I Vote Yea to an Armpit Detox

by montejosmemorials on October 26, 2015

I Vote Yea to an Armpit Detox

by Joyce Montejo

Have you read about the dangers of commercial deodorants, tried to use natural ones, but always resorted back to the chemical laden ones, just because you didn’t want to stink? You are going to be so happy to learn about this!!!

I am not going to rewrite about the dangers of deodorant because many have done that so well, but just give an overview. I’m also going to share with you my unscientific reasons to do an armpit detox. It worked for me and has for many others, to reduce sweat, irritation, and odors. I tried it and I’m a believer, so that’s my story.

Several studies have shown that chemicals under the arm, increase the risk of breast cancer, so it only makes sense that reducing those chemicals, may reduce the risk. Collective Evolution lists some of those resources as does Living Traditionally. Deodorants and other products used under the arm contain aluminum chlorohydrate, parabens, propylene glycol, and more. These chemicals have been known to imitate estrogen thus increasing the risk of breast cancer.

Because deodorant is applied daily, sometimes more than once, to one of the most sensitive, porous areas of the body, our armpit, and whatever is applied there, is absorbed through the skin into your bloodstream, you need to be aware of what chemicals to avoid. This can be a big deal for prevention and for those already struggling with health issues.

Here are some of the ingredients to look out for.

Aluminum – is a metal, which is used in antiperspirants to help block the sweat from escaping the pores. Aluminum has been linked to breast cancer in women and has also been linked to an increased risk of Alzheimer’s disease.

Parabens – are suspected of disrupting the body’s delicate hormonal balance. This can lead to things including early puberty in children and an increased risk of hormonal cancers – including breast cancer. Exposure has also been linked to birth defects as well as organ toxicity.

Propylene Glycol – is a petroleum based chemical that is used to soften cosmetic products. In large quantities, studies have shown that it can cause damage to the central nervous system, liver and heart. It is found in many products and many processed foods.

Fragrance – can legally hide hundreds of chemicals. One of these is phthalates (THAL ates), which have been linked to a variety of health issues. High phthalate blood and urine levels in women of child bearing age have been linked to a higher risk of birth defects. This suggests that phthalates may disrupt hormone receptors as well as increase the likelihood of cell mutation.

Triclosan – is classified as a pesticide by the FDA, and a probable carcinogen by the EPA. No need to add more.

BHT – (Butylated Hydroxytoluene) in addition to causing hyperactivity in children, BHT (and BHA) are considered carcinogens by the US Department of Health and Human Services.  The Skin Deep site rates BHT as having a “high toxic hazard” and says it has been shown to be linked to cancer, developmental toxicity, allergies, neurotoxicity, endocrine disruption, biochemical or cellular level change.

As noted in the SF Gate, “Chemicals such as Methylparaben and BPA mimic or interfere with the body’s endocrine or hormonal systems.”

You may be wondering where in the world will you find a deodorant without all of these extra ingredients and if so, will it even work? Here’s where we get ours and yes, it works.My favorite is the solid. There are many deodorants that claim to be natural, but make sure to check the ingredients, because surprisingly, harmful ingredients are even in many of the ones that claim to be natural. If I am making my own, I have a 1/2 oz. spray bottle that I add 10 drops of SE Calm and fill with water. It’s actually my favorite go to in a hurry. I tried making the solid’s several times, but just couldn’t get the right combination for me.

The Armpit Detox will help you initially to take out some of those toxins that accumulated before you knew what to look for, and will help you to get past the initial stink that may occur when you leave those chemicals behind. It’s also great to use as part of your detox routine, because this area of the body contains so many lymph nodes. Using an herbal blend that contains lots of chlorophyll to help the body deodorize from the inside out and provide many other benefits, can be helpful as well.

There are many variations of this detox online, and we changed ours up to use the ingredients we had available. (Since I have started using SolleEssentials, I find I rarely need another EO blend.) I buy singles from a few different places, I’ll be glad to share them if you message me.


  • 1 tablespoon organic apple cider vinegar
  • 4 drops SE Balance essential oil
  • 4 drops SE Clarify essential oil
  • 1 tablespoon bentonite clay


  • Mix ACV and the clay in a glass bowl. Add the essential oils. It should look smooth like sour cream.
  • Spread a thin layer of this mixture on your armpit and leave it for a few minutes.
  • Rinse well and repeat daily until odor subsides and your natural deodorant is no longer irritating.
  • Repeat daily as needed. 

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