Natural Chemical Free Deodorant.. Will You Make the Switch??
Updated: May 8
Natural Deodorant is increasingly becoming a necessity and not a luxury!!!
However if you are looking for a deodorant similar to the chemical based products you have been using, well you will be disappointed.
My journey with Natural Deodorant was NOT plain sailing by any means and I was just about to revert back to my chemical counterparts when I was informed that this was a transition and I had to treat is as just that.
You see I was a bit over-enthusiastic when I tested my first Natural Deodorant, (the pitts were the pitts!!) I didn't understand the excess sweating I had experienced was actually a detoxification process that my pitts were going through... God It must have been year's upon year's of chemicals leaving my arms... some day's I felt I could have filled a river.. lol..
My saviour "Bentonite Clay" Bentonite clay is known to draw impurities from within the skin, so on a monthly basis I mix 1 Tablespoon with 1-2 teaspoons of Apple Cider Vinegar, mix to a paste and covered the area to draw out any remainder impurities. It's normal for the area to turn red, this shouldn't hurt at all, but the armpits can be sensitive, so if it does, remove the clay ASAP. Wash off the clay in the shower, or with a wet, warm washcloth.
It wasn't until my second deodorant that things started to come right, now it's a ritual I put a little on after the shower in the morning (too much will give you greasy pitts!!) and just before dressing I blot off any excess with tissue paper, you will have to be careful with whites & tight fitting clothing. (It's a process) in saying that I can still be accused of resorting to the odd pitt spray on race day!!...
Now Deodorants/Antiperspirant/Roll-On's etc.... let's take a look at some of the harmful ingredient listing:
1. Aluminum Compounds
Aluminum is the ingredient in antiperspirants that actually clogs your pores and prevents sweating. Aluminum exposure has been linked with the development of Alzheimer’s disease and interferes with your estrogen levels. When your body can’t process estrogen properly, there’s a higher risk for breast and prostate cancer.1
This chemical is used in a lot of products these days as a preservative, but it is possibly one of the most harmful additives of all. Sometimes parabens act as estrogen in your body, which disrupts hormonal balances and has been linked to breast cancer and prostate cancer.1
These additives are the product of ethoxylation (weakening of harsh chemical in the manufacturing process), which simultaneously produces carcinogens and dioxanes.1
The FDA has classified triclosan as a pesticide, yet it is in the majority of brand name deodorants. It’s used to kill bacteria in the manufacturing process, as well as when it comes in contact with your skin. When triclosan is combined with water it can also create a carcinogenic gas called chloroform.1
5. Propylene Glycol
If used everyday, this chemical can cause damage to your central nervous system, heart and liver. It is also shown to irritate skin, especially if you have sensitive skin. Propylene glycol can be harmful at as small a percentage as 2%, yet deodorants generally have a high dose of 50% propylene glycol.2
6. TEA and DEA
Triethanolamine (TEA) and diethanolamine (DEA) are chemicals can seep into your skin and affect your liver and kidneys. In fact, they’re so harmful that these two chemicals have already been banned from products in Europe because they are known carcinogens.2
7. Artificial Colors
Some artificial colors and bleaches in deodorants can cause serious allergic reactions and are also known carcinogens.2
It's all about taking a step back to analyze what you are putting under your pitts daily and why... In arguably the most precious area of the human body you are packing in a litany of chemical based compounds that have been known or are linked to a multitude of conditions. Your Lymph nodes are major sites of B and T lymphocytes, and other white blood cells. Lymph nodes are important for the proper functioning of the immune system, acting as filters for foreign particles and cancer cells. Lymph nodes do not have a detoxification function, which is primarily dealt with by the liver and kidneys.
In conclusion some day's it's great, some day's it's not but it's natural and chemical free and that's a sacrifice I'm willing to take for now.. . some of us will make the transition and some won't and that's just the way of the world. This is a personal choice, For me I'll just keep with the natural stuff for now and my pitts love me for it..