Nobody likes smelling like they’ve lived on a desert island for the last week when they reach across the desk at work or give someone a hug. However, the pitfall (yes, pun intended) of using a traditional deodorant is that you put your own health at risk. Maybe it’s time to switch to a natural deodorant.
Using the wrong deodorant is perilous. No one looks forward to having to try out a new brand on the off chance that it will not hold up to the rigors of a 90 degree day during which you shuttle yourself from appointment to appointment and all the while your stress levels are peaking. Everyone has those days when your deodorant has to withstand even the worst conditions. On the other hand, exposing yourself daily to cancer and Alzheimer’s agents through the chemicals in your commercial deodorant is also an unappealing choice.
Therefore, for many, it comes down to choosing between wearing aluminum and other toxic chemicals of commercial deodorant or clothing yourself in a horrid body odor. This is not, in reality, a choice you must make, since traditional “hippie,” aka safe, natural deodorants are proving themselves even in mainstream markets.
What Is Perspiration?
Sweat is your body’s natural way of cooling itself off. The average person has 2.6 million sweat glands on their skin; however, not all sweat glands are created equally. Some react to over-stimulated nerves, while others respond to the extra heat generated by hardworking muscles.
Sweat gland differences are especially notable when you realize that most of your body sweats without a scent, except your armpits. Armpits stink because they are home to apocrine glands that contain proteins and fatty acids. Although the sweat itself contains no odor, when bacteria on our skin metabolize these secretions, they produce an unpleasant odor, and this off-putting smell is why you slather your pits daily with chemicals.
Why Is Commercial Deodorant Bad?
Commercial deodorant is packed with other ingredients that are known to be bad for the body, such as: parabens, synthetic fragrances, and triclosan. Although there is little definitive evidence that the ingredients in commercial antiperspirants can cause cancer, there are strong, scientific links between using one and, later, encountering the other. Besides, it is always a good idea to avoid long, chemical-sounding ingredients.
What Deodorizes Naturally?
Okay, so you don’t want to test it out yourself to find out which ingredients work best to stop the odor. That is understandable, so thankfully pioneers ahead of you have already done the research, and you can now use the following list to make sure that your choice of antiperspirant contains effective natural ingredients instead of toxic additives.
Witch hazel is renowned for its skin soothing properties even though it functions as an astringent (like alcohol in commercial deodorants). This means it causes sweat that escapes your pores to evaporate. As an added bonus, if you shave your armpits, witch hazel is a wonderful aftershave, which can ease the pain of razor burn.
Not only will essential oils replace the artificial fragrances in commercial deodorants, but they will also serve the function of alcohol. Essential oils have natural antimicrobial properties that kill bacteria and stop armpit odor before it begins.
Also known as potassium alum, these salts form a layer on the skin to prevent those sweat-eating bacteria from growing. Although you will still sweat, those bacteria won’t be waiting to eat it up and release those nasty smells.
A miracle product, baking soda can keep even cat box odors under control. Its chemical composition reacts with sweat molecules to neutralize scent and keep you smelling fresh. Plus, it addresses wetness as well as smell. It will not prevent you from sweating, but it will immediately soak up your sweat, leaving you nice and dry.
Hops stop the growth of bacteria and, thereby, the spread of your own unique odor. They serve as an antimicrobial agent, which prevents bacteria in the armpits from interacting with the sweat and producing an offensive odor.
Do you need another reason to switch? A side benefit of switching to natural deodorants is the money you’ll save extending the life of your wardrobe. Since natural deodorants do not contain aluminum, they will not react with your laundry detergent and leave yellow pit stains on white shirts.
So what are you waiting for? Hop on the natural bandwagon. Natural deodorants really work, and they’ll save you from future health problems that can be the pits.