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Deodorize Yourself and Remember it!

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Deodorants are one of those necessities in life that most people just go with the flow to avoid embarrassing stink-ups.  It’s too bad that the commercially available deodorants have ingredients that are linked to breast cancer, Alzheimer’s, hormonal imbalance, neurological issues, and more.  All that for what? 12-hour odor protection?

What if I told you that you could get better protection that costs you next to nothing and you would avoid the ingredients that cause all those side effects?  I jumped on the opportunity!  Wouldn’t you?

Below, you will find three easy, cheap, do-it-yourself deodorants who’s effectivity will shock you.

Simple Baking Soda

Simple.  One ingredient.  Sodium bicarbonate, or baking soda, is a salt, most commonly known as the brand Arm and Hammer for household cleaning.  It is so much more than that.  Grab a large pinch between your thumb and index finger (the exact quantity depends on your armpits), hold it there and run it under water while “rolling it” between your finger and thumb.  The goal is to get it to a thick pasty consistency, then rub it in your armpit.  I find it helpful to, then, re-wet your fingers and re-rub to ensure the excess powder dissolves.  This salt actually kills the odor-causing bacteria in your armpits and lasts between 12 and 24 hours (depending on how much you sweat and how much you apply).

Make sure you get the aluminum free baking soda.  Though they deny it, there are reports that Arm and Hammer uses alum in the baking soda purification process and not all of the alum is removed (the nature of the beast).  Alum is potassium aluminum sulfate or ammonium aluminum sulfate.

This is what we use.

Deodorant Powder Puff

There are two variations of this powder puff.

Simple Powder Puff

  • 1/2 cup baking soda
  • 1/2 cornstarch or arrowroot powder

Mix the ingredients in a powder puff container (you know, the one that women use to powder their noses, or whatnot) and puff it under your arms after a shower.

Better Powder Puff

This one is a two part process.

Cream

  • 1/4 cup extra virgin coconut oil
  • 2 vitamin E capsules
    • Ensure that they are d-alpha tocopherol and not dl-alpha tocopheryl
    • dl-alpha tocopheryl is an artificial vitamin E replacement and has been linked to increased incidence of hemorrhagic stroke, increased risk for pneumonia in smokers, increase in ornithine decarboxylase activity (a marker for gastric carcinogenesis), increased mortality in pancreatic cancer patients, enhances the development of UV-B radiation induced skin cancer (promotes skin cancer), and may contribute to DNA damage in the liver.
  • 5 drops tea tree oil
    • Ensure that it is approved for internal use.  Your skin absorbs almost anything you place on it and adds it to your bloodstream.

Powder

  • 1/2 c baking soda
  • 1/2 c corn starch
  • 5 drops tea tree oil
    • Ensure that it is approved for internal use.  Your skin absorbs almost anything you place on it and adds it to your bloodstream.
  • 2 dried bay leaves (optional)

Mixing Process

  1. Mix together all the cream ingredients into a small jar, poking a hole in the vitamin E capsules and squeezing out the contents.
  2. Put all the dry ingredients straight into another small jar, close it, and shake to mix.

Application

  1. Put a small amount of the cream in each underarm and then dust with the powder.
  2. Let everything dry before putting on your shirt
Note: you could use either the powder or the creme on its own, but you’ll get better results when they’re mixed.

I haven’t heard this product cause funny marks on clothes, it doesn’t smell strongly, and it works better than those pesky chemical deodorants!

Deodorant Paste

  • 5.5 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1/8 cup arrowroot powder
  • 1/8 cup cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup baking soda
  • Several (2-10) drops of your favorite essential oil (optional, but ensure that it is approved for internal use. Your skin absorbs almost anything you place on it and adds it to your bloodstream)

Mix the powders together in a jar and slowly add the coconut oil until you have a “pomade” consistency and powders are mostly dissolved. Add a few drops of oil until it has a lovely hint of scent.

How Do These Work?

  •  Baking Soda
    • This salt actually inhibits the growth of odor-causing bacteria in your armpits… it kills the bacteria that makes you stink.
  • Cornstarch/arrowroot powder
    • This absorbs the moisture and prevents armpit rundowns throughout the day.
    • Cornstarch is more likely to paste than arrowroot.
  • Coconut oil
    • The Lauric Acid in coconut oil can kill bacteria, viruses, and fungi.
    • It can protect hair against damage, moisturize skin, and function as sunscreen
  • Vitamin E
    • Antioxidant that protects and repairs your skin by neutralizing the oxidant effect of free radicals, which are molecules that damage collagen and cause skin dryness, fine lines, and wrinkles.
    • The atoms within you attempt to maintain an even number of electrons, which stabilizes them.  If an atom has an uneven number of electrons, it will steal an electron from another atom to stabilize. During your average day, your skin takes a beating and your body can produce free radicals as a result, which steal electrons from healthy cells, which can cause a damaging chain reaction.  Antioxidants neutralize free radicals and prevent cellular damage from continuing. Vitamin E is one of the most powerful antioxidants, but your body can’t produce it, so you must supplement (make sure you use d-alpha and not dl-alpha).
  • Tea tree oil
    • Antimicrobial – inhibits the grown and kills microorganisms and, thus, sanitizes.
    • Anti-inflammatory –  reduces inflammation.
    • WarningWarning: Do not consume tea tree oil orally–it may cause severe abdominal and gastrointestinal distress.
  • Bay leaves
    • Bay leaf helps to de-stress your skin.
    • Bay leaf oil has antifungal and antibacterial properties which can cure skin infections
  • Other essential oils

What should I avoid and why?

  • Aluminum (such as aluminum chlorohydrate, aluminum zirconium tetrachlorohydrex gly)
    • The metal.  It works by plugging pores, so that sweat can’t come out.  Keep in mind, that sweat’s still there, but is trapped under your skin and has to come out somewhere else, but, in the meanwhile, it is a harvesting ground for all sorts of bacteria, which can exacerbate your sweating and odor issues in the long run.
    • This is the ingredient that has been linked to Alzheimer’s (shown to congregate in the brain and disrupt neurons from completing vital connections, which allow us to access our memories), breast cancer in women, neuro-developmental issues of the fetus during pregnancy, and prostate cancer in men.
    • It is also used in foods and artificial food dyes, so read ingredients carefully.
    • Avoid this chemical completely.
  • Glycerides (Glycerine, anything with glyceryl in the name)
    • Used to moisturize the skin.
    • Unless otherwise stated, this chemical is animal derived.  It is possible, however, to have plant-based (sometimes called kosher or vegetarian) glycerides.
    • It is actually a hygroscopic chemical which means that it attracts moisture from the surrounding environment.  To you, this means that it will absorb the moisture from your skin and hold it on the surface until both it and the chemical evaporate, leaving your skin dryer than before.  It is used, however, because it will soften your skin until it evaporates.
    • Avoid if possible
  • Parabens (such as methylparaben)
    • Used as an artificial preservative.
    • This has shown to be linked to early puberty, hormonal imbalance, and hormonal cancers
    • It is interesting to note that the CDC conducted urine sampling and 100% of the subjects tested positive for parabens, showing how easily this chemical group is absorbed through the skin.
  • Propylene Glycol
    • A cheap way to give the deodorant that stick consistency or that smooth consistency to a spray deodorant.
    • In large quantities this has shown to damage the central nervous system, liver, and heart, and has been linked to seizure activities and spontaneous split-brain syndrome.
    • This chemical is also in processed foods, so it is possible for children to consume enough for long-term damage and plausible for adults to, as well.
    • Though it is not required to avoid this chemical at all costs, it is wise to minimize its consumption.
  • Fragrance
    • Also known as Phthalates.
    • Used for fragrance and helping ingredients dissolve.
    • It has been linked to a higher risk of birth defects, which suggests that phthalates may disrupt hormone receptors as well as increase the likelihood of cell mutation.
    • It has been linked to prostate cancer, liver damage, kidney damage, lung damage, and male reproductive defects.
    • Avoid this chemical completely.
  • Coloring (such as blue 20)
    • Made from aluminum and has the same concerns.
    • Avoid completely.
  • Alcohols (such as ethanol, methanol, alcohols, methyl, ethyl, benzyl, but not stearyl alcohol)
    • All alcohols dry the skin and may cause irritation. Stearyl alcohol is a fatty alcohol and has been shown to help moisturize.
    • Avoid if possible
  • Triclosan
    • Used as the odor killing part of antiperspirants due to its anti-bacterial properties.
    • It is also commonly used in antibacterial soaps, hand wipes, and gels.
    • Classified as a pesticide by the FDA and as a probable carcinogen by the Environmental Protection Agency.
    • Some, not all, companies have removed this from their formulas.
    • Avoid completely.

Next Post (8/22/2014):

Wash Your Body to Health

Rejuvenate your skin healthily and to health while avoiding the chemicals that cause you to look older sooner.


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Comments (2)

  1. Michelle Belle Ward Mendoza

    This stuff is amazing! You should market it and get it into stores!

    September 9 at 2:07pm

  2. Michelle Belle Ward Mendoza

    Email me about making some!

    September 5 at 6:10am

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