Are deodorants safe? Is your deodorant helping you or hurting you?
The scientific studies indicate that aluminum-based compounds in your deodorant or antiperspirant have cancer-causing properties which can be absorbed through the skin. Also other substances like triclosan and ethanol which have antiseptic function, parabens that retain preservative function, have doubtful effects too. 50% of breast cancer is found in the upper outer part of the breast, the area closest to where you put your deodorant.
To minimize health risk and to avoid entering chemicals in our bodies, we can make an ecological choice and we can easily prepare natural antiperspirants at home.
The nature has its own natural deodorants, such as clay with its absorptive properties; essential oils like lavender and tea tree that are antibacterial; mint is refreshing, while others, lemon, palmarosa and clary sage essential oils have deodorant properties.
So if you want to live healthy with no chemicals, take care of your health and save money- try these easy recipes:
1. Deodorant cream recipe:
- 2 ounces shea butter
- 2 ounces coconut oil
- 1 ounce non-nano zinc oxide powder
- 5 tablespoons arrowroot powder
- 0.5 ounces raw beeswax
- 1/2 teaspoon vitamin E oil
If you want you can add aloe vera extract or calendula extract. This is optional, but not necessary for effective use of this product.
Measure the ingredients with a kitchen scale. In a small pot, over low heat, melt shea butter, coconut oil and beeswax. When melted, remove the pot from the heat and allow the mixture to cool. Next add arrowroot powder and zinc powder and whisk until they are dissolved and combined. Add vitamin E oil, extracts and essential oils (if using) and stir well. Finally, pour the mixture in a sterile container and let it cools down. You can store this product at home temperature. It will be shelf stable for at least one year, depending on the quality of the ingredients used.
How to use it: Use your fingertips and apply to underarms daily.
2. Spray deodorant recipe:
- 10 ml of grain ethyl alcohol,
- 15 ml of cider vinegar or white vinegar,
- 25 ml of rose water,
- 10 drops of essential oil of Palma Rosa and
- 20 drops of pure essential oils or a mix of them such as lavender, peppermint, tea tree, lemon, etc.
Pour the alcohol in a spray container of 50 ml, add the essential oils, and stir well the ingredients to mix them, finally add the vinegar and the rose water.
Easy! Isn’t it?
Will you still sweat? Yes. There isn’t an all-natural antiperspirant that can block your skin’s pores. But sweating is good for you; this is your body’s way to remove the toxins. Using this natural deodorant allows your body to release the toxins, yet still eliminates odors by killing the bacteria.