Holistic Deodorant Minus That Dreaded Aluminum!
How Do You Keep Them Pits Smelling Fresh?
This is not your ‘run-of-the-mill post’, but it is important. From experience, people in a general sense, know that the majority of commercially produced deodorant can pose a health risk to them. Most people are aware that many mainstream deodorants contain aluminum, but there are other compounds which they should be aware of. Because it truly matters what we put onto our skin.
The largest organ of the body is our skin, at least by surface area. And what we put onto our skin, in terms of creams, oils, deodorants, shampoos, conditioners, perfumes etc. are absorbed directly into the body and the bloodstream. Because of this reality, a person who cares about their health and happiness, should take precautions, regarding what they allow their skin to come in contact with. If you’re not aware of the potential health risks associated by using mass produced deodorant, then here is a short list of ingredients to watch out for.
- Aluminum – Aluminum is one of the main ingredients in many popular deodorants. It clogs pores which in turn prevent sweating, but it may also affect hormone levels. Excessive aluminum absorption has also been linked to Alzheimer’s.
- TEA and DEA – Triethanolamine (TEA) and diethanolamine (DEA) are chemicals that may affect liver and kidney health. These compounds are known to be carcinogens and are banned in certain countries.
- Parabens – Parabens cause reproductive damage and organ toxicity. They can be irritating to the skin and cause allergic reactions.
- Artificial Colours – Some artificial colours are known carcinogens that may also cause allergic reactions.
- Silica – Silica is a known skin irritant. It may be contaminated with crystalline quartz, a known carcinogen.
- Fragrances – Fragrances can also be irritating to skin and cause allergic reactions. They may also cause organ toxicity.
- Triclosan – Triclosan is a pesticide, according to the FDA, as it has antimicrobial properties. It kills both good and bad bacteria on the skin, and it may be a carcinogen.
- Steareths – Steareths, known carcinogens, are additives made from weakening harsh chemicals in the manufacturing process.
- Talc – Talc may contain asbestiform fibers, making it another known carcinogen.
- Propyline Glycol – Propylene glycol, a known neurotoxin, may affect central nervous system, heart and liver health. It may also cause allergic reactions and be irritating to the skin, especially sensitive skin.
What Do I Do?
The fact that chemicals, both natural and man-made are all around us, has caused many to just ‘roll the dice’ when it comes to general home and beauty care. Rather than worrying about what is in this or what is in that, some choose to just ‘do their best’. But, if we are educated about something potentially harmful, isn’t it logical to be proactive about not harming one’s self? It certainly seems to be. So, what can you do about these nasty chemicals and compounds in your deodorant? There is a holistic, natural and healthier option.
Some people may snicker when you tell them that you make your own deodorant, but it is possible and extremely easy to do. Yes, you can make your very own deodorant! I’m speaking from experience because I have been wearing my own product for the last 2 years! But is it effective? It’s extremely effective. No stinky pits here! Quite frankly, there is little difference between natural deodorant and the popular commercial brands with respect to effectiveness. Because it lasts just as long.
So, how can you make it? You just need some simple and low cost ingredients. To get started you will need coconut oil, baking soda, cornstarch and your choice of essential oils. If you’re not familiar with essential oils, you really need to check them out. They provide a host of health benefits and actually heal your body! But we won’t get into all of that now… Here’s a simple recipe which yours truly uses to make a fabulously, effective and healthy deodorant, which lasts even through the most strenuous workouts!
Quick and Easy Recipe
- 6 T Coconut Oil
- 1/4 cup (4 T) baking soda
- 1/4 cup (4 T) Cornstarch
- Essential Oils (optional)
How You Put It All Together
- Mix baking soda cornstarch together in a small bowl or container
- Mix in coconut oil with a fork or spoon until evenly mixed.
- If you like a particular scent, add your favorite essential oils (6+ drops or less).
- Store in small glass jar or old deodorant container for easy use.
- Apply and enjoy!
* Note: Coconut oil melts in warm temperatures, so store your deodorant in a cool place
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