Cause for Concern?
A few years back I started wondering what was in the products I used. With media always reporting that cancer and disease are “on the rise,” I wanted to be more knowledgeable about what my family was consuming. Breast cancer was something that I, like most people with breasts, thought about often. I had heard somewhere that deodorant could have something to do with it. We do apply it every single day, right next to them.
Let’s face it, we all come across so many chemicals every day that it’s a wonder how our bodies deal with processing them all. We absorb vitamins from our food, take air into our lungs and our largest organ, our skin (epidermis), absorbs just from something touching it for an extended time. Is all that stuff fresh and healthy?
If you do it right, a little bit of research goes a long way. I’m one of those people who likes to get my information from more than one place. When I find something interesting, I look for other sources that can back that interesting tidbit up too. I also look at the other points of view and compare info based on all sources combined.
Armed with the information I had gathered, I decided to make a few changes. Toothpaste being the first. And next was deodorant. But I was really concerned about taking the plunge regarding my underarms natural odor. At the time, I was really involved in martial arts and could not have an offensive odor in class. Or anywhere else for that matter. No offense to anyone that does not wear deodorant, I’m just not there yet.
Trial & Error
Unlike the toothpaste I made from scratch, the deodorant was something that I had to master. There are plenty of recipes and opinions on the web, as with everything, for deodorant. Some are made with cocoa butter, shea butter, beeswax, coconut oil, etc. In any and every combination you can think of. Just like people, there are as many opinions as there are different types of noses on what to use in deodorant.
Of course, everyone’s needs are different and recipes should be adjusted to each person’s tolerance to the ingredients used. Some people may even need to leave somethings out of their recipe, while using more of another.
A Few Things to Keep in Mind
I used to make 2 kinds of deodorant for my family. Reason being, I needed a bit more baking soda for my recipe because I wanted more odor protection. But the amount of baking soda in my recipe caused a rash to happen to my wife. That was not cool, as you can imagine!
- Rash or allergic reaction
- Extra perspiration (sweat), which is not a bad thing
- Having to wash and reapply before vigorous exercise
- Be careful with essential oil use on skin (some can mimic estrogen or have other effects)
- Dark marks/discoloration of armpit area (this doesn’t hurt, it just looks off)
These are some of the things we came across, your experience may be different.
I wish you fun in the experience. It’s totally worth it.
Peace and Light