Why are people so attached to their deodorant and thought of changing their brand is just unimaginable. MUM, was the first deodorant ever produced and trademarked in 1888, the deodorant business is a multi-million dollar industry and ripe with brandwashing.
There seems to be continued controversy regarding aluminum in deodorants increasing the risk of cancer in humans. They so ‘no evidence’ exists, however it’s always interesting to know who is producing the material. The reality is, we know:
- There are toxic ingredients in deodorants, you just have to read at the ingredient list.
- Research has linked these ingredients to potential health issues. ie.
- Parabens are endocrine disruptors that mimic human hormone function and lead to cancer, diabetes, obesity, metabolic diseases and developmental problems.
- Aluminum compounds accumulate over time and can lead to nerve damage, kidney damage, Alzheimer’s, breast and prostate cancer.
- Triclosan is a known endocrine disruptor, a suspected carcinogen and children exposed to antibacterial products at an early age have an increased chance of developing allergies, asthma and eczema.
- Some talcs may contain the known carcinogen asbestos, therefore it should be avoided in powders and other personal care products unless it is known to be asbestos-free. Even asbestos-free talc should be avoided in the pelvic areas.
- Fragrance/Perfume is code for hundreds of synthetic chemical and is linked to cancer, reproductive and developmental toxicity, allergies and sensitivities.
- Deodorants are applied to an area where the aluminum and heavy metals can be absorbed directly into breast tissue and the lymphatic system
- Putting chemicals on our skin may actually be worse than eating them because they enter the bloodstream without any filtering. When we eat, enzymes in the saliva and stomach break down what’s ingested and flush it out of the body.
So ‘conventional‘ deodorant should be on your ‘DO NOT BUY‘ list as you don’t want to poison your pits!
Search the Chemical Free Community Directory for the many safer, non-toxic deodorants available or you can buy a ‘make your own’ kit that provides all the ingredients and guides you through the process or you can access recipes, such as those below if you comfortable to do it yourself!
MOMMYPOTAMUS DIY DEODERANT – fast and easy cream recipe
- 3 tablespoons baking soda – Omit this if you have sensitive skin & increase the arrowroot powder by one tablespoon
- 5 tablespoons arrowroot powder or non-GMO cornstarch
- 6 tablespoons shea butter
- 30-60 drops essential oil (tea tree, frankincense, lavender and patchouli are good options)
- In a deep bowl, mix baking soda and arrowroot powder (or cornstarch together).
- Using your hands or a fork, work in the shea butter until it looks like very crumbly dough.
- Add in essential oil if using and then whip the deodorant together using a hand mixer.
- It will seem too dry at first and you’ll wonder if it’s really going to come together, but it will.
- You do need a deep bowl, though, because in the initial stage of mixing you don’t want the powder to go over the side of the bowl.
- Transfer to a clean glass jar
- Using your fingertips, scoop out a very small amount of deodorant – really, a little goes a long way – and rub it in your underarm area until it’s invisible. The deodorant will absorb quickly and keep you smelling fresh.
- If you want extra dryness protection you can apply a layer of arrowroot powder over the deodorant using a makeup brush.
THE HEALTHY MAVEN DIY DEODERANT – WITH COCONUT OIL
- 2 1/2 tablespoons unrefined coconut oil
- 2 1/2 tablespoons unrefined shea butter
- 1/4 cup arrowroot starch/flour
- 2 tablespoons baking soda – Omit this if you have sensitive skin & increase the arrowroot powder by one tablespoon
- 6 drops lavender essential oil
- 6 drops grapefruit essential oil
- 2 drops tea tree essential oil (optional)*
- Place coconut oil and shea butter in a glass bowl or jar and place the bowl/jar inside a medium sauce pan.
- Add water to the saucepan (enough to surround bowl/jar but not to overflow it) and bring to a boil.
- As water is heating up, ensure to stir coconut oil and shea butter and continue to do so until it melts.
- Once melted, add in arrowroot starch, baking soda and essential oils.
- Place in a 3 ounce jar and allow to cool at room temp or in fridge (will harden faster in fridge) until it’s reached a solid state.
- Cover with lid until use.
PRONOUNCE SKINCARE DIY DEODORANT – NO BAKING SODA/ WITH BEESWAX & DIATOMACEOUS EARTH
- Double-boiler (glass bowl over a pot)
- Kitchen scale
- 30g Coconut oil
- 20g Shea butter
- 10g Carrier Oil (almond oil or any oil that is liquid at room temperature)
- 10g Beeswax
- 15g Arrowroot powder
- 15g Diatomaceous Earth – Food Grade!
- 5 drops of Vitamin E
- 20-25 drops of essential oils (optional\)
- Measure oils, shea butter, and beeswax into the upper part of your double-boiler (glass bowl)
- Melt on low heat over bottom part of double-boiler until everything is melted (the beeswax will be the last thing to melt, just keep stirring)
- Turn off heat and allow to cool for a few minutes
- Add arrowroot, DE, Vitamin E, and essential oils; whisk vigorously to fully combine
- Pour into container
- Place somewhere safe so it can set up (which actually doesn’t take very long)
To Use: can be used as a cream or as a stick deoderant
Why add probiotics? To help balance good bacteria and prevent odor. If you have very sensitive skin or really struggle with odor, this might be a great option for you also! More information
Add to the recipe of your choice above
- 2-3 capsules of high quality probiotics that don’t need to be refrigerated
- Break the probiotic tablets into the mixture with the other ingredients (Arrowroot, etc.) Ensure mixture is not hot so that the heat doesn’t kill the probiotics.
Do You Have A Recipe For DIY Deodorant? Share It With Us In The Comments Below!
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