Today, I made some more deodorant…for the pits.
Ingredients that I used this time was
1/3 cup Arrowroot
1/3 cup Baking Soda
1/3 cup Coconut oil
and Essential oils
There are other ingredients that can be added to homemade deodorant, such as bentonite clay or shea butter. I had shea butter I simply forgot to add it. I did use Frankincense and Myrrh for my essential oils (20 drops each to be precise). I like this recipe because it is quick, inexpensive, and overall healthier than store bought brands. I made my first batch of deodorant about a year ago and was pleased. It worked just as well as what I had been using for a few years. Plus, I like the fact that I can make different scents according to my mood or what my body needs.
There was some apples cooking on the stove so I decided to melt my coconut oil in the pan (never fear, the jar was clean). After that melted, I took the jar from the pan and added my essential oils and swished them around. I then added my dry ingredients and stirred and stirred until it was all even consistency. I then put it in the fridge to harden the coconut oil back up. Done. All I do now is apply as needed and re-apply if the mood hits.
I began making my own personal hygiene products about a year ago. After I began implementing healthier habits in my life, my personal care products seemed to change too. I had been reading about all the preservatives and synthetic chemicals they add to our stuff and it honestly made me nervous. Ingredients such as aluminum, parabens, propylene glycol, triclosan, and pthalates, were not looking as pretty as some of the companies wanted them to look. The information I gathered in a short time studied allowed me to jump on the hippie bandwagon and make my own stuff. (I recycle too but that is for a later topic).
Aluminum has been said to be linked to breast cancer. When aluminum based products are applied to the pits, it is absorbed in the body and has estrogen hormone effects. Estrogen is known to promote the growth of breast cancer cells. Some scientists have made the suggestion that aluminum based products in deodorant can cause cancer. Even if it doesn’t cause cancer, I am not willing to risk it.
Parabens are synthetic preservatives that may disrupt hormone balance (I truly do not need that). Parabens are used in deodorant and may mimic estrogen in the body. Still, may not be a good idea to stick this stuff on my armpits near the my chest. That is just a random thought I had as I was doing a bit of research. And don’t even get me on the propylene glycol kick. Well, okay. I will. I hate propylene glycol (it is a clear odorless liquid made from petroleum). It is in cake mixes and even already made cakes, personal hygiene products, food colors and flavors, paint and plastics, and is used to make artificial smoke or fog…tons of stuff. It is not allowed in cat food because it can cause disease but it is still allowed in dog food. Nice, huh? It infuriates me. Anyway, it is also in newer brands of automobile antifreeze. Propylene glycol is also used as a runway and aircraft de-icing agent. Creepy.
Triclosan is classified as a pesticide by the FDA and a probable carcinogen (a substance capable of causing cancer in living tissue). Triclosan is perhaps a more fierce endocrine disruptor than propylene glycol. Now, some manufacturers are taking out the triclosan because of the public backlash, as they should not have added it to our personal care products anyway!
And last but not least, phthalates are a class of chemicals that have been linked to a few health issues including birth defects. These are chemicals are produced to make plastics more flexible. Used in cosmetics and personal care products, this chemical can be found in wood finishes, detergents, adhesives, plastics, plumbing pipes, lubricants, insecticides, medical devices, building materials, shower curtains, wallpaper, vinyl mini-blinds, plastic wraps….and wait for it….pacifiers, soft rattles, and teethers. Although it is said that the effects of this chemical are not fully known, Di(2-ethylhexyl) pthalates are listed as “reasonably anticipated to be a human carcinogen” in some resources I read. I also read that exposure to Di(2-ethylhexyl) pthalate through the use of medical tubing and plastic devices for feeding and medicating, and assisting the breathing of newborn infants may affect the development of the reproductive system.
Now, I am not a scientist. I am not a conspiracy theory kinda chick either. But, since I have been learning about things that are put in the products we buy, I simply thought I would change some things. I cannot 100% avoid every toxin or carcinogen that comes my way, but what I can change, I try. Do research for yourself. Get to know what is in the products you bring into your house and the possible long-term side effects that you may be able to avoid.