Ask Tess: Why are store-bought deodorants so bad?
I was wondering if you could enlighten me on why you think store bought deodorants are bad to use?
Great question! The reason why I have placed such an emphasis on using natural products is because of the overwhelming toxicity that many store-bought products cause to our bodies. Over time, these toxic chemicals can cause cancers, tumors, bronchial issues and other health related problems. In regards to store-bought deodorant, many of the ingredients have cancer causing properties.
According to the National Cancer Society, “Reports have suggested that these products contain harmful substances, which can be absorbed through the skin or enter the body through nicks caused by shaving. Some scientists have also proposed that certain ingredients in underarm antiperspirants or deodorants may be related to breast cancer because they are applied frequently to an area next to the breast.”
Some toxic chemicals to look out for in deodorant are:
- Aluminum Compounds
- Propylene glycol
You can read more about these toxic chemicals, here. Since our skin is our largest organ, we need to take measures to ensure that what we put on it is as natural as possible. Here is a recipe for homemade deodorant that works really well.
- 1/4 cup baking soda
- 1/4 cup corn starch (If you have especially sensitive skin, increase the amount of cornstarch to 6 tablespoons and decrease the baking soda to 2 tablespoons)
- 10 drops of scented oil (tea tree oil, lavender, rose, etc.)
- 2 tablespoons coconut oil
- Put 1/4 cup each of baking soda and cornstarch in a bowl and add 10+ drops of scented oil (you can add more if you would like).
- Stir 2+ tbsp of coconut oil until it is the consistency you like.
- Smash the mixture into an empty deodorant container.
- Let it set a few days and enjoy.
Note: This deodorant should be applied lightly. It is invisible, but works. Read about other recipes for everyday products.
It’s important to begin looking at all the ingredients on the back of our products. You would be surprised at how many toxic chemicals are in our everyday products.
Hope this helps,
Tess Pennington is the author of The Prepper’s Blueprint, a comprehensive guide that uses real-life scenarios to help you prepare for any disaster. Because a crisis rarely stops with a triggering event the aftermath can spiral, having the capacity to cripple our normal ways of life. The well-rounded, multi-layered approach outlined in the Blueprint helps you make sense of a wide array of preparedness concepts through easily digestible action items and supply lists.
Tess is also the author of the highly rated Prepper’s Cookbook, which helps you to create a plan for stocking, organizing and maintaining a proper emergency food supply and includes over 300 recipes for nutritious, delicious, life-saving meals.
Visit her web site at ReadyNutrition.com for an extensive compilation of free information on preparedness, homesteading, and healthy living.
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