I have been on a quest to try and rid our life of toxins things that can harm our bodies. When I became sick a few years ago, one of the things I learned that could be working against me was excess estrogens. Don’t think they are dangerous? Read on!
New research has detected the presence of paraben esters in 99 percent of breast cancer tissues sampled. Research suggests that breast cancers usually develop in the upper-outer quadrant of the breast. That area happens to be the closest to the lymph nodes exposed to antiperspirants.
Parabens are chemicals with estrogen-like properties, and estrogen is one of the hormones involved in the development of breast cancer.
Sources and Dangers of Parabens
Deodorants and antiperspirants are some of the primary sources of parabens, but the fact that even those who reportedly never used them still had parabens in their breast tissue clearly demonstrates that these chemicals, regardless of what products they’re added to, can, and apparently will, accumulate in breast tissue.
It’s important to recognize that whatever you spread on your skin can be absorbed into your body and potentially cause serious damage over time, as this research demonstrates.
(To learn more about the potential toxicity of your cosmetics, I urge you to review the EWG’s extensive Skin Deep Report.)3 Parabens inhibit the growth of bacteria, yeast, and molds, and are used as preservatives.
On the label they may be listed as:
These chemicals are commonly used in:
Deodorants and antiperspirants
Shampoos and conditioners
Lotions and sunscreens
Make-up / cosmetics
Studies have shown that parabens can affect your body much like the estrogens, which can lead to diminished muscle mass, extra fat storage, and male gynecomastia (breast growth). Other studies besides the one featured here have also linked parabens to breast cancer. The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has linked methyl parabens in particular to metabolic, developmental, hormonal, and neurological disorders, as well as various cancers.
How to Avoid Some of the Most Common Culprits
Avoiding parabens and other harmful chemicals requires becoming an avid label reader. Beware that products boasting “all-natural” labels can still contain harmful chemicals, including parabens, so make sure to check the list of ingredients. ***
Another alternative is to make your own personal care products.
Making your own personal care products is not as difficult as it may sound! It’s a really quite simple once you’ve acquired the ingredients. Once you’ve gathered the ingredients, you can make quite a lot of different products from these basic ingredients. One that I’ve enjoyed making lately is Probiotic Deodorant!
There is new research showing remarkable promise for the use of this “good bacteria” in topical remedies. Emerging thoughts include the idea that probiotics can actually help improve the balance of bacteria on your skin, very similar to the way they are known to improve the balance of bacteria in your digestive system. I’ve been using this recipe for the last 5 months or so and I really like it! It keeps me dry, controls odor and best of all…it is good for me and is not adding harmful toxins to my body!
Essential oils are a big plus here because they not only add wholesome “scent” to our personal care products, they also add immune boosting power and healing (instead of irritation) to our skin!
Homemade Probiotic-English Garden Deodorant
-1 tbsp. cocoa butter-moisturizer
-1 tbsp. coconut oil- Softens, but especially adds extra antibacterial protection. Bacteria is what leads to stinkiness. Coconut oil is your best weapon.
-1 tbsp. shea butter- Softens (a lot). It will also most likely help with the little bumps you get from shaving.
-1 tbsp. heaping, beeswax- This may help, a little, with the perspiration problem, but the main point of this ingredient is to give the deodorant a more solid feel, so it’ll stay in your container the way you want it to.
-2 1/2 tbsp. arrowroot powder- supposed to prevent wetness2 so in a sense it’s an antiperspirant too.
-1 tbsp. baking soda- antibacterial1 meaning that it kills the bacteria, i.e. the culprit causing the smell.
-1/8 tsp. vitamin E oil-a natural preservative and moisturizer
`1/8 tsp. castor oil-Helps with gliding.
-2 capsules powdered probiotics (Shelf Stable)-helps to add good bacteria on skin and kill bad bacteria.
-9 drops Young Living Lavender Essential Oil
-9 drops Young Living Ylang Ylang Essential Oil
-2 Young Living Geranium Essential Oil
1. Melt cocoa butter, coconut oil, shea butter, and beeswax over low heat.
2. Remove pot from heat, then add arrowroot powder and baking soda. Whisk with chopsticks until all powders are dissolved and combined. Add vitamin E oil and essential oils at this time. Allow mixture to cool in pan. Once it is cooled and the consistency of pudding, open capsules of probiotics and add powder to mixture. Stir with spatula quickly to combine.
3. Add mixture to clean, used deodorant container. Place in refrigerator to cool and harden. After this, product may be stored on counter This recipe will fill container and last for 3-4 months.
-When choosing a probiotic supplement for this deodorant it is important to find one that is shelf stable. It should also contain highly resistant beneficial bacteria such as lactobacillus and bifidobacteria.
-If you have sensitive skin, substitute baking soda and use arrowroot powder solely.
Remember, it is important to only use therapeutic grade essential oils on your skin. You can read what the differences are between lower quality oils and therapeutic grade oils HERE. If you are interested in learning how to purchase high quality essential oils at wholesale prices click HERE .
Play around with the scents that you like! The selections are endless. You could choose just single oils (lavender, lemon, melaleuca, sandalwood, frankincense, cinnamon bark, etc.) or Young Living has a number of blends that are perfect for a good deodorant (Thieves, Purification, Citrus Fresh, Three Wise Men, Joy, Harmony, Christmas Spirit, Sensation etc.). If you want to get creative, you could try to blend a few complementary oils together yourself.
Here is another combination to try:
15 drops Rosemary
6 drops peppermint
4 drops lavender
Other good oils choices: Frankincense, Lime, Lemongrass, Citrus Fresh, Rosemary, Valor, Bergamot, Geranium.
What’s Your Deodorant?
What kind of deodorant do you use these days? Are you still sticking by the more traditional store-bought kind (you know, the kind they keep a “secret”)?
Have you switched over to a more natural brand?
Or are you one of the crunchy ones who’s used a homemade version for a while?
(If so, have you had any problems with it?)
Recipe adapted from Frugally Sustainable