This post is inspired by my good friend Cassandra! Do you have a friend who is as interested in health as you are? I love getting recipes and sharing ideas with each other. We were talking about deoderant yesterday and that is the inspiration for this post!
Let me start by saying that I don’t use deoderant as much as I should! But it is probably a good thing because the stuff is toxic. I’ve had an email in my inbox for reference from a blog that I used to follow. I’ve kept it there incase I ever wanted to pursue it, but for the most part I was thinking it was over the top. How far can we go with these toxic chemicals and making everything ourselves?? Time is money, and I don’t have much of it. A conversation yesterday led to me going back to that email and following through on this deoderant making.
Over the course of the last year, I have swapped out toxic health and beauty products in our house with cleaning products as well. One thing that I didn’t change was deoderant – since I don’t use it daily. Why make your own deoderant? Here are some of the toxic ingredients you’ll find in your deoderant:
Aluminum: Also found in many vaccines, aluminum is a poisonous neurotoxin that accumulates in the body. Aluminum exposure has been linked to cancer and Alzheimer’s disease. The connection has been disputed by experts, but I’d rather use a homemade product than take that risk. Who knows what they are hiding from us. It’s all about the money.
Most of us have heard about the danger of parabens in the past few years. By mimicking estrogen, parabens increase the risk of breast cancer. From studies that have been conducted, measurable concentrations of six different parabens have been identified in biopsy samples from breast tumors (Darbre, 2004). Higher levels of n-propylparaben were found in the the area nearest the underarm (Barr, 2011), which is the region where the highest proportion of breast tumors are found, although paraben concentration in the tissue samples was not related to location of breast tumors in individual women.
Propylene glycol: is as a synthetic liquid that absorbs water. Propylene glycol is used by the chemical, food, and pharmaceutical industries as an antifreeze. It is commonly used as a skin conditioning agent. It is known as an irritant and is associated with allergic contact dermatitis.
The first two are most concerning to me, especially when they have linked these substances to breast cancer.
Here is a recipe developed by Kate Horning back when she was writing for “A Healthy Passion” – I loved her blog! Now she has a business and her blog is no longer.
6 T melted coconut oil
1/4 c baking soda
1/4 c cornstarch
10-15 drops of your favorite essential oil *I used “cheering” tangerine!
It was simple to mix! The hardest thing was putting it into old deoderant containers and trying to push it down! It smells good! and works well too!