Benefits of Aluminum Free Deodorant

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I made the switch to aluminum free deodorant when I was a teenager after my dermatologist request that I do so.     
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Here are a FEW reasons why I prefer aluminum free deodorant:
  • Research shows that the use of aluminum free deodorants is healthier for our bodies.
  • People with skin sensitivities often have adverse reactions to the aluminum in deodorant.  
  • Aluminum blocks a person from sweating and clogs sweat glands.  We sweat to remove toxins and regulate body temperature, something that can't happen as easily when we are kept from sweating.
  • Aluminum soaks directly into the body through the skin; unlike other metals and minerals, our bodies have no use for aluminum.  As a nursing mom, this is even more unsettling.  
  • Aluminum has been linked to kidney issues, Alzheimer's disease, seizures, and breast cancer (it has even been found in breast cancer cells).
  • Deodorants and anti-perspirants mask odor by keeping your body from doing its job; however, aluminum free deodorants work to kill the odor causing bacteria.
There are several natural deodorant options available at your local store.  You will need to look at the active ingredients list to see if it contains aluminum.  You want to make sure you are buying deodorant and NOT anti-perspirant (that's what generally contains the aluminum).  You can also find vegetable based deodorant at specialty stores.  
Image by Lexie Naturals
I honestly have not found a store bought deodorant (containing aluminum or not) that works for me, so I set out to make my own.  After testing several recipes, I finally created the perfect deodorant for me.  You can find the recipe here.  

Don't have time for another DIY project?  You can buy my deodorant here.  All the ingredients you need for your deodorant can be purchased at Mountain Rose Herbs, Vitacost, or from Amazon.