What's So Harmful About the Deodorant You're Using?
Putting something under your armpits on the daily basis was not always a norm in society. It wasn't until the mid-1900s that the idea of wearing deodorant on the regular basis became a "thing". All it took was a copywriter to come in and create controversial advertisements warming women that their pits might be stinky and they may not even realize it.
Exploiting the insecurities of women has been a strategy used in the media and advertising for years now,
...and it worked in this case. The sales of deodorant were skyrocketing by the late 1920's.
Now, fast-forward to today. People are starting to become a little more conscious of what they are putting in and ON their bodies. They are realizing that certain products probably should not be used on the daily basis, or at all.
There are a lot of harmful ingredients in the store bought deodorants we have come to love. I was pretty hurt to find this out because there were certain brands that I had come to love...that brand actually rhymes with "love" and starts with a "d" just to give you a hint. Sad face.
Deodorant is a product that inhibits your body’s natural secretion of toxins. An antiperspirant and deodorant will clog your skin follicles so that you’re not able to sweat as much as your body requires. NO BUENO.
On top of inhibiting your body’s natural cleansing and detoxifying process, deodorants and antiperspirants also release tons of harmful chemicals into our bodies. ...NO THANK YOU!
Parabens in Deodorant May Be Linked to Breast Cancer.
Parabens are preservatives that are found in many antiperspirants and deodorants. Although this chemical is used as a preservative, it is possibly one of the most harmful additives of all. Sometimes parabens act as estrogen in your body, which disrupts hormonal balances and has been linked to breast cancer and prostate cancer.
Aluminum is the ingredient in antiperspirants that actually clogs your pores and prevents sweating. WE ARE SUPPOSED TO SWEAT. It is one of our bodies many ways to detox, so why would be want to prevent our body from doing it's job? Aluminum exposure has been linked with the development of Alzheimer’s disease and interferes with your estrogen levels. When your body can’t process estrogen properly, there’s a higher risk for breast and prostrate cancer.
I'm not here just to give you all bad news, I have a solution for you guys.
You can make your own deodorant!
There are a number of plant oils and extracts that contain powerful ingredients that will help keep the stink at bay. There's no such thing as an "all-natural" antiperspirant, just odor blockers! The video at the top of this post shows you how to make an amazing + simple all natural deodorant! Here's the recipe below, follow along with the step-by-step video!
If you make this deodorant I would love to know. Send me a photo or a tweet!
- 2 tbsp coconut oil or coco butter for less greasy feel
- 1.5 tbsp shea butter
- 1 tbsp beeswax or candelilla wax
- .5 tbsp jojoba oil
- 1 tbsp arrowroot powder or cornstarch
- 5-10 drops tea tree oil
- 10-15 drops lavender essential oil or essential oil of choice
- 5 drops vitamin e oil
Place a bowl on top of a pan of simmering water to create a double boiler
Add all Oils + Butters + Wax and melt down into a liquid
Mix in arrowroot powder
Add all essential oils + vitamin e oil
Pour mixture into 4 oz. amber glass jar.
Watch video for details on each ingredient and why it was used in this recipe!
There are a few store bought natural deodorants that are great alternatives if you do not have the time to make your own! The current brand that I am using at the moment is Nourish Organic Fresh & Dry Deodorant. Its coconut-oil based, which is great because coconut oil is known for its antimicrobial and skin-softening properties. The cornstach used in this formula helps keep your pits nice and dry. The scent I love the most is their Fresh Fig.