There are very few skin products that I use that actually come from a retail store. Have you ever read the ingredient list in your makeup or lotion? Probably not, and in my opinion why should you have to. In a perfect world, there would be regulations against what you could and could not put into something that the general population would be smearing on their bodies daily. I know what you’re thinking, “well what about the FDA?” Well I hate to be a Debbie Downer, but something tells me with possible ingredients like the following, you might want to reconsider whose longevity their really worried about, yours or the corporations.
Steer clear of the following ingredients…
Aluminum- (Aluminum chlorohydrate, aluminum zirconium tetrachlorohydrex gly or any aluminum compounds) is absorbed through the skin and accumulates in the body and is suggested to have links to Alzheimer’s and breast cancer.
Parabens- (methyl, ethyl, propyl, benzyl and butyl) are all derived from toluene, a toxic petrochemical, and if the fact that it causes reproductive harm in animals tested doesn’t scare you, maybe the fact that it’s toxic if swallowed or inhaled.
Triclosan- classified as a pesticide and is a skin irritant that is stored in body fat.
Talc-(hydrous magnesium silicate) is a soft mineral used as an absorbent and color additive. It is classified as a carcinogen by the International Agency for Research on Cancer if it contains asbestiform fibers, and since the amount of asbestiform fibers in talc used isn’t monitored or regulated, there is no way of knowing whether or not it contains the fibers.
Propylene glycol- is a neurotoxin and may cause delayed allergic reactions and kidney or liver damage.
Steareth- while it may be vegetable derived it’s reacted with ethylene oxide, a human carcinogen.
For more information on the harmful effects of these products check out this article.
All that being said, why not make your own, and know exactly what’s going on your beautiful skin.
What you’ll need…
● 8 tablespoons Coconut Oil (I prefer the organic)
● ¼ cup Baking Soda
● ¼ cup Arrowroot Powder
You’ll also need a small container to put your final product in. I use a small wide mouth mason jar.
1. This step is optional; if you prefer not to microwave you can just mash all the ingredients together. Otherwise, melt the coconut oil in the microwave for approximately 45 seconds.
2. Add the baking soda and arrowroot powder and mix well
3. Pour into your final container and allow to cool down to room temperature. The final product once cool, will be able to be rubbed under your arms like a lotion.
If you find the deodorant too runny or too thick, just use less or more coconut oil.
I’ve been using this deodorant for over a year now, and while it’s not an antiperspirant, it works great. We all need to realize it’s important for our bodies to be able to sweat, so forget about the antiperspirant and live a little longer.