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Not long after Miss Moo was born my underarms starting acting weird. I just assumed it had to do with all the hormone imbalance and recovery in my body and ignored it for a while. When I got pregnant with Miss Roo 9 months later, the problem got worse. After she was born the problems still didn”t go away. At this point I tried to figure out what was going on.
Looking at the Issue
My first assumption was that I was having a reaction to the aluminum and other chemicals that are present in many mainstream deodorants. Most people don’t really pay attention to the ingredients in that little stick they slather across their arms daily. A quick trip around several medical and natural living websites will show you links to studies that indicate a connection with aluminum and diseases such as Breast Cancer, Alzheimer”s, and other neurological disorders. With this information in hand, I decided I would by natural deodorants and wait for the improvements.
After trying aluminum free deodorants I felt better about the chemicals I wasn”t putting in my body, but my skin irritation didn”t go away. I also felt that the natural deodorants, while less toxic, didn”t work as well for me. I was using the product several times a day and I still didn”t feel that it worked effectively. They also cost quite a bit more than I was used to spending on a health item.
I then tried using a Thai deodorant stone as a solution but it burned each time I applied it — no matter if my underarms were wet as recommended or dry. Clearly this path wasn”t working either.
So What Now?
I decided I needed to try something simple — but I had no idea what that something was going to be. At first I spent some time looking at sites that suggested reasons for sensitive skin. However, I felt that self-diagnosis might be a waste of time and money on ideas that I had no real justification for using. I then started looking up ways to replace deodorant- or more specifically how to prevent any odor from occurring. One suggestion that I came online casinos across was spritzing rubbing alcohol on your underarms to prevent the growth of bacteria and in turn any smell. It would not prevent perspiration, just any unpleasant smell associated with bacteria. I grabbed one of our small spritz bottles and filled it with alcohol from the back of the cabinet. After two days my underarms were better. No redness, no bumps, no burning. And using alcohol was a cheap short term/long term solution.
Cautions of Alcohol
As with any chemical, there are safety precautions to take when using alcohol.
- Keep it out of the reach of children. Alcohol online casino poisoning is potential if little hands are curious and find bottles they shouldn”t touch.
- Keep it cool and dry. Alcohol is highly flammable and should be handled and stored with care.
- Use in ventilated areas. Alcohol has a strong smell and should not be directly inhaled or used in a small room.
What I am Considering Now
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Now that our house as a whole is more conscious of chemicals, toxins, and strives to use as much natural product as possible, I have been researching making my own “deodorant.” I don”t think that alcohol is the worst thing that I could be using, but I think there are more steps I need to take to move away from any chemicals seeping into my skin.
Right now I am interested in the idea as coconut oil alone as a deodorant. There are many recipes around the web with coconut oil as a base for a deodorant. With two little ones and a third on the way, having time to actually make thing that are for myself has become a challenge. I am trying to keep things simple and in turn keep things less toxic. The less ingredients, the better. So my next experiment once we get through all the holidays is just plain, old fashion coconut oil.