Taking care of our bodies goes beyond watching what we eat and getting regular exercise. It also includes being cautious of what we put on our skin, like deodorants and antiperspirants. This post has been a long time coming and so appropriate now that we getting into summer.
Let me start off by being honest, when I first made the switch to using the all-natural-aluminum-free deodorant it was a total nightmare. Some were terrible, some tolerable and some made me really itchy! However, after reading about all the risks associated with using conventional deodorant, I was determined to make the change and I have stuck with it for nearly six years now.
Guys, please understand that sweating is natural and actually good for you. Sweating is our body’s way of cooling down, of detoxing, ridding itself of impurities and expelling toxins. For some weird reason, we are taught that sweating is gross and we try to prevent it from happening, but this is not healthy or natural. Our bodies need to sweat, so it’s the smell that we should be concerned about.
Ok, what are the common ingredients found in conventional deodorant and antiperspirants and why should we try to avoid them?
Aluminum: toxic, irritating, has been linked to lymphatic cancer and Alzheimer’s disease.
Parabens: a preservative that is found in almost everything and is easily absorbed through the skin, disrupts hormones, traces have been found in biopsied breast cancer tissue, can cause skin rashes and may be toxic to our reproductive, immune and neurological systems.
Triclosan/Triclocarban: antimicrobial agents that kill bacteria and fungus to prevent odor, gets absorbed and piles up in the body, disrupts hormones and helps to create dangerous bacteria that are resistant to antibiotics.
Fragrance: Among the most ubiquitous ingredients in body-care products, synthetic fragrance is a blanket term for a blend of chemicals. Phthalates, chemicals used in plastics and regularly labeled “fragrance,” have been found to accumulate in the body and have been linked to hormone disruption, possible birth defects, infertility and some cancers.
Propylene Glycol: also known as antifreeze, a common additive in personal care products, carries a moderate risk of immunotoxicity and allergic reactions.
BHT: In low doses, BHT (butylated hydroxytoluene) has been linked to nervous-system effects. It also causes hyperactivity in children and is a suspected carcinogen.
So what should one do to avoid these risks? Well first you will need to do an armpit detox, stop using traditional deodorants, let your armpits breathe and get rid of all that buildup of chemicals. This will allow your body time to correct the imbalances and as a result, you will sweat less and body odor will naturally decrease! Word of advice, make sure you don’t have any important meetings or engagements lined up when you do this detox. Leave a comment below if you would like me to do a detailed blog on how to do an armpit detox.
I can confidently say I have a few favorite natural deodorants that work well for me, with ingredients that are able to neutralize odor and absorbs wetness, while still allowing the body to sweat and release toxins.
Dermalogica environmental control deodorant. This has been a favorite of mine for a few years now, the only downside is that it’s expensive. It has a light, pleasant essential oil scent and goes on clear.
Natural LAB 100% Natural origin roll-on deodorant – Orange Blossom. It has a very fresh fruity scent, glides on easily and dries clear.
Toms of Maine long lasting deodorant stick – Wild Lavender. I’m not crazy about the smell of this deodorant, it’s more like a soap scent. However, it also does a great job of keeping me dry and stink free.
Extra notes and tips:
- Practice good hygiene, obviously. Natural deodorants will last throughout the day, but don’t expect it to last through a sweaty workout after a long day too.
- Stay hydrated. Drink more water. Water helps to flush out toxins, so drink up!
- Sweat it out: Remember that a little sweat is good for you; if you’re not sweating, you’re not efficiently removing toxins from your body.
- Remember the saying, “It’s about progress and not perfection”.
Have you tried any natural deo’s before? Leave a comment and let me know what made you do the switch. Here is a link for a price overview of some the natural deodorants available in South Africa (the Earthsap brand did not work well for me) Faithful to nature-online organic shop
Thanks for reading, Kisses.
Disclaimer: As with any skin care regimen, always do a test patch first to see if your skin is allergic to any of the ingredients. Everyone’s skin is different so results can vary from person to person. This post is provided for information and educational purposes. It is not intended to constitute medical advice. Please discontinue using if your skin does not react well.