Nowadays, more than before, you absolutely need to remove chemicals from your life and your morning routine. Here is a great article that I have found on the internet. It provides some great procedures for deodorant body splashes (invigorating? fruity?), a biological and citrus deodorant, an antiperspirant spray, and a stick deodorant.
The difference between a deodorant and an antiperspirant lies in the way these products work, and potentially affect health.
- they each use different chemical processes for reducing body odor.
- certain ingredients in either product may be unhealthy.
- deodorant is generally considered as a better alternative.
- antiperspirants contain fragrance, but they also contain chemical compounds that block the pores to stop the discharge of perspiration.
- Deodorants allow the release of exudation but prevent smell by combating it with antiseptic agents, which kill odor-causing bacteria.
- Many consumers do not realize how it works, assuming it is simply a fragrance that covers up body odor.
- Some choose antiperspirant, because rather than cover the odor, they prefer to eliminate it.
Consumer advocacy groups continue to raise concerns over issues regarding common health and beauty products, and several studies indicate potential health risks associated with aluminum compounds found in many antiperspirants. Similar studies find like risks with parabens found in some deodorants. Both ingredients have been systematically linked to serious illnesses, including breast cancer. Unfortunately, most manufacturers and even health agencies regularly claim such studies are flawed, stating concerns are unfounded.
Would you even think of making your own liquid chlorophyll!
Liquid Chlorophyll is a great ingredient to use in DIY deodorant. It helps deodorize body odors and promotes healing. It helps destroy the bacteria that causes the bad perspiration odors. You can usually find it in a store but if you want to make your own, in the linked article, you will find a recipe to make it.
How about Essential Oils?
If you are using citrus oils, be careful about using on skin that will be exposed to the sun because the citrus oils are phototoxic. Wherever the citrus oils have been applied will be more sensitive to the sun and make your skin more prone to burning.
Litsea cubeba and Cypress will help to slow down the sweat so they are good ones to add to your deodorant.
Cinnamon Bark is a great antibacterial oil. Cinnamon has been known from antiquity. It was imported to Egypt as early as 2000 BC, but those who report it had come from China confuse it with cassia. You need to be careful, though, Cinnamon is also a “hot oil”. So, you will need to test it on your skin and the skin of your guest if you are organizing a Male And Take Home Party.
The other Essential Oils used is Bergamot. Some people recommend the use Bergamot FCF instead because it is safer to use in the sun than regular Bergamot Essential Oil because it has been heated up after the distillation to burn off the furocoumarins. As a result, it is safer to wear in you want to go on the beach.
This DIY recipe is not your regular stick deodorant; you will need to use it in a spray bottle.
- 1 teaspoon Vegetable Glycerin
- 1/2 cup Witch Hazel
- 1/2 cup Aloe Vera Juice
- 3 teaspoons Deodorant Zinc Oxide
- 20 drops Bergamot FCF Essential Oil*
- 10 drops Grapefruit Essential Oil
In a beaker, combine the glycerin and witch hazel. Use a pipette to avoid wasting Essential Oils. Add the rest of the ingredients. Pour into a 4 ounce; dark colored glass spray bottle. Use in the morning and before you go out in the evening. Discard the essential oil mix after one month.
For the full article, follow that link.
[* The FCF stands for “furocoumarin free”, which designates a rectified essential oil from which the furocoumarins have been removed. It has a different aroma and is somewhat less calming than the whole expressed essential oil, but it eliminates phototoxicity concerns.]