Why and How to Make Deodorant for Breast Health
For most of us, applying an antiperspirant or deodorant is something we do each morning without really thinking about it. It’s time to start thinking about it and by learning how to make deodorant you can make a difference to your health, pocketbook and environment.
Most commercially made deodorants contain ingredients such as aluminum, triclosan and parabens. These chemicals have been linked to a variety of conditions ranging from Alzheimer’s disease to breast cancer in laboratory animals, yet we routinely apply them to our skin where they can be absorbed into our bodies.
Although there are several natural deodorants on the market that provide a safer alternative, the easiest and most affordable option is to make your own deodorant for Breast Health. The recipe is surprisingly simple.
Before we get to how to make deodorant for Breast Health, however, it is important to understand the difference between deodorant and antiperspirant.
Basically antiperspirants create a barrier that prevents your sweat from reaching the surface of your skin, eliminating sweat. Antiperspirants are usually made with water solvent ingredients such as aluminum. Deodorants on the other hand, main purpose is to mask any odor. Commercial deodorants are often made with antibacterial ingredients such as triclosan. Many commercial formulas are an antiperspirant-deodorant combination to offer consumers the best results. Both products often use phthalates, which can alter the body’s hormone balance, to maintain color and fragrance.
When you switch from a store-bought option to an all natural alternative, it’s important to realize that you will sweat. The number one thing we need to know is that sweating is a good, natural process and that preventing perspiration is actually hurting our bodies since one of it uses is to help your body rid itself of toxins. Scientists believe that body odor is largely determined by genetics, health, personal hygiene and diet.
Research studies reveal that when the refined sugar content of junk foods gets into our body systems and combines with bacteria on the skin – particularly in the closed-in area of the armpits — unpleasant odor can occur. Processed foods also lack chlorophyll, which can serve to cleanse the body and to neutralize the bacteria that causes body odor.
Even if you eat a healthy diet, you can expect to go through a bit of a transition period when you switch to a natural deodorant. If you have been blocking those underarm glands for years with an aluminum-based product, it may take a few weeks for your body to adjust to the change.
I find it not only easy but fun to create new formulas using essential oils. I only use organic oils and recommend Mountain Rose Herbs since they are top quality, organic and easy to buy from. Some of my favorite formulas use oils that help with lymph circulation and health such as grapefruit, juniper berry, orange, cold pressed lime, rosemary, peppermint and tangerine.
If you are ready to give homemade deodorant a try, here is a quick and easy recipe that I have adapted from many years of trial and error. You can even save the plastic packages your commercial brands come in, clean them and then re-purpose them for your new deodorant. You will not believe the money you will save!!
Homemade Deodorant Recipe
3 Tablespoons Shea Butter
Melt shea butter and coconut oil until barely melted. Some people do this in the microwave, I use a 5 oz canning jar placed in a saucepan of water. The extra benefit for me is I use this container as the storage container so I save a step at the end.
Remove from heat and add baking soda and arrowroot or Cornstarch
Add essential oils and pour into a glass container for storage. It does not need to be stored in the fridge but may melt slightly in the summer.
There are many formulas out there detailing how to make deodorant for Breast Health, so start trying some out and find out what you like the best. I found the adding beeswax helps to keep it more solid which is helpful if you want to reuse your commercial containers. I found that the beeswax stained my clothes which is why I do not use it.
I have also found I like to buy all my supplies from It Works! Essential Oils. They have good prices, high quality and organic products and delivery to my door – can’t beat it!!