The most asked question I get when it comes to switching to natural is, “Do natural deodorants really work?” I have tried & tested A LOT of them over the last few years so I thought Natural Beauty Week was the perfect time to share my very technical findings. After all, a natural deodorant is no good if it doesn’t do it’s job!
Why choose natural?
The skin is the largest organ on the body and it absorbs stuff. Fast. So we should be mindful of everything we put on our skin. In my eyes, we should be even more mindful of what we put under our arms because they our armpits are supposed to sweat. That’s their thing ~ they do it to cool our bodies down when we’re overheated, anxious or have a fever. So prohibiting that with something like an antiperspirant is like blocking up another appendage that’s supposed to release stuff from the body….it’s just not good a idea.
Why do I smell?
The sweat itself actually doesn’t smell. Once the sweat meets with the bacteria living on our skin, that’s when we get that lovely aroma. Whenever I’ve done a juice fast I always seem to smell extra rotten for a couple of days as my body is detoxing hard and toxins are coming out of the pores but then by the end of the week I have no B.O whatsoever. It’s not that I’m no longer sweating, it’s that my body is super clean. This doesn’t last long though so don’t feel bad if you have B.O – it’s totally normal.
What’s the difference between antiperspirants and deodorants?
Antiperspirants have chemicals in them that actually stop your body from sweating (crazy) and deodorants work on the surface of the skin to neutralise bacteria, preventing the body odour and masking it with a sweet scent.
Considerations when choosing a deodorant:
1. Is it full of chemicals? Watch out for things like:
- Fragrance (There are over 3000 chemicals that can fall under the ‘fragrance’ banner & they can disrupt hormones and cause allergic reactions)
- Talc (considered a carcinogen)
- Parabens (have been linked to cancer, particularly breast cancer)
- Aluminium (easily absorbed by the skin and linked with higher risks of Alzheimer’s)
2. What type of deodorant does my lifestyle call for? As you can see in the vid, whether or not I personally like a deodorant largely comes down to whether I want the feeling of powder, cream, etc and how easy it is to apply.
And don’t forget, you can create your own deodorant with some bicarb soda and a couple of drops of your favourite essential oil blend (which I’m offering a discount on this week only – coupon code ‘NBW2014’).
Have you found a favourite natural deodorant? Tried any of my favourites?