Whether you have sensitive skin or would like to avoid toxins, making your own deodorant can be highly beneficial for your health and wallet. As research has been conducted, more and more evidence has surfaced regarding the harmful effects of deodorants and antiperspirants.
More specifically, breast cancer research has focused on the effects of conventional deodorants in terms of its effect on surrounding tissue. What does the research have to say and how can you protect yourself? Making your own substitute is much simpler than you’d think — here’s how.
Why You Should Make the Switch to Natural Deodorant
As mentioned, researchers have voiced their concerns regarding the long-term use of deodorants and antiperspirants. From breast cancer to an increased risk of Alzheimer’s, it’s clear that the ingredients in conventional deodorants are harmful. Some of these ingredients to look out for include parabens, aluminum, silica, talc, and triclosan.
Although research has been mixed, there’s been enough evidence suggesting the dangers associated with deodorant to avoid using it on a regular basis. When using antiperspirants, for example, they essentially clog and block your pores. A key concern is that ingredients such as aluminum, actually accumulate in breast tissue.
One study, published in the Journal of Inorganic Biochemistry, found that aluminum in breast tissue, was significantly higher within the outer regions of the breast — suggesting that the proximity in terms of antiperspirant may play a key role. Since aluminum is a genotoxic substance, it’s believed to be a possible breast cancer risk factor.
Even if deodorants are aluminum-free, however, they still often contain other harsh additives, such as parabens and other toxic substances, including propylene glycol and DEA. Depending on the ingredients used, these conventional deodorants often contain neurotoxins and hormonal disrupters.
Make Your Own Deodorant — It’s Easy!
If you would like to reduce your exposure to toxins, a natural deodorant is the perfect solution. Once you source your ingredients, you can make batch after batch. This low-cost, highly effective recipe will ensure you smell great, without absorbing harmful chemicals and harsh additives.
What You’ll Need:
- 2 tbsp Shea Butter
- 2 tbsp Coconut Oil
- 2 tbsp Baking Soda
- Essential Oils (optional)
Baking soda acts as a natural deodorizer, helping to combat the effects of sweat. Both Shea butter and coconut oil help you produce a sturdy stick of natural deodorant while benefiting your skin. Coconut oil, for instance, offers antibacterial protection, while offering moisturizing properties.
Directions: Using a double boiler, melt both the coconut oil and Shea butter. Once fully melted, remove from heat and add your baking soda. After these ingredients are combined, add essential oils of your choice. Although you may prefer a certain scent, some of the best essential oils to reduce sweating include tea tree oil and sage. Simply pour the mixture into a deodorant container and you’re all set