Today in our society there is no worse social stigma than that of smelling bad. We spend a lot of time and money on products trying to cover up our body odour. As we head into a new school year many a young person will be applying antiperspirants, body spray and perfume in an attempt to cover up or eliminate body odour. Some of these products contain ingredients such as Butylated hydroxytoluene [BHT] Cyclopentasiloxane (cyclomethicone), which have been linked to tumour formation, endocrine disruption in animal models. Most products also contain Parfum or Fragrance. Parfum is a mixture of scent chemicals that have been linked to respiratory and skin irritation. So knowing the dangers of these products why do we expose ourselves to them?
Until the late 1800s, which is when the advertising industry got whiff [pun intended] of a good idea, society didn’t care if we smelt or not. Men wore undershirts and women wore dress shields to protect their suits and dresses from sweat and dirt. What is different today is the social stigma that is attached to smelling at all. For this shame we can thank the ad men of the late 1800s. They knew that if they could invent a problem, and then provide the solution to that problem, they would have a profitable item. The difficulty for the marketing agencies of the time was that body odour was not a big issue. Sure people smelt, but when everyone smells it becomes a social norm. The key was to convince people that smelling bad, was well, bad. What better way to do this than to play on our anxieties. So advertisers associated smelling with a man’s failure to land a promotion, or a woman’s failure to snag a man, and it worked. Fast forward to today. We have become so conditioned to our sanitised existence that society looks at you with hostility if you as much as whiff a little on a hot summer day.
So what is a health conscious individual to do? Smelling is frowned upon, chemicals are dangerous, it is a bit of a conundrum, or is it? There is a great alternative to conventional deodorants. You can make your own! You can find a great recipe here. The ingredients in this deodorant recipe are all edible excluding the oils. Not that I am suggesting you eat it! It is super quick and super easy to make and most importantly it works! I know because I put it to the test on myself and several other willing victims. I even tested it on a chef; twelve gruelling hours later, she was still smelling fresh.
All you need to make your own deodorant is baking soda [the magic ingredient], GMO-free corn starch, coconut oil, bees wax and essential oils. Try to get the best ingredients. There is no point making your own deodorant if it is full of the toxins that you are trying to avoid with conventional products. Make sure that you source baking soda that is aluminium free. You can find it at your local health food store. Also check out your health food store for GMO-free corn starch. You can buy 100% bees wax from this lovely lady. It took me a bit of research to find this supplier, her beeswax is sourced from Kingston Ontario and is organically farmed. I use therapeutic grade essential oils from Young Living, but you can use any brand. The possibilities for blending the oils are endless. I suggest testing your oil combination in advance in a little bowl before committing, as sometimes certain combinations do not smell as good together as they may sound in your head.
The important thing to remember when using this deodorant is that it will not stop you from sweating. It will stop you from smelling when you do sweat. It is not an antiperspirant. But remember that sweating is important. It is one of the ways that our bodies eliminate toxins.
In a closing note, have you ever wondered why some people smell more than others?
Well researchers have found that there is a correlation between what we eat and how we smell. There are certain foods, like garlic, fenugreek and cumin that are full of fat-soluble-aromatic-compounds. The compounds are absorbed by our blood and released in our sweat. Some people believe that eating meat and dairy makes people smell. A study done in the Czech Republic seems to confirm this. This would seem to indicate that cutting out meat and dairy, and eating a diet high in vegetables, whole grains and fruit would help to eliminate underarm odour. The thing is we all know vegetarians and vegans who have smelly pits, despite the lack of diary and meat in their diets. This is because there is a genetic component to underarm odour. People who have the gene ABCC11 produce sweat that stinks. It is as simple as that. The ABCC11 gene is pretty common, people who have this gene also produce wet and sticky earwax. Those who don’t tend to have crumble grey ear wax and noticeably scent free underarms.
So if you find that you produce malodorous sweat no matter how healthy you are, then you may want to try the recipe above.
The advice given in this article is for information purposes only and it is not meant to diagnose any disease. If you have any questions please feel free to call me at 416 826 5581.
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