Using natural deodorant is a great way to avoid aluminum, parabens, phthalates, propylene glycol and triclosan, etc. However, it's not without its challenges!
First let's talk about body odour. BO is caused by bacteria breaking down our sweat into acids. Sweating is a natural body function that controls body temperature. So no sweat, no BO. But antiperspirants use aluminum which plugs your sweat glands and traps toxins, bacteria and chemicals in your body.
Know those yellow armpit stains? They're not actually from sweat. They are a result of the reaction between sweat and aluminum. No aluminum - no yellow stains. Yes, you can wear white again!!!
Natural deodorant incorporates ingredients that absorb your sweat and are anti-bacterial. You might sweat a little more but toxins are removed in your sweat, bacteria is decreased and you won't stink.
So if you're thinking of switching, here's what you need to know:
- If you have sensitive skin, avoid deodorants containing baking soda (it can cause irritation and darkening of the skin from alkaline burns)
- Your body will need to detox and this may take days or a couple of weeks. You may be extra sweaty as your sweat glands overcompensate from being plugged up with aluminum. You may develop bumps and tenderness as your body pushes out the toxins, bacteria and chemical crud that has been trapped there.
- You can make the detox period easier by drinking lots of water, avoiding processed food and by getting sweaty (either by working out or in a sauna).
- Apply natural deodorant after showering, while your skin is still warm. Dry your armpits well and give them two light swipes of deodorant.