The issue of home beauty is one that I shied away from for a long time.
While I’ve always loved to call myself a hippie I’d never allowed myself the concept of being able to make my own home beauty devices.
This was mostly because I have a fairly strong stance against pseudo-sciences particularly those that discredit scientific processes that have empowered humanity to conquer the war on disease.
So it was a great disappointment when I found out how many lies were being fed to the public through trusted journal articles in the scientific community based around deodorants.
The main issue I have here is the use of aluminum in most deodorants to stem sweating.
Ok so first of, sweating is very important. It’s our way of expelling toxins that cause us health detriment. Stopping this process is already questionable.
Who’s going to decide to smell instead though?
So I decided to do research like I would for my university assignments and discovered that most if not all scientific journal articles that had dismissed the correlations between aluminum and carcinogenic properties were often confounded by having been funded by those aluminum industries.
I’ve attached these sources for you to see where I found this information.
As I was confused and could not put my faith into companies that still used single-use plastics as well as other harmful chemicals and unethical water practices, I decided to make my own.
But first, I needed to know why we use deodorant.
A brief history
Sweat comes from two kinds of glands; the eccrine and the apocrine glands. The amount you smell depends on the gene ABCC11. The least common occurrence of this gene is in East Asia.
The eccrine gland produces water and sweat. The apocrine gland mixes with bacteria like micrococcus which then leads to smelly pits n groins.
Ancient times consisted of making a paste or having perfumed baths as part of a normal society.
The first normal deodorant was MUM. This is still around today but first became available in the late 1800s.
The first antiperspirant (so just the stopping of sweating, not just the smell) was introduced in 1902 by Odorono.
To stop sweating they used aluminum chloride, which in order to be effective need to be suspended in acid.
The next step was the age of aggressive advertising. This was aimed directly at women. Like this old faithful that I acquired from the Smithsonian online catalogue. And a link to a great article that sums it up for us: https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/how-advertisers-convinced-americans-they-smelled-bad-12552404/
So while women were out busy getting dates with this new found self-knowledge (sarcasm) deodorant became a very big part of our lives.
Now I’m not suggesting you try pure natural no deodorant living all together. More just how we got to where we are today.
In 2018 the deodorant industry was estimated to be worth $72.7 billion USD. (https://www.statista.com/statistics/254668/size-of-the-global-antiperspirant-and-deodorant-market/)
So to wrap it up nicely, deodorant is a very lucrative market, with aggressive advertising that depends on your insecurities, the unethical testing procedures on animals, the pollution the aerosols cause to the layer of oxygen that allows us to live, threat to our water sources through runoff AND the chemicals that mimic growth hormones and cease proper biological functioning.
It was time I made my own way to smell nice.
How I made mine
I don’t want to do a lot of work and I’m sure you won’t either. It’s very easy to pay someone to do something.
So I made sure that my deodorant making was going to be very easy.
Here’s what I got:
- Some coconut oil- maybe a tablespoon
- Some baking soda- a tiny amount, maybe half a teaspoon- this has the antibacterial properties you need.
- Some corn flour- maybe a cup depending on how pasty you want it, this is for volume
- Some essential oils- this depends on the amount you want to smell.
I picked lemongrass because it appeals to my nostrils.
I used rough estimates because each person is going to do things differently.
The ingredients can have other stuff but I’d recommend against it. This is because of the number of chemicals you want to reduce and the economic savings.
It’s cheap af!
It’s chemical free
It’s plastic free
It’s a great amount of choice
It lasts for a whole day (for me anyway, everyone sweats differently)
I feel empowered
Still, sweat a little so I know I’m still riding my body of toxins just getting rid of the bacteria without properly upsetting the system I need to function.
So just being too lazy, I didn’t find a way to apply it without putting it on my fingers and just circularly rubbing it into my pits.
This works for me so I don’t care
It doesn’t stop you sweating so sweat patches, but honestly, I still sweat anyway and the above-mentioned benefits of sweating.
This was awesome! I can’t go back now; I use it every day sometimes every two days.
I’m aware of why I made this choice which is rational and socially acceptable and I’m saving so much money while also not contributing to the destruction of my home planet.
And I smell great!
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Here are a few of my sources and some further reading: