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Are the ingredients in deodorant making you sick? 

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When was the last time you read the ingredients on the back of your favorite stick of deodorant? Nine times out of 10 you will see “aluminum” and a host of other toxic chemicals that keep you dry.

However, how badly do we want to be “dry,” and is the trade-off worth the risk?  There are several ways to protect yourself and those you love from the toxic build-up of dangerous chemicals found in most deodorants and antiperspirants.

Step 1:  Read the ingredients of your deodorants and antiperspirants before purchasing.

Step 2: Discard and no longer purchase any deodorants and antiperspirants that contain “aluminum.”

Step 3: Research different brands of natural deodorants made by Tom’s of Maine, Ursa Major, Corpus and PiperWai or learn more about deodorant crystals.

Step 4: If you discover you have been using toxic deodorants or antiperspirants, try the detox recipe below to expel the toxins from your body.

Armpit Detox Remedy
1  tablespoon of organic apple cider vinegar
1 tablespoon bentonite clay
3 drops rosemary essential oil
5 drops cilantro essential oil

Instructions

Mix the ingredients together, apply to your armpits and leave the mixture on for one to three minutes. The longer the better to soak up the toxins. Rinse thoroughly and repeat once a week.

Another way to detox from the buildup of toxic chemicals from deodorants and antiperspirants is to apply aluminum-free baking soda to the armpits while bathing. However, be aware of sensitivities to baking soda. If you do have a sensitivity to baking soda, try bentonite clay as a replacement, rinse and then apply a natural deodorant. This process takes time and patience to get the right coverage for any perspiration.