We’ve all heard about the whispers of chemicals in our body care, and that we shouldn’t be using certain products. But do we really understand why? When it comes to deodorant, there are three main troubling ingredients.
So what’s really in our deo, huh?
The top reason to make the switch to a natural deodorant is to avoid nasty ingredients. The first felon we need to watch out for is aluminum – commonly used in deodorants, particularly in anti-perspirants. Research has found that in the process of obstructing perspiration, this chemical compound also blocks the body’s toxins from being expelled. There are debates as to whether the effects of aluminum correlate to any hormone imbalance, breast cancer or even Alzheimer’s, but in our opinion, whether it is or isn’t, anything that keeps natural bodily processes from occurring is something to avoid.
Secondly, parabens, a form of preservative, is believed to mimic oestrogen in our cells, which results in hormone disruption. The adverse reaction is alleged to bring about early onset puberty in young women.
Phthalates in fragrance are widely used in our skincare, body care and household goods, compromising of synthetic chemical compounds. A common phthalate in fragrance, known as diethyl phthalate (DEP) is used to extend the shelf life of the scent. Fragrance has been accused of being an endocrine disruptor, effecting reproductive health and birth health in infants. It is also known to cause skin irritations and allergies. If you want to know more, Stink – the movie (documentary), is a good place to start.
A new deodorant experience awaits
You could avoid all of this, by simply switching to a natural alternative. One where the company discloses all the ingredients (fragrance free), its sourcing methods, manufacturing and distribution. What if I told you, that we could do you one better; a deo good for you and the environment? Yeah that right, things just elevated to a whole new level sweet cheaks. Before we get to that, let’s look into the remaining 4 benefits of choosing ‘al natural.
Benefits of a natural deo continued..
2) Health benefits! Not only does using natural deodorant limit the attached health and skin related, many of the plant-based ingredients have beneficial properties, leaving your pits hydrated and soft.
3) Odour? What odour? Natural deodorants don’t block pores, and won’t promote the growth of bad bacteria, which are the suckers responsible for bad aromas. Once you eliminate the buildup of toxins, you might perspire more, but there will be no stench.
4) Say bye bye to stains. Ever been a victim of white or yellow shirt stains? Choosing aluminum-free, will not only reduce a health risk, but also hinder any underarm area stains on clothing. The benefits are better for the environment too, minimizing the effort and product used in laundry washing and prolonging the life-cycle of clothing.
4) Eco-friendly packaging. Not all but most organic brands will complement their natural product, with an eco-friendly packaging, usually plastic free, bio-degradable, reusable, or refillable. On our bid to join the war on waste, we’ll opt for these glorious packaging options any day of the week.
Choosing a Natural Deodorant brand
After trying a few natural deo brands, one of our top picks is Exposed Naturals. This is definitely an individual trial and error process; you may end up settling for the first or your third product you try. You could also go on recommendation from others. What made us fall in love with Exposed Natural was the ingredients list, the smell (lemongrass being my all-time favourite essential oil), the consistency once spread onto the skin and their minimalistic packaging.
Exposed Naturals deodorant comes in tins of 70g and 20g in size and are toxin free, aluminium free and plastic free.
They use 100% natural ingredients that are good for your body:
So you’ve purchased your natural alternative, what now?
Allow your body time to naturally detox. You’ve probably used the same antiperspirant for years and have a large chemical and bacterial build up. You might find that you perspire more during this time. To assist the body along in this detoxification process, you could opt to gently exfoliate with a natural scrub. You could something form your pantry like Epsom salts or brown sugar. Also try stick to wearing natural fibres and avoid polyester which can trap moisture and cause the same odour-causing bacteria to grow. Most of all, embrace your journey, don’t take it too seriously, and feel empowered that you’re taking your health and your values into your own hands.
Inspire, love and create change.
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About the Author
Bernita Teixeira, founder of One Green Dream is an eco-enthusiast, passionate educator and optimistic dreamer of a better tomorrow. She’s on a mission to educatre for sustainability and to connect conscious consumers with standout eco-conscious brands whilst equipping individuals and families with attainable sustainable living tips. Read more here.
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