Recently I’ve been taking a much closer look at the growing number of chemicals and additives that are seemingly in everything that we purchase, from shampoos, conditioners, soaps, detergents, cosmetics and even our food- which is being genetically engineered and spliced with chemicals such as Round Up without so much as a label to let the public know what they’re Really buying. You might be shocked to learn what’s in your favorite brand of deodorant . . .
For the sake of our family’s health and well being we’ve slowly been weeding out the dangerous hormone disrupting chemicals in our everyday lives.
Before we do, let us explain a few things, when We say “NO secrets”, it’s because our Homemade Deodorant Recipe doesn’t include dangerous chemicals like the store bought counterparts which often contain the following:
- Aluminum– a poisonous neurotoxin that accumulates in the body with use. Incidentally, those who are diagnosed with Alzheimers frequently have High levels of aluminum in their brains. This can appear as Aluminium chloride, aluminium chlorohydrate, aluminium-zirconium compounds, aluminium zirconium tetrachlorohydrex gly, or aluminium zirconium trichlorohydrex gly (don’t they sound lovely!)
- Parabens – which mimic estrogen- remaining in the skin and increase breast cancer risk. You’ll see these listed as methylparaben, propylparaben, butylparaben, benzylparaben and isobutylparaben. Interestingly, in a UK study of the breast tissue collected from 160 samples from women who had undergone mastectomies, parabens appeared in 99% of those tissue samples.
- Propylene Glycol– which is used to keep the deodorant from drying out, it was originally used as Anti-Freeze. This particular neurotoxin causes contact dermatitis, kidney & liver damage, headache, vomiting, central nervous depression, gastro-intestinal issues, nausea, etc.
- Triclosan- a known skin irritant that frequently causes contact dermatitis, this ingredient is stored in body fat and the FDA classifies it as a Pesticide.
How do Commercial Deodorants Work?
I hope you haven’t recently eaten, this might make you a little nauseous. Deodorants that have an aluminum base actually react with the natural electrolytes produced by your body, forming a gel Plug in the duct of your sweat glands.
This plug prevents your skin from naturally excreting liquid. The use of aluminum salts in deodorants actually cause the glands to contract, which further hinders sweat from reaching the surface of the skin. Unfortunately, these toxins remain in your body indefinitely.
Does Deodorant Cause Cancer?
Well, the jury is still out on that one. It is believed that the use of commercial deodorants greatly increases the risk of Breast Cancer. Several studies have been conducted that support this belief, such as the one published by the European Journal of Cancer Prevention in 2003, which interviewed 437 women with breast cancer regarding their current and past usage of commercial deodorants.
It was reported that women who chose to apply deodorant twice weekly and shave their armpits 3x’s weekly appeared to develop breast cancer 15 years younger than women who did neither of those things.
Regardless of whether those chemicals cause cancer (what doesn’t these days?!) I’ve decided that the fewer chemicals I put in my body intentionally, the better. So, without further ado, we offer
NO Secrets Deodorant
4 Tbs. Coconut Oil
12 drops Lavender Essential Oil
3 drops Vit E Oil (or the contents of 1 vitamin E capsule, just prick it with a needle & squeeze)
2 Tbs. Baking Soda
2 Tbs Corn Starch or arrowroot powder
2 tsp Grated Beeswax or beeswax pellets
1 Empty Deodorant Container
In a small saucepan combine the coconut oil and beeswax over very low heat, alternatively you can use a double boiler, but don’t use the microwave for this one. The coconut oil will melt quickly, the beeswax will take a few moments.
Remove from heat, cool slightly, and stir in baking soda, cornstarch, vitamin E and lavender essential oil. It is imperative that you use True Essential oil and NOT a fragrance oil.
The lavender offers antibacterial properties in addition to a great scent. The beeswax will help your finished product stay firm in the container. The vitamin E is a natural preservative.
Keep in mind when using your homemade deodorant that there is an adjustment period as your body detoxifies. About a week after you begin using the product you may notice a stronger odor as your sweat glands finally purge the chemical mess that has built up! Just reapply your homemade deodorant if needed. A small number of people may have sensitivities to baking soda, if you know you have a sensitivity, you can use substitute Cornstarch in its place.
Other Scent Choices:
First, let me start by saying that the scent of this homemade deodorant is VERY Light. I tested this thoroughly by showering, applying, then running 3 miles in 90+ degree weather in the South.
Not only did it work fabulous, it didn’t have a heavy perfume”y” stench like commercial deodorants tend to have.
Here are some additional scent choices:
- Rosemary Essential Oil
- Cloves Essential Oil (For Men)
- Lime Essential Oil (Men)
Labeling your Deodorant:
You can label your homemade deodorant any number of ways, we’ve already made these cute labels and you’re more than welcome to print them off for your own use. You can either print them on Avery Mailing labels (size 4162) or you can print them on regular paper and then use clear tape to adhere them to your container.
- Printable “No secret” Deodorant Labels (Available to active members only)
Cancer Risks of Deodorant: http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/factsheet/Risk/AP-Deo