Something Stinks Around Here: The Truth About Deodorant

Emily Beatty

We all know that there are plenty of chemicals out there that we should avoid. One of the most vital areas of your daily life to focus on, when it comes to eliminating those chemicals, is in your personal care items. Mainstream hair products, skin cleansers, moisturizers, soaps and even toothpaste are full of harmful toxins that are detrimental to our health. But there's one personal care item that you might not have thought of when you were tossing those toxins. Let's talk about deodorant!

Those drugstore deodorants/antiperspirants that most people lather on each day are full of lymph node clogging chemicals that not only add toxins to our blood stream but stop our bodies from eliminating naturally produced toxins from under the arms. Where do all these toxins go that come in and can't get out? They go right for that juicy breast tissue! The fat tissue in your breasts soak up all those toxins that our bodies normally would eliminate. A lot of these toxins are hormone disruptors and they can cause havoc in your body, especially in your breast tissue where excess hormones can lead to cancer. Hormone disruptors can also have a negative effect on your thyroid. And when you see "fragrances" listed as an ingredient it's usually referring to Phthalates, which have been linked to reproductive disorders. Thinking more about what your putting into your body now? Keep in mind that just because you're not ingesting these toxic chemicals, doesn't mean your not consuming them. Your skin in your biggest organ and everything you put on it gets absorbed right in.

So what do we do? Stink up our office cubicles, yoga studios and bedrooms? No, we take our health (and personal hygiene) into our own hands! Literally, into your own hands, because I'm going to share a deodorant recipe with you that you just rub on with your fingers! Deodorant doesn't have to be full of chemicals to work. You can make your own with simple ingredients that you probably already have in your kitchen!
"Put the Lime in the Coconut" Deodorant 
5-6 Tbsp Coconut oil (slightly warm on the stove if needed)
1/4 cup baking soda
1/4 cup arrowroot powder or cornstarch
10-15 drops of lime essential oil (I love the smell of lime and coconut together but you can use whatever essential oil you like most)

Just mix all your ingredients together in a medium size bowl and transfer to a small mason jar to keep in the bathroom. You can even keep a mini jar in your yoga bag for when you get your sweat on!