I want to share with you an amazing natural deodorant recipe. So you ask, why make your own deodorant? Well I can answer that easily. Number one: it is so much cheaper than buying natural deodorant in the stores. Number two: all the harmful ingredients that are in regular deodorants.
We put a great deal of focus on what we eat (eating healthy organic, fresh, non refined food) often neglecting to understand that what we put onto our bodies contain countless chemicals that are just as harmful. We actually absorb more of these toxic chemicals through our skin. When you eat, enzymes break down what’s ingested, however, chemicals on the skin are absorbed into the bloodstream without any filtering.
As EWG states “Men, women and children are all exposed to ingredients in personal care products every day:
- Personal care products, called “cosmetics” in the law, are much more than makeup and fragrance – they include lotion, toothpaste, body wash, shampoo, deodorant and many other products that people use daily.
- On average, women use 12 personal care products a day, exposing themselves to 168 chemical ingredients. Men use six, exposing themselves to 85 unique chemicals.” http://www.ewg.org/Personal-Care-Products-Safety-Act-Would-Improve-Cosmetics-Safety
The toxic ingredients in regular deodorants and antiperspirants are linked to infertility- Alzheimer’s and cancer, ingredients that are absorbed into the skin and can lead to a wide list of ailments and systemic diseases.
Common Toxic Antiperspirant Ingredients
“1. Aluminum Compounds
Aluminum compounds are added to deodorant to block the pores from sweating. Aluminum, like other heavy metals, may interfere with the ability of estrogen receptors to correctly process the hormone and are linked to breast cancer in women, prostate cancer in men, and an increased risk of Alzheimer’s.
Parabens are preservatives used in some deodorants and antiperspirants that have been shown to mimic the activity of estrogen in the body’s cells. This chemical disrupts hormonal balances and can lead to early puberty in children and hormone-related cancers in women and organ toxicity. The belief that parabens build up in breast tissue was supported by a 2004 study, which found parabens in 18 of 20 samples of tissue from human breast tumors.
3. Propylene glycol
When this chemical is paired with other chemical additives, it can be extremely dangerous. This ingredient causes damage to the central nervous system, liver and heart. Even in small concentrations (2 percent or less), propylene glycol provokes skin irritation in those with sensitive skin. Moreover, some manufacturers have made deodorants with 50 percent propylene glycol content. Believe it or not, you’re likely to find this in many “natural” deodorants.
Triclosan is classified as a pesticide according to the FDA. Although the FDA uses are not regulated under pesticide law, EPA considered these exposures in the aggregate risk assessment. In deodorants, triclosan is used as an antibacterial agent and preservative, and reacts with tap water to create chloroform gas, a potential carcinogen. This chemical can also possess endocrine disrupting properties that has shown up in human breast milk and blood.
Usually listed with a number (like steareth-15), these additives come from a cheap process that makes harsh ingredients more mild. The process (known as ethoxylation) produces carcinogenic 1,4-dioxanes during manufacturing.” http://www.readynutrition.co5-toxic-chemicals-hiding-in-your-deodorant
Natural deodorants do not block pores, allowing your own beneficial bacteria to do its job, meaning less odour. The ingredients are all food grade meaning you can eat them. (I do not suggest that you eat this deodorant) Just saying its is non toxic, chemical free, and because you are making your own there is less of an environmental footprint.
When switching to natural deodorant there is a natural one to two week detox period. Prepared to be smelly my friends. This is when your sweat glands overcompensate from being plugged up for so long and start over-producing sweat. Do not fear, do not give up, this is short lived. Just bring some extra wipes along for the ride and your natural deodorant, a couple little touch ups throughout the day and you are good to go.
Some people can be sensitive to baking soda in the beginning. It takes a week or so to acclimatize. However if you do not, there are baking soda free deodorants that are an option.
- 1/4 cup (4 T) baking soda
- 6 T coconut oil
- 1/4 cup (4 T) arrowroot powder
- essential oil of choice (I like peppermint oil, or lavender)
- Mix baking soda and arrowroot together.
- Melt coconut oil and mix into powder mixture.
- Add essential oils .
- Store in small glass jar at room temperature.
This recipe is so easy to make, and makes 3 batches. It will soften in warm weather, and harden in colder climates.
Thank you for this recipe from wellnessmama.com/1523/natural-deodorant/