You may not know it, but the deodorant you use every day is full of potentially harmful chemicals. Below you will learn about some of the harmful ingredients found in traditional deodorants, as well as information on a natural alternative that you can make at home.
One of the chemicals found in deodorant is aluminum, which has been linked to Alzheimer’s disease, prostate cancer, and breast cancer. Another toxin that is added to most store-bought deodorants is parabens. Parabens are preservatives that mock the activity of estrogen, disrupting the hormonal balance inside your body.
Propylene glycol is another ingredient in many deodorants, and this particular component poses serious risks to the central nervous system, heart, and liver if it interacts with other chemicals. Triclosan is technically classified as a pesticide, but chances are it is also found in your deodorant. This chemical may disrupt the endocrine system, and can mix with tap water to create chloroform gas.
Finally, stearates are yet another chemical found in your typical deodorant, and this additive is a known carcinogen.
How to Make Your Own Deodorant
Know that you are aware of the potential risks to your health lurking in your stick of deodorant, you likely want to avoid these chemicals is possible. Here is an easy recipe for your own homemade deodorant that will be free of these harmful chemicals, as well as any other allergens or irritants. This tried-and-true recipe comes from a very active hiker and ice-skater and breast cancer survivor.
- Arrowroot powder (¼ cup)
- Organic Cornstarch (2 tbsp)*
- Bentonite clay (1 tbsp)*
- Baking soda (2 tsp)
- Coconut oil
- Shea butter
- Tea tree or lemon balm oil
* use less of these ingredients if you have sensitive skin
Combine all dry ingredients together in an empty jar. Based on the size of your jar and proportion of the other ingredients, add some melted coconut oil just until the mixture is pliable. Next, add in the shea butter and your choice of essential oil. Mix the ingredients thoroughly, and store on the countertop.
Ta-da, you have your own deodorant! Once the melted shea butter and all ingredients set, you can apply a small amount (a dime-size or less) under each armpit. Feel free to experiment with the different ingredients and their proportions on the next batch until you find what’s perfect for you.
Nothing is more important than your health, and it is unfair that makers of deodorant hide the harmful ingredients found in their products. Show these companies that the consumer is still king, and chuck their products altogether. This natural recipe is not only cheap, quick, and easy, but also equally as effective as the alternative options, without posing any risks to your health.