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Why Natural Deodorant + My Top 3 Best Natural Deodorants

About 8 years ago, I made a sharp left turn to my green beauty journey and haven’t looked back.  I shared how my journey began here.  On today’s post, I will share why you should switch to Natural Deodorant and my top 3 favorite brands.

 

Most deodorants & antiperspirants are full of toxic & hormone-disrupting chemicals.  That have been linked to cancer and chronic diseases, such as breast cancer and Alzheimer’s.

So, just how do conventional deodorants work?

Well, first off we are supposed to sweat.  It’s actually good for us! It’s our bodies way of regulating our temperature and releasing toxins. Sweat itself doesn’t have much of an odor. The odor develops when sweat comes into contact with the natural bacteria that lives on our skin.  Conventional deodorant contains antibacterial ingredients (chemicals) that kill the natural bacteria on our skin before it gets the chance to come in contact with our sweat and cause us to stink. Antiperspirants temporarily clog up our sweat glands with aluminum compounds to prevent us from sweating in the first place. Both not good.

What nasty ingredients should we avoid?

Below is a list of ingredients that should be avoided in any of our beauty and body products. Some of these ingredients are possible and known carcinogens and endocrine disruptors.  Aluminum for example has been shown, through research , to cause “gene instability” in breast tissues, this instability can cause changes that may promote the growth of cancer cells. Over 50% of breast cancers start in the upper outer quadrant of the breast local to the underarm region.

  • Propylene glycol
  • Triclosan (or triclocarban)
  • Aluminum
  • Silica
  • Parabens
  • Formaldehyde
  • Fragrance (can contain any of thousands of chemicals and ingredients are not listed individually)
  • Triethanolamine and diethanolamine (TEA and DEA)
  • Talc (can contain asbestos)
  • Petroleum
  • Isobutane
  • FD & C colors

What do we do?

Don’t sweat it, friends! There are a ton of great options available to us! Much more than when I first embarked on this journey. Here, I will link my top 3 tried and tested favorite brands. It is important to note, that none of these contain antiperspirant ingredients, so you will still sweat  but you don’t have to stink. Also, there is a bit of a detox phase.  Just think, most of us have been clogging out sweat glands for years, some even decades! All that gunk has to come out.

Also, everyone’s body chemistry is different and therefore not everyone will have the same results. Personally, for me, I need to switch up deodorants about every 4-6 weeks. Which is about how long each deodorant last.  Some of us will experience some irritation and it is usually due to the baking soda in the deodorant. When this happens, I know it’s time to switch to a different brand, this always resolves it and I don’t have any issues when I reintroduce that same deodorant a couple months later. Hence, the 3 man rotation.

Another concern is, our clothes sometimes stain, due to the oils used in most natural deodorants. I’m in sleeveless  tops 350 days out of the year but the 15 days I get to wear sleeves I  usually use the EO spray deodorant as the base is liquid vs. solid.

 

Not working? Still stinky?

Totally normal! Again, this is when an underarm detox may help. I’ll be sharing my detox routine in the next couple weeks. Also, you may need to reapply more often. I carry one in my bag and reapply as needed. The Schmidt’s Rose Vanilla smells heavenly! I always get compliments on the scent!


Primal Pit Paste

 

 

Schmidt’s Natural Deodorant

 

 

EO Organic Deodorant

 

 

I was recently introduced and have become a BIG fan of Primally Pure and I look forward to trying their line of deodorants.

Primally Pure Deodorant

               

 

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2 Comments

  • Amparo Lopez

    Love this post !!! I have started my green journey my self and it’s been a bit hard to find the right products. Thank you for introducing me to the primally pure deordorant the lemon grass one! Omg I would never turn back by far the best both me and the hubby use it. I just converted my mom as well she she has some allergies but hopefully this will be her new favorite. Thanks again Lucy 🙂

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