It is the hottest month of summer and I wanted to discuss number one product we all use – deodorant. Majority of underarm cosmetics contain a variety of chemicals added for different reasons. Aluminum, triclosan, parabens, phthalates are just a few. I know that we used cosmetic products since the dawn of ages. But recently, we use unprecedented quantities on our body. Potentially there might be even a link between breast cancer and the application of cosmetic chemicals. Although individual chemicals have been tested by current safety guidelines, the effects of long-term usage of mixtures of these chemicals over an entire lifetime by people of all ages is still unknown. So I choose to use natural deodorants with less chemicals and potentially harmful ingredients.
Is deodorant harmful?
There has been a plenty of research published on the topic. But I am skeptical as a lot of the studies are sponsored by big cosmetics corporations. I only want to mention some issues that might be linked to deodorant use:
- Deodorant can kill beneficial armpit bacteria
- Deodorant can increase odor-producing bacteria
- Parabens in deodorant may be linked to breast cancer
My and my friends’ favorite deodorants
- Organic Deodorant by Sky organics – this deodorant is Aluminum-Free, Vegan, Fragrance-free, Gender Neutral, Non-GMO, Paraben-Free 24H Protection for Him & Her- Handmade in USA. This is my number one choice because it works and leaves you smelling great. This deodorant has been tried by many of my friends who have positive reviews as well.
- T’eo deodorant from Lush – aluminum free, and great smell but can leave a white residue on your clothes. It is my second choice due to the wonderful smell. However, it will not be the best pick if most of your wardrobe consists of dark colors.
- Schmid’s natural deodorant – sold at target; it is sulfate-free, phthalate-free, butylparaben-free, formaldehyde donor-free, formaldehyde-free, nonylphenol ethoxylate free, propylparaben-free, contains shea butter, paraben-free, aluminum chlorohydrate-free, fluoride-free. This is also a very economic version of natural deodorant that works and leaves you smelling fresh.
Also check out this educational video on deodorant and cancer!
Homemade DIY deodorant “recipe”
Finally! I saved the best for last. 🙂 There are a plenty of recipes for homemade deodorants online. But trust me, the simplest ones usually work the best. Do not spend hundreds of dollars on tons of ingredients. This easy recipe works.
3 tbsp virgin coconut oil
2 tbsp Shea butter
3 tbsp baking soda
2 tbsp cornstarch
5 drops essential oil (lavender, orange, etc.)
How to make
- Make a double boiler by placing a half-pint glass jar in the middle of a small pot of water.
- Bring water to a boil.
- Add coconut oil and Shea butter to the jar and let it melt.
- Turn off the heat, add baking soda and cornstarch, and stir until completely smooth.
- Mix in the essential oil of your choice. Orange and lemon essential oil are my first two choices but I love everything citrus.
- Let cool.
- Put it in the container of your choice. I use an antiperspirant tube to make it easier to apply and store this in my refrigerator.