It’s super simple. Human bodies sweat. Shocker! Why else would we have sweat glands for? Truth is, no one enjoys to feel sweaty. And no one enjoys to be smelly! Deodorants suppose to fix the problem. At least that’s the idea they feed us since we were kids. I’ve lost the count of how many commercials tried to persuade me with the sexiest fresh scents, new bleaching techniques and an unrealistic longevity of 24 hrs (24 hrs, what?) They all had one goal: to make your armpits smell like a desert rose (or a smoking hot guy). That, my gorgeous, is how the unnatural becomes the new natural! Nasties penetrating our lymphatic system, and hormone receptors DO NOT make the cut for a sexy topic, but healthy armpits kinda should. Grab yourself a snack and slide into your comfy pants. We’re diving deep into the importance of natural deodorant.
What goes on behind the scenes
Before we go any further, I’ll quickly explain the difference between a deodorant and an antiperspirant. While deodorant masks body odor, the antiperspirant reduces your sweat by blocking the glands with aluminum compounds. Ok, but what’s the big deal, you ask? Well, apparently there seems to be a link between antiperspirants and breast cancer. Wait, WHAT?
Yes, you’ve heard it right. The nasties found in aluminium and parabens can be absorbed by your skin and stored in fat cells and breast tissue. According to Dr. Philippa Darbre, an oncologist at the University of Reading in the U.K, both parabens (used as a preservative) and aluminum are categorized as estrogenic chemicals. This means they interact with your body’s hormones or cells in ways similar to estrogen. In case you didn’t know, excess estrogen plays a role in promoting the growth of cancer cells. Alarming? I bet ya!
Now, I’m not an expert in this, but it feels good to know that there are healthier options on the market. Are you with me on that? Going deodorant-free feels like going naked. We’ve all been there, driving the car in your finest summer dress and realizing you forgot to wear it. Trust me, we’re not going cold turkey on deodorant. So, put your hands in the air and wave them like you…care a lot about what ingredients are going on and in your body. Here are some outstanding alternatives, trusted and recommended by me.
5 Natural (yet effective) Deodorants
Did you know that switching from plastic Deodorant can help eliminate 169 tons of landfill waste each year? Native designed a paperboard version of their regular deodorant. The products contain probiotics, Shea Butter and Coconut Oil. I’ve tried many scents, but Coconut + Vanilla is by far my favorite. I loved it so much that I also got the matching body wash. Guys, I swear by this brand.
Founder Jaime Schmidt started making natural products in her own kitchen. All the products are labeled natural (not just natural-ish), vegan, ethical and cruelty-free.
Although I’m not the biggest Rose Scent fanatic, I truly enjoy their Rose-Vanilla Deororant. It’s delicate, easy to use and keeps me fresh all day. Totally recommend!
This deodorant is a perfect merge of all natural ingredients and advanced technology. It’s a vegan and cruelty-free product formulated with odor neutralizing witch hazel and coconut oil.
I’ve only tried and love the Botanical Scent, but can’t wait to try all of them.
For those of you not familiar with the Aussie skincare brand, Aesop, here’s a quick recap. The brand doesn’t believe in ‘anti’ products. For example, they won’t make any hyperbolic ‘anti-ageing’ or ‘anti-acne’ claims. Instead, their products are all ‘pro’, focused on those who’re planning to be proud of the skin that they live in.
The Aesop Herbal deodorant can be found in a spray or roll on version and it smells like a herbal garden
Fresh coconuts with a tiny hint of vanilla, that’s the exact smell of this clean, vegan product. The brand also encourages to detox your armpits with a matching scrub before you transition to natural deodorant. Your underarms can often sweat more in the beginning because of the clogged skin, hence the scrub.