The most natural products are the ones that contain one ingredient. I've been using coconut oil as a deodorant for about two months now, and it works great. The lauric acid in coconut oil kills odor-causing bacteria. The scent of coconut oil is very light, and it has never left a stain on my clothes.
Traditional deodorants and antiperspirants contain ingredients that can be hazardous to your health. Antiperspirants try to get the body to stop sweating by using aluminum. Remember that sweating, while sometimes gross, is natural! It is your body's way of releasing toxins and impurities. So you can imagine what happens when you force those toxins to stay inside. Links have been found between the aluminum in antiperspirants and Alzheimer's disease and even breast cancer. The other ingredient in deodorants that really affected me was propylene glycol, which is also the main agent in antifreeze. Every time I used a product with propylene glycol, it made my skin burn. Interestingly, the Material Safety Data Sheet warns users to avoid skin contact with liquid propylene glycol, because it is a skin irritant that can cause liver and kidney damage.
A couple of years I ago I started using 'natural' deodorants. I was able to find brands that were aluminum and propylene glycol-free. Even natural deodorants contain ingredients that are questionable. I couldn't pronounce and didn't know what glyceryl laurate was; and just where was the natural fragrance coming from? To be fair, many of these ingredients really are natural, where the biggest concern is skin irritation, which can even be a side effect of coconut oil, if you're allergic. Still, I knew that these weren't products that my great-grandma would have used.
I made the switch to coconut oil as a deodorant after reading about the success others were having with it on the Internet. To use, just dab a tiny bit of coconut oil on your finger and rub it on your underarms just like you would with any deodorant. There are also many recipes on the internet for a homemade coconut oil based deodorant. Most of these include coconut oil, cornstarch or arrowroot powder, baking soda, and essential oil. This is a good place to start if you are uncomfortable suddenly switching to coconut oil alone. Personally, the idea of cornstarch and baking soda absorbing into my skin kind of creeps me out, but maybe that's just me. I hope you'll add deodorant to your growing list of uses for coconut oil!
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