Natural Deodorant – why swap to natural?
65 days Ago| Blogs
I am often asked “which is the best natural deodorant?” Before answering this, let’s start from the beginning. Sweating is a normal detoxification process; it helps our bodies to rid itself of toxins. So, yes, you do want to encourage this process. But NO, I do not want to leave a lingering smell behind me. How do you curb the smell naturally without adding unnecessary toxins into your temple? Many mainstream deodorants contain harsh chemical ingredients that are toxic to your body. Read on to discover what you might actually be putting under your arms.
Why Natural Deodorant?
I will talk about just two key ingredients (there are many more). Aluminium is a common ingredient in mainstream deodorants. It works as an antiperspirant, blocking the sweat glands and preventing you from perspiring. Your body perspires naturally to detoxify and to manage homeostasis in relation to temperature. Why stop this? When your body becomes reliant upon aluminium, it forgets how to correct any imbalances on its own, it relies on this toxic chemical .
Another nasty group of ingredients commonly used in typical deodorants are parabens. Parabens are derived from petroleum. They have been linked to disruptions in endocrine system. Yes, your hormones. They are especially linked to oestrogen (“the primary female sex hormone.”) . Parabens can mimic oestrogen, which can lead to many health issues; cancer being one of the big ones. It is important to note that your skin absorbs what you lather on it, at varying degrees. Deodorant is applied “directly onto the lymph node area under the arm”. Into the lymph system these ingredients go! Does this not scare you?
‘Curb the smell.’ I could not agree more. Nobody wants your friends’ or work colleagues’ nostrils to flare as you mingle with them! We all desire to be odour free. You guessed it; aluminium free deodorant is step one. But what is a natural deodorant? It’s easy; ingredients are key. Natural deodorant ingredients may include:
- Coconut oil
- Aluminium free baking powder
- Arrowroot flour
- Tapioca flour
- Shea butter
- Bentonite clay
- Earth Clay
- Diatomaceous Earth
- Activated charcoal
- Any number of pure essential oils/herbs
These ingredients help to neutralise odours and absorb wetness whilst allowing the body to breath as it should; so, you stay fresh.
How do you swap to natural deodorant?
Beware, sometimes when you start using a natural or native deodorant, you may initially sweat and smell more. Your body is adjusting to the reduced toxic load and re-learning how to maintain homeostasis without toxic chemicals. Be patient with yourself. Once readjusted, you will love it and will be a healthier version of you. If you want some assistance during this phase, Kind-Ly has a Kindly: The Armpit Detox 100g 7-day armpit detox</a> which assists with the transition to natural deodorant. Also, some people’s underarms may be sensitive and particular natural deodorants my cause an underarm rash, especially during the transition phase. I have found this tends to be a reaction to bi-carb, so go for the deodorants that do not contain bi-carb. After the transition phase this tends to reduce.
What’s the Best Natural Deodorant?
Once you have passed through the detox phase, I suggest you experiment to find your favourite natural deodorant. As we are all individuals and have unique bodies, specific natural deodorants work well for some and not others. We have plenty for you to try. At Jivita, we love rotation, I have three or four natural deodorants in my cupboard, that I rotate periodically. I find this increases their efficiency and does not overload my gorgeous pits with too much of one product. And one final note to remember is to apply your natural deodorant before dressing and allow it to dry.
So, in answer to the question “which is the best natural deodorant?” There is no best, we are all individual humans. At Jivita, we love following native deodorants made in Australia :
- Kind-ly 100% Natural Deodorant 60ml
- Noosa Basics Deodorant Sticks 60g
- Noosa Basics Roll On Deodorant 50ml
- Twenty8 Rosemary and Sage Sensitive Deodorant Paste 40g
- Twenty8 Cypress Coconut Deodorant Paste 40g
- Arianrhod Deodorant Roll On Aluminium Free 75g
- Arianrhod Deodorant Mist Aluminium Free 100ml
Walk on the wild side; be a healthier version of you; give natural deodorant a go.