To Smell or Not to Smell?

04/25/2013 12:14


Every day it seems a new product comes on the market that is organic or natural. Consumers have learned that to have a quality, safe product it is better to contain ingredients that have not been cooked up in a laboratory with names that are too difficult to pronounce. This demand has not been any stronger than in the area of cosmetics and beauty care products. Natural deodorant and women’s natural antiperspirants have jumped to the top of the list of products that consumers want to find – deodorants that aren’t chock full of chemicals and don’t have cages filled with helpless animals being tested on. Consumers are also filled with growing concern over the common usage of aluminum compounds in and parabens most deodorants.  Aluminum used in deodorant is thought of as a potential carcinogen, to be specific, breast cancer. It is theorized that the close proximity to the breast and the delicate tissues absorbing the chemicals into the skin can cause cancerous tumors. Parabens are preservatives commonly used in deodorants. They can mimic the hormone estrogen, which is found in the development of breast cancer tumors. Researchers studying these tumors have found parabens inside of them– the logical link is that perhaps parabens are actually the cause of the tumors.


The Solution in Your Kitchen Cabinet?


Baking soda deodorant has risen to the forefront of these natural deodorants. This common household ingredient that most associate with baking cookies and cakes or using as a cleaning product also is a natural deodorant, aluminum free, and very inexpensive. There are a number of “recipes” for using baking soda as deodorant that can be found online. The simplest is mixing equal parts cornstarch and baking soda and dusting on with a powder puff. Other recipes include adding fragrance oils from organic sources with the baking soda and cornstarch as natural underarm deodorant. Of course if you don’t have the time or interest in making your own deodorant, baking soda products are readily available via the internet to buy ready-made.

Organic: Planet Friendly


Making or buying natural deodorants are not only healthier for you and your family but can make an impact on the planet as well. If you make your own deodorant you reduce the amount of plastic that needs to be produced by getting rid of that old deodorant tube. There is less waste involved and less risk for developing health complications by not exposing yourself to cocktails of chemicals. Sounds like a win/win to me!