Chances are, you’ve heard some cautionary buzz around the dangers of traditional deodorant and the benefits of switching to a “natural” antiperspirant free version.
So let me break it down for you.
Most popular brands of antiperspirant deodorant sold at your average retailer (Kroger, Publix, Walgreens, Target, etc) contain aluminum, which is a controversial additive that prevents us from excreting sweat from our lady pits.
Some studies have suggested that the use of aluminum in antiperspirant deodorant is linked to breast cancer and even alzheimer’s disease.
Personally, I don’t feel qualified to go into the science of antiperspirant or make any specific claims health towards the dangers of using them. I’ll allow you to consultant Dr. Google or an actual physician. But I will say that both my husband and myself were told by two separate MD’s to stop using antiperspirant…
In the meantime, I’m happy to explain how I broke up with antiperspirant and made the switch to natural aluminum free deodorant.
Pick A Winner
There are a million natural deodorants on the market. Some are absolutely worthless, and some perform just as well (if not better) than good old fashioned anti-p. Everyone’s body will react differently to each product, so you may have to experiment with a few different brands before you find the right one. But here are a few of my favorites:
Pros: Works just as well as traditional deodorant. This stuff is the holy grail, in my opinion. Smells great and lasts allllll day.
Cons: Weird texture. A little gritty and dry, but I got used to it pretty quickly.
-Primal Pit Paste
Pros: Smells great, works through even the sweatiest workouts.
Cons: Pricey. Needs to be applied with your fingers, which kind of skeeves me. It worked well for me for about 4 months and then gave me a pretty crazy rash so I had to discontinue use.
-Tom’s of Maine
Pros: um, none.
Cons: The deodorant itself doesn’t even smell good. And furthermore, it doesn’t work at all. I haven’t come across one person who actually said it worked for them. So safe to say, skip this one.
Pros: Smooth texture
Cons: Ineffective and actually made me sweat more than I would without deodorant. I really wanted this to work because I love doTerra products. But alas, no-go for me. I have heard it works for other people, though.
Hydrate Hydrate Hydrate
When you make the switch to a natural deodorant, your underarms will likely miss the moisturizing additives that traditional antiperspirants contain. Additionally, a few of the natural versions contain baking powder which can irritate some skin types. I recommend rubbing coconut oil (regular or fractionated) on your underarms when you get out of the shower or 10ish minutes before applying your deodorant and before bedtime.
Stick With It
Most people will go through a detox period where you smell like an old stinky dude fresh out of the sauna. This is normal. Your body is releasing some of the nasty toxins that have been built up in your body for quite some time. Using a bar of activated charcoal soap in the shower will help. Just hang in there, it will get better.
And that folks, is how you can make the switch to a more natural stank-buster!
What are some natural deodorants that work well for you?