Natural Deodorants That Work
It came as a complete surprise to me to find out that there are at least 5 common everyday ingredients that can be used as a deodorant…
Why Do I Need A Natural Deodorant?
You might wonder why you need a natural deodorant? You probably love the aroma your deodorant gives your armpits, you may love that you can apply it and never have to think of it again… So why would you want to switch to something else?
For me, it is the fragrance I have a condition that is made worse from breathing fragrance chemicals it is called Multiple Chemical Sensitivities you may have heard me talk about it or read the post The Fresh Morning Air The Wasn’t So Fresh.
Deodorants Contain Toxic Ingredients
Most commercial deodorants contain ingredients that are toxic to the human body… Many are known to cause serious health issues some reach as far as the development of children and unborn babies, cause breast cancer, destroy thyroid function and pollute the environment.
What are the most common ingredients?
- Triclosan – antibacterial – known to promote bacterial resistance, endocrine disruptor, damages thyroid. Has been banned by the FDA in soaps and body washes.
- Parabens – antibacterial – could possibly contribute to bacterial resistance, mimics estrogen in the body and is known to cause breast cancer.
- Phthalates – plasticizer or product conditioner – endocrine disruptor, harmful to the reproductive system, interferes with normal development of fetus or child.
- Aluminum – prevents sweating – known to cause seizures, breast cancer, Alzheimer’s, osteoporosis & kidney disease.
- Propylene glycol – penetration enhancer – neurotoxin – moves other chemicals into the cells and is known to cause dermatitis liver and kidney disease.
- Fragrance – aroma – ingredient disclosure in the fragrance industry is protected, they are not required to disclose. Consumers will never know what they are really getting.
Fragrances are known environmental toxins, respiratory irritants & allergens. The fragrance in a product is usually the reason that many personal care products get a high toxicity rating.
Skin Deep Cometic Database
There is a very useful website for learning more about the ingredients that are in your personal care products. The site is EWG’s Skin Deep Cosmetics Database…
Will You Be Surprised Like Me?
The 5 simple & easy natural deodorants are so simple they consist of only one ingredient each… No mixing or measuring… All the ingredients are easy to find and are dirt cheap.
The 5 Simple & Easy Natural Deodorants
1. Lemon Juice – If you guessed Lemon juice, you would be right. Lemon juice discourages bacterial growth, smells delightful and is a great deodorant. The easiest way to use it is to rub a lemon slice on your armpits. If you like you can juice the lemon add to a little water and put in a spray bottle, store in refrigerator till needed.
3. Zinc Oxide – Zinc oxide comes in a cream, ointment or as a powder, the cream is easy to get from the pharmacy section of the grocery store and is cheap. Zinc oxide works so well that after a few uses you might be able to go a few days without applying it. It’s the main ingredient in an expensive commercial deodorant that you only apply once a week.
4. Milk Of Magnesia – This one really surprised me,,, You need to make sure that the kind you get only has magnesium and water you have to read the label, I have used this one.
5. Rubbing Alcohol – Spray or blot with a cotton ball underarms,,, Alcohol discourages bacterial growth.
A Natural Deodorant Recipe In The Works
I am working on a complex formula of these ingredients along with some others for those who need a more complex product…
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