First of all, let’s get something straight – Deodorant and Antiperspirant are not the same thing!
Antiperspirants were first introduced in the United States in the early 1900’s. After a brief withdraw from the market, this toxic product was reintroduced in the 1950’s. Consumers were mesmerized by this magical product that actually stopped sweating! Using Aluminum Chloride Compounds, such as aluminum zirconium tetrachlorohydrex (wtf is that even?), sweat was halted and armpits remained surprisingly dry.
Unfortunately, even though this chemical compound stopped sweating in the human body, it also adversely affected the blood brain barrier, damaged DNA, and changed people’s bodies on a cellular level. These hazardous side effects were not publicized by the media, naturally. The active ingredients in antiperspirants work to form a plug our bodies sweat glands to stop the flow of sweat. When sweat is absorbed it mimics estrogen. This is extremely dangerous to our bodies. Antiperspirants appear to be helping us, but actually they are quite harmful.
You may be thinking, “Okay so just use deodorant instead of antiperspirant.”
In reality, some deodorants are just as harmful to our bodies as antiperspirants. Antiperspirants and Deodorants containing parabens have the ability to build in the breast tissue and also mimic estrogen. We don’t need excess hormones added to our bodies.
When you add fragrance, propylene, synthetic preservatives to the mix, you’ve got a major problem. This is a tragic mix of ingredients that in no way help promote health in your body. In fact, they are doing the exact opposite; this list of ingredients can be carcinogenic to our bodies. All of that aside, let’s look at the process of ELIMINATING the ability to SWEAT.
To me this sounds preposterous. When you work out at the gym or yoga class, you are bound to break a sweat. Your body is doing hard work. We need to sweat to cleanse our bodies from toxins.
Also, at the gym, you need to stay hydrated. You are bound to drink a ton of water while exercising. Imagine if someone said to you in midst of your workout: HEY, wanna stop peeing? It’s so inconvenient. Dramatic? Yes, I know.
Can we think about this for one second?
Your body works hard for you. When you sweat, your body is working hard to get rid of the toxins it does not need. When you stop that process, you are preventing your body from doing its natural work. Instead of stopping your body from its natural process, take a moment, THANK YOUR AMAZING BODY! It’s working overtime to keep you healthy.
So how can you support your body to help it complete its natural work? Give it natural deodorant rather than chemicals. Sure, we all want to smell awesome. But we also don’t want to get sick from chemicals. And think about this…if you’re in your late 20s or early 30’s, you’ve been putting aluminum and paraben into your armpits (near your breast tissue and lymph nodes) for TWENTY YEARS.
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When you finally make the switch to natural deodorant, you will experience a “pit detox” phase. The length of this phase varies for everyone. Generally, you can expect it to last 2 – 3 weeks.
When I first tried natural deodorants YEARS ago, I gave them up after a few days because I assumed they didn’t work.
I just didn’t understand that my pits were detoxing.
For roughly 2 – 3 weeks, you may experience an increase in sweat and a bit of a funky smell. It sucks, but stick with it. I promise it’s worth it! In fact, after the detox phase, your natural deodorant will work EVEN BETTER than the deodorant you buy from the drug store.
During my pit detox, I experienced chafing, skin discoloration, and a STANKY smell. It helped for me to bring my natural deodorant with me on the go during that time so I could reapply several times during the day to avoid scaring people away.
This awkward adjustment period happens because your poor armpits are working on overdrive to rid themselves of harmful toxins. So embrace your pit detox! It means that your body is working a miracle on your behalf to make you happier and healthier!
Once my pit detox phase was over (mine lasted 4 weeks), I could apply my deodorant once per day in the morning and smell fresh as a daisy for up to 24 hours.
Types of Natural Deodorant
When I first started wearing natural deodorant, I used Lush’s Aromaco alongside their charcoal deodorant powder. (P.S. Lush isn’t natural or organic…in case you didn’t know. When I first started this journey, I didn’t know either.)
Unfortunately, this duo didn’t work for me. First, Aromaco is too hard and rough for my sensitive pit skin. Also, it smells a bit hippy-ish for me. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE me some patchouli. But in small doses….and not on my pits.
Then I discovered CREAM deodorant and I fell in love.
If you’re used to using a solid stick deodorant, using a cream might be weird at first – but you’ll end up loving it. Cream deodorants are gentle on your skin and actually work to moisturize and care for your pits while banishing the odor goblins.
Our natural deodorant has coconut oil in it, which makes pit skin happy. It also has a fresh, clean scent (no dirty hippy smell) and probiotics, which actually work overtime to keep the nasties away.
Ultimately, whether you choose hard or cream deodorant, it’s a matter of personal preference. All I ask is to consider making the switch away from nasty drugstore deodorant loaded with aluminum and parabens. Your pits and your health will thank you.