Did you know that a vast majority of store-bought deodorants have harmful chemicals inside of them?
According to an article published in Natural News.com, aluminum is the primary ingredient in most antiperspirants. It is a metal that is used to block the sweat from escaping the pores. Many recent studies have shown that aluminum significantly increases the risk of Alzheimer’s disease. In addition to this, there are also some studies which have found a connection between the regular use of antiperspirants and the ever rising rates of prostate cancer in men and breast cancer in women. However, the FDA neglects this scientific evidence and is still refusing to classify aluminum as a carcinogen.
Other chemicals that are commonly added to deodorants are parabens, which are a family of synthetic preservatives. A recent analysis conducted by the CDC which included 100 human urine samples has shown that all of them contained parabens. This demonstrates the high absorption rate of the chemicals we put on our skin. The biggest concern in the scientific community is that the absorption of these harmful chemicals will disrupt the hormonal balance in the body, which could lead to numerous problems, such as an increased risk of hormonal cancer and early puberty in children. Moreover, regular exposure to parabens also increases organ toxicity and birth defects
Propylene glycol is another ingredient that is commonly added in deodorants and antiperspirants. The function of this petroleum-based material is to soften cosmetic products. The use of propylene glycol is the cheapest way to make skin care products easily applicable to the skin.
Some studies have found that when used in large quantities, propylene glycol can cause damage to the central nervous system, heart, and the liver. To make the matters worse, this chemical is also often added to many of many of the processed foods we eat today. For these reasons, we strongly recommend you to use only skin care products that are propylene glycol free and to avoid processed food as much as possible.
Phthalates can also be found in antiperspirants and deodorants. They are used to dissolve other ingredients and to create a better consistency. The problem with phthalates is that they are linked with numerous health problems. For example, one study has shown that there is a big possibility that pregnant women with high levels of phthalates in blood and urine will give a birth to a baby with some physiological or psychological anomalies.
Triclosan, a chemical that is classified as a pesticide by the FDA and as a probable carcinogen by the Environmental Protection Agency, is another ingredient that is often used in commercial deodorants. This ingredient is utilized as the odor killing part of antiperspirants for its anti-bacterial properties.
After learning more about the dangers posed by the use of store-bought deodorants and antiperspirants, the next logical step is to get rid such products.
Below you can find a recipe for a cheap and organic deodorant that works better that the commercial brands.
You will need:
- 1/4 cup of baking soda
- 1/3 cup of coconut oil
- 1/4 cup of arrowroot powder
- Essential oil of your choice (I usually use tea tree oil)
- Mix together baking soda, arrowroot powder, and coconut oil with a spoon until you get a firm texture
- Add 5-10 drops of essential oil and mix well again.
- Pour the mixture into a container (with a lid), and store it in a fridge. The texture should be similar to the one of a store-bought variety.
- To apply, use your fingers scoop out a pea-sized amount of the mixture and massage it into your armpits a few times daily. Leave it on for a minute or two before getting dressed.
NOTE: This mixture is deodorant, not an antiperspirant. It will not prevent sweating, but you won’t smell bad!