Our skin is pretty incredible. It is the largest organ in our bodies; designed to protect us from germs, UV light and so on, whilst simultaneously keeping everything inside. It regulates body heat, nutrients and water loss and the outer layer completely renews every 30 days or so. Amazing.
Most deodorants (unless you’re buying a natural deodorant – and even then are very scrupulous about its ingredients) contain aluminium, which has been linked to Alzheimer’s and even cancer, along with a list of other questionable ingredients that I don’t want to put on my skin.
Dr Mercola writes:
“Aluminum antiperspirants may act as a long-term source of exposure to aluminum, which research suggests may accumulate in breast tissue in women.
This is problematic for a number of reasons, as aluminum may cause alterations to DNA as well as epigenetic effects that could potentially support cancer development.8
Aluminum (specifically aluminum chloride and aluminum chlorohydrate) is also known to interfere with estrogen receptors in breast cancer cells, and estrogen plays a well-known role in breast cancer.
Studies also show a high incidence of breast cancer in the upper outer quadrant of the breast, nearest to where antiperspirants are applied, together with “genomic instability.”9 Back in 2005, researchers concluded.
Even if that doesn’t make you want to make more conscious choices about what you’re rubbing onto your underarms, did you know that the aluminium in regular deodorant is there to actually plug your sweat glands, preventing sweat from reaching the surface of the skin in order to prevent body odour. Sweating is the number 1 best way for your body to detoxify. When you consider that detoxification helps to keep your immune system working correctly, it seems to me that keeping toxins inside your body cannot be the best idea for your health. Not to mention the whole cancer thing…
Luckily for all of us, it is so easy to make your own deodorant. This is a recipe that I’ve been using for a long time now and my husband uses it too, proving that it’s man stink approved. The key ingredient in this recipe is magnesium oil, which is not actually an oil at all but let’s not worry about that for now. Magnesium oil is not only a natural deodoriser, topical application is the best way for your body to absorb magnesium, of which pretty much all of us are deficient in. It’s win win.
Magnesium deficiency can cause a whole host of symptoms, including heart palpitations/irregularity and muscle twitching. In fact, using this deodorant is enough to keep my own heart palpitations away that I suffered from for years.
You need to make this! The only thing I will say is that this doesn’t make you feel really dry, so I add a little bicarbonate of soda once it’s sunk in to absorb moisture.
You will need:
- 2 tbsp Magnesium Oil
- 1/3 tsp Vegetable Glycerin
- Essential oils of choice (optional)
- Bicarbonate of Soda (optional)
- Reusable 30ml roll on bottle
Instructions: Mix liquid ingredients and decant into your roll-on bottle. Done!
Tip: I actually add about a tablespoon of vegetable glycerin to the full bottle of magnesium oil when I get it, and then just top up my deodorant bottles straight from there, which I think is easier and also makes the magnesium oil less itchy when spraying directly on my skin as a magnesium supplement.