Why I switched to natural deodorant – and you should too.

The internet is a wonderful, yet terrifying place. We can find information on any topic we can dream up, we can keep up with far-flung friends and family, and we can watch cat videos to our heart’s content. We also get bombarded with scare articles, misinformation, and offers from our long lost Nigerian prince relatives.  It’s a jungle out there!

Take, for example, the Great Aluminum Deodorant Scare. I’m sure you remember the uproar a few years ago over conventional antiperspirant/deodorants causing breast cancer, alzheimer’s, parkinson’s, and all other kinds of horrible things. The interwebs were certain it was the aluminum in them causing it, and people were all in a tizzy. The natural deodorant market exploded as people – including me – dumped their trusty Secret for alternative options. Thing is, there was never (and still isn’t) a conclusive scientific link between antiperspirant use and any of these diseases. They are still researching it, but we just don’t know for sure right now.

So, if there is no conclusive link, why did I switch to a natural deodorant?

Let’s make a list (because I LOVE lists).

I stopped using conventional antiperspirant/deodorant because:

  • We do absorb the products we use on our skin
  • Conventional products contain aluminum, parabens, and other questionable ingredients
  • Antiperspirants work by plugging your sweat ducts and interfering with one of your body’s natural elimination processes
  • Antiperspirants don’t actually stop sweating – they only have to cut it back by 20% to claim ‘all day protection’, or 30% to claim ‘extra strength’
  • Conventional products use petroleum based and/or hydrogenated oils

I started using natural deodorant because:

  • We do absorb the products we use on our skin
  • They are usually free from aluminum, parabens, and other questionable ingredients
  • They work by creating an environment inhospitable to the bacteria that cause odor
  • They don’t interfere with your body’s natural processes
  • They are often made with ingredients that nourish and support your skin

The biggest reason to use a conventional antiperspirant is so that you don’t have sweaty underarms…and they actually aren’t all that good at that. Was switching to natural easy? No. At the time, the offerings out there were pretty poor. They either didn’t eliminate odor, or they made my underarms red, raw pits of despair. I got so desperate that I made my own, with ingredients that both stopped odor and soothed my poor, raw skin. I don’t sweat significantly more than I did before, and I feel good knowing that I’m using a product with ingredients that nourish and support my skin.

What about you? Did you try to switch? What was your experience like?



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