So in case you don't know, there are deodorants and their are antiperspirants. The difference is that deodorants make you smell good and antiperspirants block your sweat. Most of the major names you will find in the drug store are both a deodorant and an antiperspirant.
I use a lot of natural products. That being said, antiperspirants were never one of them. I have always been aware that they contain Aluminum, which can make you retain toxins in the body instead of purge them, and that this would mean the toxins would have no other place to go than the lymph nodes, causing a risk in various forms of cancer. Antiperspirants have also been linked to Alzheimer's Disease.
But hey, I sweat and like most ladies, I don't like sweating unless I'm working out. Who wants to end up looking like a 1990s Secret ad, dancing sheepishly with your arms down so nobody can see your sweat marks?
With that brand of thought and since I have never had a negative experience as of yet with antiperspirants, I went out a few weeks ago and bought a clinical strength brand and let me tell you, it worked. Though my underarms remained dry, that sweat has to come out somewhere, right? Well I'm not sure if it really did. After two weeks of using it, it caused a cyst the size of a grape! I knew it was the antiperspirant and immediately stopped using it. It has since gone down, but it scared me from ever using any type of antiperspirant again. I have since switched to a natural brand, and when I run out of that, I will be making my own. If you're ready to try making your own deodorant, here is a simple recipe that won't block the sweat, but it will at least leave you smelling good!
1 part coconut oil
1 part baking soda
1 part arrowroot powder
Several drops Essential oil (I like orange because I think it blends well with the smell of the coconut oil).
Mix well and put into a jar. Voila!