Everything You Need to Know About Natural Deodorant
Maybe you’ve considered making the switch to natural deodorant. Or perhaps you’ve already tried to make the switch but found yourself smellier than ever or with irritated armpits.
Some non-toxic or low-tox lifestyle changes are simple and easy to make, while others require more trial and error. Unfortunately for most people, switching to natural deodorant falls into the latter category.
Fortunately, I have some experience with making the switch, and I can share some tips to help make the transition a little easier for you. Let’s start by defining deodorant.
Deodorant vs. Antiperspirant
Deodorant is the generally used term for all the items that we put under our arms to fight the funk. However, there is a difference between deodorant and antiperspirant.
Deodorants contain ingredients that kill the bacteria that feed on the sweat under your arms. Antiperspirants contain aluminum which blocks the sweat ducts in your armpit to prevent sweating altogether. Many antiperspirants contain deodorants as well.
For the sake of this post, I’m referring to natural deodorants as deodorants that don’t contain aluminum, parabens, synthetic fragrances, or other compounds that can act as endocrine disruptors. Unfortunately, some natural deodorants still have some of these items. The term “natural” isn’t a regulated label. So, read labels or check the EWG’s website for more clarity on ingredients.
Concerns About Antiperspirants
You’ve probably heard or read something about a link between aluminum and breast cancer. Although this seems to be pretty widespread knowledge in the natural lifestyle community, there is no research linking breast cancer to the use of antiperspirants.
Another study suggested aluminum may be linked to an increased risk of Alzheimer’s disease. However, the credibility of this study has been called into question.
I do have some concerns about the use of antiperspirants from a health standpoint. My personal opinion is that there is no real reason to stop or hinder sweat.
Perspiration is an essential bodily function. It helps to regulate body temperature, and a tiny amount of toxins are released through sweat. It’s also a good idea to reduce toxin exposure whenever possible, especially if you’re dealing with conditions like fibroids or other hormone-related conditions.
Another interesting point is that people who use antiperspirants produce smellier bacteria under their arms. And people who don’t use antiperspirants have milder-smelling bacteria. Wouldn’t it be great to smell better naturally?
Deodorant Brands I like
These are some of the brands that I’ve either tried and found to be effective. They are aluminum-free, paraben, synthetic fragrance-free, and have a pretty solid rating on EWG’s database.