Okay, I’m not saying that deodorant isn’t Gluten-Free but what it is is loaded with bad things. According to the National Cancer Institute the studies are conflicting. But that means that the ingredients in antiperspirants and deodorants COULD cause cancer. So why would I risk it at all? Just saying.
Ingredients in Commercially Prepared Antiperspirants and Deodorants
Aluminum: Aluminum-based compounds are used as the active ingredient in antiperspirants. These compounds form a temporary plug within the sweat duct that stops the flow of sweat to the skin’s surface. Some research suggests that aluminum-based compounds, which are applied frequently and left on the skin near the breast, may be absorbed by the skin and cause estrogen-like (hormonal) effects. Because estrogen has the ability to promote the growth of breast cancer cells, some scientists have suggested that the aluminum-based compounds in antiperspirants may contribute to the development of breast cancer.
Parabens: Some research has focused on parabens, which are preservatives used in some deodorants and antiperspirants that have been shown to mimic the activity of estrogen in the body’s cells. The belief that parabens build up in breast tissue was supported by a 2004 study, which found parabens in 18 of 20 samples of tissue from human breast tumors. However, this study did not prove that parabens cause breast tumors. The authors of this study did not analyze healthy breast tissue or tissues from other areas of the body and did not demonstrate that parabens are found only in cancerous breast tissue. Furthermore, this research did not identify the source of the parabens and cannot establish that the buildup of parabens is due to the use of deodorants or antiperspirants.
So Now What?
For me, this is enough to make me question using deodorants. I bought some natural deodorants but they were expensive and I still wasn’t sure if this is what I wanted to use. Then, I found a cool recipe (which I have of course modified0.
- 1/4 c. baking soda (anti-stink and dry)
- 1/4 c. corn starch (smooth and dry)
- 5-6 T. coconut oil (microbial, anti-stink, and soft)
- 5 drops Rosemary Extract (a natural preservative)
- 5-6 drops your favorite oil (I used narcissus but be careful, a little bit goes a long way)
- The best way to mix this is to mix the oils together first.
- Fold in the baking soda and corn starch.
- Put in a jar and dab on in the mornings.
It really works. Right after I made my first batch I realized that I needed it NOW! I put it on and Viola! Stink Gone!
Ingredients in Homemade Deodorant and How They Are Good
Rosemary Extract Rosemary extract is perhaps the most effective of the antioxidant class. Using Rosemary Extract will give off a slight herbaceous smell, but it can be covered or enhanced by other fragrances. In fact, many manufacturers create formulas that highlight the rosemary scent. ROE is oil soluble and should be blended in the oil stage of making lotions and creams.
Coconut Oil I can’t find anything wrong with coconut oil except it’s a saturated fat. The people who love it, love it. There are tons and tons of internet articles telling how wonderful it is. It has been touted as being good for just everything. What is for sure is that is that it is a good source of Lauric Acid and it is microbial. In fact, it can be applied directly on injuries and even bruises.
Corn Starch Quite frankly, there aren’t many health benefits from corn starch, but it won’t hurt you and it does dry things out (like underarms).
Baking Soda Baking soda is supposed to have many health claims. It is suppose to be healing, is good for your teeth, good for your rug, and just good. So, it’s a good thing to use.