Why You Should Switch to Natural Deodorant
Over the past few year, I have started to focus more on the products and ingredients I put on my body as well as those I use in my house. After all, your skin is you largest organ and your body absorbs ingredients through your pores and those ingredients can end up in your blood stream. While I have not 100% made the switch to natural products, I am certainly much more aware and I make a conscious effort to research and know what ingredients I need to be cautious of. And to me, aluminum in deodorant/antiperspirant is one of - if not the - worst thing you can possibly be using. That may sound dramatic, but seriously… if you haven’t switched to natural deodorant yet, you need an intervention. Hear me out… if you decide to only buy ONE natural thing, it should absolutely be your deodorant. And just a quick clarification, there is no such thing as a natural antiperspirant (sorry). Those are designed to stop you from sweating, which, unfortunately just ain’t natural. Our bodies sweat. It happens. Deodorants, including the natural ones, act as a mask to cover or neutralize body odor. And yes, I know it’s hard to toss your beloved antiperspirant in the trash, but trust me and thank me later.
So, what’s so bad about aluminum in antiperspirants and other non-natural chemicals? Well, I’d say a lot of things. First of all, there have been multiple studies that suggest that the chemicals, including aluminum, could be absorbed through your skin and cause estrogen-like hormonal effects. Plus, both breast cancer and Alzheimer’s have been linked to aluminum compounds found in antiperspirants. And, on top of that, some non-natural deodorants/antiperspirants could contain infertility-causing toxic chemicals. I don’t know about you, but that’s some scary shit. I’d rather not take the risk and just go the natural route.
The transition and detox phase… You may have heard that transitioning off of the your current antiperspirant is hard. And yeah, the struggle is real but it really only takes a couple days maybe up to a week or so. When I first started experimenting with natural options I felt like my armpits were suddenly super sweaty and tbh, I was horrified. I was worried I was going to sweat through my clothes and end up smelling really bad. Well, don’t worry. That phase doesn’t last forever. Some people suggest going au naturale for a few days before switching over to a natural option to give your body a chance to acclimate and detox. Personally, I just dove right in. Do what works for you.
Finding your perfect match. It can take time to find the product that works best for your body, so be patient. If you try one and it doesn’t work for you, it may be because that particular brand or mix of ingredients doesn’t work for you specifically, but it definitely doesn’t mean that all natural deodorant won’t work for you. And there are sooooo many options out there. My personal favorite is the Kopari Deodorant made with coconut oil. It’s aluminum free (THANK GOD), non-toxic, paraben free and cruelty free. I like that it glides on clear, has a very light scent (I don’t like scented deodorants), is long-lasting and it doesn’t irritate my sensitive skin.
Do you use natural, aluminum-free deodorant? If so, what are you favorite brands? Let me know in the comments below!