2 – Coconut oil as deodorant
Commercial deodorants can contain harmful aluminum as well as toxic chemical fragrances.
Although the association between breast cancer and aluminum-based antiperspirants was dismissed due to lack of scientific evidence in a study from 2000,1✅ JOURNAL REFERENCE
DOI: 10.1093/jnci/92.18.1469 other research has revealed that aluminum induces DNA damage as well as prevents the repair of damaged DNA.2✅ JOURNAL REFERENCE
DOI: 10.1016/j.toxlet.2005.07.012 These are mechanisms that are well-known for the formation of cancer.3✅ JOURNAL REFERENCE
PMID: 29570697 Aluminum can be absorbed via the skin, and the possible accumulation of aluminum in the body in such close proximity to the breast is reason for concern. One study has showed that women who used deodorants and antiperspirants had higher concentrations of aluminum in their breasts and also had a higher risk for breast cancer.4✅ JOURNAL REFERENCE
Coconut oil won’t prevent sweating, but the anti-bacterial properties are effective in helping to eliminate odors. Baking soda can be added to the oil to help prevent sweating.
How to make coconut oil deodorant?
Virgin coconut oil can be used by itself as a natural deodorant, or coconut oil can also be mixed with arrowroot and baking soda (ratio of 6:4:4), and essential oils can be added if desired.