Yeah… you know that guy… And I know you don’t want to be that guy. That guy that refuses to bathe for several days at a time and doesn’t ever wear deodorant because he thinks the pheromones are working for him. You know, that guy who saves his ripest shirt for ladies night at Applebees? Ya. THAT guy.
Or maybe you are THAT gal? That gal who believes she “doesn’t have an odor” but still manages to make everyone in the room cry. That gal that floats around the room like she doesn’t stink… but she does… horribly.
Well guess what? You don’t have to be that guy (or gal) anymore! We have you covered with the following totally natural deodorant recipes…
In a 2-ounce empty spray bottle (glass) combine the following:15 drops Cleansing Blend EO15 drops Clary Sage EO10 drops Frankincense EO10 drops Lime EO5 drops of Ylang Ylang EO5 drops of Patchouli EO5 drops of Grounding Blend EO5 drops of Cedarwood EO3 drops of Sandalwood EOAdd Witch Hazel with Aloe until bottle is full. Shake vigorously…
20 drops Cleansing Blend EO20 drops Women’s Blend EO
*If you are new to these blends, contact me and I will get them into your hot little hands!
But seriously, most off-the-shelf deodorants are toxic. Especially the anti-perspirant deodorants! They include ingredients that are known to cause all kinds of health problems including cancer (see list below). As you see, our blends contain only Witch Hazel and essential oils so they are completely natural.
Off the shelf deodorant ingredients can include:
1. Aluminum Compounds
Aluminum compounds are added to deodorant to block the pores from sweating. Aluminum, like other heavy metals, may interfere with the ability of estrogen receptors to correctly process the hormone and are linked to breast cancer in women, prostate cancer in men, and an increased risk of Alzheimer’s.
Parabens are preservatives used in some deodorants and antiperspirants that have been shown to mimic the activity of estrogen in the body’s cells. This chemical disrupts hormonal balances and can lead to early puberty in children and hormone-related cancers in women and organ toxicity. The belief that parabens build up in breast tissue was supported by a 2004 study, which found parabens in 18 of 20 samples of tissue from human breast tumors.
3. Propylene glycol
When this chemical is paired with other chemical additives, it can be extremely dangerous. This ingredient causes damage to the central nervous system, liver and heart. Even in small concentrations (2 percent or less), propylene glycol provokes skin irritation in those with sensitive skin. Moreover, some manufacturers have made deodorants with 50 percent propylene glycol content. Believe it or not, you’re likely to find this in many “natural” deodorants.
Triclosan is classified as a pesticide according to the FDA. Although the FDA uses are not regulated under pesticide law, EPA considered these exposures in the aggregate risk assessment. In deodorants, triclosan is used as an antibacterial agent and preservative, and reacts with tap water to create chloroform gas, a potential carcinogen. This chemical can also possess endocrine disrupting properties that has shown up in human breast milk and blood.
Usually listed with a number (like steareth-15), these additives come from a cheap process that makes harsh ingredients more mild. The process (known as ethoxylation) produces carcinogenic 1,4-dioxanes during manufacturing.
Add to this list TEA, DEA, FD&C colors, and Talc, among others.