Kathryn McCoy wrote:I had the same problem decades ago, which caused me to begin trying all the organic, natural deodorants out there. Aluminum is used in antiperspirants to cause you not to sweat, it blocks the pores. For women, it is especially unsafe. The tumors removed from women with breast cancer, are extremely high in aluminum. Cant imagine that it is any healthier for men and the whole idea of blocking your pores, which you need to filter, anyway, seems irresponsible to your body.
I tried numerous natural deodorants and found one I love, Desert Essence with tea tree oil that also has lavender oil, both of which are natural anti-bacterials. It is the bacteria that causes the odor. I also found, many years ago, as my diet changed to healthier food, and more fresh food, the less I even needed the deodorant.
On a whim, I have tried brushing my underarms with the baking soda recipe some suggested. I was okay for a wee bit, but then began to irritate my underarms. I also tried the lavender powder and that worked well.
Now, with all that said, I am a woman and oestrogen is a good thing for me, but recently, in researching a number of subjects dealing with all the hormones going into everything under the sun, I came across the subject of men getting too much oestrogen, not just from the BPA in drinking bottles and this causing a rise in men with prostate problems and the feminizing of men, even baby boys being born with way too high oestrogen and developing boobs, but in other products. In further researching this subject, I found that cellophane was high in phthalates, a xenoestrogen, which mimic oestrogen. That caught my eye, because I knew that tea tree oil and lavender oil, both have phthalates. Both of which are in so many products in the organic and natural industry. So while both oils may be anti-bacterial and help control underarm odor, if you are a man and have the xeno and phytoestrogens inundating you from many sources, having them in your deodorant may not be a good thing.