Everyone hates body odour. We often don't even think twice about applying our antiperspirant in the morning after our shower. It's just a part of our hygienic routine.
Antiperspirants block the sweat ducts, preventing wetness and the not so nice smelling natural aroma.
So what could be so dangerous about this product?
Well, it's not so much about what antiperspirant does, but what it is made out of. The main ingredient antiperspirant is made out of is aluminium or aluminium compound.
One of the most common theories you may have heard is that deodorant is linked to the development of breast cancer. Since you apply it to the armpit, which is so close to breast tissue, it causes worry for some people that the aluminium being absorbed by the body may travel to to breast area affecting the tissue. Aluminium compounds have estrogen like properties, and since estrogen is the main hormone that contributes to breast tissue growth, the concern is that the aluminium may have the same effect.
As well, there is also worry that aluminium is linked to brain problems and Alzheimer's disease. Though not backed by a lot of research, many people believe that it could be a potential contributor.
Even though some of the research may not be heavily studied, the dangers of aluminium are still very real. If you have ever really looked at the label on you deodorant it will show a warning for people who have kidney disease not to use deodorant. Aluminium, though a natural element, can be very toxic and harmful to the body, especially from long constant exposure over a long period of time.
There are many alternatives to using aluminium deodorant, and reducing your risk of future health problems, including cancer.
Though most deodorants you find in the store contain aluminium, you should be able to find some aluminium-free ones in drugstores and Walmart. Or, any health food store or organic/natural products store should carry some type of organic and aluminium-free deodorant.
For the ladies, LUSH also carries some natural deodorants bars and powders that smell great.
Aluminium-free deodorants may be a little more expensive and harder to find than regular deodorants, but in the long run, they will be worth it.
Another alternative to aluminium deodorants is to make your own natural one, for a lower cost, and you can customize the scent to anything you want.
Here is one recipe I've found that is simple and uses easy to find and cheap ingredients, though you can find a ton of different recipes to make natural deodorant just by searching it on google yourself.
1. 3 tbsp. coconut oil
2. 3 tbsp. baking soda
3. 2 tbsp. shea butter
4. 2 tbsp. corn starch
4. any essential oil of your choice (optional)
5. aloe vera gel, grapeseed oil (optional)
First, barely melt the shea butter and coconut oil over hot water. Remove from heat and add the baking soda and mix well. Then, add your essential oil of choice for smell, such as peppermint, chamomile, lemon, lavender, etc. This of course is optional but will give your deodorant a more pleasing scent.
Pour your deodorant mix into a plastic or glass jar, you can store it in the fridge or keep it in a cool, dry place so it doesn't melt.
You can actually use an old deodorant container, wash it out, and pour your mixture into the container making your own deodorant stick that will be much easier to use. Again, since it contains coconut oil, you will want to keep it in a cool dark place to avoid it melting.
Also, you can make larger amounts of the mix and pour them into cupcake wrappers in a cupcake pan, and store them in the fridge to cool, making easy to use deodorant "cakes" in a wrapper so it doesn't get all over your fingers.
The coconut oil and shea butter are highly moisturising, while the baking powder is an excellent odour blocker and will help reduce wetness from sweating. Corn starch will also help absorb sweat.
Using natural deodorants and aluminium-free deodorants will be a lot better for you, since they do not contain harmful toxins and aluminium compounds. One of the only downsides to using natural deodorants is that they are not as good as regular ones for reducing wetness, but will block the smell, so you will need to apply them more often. Though, people report that after switching to using natural deodorants, after continuous use, that they have found they do not sweat as much as they use to.
So, if you are a heavy sweater, don't reach for the clinical strength antiperspirants as they will just act as a bandaid, temporary solution for your sweating. Switching to making your own or using natural deodorants will fix your over-sweating and be better for you in the long run!