A few studies in recent years have theorized that aluminum-based antiperspirants may increase the risk for breast cancer.
According to the authors of these studies, most breast cancers develop in the upper outer part of the breast — the area closest to the armpit, which is where antiperspirants are applied. The studies suggest that chemicals in antiperspirants, including aluminum, are absorbed into the skin, particularly when the skin is nicked during shaving. These studies claim that those chemicals may then interact with DNA and lead to cancerous changes in cells, or interfere with the action of the female hormone estrogen, which is known to influence the growth of breast cancer cells.
A breast cancer survivor myself, I opt to refrain from using commercial antiperspirants and choose to make my own deodorant. This way, I know exactly what I’m putting onto and into my body.
Homemade deodorants are useful on areas of the body, such as the under arms, genital area, chest and back, where excessive odor-causing moisture may become a problem, especially during hot weather. Try this recipe at home!
Approximately 1/2 cup coconut oil (add more or less to acquire the desired consistency)
1/4 cup of arrowroot powder
1/4 cup of cornstarch
1/4 teaspoon of Lavender (or any essential oil you prefer)
Using a small non-reactive bowl, sift the arrowroot powder and cornstarch together. In a separate non-reactive bowl, combine the coconut oil and essential oil(s). Stirring the powder mixture constantly to prevent clumping, add the coconut oil/essential oil mixture one drop at a time until it has been thoroughly combined with the powder.
Pour the finished product into an airtight container and set aside. Shake the container each day to encourage the essential oils to permeate the powder. The powder can keep in a cool dark place for up to 6 months.
How To Use
Apply the deodorant powder to under arms, chest and back before dressing. The deodorant may also be sprinkled in undergarments to reduce chafing caused by moisture.
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