I’ll admit that I had not given much thought to the idea that the products you use on your face and body can wreck your HCG diet. Surely that was just a quaint notion from Dr. Simeons who, let’s face it, used phrases like “confinement” to describe a pregnant woman’s labor time.
But I wanted to be thorough and decided that if I was going to go almost 30 days eating only 500 calories per day I’ll be damned if I’m going to be tripped up by my deodorant or lip gloss.
After researching acceptable products for a while last night, I had to break the news to Jack that we probably should change our products for the month. I laid out the science for him and explained why his shampoo, bar soap, deodorant, and toothpaste would have to go. They all contain fats and oils which can be used by the body for fuel instead of liberating the abnormal fat and you might not lose as much weight as you want. Allegedly. But I think it’s better to be safe than sorry when there’s no down side to using oil-free products.
I helpfully offered to find new products for him today at the health food store, to which he said, You just love buying stuff, don’t you? Fucking men.
I was the most worried about the deodorant. I had no idea deodorant contained so much oil. The articles I read all recommended that crystal rock thing, which has always seemed way too bizarre to me, or all-natural deodorants which I’ve never liked.
Then I found an article about making your own deodorant. The author swore up and down that it worked even better for her than regular antiperspirants and deodorants that contain aluminum, and it only had two ingredients, baking soda and cornstarch, which I already had. Product testing time!
I whipped up a tiny batch following the directions and put it in an unused spice bottle with a shaker top – I had one left over from the snow globe project. I sprinkled a little on a cotton round and “powdered” each pit. Easy enough, but would it work? Even if it did, would Jack use it?
At the end of the day, I evaluated whether it had worked. It’s hot again here in Florida, so there were definitely a few times today I got a little sweaty. A thorough inspection of myself revealed no smell, no white residue and no horrible sticky feeling. I am now an enthusiastic baking soda and cornstarch deodorant user, even when the diet is over.
I’m not going to discuss the mountains of information about whether regular antiperspirant/deodorant causes cancer or Alzheimer’s because this isn’t that kind of blog. You can read about antiperspirant and deodorant dangers here.
Here are some of the other HCG-approved products we are using.
Shampoo: Jason Kids Only
Bar soap: Dove’s
Lip balm: Carmex
“Lotion”: Baby oil
Makeup: Mineral powder, but there’s NO WAY I’m giving up mascara.
I can’t wait to show Jack the deodorant I lovingly made for him.