Yep, I'm back to the underarms.
So, I was looking at something that would smell really yummy on Etsy, mostly because my awesome friend Brooke uses it, and I trust her judgement, but I wasn't 100% sure after reading the ingredient list that I was absolutely comfortable with it.
I know you shouldn't believe everything you read online, BUT, when I'm researching the safety of stuff, I generally find a few sites saying "oh no, that causes pterodactylitis" or some such, and decide that chemical isn't one I want to knowingly be rubbing on myself. In the case of that one, I found two which made me raise an eyebrow. Salicylic Acid and Propylene Glycol. So I Googled them and here's what I found.
Salicylic acid is used in Proactiv, and has wonderful astringent properties, but is recommended that pregnant women don't ingest it, and some doctors recommend they not rub it on themselves either. Well, I'm not pregnant, but that gives me pause.
Propylene Glycol was apparently originally developed as an anti-freeze and it's Material Safety Data Sheet says to avoid physical contact with the stuff and that it can cause " eye irritation, skin irritation. Chronic exposure can cause gastro-intestinal disturbances, nausea, headache, vomiting, and central nervous depression."(source)
Well, when I was about twelve I developed a problem with gastro-intestinal disturbances, nausea, headache, and vomiting, so I generally try to avoid things prone to cause those things. I've been living with these chronic issues long enough that they've reached the age of majority, and in a moment of wishful thinking I pondered if there could be any connection.
Like I said, wishful thinking, but dang it, if there's a chance, I'm going to take it, especially when all that taking it means is not rubbing antifreeze on myself.
So, what does this mean? It very well may mean making my own deodorant. There's a handy dandy tutorial here at Little House in the Suburbs and I'm not entirely sure that this isn't what I'm going to end up doing.
That said, I have found a couple Etsy shops which sell deodorants which don't contain aluminum (yeah, I haven't talked about that much, since that's the ingredient just about everyone knows we're avoiding because it is strongly correlated with Alzheimers) Salicylic Acid, or Propylene Glycol.
Elegant Rose Boutique (can you say peppermint vanilla?)
Art Spot (they're from Corsicana, TX, and I've BEEN THERE!!! *and* there's Apple)
Cheryl Mason's Kitchen (she uses arrow root which is good for the types with yeast issues)
Let me know if you find some more great options.
And yes, I've checked- JASON and Toms both have Propylene Glycol, and the mineral salts have never worked well for me longterm.