Did you know that your favorite deodorant could contain dangerous ingredients known to cause cancer, brain damage, and liver abnormalities? Here are three of the worst toxins you can find in it and how you can make a natural deodorant.

Generally deodorants that can be easily obtained in pharmacies or cosmetic stores, are made with products that can be harmful in various aspects for people’s health. These toxins in deodorants can be the cause of a large number of ailments , among which allergies, problems with gluten intolerance , skin and hair conditions and more serious problems, which are not usually considered related to the use of a small deodorant bottle or pot.

Toxic in deodorants

These are the 3 most important toxins that can be found in commercial deodorant.


Parabens can be found under these names on the deodorant label: methyl paraben, ethyl paraben, propyl paraben, butyl paraben or isobutyl paraben. This additive is used in many skin care and cosmetic products .

They work as a preservative to discourage bacteria and fungi. Research indicates that parabens in lotions or deodorants are absorbed into the body and weakly mimic estrogen , wreaking havoc on the endocrine system.

Parabens have been found in breast cancer tumors . Did you know that more than 55% of breast tumors are found in the upper outer part of the chest, near the armpit? This fact alone is enough to reconsider using your paraben-riddled deodorant.


The active ingredient in many deodorants and antiperspirants is aluminum , which actually blocks the body from producing sweat . It is doubtful to use any chemical compound that inhibits a normal and useful body function, but other than that, aluminum can cause neurological damage and contribute to diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s , and breast cancer. Aluminum can enter and remain in the human bloodstream for up to two weeks after a single application of this type of deodorant or antiperspirant.

Propylene glycol

Propylene glycol, often used in deodorants, is an ingredient in antifreeze. Factory workers who are exposed to this are warned of the danger of this product on the kidneys, brain and damage that it can cause to the liver through contact with the skin. With this information, you already know that this is a poison in deodorants that is better to avoid .

Recipe to make a natural and homemade deodorant

Undoubtedly the possibility of making a natural deodorant, with the use of ingredients that are healthy for the body and that can be easily obtained, is good news, below you can learn how to make a homemade deodorant to avoid the toxins present in the products commercial .


  • 1/4 cup baking soda (neutralizes odors)
  • 1/4 cup arrowroot starch (absorbs moisture)
  • 4 tablespoons of coconut oil (antibacterial and hydrating)
  • 1/4 teaspoon tea tree oil (antibacterial)

Preparation and use : Its preparation method is very simple, you just have to mix all the ingredients to form a paste or cream that you can apply directly.

Homemade natural cream deodorant

This is an alternative option to make a natural cream deodorant that will not leave you and will avoid skin problems.


  • 1/2 cup of baking soda
  • 1/2 cup cornstarch
  • coconut oil for consistency
  • Vitamin E and desired essential oils


  1. Mix 1/2 cup of baking soda with 1/2 cup of cornstarch.
  2. Add the coconut oil to the mixture to give the consistency you want.
  3. You can also add vitamin E and essential oils that are to your liking, such as rosemary, lavender, lemon, roses.
  4. Store in an airtight container, remember this can melt in the heat.
  5. Optional: Add 1 tablespoon of bentonite clay, to make the mixture with a consistency to suit you.

By Dr. Eric Jackson

Dr. Eric Jackson provides primary Internal Medicine care for men and women and treats patients with bone and mineral diseases, diabetes, heart conditions, and other chronic illnesses.He is a Washington University Bone Health Program physician and is a certified Bone Densitometrist. Dr. Avery is consistently recognized in "The Best Doctors in America" list.

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