I have a friend, well I have a few.
But this specific friend is a character. She’s smart, witty and for lack of a better word a hippie. If you can picture a carefree teacher with an Esty side-hustle of all-natural candles then she’s it. During the summers she sales her products at the local flea market.
This time last year, on a beautiful Saturday I swung by her booth to help out (but mainly to hang out with her dog). We chatted like most good friends who haven’t seen each other in awhile and somehow the topic veered to natural deodorant.
As my hippie friend, discussing natural deodorant wasn’t quite a surprising topic but it also wasn’t something I had ever thought about. Purchasing deodorant never went further than picking out a nice scent and to be honest, I had never cared to look into it.
But that night, I went home and googled all the ingredients listed on the label.
One of the concerns about antiperspirants/deodorants is that they contain ingredients which have been linked to health issues.
I like to think that I have a scientific mind, so whenever anything concerning happens my first action is to research the facts. While educating yourself can be quite liberating it’s also unbelievably scary.
Suddenly, I was reading articles describing the harmful ingredients of aluminum compounds, parabens, and others.
One of the concerns about antiperspirants/deodorants is that they contain ingredients which have been linked to health issues. 1. The biggest claims associate these known ingredients with Alzheimer’s disease and breast cancer.
While there is no definitive answer on the truth 2, several studies have debunked any correlation between antiperspirants & cancer and the National Cancer Institute has listed this as a common cancer myth. 3
The Correlation of Antiperspirants and Cancer is a Myth
While I’m embarrassed to say that beforehand I never made the effort of paying attention to what was being applied to my body, it was a genuine relief to know that the claims of potential health risks had no definitive backing evidence.
On that note, I continued to research the benefits of natural deodorant and well, decided to switch it up. Let me be clear, this doesn’t mean that I decided to grow armpit hair until it was long enough to braid. For some reason, people hear “natural” and think of you as a stranded contestant on Naked and Afraid.
Funnily, the first time I wore natural deodorant was probably the biggest mistake of the whole process.
Picture, a mid-June summer outdoor wedding in the blistering heat. The sun beaming down, no shade and you’re sweating profusely. Well, that was me.
In all my research, I failed to take heed of the detoxing period. Oh, I’ll be fine, I’m not a heavy sweater! Turns out that was the years of using an antiperspirant talking.
There I was sweating non-stop at a friend’s wedding, a literal wet soggy mess. The only saving grace was that my dress was sleeveless, so at least I didn’t have noticeable wet spots.
Be Prepared for the Sweat: There’s No Stopping it
As your body detox’s the first 30 days are the hardest. 4 The ingredients in antiperspirants/deodorants specialize in stopping sweat so the natural aluminum-free products although safer do not provide coverage.
Basically, there’s going to be tons of sweat.
So much sweat AND smells.
Like most, hygiene is important to me, and nothing should be smelly. Every night before bed, I always take a shower. Maybe it’s a querk from childhood but going to bed unclean never feels right.
Although I bathe at night, I usually only apply deodorant in the mornings. This habit has led to many days of waking up with smelly armpits.
In the first few days controlling the body odor (B.O.) can be a hassle but it quickly becomes something to potentially expect. Over the past year, I’ve tried several different natural deodorants and I’m still searching for the perfect brand.
Throughout the experience, I’ve accepted that when using natural deodorant, controlling the BO and sweat is nearly impossible. All you can do is be prepared for when it hits.
When I leave the house, I always carry a B.O. bag – whats that you ask? It’s a small bag with all the products that I use to help me stay fresh during the day.
What to keep in your B.O. bag
There’s nothing worst then being far from home, breaking into sweats and getting caught in a breeze of your own B.O.
So what do you do when it happens?
Simple, break out your B.O. bag! It has everything one can need to freshen up. Fortunately, I’ve lived through the personal humiliation so you don’t have to! Everything I keep in my personal B.O. bag is essential to having a smooth day.
Wet wipes give a fresh clean feeling and is light-weight to carry. After using the wet wipes then dry off with a travel size pack of tissue. Reapply your choose of natural deodorant and a quick spray.
Whatever you decide to keep in your B.O. bag is of course entirely up to you but for me wet wipes, tissues, a small tube of spray and natural deodorant are a must.
Why do you want to switch to natural deodorant?