When my children were approaching the age when they would need to wear deodorant, I started doing some research. I was not pleased with what I discovered about the chemicals in traditional deodorants and the possible links to cancer. Anti-perspirants and traditional deodorants use many of the same chemicals that I avoid using in our goat milk soaps.
I don't think those chemicals are safe in soap and I definitely don't think they're safe in a product (such as deodorant) that you leave on your skin without washing off. Some of these ingredients include the following:
So after many months of testing, we created a natural deodorant with ingredients that I didn't worry about putting on my family's skin. It worked great for us and for all the people who helped us test the deodorant.
(We actually have two deodorant formulas - one with and one without baking soda - since some people have sensitivities to baking soda. And in case you've ever wondered, there is absolutely no aluminum in baking soda. It can be in baking powder, but not baking soda. So no worries there!)
When we started selling the natural deodorants, I was a bit surprised to hear that a few people without allergies were having difficulty with rashes. So I started doing some extra research and discovered that for some people, the rashes were actually a sign of detoxification and not a direct allergic response to the deodorant.
It turns out that if you've been using a commercial deodorant for years, you may need to detox your armpits before switching to a natural deodorant. Otherwise the switch may cause a rash.
There are many different recipes on the internet for detoxing your armpits. Here is the one I tried:
So if you've either experienced a rash when trying our natural deodorant, or are concerned that you will, an armpit detox may be helpful not just with improving your adjustment to a natural deodorant, but also with detoxing some chemicals from your body.
This has not been evaluated by the FDA.
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