It’s been hectic again so i’ve had to delay this post i’m afraid, but i’m here now to tell you my great recipe for an all natural deodorant.
Most shop bought deodorants have nasties in them such as aluminium chlorhydrate, triclosan, parabens and propylene glycol.
Let’s have a look at these ingredients one by one….
Aluminium based compounds are used as an active ingredient in antiperspirants, they are used to stop the body from sweating (which in itself is crazy as your body sweating is a way of detoxing). Research suggests that aluminium compounds are absorbed through the skin and can cause changes in oestrogen receptors, it’s been linked to breast cancer but as always “studies are inconclusive” and more research is being done. It is also linked to problems in the liver, kidneys and brain…….
Parabens are used as preservatives to prevent bacterial growth, not just in deodorants and antiperspirants but also in pretty much all makeup and moisturisers, and account for use in 75-90% of all products!!! Parabens mimic oestrogen in the body. Researchers from the University of Reading, in the UK, conducted a study collecting 160 samples of breast tissue taken from women who’d had mastectomies and tested them for the presence of five different parabens. At least one form of paraben was present in 99% of the tissue samples, and all five were present in 60% of the samples. How scary is that?? Luckily parabens are quite easy to identity with the five most used being methylparaben, butylparaben, benzylparaben, propylparaben and isobuylparaben.
Wow… what can i say about Propylene glycol? You really don’t want to be using this at all, how it’s been passed as safe to use on your skin (which absorbs 60% of what you put on it straight into the blood!) is honestly beyond me! Let me tell you the facts. Used as a moisture sealer and as a penetration enhancer. Often listed as PEG (Polyethylene Glycol) on an ingredients list but also PG (Propylene Glycol) [Sneaky huh?]. Easily absorbed through the skin and at greatest risk when contaminated (includes 1,4 dioxane, lead, nickel and arsenic). Considered a neurotoxin and is known to cause contact dermatitis and liver and kidney damage.
Guaranteed you’re all smearing triclosan on yourselves on a regular basis. It’s widely used in antibacterial wipes, soaps and sanitisers. So what is it? Well…It’s a synthetic antimicrobial agent which also has antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral properties (so does coconut oil, i know which i’d rather be using!) Triclosan is a known endocrine disruptor and a suspected carcinogen. This chemical is also lipophilic, which means it can bioaccumulate in your fat for long periods of time, and as reported by Scientific American, triclosan is now detectable in human breast milk, blood, and urine samples. Both the FDA and the EPA are currently reviewing the safety of this chemical… Halleluiah!!!!
In the meantime, while this is STILL being used so widely please please check ingredients. You DON’T have to antibac everything! The problem is that these products don’t discriminate between healthy bacteria and harmful bacteria so if you’re killing one you’re killing the other and healthy bacteria is paramount to our existence! And please don’t use them on babies who’s poor little systems are still learning and growing.
So now you know a little bit about the nasties let’s find some solutions. I sweat a lot! I like to work out, i work part time in a busy restaurant running up and down stairs, i run my business and i have my gorgeous baby, 3 dogs and a messy husband to look after = LOTS OF SWEAT (some blood and tears too) But i don’t like to smell! It’s something that i’m paranoid about, i’m always washing clothes, cleaning and showering. For me smelling is the worst thing ever!! So it took me a while to find some natural deodorants that can keep up with all this hecticness and my paranoia.
I’m not going to mention any brands by name but there’s several salt crystal ones on the market that you can get from your local health food shop or internet. These i find work the hardest and i use them when i’m working in the restaurant (there’s nothing worse than a waitress with stinky armpits!!) or going for a run.
For the rest of the time i use my homemade one which for everyday use is awesome, cheap and mega easy to do.
3 Tbsp Coconut oil
3 Tbsp Bicarbonate of soda
2 Tbsp of Arrowroot powder (also known as flour) or use organic cornflour
2 Tbsp of Raw Cacao butter
Essential oils of your choice – these aren’t essential (see what i did there) but will give the deodorant a personal smell.
Super easy, get a bain marie and add the coconut oil and cacao butter.
Once only just melted take off the heat and stir in the arrowroot powder and the bicarb
Add essential oils now if you’re adding them, really go wild and find a combination that is personal to you
You can either pour into a soap mould or buy empty deodorant stick containers (this option is slightly less messy and you can reuse them over and over again. Ebay is the best bet) and pour into them.
Pop them in the fridge to cool, it’ll take a good 12 hours or so but then they should be good to stay out of the fridge unless it gets really hot (which let’s face it doesn’t really happen in this country!)
Apply onto clean skin, fresh from the shower and enjoy knowing you haven’t doused yourself in questionable chemicals and still smell fresh!