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Stop Using Deodorants!?

In our health conscience society, we are all looking for better ways to protect our health. When it comes to the deodorant or antiperspirant you use, it may be a bit confusing to know which products are safe. The truth is, very few of the over the counter deodorants or antiperspirants are totally safe, especially after prolonged use. In fact, they might not only be dangerous, these products may actually be causing your sweat issues to become worse.

We clearly like to smell good though because sales of deodorants and antiperspirants in the United States alone are over a $3 billion industry, with more than 90% of us using such products on a daily basis. Unfortunately, what you might consider part of your daily hygiene routine may have severe health consequences down the line. The vast majority of these products contain harmful ingredients and many of us aren’t even aware.

When shopping for deodorants and antiperspirants check the labels and if you see any of these ingredients, think twice:

  • Parabens, with common names like methyl, ethyl, propyl, benzyl and butyl are very common ingredients found in deodorants and antiperspirants as well as everyday cosmetic products. Look for products that say “paraben free”. Paraben has been used in products for 70 years and have recently been linked to breast cancer.  Parabens can mimic estrogen, which can be linked to cancer, and disturb the body’s hormonal balance.
  • Silica is a known as a skin irritant, leading to cancer, allergic reactions and immunotoxicity.  Silica is often contaminated with crystalline quartz which is also capable of causing cancer.
  • Aluminum, aluminum chloralhydrate, aluminum zirconium tetrachlorohydrex and gly products can act as a plug to your pores which work to prevent the flow of sweat. Aluminum compounds can also be absorbed into the skin, and like parabens, are linked to breast cancer due to their ability to act like estrogen.
  • TalcThe International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), warns consumers that if Talc contains asbestos fibers, it is considered a carcinogen.  Unfortunately, the quantity of asbestiform fibers is not regulated in cosmetic products. Asbestos in talc has been linked to cancer
  • Triclosan is another ingredient to watch out for as it can irritate your skin, cause contact dermatitis and cancer. You have both good and bad bacteria in your body but triclosan doesn’t know the difference, killing both. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) considers triclosan as a pesticide, and IARC has triclosan listed as a possible carcinogen.
  • Propylene glycol is another commonly found ingredient in deodorants and antiperspirants with health hazards that may include allergic reactions and kidney or liver damage. Propylene glycol is a neurotoxin, which has been linked to kidney and liver damage.
  • Steareth-n, though produced from vegetables, has also been linked to cancer. In the making of deodorants and antiperspirants, it is combined with ethylene oxide, which is a known carcinogen.
  • Fragrances make us smell good, right? True, but they can also cause skin irritation, allergies, toxicity, and are harmful to the environment. Check out some heathy fragrances here!

Most popular deodorants on the shelves today are likely to contain at least one of these harmful ingredients. No one should put their health at risk to smell good. There are plenty of solutions that can work for you that are safe and made with all-natural ingredients. You could even make your own deodorant at home with recipes easily found on the internet.

If you care about your health and don’t have the time or interest to make your own products, or if you’re confused by product labeling, (sometimes “all-natural” doesn’t mean what you think) check out Mid-Michigan Soaps for quality organic products for home and body.


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Safe Sunscreen Alternative

While the summer might be over, exposure to the sun’s harmful rays continue year-round. It is advised by the American Academy of Dermatologists that sun screen with an SPF of 30 be applied daily to prevent sunburn, skin cancer and premature aging.

If you’re mindlessly rubbing sun screen all over your skin, you should be aware of the dangers of sun screen and the harmful chemicals in such products.

According to the Environmental Working Group (EWG), when shopping for sunscreen, you have a pretty good chance of picking a potentially dangerous product. The EWG has evaluated a number of sunscreens that have been both approved and pending by the Food and Drug Administration and found them to contain ingredients with nano-sized molecules that can penetrate the skin. The chemicals in these particles have been shown to affect a person’s hormone receptors and organs and may also cause problems with the thyroid, reproductive, nervous, and immune systems, and cause allergic reactions. cause hyperplasia, skin tumors and create free-radicals that potentially damage DNA. While SPF sunscreen blocks the suns rays, many experts suggest that the risks aren’t worth it and even go as far to claim that blocking the suns rays is responsible for low levels of Vitamin D which may potentially be a cause of skin cancer.

Before buying sunscreen, check the ingredients for harmful chemicals. Ingredients to avoid include retinyl palmitate or retinol, oxybenzone (a synthetic estrogen), octyl methoxycinnamate (OMC), avobenzone, octisalate, octocrylene, homosalate and octinoxate.

Mid-Michigan Soaps delivers high quality all-natural organic products for home and body. Our goal is to provide both a superior customer experience and tremendous value for our customers. Our sunscreen is an SFP 30, based on the formula we use. Protect your skin naturally. Our products are safe for your entire family.

Our sunscreen ingredients include: Coconut Oil, Mango Butter, Shea Butter, Vitamin E, Zinc Powder, and DōTERRA Essential Oils; Lavender and Frankincense.

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Why you need to use Coconut Oil based sunscreen.

Unlike other oils coconut oil provides a natural SPF of approximately 4. SPF 4 may not be much but when blended with zinc oxide it will increase the SPF protection.

Mid-Michigan Soaps makes a superior sunscreen and the difference is obvious. We start with a natural coconut oil and add a “broad-spectrum” zinc oxide to the formula creating a SPF 30*. SPF above 30 offer little noticeable difference in the amount of protection.

The broad-spectrum zinc oxide provides protection from both UVA and UVB light and the coconut oil can block up to 75% UV penetration.

BUT, we do not stop there. We also add in Mango Butter and Shea Butter, which blocks UV light and keeps skin hydrated and Vitamin E, helping to reduce free radicals reducing skin damage.

*Based on formula.

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Benefits of Coconut Oil Soaps and Products

Coconut oil, used in all Mid-Michigan products, is a powerful oil with many benefits including:

  • Anti-fungal properties
  • Anti-microbial properties
  • Keeps skin’s connective tissues strong therefore reducing wrinkles
  • Hydrating properties that help keep the skin glowing

As a soap, it has additional benefits:

  • It is thoroughly cleansing
  • Makes a very hard bar of soap
  • Works into a great lather

Coconut oils soaps are a great alternative for people who do not want all the toxic chemicals found in commercial soaps. Soap made with coconut oil combines both the benefit of the coconut oil soap (hard, cleansing) as well as the benefits of the raw coconut soap (anti-microbial, anti-fungal, reduces wrinkles and hydrating). You will feel the difference on your skin.

Coconut Oil

Coconut oil repairs skin and build cells, moisturizes skin, deep cleansing, removes makeup, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-viral, soothes skin complaints such as eczema and psoriasis, is a great massage oil, fights free radical damage that causes ageing.

Coconut oil used to moisturize skin will keep it looking supple and soft, without having to keep reapplying. This is because the skin absorbs it slowly and deeply, unlike other creams that have high water content, eventually leaving skin feeling dried out. Solid at room temperature, coconut oil gently melts as it gets rubbed into the skin and penetrates deep into the pores.

Lauric acid, existing in large quantities in coconut oil, is an anti-microbial compound that makes coconut oil a deep and invigorating skin cleanser, that lifts dirt and bacteria from deep within the skin as well as removing makeup. Lauric acid, incidentally, is an all-round healing chemical that fights both fungi and bacteria, helping keep spots and blackheads away.

Unlike other acids used in other cosmetics that quickly oxidize and turn bad, causing free radical cell damage, Lauric acid in coconut oil stays fresh for longer. This also means that coconut oil is packed with antioxidants, along with the medium chain fatty acids. These acids help build cells rather than destroy them. This is good news for younger looking skin. Using coconut oil based products regularly helps build and repair skin, slowing down the development of wrinkles and liver spots.