Saturday, January 12, 2013

Natural & Organic Living: The stink on deodorant!


"All praise and thanks belongs to Allaah. Lord & Creator of all the worlds. May Allaah bestow His peace & mercy upon the Prophet, his family, his companions, and on all of those who follow them in truth until The Last Day" Aameen.

As salaamu alaykunna,

Last Saturday we talked about the benefits of Natural/Organic living and I explained the importance of knowing what's in your products- i.e. baby diapers.

Today we are going to talk about some products that you can make from home- and the reasons why you should Inshaa Allaah

Everyday we wear deodorant.........some of us cannot function in a day without putting on the "smell good." But do you know what's in yours?

Here is something to take into consideration:

Deodorants are applied to the body mainly to reduce body odor caused by the bacterial breakdown of perspiration. They work by neutralizing the smell of the sweat with mild germicides that kill the bacteria which feed off skin secretions. (It is the bacteria that makes you stinky). They also contain perfume to help mask the smell of sweat. Deodorants don’t interfere with sweating, which is the body’s natural cooling process.

A subgroup of deodorants, antiperspirants, prevent odor and reduce sweat produced by parts of the body.

Antiperspirants help to reduce the amount of sweat that you produce. They work by clogging, closing, or blocking the pores with strong astringents such as aluminum salts so that they can’t release sweat. Aluminium chloride is the chemical used to form a gel to partially block the sweat glands.

Antiperspirants and Deodorants are a combo of the above with Aluminum chloride added.
In recent years new research has  suggested that long-term exposure to aluminum can lead to Parkinson’s Disease, Alzheimers disease, neurologial and neuromuscular disorders. In 1993, the World Health Organization said, “There is a suspected link between Alzheimer’s disease and the toxicity of aluminum.”** The aluminum chloride in anti-perspirant may be absorbed through the skin of the armpit, resulting in ultimate accumulation of high levels of this metal in the brain. anti-perspirant has also been linked to breast-cancer and could possibly be passed on to unborn fetuses. (This is based on the high-levels of aluminum found in the fetuses of pregnant lab rats).

 The antiperspirants in deodorant have been linked to cancer. Some may say that it's not yet proven. But it was said for awhile that smoking did not cause cancer......

What are some things you can do?
learn about what's in the products you are using
use deodorant and not antiperspirants
clean under your arms - if you sweat frequently (yes it can be tiresome- but it is worth it)
use organic/natural deodorants
Sources used in today's post:

What do you think? What does your deodorant say?


If you are interested in making your own deodorant here is how wellness mama makes hers: Healthy Homemade Deodorant

Recipe 1- What You Need:

3 T Coconut Oil
3 T Baking Soda
2 T Shea Butter
2 T Arrowroot (optional)
Essential Oils (optional)

Melt shea butter and coconut oil in a double boiler over medium heat until barely melted. UPDATE: Combine in a quart size glass mason jar with a lid instead and place this in a small saucepan of water until melted. This will save your bowl and you can just designate this jar for these type of projects and not even need to wash it out…
Remove from heat and add baking soda and arrowroot (If you don’t have arrowroot, use more baking soda)
Mix well
Add essential oils and pour into a glass container for storage. It does not need to be stored in the fridge.
If you prefer, you can let it cool completely and put into an old deodorant stick for easier use, though it may melt in the summer!
If you don’t have all those ingredients around, or don’t want to wash a double boiler, this recipe is faster and easier:
Recipe 2- What you Need

6 T coconut oil
1/4 cup (4 T) baking soda
1/4 cup (4 T) arrowroot or cornstarch
essential oils (optional)
What to Do:

Mix baking soda and arrowroot together in a medium sized bowl.
Mash in coconut oil with a fork until well mixed.
Add oils if desired.
Store in small glass jar or old deodorant container for easy use.


  1. salaam aleykum,

    Does the natural deodorant you describe also have an anti-sweat effect? And is this equally effective to the products we buy in the store?

    Because I'm all for natural! But the reason to use deodorant is usually for the sweat and smell. Smell can be masked by all sorts of natural products like musk that was also loved by the prophet! But the sweating is what makes my day bad...


    1. Bismillaah

      Wa alaiki Salaam :)

      Natural deodorant holds well. There are a lot of natural deodorant that help with sweating :D

      I know some people that use musk - that's something to think about.

      Lol sweating makes most people day bad hehe!

      ~Umm Suhailah~


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