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Deodorant! Most of us use it every day. It keeps us from smelling bad and from sweating.
Unfortunately, there are many harmful ingredients in most store-bought deodorants that can have negative effects on our bodies, and the environment.
Dangers of store-bought deodorant to your health
Parabens are a common harmful ingredient in deodorant
Parabens are used as a preservative in deodorants. They are absorbed into the skin and can alter hormone levels in the body. Parabens effect the estrogen activity in our bodies, and estrogen have been found to play a key role in the development of some breast cancers (1).
Many studies have found that there is a correlation between deodorants and breast cancer. Research indicates that the majority of breast cancer cases are caused by environmental factors, such as using deodorants and antiperspirants. Also, most breast cancers occur in the upper, outer areas of the breast, which is the area closest to the underarms where deodorant is applied (2).
Aluminum is a common harmful ingredient in deodorant
Aluminium is a key ingredient used in deodorant and antiperspirants to prevent sweating. Aluminum salts clog our pours to stop sweat from coming out of our bodies. However, studies have found that aluminium is absorbed by our skin and can alter DNA. That alteration plays a role in cancer development (1).
Aluminum is a neurotoxin that prevents over 200 important biological functions in plants, animals and humans (3). This study found that there is a connection between human intake of Aluminum and developing Alzheimer’s disease. With frequent use of deodorants that contain aluminum, there is a greater chance of developing Alzheimer’s Disease
There are other ingredients in deodorants as well such as Talc, Steareth, Propylene Glycol which have been found to be carcinogenic (4).
Dangers of store-bought deodorant to the environment
Deodorant and antiperspirants also have a negative effect on our environment. When we shower, our deodorant washes off our bodies and into our waterways. Chemicals used in deodorants have been found in bodies of water. These chemicals have negative effects on the endocrine systerm of fish, mammals, and birds (4).
What Can I Do? Make Your Own Natural Deodorant!
So, does this mean you have to stop wearing deodorant? Of course not! We have the perfect alternative to store-bought deodorants. You can simply make your own deodorant! It will be natural and have no harmful ingredients. Plus, it only requires 3 simple ingredients: arrowroot powder, baking soda and coconut oil. We have included an easy recipe for you to follow below.
But first, we would like to explain why we chose these ingredients.
Baking soda has been long known to fight against odors and bad smells. Arrowroot powder is great at drawing out toxins from the body, and will absorb your sweat. Finally, coconut oil will keep your skin soft and has great antibacterial properties, so it will kill bacteria (4).
DIY Natural Deodorant Recipe
Baking Soda (non-GMO): 1/4 cup
Arrowroot Powder (non-GMO): 1/4 cup
Organic Coconut Oil: 1/4 cup and 2 tbsp
Optional: essential oils 10-15 drops (we prefer the beautiful scent of organic lavender essential oil)
2) Stir until everything is well combined into one solid form.
3) Place the deodorant in a sealed container and it will be good for 5-6 months. That’s it!
To apply the deodorant, you simply place some on your fingers and rub it onto your underarms.
And there you have it! Your own natural, non-toxic home-made deodorant. It will keep you smelling good, feeling fresh and healthy!
Live Well Groomed
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