Isn’t it Time We All Considered the Natural Deodorant Option?
As we like the idea of detoxing our everyday routines, we’re now looking into deodorants. It's about time we explored the natural ways of controlling that unwelcome armpit odor.
Step by step we upgrade our everyday essentials, discarding the conventional—and sometimes not entirely healthy—for the new, natural and organic. By now, we’re so aware of the fact that everything from what we eat to what we slap onto our skins or wear on our bodies can eventually affect our health. Naturally, we can’t protect ourselves from all the toxic stuff around us, but at least we can try and make better choices for ourselves in order to prevent it from randomly getting into our systems.
When it comes to deodorants you might have gotten a rude awakening (often comes in the form of a news flash) from the realization that the stuff we smear over our armpits on a daily basis might contain toxic stuff that we don’t want our bodies to absorb—like aluminum, for example. This is a very common ingredient in conventional deodorants, which works by clogging the sweat glands and thereby prevents the sweat from getting out. Of coarse, if considering the intended purpose, it works wonders. But the fact is: we’re better off setting our sweat free.
The body uses the sweat glands to get rid of toxins and slag in the lymphatic system, which means that when the glands are blocked, that stuff is kept inside the body. When we wax or shave our armpits, this also makes us extra susceptive to deodorant toxins like aluminum, synthetic antibacterial agents, synthetic perfumes and preservatives, and alcohol.
Some scientists have suggested that there might be a connection between the potentially harmful ingredients in antiperspirants and deodorants, and breast cancer. However, there isn’t enough scientific evidence to support this theory yet, but we’d rather not wait for more proof.
“What you’re looking for is a deodorant with only natural and organic ingredients”
So, what you’re looking for is a deodorant with only natural and organic ingredients. Today there are actually quite a few different formulas available on the market, and this naturally makes it a bit trickier knowing which one to choose (luxury problem though!). Except for the obvious query of figuring out if you prefer a roll-on, stick, spray or cream, there are a couple of more things to consider.
Some of the natural deo’s are made entirely or partly from alun, which is a natural salt mineral that works like a disinfectant and limits the perspiration without clogging the pores. Cream deodorants, on the other hand, are often made from bicarbonate, which neutralizes odor, in combination with different oils.
The best (and probably only) way of finding out what your preferences are is by starting a try-out. And this might take some time. There simply doesn’t seem to exist a recipe that works for everyone. You should also know that there might be something of a transitional period when you make the switch from a conventional to a natural deodorant, so don’t be discouraged if it doesn’t show great results immediately. Give it some time, and it will be worth it in the end.
What are your experiences with natural deodorants? God? Bad? Tell us everything! And hey, check back in tomorrow for a selection of natural deodorants to get online.
Photo by Pauline Suzor for Beauty Edit #9
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