Many of you know my dirty little secret……I mentioned in my Crunchy Confession that after many many failed attempts at using natural aluminum-free deodorants, I had resigned myself to the store-bought brands in order to keep my husband within 5 feet of me. But my friend Chanelle told me to give it one last go. She is a runner and even had Whitney J. smell her after a 4 mile run to prove that it really worked.
“You smell like coconuts!” Whitney J exclaimed. Ok, I thought, one last try…..
Thomas Gray once said “Ignorance is bliss,” and I think of him often. Growing up, my parents were always educating me about hormones in food, parabens in cosmetics, toxins in cookware… you name it. They were doing Spirulina smoothies long before Dr. Oz came on the scene. So I think of Thomas often in as much as I didn’t get the option to be blissfully ignorant about the world around me and sometimes it’s just ANNOYING! Knowledge is power, but good-golly organic is expensive, constant label-reading is depressing and being a natural mama is a total downer to grandparents who have been waiting their whole lives to spoil their grandkids with love, candy and ice-cream. You feel me?!
Back to my armpits… my Dad has been on my case about aluminum for over a decade. I remember very clearly a conversation with him when I was young and he told me he didn’t use deodorant because of it. That’s weird, I thought, but here I am today to inform you… Every time I would use my OTC (over the counter) deodorant, I was aware that I was affecting my body’s ability to naturally detoxify, along with absorbing the following unhealthy ingredients directly into my lymph system:
Most antiperspirant deodorants contain these 5 toxic ingredients:
- Aluminum: A metal that blocks sweat from escaping the pores. This has been linked to breast cancer and an increase in Alzheimer’s disease.
- Parabens: These synthetic preservatives are highly absorbed into the skin and are linked to early puberty and hormone cancers.
- Propylene glycol: This petroleum-based material has been connected with provoking skin irritations and eczema flare ups.
- Phthalates: Help dissolve other ingredients to create a better consistency. They have been connected with male and female fertility issues and worsening of allergy and asthma symptoms.
- Triclosan: Utilized for its odor-killing properties, Triclosan is classified as a pesticide by the FDA.
Maybe you think I’m being paranoid? “Currently Cancer will affect 1 in 2 men and 1 in 3 women in the United States, and the number of new cases of cancer is set to nearly double by the year 2050.” (source) “Alzheimer’s disease is the 6th leading cause of death in the United States.” (source) So….. I think it’s time we really address and take a deeper look at what we are putting into our bodies on a daily basis.
What are your healthy options?
Use your consumer buying power and purchase safe organic deodorants for your family
OR, if you are the DIY type, you can save money and make your own!
- 3 T Coconut Oil
- 2 T Arrowroot/Cornstarch (this is an ingredient I hadn’t used in previous recipes, and it made ALL the difference)
- 3 T Baking Soda
- 15-20 drops Essential Oils (if you are new to oils, try sampling the oils [neat] directly on the back of your hand ahead of time to see if you have a reaction. I got a huge rash from tee tree oil with my last failed batch of deodorant)
- Combine dry ingredients
- Add in melted, liquid coconut oil
- Finish with essential oil (lemon, peppermint, lavender tea tree, patchouli, grapefruit, rosewood are also good options because of their antibacterial properties)
- Place in the container of your choosing
It will sting after shaving. Exfoliate with epsom salt and try to shave the night before.
The coconut oil will liquify quickly. Store your DIY deodorant in a cool spot and put in the fridge if it gets too soupy.
Snap Mom Approved Products
Organic Deodorant Mist
Organic Body Mist
Sources: http://health.howstuffworks.com/skin-care/underarm-care/tips/deodorant1.htm http://www.epa.gov/oppsrrd1/REDs/factsheets/triclosan_fs.htm http://www.naturalnews.com/033364_deodorants_chemical_ingredients.html http://kimberlysnyder.net/blog/2010/02/09/letting-our-underarms-detoxify/