Is Your Deodorant Safe?

by Carrie Raab on May 31, 2012

Is Your Deodorant Safe?

According to Wikipedia, deodorants are substances applied to the body to affect body odor caused by bacterial growth and the smell associated with bacterial breakdown of perspiration in armpits, feet and other areas of the body. A subgroup of deodorants, antiperspirants, affect odor as well as prevent sweating by affecting sweat glands.

Why do we sweat?

Sweating is the body’s natural way of cooling us down. We sweat in order to keep the body at its normal temperature (98.6° F.) There are approximately 2 million sweat glands in our body. When we sweat, why does it stink?  Bad smell is due to the growth of microorganisms that are in our body that are being expelled. So, basically, what you put IN your body comes OUT. Your diet plays a big role as well as daily topical applications, like lotion, shampoo, sunscreen, make up, and so forth. As funny as it may sound, armpits are supposed to perspire. This is how our bodies were designed, yet we go to great lengths to prevent this from happening. Kinda ironic, huh?!

I never thought much of deodorant or its safety factors until about 10 years ago. A girlfriend of mine was diagnosed with breast cancer and immediately she changed her deodorant, stopped drinking diet soda, and began a whole foods diet. I remember her telling me and anyone who would listen to her to “change your deodorant.” She told us to do other health related things, but she was adamant about the deodorant and products we put ON our body.

What ingredients are in your deodorant?

Have you taken a look? It might be a good idea. We are using deodorants containing toxic chemicals and derivatives of heavy metals like aluminum. Just because you buy your deodorant from a health food store, does NOT mean it is safe and free of sulfates, paraben and propylene glycol. I bought  “natural” and “organic” products for years and was shocked when I read the labels.  To me, natural and organic mean products without these chemicals… apparently not for those making them.  Read your labels!

Is your deodorant safe?

Top Chemicals that are used in deodorants that are toxic are:

1. Aluminum

2. Propylene Glycol (click the word to see what this chemical is all about)

3. Parabens

4. Phthalates

5. Triclosan

Documented research shows a correlation between deodorants containing aluminum and breast cancer, birth defects, allergies, and hormonal imbalances. We wonder why we have so many health issues and often don’t think to read our labels. These potentially hazardous chemicals should not be used in the products we consume.  We, as consumers, have the option of what we purchase.  The next time you go to purchase a product that goes ON your body, read the label. 

Are there alternatives? Yes! Make your own or buy from a company that does not put any of these chemicals in their deodorant.

Make your own deodorant – Recipes:

  • 1/4 cup baking soda
  • 1/4 cup corn starch
  • 2 + Tbsp. Coconut Oil
  • 10-20 drops essential oil of your choice (Options:  Lavender, Thieves, Melaleuca Alternifolia, Purification, Geranium)

In glass bowl, mix the baking soda, corn starch, and essential oil together. Stir until well blended. Next add the coconut oil. Mix thoroughly. Place into glass jar or scoop the mixture into an old deodorant container. Let chill overnight or in refrigerator. Keep in a cool place as coconut oil changes according to temperature. It might be best to keep it in the refrigerator in the summer months. ( If anyone were to accidentally eat it, it would be ok, lol! :)

Safe options – Some deodorant brands that do not contain these toxins:

Young Living

The Crystal

Burt’s Bees 

Aubrey Organics

Have you ever made your own deodorant? Do you have a recipe you would like to share with us? Please spread this post to your friends so they can learn to be label readers and use safe, all natural products on their skin.

Some of this information has come from  Natural News – click to learn more. Click here to learn more about the toxins used in deodorants -another article by Natural News. I am not sure who to give credit to in regards to the homemade recipe, otherwise I would.

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