Ditch the Chemicals Without the Stink
Updated: Feb 18
Let’s talk about deodorant. Most deodorants contain many harmful ingredients and 80% of what you put on your skin is absorbed into your body. There are lymph nodes in your armpits, plus you typically shave them which breaks the skin. All of these things make that area of your body super sensitive. Deodorants with antiperspirants typically contain aluminum. The aluminum is used to prevent sweating. Over time the aluminum accumulates in your tissues. It can be made worse when applying it to freshly shaven skin. Deodorants could also include parabens used to prevent fungi, bacteria, and yeast from growing on the deodorant. Parabens may interfere with the way your body produces and regulates estrogen and other hormones.
Triclosan is an ingredient used to prevent bacterial contamination which has been linked to unusual hormone activity in animal studies. Also, phthalates which help the deodorant stick to the skin. Phthalates appear to affect the way your body uses and produces testosterone. The other questionable ingredient is fragrance. Fragrances in personal care products are considered a trade secret and there could actually be hundreds of ingredients included to make the “fragrance”. These ingredients could be hormone disruptors or cause skin allergies or sensitivities.
So if you are using deodorants with these ingredients, what should you do? Well it is time to switch. But I will warn you, when you switch to a more natural deodorant, your body will go through a bit of a detox. Now if you don’t have much going on for a week or 2, you can just grin and bear it. However, if you have life to get to and want to be seen and not smelled, then there are a couple of things you can do to speed up the detox and keep the odor at bay.
Once you stop using the chemical filled deodorant, you can use a bentonite clay mask on your pits. This particular one (affiliate link) https://amzn.to/2Za4oBs. does the trick well. In order to help the process along, I recommend using it a few times the week that you switch. Also, instead of using the new natural deodorant, that first week, use tea tree oil instead. You can put a couple of drops on your hand and rub it under your armpits. There are a few great brands of essential oils so use the brand you prefer Here is a link to the brand that I like in a pinch (affiliate link) https://amzn.to/3jIn1WS.
When I switched I did not know about the mask so I only used the tea tree oil and it worked fine for me. After a week or 2, you should find you have detoxed well enough to use the natural deodorant.
Selecting a natural deodorant can be a challenge so just be patient. You may have to try a couple before you find the one that is best for you. You will want to avoid the ingredients I covered. Some people find they are sensitive to baking soda too so if you react to one you select, you may want to check for baking soda, it could be causing the reaction. Here are a couple I have been pretty happy with https://amzn.to/3rMS32i and https://amzn.to/371Otty.