A really long time ago I made the decision to switch to organic living. First I started with removing toxic foods from my home and my entire family and I stopped consuming these foods all together. I’ve spent over a decade reading, researching and implementing a clean eating diet for all of us. Naturally, the next step was to remove toxic chemicals from other parts of our lives as well. I had already cleaned out my pantry and fridge, the next step was to free my household cleaning items of toxic chemicals. After about a year of trying many pure & natural brands of household cleaners and then of course making my own cleaning supplies, I was able to check that one off the list too. The next ‘project’ was to look into the personal care items and the first place I looked was at our deodorant. I had been using all-natural brands but I was spending a fortune trying to find a brand that actually worked. Some of the popular brands, like Tom’s, which didn’t work for me or my husband, was also a down right shame because at least 5 of their “natural” ingredients were in fact toxic.
My oldest son, who is a preteen, (and my husband) enjoyed using Old Spice because it worked great and smelled very manly. This highly toxic antiperspirant immediately went in the trash. I researched each one of the ingredients typically found in antiperspirants and was shocked at how unregulated deodorant was and how awfully toxic it was. Commercial deodorant, like Old Spice, which is chemically laden, is an 18 billion dollar industry. That’s a lot of crap people are putting on their skin not even knowing what it’s doing to their body.
The main ingredient in antiperspirants that is appreciated because it prevents armpits from sweating is aluminum. This is some dangerous stuff. There have been many studies done linking this chemical to all sorts of diseases and possibly cancer. Let’s take a moment to explore what happens in your body when you apply your commercial deodorant.
An antiperspirant, which is classified as a drug by the FDA, causes proteins within your body to precipitate and mechanically block the sweat ducts. The metal salts found in antiperspirants alter the structures in the ducts. These ducts then close and form a plug so that sweat will not come out. As you can see, many problems can arise from using synthetic chemicals to block the body’s natural and very important function of secreting sweat. Just to give you a sense of how much aluminum is used in typical products – the FDA requires that all anti-perspirants decrease the average person’s sweat by 20 percent – so manufacturers usually use anywhere between a 10-25 percent concentration of aluminum in products. That is just crazy, isn’t it? The science is out and it has revealed that aluminum is toxic to our bodies.
So this is the main ingredient (although there are many others) that caused me to never use an antiperspirant again…and to spread the word! (FYI – Some of the most toxic brands according to the Environmental Working Group include English Leather, Mitchum, Suave, Secret, Gillette, Right Guard, Soft & Dry, Tussy)
Annoyed at what was currently on the market as an alternative, I got busy in the kitchen creating my own truly natural organic deodorant. It was pretty easy to make my own concoction using coconut oil and baking soda, but my pre-teen son and husband did not like the oily and unstable consistency (coconut oil melts at 76 degrees so when you apply it to your skin, it melts immediately). My entrepreneur husband encouraged me to come up with a deodorant mixture that stayed true to our goal – be 100% natural and organic – but have the consistency of commercial deodorant and could be applied with a stick…rather than using our fingers and rubbing it on.
After quite a long time experimenting in the kitchen, consulting a few chemists and trying many different organic natural ingredients we finally created our baby deodorant ~ Love Myself Organics.
We are so happy to be able to share this product with you and we hope that this will be the first step for you too of removing toxins from your home, your body and our beautiful planet! So throw away your toxic deodorant and enjoy our deodorant that actually works!
Love Myself Organics!