started a day late. At the end of Day 1, I realized that I desperately need to complete this challenge.

I was in my car on my way home from work and I looked down….

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I had not one…not two…not three, but FOUR PLASTIC STRAWS still in their wrapping.

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This is how: I am too lazy to make breakfast and stopped at the same fast food place a couple of times a week to buy some breakfast…and every time I grabbed my carton orange juice, I didn’t reject the plastic straw even though I didn’t really need it for my drink. I am just as ashamed as you probably are because my arch nemesis are plastic straws and here I am with FOUR unopened ones in my car. I also haven’t thrown them out or done something with them because of this shame that I feel.

I know I sound dramatic, but let’s be real, it’s a big deal. I don’t know what has changed within me that makes me forget to reject the straw, but whatever it is is not good. I need to go back to my plastic-free lifestyle, hence, this challenge.

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For Day 2, I posted on my Instagram (@latinatreehugger and @danialviz) about my new reusable 12 oz coffee cup. I had been looking for something small to hold my cafe con leche and I found one at Walmart. It’s sealed super tight so it’s really hard for me to spill it since I’m such a clutz. I tried using a mason jar as my coffee cup and burned myself real quick, but this one works great and fits in my lunch bag or the cup holders on the side of my work backpack. 

I have really been making an effort to dedicate some time in the morning to make my own coffee at home if I’m really craving it. So far, so good. I’ve learned how to make my cafe con leche the way that the Cuban viejitas do at those Cuban bakeries.

 

For Day 3, I’m not sure what I’m going to advocate, but I’ll definitely keep this challenge going and I will try to document every day on my blog. Maybe at the end of each week, I’ll record a podcast on the revelations I’ve had during the challenge that week.

Until next time,

Dani

Episode 7: Recycling in Miami, FL

These last couple of weeks have been a little hectic for me. And by a little, I mean extremely hectic. I get home from work at around 7 PM and all I want to do is go to sleep. This might mean that I don’t get to create waste, but I have been really thinking about reducing my waste back again. I still stare at my 5 drawers of makeup every day and think about what I should do with it. I know TerraCycle has a makeup recycling box, but that costs around $100 for a small 11- by 11- by 20-inch box. I can definitely think of it as an investment and something I can maybe try to fundraise for. I can always fill it up with my friends and those around me, but it is still hard for me to justify paying that from my own pocket since my salary has decreased by a lot with my new job. A job I love.

I did want to conduct some more research through TerraCycle, though, since I noticed that some of the specific items they had recycling programs do have drop-off locations. I had no idea that drop-off locations were a thing. Now I know, though. And now I am going to start harassing people for their unwanted or garbage items that can be recycled.

So this podcast and post are for you guys in Miami. My friends, followers, and listeners. If you know anyone who lives an hour or closer to Miami, send them my way. I am going to focus what little energy and time I have left in my days to recycle for everyone. If I can’t make people use their canvas bags when they go shopping, I will make them recycle…even if I have to do the work. I want to motivate those around me to recycle and reduce as much as possible.

The first thing to do for me was look at what Miami Dade County’s recycling program actually recycles. So here is the list of things that they will actually recycle…some of the items on the “do not recycle” list might surprise you…they sure surprised me.

Things to recycle:

  • Paper products clean and dry: newspapers, magazines, catalogs, telephone books, printer paper, copier paper, mail and all other office paper without wax liners
  • Cardboard: packing boxes, cereal boxes, gift boxes, and corrugated cardboard; Flatten all boxes before placing them in your cart
  • Metals: aluminum (cans and bottles only) & steel (cans only) food and beverage containers
  • Aseptic containers: poly-coated drink boxes, juice cartons, and milk cartons
  • Glass: glass food & beverage containers (clear, brown and green)
  • Plastic containers (bottles only): bottles, milk, water, detergent, soda and shampoo containers (flatten and replace cap) This is done through TerraCycle it seems since it shows on their website.

That last one is important: Plastic containers (bottles only). That means no plastic bags. So to all my Hispanics out there that reuse their plastic bags for anything, it is not recyclable in Dade County.

Other things that are not recyclable through the county include pizza boxes, paper or cardboard soiled with liquid or food waste, batteries, certain plastics like cups, utensils and plates, foam products, egg cartons and trays, margarine and butter tubs, yogurt cups, and plastic hangers. Certain glass products like window or auto glass, light bulbs, mirrors, glass cookware or bakeware, and ceramics. Other non-recyclables like wire coat hangers, small appliances, and microwave trays. Home chemicals like paints, pesticides, pool chemicals, fertilizers, and other hazardous waste. Medical waste and pharmaceuticals and obviously electronic waste and accessories like computers and such. And textiles.

So let’s dissect all of that, yeah?

Pizza boxes…not recyclable because it has food waste on it. Batteries, you have to recycle other ways because they have chemicals in them. I will add a link to the blog post associated with this podcast with instructions from Miami Dade County on how to dispose of batteries. I don’t say recycle because I actually don’t think they are recycled. You can’t recycle plastic cups, utensils, and plates….remember that one. I know people who think those are recyclable here in Miami Dade county…well they are not. So don’t put them in your blue bin. Basically, none of the plastic things you think would be recyclable are. This is probably because of the number of plastic that they are and whether it is just cheaper to use virgin plastic instead of the recycled one. Sucks, but it’s the truth.

For the textiles, like clothes, shoes, bedding, and such, H&M, as I’ve mentioned before, will take them to reuse in their own clothes through their recycling program. For every 3 or more items, you will get a 15% off discount on your next purchase. So there’s that. Chemicals like the paints and that, I don’t know what to do about, but I hope none of you are using such excessive amounts that you might need to know. Unless you’re in the painting business.

Now let’s talk about where the things you can’t just throw in your blue bin would go to be recycled. TerraCycle is a great place to start. For certain items, they have drop-off locations or programs where you can just ship the items to. So far, I am on the waitlist for the Personal Care and Beauty Recycling Program and have been for months and the Tom’s of Maine Natural Care Recycling Program. They do have some drop off locations, but nowhere near South Florida. So I will continue to buy their toothpaste and just save the tubes until I can send them through TerraCycle. They also sell mouthwashes and deodorants, so maybe check them out if you’re looking for a more environmentally friendly company?

I have registered in the two following programs though: the Febreze Air Care Recycling Program and the Gillette Razor recycling program. If you know me or know of me and would want to drop off some of those items, I will gladly ship them to be recycled for you.

The Gillette Razor Program will accept all brands of blades and razors (systems and disposable units, and replaceable-blade cartridge units), rigid plastic packaging, and flexible plastic bag packaging.

The Febreze one is also very similar. They will accept All brands of air freshener cartridges and plugs, packaging and flexible film packaging, and trigger heads. They DO NOT accept the plastic bottles since those can be recycled through the blue bins on your curb. This also does not include the aerosol cans since those have special instructions on how to be recycled. There do seem to be some aerosol recycling centers, but not in Miami….there are some in Hollywood and at the beginning of Key Largo. I’ll add the link to the map, that is nationwide, so you can see if there are any locations that you are willing to drive to if you use a lot of aerosol things.

I’ve also got really good news for those people who haven’t decided to stop using coffee cups and capsules. There are drop off locations at Subaru dealers for disposable cups, lids, and straws, candy and snack wrappers, and coffee and creamer capsules. The one that is more in Miami is the Bird Road Subaru. The address is 7240 Bird Road, Miami, FL. They will take any brand of any of the previously mentioned items.

Obviously, the goal is still to try and reduce waste and to stop using things that we don’t really need like single-use plastic, but there are programs where you can recycle the abovementioned things if you do forget your reusable items or just don’t know how to replace the item with something less wasteful. If you have any questions or know of someone who wants to recycle the things I have volunteered to collect, direct them to my Instagram page @latinatreehugger.

I am also taking glasses frames to send to a company that will reuse them to give poorer countries eyeglasses. Mostly for the kids, but they will reuse them. I will set up due dates for shipping of these items and have already set up a GoFundMe fundraiser to try and buy some of the personal care zero waste boxes to have for those who live around me. 

Thank you so much for listening and reading! Don’t forget, if you do have any questions at all, contact me!

Until next time,

Dani

Collecting Things to Recycle in Miami!

Recently I decided that I am going to be collecting razors and their packaging, Febreze air care (not including aerosols), mascara wands, and single-use coffee cups, K-cups, and such. Make sure to email me at latinatreehugger@gmail.com or DM me at @latinatreehugger on Instagram if you have questions or want to drop some off to me!

No-Stink Summer 2019 (and on)

I started working recently in a job that requires me being outside A LOT. And here in Miami, that means heat and 90% humidity almost every day. Most days most of the A/C we get is from the cars we use to drive around and the lunch breaks in the office. It’s also officially summer, which means everyone needs to please, for the love of God, wear deodorant. I don’t want to have to be around stinky people (including myself) this summer. 

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Also recently, I finally finished my last deodorant stick. So, I decided that I would try to find a recipe for a deodorant that could help me stay dry and smelling fresh through my work days.

I googled a bunch of recipes and I decided that I wanted it to be as vegan as possible, so I didn’t want anything with beeswax in it. I found a really great recipe from BeautyMunsta (here). Her recipe only includes coconut oil, corn starch, baking soda, and she uses lemon eucalyptus essential oil. These are all things that most common households have in either their kitchen or anywhere else. I know I had most of these at home and the eucalyptus essential oil can be replaced with any essential you have at home.

So, I started the recipe by doing exactly what she said in her post. I mixed 4 tablespoons (more or less…I couldn’t actually find my tablespoon measure anywhere) of coconut oil, 5 of corn starch, one and one teaspoon of baking soda, and 20 or more drops of the essential oil, which in my case was eucalyptus.

The baking soda and corn starch as supposed to absorb the sweat and neutralize the stink. The coconut oil is anti-inflammatory, it moisturizes the skin, and it will prevent skin irritation and rashes. Something I didn’t know was that the lemon eucalyptus can also work as a bug repellant….so I guess this deodorant can also help keep the bugs away if you live somewhere that’s very buggy, like Miami.

You start by combining the ingredients, except the essential oil, in a pan over a low flame. Stir until everything melts and combines. Then let it cool off for around a minute and pour it into a glass jar. Not plastic because it could melt. Once in the jar, stir in the essential oil and you’re pretty much done.

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At first, my deodorant had a really, really liquidy consistency so I decided to add some more corn starch and some more baking soda. I was extremely impatient and realized that I probably had to let it sit for some time harden up.

I let it cool and harden overnight and VOILA, it worked!

It was not really a paste…so maybe sticking to the original recipe might have made it into a paste, but mine was more of the hardened deodorant consistency that I am used to. The only difference is that this one is in a glass jar and I have to scoop it out with a popsicle stick.

 

So, after I used it a couple of times in places like Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure in Orlando and my job in the Everglades, I’ve come to the conclusion that it works. I do have to give you a warning that generally when I sweat, I don’t stink so much, but I haven’t been stinking at all at this job that would probably make me smell. I did add too much baking soda, which makes my armpits burn a little when I recently shave them, but it works otherwise. Just follow the recipe from BeautyMunsta and have patience and you should be good to go.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact me or head over the original recipe’s blog post. Definitely try this and let me know how it goes! Happy summer!

Until next time!

Dani