Since I learned the regular antiperspirant contains aluminum and other toxins, and their effects on the human body (see below), I have been searching for the best non-toxic deodorant.
As I began to do research on the internet, I wondered what people used to keep smelling fresh back before there was modern conveniences such as air conditioning to keep us cool on a hot summer’s day.
People learned skills as they had to do everything themselves. There was no such thing as running to convenience stores or twenty four hour superstores because they were out of deodorant. Think of the money they saved.
Here is an easy recipe to make your own deodorant.
Baking Soda Deodorant
1 box baking soda
5 mint leaves (I’ve also used it without the mint leaves)
Small shaker container (as if to hold parmesan cheese)
Damp washcloth when you are ready to use (damp, not wet)
Place the mint leaves in the shaker, then place as much of the baking soda in the container as it will hold.
When you are ready to use the deodorant, shake the baking soda onto the damp washcloth. Pat the area to be deodorized, do not rub.
It’s the best deodorant I’ve ever used. No kidding. This baking soda deodorant allowed me to sweat, but there was no smell (as a massage therapist, I’m very conscious about my hygiene. After all, I want you to have the best possible experience with me as possible).
And the following day, I didn’t need to re-apply. Amazing!!
Benefits of Making Your Own Deodorant
1. Aluminum is a neurotoxin, and is found in most antiperspirants. It has been linked to Alzheimer’s Disease, respiratory illnesses, reduced renal function, and DNA damage.
2. The parabens in many antiperspirants may be linked to breast cancer, and there are possible complications associated with sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) in deodorants.
3. It is a lot CHEAPER than regular deodorant. I bought my first box of baking soda on sale at Shopper’s Food Warehouse for 88 cents (regular price $1.09). I am still using that same box 2 months later and it is not even half empty (I also use baking soda to clean my teeth). Regular deodorant lasts about 6 months at about $2.99. Let assume that this box of baking soda last for 4 months. Even if I buy 2 boxes of baking soda, I’m still saving money in the long run.
So give it a try, and let me know what you think.