A show of hands for deodorant use! Or maybe not.
An estimated 90% of Americans rely on the chemical concoction we call deodorant just to avoid scaring off their friends and family on a daily basis.
Your armpits are highly absorbent, and a very poor place to be applying toxins to your body. This use of conventional deodorant can severely affect your health and vitality. Some of the ingredients these cosmetics contain include:
- Parabens such as methyl, ethyl, propyl, benzyl and butyl mimic estrogen and have been linked to breast cancer.
- Aluminum compounds such as aluminum chloralhydrate ‘plug’ sweat ducts and block sweat flow temporarily. When absorbed, these also mimic estrogen and increase the toxic load on your body.
- Silica, often contaminated with crystalline quartz, is a known skin irritant, and the quartz is a carcinogen capable of causing cancer.
- Triclosan can cause contact dermatitis and irritate your skin. It also kills both good and bad bacteria, throwing your microbiome out of whack. The IARC even has this FDA-classified pesticide listed as a possible carcinogen.
Check out this article for more information on the toxic burden of deodorants.
To help you avoid as many as possible of the 515 chemicals the average woman (or man!) puts on themselves every day, I have an awesome, simple deodorant recipe you can make yourself with super simple ingredients.
It’s easy to make and use. Try adding ¼ a tsp of essential oil such as lavender, cypress or geranium. Those last two are natural deodorizers.
DIY Natural Deodorant Recipe:
6-8 Tbsp coconut oil (solid state)
1/4 cup baking soda
1/4 cup arrowroot powder or cornstarch (preferably arrowroot)
Simply mix the baking soda with the arrowroot or cornstarch, and then add small amounts of coconut oil until it is firm but still mixable.
When the coconut oil hardens, it should be a similar texture to commercial stick deodorant.
If it’s too wet, add a bit more arrowroot powder or cornstarch.
Either use an old deodorant tube or put this mix in a small tub or jar with a lid and just apply with your fingers.
Voila! Now you can keep on top of your odor without plastering yourself with toxins.