For years I heard people talking about making their own deodorants or using natural deodorants and I always wondered why. About a year ago I did some research and now I will only use natural deodorants. It was an adjustment… especially since I am someone who sweats doing anything. Just breast feeding my daughter I start sweating! But with everything I learned I’m not willing to put those chemicals on my body any more.

Why do we use deodorants?

So we don’t smell! Pretty simple answer. But let’s take a step back and ask, why do we sweat in the first place? Sweating is our body’s primary way to detox. When we use conventional deodorants and antiperspirants their goal is to block the body’s ability to sweat. So the question is where are the toxins going that the body is trying so hard to flush out? No where! They are all staying in our body.

What’s wrong with conventional deodorants?

The conventional deodorants & antiperspirants contain a variety of chemicals and additives. They have to in order to block the body’s natural ability to sweat. If you look at your deodorant you’ll see quite a long list of ingredients:

  • Aluminum – is used to completely stop perspiration. Some evidence links aluminum to a number of health issues: Seizures, Breast cancer, Alzheimer’s disease and Kidney problems.

  • Parabens – are used as a preservative. Parabens throw off your body’s hormonal balance and 99% of breast cancer tissue contains this chemical.

  • Propylene glycol – (also known as antifreeze) is used to increase absorption and helps keep substances from drying out. This is a highly debated issue in personal care products but the Environmental Working Group reports that it carries a moderate risk of immunotoxicity and allergies.

  • Triclosan – kills bacteria, fungus and other germs. Recent studies suggest this chemical may disrupt thyroid function and other critical hormone systems.

  • TEA (triethanolamine) & DEA (diethanolamine) – adjust the pH levels, and is used with many fatty acids to convert acid to salt, which then becomes the base for a cleanser. They both could be toxic if absorbed into the body over a long period of time where DEA can cause liver and kidney damage and TEA can cause allergic reactions.

What does this all mean?

Well if you have ever been sick and gotten a lump in your neck or armpit, then you’ve experienced a swollen lymph node. These are a major part of your immune system and by adding chemicals directly on top of them that disrupt your hormones and suppress immune functions you are just asking for more issues down the road.

There have been numerous studies done evaluating the correlation between deodorant and antiperspirant use and breast cancer. Currently there is no definitive answer. However knowing the skin is the largest organ of the body and that what touches our skin can enter our bloodstream within 30 minutes. I’d prefer to play it safe and not add any additional chemicals and toxins to my body.

Many people who start using natural deodorants can have issues in the beginning such as some redness or the deodorant is not as effective. So a great way to help pull the chemicals out of the skin, remove odor and speed up the natural deodorant adjustment period is by doing an armpit detox.

How to Detox Your Armpits?

It’s actually a very simple process and you only need 3 ingredients: bentonite clay, apple cider vinegar and water.

Recipe by “Wellness Mama”:

  • 1 tablespoon bentonite clay

  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar

  • 1-2 teaspoons of water (to get right consistency)

Instructions:

  • Mix all of the ingredients in a glass bowl (do not use metal!) with a wooden or non-metal spoon until about the consistency of sour cream.

  • Spread in an even layer over the armpits and allow to sit for 5-20 minutes. I suggest starting slowly and working up to a longer period of time once you see how your body adjust. If it hurts at all, remove immediately.

  • This may cause some redness as it will increase blood-flow to the area, but it will go away quickly.

    Wash off in the shower or with a warm, wet washcloth.

  • Repeat daily or as needed until under-arm odor goes away and natural deodorant is non-irritating.

Once you are done with the detox find a natural deodorant that works for you. You can find natural deodorants from many places, but make sure to read the labels. Just because they say they are natural does not mean they are chemical free. My natural deodorant of choice is doTERRA’s. Their ingredients are all safe and it works for me. If you’re interested in trying it out, contact me HERE and let me know.

Jenny