BENTONITE CLAY - 2 oz
Why should you detox your armpits in the first place and not continue to use regular deodorant?
Conventional deodorants and anti-perspirants both contain an array of chemicals and fillers. It takes something man-made to block the body’s natural ability to sweat, and the chemical list in some deodorants are just down right disturbing such as:
- Aluminum– some evidence links aluminum to cancer and Alzheimer’s Disease
- Phthalates– Endocrine disruptors often also found in plastic that can cause hormone imbalance and even infertility (especially in med)
- Propylene glycol– common name: antifreeze. It is a hotly debated additive in personal care products but the EWG reports that it carries a moderate risk of immunotoxicity and allergies.
- Formaldehyde- a known carcinogen… guess it kills the germs though.
- Parabens- Another hormone disruptor and parabens have been found in biopsied tissue with breast cancer
- Antibacterial Substances- they are endocrine disruptors and can negatively affect the immune system
The skin is the body’s largest organ and what touches our skin can easily enter our bloodstream. With skyrocketing rates of breast cancer, it would seem prudent to avoid these chemicals until further research is done.
A great advantage to doing an armpit detox, besides that it helps speed up the natural deodorant adjustment period, is that it might help pull some of these chemicals out of the skin and tissue of the armpits. This can be especially helpful after years of conventional deodorant use.
Gather these simple ingredients below. ACV is optional.
- 1 tablespoon bentonite clay
- 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar (ACV)
- 1-2 teaspoons of water (to get right consistency)
- Mix all of the ingredients in a glass bowl (do not use metal!) with a wooden or non-metal spoon until about the consistency of sour cream.
- Spread in an even layer over the armpits and allow to sit for 5-20 minutes. I suggest starting slowly and working up to a longer period of time once you see how your body adjust. If it hurts at all, remove immediately.
- This may cause some redness as it will increase blood-flow to the area, but it will go away quickly.
- Wash off in the shower or with a warm, wet washcloth.
- Repeat daily or as needed until under-arm odor goes away and natural deodorant is non-irritating.
I’ve found that I don’t even need the baking soda in my natural deodorant after doing this.
Source: Wellness Mama. 2018