There have been a lot of rumors swirling around about how deodorants and antiperspirants can be a cause of breast cancer and Alzheimer’s Disease, so I did some research to find out why…
According to the National Cancer Institute, there is no solid scientific proof that deodorants and antiperspirants are a cause of breast cancer; however, parabens (used as a preservative in deodorants) have been proven to mimic estrogen, which can promote the growth of breast cancer cells. That’s enough to make me worry. Breastcancer.org states that 1 in 8 women (that reach the age of 70) will develop an invasive form of breast cancer.
Antiperspirants contain aluminum that is engineered to plug up the sweat ducts. Alzheimer’s patients have a much higher content of aluminum in the brain making the correlation seem pretty suspicious. The Alzheimer’s Association predict a 44% increase in the disease growth by 2025!
While there is no concrete evidence that deodorants and antiperspirants cause these incredibly devastating diseases, the rise in people contracting these diseases is eerie. Clearly, we’re doing something wrong!
Why we don’t need antiperspirants and deodorants
Our bodies are made to sweat. Other than keeping our bodies cool in warm climates, sweating is a natural detox. Antiperspirants clog up our sweat ducts, preventing the toxins from being released and putting aluminum on your skin to be absorbed into your system.
Our skin is our body’s largest organ. Those of us that use essential oils know how quickly putting something on our skin absorbs into our systems. Not only is the aluminum absorbed into our bodies, but other chemicals like the added fragrance, which is dangerous because the companies are not required to disclose all of the chemicals used to make their fragrance. People don’t think about that when choosing lotions, make-up, deodorants, and other products that we use daily.
I get it. Some people are just naturally sweaty…like really sweaty. My sister, for example, has always just been a little bit more sweaty than the average person. She doesn’t stink, but I know she has been embarrassed by the amount of sweat she produces. Our culture has made it seem that sweating is just gross. My sister is definitely not gross. Sweating is natural. But because of the “gross” image, people will do anything they can to prevent it, including using these aluminum-filled antiperspirants and heavily fragranced deodorants without thinking twice.
Sweat also shouldn’t have too much of an odor. Bacteria mixed with the proteins in our sweat cause the stinky-ness. If you find that you are extremely stinky, you should probably consider changing your diet up a bit. Healthier and more natural foods will help eliminate the smell. Here is a good article about eliminating foods that cause the stink.
DIY All Natural Deodorant
I made this deodorant in the depths of a very humid few weeks in Indiana this past summer and was pleased with the results. It so easy and effective and we will save tons of money in the future by not having to buy commercial, chemically-filled products anymore!
The ingredients are simple and probably already in your home!
- 6 tablespoons Coconut oil — If it’s not in your pantry, go buy some…NOW! This stuff is amazing!! It is antifungal, antimicrobial, antibacterial, antiviral, moisturizing, immune boosting, and simply amazing! The coconut scent will help fight the stink and it absorbs wonderfully into your skin!
- 1/4 cup Baking soda — A natural substance that will help combat odors and help keep you dry.
- 1/4 cup Arrowroot powder — This all natural powder absorbs moisture and makes skin softer. It also helps balance the body’s pH levels. If you don’t have arrowroot powder, you can use cornstarch, but I recommend the arrowroot.
- 25 drops Essential oils — Use this to customize your natural deodorant’s scent, or add oils like tea tree to give your deodorant an extra boost of antifungal power. I used peppermint EO in my first batch and really enjoyed the cooling sensation it gave me in the hot summertime. The possibilities and benefits of using essential oils in this deodorant are endless!
The first batch of deodorant I made I didn’t use arrowroot powder. I noticed that after shaving my armpits and applying the deodorant, there was a slight sting because of the baking soda. It still worked well, but I added arrowroot powder in my next batch to help absorb more moisture, balance pH levels, and sooth the skin.
How to make it
- Melt the coconut oil.
- Stir in the arrowroot powder and baking soda.
- Add essential oils.
I melted the coconut oil in a glass bowl, added the powders and essential oils mixing with a popsicle stick, and transferred the mixture into two 4 ounce jars for storing.
To apply, I simply scoop some of the deodorant out with my fingers and rub into my armpits. If there is any left on your fingers, you can simply rub it into your hands like lotion. You could also use a popsicle stick to apply it if you wanted.
The coconut oil will solidify when cool and liquefy when warmed. On cooler days, you may have to warm the deodorant up a little bit with you fingers, and warmer days the deodorant may be more runny. It will still work either way!
Have you made your own deodorant? What are you favorite essential oils to use in it?