So here is the low down. The ingredient that is in the deodorant that causes cancer is cyclopentasiloxane. You can check out The Environmental Working Group for more information. Most deodorants also contain aluminum. I have read several articles claiming that,
"In reality, it's almost impossible to absorb enough aluminum through the skin to harm the kidneys. "Unless you eat your stick or spray it into your mouth, your body can't absorb that much aluminum," says nephrologist Leslie Spry, MD, FACP, spokesperson for the National Kidney Foundation."- WebMDBut I have this question to ask. If you can not absorb enough through your skin to harm you then that means you can not absorb enough through your skin to help you then, right? Why do they make nicotine patches and birth control patches if you can not absorb enough through your skin? Our skin is our largest organ and from now on, I will watch what I expose my body to and that includes my skin.
Here is what got me started looking up ingredients in deodorants. My husband has been having sores come up in his arm pits. They are very sore and appear to have "rocks" at the surface of the skin. Once I remove those "rocks" sweat and pus pour out. (I know, grosss, uckkk, TMI!) Well several days ago I noticed a new black looking place. I am watching it and if it doesn't go away we will be headed to the dermatologist to have it checked. In the mean time I discovered how to make deodorant for me and the hubs that does work. He was using prescription strength deodorant because of the sweating and odor and this recipe WORKS. And it does not break us out or make us itch like some deodorants do. Today I have the man's deodorant recipe for you and tomorrow I will feature the women's deodorant.
Man Deodorant (solid)
- 2 Tablespoons corn starch
- 1 Tablespoon baking soda
- 1 tsp. Vitamin E oil
- 2 drops orange essential oil
- 2 drops ta tree
- 2 drops lavender
- 2 drops lemongrass
- 2 drops patchouli
- Coconut oil that is firm
Melt the coconut oil while it is still in the container. Mix the powders, vitamin E oil and essential oils in a small glass bowl. Pour 2 Tablespoons of the melted coconut oil into the bowl. Mix until there is not clumps. Pour into a glass container to firm. (I used a baby food jar that I had in my cabinet.)
To use put a small amount on your fingers and rub until melted. Rub under arms. Works ALL day long. (Even for hard labor like working on cars. And this is coming from a man who had to have prescription strength to be satisfied!)
It's healthy he's happy= win win! Let me know how it works for you.