At this point I have made enough of my personal products to want to tackle this one. I was holding off on this one for a while because I just didn’t think it would be worth it. If there is one thing I would not want to live with out is deodorant and who better to get it from than the specialists, right? That’s what I thought till I found out how easy this recipe was, how good it worked and how harmful chemicals in deodorants are.
Aluminum-based compounds are the active ingredients in antiperspirants. They block the sweat glands to keep sweat from getting to the skin’s surface. Some research has suggested that these aluminum compounds may be absorbed by the skin and cause changes in estrogen receptors of breast cells. Because estrogen can promote the growth of both cancer and non-cancer breast cells, some scientists have suggested that using the aluminum-based compounds in antiperspirants may be a risk factor for the development of breast cancer.
Studies have looked at aluminum content of breast tissue, and aluminum absorption through the skin, but no clear link to breast cancer has been made. Researchers continue to look at this possible breast cancer risk factor and more studies are needed. (American Cancer Society)
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Please be sure to see some of the other ingredients found in deodorants.
That one ingredient was enough to get me off store-bought deodorant. Coming from a family of 5 girls, I do not want any reason to increase any chances of breast cancer.
So I figured I would try it out and just deal with the body odor. Well, let me just tell you how wrong I was about having any doubts for using this deodorant. Not only is it safe, it really got rid of any body odor I had. Hey i am in the south, IT’S HOT!
So let’s get to it!
I found this recipe at howaboutorange.blogspot.com
I changed it to ingredients I had and the way I made it the first time worked for me. So keep in mind your body may react differently to different ingredients. So use what’s best for you.
Here’s what you need:
4 tbs coconut oil
1/4 cornstarch (or arrowroot)
1 tbs baking soda
5-10 drops essential oil
Mix dry ingredients together, then add the oils. Once it’s all mixed put in fridge for about 10 minutes so it can harden.
Now take an old deodorant container and pat in. Smooth everything out and clean around the edges then put back in fridge.
Ok so I keep my deodorant in my fridge only because I’m afraid to leave it out and find it melted all over the place.
Confession: I have been going around smelling myself and asking family members if they can smell me and no one has said anything about smelling like sweat or bad B.O.
I apply it once a day and it works so well that I don’t need it more than than that.