Busy time in the pits! Yep, I have been researching the armpit deodorant situation. Time to break away from those commercial brands. They are convenient. They do a good job. They come scented, unscented, deodorant, antiperspirant, trial size, jumbo size, and they are all bad for you. STOP using them. Really. STOP.
I found a lot of information about this topic. I thought the information below easily summarized all the information.
According to Dr. Mercola, “Antiperspirants work by clogging, closing, or blocking the pores that release sweat under your arms—with the active ingredient being aluminum. Not only does this block one of your body’s routes for detoxification (releasing toxins via your underarm sweat), but it raises concerns about where these metals are going once you roll them (or spray them) on.
Let’s get this straight. Even though aluminum is widely distributed in the earth’s crust, it is NOT needed in ANY amounts in your body. All evidence to date points to aluminum as a poison that serves no beneficial role in your body and should be avoided.
Aluminum is widely recognized as a neurotoxin, which has been found in increased concentrations in the brains of people with Alzheimer’s disease. Unfortunately, if you use antiperspirants or some deodorants, you are most likely exposing yourself to aluminum. Aluminum salts can account for 25 percent of the volume of some antiperspirants.
A review of the common sources of aluminum exposure for humans found that antiperspirant use can significantly increase the amount of aluminum absorbed by your body. According to the review, after a single underarm application of antiperspirant, about .012 percent of the aluminum may be absorbed.
Multiply this by one or more times a day for a lifetime and you can have a massive exposure to aluminum—a poison that is not meant to be in your body.”
Read his full article here: http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2010/02/16/aluminum-lurks-in-crystal-deodorants.aspx
- Aluminum – The primary ingredient. Aluminum has been linked to breast cancer and increased risk of Alzheimer’s disease. Yikes!
- Parabens – This is a synthetic preservative used in many personal care products. The largest concern is that these chemicals will disrupt our delicate hormonal balance. Paraben exposure has also been linked to birth defects and organ toxicity.
- Propylene glycol – This is a petroleum based material. In large quantities, studies have shown that this can cause damage to the central nervous system, liver, and heart. Don’t need that either.
- Phthalates – Another class of chemicals that have been linked to a variety of health issues including birth defects. I can’t even pronounce this stuff.
- Triclsoan – This chemical is actually classified as a pesticide by the FDA and a probable carcinogen by the Environmental Protection Agency. Pesticide, NO WAY!
Who wants stuff like this in our bodies? I don’t. And I did something about it. You can too.
I made my own deodorant. This was easy to do, and it works GREAT!!! I know exactly what goes on my pits. I’m a malignant melanoma cancer survivor who had her lymph nodes removed under the right arm in 1993. Any thing I can do to keep cancer at bay, I try to do. Unfortunately, I did not realize the deodorant issue until recently. Actually, ever since I got involved with essential oils and learning what is good, and not good for my body.
A clean, natural deodorant that works great. Smells good too! Simple and economic.
- 1/2 cup Organic Coconut Oil
- 1/2 cup Organic Arrowroot
- 1/2 cup baking soda (good ole Arm & Hammer)
- 1.5 Tablespoons Bees Wax Pastilles
- 10 drops Lavender Essential Oil
- 10 drops Lemon Essential Oil
- 10 drops Frankincense Essential Oil
- In a small saucepan over low heat, add the coconut oil and the beeswax. Stir on low heat to slowly melt the oil and wax together. When melted remove from heat and stir in the arrowroot and baking soda until well combined. Stir in the essential oils and pour into containers.
- Let stand until cool and solidified.
(This recipe filled one 2.5 oz deodorant container, one 4 oz jar, and two mini deodorant containers (travel size).
The recipe can be doubled for larger batches too.
This is easy to make, and easy to use. This batch made one 2.5 push up deodorant container, two mini containers, and one 4 oz. jar. I’ve tossed all my commercial deodorants out the door.