Making You own Deodorant
It’s no longer news that aluminum zirconium is a conversational ingredient in deodorants for both men and women. It’s been linked in studies to Alzheimer and Breast Cancer- two things that no one wants to get in the future. The way aluminum works is to “dry out sweat by injecting aluminum ions in the cells that line the sweat ducts. When the aluminum ions are drawn into the cells, water flows in; the cells begin to swell, squeezing the ducts closed so sweat cannot get out,” according to the Julie Gabriel, The Green Beauty Guide.
Which means, it’s stopping something as natural as sweating from happening, or inhibiting it. Which is pretty unnatural. Your body sweats to regulate body temperature and to sweat off toxins from you body.
While there is research that the FDA and our Canadian equivalent use to state that the use of this ingredient is perfectly safe, there are enough studies out there to suggest otherwise- that it’s not safe.
We all try to limit our chemical contact throughout our lifespan, hoping to reduce our chances and our families chances of getting such illnesses like cancer. Deodorant is one of those things that should be in your ‘reconsider’ list.
Instead you can buy healthy, non aluminum options, or try making your own!
Here is a common recipe I found online, that works rather well. Depending on how much you sweat, what season it is and if you’re pregnant (like me) you may have to reapply. But the good thing is that both men and women can use it so no need to buy a bunch of Dove deodorants and Old spice up your body.
The part I love the most, is adding different oil’s, I chose to use Vanilla and Orange, and I have to admit, I couldn’t help but smell myself every now and then, because it smelled so good! And the best part was no horrid water resistant film to scrape off my armpits in the shower.
Here is the recipe, you can change up the oils your use to make a stronger or lighter smell. You can make this mixture and put them into some cleaned out deodorant cases, or put them in a glass or steal jar for easy use, but this mixture does hardened or softened time to time depending on how hot your house is (mainly because of the coconut oil) but not enough to feel oily or loose.
- 3 Tbsp of Coconut oil
- 3 Tbsp of Baking Soda
- 2 Tbsp of Shea Butter
- 2 Tbsp of Arrowroot
- Few drops of Essential Oils