Let's talk about toxins in deodorant today. Fun!
I spend a lot of time with the women I work with talking about how to eat the best food, create the most nourishing mindset, and how to create a routine of self-care.
Which leads to my thoughts on body-care products – like deodorant! Many will take a nice hot shower, lather up with lotion, spray some perfume, roll-on deodorant. But do you spend as much time reading body product labels as you do reading food labels (or getting rid of buying food in packages all together?!)? In my experience - not usually. Here are my concerns, and they should be yours, too, if you are serious about loving your body – inside and out!
Here is a list of common deodorant ingredients with their associated risks (researched on www.ewg.org):
Aluminum Chloride: organ system toxicity, in vitro tests on mammalian cells show positive mutation results, reproductive effects at moderate and high doses, studies show brain and nervous system effects at high doses.
Aluminum Chlorohydrate: developmental/reproductive toxicity, neurotoxicity
Aluminum Zirconium Tetrachlorohydrex Glycine: strong evidence of human neurotoxicity when product is airborn
Gylcerin: studies show kidney or renal system effects at very low doses, mammalian cells show positive mutation results, studies show reproductive effects at moderate doses
Diproplyene Glycol: one or more studies show brain and nervous system effects at high doses
1 PEG-14 Dimethicone, PEG/PPG – 18/18 Dimethicone, PEG-8 Distearate, and Triclosan (also known as 1,4-Dioxane):endocrine disruption, identified as a probable human carcinogen by the U.S.EPA
Propylene Glycol: the FDA says is safe for general use but can cause cancer and contains toxins that affect reproduction
Alcohol Denatured: cancer, developmental/reproductive toxicity, organ system toxicity (non-reproductive)
Butane and Propane: allergies and immuno-toxicity
Fragrance (often means Diethyl Phthalate or DEP): endocrine disruptor that has been linked to reproductive issues and abnormalities
PEG/PPG – 18/18 Dimethicone: organ system toxicity (non-reproductive)
Benzyl Alcohol: neurotoxicity
Silica: linked to cancer, allergies/immunotoxicity
Um. Scary, much?
"But there are no good, natural deodorants", you say?
Here's the remedy. This is, hands down, the best - and cheapest! - deodorant I've ever used. It even keeps polyester from becoming stinky! It's NOT an anti-perspirant ... your body needs to breathe (ie: sweat)! However, the cornstarch absorbs wetness, the baking soda neutralizes odor, and coconut oil is a wonderful moisturizer and anti-fungal. Note: excessive sweating can be an indication that there is other cleansing, internally, that needs to be done.
DIY Coconut Oil deodorant:
small glass jar with lid (small Ball jam jar works great)
¼ cup organic extra virgin coconut oil
¼ cup baking soda
¼ cup cornstarch
10-20 drops essential oil (optional)
Melt coconut oil in a small saucepan on the stove. When it is liquified remove from heat. Stir in baking soda and cornstarch. Add essential oils if using. Mix well. Pour into glass jar and let cool (will solidify), then cover and place in fridge for final setting. If the temperature is above 75 degrees where you are, you will want to store in the fridge to keep it solid.
Apply to underarms with fingertips. Even on hot, muggy days I find that I only need one application. Works WONDERS!!
A note about essential oils: tea tree and lavendar oils have wonderful anti-fungal, anti-septic, and anti-bacterial properties.
Thoughts? Going to try? Already have? Let me know in the comments below! And if you are wanting to de-chemicalize the rest of your bathroom cabinets, you can learn more about organic body-care products here.