I stopped using traditional aluminum deodorant about 5 months ago and I have never looked back!
Most people wear deodorant to control the odor from perspiration or sweat. Sweat is a natural process that the body uses to cool your body down from getting over heated and also release toxins. The truth is sweat is actually odorless! The reason some people get body odor is because the bacteria from our skin’s surface mixes and eats the perspiration molecules which in turn produces odor.
Aluminum is the active ingredient in antiperspirants that keep underarms fresh and free from odor. Aluminum can be harmful to your health; if you didn’t know here’s a little info on why. Aluminum is a known neurotoxin and hormone disrupter that goes directly into the blood stream once it’s applied to the skin. This ingredient has also been linked to breast cancer in women since it goes underneath the arms near the breast tissue.
The aluminum deodorants block the sweat ducks so that the sweat cannot get out. If the sweat doesn’t get out then it doesn’t create the fowl body odor smell. Unfortunately this is not a natural process, as I stated before sweating is a normal body function. We don’t want to stop or prevent that from happening.
Natural deodorants that are free from aluminum are formulated to be pH balanced to neutralize the activity of odor causing bacteria. All while leaving you smelling fresh and odor free. There are plenty of natural options to choose from. I reviewed a few that I personally use such as Piperwai and Real Purity.
Before switching to a natural deodorant I suggest that you detox your underarms. Detoxing helps to remove any toxins or left over chemicals from your underarm skin tissue. Plus it helps to make switching to a natural deodorant easier.
1-tablespoon bentonite clay
1-2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
Just mix the two ingredients together until they form a paste. Apply to your underarm area and allow the clay to dry. After about 10-15 minutes just simply shower or use a warm cloth to remove.
You can do this process as often as you like or feel that is needed.
Since switching to the all-natural route I actually only wear deodorant when I need to. For instance if I’m exercising or if I’m going to be out all day while it’s hot outside. I’m not a person who sweats a lot. I know some people sweat more or less depending on their activity. Just gauge it based on your body’s needs and your lifestyle. Also be sure to drink plenty of water, as this will help your body rid itself of toxins as well.
Are you ready to switch to natural deodorant? Have you tried so already? Let me know in the comments below.