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Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Alternative deodorant choices: post 1

Yep! Yes, that IS toothpaste. Lol. Mmhm! Y'know how necessity is of the mother of invention? Well, on a vacation recently one of my kids forgot their deodorant. It was my 12 year old son.

I've used this before and had my 'wow' moment already. I've been meaning to blog about it, but it was such a big deal to have YL come to the rescue for my son I have to tell you now! Just like anybody else, people need to see over and over--these things WORK! And sometimes WE need to see things through somebody else's eyes to realize how wonderful they are...

So if you haven't heard of this before, you will need a few minutes to let this sink in. YES, it's TOOTHPASTE. YES, it works as a DEODORANT! (I know! Weird! Cool! And refreshing in the pits, too!)
I use a pea-size dab of Thieves Dentarome Ultra Toothpaste - the one with the blue logo - and most times I add an oil, like Purification :-) and split that between my two pits and it works really well. My son is SOoOoO impressed!

It dries really nice too--kind of clayish? And that helps a little with the anti-perspiration part as well.

Take a look at what nutrition.com says about ingredients that are commonly found in commercially made deodorants: Since our skin is our largest organ, we need to take measures to ensure that what we put on it is as natural as possible. Here are five harmful chemicals found in deodorant that can play a part in the diminishment of our health.

1. Aluminum Compounds: Aluminum compounds are added to deodorant to block the pores from sweating. Aluminum, like other heavy metals, may interfere with the ability of estrogen receptors to correctly process the hormone and are linked to breast cancer in women, prostate cancer in men, and an increased risk of Alzheimer’s. (Yay! Who wants man-boobs?!?)

2. Parabens: Parabens are preservatives used in some deodorants and antiperspirants that have been shown to mimic the activity of estrogen in the body’s cells. This chemical disrupts hormonal balances and can lead to early puberty in children and hormone-related cancers in women and organ toxicity. The belief that parabens build up in breast tissue was supported by a 2004 study, which found parabens in 18 of 20 samples of tissue from human breast tumors. (Uh, I'm good...)

3. Propylene glycol: When this chemical is paired with other chemical additives, it can be extremely dangerous. This ingredient causes damage to the central nervous system, liver and heart. Even in small concentrations (2 percent or less), propylene glycol provokes skin irritation in those with sensitive skin. Moreover, some manufacturers have made deodorants with 50 percent propylene glycol content. Believe it or not, you’re likely to find this in many “natural” deodorants. (But the FDA says it's safe!)

4. Triclosan: Triclosan is classified as a pesticide according to the FDA. Although the FDA uses are not regulated under pesticide law, EPA considered these exposures in the aggregate risk  assessment. In deodorants, triclosan is used as an antibacterial agent and preservative, and reacts with tap water to create chloroform gas, a potential carcinogen. This chemical can also possess endocrine disrupting properties that has shown up in human breast milk and blood. (Eh, no thanks...)

5. Steareths: Usually listed with a number (like steareth-15), these additives come from a cheap process that makes harsh ingredients more mild. The process (known as ethoxylation) produces carcinogenic 1,4-dioxanes during manufacturing. (But, I don't LIKE carcinogens...)

There are a bazillion reasons why we KNOW we should not be using this stuff! Especially so close to our breasts!

So, YES, I was very excited about this idea, and it worked great, but for me the excitement only lasted for a few days. Some people in my group were able to completely swap out our YL toothpaste for their deodorant. For me, by about the 3rd or 4th day it didn't work as good anymore. I'd get sweaty, frustrated, and give up and go back to poison deodorant. :-/ Then I'd feel guilty, and at some point be inspired to give it another try and I end up using this concoction about 30% of the time. (That's probably why I didn't blog about it. Hah! Caught myself! On my own psychological couch!!)

But, the Young Living lifestyle not about guilt. Believe me when I say--negative emotions have REAL affects on our health, so celebrate if you end up using LESS poison commercial deodorant! 
Plus, we're big fans of making small changes wherever possible and not pushing to go '100% natural' in one fell swoop. That's stressful, if not impossible. Therefore, sometimes I am skipping poison deodorant and using this instead and I am CELEBRATING that!! :-)

And there's more to the story... 

I didn't give up, I made more progress and I have more tips to share in the next few posts. You be ready to clean off 'matter splatter' when your minds blow after hearing what else I use as a natural alternative deodorant!

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