Tuesday, June 19, 2012

How to Make Deodorant

What makes homemade deodorant so worth it?  What goes on our skin gets absorbed into our blood stream, and this recipe is very easy and works amazingly well! 

The Environmental Working Group performed laboratory tests and detected 16 chemicals in blood and urine samples from 20 teenage girls between the ages of 14 and 19.
These chemicals are linked to health risks such as cancer and hormone disruption, according to a report released last week by the Environmental Working Group.

The group recommends that consumers avoid the following ingredients when purchasing beauty products:

— DMDM hydantoin and imidanzolidinyl urea, which are toxic contaminants
— Fragrance and dyes, which can lead to allergies, cancer and problems of the nervous system
— Methylchloroisothiazolinone and methylisothiazolinone, which can cause allergies and problems of the nervous system
— Parbens or “-parben,” which can lead to hormone disruption
— “PEG” and “-eth,” which are toxic contaminants
— Sodium lauryl or laureth sulfate, which can cause skin damage
— Triclosan and triclocarban, which can lead to problems with the thyroid and environmental concerns
— Triehanolamine (TEA), which can cause allergies and contain toxic contaminants

Products to avoid include:

— Anti-aging creams with lactic, glycolic, AHA and BHA acid
— Hair dyes with ammonia, peroxide, p-phenylenediamine, diaminobenzene, and/or all dark permanent hair dyes
— Liquid hand soaps with triclosan
— Nail polish and nail polish remover with formaldehyde
— Skin lighteners with hydroquinone

Commonly used baby soaps and shampoos, including products from Johnson & Johnson, Aveeno and CVS, can trigger a positive result on newborns' marijuana screening tests, according to a recent study. A minute amount of the cleansing products in a urine sample — just 0.1 milliliters or less — was found to cause a positive result. (Source)

So what was put on their skin was absorbed into their blood stream, so much that it was found in their urine samples.  How does that make you feel about what's on your skin and in your body? 

Many studies are showing an alarming rate of concern over the amount of aluminum from cookware and personal care products that in turn are showing up in our blood streams.  This imbalanced amount of aluminum in our systems seems to be creating problems.  Studies are showing increased risk of breast cancer and Alzheimer disease from too much aluminum in our systems.  One source of this is deodorant.

Here is an amazing recipe for the best deodorant you will probably ever use check out this recipe that I use from Heather at mommypotamus.com.

The amazing Heather has these comments to offer for those who have follow up issues with it...
First, cornstarch feeds yeast, which can cause a rash in some individuals. Arrowroot would be a better choice if this is the case. Arrowroot with a little bentonite clay mixed in would be even better!
Second, it could be the pH of the baking soda. You might consider using less in the formula. 

Enjoy not smelling bad!  Or if you want to smell, in a good way, try adding a few drops of an essential oil to the mixture.  :)

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