One of the most frequently asked questions I get asked is, “Why CBD in a deodorant?”- and it’s even sometimes more along the lines of, *sigh* “CBD in deodorant…it’s really in everything now, huh?”- yes, it is, and for good reason.
When I first started educating myself about aromatherapy, green beauty, and CBD products, it was right around the same time of the initial boom of “natural deodorant”- new advertisements promoted being aluminum, chemical, paraben, and toxin free, etc. Over time I was presented with several images and documents regarding the long-term effects of allowing your body to absorb these toxic substances. With this information, coupled with my newfound knowledge of the benefits of essential oils and botanical ingredients, I set out to create a natural deodorant that would assist in not only ceasing the application of toxins to our sensitive skin, but would also allow healing ingredients to be delivered in their place instead.
Was this as easy as I thought it was going to be? Absolutely not. My first few batches of deodorant were… interesting for sure. They were grey, as a result of bentonite clay being one of the ingredients. Bentonite clay has been used for thousands of years to detox the body, and can be found in applications from hair and face masks, to being consumed internally in order to rid the body of toxins. For several reasons, one being the overall appearance, bentonite clay was ruled out of the situation, as well as several other clays that I initially sourced. I also learned that baking soda is a common skin irritant, even though it still makes an appearance in a fairly large percentage of natural deodorants on the market. In the place of clays and baking soda, I now use arrowroot powder and cornstarch in its place to absorb moisture on contact, and lock in odors. Along the way, there were many changes and mistakes to be made. In turn, these challenges only helped me to learn more about the product I am committed to creating.
So… let’s talk about armpits. While talking about armpits, let’s also keep in mind that 42020 Visionaries natural deodorant is safe to be applied all over your stinky areas of the body, such as the groin, under breasts, on the feet, etc!
Underneath the spongy skin of our armpits lie some sensitive organs, known as the lymph nodes. Lymph nodes are small masses of tissue that are situated along the lymphatic pathway, which extends throughout the entire body. Specifically; “Large clusters of lymph nodes located near the surface of the skin are found in the inguinal (groin) area, axillary (armpit) area, and cervical (neck) area of the body (Bailey 2018).” The main functions of the lymph nodes are to filter the lymph of things like harmful pathogens, cellular waste, and dead or cancerous cells, before returning to the blood. Lymph is a clear fluid containing white blood cells that surrounds all cells, and is transported throughout the body to help fight infection. Lymph nodes may swell when the body is trying to fight off infection.
This leads to another big controversy of antiperspirants and chemical laced topical products in general… cancer, and other negative long-term effects on our health. Cancer of the breasts, and the lymph nodes (potentially resulting from toxic substances we feed our body), is a large contributing factor which led me to include CBD in my deodorants. CBD as an ingredient has recently been getting quite a bit of press, and in turn is starting to be extensively researched. Cannabinoids, including THC, CBD, CBC, CBN, CBG and more are being investigated to be potentially very powerful healing tools. This research, although recently booming, has been going on for quite some time- “The interest in anticarcinogenic properties of cannabinoids was even renewed after the discovery of the eCB system and the cloning of the specific cannabinoid receptors. Since then, several cannabinoids have been shown to exert anti-proliferative and pro-apoptotic effects in various cancer types (lung, glioma, thyroid, lymphoma, skin, pancreas, uterus, breast, prostate and colorectal carcinoma) both in vitro and in vivo[18–26] (NCBI).” Something to note, in relation to CBDeodorant, is the anti-proliferative activity of cannabinoids. Anti-proliferative, in itself, means the ability to inhibit cell growth in tumors, as well as provide pro-apoptotic effects (the death of cells) within tumors.
Our skin is the largest organ in our bodies, and is responsible for more than we can fathom or give it credit on a day to day basis, quite importantly protecting our insides from the external environment. In addition to this, anything applied topically is absorbed through the skin, and can have a potent effect on the body’s individual constitution. For me, CBDeodorant was a first step in the direction to creating topical products that I hope will make a difference in people’s health. It opened my mind to ideas that stretched beyond what I could imagine, and has motivated me to experiment and to learn about all the amazing ingredients that we have access to on this abundant planet.
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