Transitioning to a natural deodorant can be scary...will it work?
The reality is that commercial deodorants work really well, mainly because of their chemical formulations. If it works, why change? Well...the short answer is - because it's not healthy. Commercial deodorants or anti-perspirants contain chemicals like aluminum, propylene glycol, triclosan, parabens and phthalates - which all play a specific role in making this very important body care product effective but very unhealthy!
This is why it's time to switch to a more natural alternative!
Here's a brief overview of these chemicals and how it affects our health:
Oh well this is a biggie! This chemical acts like a plug that shuts down our sweat glands...so our sweat glands well..don't work. The body needs to sweat to get rid of toxins and if we don't sweat in the part of the body close to our breast, lymph nodes, all our internal chest organs...and even our brain, it builds up and cause havoc to our health. This chemical has been linked to breast cancer, Alzheimer's disease, prostate cancer...I don't know about you but for me, this makes sense - if we block the toxins from coming out when that's their natural process, their accumulation eventually catches up to us.
This chemical is used in a lot of body care products. It's derived from petroleum products. It's used as a humectant, a preservative, a solvent, or an emollient in a wide variety of creams, lotions, serums, shampoos and many other types of personal care products. It addresses the moisturizing and reduces signs of aging. This chemical is relatively safe compared to others.
This chemical is an antibacterial agent. When it passes through the skin it interferes with hormone function. Health Canada regulates the amount that is used in products but since it's used in many products, it adds up to a very unhealthy level. Environment Canada categorize Triclosan as potentially toxic to aquatic organisms. The extensive use of triclosan in products may contribute to antibiotic-resistant bacteria.
Parabens are a class of widely used preservatives in products. They stop the growth of fungus, bacteria and other potentially damaging microbes. Parabens are known to disrupt hormone function, an effect that is linked to increased risk of breast cancer and reproductive toxicity. Parabens mimic estrogen by binding to estrogen receptors on cells...increasing estrogen levels to unsafe levels.
This chemical is mainly used as a plasticizer - to increase flexibility, transparency, durability and longevity. This plastic chemical can damage the liver, kidneys, lungs and reproductive system.
Is this not enough reasons to switch????
Yes switching to something healthier is very possible...in fact, it's critical!
Ok so what can you expect when switching?
At the beginning, you might develop a ripe smell...yes that's right - you might stink a little and here's why - The aluminum will slowly start to release and the sweat glands will start to open up and you'll start to sweat a bit more. While the aluminum releases from the body, you will smell it and the bacteria from the sweat will also start smelling. Do not be alarmed...this is a normal process because your body needs to detoxify. This process can last for 1-3 weeks depending on how much your body needs to detox. Don't give up...just re-apply your natural deodorant if needed throughout the day for the first little while. If you want to accelerate the detox process, there are things you can do...like using a a charcoal infused soap and even using a charcoal mask on your pits...these will draw out the toxins quicker and you'll smell fresher quicker. If you use a natural deodorant containing baking soda, this will help with the bacteria smell as well.
Once your detox process has ended, you will find that your natural deodorant works much better. You'll sweat (because you need to) but the aluminum and bacteria smell will go away.
Enjoy the freedom of letting your body do what it's suppose to do and protect your health.