Why Switching to Natural Deodorant is Good for You
Is switching to natural deodorant something that has crossed your mind? For many of us , we just use the same products that we have been using for years. If it works, why try something that might not work as well? Is that your thought process? That was mine for several years.
I have to admit that the first thing that I really “cleaned up” in my life was the foods that I put in my body. Due to health concerns and issues I started eating gluten free and dairy free. Soon after that I really made sure that very few packaged foods came into our home. There are so many sneaky ways that chemicals and gluten enter into the pantry.
A few years ago, the first thing that I switched up in my beauty routine was my deodorant. My thought process was this. I read food labels and worry about what I am putting in my body. Why am I not reading labels about the things that I put on my body? A lightbulb went off.
I do have to admit that my beauty routine is not completely clean. It is a process and it may never be as clean as my diet. However, I am making steps to reading labels and looking at what I put on my skin now. Clean beauty products are everywhere these days, even self tanners. You can read about the clean self tanners that I am using here. That is why I thought I would get you to think about switching to natural deodorant if you haven’t already. It’s a great starting point.
Why We Sweat and Need to Sweat
Our bodies sweat to regulate our body temperature and to release toxins. Thus, it is important that our bodies sweat. What we don’t like that comes with sweat is body odor. BO is not a good thing. Trust me, there is nothing worse that working out near someone at the gym that has really bad BO. I have had to hold my breath more times that I care to remember and walk in another direction. So why does that happen?
Sweat is actually odorless. It’s when it meets up with bacteria that is under your armpits that the smells are created. So the question is this. How do we control that bacteria without the smell. We put on deodorant every day. Sometimes more than once a day.
Conventional Deodorant versus Anti-Perspirant
Deodorants are made up of ingredients that prevent bacteria from growing under our armpits. Many of those ingredients are alcohol based. Resulting in odorless sweat. Most deodorants that we buy at the local drugstore aren’t just deodorant. They are also anti-perspirants. Anti-perspirants use aluminum based ingredients to temporarily block your pores from releasing sweat. So when you combine deodorant and anti-perspirant you get a solution to sweat and stinky smells.
So the products that we have grown up with all these years contain not only aluminum and alcohol-based ingredients but can also contain the following ingredients:
- other chemicals that help the product stick to your skin
So have you gotten up and gone to look at the ingredient list in your deodorant yet? Do you recognize what’s in it?
When you go to your annual mammogram appointment they always ask you not to wear any deodorant. Every wonder why? This article will explain it.
Switching to natural deodorants is something that most people do because of ingredient lists. It’s rather nice to look at the list and actually recognize what it is that you are putting on your body. You can usually find the following ingredients in natural deodorants.
- baking soda
- arrow root
- coconut oil and/or shae butter
- essential oils
Just remember that if you make the switch to natural deodorant you won’t have the bad BO smell, but you may have some sweat. Isn’t that what our bodies are supposed to do anyways?
Things to Consider when Switching to Natural Deodorant
- You may have to reapply natural deodorant more frequently if you are a heavy sweater.
- When you change to natural deodorants you can have a reaction to the baking soda. So look out for rashes.
- Check the ingredient list. Make sure it has the ingredients that you are looking for.
- You may sweat, but you won’t smell.
Benefits of Switching To Natural Deodorant
So let’s look at the benefits of switching to natural deodorant.
- Simpler ingredients that you know.
- Keeps our pores clear so our bodies can sweat when they need to.
- No more stains on your white shirts. It’s the chemical combination of the aluminum and sweat that cause the stains.
- You are being kinder to animals and the planet. Many of the natural deodorants are in easy to recycle packaging.
Just remember when you make the switch that it is a process. It may take trying a couple of different deodorants before you find THE ONE. I actually have one that I really like to use in the winter, but doesn’t do quite as well in the summer so I have to swtich up.
Thanks for stopping by my little corner of the internet today. I really appreciate that you took the time out of your day to read this post. Please let me know if you use natural deodorant or not. If not, I would love to know if this makes you think about making the switch.
Remember to always have a little SASs in your day!