Natural Deodorant

I’m trying to treat my skin well. Not just because I am getting older, although I am…no stopping that process, but to maintain my health from the inside out and outside in.
Recently, I have noticed that my typical deodorant bought at the drugstore is just not good for me.  It takes forever to wash off, not a good sign, and it has really been bothering my skin causing rashes and itchiness. Although I’ve tried a few well-known brands, it’s as if my body has just said, “Enough!”
After reading many articles and papers on the subject, I decided it was time to make this small change to a natural deodorant.

 

According to PD Darbre, Division of Cell and Molecular Biology, School of Animal and Microbial Sciences, The University of Reading:

“Aluminium salts are used as the active antiperspirant agent in underarm cosmetics, but the effects of widespread, long term and increasing use remain unknown, especially in relation to the breast, which is a local area of application. Clinical studies showing a disproportionately high incidence of breast cancer in the upper outer quadrant of the breast together with reports of genomic instability in outer quadrants of the breast provide supporting evidence for a role for locally applied cosmetic chemicals in the development of breast cancer. Aluminium is known to have a genotoxic profile, capable of causing both DNA alterations and epigenetic effects, and this would be consistent with a potential role in breast cancer if such effects occurred in breast cells. Oestrogen is a well established influence in breast cancer and its action, dependent on intracellular receptors which function as ligand-activated zinc finger transcription factors, suggests one possible point of interference from aluminium. Results reported here demonstrate that aluminium in the form of aluminium chloride or aluminium chlorhydrate can interfere with the function of oestrogen receptors of MCF7 human breast cancer cells both in terms of ligand binding and in terms of oestrogen-regulated reporter gene expression. This adds aluminium to the increasing list of metals capable of interfering with oestrogen action and termed metalloestrogens. Further studies are now needed to identify the molecular basis of this action, the longer term effects of aluminium exposure and whether aluminium can cause aberrations to other signalling pathways in breast cells. Given the wide exposure of the human population to antiperspirants, it will be important to establish dermal absorption in the local area of the breast and whether long term low level absorption could play a role in the increasing incidence of breast cancer.”

In one of our shops here in CZ, Manufaktura, where they make natural products, I found a mineral stone deodorant. I was doubtful that it would work, but after a few months of testing, I am completely satisfied. It contains only Potassium alum, not the synthetic aluminum and aluminum chloride used in deodorants. 
I tested another deodorant made in a chain store of freshly made cosmetic products. This deodorant, unfortunately, was irritating to my skin.
I’m continuing with the mineral stick for now. I would love to hear opinions, ideas and comments about this topic of natural deodorants.

 

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