This may freak many people out, but…. I have stopped wearing antiperspirant (for the most part)! Now before you drop dead on the floor let me explain a few things:
- The aluminum packed in antiperspirant tends to frighten me! Women apply aluminum so close to their breast tissue/lymph nodes, makes me wonder if this is a possible link to cancer due to 100% skin absorption rate (see study below).
- I have always needed to use the clinical strength deodorant, because I tend to stink when I sweat. But good news- NOT NO MORE due to a few changes I made. (husband approved this theory, he has done the sniff test the past few weeks!)
I believe body odor can be related to many different factors (diet, body wash, hormones, etc). I figured out what my issues were and I began to test a few cures/remedies out.
Step 1 : For the past 6 months I have cleansed my liver from impurities by simply drinking lemon water each morning.
Step 2: Changed my body wash. If you just flip your body wash container over you’ll be surprised to see 10+ ingredients listed with 8 of them being chemicals we can’t even pronounce. This is what we are cleansing our bodies with?!
“A study published in the American Journal of Public Health looked into the skin’s absorption rates of chemicals. It showed that the skin absorbed an average of 64% of total contaminant dosage. Other studies found the face to be several times more permeable than broad body surfaces and an absorption rate of 100% for underarms and genitalia. And another peer-reviewed study showed 100% absorption for fragrance ingredients.“ source
Brown et al. The role of skin absorption as a route of exposure for volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in drinking water. Am J Public Health. 1984 May; 74(5): 479–484. Kasting and Kretsos.Skin Pharmacol Physiol 2005;18:55-74 Robinson et al. The Importance of Exposure Estimation in the Assessment of Skin Sensitization risk. Contact Dermatitis 2000; 42:251-259.
Most body washes are only clogging your pores and glands with chemicals and other unknown ingredients. That’s why many people suffer from odor and other skin issues. Now you get the reason on why I decided to make my own body wash.
Create Your Own Body Wash:
4-6 Cups Water (depending on how runny you want it to be)
1 Bar Soap ( I strongly recommend an all natural castile soap. I prefer a mild scent found from Kirk’s Original Castile Soap. You can find this at Meijer for $2.99/3 pk in the laundry aisle)
2TBS Glycerin (found in the first aid aisle)
What is castile soap?
Castile soap has been around for hundreds of years and is made from the fat from pure vegetable oils making it ideal for your natural body care routine.
1. Grate the bar of soap
If you’re wondering if you can make this recipe even cheaper- boy, I’m glad you’re thinking like me! You can invest in a foam pump and then use equal amounts of water and your body wash mixture. This helps your wash last longer! I’ve switched over all our hand soap, body wash, and dish soap bottles in our home to foaming pump bottles. This will stretch your dollar even further.
As far as what I’m doing for a natural antiperspirant- I’m experimenting right now with an equal mixture of baking soda, corn starch and coconut oil. The next DIY installment.41 Comments