NO NO NO NO to ready made supermarkets antiperspirant!!!!!!
You might have heard that sure, parabens and other chemicals in your skin care are bad if ingested, but they can’t penetrate your skin so you don’t have anything to worry about. The fact is, much of what we place on our skin is absorbed into our bloodstream.
Since we know without debate that some chemicals can and do enter your bloodstream through topical application.
Articles in the press and on the Internet have warned about underarm market antiperspirants or deodorants. The 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 specially near the breast area.
Aluminum-based compounds are used as the active ingredient in antiperspirants. These compounds form a temporary plug within the sweat duct that stops the flow of sweat to the skin’s surface. Some research suggests that aluminum-based compounds, which are applied frequently and left on the skin near the breast, may be absorbed by the skin and cause estrogen-like (hormonal) effects.
Some research has focused on parabens, which are preservatives used in some deodorants and antiperspirants that have been shown to mimic the activity of estrogen in the body’s cells
So best do your own home made deodorant!
2 tbsp pure shea butter
3 tbsp virgin coconut oil
3 tbsp bicarbonate of sodium (please dont confuse this with baking soda)
1 tbsp corn starch (optional)
4 drops essential oil palmarosa or lemongrass essential oil
4 drops tea tree oil
5 drops lavender essential oil
8 drops farnesol active deodorant (optional)
Make a double boiler by placing a half-pint glass jar in the middle of a small pot of water. Bring water to a simmer. Add shea butter and when is 1/2 melted add coconut oil to the jar and let melt. Turn off the heat, add bicarbonate of sodium powder, alum powder and stir until completely smooth. Wait the mix to cool down and mix in the essential oil of your choice but preferable palmarosa oil, lavender oil, lemongrass oil or tea tree oil and the farnesol- activ deodorant.
Put in the fridge for 15 minutes.
At room temperature the deodorant is hard. I scrape out 1 tsp, roll it into a ball with my fingertips, and apply it directly under my armpits, where it melts and soaks in. In the summer, I’ll keep the jar of deodorant in the fridge, since coconut oil liquefies. Some people transfer the deodorant to an old anti-antiperspirant tube to make application easier.
(So far I haven’t noticed any staining on clothes, though if you’re concerned, it might be a good idea to wait a few minutes after applying deodorant, letting it soak in thoroughly before getting dressed.)
In love with Palmarosa Oil
One of my favorite essential oils to use during the summer is Palmarosa. It has a bright and cleansing aroma that smells slightly floral and sweet, and hints of citrus and cut grass.
On its own, Palmarosa is antiseptic, antibacterial, balancing, cleansing and brightening. It stimulates blood flow and circulation and can support the skin’s own ability to balance sebum production, which helps support skin cell regeneration, elasticity and strength. I particularly like it’s mild astringent qualities, which help cut through and cleanse away my skin’s sweaty build up.