In the United States, deodorant is a part of everyday life for most of us. But, the more you read about the roll-ons and solids sold at most stores, you may be wondering if switching to a natural deodorant is the best option for you and your loved ones. That said, why use a natural deodorant? As it turns out, there are quite a few advantages to this.
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You Need To Sweat
First off, our bodies were designed to sweat and some of the products in the deodorant aisle are antiperspirants, which can be harmful to your health. First off, sweat keeps us cool, which is important when we are exercising or doing anything strenuous. But it is also vital for your everyday life.
Keeping your internal temperature at a normal degree helps keep your systems running smoothly. If you start to overheat, trouble can brew. So we sweat and bring out temperature back to normal. Antiperspirants stop us from sweating, which isn’t natural.
Certain people have shown to have allergic reactions to the ingredients in some antiperspirants and deodorants. They typically result in contact dermatitis under the arms, which can be painful. Symptoms of this rash include red skin, dry patches that resemble scales, oozing blisters, itching, burning, swelling, and hives.
There are several ways you can relieve contact dermatitis. Examples are over-the-counter medications and essential oil blends, but the best idea would be to just not use the substance that caused the reaction. It needs to be mentioned that even natural substances can cause allergic reactions, so if you start seeing signs of a reaction, stop using it.
So Long Synthetic Fragrances
One of the things we love about our essential oils is that they are completely natural. These scents are extracted from their host plants via steam distillation or extraction. After which, the oils in that little bottle are the purest essence of that plant. We can’t say the same for synthetic fragrances.
In fact, the synthetic fragrances we find in cosmetics, perfumes, and deodorants are created from petrochemicals. There are few regulations when it comes to using the word fragrance in products, which isn’t a great thing to hear when you are a consumer. The Environmental Working Group (EWG) reported that the average “fragrance” has fourteen secret chemical ingredients.
Learning about the chemicals found in commercial fragrances used in these products is quite an eye-opener and solidifies my need to use a natural deodorant.
Pores Clogged with Toxins
With this point, we go back to the “sweating is good for you” ideology. Clogged pores are something you may have only considered when it came to your face. Yet, your skin covers your entire body and every inch of your skin has pores. Sure, there are areas that generate more sweat than others, yet there are pores in those armpits and they can get clogged.
All kinds of thing can clog your pores including dead skin cells and deodorant precipitates. Environmental factors come into play as well including airborne toxins, oil from your hands, and even our beloved sweat. There are ways to unclog your pores like washing them daily or taking a steam bath. But, pulling one culprit out of the mix wouldn’t be so bad.
You may be thinking, “Well, wouldn’t a natural deodorant also clog my pores?” The truth is, probably, but the substance will be natural. Not filled with synthetic fragrances, aluminum, and other chemicals the commercially sold brands contain. If you were going to shove anything into your body, wouldn’t you rather it be organic than man-made? I would.
There has been a LOT of controversy surrounding the fact that they use several types of aluminum to creates the sweat stopping powers of certain antiperspirants. But, research has shown that is can cause genes in the breast tissue to become unstable. This does not directly link cancer to aluminum but concern still exists.
Another study shows that using deodorants or antiperspirants on shaved underarms frequently is related to signs of breast cancer at an early age. Time reported that one doctor feels the unstable genes we just spoke about leaves room for tumors to grow.
We would never make the claim that anything causes cancer. But we give you information to judge for yourself. These scientific studies show that aluminum could cause health issues. So why even use it?
This substance is an antimicrobial added to products to avert bacterial contamination. Animals testing with triclosan showed that it disrupted thyroid hormone-associated gene expressions. Further studies showed that skin exposed to triclosan had issues with normal genetic functioning.
Triclosan is everywhere though. It’s in our deodorant and in the liquid hand soap we leave in the bathroom next to the sink. The FDA banned the use of triclosan with a list of other chemicals in 2017, but some products might have slipped under the radar, even in your antiperspirant.
You may think of hair care when first hearing this word, but the fact is, there are different kinds of parabens used for different types of products. They are added to preserve them for sale. Some studies have suggests that parabens close to the breast tissue may mess with estrogen production.
The National Cancer Institute says there is no link between parabens and breast cancer, but Dr. Philip Harvey told Time that just because the direct link hasn’t been proven doesn’t mean it isn’t there. There have been studies that showed no evidence and another that has. With these two studies alone, that’s a fifty-fifty chance. Those alone are too close to odds for me.
I promise, this is the last potentially harmful ingredient in your deodorant on our list, but this one is in a lot of places you would never suspect as well. This hard to pronounce additive is found in cosmetics, personal care items, toys made of plastic, mini blinds, detergents and much more. What it does for deodorants is makes sure the fragrance sticks to your skin.
We’ve already discussed the risks with synthetic scents. When added to this to mix, it is all the more worrisome. Phthalates have been linked to asthma and its use during pregnancy, and it has also been connected with lower IQ. When you consider the cautions of all these additives put together, it makes you rethink what you are putting into your pits.
You Can Make Your Own
When it comes to making my own things, I can’t get enough. Maybe it’s the cook in me or maybe it’s my need to be in constant control of what goes into my body. No matter, I don’t mind. Making a natural deodorant isn’t difficult if you have the time, ingredients, and ability to follow directions. Plus, you can create one that highlights your favorite essential oils and change them up.
They can be made with arrowroot powder, baking soda, or even charcoal. Coconut oil is a binder that holds a lot of it together, so you can add your scents and makes it easy to apply. Personally, I love floral aroma after I shower so I use equal parts lavender, ylang-ylang, and rose. I like to add some tea tree every now and then because it’s so powerful, and one drop typically suffices.
It is Better For You
If you’ve been reading this blog then you know we believe in the powers of aromatherapy and personally use essential oils in our everyday life. We do this because they add to our health and well being. I have personally used several scents to heal burns, battle infections, diminish the look of scars, clean my home, help me focus, and give me room to relax. I love my oils.
So, when you make your own or purchase a natural deodorant that you’ve researched, they are using whole natural ingredients and scents that can only increase your walk down the path of health and well being. You aren’t adding to the toxins. For example, coconut oil has amazing benefits, and when you use a homemade deodorant made with it, it adds to your life.
Some people will tell you that they tried natural deodorants but they didn’t work as well as the commercial products they’ve become used to. I don’t know how true that is. My belief is that we have been so used to using chemicals to stop our body from functioning properly, like sweating when we need to, that we excuse the risks.
When you take on a life that is natural, you will be cleaning out some toxins from your body. But as you move away from synthetic materials that are possibly harmful to your health, you will find that natural deodorant will work with your pheromones. They won’t stop you from sweating, but they will make you smell great.
Some of the information in this piece is scary, although it is the reality of things we are exposed to every day. For what it’s worth, take what you read with a grain of salt. It’s fair to say that when we suspect products have nasty chemicals in them that can potentially cause harm to our bodies, we try to stay away and remove it from our lives and opt for a safer, more natural alternative.
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