If you’ve tried a natural deodorant, and found it just doesn’t work like the regular stuff, I’m telling you, you just haven’t found the right one. Everyone’s body is unique and we each perspire differently, so one deodorant that works for one may just not cut it for the other. Not to mention, finding a deodorant that works for you can be a timely and costly endeavor. This is why I wanted to share a review for a natural deodorant that I am so pleased with, but before I get to that, let’s start with why using a natural deodorant is so important.
Firstly, antiperspirants are used to prevent sweating entirely, which is an alteration of our body’s natural physiology. Deodorants on the other hand, deal with preventing smell, by neutralizing it and killing the bacteria that actually cause the odor. Most antiperspirants are made with a deodorizing agent as well, which is why these two terms are used interchangeably. Most deodorants and antiperspirants on the market unfortunately contain harmful ingredients that may be ‘safe’ at first, but then can eventually lead to toxicity and other health issues.
Hazards of Aluminum
There are many chemical ingredients within deodorant and antiperspirants that include perfumes, additives, parabens and other toxins. Specifically, aluminum in the form of aluminum chlorohydrate, is the main component that is used in antiperspirants to prevent sweating. It is easily absorbable into the human body, as it seeps into the skin and into the sweat ducts in order to keep the armpit from releasing moisture by blocking, clogging, or closing the pores. While seeping into the skin, the aluminum is also able to enter our bloodstream and into our brain. Daily use of these aluminum-based products will result in chronic exposure to this harmful substance, which is highly detrimental for our health. Studies have shown that increased levels of aluminum has been linked with neurological disorders like Alzheimer’s and is associated with cancer, particularly breast cancer.
Our bodies produce sweat to naturally expel waste products or other toxins from the body and to keep us cool. When we use antiperspirants that hinder sweat, these toxins accumulate in the armpit and can travel and cause damage to the adjacent breast cells. Aluminum has also been studied to alter DNA, as it binds to it and can change it, which also damages the nearby breast cells. It’s interesting to note that the majority of breast cancers occur in the area closest to the armpit (the upper outer quadrant).
Making the Switch
Most of you may be thinking that natural deodorants simply don’t do the job like the others, and no one wants to emit embarrassing, unpleasant odors, but natural deodorants do work. It’s just a matter of finding the right one for your body. A good, natural deodorant should consist of only natural ingredients. For example, they may include therapeutic-grade essential oils and extracts, moisturizing, natural oils, baking soda and/or corn starch. Many natural ingredients are antiseptic and antibacterial, without the use of harmful chemicals. I want to emphasize that when choosing a natural deodorant it is VERY important to read the labels! Make sure the ingredients are all natural, as some ‘natural deodorants’ can still contain aluminum, along with other natural components.