Natural deodorants are not a very popular choice with deodorant users. Mostly all avid deodorant users work under the assumption that all natural deodorants smell horrible and switching to them will be like committing an atrocity to one’s nose. Fortunately, these are just false facts. Natural deodorants can be just as fragrant as chemical ones. But the benefits that you will get from using natural deodorants surpass the benefits from chemical deodorants by miles. It is not easy to make a change all of a sudden. But sometimes knowing the complete truth about something can give us the push we need for the switch.
The Horrifying Truth About Chemical Deodorants
Chemical deodorants are laden with harmful chemicals and toxins. These harmful toxins can effect our systems gravely. Think about it. Are you willing to consume a bowl of toxins? No? But that is exactly what you do when you use chemical deodorants. Spraying chemical deodorants under your armpits give the chemicals direct access to your lymph nodes and blood stream.
Chemical deodorants contain several harmful chemicals like parabens, aluminium compounds, silica, triclosan, talc and many other harmful chemicals that we don’t even know about.
Paraben is known to be a hormone disrupter that can wreak havoc inside us. Paraben can mimic estrogen inside the female body and can disrupt the whole reproductive cycle. It can increase the chances of reproductive toxicity by several folds. Paraben has been linked by scientists to breast cancer. According to Dr. Philip Harvey, several compounds that are commonly found in deodorants can get absorbed and stored in our fat cells. Many other commonly found chemicals in chemical deodorants can cause allergies, dermatitis and even cancer.
So, now the call is yours whether you want to stick to the chemical deodorants or whether you want to switch to safer options. If you don’t like the commercially available natural deodorants and that is what stopping you from making a change, then you can make your own at home. A few simple recipes for homemade natural deodorants have been listed below.
1. Shea Butter Deodorant
1. 3 tablespoons of coconut oil
2. 2 tablespoons of Shea butter
3. 3 tablespoons of baking soda
4. 2 tablespoons of organic arrowroot or corn starch (optional)
5. Essential oils (optional)
You can mix coconut oil and Shea butter in a double boiler. Alternatively, you can mix both the ingredients in a mason jar and then put the mason jar in a bowl of boiling water to mix. This way you don’t have end up up with a messy bowl. You have to keep mixing the ingredients until its completely melted and then take it off the stove. Now, you can add baking soda and arrowroot (optional). Mix it well. Now, you can add your essential oil as well. Store it in a glass container and let it cool. No need to refrigerate. You can also put this liquid in an old stick of deodorant and use it however you want.
2. Essential Oil Deodorant
1. 2 and half tablespoons of coconut oil (unrefined)
2. 2 and half tablespoons of Shea butter
3. 3 tablespoons of baking soda
4. Quarter cup of organic arrowroot
5. 6 drops of grapefruit essential oil
6. 6 drops of lavender essential oil
7. A few drop of tea tree essential oil (optional)
Mix Shea butter and coconut oil in a double boiler. Use a glass bowl for mixing the ingredients and place it in a saucepan with boiling water in it. Mix both the ingredients well till they have melted. Now, you can add baking soda, arrowroot and essential oils to it. Store this in a glass jar and you can refrigerate it as well. You can take a dollop of this solid deodorant and use it under your arms.
So, try this out today to be a little more healthier in life.