Deodorant & Antiperspirant: Myths & Facts

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Although used hand-in-hand, there is a major difference between deodorant & antiperspirant. You’re probably thinking who cares; as long as I smell good but I’m here to give you the 411 on what’s what!

Deodorant includes various preparations or solutions that destroy or mask unpleasant odors. Often times, deodorants neutralize perspiration. Antiperspirant is a substance or preparation used to prevent or reduce perspiration.

Fun Fact: Antiperspirant doesn’t prevent odors. Instead, it blocks your sweat ducts with aluminum salts, thus reducing the amount of perspiration that is able to reach your skin.

Our bodies are naturally working to its best ability to intake the necessary minerals and nutrients to dispose of built up toxins and unwanted waste through our sweat glands and other routes of excretion. The release should be as free as the absorption.

Here are some types of sweat glands:

Aprocrine; which develops in association with hair follicles and opens to them less to do with sweat. (skin, eyelid, ear) on the skin, this includes armpits, groin, and nipples.

Eccrine; which opens ducts directly on the skin’s surface to regulate body temp. On the palms of the hands and the soles of the feet, there’s something called a lymph node, where bean-shaped structures in the body’s immune system swell when exposed to bacteria and viruses.

Now let’s get back to what’s in antiperspirants. Antiperspirants include many things that are harmful to the body.

  • Aluminum (endocrine disruptor linked to breast cancer and Alzheimer’s)
  • Petrolatum (can be contaminated with carcinogenic toxins)
  • Talc (linked to cancer)
  • Parabens increase reproductive toxicity and disruption of developmental hormones. they mimic estrogen by binding to estrogen receptors on cells

Deodorant would be the best option because it doesn’t disrupt the free flow of release. it just neutralized the smell of your body odor.

By using an antiperspirant, not only are you stopping the toxins from being released but when an outlet is blocked, the bacteria have the ability to multiply and reroute to other areas in the body where they are Apocrine glands increasing the likeliness of cancer.

Thinking about trying a safer brand of deodorant? There are brands such as Eternile, Garner’s Garden, Nubian Heritage, Granny’s Natural, Nandi’s, Mycocreations and Smooth Village. These brands are safe and environmentally friendly.

Create your own deodorant? Here’s how.

Shea Butter 3 tbsp Coconut Oil 3 tbsp Baking Soda 3 tbsp Shea Butter
3 tbsp Cornstarch Powder or Arrowroot Powder (You can also add a few drops of your favorite essential oils)

Sensitive Skins                     
3/4 cup Arrowroot
1/4 cup Baking Soda 4-6 tbsp Coconut Oil

Deodorant Spray                                                                                                            
1 1/4 cup 80 Proof Vodka 1/4 cup Sage Leaves 1/4 cup Thyme
1/4 cup Lavender Buds 1 peel Lemon/Lime

If you plan on adding any essential oils into your homemade deodorants try sage, lavender, tea tree, patchouli or lemongrass.

Be well, health is wealth.

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