Updated: Aug 2, 2019
If you pay attention to articles on health and wellness, you may have seen some folks discussing the toxicity of conventional antiperspirants and deodorants…
The scientific studies examining ingredients in antiperspirants and deodorants as possible carcinogens have gathered mixed and inconclusive results. The American Cancer Society released a statement stating “There is no convincing evidence that antiperspirant or deodorant use increases cancer risk.” (1)
The aluminum that is present in most antiperspirants has also been cause for concern because of the possible link between aluminum and Alzheimer’s disease. Aluminum can be dangerous in very high doses, but according to the Alzheimer’s Association “Few experts believe that everyday sources of aluminum pose any threat.” (1)
While there isn’t conclusive evidence that traditional deodorants and antiperspirants are causing health issues, there also isn’t proof that they’re goodfor you.
For this reason many people seek a natural solution for deodorant, one that has minimal ingredients…
Enter: Magnesium Oil
Magnesium oil provides the body with a whole host of health benefits, is 100% pure and natural, and has just 3 ingredients.
Mineral soaks have a history of being used as a natural odor block and magnesium oil works similarly to prevent body odor.
Simply apply a few sprays of our magnesium oil to your underarms, rub it in, and you’re ready to go! Pro tip: avoid applying magnesium oil to freshly shaven skin, it can cause irritation. (2)
Many homemade and natural deodorants contain baking soda as a primary ingredient. Often, this causes skin irritation because it is being applied to such a delicate area (under the arms). That has led some of our favorite health and wellness bloggers to search for alternative solutions. Many of them have written about the effectiveness of using magnesium oil as a deodorant…
According to wellnessmama.com, magnesium oil “is incredibly effective at preventing underarm odor, plus you get a boost of magnesium. Add some essential oils and it is a great smell-good deodorant.” (3)
kulamama.com includes magnesium oil in a DIY deodorant recipe noting “I added 1 tablespoon of magnesium oil to my homemade deodorant recipe of witch hazel plus essential oils and guess what? Magnesium oil is a deodorizing MIRACLE and 1 tablespoon does not sting my armpits at all. This recipe works 10X better than anything I have ever bought at the store. EVER.” (4)
On getwellified.com, Amanda Austin says “Eventually I discovered (quite by accident) that magnesium oil can make a wonderful deodorant (it’s even held up in the 80-90 degree temps and 1,000% humidity that’s common during Michigan summers).” (5)
From the ability to reduce pain, relieve anxiety, and now - replace your deodorant, it begs the question… is there anything magnesium oil can’t do?!