I'm not going to start a debate about whether or not deodorant is good for your or whether or not it causes cancer. Truth is, I don't know. I tried to do some additional research and I still don't know- so come to your own conclusion and do your own research and if you decide to use non-aluminum deodorants then here are some options.
Here's what I do know. We have lymph nodes in our armpits. Lymph nodes are important and are connected to our whole bodies. God made us to sweat for some reason- as frustrating as that is. Stopping sweat may not always be good for us. Putting chemicals in our lymph nodes may not always be good for us.
Here's what I have tried.
This is a crystal, I got it at sprouts (obviously) and it looks like a salt rock or something. You wet it and use it like deodorant. It lasts forever and I think it costs around $3. I used this all summer and I love it. It's 100 million degrees here in the summer so sweating is going to happen. This didn't prevent the sweating although I never felt like I had an excess amount of sweat... or even much sweat at all.
I also got this one from sprouts. It should technically be above the crystal stick because I tried it first but it's not. I love rosemary and mint and I had high hopes for this natural deodorant.
Have you ever had a day where you suddenly remembered that you forgot to put deodorant on? And not because you were mentally checking off your morning routine and realized you had forgotten but because you suddenly realized that something reeked... and it was you. That's how I felt every time I wore this deodorant. I might as well have had nothing on. It's possible it was worse than having nothing on. I hated being around myself with this on. Unfortunately, I was hard to get away from. :-)
So along came a recipe for homemade deodorant. I still like the crystal stick but I thought I would see how this option works.
Here's the recipe:
You could combine any other scents to make your favorite. I started with purification because it's the oil that gets rid of smells- so I thought this might be a good place for it. Be sure and use Therapeutic Grade oils (like Young Living) so they won't hurt your skin or lymph nodes!
When it's melted take it off the heat and add arrowroot and baking soda.
When it's all stirred in add the oil and stir some more.
Pour it into an empty deodorant container and let sit with the lid off for 24 hours to harden.
Use and enjoy.
I waited two days before I posted this so I could test it out. So far, I'm impressed. I haven't worked out yet but I have chased 2 kids around and been active. There is no smell and very little sweat, if any. Arrowroot is a natural antiperspirant.
Give it a try, see what you think. Let me know how you feel about natural deodorants.