I've done extensive research when it comes to chemicals in conventional beauty products. Since there is a major lack of regulation on them and the chemicals have all been proven to cause some pretty serious health issues, nervous system issues, reproductive problems and cancer, I've definitely ditched the store bought toxic beauty products and that includes deodorant to make my health and wellness my top priority. Not to mention your body naturally needs to breathe, detox and sweat. If it doesn't, you actually implode and reabsorb the bad things that need to be excreted. Toxins that are brought into your body and those that are created from your body, cannot escape if you place something on your pores to keep toxins inside. Not good.
Did you know that the majority of breast cancer occurs in the upper outer quadrant – just under where women rub deodorant on? According to a 2012 study, 99% of breast cancer samples analyzed contained parabens – a common ingredient in deodorants.
Parabens: Used in a variety of cosmetics as preservatives. Suspected endocrine disrupters, may interfere with male and female reproductive functions and may be linked to cancer.
Aluminum: Works by closing, blocking and clogging the pores that help us sweat under our arms. This blocks one of the main channels of elimination and detoxification that is necessary. Aluminum has also been linked to breast cancer and Alzheimers disease.
Talc: Known to act as a human carcinogen and has been directly linked to ovarian cancer. Talc can act similarly to asbestos when inhaled and may lead to the formation of lung tumors.
Propylene Glycol: This toxic chemical is what is known to give deodorants the slick glide on. It is a cheap way to make skin care products more easily applicable to the skin. Propylene Glycol is also used in automobile anti-freeze, no thanks! Studies have shown that it can cause damage to the central nervous system, liver and heart.
However after reading all of that, I have good news! You can in a matter of a few minutes, make your own non-toxic refreshing and effective deodorant.
What are the best Essential Oils to add to your deodorant?
I recommend and use Young Living essential oils. Some of my favorites for my deodorant are lavender, lemongrass, northern lights black spruce, magnify your purpose, patchouli and vetiver.
- 6 Tablespoons coconut oil. CO is naturally antibacterial and antifungal.
- 4 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil. This helps to give it a silky texture.
- 1.5 Tablespoons bees wax. This helps solidify the deodorant.
- 4 Tablespoons baking soda. Neutralizes odor and pH.
- 3 Tablespoons arrowroot powder. Absorbs sweat, wetness and toxins.
- 2 Tablespoons bentonite clay. Whisks away sweat and adds extra dryness support.
- 10-20 drops of your favorite essential oils.
- Melt all ingredients except essential oils over medium heat, stirring often. Let cool and continue to stir, and add your essential oils while stirring. You can place in the fridge to speed up cooling process. Transfer into a small mason jar. I love these small jelly jars (I use these for almost all my cosmetic/beauty items).
- Use your fingers to slather on your homemade deodorant. The scent is light and refreshing, I love this! But the best part is --- it really works! No odor, none, zero, ziltch.