Green Goddess: Deodorant and baby wash

Long Lunch 02/10/2018
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Green Goddess by Wendyl Nissen. 

Baby bath wash

I invented this recipe when our granddaughter Lila was born because I knew that the commercial baby washes were dodgy. It is easy to make and it means you know what is going onto your baby’s skin.


  • 400 ml water
  • 4 tbsp grated 100 per cent natural
  • vegetable oil soap (I use Dr Bronner’s
  • Baby Mild)
  • 80 ml rosewater
  • 20 ml glycerine
  • 10 drops lavender essential oil (do not add this for babies under 3 months old)


  1. Bring the water to the boil in a small saucepan, then add the grated soap.
  2. Stir until all the soap is melted, then remove from the heat and allow to cool until just warm.
  3. Add the rest of the ingredients and pour into a squeegee bottle.
  4. Depending on the soap you use, this may cool into a gel or remain quite liquid.
  5. To use the wash, simply squeeze a little into the bathwater. It will not bubble, but it cleans and moisturises baby’s skin beautifully.

Wendyl’s 100% natural deodorant

This recipe may take a bit of getting used to because to apply it you have to rub it on your armpits. Believe it or not, some people have become so accustomed to sprays that the thought of touching themselves there makes them uncomfortable! Get used to it, I say. Once you’re in the swing of this you will never go back to supermarket deodorants.


  • 1 cup baking soda
  • 1 cup arrowroot
  • 4 tbsp coconut oil, softened
  • 1 tsp essential oil of your choice (or none if you want your deodorant to be unscented)
  • 1 tsp rosewater


  1. Take 1 tsp of paste on your fingertip and rub it onto your
  2. armpits.
  3. In hot weather the mixture will be liquid, so you will need to
  4. shake it first.
  5. In cold weather it will be solid, so you’ll need to place your
  6. finger on it for a moment to melt enough to use.
  7. Alternatively, use a little wooden stick or similar to scrape up some paste, hold it against your armpit for a moment to soften it, then rub it in.

Note: To soften coconut oil, put it in the sun or place it in a jar in a bowl of hot water. In summer it should be quite workable at room temperature.

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